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

The day looks beautiful through the window, sunny and bright with a blue sky, but the humidity is stifling. I even sweat when I’m sitting down. It is already 82˚. We may have a thunder shower later. I’m hoping.

One cat was on the bed when I went upstairs last night. I talked to him and he stayed the whole time I was in the room. I cleaned the litter, the cat dish and refilled both; of course, the canned food was gone this morning. I have to go out to buy dog food so I’ll make sure to pick up more cat food.

I have done nothing the last few days. My laundry sits wrinkling in the dryer. The deck is still bare of ornamentation. I did water the outside plants a couple of days ago and will water tonight if the rain forecast is a bust.

In the summer, when I was a kid, there was no matinee at the movie theater uptown. A rainy Saturday mean staying inside until the rain stopped. I’d watch TV and hope for good creature movies on channel 56’s afternoon Creature Double Feature. I saw all the Japanese monster movies and the old horror movies from the 30’s. Those movies made up for the rain.

Henry is a bit restless. He keeps looking out the front door hoping for some traffic to give him a reason to bark.

A wind is now blowing, and it is getting cloudy, but the humidity is sticking around (pun on purpose). I wish I didn’t have to go out. Days like today make me lazy. Well, any day can make me lazy enough to postpone errands. In the last line of Gone with the Wind, Scarlett’s words are mine to live by, “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

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8 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:

    Raining over here. Sometimes heavily someties sort of summer lazy. It is pretty chilly too so I had to start two radiators here on the bottom floor. Still I must admit I rather have this than hot with high humidity 🙂

    I’ve just watched our team beat Hedley’s i the bronze match in the world championships 🙂

    Our cinemas had matinee’s during summers when I grew up but I think they had to because it is a big town and there were lots of other cinemas to go to. Like You however I saw those old movies on tv and I dolike them a lot 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I want it to rain. The sky starts to look dark then the sun peeks through it. I’m thinking the heavy breeze is a good rain sign.

      Poor Hedley, They lost a great game against the US, 2-1 and they had the tying goal deleted because of off-sides. Good for Sweden!!

      Sweden acquitted itself well. A third place is not to be scoffed at.

      We had just one movie theater during my whole childhood.

      Have a great Saturday!!

      • Hedley Says:

        The ladies of Sweden won a glorious victory in front of an empty stadium. So I send congratulations to Christer.

        Tomorrow, I shall watch the gals of the United States take on those rascals from the Netherlands. Later in the day Brazil and Peru will have at it.

        The matrix for the Prince’s Trip in August to London is complicated, full and rather fun. The biggest issue is the availability of Tottenham Hotspur tickets. They are offering hospitality tickets which include a buffet lunch at £400 each. Completely outrageous. If necessary we will go to Loftus Road, but Spurs is the target

        Had a very brief flash of energy, washed out the garage. Enough of that, back to the Rolling Thunder Review

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I also will be tuned to the game tomorrow. Our team is just so successful. The Netherlands are appearing for only the second time. I’m hoping experience slants the result in our favor.

        I suspect that just being there will be fun for the Prince.

        Wow! £400 is ridiculous, even with lunch!

        I had not a single burst of energy. I even took a nap. The rain hasn’t yet hit us. It has been north of us with hundreds of lightning strikes.

        It is still hot and humid.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My town had two theatres when I was a kid. I know the Wakefield Theatre had Saturday matinees because that’s where we spent many rainy Saturdays. I’m not sure about the Princess Theatre because I didn’t go there except for one time but I think it did, too.

    It’s stifling up here. The house is cool enough with two fans and no AC as long as I don’t move about much. So, I’ve spent the day in front of the fan reading a Dorothy L. Sayers mystery and drinking lots of iced water or coffee. The dogs have to be satisfied with quick trips to the yard although we did have a proper walk very early this morning.

    Enjoy the day and I hope it rains a bit, too.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I wonder why the Stoneham theater didn’t have summer matinees. Maybe the owner needed a rest after dealing with us all winter.

      When I finally turned on the AC, my house was 80˚. It has taken a long time to cool down but I’m finally comfortable. I just came in off the deck where I watered flowers in case the rain skips us. It is still sticky and hot. When I came back inside, I was hit with a blast of cold air-nice!

      Have a great evening!

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    When I was a kid in NYC before 1953 we beat the heat by spending the time between Independence Day and Labor Day at a summer cottage in the Catskill mountains north of NYC. When we moved to Dallas we discovered the need for AC to live through the summer. The entire sunbelt could not have grown up without central air conditioning. Today the high was 96 and my daughter and I went to a movie in the air conditioned car, then ate lunch in an air conditioned restaurant, and spent some time in an air conditioned mall.

    Partly cloudy hot and humid. A typical summer day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We did go away for vacation but not every summer. I remember trips to Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. We also hit the beach on Sundays. I don’t even remember us having a fan.

      I remember seeing the air conditioned signs on top of theater marquees. I figured those without AC could spent a cool evening watching a movie.

      I don’t remember any of my friend’s having air conditioning. My father didn’t get it in his house until the 70’s, and that was room by room.

      I had an air conditioner in my bedroom as I got tired of sleeping downstairs where it was cooler but there were none in any other rooms. I did add a ceiling fan to the guest room. When I redid my house, I added central air. It is so wonderful!!

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