Summer begins -- 05/31/11
The calendar may say that summer begins with the solar solstice on June 21st but people often say that Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. I talked about that last year in my June 21st entry, about how when I was a kid summer (including bright sunshine and summer temperatures) seemed to arrive with the annual Memorial Day parade (except, of course, for there still being another four weeks or so of school left).
Sunday Jeremy decided to have a cookout. He fired up his grill and fixed a marvelous meal. He invited friends (a married couple with their kids) plus Janet & Tom (Nancy's sister and her husband). Jill had to work from 3 until 8 and Nancy (as I mentioned on Friday) was in South Carolina.
The picture below shows Jeremy at his grill.
And the project was soon complete.
Oh, okay, so it took a bit longer than "soon" but we eventually got it in place. After all, we've been doing this for years. I'm not sure how much longer though... the fabric is getting a bit worn... and the deck probably doesn't have too many more years left in it before it will need to either be repaired or replaced. We have talked about replacing it with a three season room but then there is the question of money. (Maybe I shouldn't retire in two more years.)
Ah well... Nancy and Jill and I ate dinner on the deck last night by the light of half a dozen candles on the table. Thus, I can definitely say, summer has now officially arrived at our house...