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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Trees, Water, and Bugs

We have had some unusually cold nights recently. Upon awaking on one cold morning the view out the window looked something like this. My first thought was that it had snowed overnight. Then I realized the it was not snow, rather that the cottonwood trees were releasing there seed into the world. It is remarkable how these tall and stately water loving trees grow from such tiny delicate powdery seeds. There has not been as much of this "snow" floating around this year as we are accustom to seeing. Perhaps the late frost we had reduced the production. It seems that this offering of fluff tends to occur at about the time that the water in backyard pools is warming up to the point that folks are trying to get them ready to use. I recall that during the many years we maintained one it was a routine nuisance cleaning it out of the filters and skimmers.

That pool was the center of our summertime activities as our four children were growing up. We took great pleasure in the time we had with them each summer and playing in that pool as a family was one of our favorite activities. They would often invite there friends over for a swim at the drop of a hat. We seldom had to wonder where they were or who there friends were. Much of our summer fun was centered around water. Of course there was playing in the sprinkler or in the rain, going to the beach, fishing, squirt guns, and yes even watching the rain run down the windows or even just laying on the grass and looking up at the clouds.

I have also noticed that the fireflies are out now, a sure sign that summer is beginning in the Midwest. Your children are missing an integral part of life unless they have gone to bed at night with a firefly lantern shining in the corner of their room. We always used a jar, and a lid with some holes poked into it, threw in a few small sticks for them to climb on, then went out a caught them and put them in the jar. If you plan to use these lanterns often you can now buy them or they can be made from screen wire. The June bugs are also out, and I expect to be seeing ladybugs soon.

I am making an extra effort to really enjoy this summer more than any other in the recent past.

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