The hot, humid weather continues. We have only given up and turned the air conditioning on one night. As it happened, the temperatures dropped during that night and so the unit only cycled for a few hours and then quit. We are not comfortable but we are not suffering either.
I have been a bit warm in my denim overalls. Tonight during dinner, I suddenly decided that I needed a light dress to wear around the house on hot days. Attila was busy in the garden, so I hopped in our little car and headed for Wal-Mart. This establishment is at one end of the mall. One need not enter the mall itself to gain access; this makes it ideal for a quick entry and getaway.
The dresses in the dress department were all made of synthetic materials; my skin reacts to synthetic materials. Discouraged, I wandered about and ended up in the sleepwear department. I found three cotton nightgowns that might easily be worn as dresses. None of them fit properly. The woman in charge of the fitting rooms took an instant dislike to me. Her friendly smile definitely disappeared when she had to deal with me.
As I left that department, I noticed a sale rack and had a quick look through it. I found a light cotton nightgown that cost only nine dollars; this was definitely in my price range. I decided not to endure the fitting room experience again and bought the garment without trying it on.
My shopping trip lasted approximately fifteen minutes. In that time I purchased the nightgown, a chair cushion for three dollars, and a set of Kodak NIMH batteries for my digital camera that seemed a terrific bargain at twenty-three dollars. I am well satisfied and will not need to enter a store again for a quite a while.
Luck was with me, the nightgown I purchased fits perfectly. I am wearing it right now and feeling quite picturesque. It is a lot cooler than denim overalls.
One of my ongoing interests is genealogy. I have been collecting family history information for years and am moving steadily towards creating a CD and a book for interested family members. The past week has been very satisfying in that I have "discovered" two second cousins I did not know existed. We have been exchanging e-mail, information, and memories.
Sometimes I think I may be related to most of the people in North America and Europe. I suppose if you could trace your family connections back far enough, most of us would be related somehow. One thing is almost certain though; I am not long lost royalty. My family lines moved away from those of the ruling classes many, many generations ago.
It has been too hot to think about food. Attila has been serving wonderful green salads along with BBQ hot-dogs or hamburgers almost every night. He was quite amused with me this evening when he asked me, "Do you mind having the same thing for supper tonight?" I responded with, "What did we have last night?"
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By the Easy Chair
A Suitable boy by Vikram Seth (I am on page 442!)
Thunder and Rain
by Witold Rybczymski
"To speak of domesticity is to describe a set of felt emotions, not a single attribute. Domesticity has to do with family, intimacy, and a devotion to the home, as well as with a sense of the house as embodying - not only harboring - these sentiments."
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