Pat Shingleton: "Summertime and varmints"
Summer officially begins in 12 days. The society section of The Advocate showcases engagements and weddings with June traditionally a popular month to exchange vows. As noted in a previous column, long before air conditioning, antiperspirants and perfumes - high temperatures and high humidity created a few bothersome odors. To combat these "smells," brides would carry a fresh bouquet of flowers and the tradition continues today. Years ago, many roofs did not have rafters and were thatched and layered with thick straw and hay. During persistent showers, thunderstorms and episodes of downpours, the animals and insects would fall through the thatch. These episodes initiated the saying..."It's raining cats and dogs."