summer solstice party!

Tonight we attended a block party, of sorts. Our neighbors across the street invited everyone to their home for a Summer Solstice Party. They are a lovely retired couple with two grown daughters and two yappy Scottish terriers. Everyone was asked to bring something to drink and something to pass. Since the lemon tree of a certain family in our church is still overflowing with lemons, we were able to get another grocery bag full of fresh lemons, thereby enabling me to make another round of lemonade and Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies, same as I did last week. Both items went over well at the party.  It was nice to meet some of the other families of the neighborhood, although to be quite honest, few of the actual families were there. Most of the people in attendance were retired couples. But there were a few younger ones, although JJ and I and the girls definitely were the youngest. It was enjoyable to meet the different people, and I think it was good to be the face of our church. Everyone knows our church is on their street, but people aren’t willing to come up and knock on our door and ask us what we’re all about. I also think that showing up with two young children makes JJ and I more approachable, too. We had a good time.

It is HOT! Even our evening party tonight was hot. There were high temperature records smashed all over the Bay Area today. San Francisco was up in the high 90’s. San Francisco!! The city of fog!! Our lovely burg where we live hit at least 95 degrees, I’m sure. Even the downstairs of our house, which practically ALWAYS stays cool, is on the warm side. I was glad to go for a late-night grocery store run (at 10:30 pm) just to be able to put on the a/c in the car. The girls are already asleep downstairs in the toy room where it’s cooler, and I’ll be joining them shortly. The upstairs is an absolute sauna, in my opinion, although of the three bedrooms, our master bedroom is the coolest. By morning, it should be quite comfortable up there, but I’m glad to sleep downstairs. The girls got to bed really late tonight due to the party, so I’m hopeful that Baby J might even make it through the whole night without waking up, especially considering that last night she didn’t wake up until 5:30 a.m. Fingers crossed…

Edited the next morning to add: Yeah, that didn’t happen.  But, still, it wasn’t too bad of a night, all things considered.  Time to get ready for another hot day…

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