Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Days

It was hot in Iowa last week ( I know. It was hot in other places too). According to a former student's Facebook status, it was hot enough for a pork chop to cook on the dash of your car in a couple of hours (trust me, you don't want the details.) There was a heat advisory/warning from 1:00pm Monday until 7:00pm FRIDAY. That's a long time.  And it was hot. So hot, that there were only two places to be---in the air conditioning somewhere or IN THE LAKE.

We chose the lake (sorry, no pictures. We had way too much fun and the camera isn't waterproof).

Now the beach is right across from our little trailer, so Kaylee and Tony can go to the water and swim and we can sit at the table under the shade of the umbrella and watch.  We fill up the baby pool for Max to play in. I get a lot of Maxspeak while his dad is filling it up. I'm pretty sure he was asking what was taking so long. Chloe and her BFF, Bella, are in the trailer, noses pressed to the window and whining. I'm pretty sure they were asking why they got stuck inside when everyone else got to be outside.

There comes a hot point, though, that even sticking your feet in the baby pool and letting toddlers pour water on your legs isn't cooling.

And then, it's time to venture across the road..with your chair.

The trick is to put your chair deep enough in the water that the water comes up high enough to cool you, but you won't tip over in the water if a kid jumps in your lap. A dog leash around the toddler floaty and a tube for a table and we are set for a couple of hours of water sitting. Ahhhh. The coolness slides right up your body. Relief.



14 comments:

  1. I was wishing for a lake or the beach during our hot days too, Deb. Amazing weather the past couple of weeks! Glad you had some time to sit in the water & coo-o-ol off! I know it was such fun. I settled for playing with the hose & sprinkling the flowers, & me!

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  2. The coolness slides right up your body. Relief.
    Well...that just about says it all - nothing like a lake to just cool you off and keep you sane.

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  3. Easy to picture that scene of sitting in the water - it is so refreshing! Glad you found a way to stay cool.

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  4. You didn't need a camera because your words brought the image. I am feeling the coolness and the relief.

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  5. Ah, relief! No pictures needed - you described it perfectly! I laughed when you mentioned putting the chair in the water at just the right depth - so when a kid jumps in your lap, you won't tip! Ha! Enjoy and stay cool!

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  6. I love that you described your clever set-up! It is funny how we learn to improvise out of necessity (the need for relief and comfort anyway). My perfect reading float for the lake is one that allows me sit IN the water, not ON the water, so I truly get what you mean!

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  7. Been thinking about you and the lake and wondering if you have been able to keep cool! I think it sounds like the perfect way to chill!

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  8. Great writing - I could feel the heat, and the cool relief of the water. Ahh is right!

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  9. Once again you have created the perfect picture with your words. Poor Chloe & BFF! The lake is always so refreshing when the temps soar. Sounds like you are enjoying yourself.

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  10. Nice-the water sitting sounds like a very refreshing way to beat the heat. It was hot here too last week...my goodness. I don't like when it gets that hot.

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  11. Memories of our last Aussie summer, here Deb. Great visual images in this piece. Although I am in the midst of a cold damp winter, your provided me with words that brought clarity to my memories of summer. Stay cool...

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  12. The latest heat wave has been the worst. I would love to be at the beach!

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  13. I love the image of the chair in the water - as though you moved from the baby pool to a bigger tub. Ahhh

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  14. The image these words made: The coolness slides right up your body. Perfect. I want to write like that.

    Stay cool!

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