The beginning of summer

I don’t think we really have spring here in Cincinnati. We have one day of mediocrely warm weather, then all of a sudden the heat comes, and the air conditioners are turned on full blast. Today was our first official day of the warm half of the year. All afternoon, my sunroof was open and windows rolled down. I held off on the air conditioning to enjoy the heat a bit while it’s still a novelty around here.

The birds, however, are still in their breeding season, and tonight, through the open window in the TV room, we heard our neighborhood Barred Owl calling out to all the other owls within earshot. I’ve been encased all winter in thick clothes and coats and machines that have the windows tightly closed. Now, in the middle of this, I have an open window, and an owl calling.

Happy spring!