Dear Mother Nature,

Some of us are a little disturbed.  It’s July 30th today and we are wondering…can you send a little warmth our way?  Just heat up the summer a bit more?  Pretty please?

Our beaches are empty.  The picnic tables look lonely.  The temperature so often stays in the 60′s and barely ventures into the low 70′s.  We’re dreaming of some hot weather.  Just a few days.  Before the summer ends.

Second Sand beach--empty.

Second Sand beach--empty.

Can we strike a deal?  How about five days with temperatures above 80 degrees?  (That is, if you can’t spare any more.)  Did you see how we so nicely handled those fifteen below zero days?  We didn’t even sulk, or complain (too much).  Some of us even went outside!  Don’t we need something to balance out our long cold winters?  Some heat waves?  Some days when we let the fans whir the air around the muggy house?  Can’t you take pity on us?  Winter will be back soon.  Give us some summer.

Deserted beach

Deserted beach

The kids in the Upper Peninsula want to go swimming.  The garden plants dream of heat and sun.  The zucchini and the beans look oh-so-sad.  You’ve been kindly sending rain.  Today you blessed us with over a half an inch of rain.  A couple years ago we begged you for rain so fervently.  And now you’ve complied.  But, could you turn up the heat?  Even a 79 degree day would feel heavenly.

Clouds and lake...just before the rain started this afternoon

Clouds and lake...just before the rain started this afternoon

Someone around here started a fire this morning.  At the end of July, for goodness sakes.  Only a small fire in the woodstove with a couple pieces of firewood, but this is against all official rules and regulations of summer.  This shouldn’t have to happen!

Here’s our dream:  to wear a sleeveless shirt and shorts a half dozen times before the first frost.  Please?

Lonely picnic table

Lonely picnic table

OK, OK, Mama Nature, if you crank it up to 90 or 95 degrees, we MIGHT complain.  We’ll try not to.  We’ll think of February.  But we might get a little fickle on you if we’re really sweating.  But then again, maybe we’ll go to the beach.  Maybe there will be fifty people there!  Maybe little kids will be swimming and families will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers and frisbees will be flying…

80 degrees.  That’s all we want.  For a few days, at least.  What do you think? 

Sincerely and with Love,

Some Upper Peninsula Friends

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