Monday, September 28, 2009

Questions About the Weather

Q: It's been cooler up there in Ohio for the past few days, hasn't it?
A: This weekend was the first time I really felt fall in the air. And it's not just colder, we're getting copious amounts of rain to boot!

Q: Wow, how does that impact outdoor activities, like soccer, mowing the lawn, and going to the bus stop?
A: One topic at a time, please.

Q: Sorry. How does that impact soccer?
A: We have two kids in soccer, a second-grader who loves it and gives it his all, and a kindergartner who seems to lose interest at a rate that is directly proportional to the positive interest of another family member. That is, the more we care about his games, the less he does. Weird.

So when it rained all day Saturday, and it was still coming down hard when it was time to leave for the young one's game, we stayed warm and dry at home. There was no reason to compound the misery. Although I spent the time finishing a crown molding project in the dining room, which is more unpleasant than standing in the cold rain. I am a glutton for punishment.

Q: OK, so how about mowing the lawn?
A: The weather impacts not mowing the lawn more than it impacts mowing the lawn. Right now I have a very moist jungle growing out back. I hope to be able to mow it this evening. If all goes well the mulching blade will do its job and I won't have to rake the lawn when I'm done. Because even if I need to rake it, it is very likely that I won't bother.

Q: Last but not least: the bus stop.
A: That's not a question.

Q: Humor me?
A: If you insist. We have been fortunate that all bus stop trips have been dry so far. Today was very windy and chilly, though. It was worse in the afternoon than the morning. My younger son was quite put off by the cold and the wind, and insisted I carry him. Since the walk is only five driveways, I declined, but I did carry his lunchbox for him.

Every few steps he complained about the cold and pleaded for me to carry him. It's not like we're summiting Mt. Everest or anything like that, so I decided that a character-building walk was not beyond his means.

When I got to the garage I knew he had been trailing a few paces behind me. I turned to check his progress, and instead set sight on this fabulous piece of melodrama, prone in my driveway, at which time I finally gave in and carried him:

26 comments:

Kristi said...

That photo is hilarious and looks just like my 2-year-old daughter on any given day of the week. :)

kdrausin said...

Too funny! I love the picture and I'm smiling because those days are over for me. My son's eleven. All I have to say is- "The phone will be mine."

L. T. Host said...

Ahahahahahaha! I don't know why, but something about this picture really speaks to him taking after you... ;)

Seriously, though, wanna ship some of that rain out here to CA? We're fast approaching the perfect storm for fire conditions again: drought conditions, hot, dry, high winds.

scott g.f.bailey said...

The NWS predicts cold and rain for us, too:

...A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO COOLER AND WETTER WEATHER WILL BEGINLATER TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH AT LEAST NEXT WEEKEND... THE RECENT DRY AND MILD WEATHER PATTERN WILL COME TO AN ABRUPT ENDTONIGHT AS A COLD FRONT IN THE GULF OF ALASKA SWINGS SOUTHEASTTHROUGH THE AREA. WHILE THE FRONT WILL BRING SOME LIGHT RAIN TO MOST AREAS TONIGHT...THE BIGGER WEATHER CHANGE WILL BE NOTICED ON TUESDAY. TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWLANDS WILL TOP OUT BELOW 60 DEGREES IN MOSTLOCATIONS...WHILE TEMPERATURES IN THE MOUNTAINS PASSES ONLY PEAK OUTAROUND THE 40 DEGREE MARK.

Crimogenic said...

Great picture, hilarious and too cute.

Here in Chicago its starting to feel like winter. As usual we skipped Fall.

Bane of Anubis said...

I can't believe you gave in -- you should have lay down next to him and told him that he needed to carry you :)

The Screaming Guppy said...

Hah! That's hilarious. :)

Annie Louden said...

Haha! That's awesome.

Vodka Logic said...

I know it is frustrating but how adorable is that picture.

Rick Daley said...

He stayed there long enough for me to go in, find the camera, turn it on, come back outside, aim, and shoot. And we have the kind of digital camera that takes 45 seconds to snap a picture after you press the button. It takes about 3 minutes to get ready for the next shot. Luckily the first one turned out, but I bet he would have stayed there for more.

Bane, good idea, I'll try that next time after I draw a chalk line around him. Should have thought of that, too. We have tons of driveway chalk.

And if y'all couldn't tell, the entire post was just an excuse to put that picture up there.

Brenda Bowen said...

This child will go far!

Laurel said...

Oh, my. Youngest child syndrome, methinks. My own youngest frequently bucks for best dramatic cameo of the household, although the genetic predisposition runs strong through both.

And rain? I'm in Georgia. I'm sure you've seen the pictures. 16 inches in less than 48 hours is just too much. Our back yard has taken on tropical rainforest aspects. But the butterflies are lovely!

Linda said...

You really didn't need an excuse to post that picture, but it did add drama.

Sharon said...

Ah- the real truth is, he misses his Aunt Sharon!! You know thats 'our' driveway aka a giant art pad & hopscotch home..
Tell him I'll be there to visit soon!!

Rick Daley said...

Brenda- He'll go far, but at this rate it will take him a while to get there!

Laurel- Our older son has an equal flare for drama. The main difference is that the younger one does it to be funny, the older one does it to demonstrate how awfully wrong and unjust the world can be to only him.

Linda- I knew the second I saw him lying there that he would make th blog!

Sharon- Sell some houses so you can get back up here!

Martha W said...

Wow. That's too cute - he definitely has a flare for the drama! Good luck with that little spitfire!

Anonymous said...

A future Milliondollar Actor in the making.
(Meaning the kid in the driveway)

Rich said...

The picture is precious! Just so you know, the weather in Hilton Head is ideal. Today 66 at dawn and 76 at 4 PM, Mr Sun was out the entire day. Now is the time we find living in SC worth the hot and humid summers. Eat your heart out!

Rick Daley said...

I swear I've looked at this picture a thousand times and it still makes me laugh out loud and it warms my heart!

Almost enough to get over the Ohio cold.

Sharon said...

Maybe- just maybe...the black top on your driveway is full of warmth, and he's just trying to suck it all in before the dreadful Ohio winter arrives!!!!
I miss that little guy!!

WeaselMomma said...

That is the cutest pic!

chas bassos said...

In a few weeks, if he tries that again, he'll find his cheek stuck to a frozen driveway. That should take care of the problem for the future.

This pic and story made a great start to my day.

Jenna Alexander said...

Oh my - I think your mind works like mine... when my son did somethign funny, made an astronomical mess, got stuck in a tree, etc... the first thing that popped into my head was - wait, I have to get a picture of this.

Great picture - I'm glad you captured it.

Jenna

Chris said...

Classic..funny stuff rick

Donna Hole said...

I'm sorry I didn't find this post last week, when I could have used laughter of this magnatude.

I'm still laughing so hard I can't type. Oh, to be a fly on Rick Daly's wall when he's writing!!

word verif: fersed. It that the kind of fit your youngest is known for throwing?

Rick Daley said...

Donna,

Reading my writing has got to be more entertaining that watching its production.

The flies in here are just like "Who's that guy in the sweatpants and t-shirt laughing at himself?"