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April 10th, 2011


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10:07 am - Cool Down in A Heat Wave
The subtropics are v.v. hot right now -- as if it were late May, early June, rather than mid-April. It's not quite the full horror of July and August, since this morning did dip below 70 degrees... but my turtle-ish walk/run this morning has left me red-faced and steaming, even after my much needed shower.

So let's think about Cool Things as I cool down:

*bare feet on cool wood floor
*the kick of bergamot in my iced Earl Grey
*The Ines thing, via The Daily Telegraph
*finishing a chilled bottle of Benziger Estate Paradiso de Maria Sauv Blanc last night, after a happy week of a glass a night
*strawberries! The first strawberries!
*a hint of north wind even in this hideous hot morning
*Chris Cooper
*thinking about other people's gardens (I have weeds and sneezes)
*grey against green
*dreaming about old Liberty patterns and the sweet fade of floral in a modern world
*my room fans, slowly slowly turning to mimic the world

What are your Cool Things today? May there be many!

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From:anne_d
Date:April 10th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I like your list, and I could use a few cool things today myself. For now, I'm starting with doing as little as possible.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for starting the day so well! Hope it continues fine. :-))
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From:paratti
Date:April 10th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Strawberry love)
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
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[shares strawberries with you, virtually]

[hugs]
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From:freixenet
Date:April 10th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
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ooh, nice ceiling fan image. My cool thing for today: um.....well, I have a chilled bottle of water here. Oh! And I'm about ready to go paint the gazebo so as to train grapevines up it. That in itself, I admit, is not cooling. However, AFTER the painting, I'll be taking the first outdoor shower of the season (which will be chilly) and then settling down with icy champagne under the patio umbrella.

But really? OMG HOT.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
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OMG so HOT. But your coping mechanisms sound lovely, esp the Champagne!

[applauds you]
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From:headrush100
Date:April 10th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
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The cool of a "99" ice cream (soft swirly vanilla in a wafer cone with a Cadbury's "99 Flake" stick of chocolate in it, while cool breezes blew through the cafe at the beach. :-)

The cool of crisp, smooth, clean cotton sheets on a warm night.

Iced tea!

*points to icon*

A dog lying on a cool tiled floor.

**hugs**
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Mmmm, ice cream and the beach! And, of course, dogs on cool floors. :-)

[hugs and good cheer]
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From:janus_74
Date:April 10th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Very nice cool things. It's starting to get warm (actual warm, not the fake less-cold we've had so far this year) so we'll probably cool off with icy drinks on the front porch.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for icy drinks on the porch, and hurrah for spring in the north. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Rainkatt! I send you ten degrees of warmth, because OMG can we in the subtropics spare it. ;-)

[hugs and blankets]
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From:gwynnega
Date:April 10th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
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I wore a gray-against-green dress yesterday, which I guess counts as a cool thing! Also a cool thing: the angel hair pasta with kale and heirloom tomatoes I'm planning to make for dinner.

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
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That dress WOULD be a Cool Thing, and your dinner sounds perfect for your Sunday. :-) Hugs and joy, Gwynne!
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From:singinglark
Date:April 10th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh, dear. And here I was, all excited to be able to wear sandals and open windows for the first time in months!

I send you a glass of sangria over ice, and a cool breeze to sit in while drinking it and watching the sunset.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 10th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
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You *definitely* should enjoy your warm day with sandals and open windows! :-)

Thanks for your excellent suggestions -- may your week be lovely!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:April 11th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
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Earl Grey is the BEST for iced tea.

We have sun, but not nearly enough after a couple more days of mixed sun/hail/snowflakes and yet more sun with cool breeze. Still, we sat outside for breakfast under the falling flower petals (elderly fruit tree of unknown type) yesterday, so spring is making an effort!

We'll cheerfully relieve you of a few more excess degrees though.

Hugs and hooray for strawberries!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 11th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
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[offers more Earl Grey]

I will definitely send five degrees your way, too, after I send warmth to Rainkatt. :-))

Hugs and joys, ALH, and sun!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:April 11th, 2011 06:33 am (UTC)
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I envy you your early strawberries, although we did get the most glorious weather for walking this weekend.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 11th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
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It was far too hot for walking here in the subtropics (past 8:30 am, anyway), so you have a definite Cool Thing there. :-)

Happy week!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 11th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
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[shares strawberries with you]

Hugs and joys, L! And a good week too.

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