Today was a popsicle day.

One of my friends has said, “It is impossible to be angry while eating a popsicle.” I have no idea how this happens with a frozen stick of fruit juice, but it is absolutely true. Today was the kind of high temperature situation when our family would take our chances with the crowds and go on the lake or to the waterfalls in the mountains or on the coast under normal circumstances, but since we aren’t dealing with normal circumstances, we stayed home with our fruit pops.

Day 192: Quick! Somebody turn on the sprinklers!!!

SprinklerRemember that post a couple of days or so when I talked about how hot it was? Today it’s ten degrees hotter. It reminds me of a time when Al was a preschooler and Nat was a young toddler, and we were invited to lunch with one of my friends at the local university campus, where she worked. It was a warm Summer day, and we had a nice visit followed by a stroll around the campus. School was between sessions, so the campus was pretty quiet. As we were passing by, one of the fountains came on and I told my well dressed, supposedly trained children to walk around it. Nat was the youngest at the time and was not having that. He ran full speed into the fountain. He completely wet his clothes, shoes and hair in the fountain. Al figured that if his brother was completely wet, what did he have to lose? It took a few minutes for me to close my mouth, but I was shaking my head the entire time. Since then I have repeatedly learned that all bets are off when the weather is hot and flowing water is nearby (as evidenced by the times I have had to escort my kids out of the front yard sprinkers that were there to water the grass, not them). As hot as it is today, I could go for a sprinkler run myself. 🙂

My dad had surgery this week. And Louisiana heat SUCKS.

He had an automobile accident a couple of months ago and he had problems with his shoulder. I had that moment when my dad was no longer invincible when he was diagnosed with Cancer, but it’s never easy when one’s parents are ill. At least it’s not easy for me. I know it is going to be alright but I’ve been having the feeling for a while that I need to spend more time with my family in general and my parents in particular. In the late Fall, Winter or Early Spring, though, because Louisiana heat SUCKS (I know this is random, but if you’re reading this and you’re from Florida, your heat sucks too – You’re welcome).  And Louisiana humidity sucks even worse. The heat is simply uncivilized and the mosquitoes don’t help. It’s a major reason why I don’t live there now. Imagine the look I want to give people out here when they can’t handle 90 degree heat. I’ve been happy and relieved with weather that COOLED to 90 degrees. Of course if I need to go during the Summer, I’d do anything for my parents, but I just hope it doesn’t work out that way.