Mid-July already? Around here it feels more like mid-August. Our weather in a word? HOT The days are mostly sunshiny and the major storms in the mountains passed us by, giving us a light and sound show but very little rain. Worst of all, our famous mountain breezes have been more stilled than usual. It is strange indeed to look out the windows and see the leaves quiet and still. And our typical evening cool down is still 70 degrees or so. I do hope this is not the new normal.
Summer is moving on. Already we can hear the sounds of some katydids. Few in number, they will soon be joined by a host of others making a lot of noise during summer evenings.
Lucy spends very little time outdoors in weather like this. An early morning run and our usual evening walk and the occasional trip for necessary processes. But other than that, she much prefers the coolness of the house. So do we.
Smiling at the camera for a change
Hey Mom. I'm just trying to help you out here.
On a positive note, I am getting a lot of reading done. (But on a negative note, I should be using the time to clean my closets.) Somehow the reading is much more fun.
Our quote today comes from the Dalai Lama:
"Whether one believes in a religion or not,
And whether one believes in rebirth or not,
There isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion."
Sometimes I fear we are becoming more and more rude as a nation and less and less compassionate. It seems that more people are too self-absorbed with their electronic devices to be courteous to others. People seem less interested in admiring the beauty around them and more interested in taking a selfie of themselves surrounded by the beauty they have ignored. We seem to be raising a generation who have been praised so much for being mediocre they are happy enough with the status quo and feel entitled to praise and cheer. I hope we can change the path we seem to be traveling. And fortunately, the previous statements do not apply to all so I am a bit more optimistic.
I hope this is a good summer for everyone. And that you are able to enjoy it.
HAVE A SAFE AND WONDERFUL WEEKEND.
TREAT OTHERS WITH KINDNESS AND COMPASSION