Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Forecast Today: HOT!

It's going to be hot again today. The summer weather is always hot. I don't know why they even bother to forecast the weather - it's always hot, never cool, never cloudy, never rainy. Just hot.

It's a Cat In The Hat kind of day.

The rain did not come.
It was too hot to play.
So we sat in the house
All that hot, hot, sad day.

I sat there with four kids.
We sat there, us four.
And I said, "How I wish
Some fun would come to our door."

Too hot to go out
And too hot to swim.
So we sat in the dark,
A mom and her kin.

So all we could do was to
And fight with each other.
And sometimes we knit.

And then
Something went BUZZ!
And that buzz was because...

The dryer was finished. Back to chores. So much for Cat In The Hat, back to reality. It was fun while it lasted. Now to figure out something to do.

Whatever happened to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer? They weren't spent in day after day of 100° heat. The kids can't ride their bikes anywhere except around the block - we're surrounded by busy streets with no sidewalks. A simple ride down to the corner store for ice cream cones is a thing of the past - we'd surely be smooshed if we even attempted that.

So, we sit inside during the heat of the day (for those of you who live in more pleasant climates, that's between 10 am and 4 pm). Our local library has fewer books than we do, so that's not much of an option. The kids have already finished their school work, and are almost finished practicing their music. We can always start lunch a bit early, but then what?

We've been going back and forth between movies and reading and games. Maybe I'll pull out the backgammon board again. Unfortunately games often start fights, and then everyone ends up pouting in a separate room. We could always go right to the punishment stage, but that seems too easy...

I think I'm going to go to the "post office" again. Amazingly it looks just like a Starbucks inside. Go figure.

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