On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Light and Airy Hodgepodge

It's that time of the week again. Thank you, Joyce for the fun questions every week. 
Feel free to join in, answer the questions and link up with Joyce right here.

The topic this week reminded me of lyrics to this song popular in the 60's:

"Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head."

1. Is your home air conditioned?

Oh, yes! Gotta have AC in Texas. If it's not air conditioned, is that by choice?

Did you grow up with air conditioning? No.

If not, how did you cope with the heat? 
My Dad worked outside all day and my mother stayed home, cleaning house, ironing, doing laundry, taking care of kids, cooking over a hot stove, hanging clothes on the line, and on and on. How did they stand it? And they never complained. As kids, we played hard outside, but came in in the afternoon and coped with the heat by standing in front of the "swamp cooler." We also liked to play with the water hose which cooled us off.

I remember as a teen standing in front of the mirror in the bathroom with sweat rolling down my face as I worked on teasing my bouffant hairdo. Hot. Hot. Hot. If you could get away with it, a way to cope would be to open the refrigerator door and just enjoy! At night, the attic fan would run bringing some relief from the cooler night air.

My first new car didn't have air conditioning and it was pretty miserable in the summer with vinyl seats and a black dashboard! I coped by setting a bag of ice on the center console to lean on. That worked until I had an air conditioner installed in the car. Unfortunately, that caused my problems to multiply because then the car overheated as a result of my trying to stay cool!! 

This was a HOT car! Literally!!

Share about a time or place you remember as being too hot-the temperature kind of hot, lest anyone be confused.

I have shared before about a very HOT day when my cousin and I were about 8 years old. We came in from playing and she stripped down, took the dipper from the water bucket and poured water over her head! 
But another particularly HOT day I remember was when all our family had been celebrating the 4th of July with aunts, uncles, and cousins in Arkansas. We played in the river all day, got terrible sunburns, then spent the night with my aunt who lived in the back of their grocery store. No AC there! My sister and I slept on a twin bed together with a fan turned on us and I really don't think either of us slept much that night because it was so miserably hot!

2. What's something in your life right now that falls under the heading 'up in the air'?

Making a trip to my hometown.

3. Your favorite light and airy dessert? English trifle! Delish!

4. When did you last feel like you were 'floating on air'? I've got nothing.

5. Airport, airmail, airtight, airhead...which have you most recently encountered? Explain.

Airports. Recent trips in the past months to Washington, D.C., Louisiana and Memphis airports.

6. Have you ever been to the Alps? Yes.
If so where did you go?
We toured Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Here is an old photo of us at the Matterhorn.

(I'm not crazy about this pic because DH has the camera or something in his pocket that makes his chest kind of stick out!) It was a gorgeous day there, but very cold. We were wearing lots of layers.

If not, is this a destination on your must-see list? If you were headed that direction this summer, which of the following would be your preferred activity...a gentle walk, a serious walk, a bike ride, a boat ride around one of the lakes, or summer snow skiing?

Our trip in Switzerland was partly via glacier train and I would choose that again, even though it isn't on your list. A boat ride around one of those beautiful lakes also sounds very nice.

7. What is one saying or phrase that was considered 'cool' when you were growing up?

In grade school, Cool, daddy-O. In junior high, everything was "stud," and my mom told me if anybody wrote that in my yearbook, she would tear the page out. Lol! They did and she didn't, though.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Cool is a word I still use and probably too often.
Here is a pic of our son with a couple of his team. The guy in the center is a rookie and this was taken after his first fire yesterday. Our son, the captain, said the rookie did great! Jason had to go in for a rescue.

Jason is on the right.

I think he's a pretty cool dude in his bunker gear. 
Reminds me of the first time I ever saw my husband after a big fire. 


Joyce said...

I agree-firefighters are heroes! I remember my mom ironing in summer too. I think we live in an age where we expect to be comfortable all the time. Stay cool!

Laura H said...

You are right…we HAVE to have AC in Texas. We have an app that we can adjust the setting before we get home…love it! When LT and I went to the concert Sunday at Gexa and about passed out with heat stroke (me not him) he said it felt good. He is a firefighter too and wants me to put on his bunker gear and stand in the garage for a while…um no thank you! Have you checked out the 9/11 Stair Climb in Dallas?

Cranberry Morning said...

That makes me remember those nights of sunburn that hurt against the sheets! Fun to read your memories. I had never even heard of a swamp cooler until I was an adult and still have never seen one! Stay cool. :-)

Elizabeth Day said...

What a handsome hero son you have there. I know how proud you and Hubby must be. My Hubby recalls a day after being baked by the sun and miserable, having to sleep in a feather bed without a/c. It must have made a real impact, because it still evokes memories of horror. I like the Alp picture.

Wendy said...

Mmm English trifle, I can agree with that as I'm in the UK. We don't need AC really but it is nice to have it in the car.

Jill said...

Love this post and all the little pieces of history! Great learning more about you. Love fireman and all they do, my husband was a volunteer for 13 years. Nerve racking to love them, but heroes indeed!


Theresa said...

I commented about having that song in my head on someone's hodgepodge post today :) I love your hot rod car. It reminds me of my Firebird. Vinyl seats were horrible. I remember my mom always having a blanket in the car for us to sit on so we didn't burn ourselves when we got in. Firemen are heroes!

Kathy said...

I love that song, "Summer in the City". It's one of my favorite oldies, and definitely applies to things right now.
Trying to sleep with sunburn and no a/c...now that would be miserable!
Three cheers for your firemen, and all they do.

Nikki Scatchard said...

Oh my hot cars, I remember my dads Volkswagen bug! It was miserable to ride in the summer especially with leather seats and wearing shorts. Ouch! 😖

Linda Kay said...

My husband still says "neat" a lot.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

How wonderful to be on top of the Matterhorn. I've only done that at Disneyland....LOL! I still use cool all the time too. Love the photo of your son, they are all hero's and do a wonderful job fighting fires.

A Joyful Chaos said...

Never heard those lyrics before, but how appropriate for this hot summer weather!

Terri D said...

Heroes indeed!!! I love John Sebastian and know all the words to that song! A great choice for today's topic. It was another fun Hodgepodge!

Karen said...

Enjoyed the summer heat stories from the past! My car's AC went out last week on our hottest day of the year. The grandkids were amazed to ride with all the windows rolled down!!