Saturday, July 15, 2006

The heat is on!

I don't know what the unofficial high was here today; when I looked at the thermometer it read 98 or 99, but there was some sun shining on it so it could have been reading high. At any rate, it was too hot. But for some reason, it didn't bother me too much. I spent the morning doing household chores, like finally blanching and freezing the peas I picked last week. Yes, I just didn't have enough of a window of time to get to them before this, and I was worried sick that they would have all spoiled by now in the cooler I was keeping them in. I lost maybe a pound or so that had gotten too ripe or started to rot, but I still managed to get a few meals' worth put away.



In the early afternoon, I got a call from my aunt who was having an impromptu family get together at their lake home. Now, on my side of the family spontaneity is almost unheard of, but in Minnesota on the hottest day in ten years you'd be a fool to turn down an invitation to a lake place, even if it was a sixty mile drive one way. Especially when tubing is on the agenda!


This was Calvin and Starflower's first time, and they had a blast. Mr. Attitude wasn't overly anxious to try it, which was fine with me. And my uncle, he was just beaming. He only has one step granddaughter who lives in another state, so I think he was proud to take my brother's and my kids tubing, with his father's old pontoon boat and new motor, at the lake place his parents (my grandparents) had for many years. I have many great memories of weekends spent there, waterskiing and tubing and swimming. I didn't get in the water today; it was a bit green for my tastes and I'm allergic to the green stuff. It was just fun watching my kids have fun.

4 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

Oh that looks like so much fun! I grew up around the Duluth area where lakes are everywhere. Down here they are shallow, green from all the chemicals, and far and few between. Thanks for taking me back...

As the Garden Grows said...

I've noticed sometimes our lake looks "greener" some times than others. What is the "green"? Call me stupid, but I am curious. PS..Love your blog.

Deb said...

prairie chick- I don't think I could live where there weren't deep, relatively clear lakes nearby!

as the garden grows- The green is most likely from microscopic plants called algae. The more fertile the water,the more algae there is, and it does get to be a problem in some of the lakes around here. Or it could be duckweed, which looks like little green ovals on the surface of a pond.

and thanks! It looks like yours is off to a good start too!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Hot summer days at family lake cabins are one of the things I miss most about Minnesota (other than my family anyway). Sounded like the perfect way to spend such a hot day!

P.S. I've been reading for a while due to a recommendation from Catena Expressions...