For me, The 4th of July has always been the official launch to the summer season. But, this year, I feel like I’ve been living in continuous summertime since the beginning of June. It’s been hot, and I love the heat. Around here in western Massachusetts, typically heat also means humidity. Even for someone like me who worships the sun, the humidity, at times, gets me down. And, of course, the humidity brings the bugs. Ugh!
Not this summer! It’s been hot and dry, breezy, cool at night, and no bugs. Absolutely glorious – and along with me, the dogs are embracing it. Annie and Lily stay out back from 9:00 in the morning ’til dinnertime at 5:00. It’s lucky for me their internal body clocks cue them in to eat or I’d be hard-pressed to get them inside. The back field and surrounding woods are a nature’s paradise for this pair. They sit motionless for hours, silently listening and smelling all sorts of woodland creatures. Most of the time, they leave the open field area and head way back to the farthest corner of the fence up into the woods and settle into a bed of leaves as they take great pleasure in their hunt. So happy and content.
What about King? Well if I’m outside, so is he… but, when I’m at my desk working, my faithful boy is right at my feet. He’ll go outside initially with Annie and Lily to scope things out, but unless I’m out in the garden or yard, he’s at the door within 20 minutes signaling me to let him in. Can’t say I mind his company… If I have to be at my desk working, I love being able to feel his presence leaning against my chair, his head ready for me to pet. My little muse.
In weather like this, King and I move our office to the porch where we, too, can enjoy summer’s delightful sights and sounds. Once my work is done, my co-worker and I head out together for a walk. Got to enjoy every minute of every day… less work and more play… hiking, biking, and kayaking as much as possible. Summer passes so quickly.