Hello hello, Grace here.
It is HOT in NYC. Yesterday was 86 degrees! (that’s 30 degrees celcius). Very grateful for air conditioning. I know England doesn’t really mess about with air conditioning, but I think that may have to change soon. It seems to be getting warmer and warmer over there, compared to my school days.
I will never forget my second year living in New York City. It was easily the hardest year here struggle & money-wise. I lived in Spanish Harlem with no AC. It would get up to the late 90’s temp wise for months at a time. In fact, I think that summer we hit 100 degrees. No air conditioning.
Not to be dramatic but I’m pretty sure your internal organs start shutting down after a certain amount of time in that heat. I would often go sit in the nearby fast food joint a couple of blocks away, just to cool down (and opportunistically eat some fries). I only stayed in that apartment for 1 year because I had to. THE MOMENT the lease was up I moved over to Astoria Queens, where I stayed in my tiny studio apartment for 5 years hugging my little AC machine in the window.
And now I live in an apartment in Brooklyn with ‘central air’. Fancy. But I have never forgotten that summer. So many people, just in New York alone, will be stuck in their apartments under those circumstances. So I’m praying for them. And I’m feeling extra grateful today for something as simple as air conditioning. You don’t know how blessed & lucky you are, until you don’t have it!
I won’t tell you about when the AC broke last summer for a week though… Not the most graceful Grace.
Pretty special, right? A few of them I spotted earlier in the week and thought ‘Oh that is DEFINITELY going in Saturdays blog! Wow!’. And then on Friday afternoons I go a-searching through both Facebook pages and select my absolute faves.
It’s a bit of a work-treat for me. I stop doing all the other things, make a cup of tea and go on a hunt for inspiration. You lot make it incredibly easy to find inspiration… But very difficult to select cards! They’re all so wonderful.
One of these days, perhaps when life is less up in the air, I will get my crafty mojo back! It left me a while back. But that’s okay. It comes and goes! At the moment I’m on a right health/exercise kick! And I am going to ride that wave for as long as possible. It’s a wave that RARELY comes to my beach. So I better make the most of it 😉
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Lotsa love, Grace xoxo
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