Four seasons, one tree. My backyard.
Click to hear each season (thanks to Antonio Vivaldi):
Tell me about the seasons in your neck of the woods. What do you notice out your window through the year?
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about standing in the exact same spot at the exact same time of day once a quarter. With Colorado’s weather front and center, as well as summer’s shift into fall, now is a good time to think seasons.
Thanks to the 23½ degree tilt of the earth’s axis, during half the year we tilt toward the sun, getting more hours of daylight to warm the earth, and during the other half of the year we tilt away from the sun, getting fewer hours of daylight to warm the earth.
Here are the seasons in my neck of the woods. How about yours?
Considering that the cumulative high temperature over the last 10 days has been about 1000°, and considering that my home (and home office) has no air conditioning, I have brainstormed some helpful hints on how to spend your next 60 days (or 6000°).
11. One word: basement.
10. Slather on the sunscreen and set up the Slip ‘n’ Slide, uh, for the KIDS. Right. For the kids.
9. Conduct a mad Internet search for an air conditioning unit. Pay whatever is asked, even if it completely usurps the childrens’ college funds.
8. Plant an acorn and envision that in the Summer of ’42 you’ll have shade.
7. Hijack an ice cream truck.
6. Daydream about the Blizzard of 2003. And the snowless snow days of 2011 when it hit 40° below and the school buses wouldn’t run.
5. Eat this dessert (adults only).
4. Go to Costco and accidentally find yourself in the refrigerated food section. I mean INSIDE it. If caught, claim that you were chasing a wayward child who loves cheese.
3. Investigate rain dances from various indigenous cultures. Gather the neighbors to help you summon and please the rain gods with a rainmaking ritual. Stop short of sacrificing small animals, especially if flame is involved.
2. Hug a firefighter. Air hug, perhaps, to prevent spontaneous combustion.
1. Popsicles for dinner.
How do you cool off on a hot summer day?
(Cross posted on MileHighMamas.com.)
(Southern hemisphere friends, please tuck this post away and come back to read in January.)