"Heat, Humidity, P.U. and Corsages"
Welcome to June with 19 days until summertime starts. The society section of The Advocate showcases engagements and weddings and June is a popular time to exchange vows. As noted in a previous column, long before air conditioning, antiperspirants and perfumes, hot temperatures and high humidity created some bothersome odors. To combat these "smells", brides would carry a bouquet of flowers and the tradition continues today. Years ago, roofs on houses were thatched with thick straw and no rafters. The straw protected dogs, cats, mice and bugs from the elements. During persistent showers, thunderstorms or a brief downpour, the animals and insects would fall from the roof. These episodes initiated the saying... "It's raining cats and dogs." If your wedding is today, fewer showers are expected with less steam.