17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, June 29, 1912: Put the hammock up this morning after having quite a time with Ruthie. She’s my boss absolute. It’s gotten very hot now.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Sisters! Was the disagreement about the hammock or something else?
Grandma’s mother bought the hammock the previous day. With the weather turning hot—it sounds like she bought it at the perfect time.
Laying in the hammock with a cool drink sounds like the perfect way to spend a hot summer day.
Here’s a couple recipes for cold drinks from a 1912 cookbook:
Boil two cups of sugar and four cups water until a rich sirup is formed. Add one cup lemon juice. Dilute with ice water.
Make tea. Serve in glasses with crushed ice, with one tablespoon lemon juice in each glass.
4 cups currant juice
4 cups sugar
12 cups water
2 cups tea
Boil sugar and water five minutes; add tea, juice, lemons and oranges sliced, and a large piece of ice.
Lowney’s Cook Book (1912)