Sunday, August 19, 2012

Summer Sun Afternoon in the Pool

I can tell that summer is beginning to wind down. I looked at the thermometer this morning and it told me that it was all of 60 degrees outside. Yesterday it was 62 and for some days before it has been running about 64 degrees.

The afternoon temperatures are in the low to mid 80's. It is cooler. The humidity has broken and it is pleasant to be outside working around the house again in the afternoon. Chris and I finished cutting up the tree that we had felled earlier in the week. I also noticed the lawn is growing more slowly--I'm not sure if it needs to be mowed this week or not.

The pool is also beginning to cool in response to the lower overnight temperatures.

And so it was with this pre-autumn, early summer's demise that yesterday afternoon I spent a couple of hours in a floatie in the pool trying to restore some of my faded tan. The water was cooler. But the sky was so blue and the sun was warm--not hot, like it was just a too short month ago.

I read that the grape harvest has begun in Virginia. The first whites of 2012 are being prepared to transform from fruit on the vine into wine.

Summer is winding down.

Autumn is lurking.

I know there will likely be a few 90 degree days left to enjoy before the leaves decide to come off the trees. But every day right now seems cooler than the one before.

But at least for one day, I was in my pool, relaxing with my sunglasses and just enjoying the sun and the afternoon.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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