Posts Tagged ‘Hot Weather’

Old Sol

September 16, 2012

A Little Game of Strip Poker!
Now, then — I’ll raise the ante a few more degrees — and I’ll thank you if you’ll hand over your socks!

Daily InterLake (Kalispell, Montana) Jul 17, 1930

Siriusly – Hot “Dog Days” Weather

August 19, 2012


I’ll sing a curious little song,
Perhaps you’ll find it dull and dreary;
In truth, I drive the Muse along,
And often notice she is weary.
To sing of dog days I’ll confess
Requires a lot of nerve and notion,
Still, if you’ll bear with me, I guess,
You’ll save lost motion.

When Sirius upon the scene
Climbs upward with his constellation,
The other stars feel real mean,
And drive the world to consternation;
Poor mortals must, perforce, throw fits,
Or seek the heart-destroying places;
Freak baths allure, the mud and sitz
Preserve our graces.

The angry stars get jealous now
Of Sirius, who roars and blusters —
He stirs all heaven to a row
With hypochondriac-like flusters.
Throughout this time when flies abaft
Our beam refuse to let us swat them,
This heavenly bully drives us daft —
We know we’ve “got them.”

Our cows — they give us buttermilk;
Our pigs break through our beds of tulips;
Our silk worms all refuse to silk,
We keep alive by mock mint juleps;
Just how we strive through heat and wet
Proves that our life’s no bed of clover —
Well — let us sweat and swear and get
These dog days over!

Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Jul 23, 1917

Never Go.

Misfortune ne’er leaves us,
A fact which is plain —
The dog days have left us,
But cat nights remain.

— Detroit Tribune.

Decatur Herald (Decatur, Illinois) Aug 29, 1905


Dog Days and Cat Nights.

“Making any progress toward getting acquainted with those fashionable people next door?”

“Just a little. Their cat invited our cat over to a musicale last night.”

Fitchburg Daily Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) Aug 31, 1918

Hot Day Hints

July 20, 2012


Suggestions For Those Who Become Warm and Weary at This Season.

When tired, warm and weary after a day’s outing, do not plunge the face in cold water expecting to be refreshed, or you will be more than disappointed. After the first cooling contact with the water the flesh will smart and burn more uncomfortably than ever. Instead of soothing the overheated skin cold water acts as an irritant, whereas tepid or hot water produces a contrary and desirable effect. After removing the dust and cleansing the pores thoroughly a buttermilk rub will heal, whiten and keep the skin tissues in a healthy condition.

The sun glaring on hot brick and mortar and hot, dusty pavements is very hard on the eyes. Bathing the eyes in tepid rainwater and epsom salts or diluted extract of witch hazel will allay inflammation and rest them wonderfully. A linen cloth moistened in either of these lotions and laid upon the eyes while taking a short siesta will give relief and induce nature’s doctor, “balmy sleep,” to woo the weary brain and tired eyes in restful repose. The same result is obtained by using crushed plantain leaves in a similar manner.

The clammy moisture so annoying may be alleviated by dropping a half teaspoonful of dissolved alum in the water or a few drops of sulphuric acid to render it sour. Lemon juice is also very excellent, removing stains and discolorations as well, and frequent use, with an occasional application of glycerin and rosewater mixed, gives a velvety whiteness to the skin. — Philadelphia Times.

Middletown Daily Argus (Middletown, New York) Jul 10, 1894