Once again, my darling Marsi is back with more of her "value-added" advice. This time she tells us how to stay cool, which I thought until today was irrelevant for us in and around Paris.
A side note on the subject of cucumbers: One summer, my friend Edith's husband delivered cucumber Smoothies to us while we were swimming in their pool. They were thick, greenish and sort of disgusting. We added some fresh mint and that helped. We did however feel exceedingly virtuous and talked about vitamins and minerals as we downed the brew.
Another value-added tip: When you've drunk your water -- as explained below -- save the cuke slices and put them on your eyes. So cool, so soothing. . .
When I was at the hair salon last week for routine scheduled maintenance, my stylist's assistant offered me a glass of iced cucumber water from a beautiful glass decanter that looked just like this.
The addition of the cucumber was so cool and refreshing, and elevated the daily task of drinking water into a pleasure.
It just goes to show you that sometimes it's the little things in life that make a huge difference.
Ever since my afternoon at the salon, I've been keeping a cucumber in a Ziploc bag in the office fridge, and each morning, I fill my half-gallon pitcher with water, a bit of ice, and a good half-dozen or so thin slices of cucumber.
Such an elegant way to beat the heat during this hottest summer on record.
Hurry up, October!
I hope wherever you are, you're keeping cool as a cucumber.