Friday, May 10, 2013

Gorgeous Weather (finally!)

Ahhhh....I just spent a half hour out in the brilliant sunshine--85 degrees of wonderful! It's been a long season of "meh" weather for those of us in the DC area. Not very warm, but not very cold. Just sort of gray and boring. Well today I threw caution to the wind. No hat. No sunscreen. Just warm sunshine seeping into my bones as I walked with some work friends back from an event.

There is something so soothing and cathartic about today's weather. Spring arrived a few weeks ago and so we've had blooming flowers and trees, lots of pollen and fast growing grass, but fairly cool temps. We did have one really odd hot day a few weeks back, but today, well this is what I was waiting for. Real warmth.

And for anyone who has not yet heard the news, real warmth is going to bring something special to DC this year. Cicadas! As has been reported "The group of cicadas known as Brood II—which last emerged in 1996—will be appearing once the local ground temperature reaches a consistent level of 64 degrees. When the thermometer hits that mark eight inches below the surface, it's cicada time."


They are due around mid May, (so any day now) and they'll stick around for about four weeks they say. I hope this doesn't freak the boys out too much (or me and/or Susanne for that matter). And I also hope that the cicadas don't spoil Danny's birthday party which we plan to hold outside this year at our local pool right before Memorial Day. Hmmmmm...maybe we should just make it a Cicada theme? Yeah. I know. Bad idea.

I'm ending this post with a picture of these lovely flowers that "the boys" got for Susanne on Wednesday to honor her frugal nature for Mother's Day. You see she would have hated paying full price for these the actual weekend of Mother's Day. I like to think I'm teaching them well.

So Happy Mother's Day to Susanne, to my mother-in-law Ulli, my sisters, neices, friends and to all who mother people sometimes (I think that would be all of us male and female alike.) And last but never least, Happy Mother's Day Mom. Love you and miss you. -Monica

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