The longest day of sunshine in the whole year…and it’s Father’s Day. You have hours and hours to spend with your dad today! What will you do?
– go camping, go sailing, have a picnic, play on the beach, go to the zoo, take a walk in the woods, play in the back yard, snuggle on the couch, climb a mountain, go out to dinner, eat ice cream cones on the porch, sing silly songs, read stories, play with his beard, watch the sun set….
Spend time with your Dad. All you can. There will probably come a day when you have no more hours of sun or darkness to spend together in the world. In those days, you may spend time with your photographs and memories of him instead. It’s not a bad time…..but it’s not the same.
Dedicated, with love, to my dad (George) and the father of my four children (Jim). I miss you this long, sunny day.
Perfect timing! Believe it or not, this week’s photo challenge coincides with the first anniversary of my daughter’s wedding. Susan & Andy became engaged on July 28, 2012 and married one year later. We joined them for outdoor ceremonies in Madison, WI both years. The first year, the temperature was in the 90s (Fahrenheit). And humid.
For the wedding, although the sun was shining, the mercury never reached 70!
This morning, as Steve & I walked to a local breakfast cafe, I was wearing a sweater and a nylon jacket…it was 59 degrees out. Summer may not always be HOT, but here in the Midwest, it comes bearing flowers and greenery. Which is a wonderful way to show Affection, Tenderness, Beauty, Grace…and LOVE! I’m lovin’ summer here in Wisconsin!
Who could deny the insouciance of a wild daisy, cheerful and innocent? Taken in “my prairie”. The challenge post is here.
We haven’t had rain in a few weeks, and things at Old World Wisconsin (the outdoor living history museum where I work) are very hot and dry. We closed down to a skeleton crew on Thursday because the heat index was over 100 degrees. Only 25 visitors came the entire day. I worked both yesterday and today, and now I have my swollen ankles propped up on the couch. I don’t have air conditioning at home, either, but I do have a ceiling fan and a strategic plan to keep the house cool. That plan involves making it as dark and cave-like as possible. Here are some other tips for surviving the heat:
cheat on the number of petticoats you wear (I went down to only one, but I don’t think anyone knew).
hide a wet dishcloth under your skirts or drape one around your neck.
plunge your hands and wrists into cold water from the pump.
skip the corset, if you dare (I haven’t tried this yet).
move as little as possible. This means I opt for sewing over playing the pump organ.
drink lots of water and stay in the shade (well, that’s obvious).
take a cue from the oxen, Ted & Bear, and get a friend to lick your ears. Strategic evaporation, you know.