it's just too hot to stitch. I usually look forward to stitching during the swim meets, but last Friday was the beginning of our current heat wave. When we got to the pool for the Friday evening swim meet, it was still 105 degrees. I found a shady spot next to the building, but the concrete just radiated the heat back making it too hot and sweaty to handle lovely linens and silks.
DH finally remembered to bring his camera to catch the boys in action. The first photo shows Kyle swimming the breast stroke and the second is of Kevin, black shorts in the center, getting ready for his race.
Instead of my stitching bag, I packed a cooler full of ice and sodas and Gatorade and took along the latest historical novel I'm reading, The Winter King, by Bernard Cornwell, a tale of Arthur and the Britons' fight against the invading Saxons. I have a fondness for historical novels, and especially those involving England's history.
Kevin and Kyle continue to show improvement from week to week. It does seem odd that the coaches usually put Kevin (who is a bit bigger and stronger) in the 12 and under category, then Kyle swims in the 14 and under. Must be fewer swimmers in the older category, but why not Kevin who is the bigger of the two? It makes a great teasing point that Kyle is the more mature of the two, lol!
Earlier in the afternoon, I took Kirsten out to the home of a family whose girls are a part of our local American Heritage Girl troop. They were hosting a campout in their large back yard. As their house is fairly new, they were lacking in large shade trees. So they had rigged up some tarps to make a large shade structure, as well as erecting a couple of canopies. Since it was so hot, they curtailed some of their planned activities, such as the hike up a nearby hill, and ended right after lunch the next day. They kept busy with badge work in skills such as tying knots, first aid, and orienteering (using a compass). When I picked Kirsten up on Saturday lunchtime, she was still ready for more, but the heat had taken it's toll on all the adults and they were ready to call it quits. I so appreciate their work in providing this event for the girls and enduring record-breaking heat!