“At home, my mother dabbed at her brow with a wet flannel she kept in the fridge for that purpose.”

Mother Nature has blessed us of late. Each day is lovely, sunny and spring warm. The nights are chilly, perfect for sleeping with the window cracked a bit, but this morning my house was so cold I put the heat on for a while. I didn’t expect I’d still need heat in June. I’m not complaining, mind you. I’m just surprised.

I bought flowers yesterday and spent over $200.00. This morning I noticed I need a few more annuals for the clay pots on the deck. I also need a few more clay pots. The pollen is gone now so the deck and the deck furniture can be cleaned, finally. I’m so looking forward to being outside under the umbrella, book in hand, a snack on the table warding off starvation and a cooling breeze keeping the heat at bay. That is paradise for me.

When I was a kid, our house had no spots outside for lolling. There was a shared lawn with the neighbors, but it was small because of a grassy hill. We played outside and sometimes ate lunch outside, but we sat on the back steps. Our side yard had grass and two fir trees. That was where my sisters jumped over the sprinkler and where the kiddy pool was sometimes put. My father would have preferred they be elsewhere, not on his lawn, but there was no other spot. I remember the squeals from my sisters when they jumped over the cold water spewing from the sprinkler. I also remember my dog using  his paw to stop the sprinkler from turning so he could get a drink. He was a clever dog.

I never really minded the heat when I was a kid. It was just part of summer. It never stopped me from doing anything. When I was in the Peace Corps, our training in Ghana was during the rainy season, the cooler part of the year though I do use cool here with reservations. For the two years after training, I lived in the hottest part of the country where 100+ degrees each day during the dry season was common. I never loved the heat but it was part of living in Bolgatanga. I survived, but even better, I thrived.

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6 Comments on ““At home, my mother dabbed at her brow with a wet flannel she kept in the fridge for that purpose.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I would have loved to have You as a customer when I had a garden center 🙂 🙂 Fireworks would be the least I’ve done when You arrived 🙂 🙂

    No heat was never a problem when I was a child but then again I always fell asleep warm days and that didn’t make me less tired in the evening 🙂 🙂 It’s not the same any more, the heat is back and I do have problems with it, at least at work where it gets so hot that the brain stops working 🙂 🙂

    It is odd that we despite the really hot days still have cool and even cold nights here but I really like them and it’s even better since the flies don’t fly around those chilly mornings 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I still need more flowers! Today I bought dog treats, clay pots, bird seed and a chiminea for the deck. I spent nearly $200! I would have been happy to buy at your garden center.

      I think the older we get the more the heat gets to us. I am spoiled now, though, as I have the house air-conditioned. I love falling asleep in the cool house.

      I love the cool nights as sleeping is just so comfortable, but that won’t last much longer. Soon enough we’ll be complaining about the heat!

      Have a great day!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Another hot day (~90°F) here before a thunderstorm brought needed rain. My garden fruits are 3-4 weeks early this year, I already picked raspberries, currents and gooseberries and today the first sour-cherry. Yum! Summer in spring, I wonder what comes next.

    • katry Says:

      We are still having cool, almost cold, nights, but the heat is coming tomorrow. Boston will be in the 80’s while we on the Cape will be in the 70’s. It will be the same into next week. Spring is still waiting its turn.

  3. Bob Says:

    Yesterday evening a severe thunderstorm dropped baseball size hail in the Dallas suburbs of Carrollton, Coppell and Irving. The hail broke out car windshields and windows and tore up roofs. We are located at the southern end of tornado alley.


    When I was kid in Dallas we either spent time at the public pool or ran through the sprinkler to try to keep cool. The hottest summer was 1980 when we had 70 days of 100 degree plus temperature.

    • katry Says:

      I have never seen hail that big. Ours is tiny and infrequent, almost rare. My sister in Colorado had to get a new roof after one storm.

      Our town had a public pool but it was at the other end of town. We got bus money one way and had to walk the other. If we walked home, that negated all the coolness from the pool.

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