Cooling off.

Today we all have pink shoulders and rosy cheeks. Our time outside in the bright sunshine has left an unexpected mark!  Yesterday was the hottest day of the year (so far). I can't believe it is only May and its as hot as August. 


We have a wood-fired hot tub in our backyard. (It's this one and we can't say enough wonderful things about it.) Pete and I heat it up once or twice a week and soak under the stars. But yesterday the hot tub served its second equally important function: as the Cold Tub Swimming Pool. At a chilly 73 F, the kids (and I) jumped in and splashed, dunked, and laughed our way through the heat of the afternoon. Sage even forgot he wasn't feeling well and lost himself in the silliness with his sister and I.







And today? Thunderstorms and hail. (At least it has cooled off!) I think I'll be using the dryer in the basement today.




8 thoughts on “Cooling off.

  1. denise says:

    Oh, that is the exact hot tub we want! We have a garden bed that is now shaded as a tree is growing finally to shade and it is the perfect spot for a hot tub, so we just started thinking about it over the past month or two. Ahhh, that sounds wonderful.

    It was so hot yesterday (and Sunday)! We went to bed expecting ‘possibility of afternoon thunderstorms’ for the day, and woke up to house shaking thunder and rain/hail. Wowza.

    Great shots in the water.

  2. Rachel Wolf says:

    We built it from a kit when Sage was 2. We’ve used it constantly ever since. We use it in the summer (not as hot), and best of all in the winter with snowflakes floating down. Totally worth the investment!

  3. Bárbara says:

    Great boat! (the second pic is really cool)

    Let me share something with you: My mother is almost crying because she thinks is too cold to do anything other than drink chai. And you know how cold is here right now? 75F. Yes… We’re having a cold autumn around here… heheheheh And we live in south east, right under the tropic of capricorn, not too cold and not too hot.

    I love to see how the world is so rich and able to provide us a fun myriad of experiences.

  4. Rachel Wolf says:

    We love it! We’ve had it for more than five years and it’s still perfect. Weathered, but perfect. It is cedar and chemical free. You can even add salts to the water if you wish. Bliss!

  5. Rachel Wolf says:

    Thanks Bárbara for the perspective! I love the notion that 75 could be cold. Lupine is in the tub right now – the water is around 70 F and the air is too.

  6. Rachel Wolf says:

    I use a Nikon D100. It is very easy to use (if you use some of the automatic settings). I picked it up off of Craigslist a few years ago.
    🙂 Rachel

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