For the longest while, the time on the deck was peaceful with just the sounds of birds singing, the gentle breeze stirring the wind chimes, the lulled swishing sound of traffic from the other side of the house, and the light pecking of the laptop’s keyboard.
And, then, someone walked their dog through the high school’s parking lot and The Quartet bellowed their loud greetings and raced along the fence. The offending visitor sounded to be quite young and more than eager to visit my four.
The morning is now past 9:15 AM and I’ve not accomplished much other than scrolling through Facebook, texting with moms who now have or will have high school post-grads, and a former student who is now 23, sending a nice Sunday morning greeting text of, “I’ve missed you so much!”
Saturday afternoon, I bussed downtown to grab a bite to eat and to spend some time at Riverscape.
Downtown Dayton was a ghost town! I was not aware of just how barren the central core of downtown is of eateries. Subway and all the quick places were closed, and much of these earlier closings had been in place pre-pandemic. I ended up at a familiar pizza place, spending $10 for two slices, and regretting the purchase. Not to my taste.
I got to my favorite spot at Riverscape and both swings were taken. I moved to the walkway area and the moment I set down my backpack, my favorite swing was vacated. Woo hoo!
I was not physically comfortable, the sun was beginning it’s decline and was getting warmer, and I had no desire to write or edit. It was a deflating spell. I eventually packed up and returned home.
Upon my arrival, a huge box welcomed me to my porch. I was a bit curious as I’d not ordered anything to arrive by UPS and it was not my three-week scheduled order of dog food.
Inside the box was a nice, black chaise lounge for the deck. My old chaise lounge is showing its age but I’d not investigated acquiring a new one.
A nice surprise but quite the mystery.
It’s a fairly easy day with writing, teaching in the afternoon and evening. It’s forecast for the mid-80’s today, so I will probably teach from my study with several fans keeping me cool. It’s a pretty warm week ahead until Saturday when the temperature takes a dive, just in time for a bulk of graduation parties.
The wisteria’s climb up the deck’s tree is looking more beautiful and there are newer irises in the front yard.
I hope you’ll take advantage of this fine day to make it great!