12 July 2007

The Curse of the Crappy Concrete Patio

Apparently it's genetic! When I was growing up in South Dakota, we live in two different houses with lovely, big decks. Plenty of room to picnic, to lounge, or whatever kind of outdoor enjoyment. The problem: it was always too hot, too cold, too windy, or too buggy to really enjoy the deck more than a couple of times a year. Then, in 1987, my parents moved to Oregon and bought a house with no deck, just a concrete slab patio in back. Lo and behold, gorgeous weather, lovely evenings, lots of opportunities to sit outside and read, or picnic, enjoy a cup of coffee or a refreshing adult beverage. Since then, much work has been done around the slab and my parents actually have a beautiful outdoor living space that gets used frequently.

So, when Kitty Daddy and I lived in Iowa, we lived in two different houses that had lovely decks (fwiw, my dad was responsible in full or part for all four decks...and they were nice!!), but (guess what), it was always too hot, too cold, too windy, or too buggy to really enjoy the deck more than a couple of times a year (sound familiar). So we move to Wisconsin and have an apartment with a slab concrete patio in back that we are out on almost daily, except for the hottest weather. The kids run around in the back yard and I can sit and knit. It would be glorious to have dinner out there, but there really isn't room for a table. *sigh* Maybe someday...

This gripe was motivated by the break we have gotten after last weekend's hot weather. Those of you in the toasty Pacific NW might want to skip the rest of the paragraph...just sayin'. Today is the second day in the mid-70's and the kids and I were out back from after supper until pajama time. My toes were *almost* chilly by the time we came in! We spent a couple of hours at the zoo yesterday morning. Except for the fact that we were clearly not the only ones who thought it would be a good zoo day, we had a wonderful time. We saw youngish prairie dogs (not babies, but clearly not full grown either) and we spent a lot of time at the herpetarium/discovery center looking at the exhibits. We also caught the bats actually moving! Usually they just hang there the whole time, but yesterday several were flying around! There was even one that would hang on a lower point so that Bug could get a closer look. We also discovered a bat skeleton that has always been there, but we hadn't been to the discovery center since starting the bat craze. This morning, we took the sand toys to the volleyball court at "Keys Park" and played for a while.

Apparently, my freak magnet is still in good working order. While we were playing in the sand this morning, two girls came over and, naturally, Bug invited them to play. A couple of minutes late, their mom came over, picked up their shoes and snack (or something in a ziploc) where they had left them and walked away. She finally came back about 20 minutes later and still really didn't say anything except to ask if some nearby buildings were condos (I didn't know). Then she told the girls they could play a few more minutes and walked away again. What the heck?? There have been a few times when we have been playing with our sand toys that a mom and a couple of kids have wandered over, but the mom always asks if it is okay for her kids to join and then keeps an eye on them. This was just weird.

While at the park, I started on a new sock. I am trying the toe-up recipe from the Summer Interweave issue. Since these are destined to be gifted, there won't be any pictures until all is said and done. Just in case the recipient is reading or one of my readers blabs to him/her...kwim?? The Black Gloss yarn is going back in the stash to think about its misbehavior. We'll try the Rosa socks again after this pair is done.

3 comments:

Marianne said...

Wow, sounds like some fabulous weather you're having! Sounds like a great day at the zoo too.
The lady at the volleyball court? Strange indeed...
Looking forward to seeing the socks...when all is said and done!

Namma said...

Yes, I've been comparing the daily figures (temp, humidity, etc.) of our family's respective homes, and you're right, it is currently much nicer temp- and humidity-wise in the Midwest than the Pacific NW right now and during the past few days. All I can say is enjoy!...temps in the 70s in July are totally wonderful.

Yeah, the lovely deck/plain ol' concrete patio relationship to inhospitable/wonderful outdoor conditions has always been a conundrum to me, too. And speaking of decks/patios, it's been too hot for a couple of days now to eat out on our patio as we normally do this time of year. Marine air...where are you?

I'm happy that you're having such nice weather so that you can enjoy the outdoors at home, at the park, and at the zoo. Hope it stays that way for a while. Expectant mommies need all the help they can get!

knottykitty said...

Yesterday it was 98 degrees here in Seattle...good times...Don't feel bad about your crappy concrete patio. We finally have a townhouse of our own that has a gravely-concrete porch that is about a foot high and only a foot wide----making it very easy to fall off of and hit the fence about two feet away. That's our "back yard." Yeah, I'm thinkin a deck would be nice about now, but we'd have to install it on the roof...

Oh and BTW, that sounds like quite the weird one that you attracted at the sand box! Sheesh! Maybe she was afraid if she spoke, you'd expect her to ASK you to babysit her kidlings for her!