But in the mornings and evenings, I think it is beautiful. It helps that there is a reservoir out our front door.
During the past month's heat, the kids have been swimming in the reservoir 4 or 5 times a day. Here are some pictures from a recent hot summer evening......
I don't know where that big black rubber thing on the dock came from, but the kids put it to use as a makeshift waterslide.
The cat and dog will follow the kids to the dock. Leif brought his book for me to read to him.
Heidi's friend, Allison, was over for the day and they swam from sunup to sundown.
That pretty little desert area behind Alison is FULL of ticks. We found that out last time we lived here and it hasn't changed. Almost everyone, including me, have had one this summer.
Sometime that evening, I told Heidi to paddle with the air mattress way out into the lake and bring back what looked like a piece of trash floating out there. She paddled and paddled and paddled. As she was coming back she kept yelling and complaining how heavy the piece of trash was and that her arms were tired. I yelled back, asking her what the trash was and she said it was block of styrofoam with rope wrapped around it. I told her that it must not be too heavy or it wouldn't be floating in the water so please quit being a wimp! 10 minutes later she was finally back to the dock. As we were taking the styrofoam block from her so we could look more closely at it, we realized why it was so "heavy". She had been dragging 15 feet of rope with a metal crawdad cage attached at the end.
Oops. I guess that wasn't floating trash. It was a floating marker for someone's crawdad cage. There was a nice big crawdad in there too! We had fun looking at it and scaring each other with it and then I said we better put it back. Um, and Heidi could you pretty please paddle that crawdad cage back to where you found it? Oh, she wasn't very happy with me! :-)
By the time we went home the sun was almost completely down. I wish I could capture laid back days like this and put them in a bottle. Life is good.