I was planning to do a post on 4th of July Etsy finds for you today, but then I spent most of yesterday afternoon cuddling with a man who was not Pete.
Okay, technically, the man in question is only two months old and spent most of the day alternating between sleeping and working on loading up his diaper, but he was napping in my arms, which meant that I really just had to sit and enjoy him, right?
Anyway, once I finally got around to doing my Etsy research, my searches didn’t go quite as I expected. While I found plenty of patriotic jewelry, t-shirts, housewares, and whatnot, one type of item kept popping up and it left me somewhat baffled.
I’m talking about Independence Day themed scarves, like this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this. (Verily, I say unto thee, go check out those scarves, because there’s an amazing amount of variety.)
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Virginia, the 4th of July always means hot, hot, and more hot. In fact, I don’t think I have ever not sweated on this holiday. Most years, we’re in Virginia, where it’s in the 90s and humid. I’m pretty sure I’ve never, EVER shivered on the 4th of July in my entire life. The L.L. Bean summer catalogs always baffle me, what with their “summer weight sweaters” and fleece and all that, especially since the one time I was in Maine, it was July 6 and it was 99 degrees. Rumor has it that Maine can be chilly in the summer, even if it did totally disappoint me when I was there.
Anyway, just for kicks, I did a random search of other places in the U.S. to see what the weather will be like tomorrow. I made a point to choose plenty of places north of Virginia, on the off chance that since they are closer to the North Pole it might be cool enough there to merit needing a special holiday scarf for the 4th. Here’s my research:
- All of New Hampshire (it’s a small state) – high of 94/low of 74
- Grand Forks, Minnesota – 94/62
- Boise, Idaho – 91/61
- Buffalo, New York – 89/68
- Bismarck, North Dakota – 87/58
- Helena, Montana – 83/53
- Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan – 82/63
- Portland, Oregon – 77/54
- Freeport, Maine – 75/64
- Fort Yukon, Alaska – 72/55
- San Diego, CA – 67/62
- San Francisco, California - 64/35
- Anchorage, Alaska – 60/50
- Barrow, Alaska – 44/37
So… If you live in San Francisco or upper Alaska, there’s a good chance you’ll want to peruse the 4th of July themed scarves on Etsy. Otherwise, I’d suggest that you hold onto your money and instead spend it on cold drinks, sandals, and sunblock.
In other random Etsy finds, apparently the 4th of July suggests to some people the need for themed undergarments. [Insert ribald comment about seeing fireworks...]
Anyway, for any Americans reading this, I hope you have a wonderful holiday. For the rest of the world, happy Wednesday. I’ll see you all next Monday.