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Saturday, July 24, 2010

100 plus degrees outside


We have a beautiful historical Bidwell mansion here that was preserved in the state it was more than 100 years ago. You can see the furniture, clothing, and dishes among other attributes of the house that tell a story about two people John and Annie who lived there. It is very interesting and educational to visit such places as this one.

Today in my conversation with someone this mansion came in a different light. Our summers here are very dry and hot. Today is a typical summer day -- 100 degrees. At least it is not humid and I have to be fair to say that it does not happen every day. Yesterday was much cooler. Only 97 degrees:) But seriously, the temperature goes up and down and 100-degree heat does not last for weeks. Nowdays we do have AC (thank goodness!) and we can hop from home- to the car-to the store and back the same way. So we were talking about that poor Annie who had to wear corsets, and much different undergarments from what people are wearing these days plus to a very elaborate dresses. There was no AC or a pool to cool off. I was trying to imagine how she felt, but did not succeed.

1 comment:

Pam said...

I saw a photo of John and Annie that I'd never seen before the other day. They were sitting on the veranda in rocker. She was all corseted up in a black high-necked, long-sleeved dress. It was a scorcher and I wondered if it was also a Chico scorcher the day the photo was taken.