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Old 07-18-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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OT:What Did You Do Against Summer Heat When Young?

We did the old wading pool and sprinkler bit when I was a kid, any neighbor kid that had a nice wading pool was popular instantly. Also, we had a large "slop sink" in the laundry room, and my mother would let me fill that with cold water and I put bathing suit on and just "sat" in there for awhile.........talk about cooling you heels!!! I still remember the smell of the Lava hand soap though.



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Old 07-18-2010, 10:00 AM   #2
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I was a city kid.
As long as I was allowed out to play I didn't care
if I was sweating ..... or in a snowsuit. lol.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:20 PM   #3
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Definitely sprinklers...then I got older and my Dad got us a "swimming pool"....actually a horse trough about 6 ft long and narrow...we thought we had it made.
Then there were the days that when we were older we went up to the irrigation ditch and used an inner tube. It was about 3 ft. deep and ran fairly fast. Couldn't do it now, there are too many pesticides!
When I was old enough I rode my bike the 1 1/2 miles to the pool in town.
AHHHH...the good ole days!
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:57 PM   #4
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skinny dipping any out of the way pond.
Playing baseball, skateboarding, basketball, golf,riding our bikes 30 miles a day doing nuthing important. I don't remember it being hot and I have lived my whole life in Texas.
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:00 PM   #5
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i went to the lake swimming and spent the day there It was great. Good question took me back a few years to some lovely memories My Mom always packed a picnic and we would spend the day at the lake She got up real early to get her work done and away we would go
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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Oh yeah, picnics were nice, drove a long ways to a place with a park and they had rowboats to rent, so my older cousin would give us a ride. Mother always made such good potato salad too, and there were grilled hot dogs then.

Jezzie, that's right, you were a "bonafide" city gal then. And when we were young, I didn't mind the heat so much, used to walk in little rubber zori's to the library, it would be 109 or something, and we girls didn't pay too much attention at the time.

Happened to look in our garage, and saw we still had the boy's Water Blaster's, plastic multicolored looked like rifles with a huge water reservois on top, which they filled and went out and wetted each other down.

Do they still make water balloons, I don't know. Have't been inside a "Toy R Us" in years and years.



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Old 07-18-2010, 04:28 PM   #7
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DSonIL made water balloons last weekend at DGD's birthday party. He filled a balloon with water and hung it over the hammer thing and he sat in the chair. He got dunked a few times, the children would get such a kick out of it. Then, as they got braver a few took the hot seat, and they too got dunked. It was so hot they found it funny and giggles all around and a large bath towel to save their dignity. LOL!

On those rare hot days as I grew up in England, I remember the black pitch bubbles in between the cobbled stones in the middle of the road on the streets. We would all touch them of course and our mothers would have to rub us all down with butter to remove them before a soak in the tub.
When we drove to the countryside or to a park or lake I remember the breathtaking scenery. The lake district was so pretty with wildflowers growing here and there up and over the meadows, blackberry bushes were plentiful too and so thorny and lots of seeds in those blackberries, lots of rambling wild roses too that were thorny. LOL!

Reminds me of the old saying, " you can complain because the rose has thorns,
OR you can rejoice because the thorns have roses."
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Old 07-18-2010, 04:53 PM   #8
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Sprinklers and when I was a teen I walked to the lake...we lived in a city on Lake Michigan so we went there often...
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Old 07-18-2010, 05:48 PM   #9
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Was it hot then?
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:05 PM   #10
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Sprinklers, plastic wading pool, electric fans. Older folks fanned themselves and sat in the shade. Later on there was a neighborhood swimming pool and we got an air conditioner!

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Old 07-18-2010, 06:12 PM   #11
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Sprinklers, skinny dipping in the river and then having to check out toes for leaches had an old fifty gallon drum I used to fill with water and jump in. Life was so much simpler then
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:20 PM   #12
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Oh those danged leaches, my dh says they had those in Germany too, and you had to be careful "skinny dipping" with things like that around. When dh was a lad, he recalls watching the couples go skinny dipping, and the lads hid the clothes, boy, did they get in trouble for doing that.............

Would we call it "skinny" dipping now?? lol


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Was it hot then?
I know! Mr. Ski and I were talking about this the other day. Neither of us had fans in our houses when we were kids. I don't think A/C was invented yet.

I remember we had one of those vinyl pools...it was green and the walls were maybe 2 ft high. Mom would sit in the pool with my little brother & me while we "swam" around. Anytime the sprinkler was on we would be running through it.

Some days my mom drove my dad to work and mom would pack a picnic lunch complete with a big thermos jug of Zarex and we would go to one of the local beaches (either fresh water pond or the ocean).

Even when I was in grade school, all the neighborhood kids were so happy that school was out for the summer. We played outside all day too.

p.s. I recently found that old picnic basket in the attic of my parents home.
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Like, [I]Jezzie,[I] I was a city kid, too. We lived in an apartment building and would keep the big window by the fire escape open for cross ventilation. Once I turned 7, I was lucky enough to go to sleep away camp each summer for a few weeks. There was no air conditioning in the apartment until I was in college. I do remember walking to the library and museum with my younger brothers and spending a few hours there when it was very hot as they did have really good a/c!
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:03 AM   #15
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We were talking about it not long ago, too. We didn't realize that it was hot. We were used to it. We had an attic fan at home that really brought in the cool breeze. I remember we would lie across the picnic table and look at the clouds to see what they looked like, ran through the sprinklers, rode our bikes and played like it was cool. I know my grands do not run around outside like we did. A shame it is such an inside world nowadays.
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Tatehouse, we were outside most of the time, too. I'd forgotten about the attic fans. Yes, they helped a good deal. Most of the children in my neighborhood play outside in that old-fashioned way. It's unusual these days and lovely to see.

We were allowed popsicles once in a while on a week-end, which was a great treat in the summer. No soda pops, though, except very rarely, as in once or twice each summer. It was ginger ale, root beer, Dr. Pepper, or some orange or grape. We all thought it was very grown up to drink ginger ale. We were thrilled to be allowed to take the bottles back to the store and keep the money!
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:12 AM   #17
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On those rare hot days as I grew up in England, I remember the black pitch bubbles in between the cobbled stones in the middle of the road on the streets. We would all touch them of course and our mothers would have to rub us all down with butter to remove them before a soak in the tub.
When we drove to the countryside or to a park or lake I remember the breathtaking scenery.
The lake district was so pretty with wildflowers growing here and there up and over the meadows, blackberry bushes were plentiful too and so thorny and lots of seeds in those blackberries, lots of rambling wild roses too that were thorny.

Excellent writing Susan. Do you blog or journal?
I just copied it to show to Tara.

" you can complain because the rose has thorns,
OR you can rejoice because the thorns have roses."

Isn't that a wonderful philosophy to live by.
At times I was not so poetic.
My kitchen sign said "Thou Shalt Not Whine"

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Until age 11, we lived just up the street from the Chesapeake. We were the third house up the street from the bay, so that's how we cooled off.
Then at age 11 we moved to a house right smack dab on the water's edge of the Bay. Walked out our door and down the walk about 25 feet and jump in. So I always had a way to cool off. It is amazing though, when as a child, the heat didn't bother me near as much as it does now.
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My parents had an a/c in their bedroom and we'd camp out on their bedroom floor.
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My brother and I played and played. We'd build forts in the woods, where it was cooler, or get into our swim suits and squirt each other with the hose.

I remember dad coming home and after work and taking us to a nearby lake after supper to cool off. He only did it a couple of times but boy did those little trips to cool off make memories!

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When we drove to the countryside or to a park or lake I remember the breathtaking scenery. The lake district was so pretty with wildflowers growing here and there up and over the meadows, blackberry bushes were plentiful too and so thorny and lots of seeds in those blackberries, lots of rambling wild roses too that were thorny. LOL!

Reminds me of the old saying, " you can complain because the rose has thorns,
OR you can rejoice because the thorns have roses."
Susan, DW and I spent a week there back in 1996, we loved it. Stayed with friends in Windermere.

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Sprinklers used here too...Also we use to fill up old barrels and just move up and down in them...We always went down to Padre Isand for vacation to cool off....
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Thanks Jezzie, I just rambled on about our rare hot days. Glad you like the rose quote.

Doug, Good to hear you enjoyed your stay at Lake Windermere. Did you have good weather? Lots of walking/hiking in that area huh?
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summer heat

sprinklers, we had a big washtub, I use to sit in that. lol. We also had a camp on a lake and I swam most of the summer away. Then there was always the good old community swimming pool. That was fun too. Popsicles, fudgicles, koolaid. Nice memories.
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And good to know all those frozen treats are sugar free now too, so we can still enjoy them!!!!




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And good to know all those frozen treats are sugar free now too, so we can still enjoy them!!!!




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Ya, you know it!!! I am having sherbert in a cone for my dessert. OH btw, it is 100 degrees here on my weather bug. Today it was 103 in the back yard in the shade. all that cold stuff would be good right now.
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