Friday, August 7, 2009

A Lovely Early Evening

Today was a quiet work day. Lots of folks on vacation, not a lot of email traffic, no big issues needing fast resolution. I stopped right about 5pm and went into the living room to begin the weekend. It had been a beautiful, cool day, weather-wise, and I thought Skip might want to go out for a cigar, so I asked if she'd like to go out. She was surprised and delighted at the offer.

I grabbed her cigars and paraphenalia (lighter, cutter, ashtray) and we headed out to the patio. We have a big dog bed for the pups to use on the patio and I set it up at Skip's feet. I got her cigar lit and the dogs and I settled in with her for a bit of relaxation.

We sat under the gazebo enjoying the time together. Lovely temp (well, I thought it was a bit cool, but it was great for Skip). Birds chirping, red squirrel nearby scolding. We live in a quiet neighborhood, so not much noise from the street or nearby houses to intrude.

During vacation, I'd started reading a new book that I thought Skip would enjoy as well, Harold Kushner's Overcoming Life's Disappointments. I was reading it aloud to her at bedtime on vacation but we hadn't yet finished it. While we sat on the patio, I read her another chapter. I enjoy reading aloud, I love Harold Kushner books and this book is definitely one with plenty of interesting content for both of us.

We only sat out for an hour or so, but it was lovely and relaxing. A wonderful way to start the weekend.


Herrad said...

Hi Cranky,

Sounds like you both had a very pleasant time relaxing together.

How lovely, that is what we all need to remember to plan in, is the lovelyness in our lives.

Have a great weekend.

Cranky said...

Herrad - I agree! You have a great weekend, too.

awb said...

Simple pleasures are the best. Hope the remainder of the weekend is as relaxing.


Anonymous said...

Hi Cranky! That sounds like a nice evening together! I love reading aloud too, actually sometimes when I'm reading, I read aloud by myself anyway, it gives the story a little more "life"! I'm so glad you had a relaxing start to the weekend!

Cranky said...

Andy - so true. I'm looking forward to a wonderful weekend.

Rain - I've been reading aloud a lot to Skip lately, because I read her posts from my blog as well as others. I think that's what prompted me to suggest I read this book to Skip. Frankly, I'm amazed how well she tracks to the content; my brain would be wandering all over the place.