Across North America there has been a string of intense heat waves. Day after day of hot, humid weather makes every moment and every motion downright unbearable. For the A/C-free, these are trying times. Many of these folks, myself included, have resorted to consecutive cold water baths, using the same water all day long. Unlike having a cold shower, soaking in cool water lowers your body’s core temperature, providing greater relief of the hottest of days. It wasn’t until this recent heat wave that I made the switch and noted the difference for myself. Of course, I couldn’t bear wasting all that water each time I needed to cool off, so I leave the tub full and use the same water throughout the day (giving my feet a quick rinse in the sink before taking the plunge). At the end of the day I use the “gray water” for the garden!