reflections on bedding....
Today is the 2nd day of the 27th week, the 29th day of the 6th month, the 181st day of 2020, and:
ON THIS DAY IN:
- Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul
- Hug Holiday Day
- Independence Day - Seychelles from the United Kingdom in 1976
- International Day Of The Tropics
- International Mud Day
- National Almond Buttercrunch Day
- National Camera Day
- National Waffle Iron Day
- Please Take My Children to Work Day
- World Scleroderma Awareness Day
512 - A solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland.
1534 – Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island.
1613 – The Globe Theatre in London, built by William Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, burns to the ground during a performance of "Henry VIII"
1888 – George Edward Gouraud records Handel's Israel in Egypt onto a phonograph cylinder, thought for many years to be the oldest known recording of music
1927 - the first flight from West Coast arrives in Hawaii
1956 – The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 is signed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.
1961 - Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)
1963 - Beatles' first song "From Me to You" hits UK charts
1964 - the first draft of Star Trek's pilot "Cage" released
1968 - "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17
1972 - USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
1974 – Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from the Soviet Union to Canada while on tour with the Kirov Ballet.
1975 – Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of Apple I computer.
1985 - NASA launches Intelsat VA F-11
1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, theLe Pont de Trinquetaille, was bought for $20.4 million at an auction in London, England.
1995 – Space Shuttle program: STS-71 Mission (Atlantis) docks with the Russian space station Mir for the first time.
2007 – Apple Inc. releases its first mobile phone, the iPhone.
2008 - Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter
2008 - Glastonbury music festival in England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing ""Hallelujah"
Sheets are very personal things, and it is hard to buy sets for other people. Years and years ago – at least 11 actually – my daughter, who was horrified at the sheets I was using at the time, bought me a set of green pinstriped sheets. When I packed up my apartment, it took me a couple of years to get through the Disaster Area and find the sheets, so I would wash and rewash that set and put them back on the bed. Afterwards, I rotated them with the other sheets, but could never quite find ones that I liked so well. I’ve tried cotton, bamboo, flannel, hemp, and some micro-slippery ones, but I keep coming back to these. No idea what kind they are or where they come from, the much washed label just shows an almost illegible “100% cotton”.
Back in the day, Grandmom Hughes used to scoff at people who ironed their sheets, but admitted that she liked ironed pillow cases. My aunt informed her she was not going to iron pillowcases, and my mother said that she would. Of course then she got mad at the whole family after my father left town, and one of the last conversations I had with Grandmom in the hospice was about the fact her pillow cases weren’t ironed and my mother had promised….
I “hand iron” the warm cases out of the dryer, making sure they lie flat, and think about the past. I can almost smell the wonderful smell of freshly laundered sheets as they are taken off the clothes line after drying outside….
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