The news this week in Italy is of course Italy winning a World Cup match against Australia and the heat wave. I was in Rome last weekend, it was HOT, when I saw a very interesting commercial on TV. A volunteer agency was offering assistance to elderly individuals who needed help esp. when the temp. soars. This agency offered to run errands such as light shopping so elderly folks did not have to be out and about in the heat. What a wonderful idea.
The European heat wave 2003 killed tens of thousands of people. Needless to say, I try to keep cool by closing the shutters in the house to keep the sunlight out, running a fan to ventilate the apartment, drinking plenty of fluids, taking cold showers and sleeping with our new air conditioner at night.
Last year I did without one but this year the temp. started rising in late May and I knew I would need one to sleep comfortably at night. Even the dog seems hot. Both animals sleep without making a peep. I only wish I could run the air con during the day but the price of electricity in Italy makes it prohibitory. Having it at night is a Godsend so I don't think I should get too spoiled and just thank my lucky stars.
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