Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Today is the longest day of the year! Here in North Vancouver, the sun will shine all day and half the night. Samuel said he woke up a little before 5:00 this morning and the sun was already beginning to peek over the mountain. When we begin preparations for bed, around 10:00 at night, it's still light outside. This is one of the things I love about summer here; the days are SO long. No matter what time you have church in the evening, there's still plenty of daylight left so you can sit on your patio or do some activity outside. The afternoons do tend to sneak up on me, though; I keep thinking it's about 2:00 and I have plenty of time, and then I look at the clock and it's 4:30 and time to cook supper!
Summer temperatures here are fairly moderate. Our highs this week are in the upper 60's. Next week, the forecasters are predicting one day to be in the mid-80's, the rest in the 70's. That's not too bad, considering that when we visited Texas at the end of June, the temps were already in the mid-90's! We don't have a major problem with smog, although like any major city, there are days when the ozone is worse than others. But that's over there, across the harbor. Up here on the North Shore, it's clear and fresh! We usually have a bit of a breeze, either from the mountains or the sea. It does get hot in the house in the late afternoon, but it cools down quickly, to the point of closing the doors and windows, in the early evening. We've been placed in a very comfortable climate!
You'd think, with cooler temps than the majority of North America in the summer, that we wouldn't have problems with nearly-nothing clothing, but not so. In the fall, we have the same temps, and people cover up. Call it summer, and they take off their clothes!
I wish you each a happy, productive summer. Summer can be such a busy time, with VBS, camp, outdoor activities, gardening, picnics, vacations, holidays - but the number one thing is seeking the lost, those who need to hear the Good News that Jesus saves!