I was the first one awake this morning, and the sun was shining brightly. When I opened the front door to grab the newspaper off the step, I was greeted with warmth and the promise of a beautiful day. I decided to go for a walk and changed into shorts and a t-shirt, grabbed my sunglasses and mp3 player and took off down the path that runs behind our house.
My usual route takes me past a little pond and today there were three families of geese paddling around. The parents were leading their little ones across the pond with the daddy geese taking the lead and the momma geese bringing up the rear. It looked as if the babies were expected to stay between their parents, but one of the babies was overly enthusiastic and took off ahead of Dad. The whole family came to a halt and the ants-in-his-pants baby was called back to rejoin his clan. He paddled fiercely back to where he belonged at which point his momma gave him a stern peck and yanked him back to where his siblings were waiting. I don’t think he’ll be venturing out of formation again anytime soon.
I wished I had brought my camera!
After watching the geese for a while, I picked up my pace again and by the time I got back home I had actually worked up a sweat. I sat on the front step, enjoying the sun and peeled off my shoes and socks before heading into the house to make a pancake breakfast for the kids.
When everyone had eaten enough pancakes and eggs, cooked to order, I cleaned up the kitchen and hit the shower, anxious to get outside and enjoy a play-day after spending the last two days working inside and out of the house. I dressed in shorts and a tank top and dried my hair with plans to get the deck furniture out and spend some time relaxing in the sun and playing our new Ladder Ball game with the kids.
I bounced out the door and suddenly realized the sun was nowhere to be found and the temperature suddenly felt much cooler. Damn! I tried to tell myself the clouds would move along shortly, but no such luck. I had to go grab a sweatshirt, but I wasn’t changing out of the shorts yet. I had faith the sun would make a return.
By noon, the sun was still missing in action. Mark and I made a trip to the grocery store to pick up some things to put on the grill for dinner. By the time we got back home, I had given up and changed into warmer clothing.
The kids and I still had fun playing Ladder Ball all afternoon but it was obvious there was no hope for getting even a slight tan today.
Dinner was excellent. We made some colorful kabobs, with teriyaki marinated chicken, red, yellow and orange peppers, mushrooms and sweet onions. We also grilled potatoes with peppers, onions, garlic and lots of butter and we enjoyed some fresh, sweet cantaloupe.
By the time we finished dinner, the temperature had dropped to 50 degrees!
It was a good weeked anyway, with all the makings of summer. We just need to sun to start cooperating!