things are heating up around here
Talk about hot and steamy! We went from about 17°C on Friday up to about 30°C on Saturday and right now it's 34°C in the shade. Ugh. The kids had Hitzefrei (heat free) today and got out of school an hour early. That's how hot it is. Thank goodness for my new best friend.
We don't have air conditioning, but we do have plenty of electric fans all over the house, including ceiling fans in the upstairs rooms where it gets the hottest, so we manage to keep our cool.
I don't even want to know how many people, in typically German fashion, suffered a Kreislaufzusammenbruch on the weekend. I didn't, but I still must be in danger of being assimilated because after reading the Biowetter report in the newspaper, I awoke with a mother of a headache on Saturday morning. It still lingers on today but I've gotten it down to a dull roar. The only upside of having frequent headaches is that you learn to ignore them and get on with it.
And get on with it we did. As luck would have it, the father-in-law chose to be born on July 15 and we were all expected at high noon to help him celebrate his 78th birthday. Wheee. You know that saying "It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks"? Well, I'd say it's also hard to teach old Germans new tricks. Same procedure as every year: tiny, stuffy 4th floor apartment, no elevator, piping hot midday meal, less than congenial birthday boy and the windows MUST NOT be opened under any circumstances. You get the picture. Fortunately Opa was eager to commence his afternoon nap so we didn't have to stay too long and got to take some cake home with us. Party on.
After a carnivorous barbeque on Saturday and plenty of meat for lunch on Sunday, I decided to declare the place a bratwurst-free zone Sunday evening and whipped up a cool finger food dinner.
goat cheese toasts with walnuts, honey and fresh rosemary
shrimp and mozzarella crostini with a balsamic vinegar dressing
And guess who needs to go out into the searing heat right now? I do. I've been invited to one of those Tupperware/jewelry/candle/racy lingerie/flourescent sex toy-type parties tonight at our neighbour's and need to buy some flowers for her. The merchandise in question this evening is anything but hot, unfortunately. We'll get to look at a selection of overpriced cleaning products. Whooo, doesn't that sound exciting? I'm usually pretty resistant to this type of sales pitch, but I'm sure I'll end up buying something or other because our neighbour is such a sweetheart.
So it's off the the market and back home again for a cold shower. Hope I don't melt into a puddle on the way.
Labels: hot weather