Bright Sun Shiny Day

My eldest daughter still hasn’t quite forgiven us for moving away from the hot sunny beaches of Southern California to the often gray and rainy Pacific Northwest.  For some reason, she doesn’t delight in the towering evergreens and the cooler temperatures of our home.  Despite the fact that she has lived two thirds of her life in the Seattle area, she still desperately misses the sun. 

This could explain why my child was bouncing off the walls with cheerfulness this morning.  She could already tell that it was going to be the second warm sunny day in a row.  I had barely started to open my sleep crusted eyes when she started belting out every song about the sun that she could think of.  (Trust me there are way too many of them.)

She finally left for school and I started rummaging through my drawers to find something cool to wear.  I finally came up with a skirt that had been shoved into the back of my closet.  It was perfect for this sunny day.  Well, that was until I looked in the full length mirror and noticed that my pasty white legs seemed to be covered with a thin layer of fur.  Sigh…apparently it was time for me to shave them. 

Squinting my eyes to keep out the brightness, I tried in vain to quiet the dogs who felt that they had to defend our home from all the savage sun reflections that had invaded it.  They yipped and growled out warnings to the foolish cats that were basking in the golden spots of sunlight.  Obviously, the contented cats had no idea what danger they were in. 

I finally gave up on soothing our fierce guard dogs and headed out to the car.  In the bright sunlight, I couldn’t help but notice how many weeds had spouted seemingly overnight.  It’s possible that they had already been there, and I just hadn’t seen them in our normal grey light.  I prefer, however,  to think that the sun has just coaxed them out of the ground rather abruptly. 

When I got to my car, I was in shock.  When it’s not wet, it seems to be the color of…well…um…of dirt.   Yep, that pesky sun really shows off exactly how filthy my car actually is.  I frantically grabbed a pair of sunglasses (did you know that WA has the highest per capital purchases of sunglasses?)  to help mask the dirt. 

Sigh…I can already tell that it’s going to be a long day…

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13 Responses to Bright Sun Shiny Day

  1. Judith says:

    I would love to particapate in a ‘tween/teen swap with you!! My 11 year old is crushed about having left Washington for Southern California! Lastest complaint:”Too much sun hurts my eyes.” Anyway, great blog…Judith

  2. Kristi says:

    My legs also seem to be covered with fur for some reason! Luck for me, we are having another cold snap so I have a few days before I get out the machete!!

  3. Ellie says:

    Maybe the cats weren’t wearing sun screen!!! 🙂

  4. Kell says:

    We had some really warm days, so mine have been de-furred. It’s sad when you’re husband actually notices, “Did you shave your legs?” He always seems so astounded.

    Enjoy the sunny days. We’re still under a cold spell, and I think we’ll be slowly warming up next week.

  5. Arlene says:

    I broke down and drove mine through the carwash today to wash all the pollen off of it!
    My kids would disown me if I took them from the 2 seasons they’ve become accustomed to in CA 🙂

  6. Lynne says:

    Ah, the sun can be very cruel. In my house too it shows the up all the spots on the stainless steel surface of the fridge, things I thought were clean are really not. Yes, I know just what you mean.
    Enjoyed your story; clever writing!

  7. mrs darling says:

    Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean about the sun coming out and showing all the dirt! But goodness, wasn’t these last two days postively gorgoeus?

    I wore a white sleevless dress yesterday and felt positively summerish!

  8. Jay says:

    We are having a cold spell here. I had to turn on my electric blanket last night.

    Sunny Southern California or the Pacific Northwest? That would be a really tough choice to make. The climate in SoCal is pretty gentle isn’t it? I mean, it’s not like South Texas, 90 degrees and 90 % humidity on Christmas Day?

    I think the sun and sand would be most fun though.

  9. Susan says:

    Judith~A tween boy for a hormonal teen girl? Bring it on! I can totally understand where he is coming from, I need my shades!

    Kristi~Don’t tell anyone..but the fur is still there 🙂

    Ellie~ I hadn’t thought of that…what considerate puppies I have.

    Kell~lol exactly how furry do you get????

    Arlene~Ah, but double the seasons. I am captivated by every spring and fall. CA always seems so brown to me when we go back to visit.

    Lynne~it helps if you close all the curtains and shades in the house. 🙂

    Mrs D~I’ve actually loved the last couple of days…sunshine is happy! Sadly we are back to grey skies…do you think I jinxed it?

    Jay~I don’t do heat well. I would be miserable in 90 degrees…UGH! Keep me anywhere along the west coast and I’ll be happy!

  10. We are having a mini heatwave hear in Britain, so the ladies might be doing a lot to get the fur off!

  11. Cheryl says:

    That sunglasses comment was interesting. I wonder why so many people buy them there. I know that you do have brilliantly sunny days, but still, not like Nevada, let’s say. I’ve been to Seattle in the summer when it’s stayed at 60 degrees for the week, and others when it’s been in the 80’s. When it’s good, there’s no place better.

  12. Patsy Ann says:

    If you got “fun” then that must mean it’s been about 3 yrs since you mowed your legs! I remembr how slow you grow. And there is absolutely nothing like the warm sun of southern california especially in the winter! Humity is only high when it rains! and if it is ninety a little breeze will cool you off. Only problem with southern cal is all of those people from the parts of the USA that are migrating here. TOO much, WAY to much traffic! KT can come stay with us, she can bask in the sun.

  13. Susan says:

    Captain~I’m sure they are

    Cheryl~I’ve heard it’s because it gets sunny so people buy them. Then when the rain and grey skies come they get put…somewhere…and forgotten. So when the sun comes they buy more…it’s a vicious cycle.

    Patsy~ Well, yeah…I’m not that hairy, but I’m not complaining!