Monday, January 31, 2011
January's Summer Days
These are the days of summer, that arrive in the middle of our winter. Most of January has been sun filled, warm, bright. The sky has been as blue as July, and friends have been sharing their beach pictures on the social networks.
We are lucky.
Max and Maria put up the tent, in spite of Ferris' help. Then they invited friends over for a Nerf battle-Dungeons and Dragons-Giant Pizza-Poki-Sleep-over. Lucas and Eric accepted the invitation and the revelry commenced at sundown, Saturday night.
Ferris did not wait for the sun to go down. His fun began two minutes after his rescue from his earlier adventure. He was crazy-happy about the tent! He kept running under the tent, then Maria would go in after him. Inside the tent, Max was laughing as his wild cat ran, then bounced off of the tent walls. Ferris wore himself out so thoroughly that he was panting, like a tired dog.
In this picture I can tell Ferris is not tired yet. Max is the only one who can get away with holding Ferris this way, and when Ferris isn't feeling wild, he submits contentedly to Max's snuggling embrace.
You know it's an easy day, when you find the time to stretch out on the lawn and photograph weeds. I am earnestly trying to learn about aperture and exposure. This one seems to have come out alright, but I have two hundred images that suggest I need to keep working at it.
It turns out that this was the last full day of summer. Sunday morning was nice too, but it got progressively cooler, windier, and then last night it was raining! Makes me glad we all had a day outdoors. Sanka too! She enjoyed her visit to the lawn, the apple slice Maria gave her.
She enjoyed sticking her nose to the ground, finding some good earth to inhale.
Then she overheard us discussing Groundhog Day, our plans for celebrating, the possibility of six more weeks of winter!
She might have been worried about more winter days... but when winter is like this? who can honestly fret?
So, yesterday summer left, again. And now it is cold(er), and gray. Everything is damp.
Okay. About Groundhog Day... the tent is still up, so the boys can sleep out, like they did last year. We have plenty of whole grain pancake mix, so we could whip up some Groundcakes! I think it would be the ideal day to plant our little GIANT Sequoia tree.
We were discussing all the possibilities and my favorite suggestion came from Alex, who said, "We could go Groundhog caroling!" Glorious! I love this idea. And please, if you know any traditional Groundhog carols, or other appropriate ditties, we would very much appreciate knowing about them. Now that summer is over, we are ready to welcome and embrace winter's return!