Oh, man, it was hot today. When the cloud cover is light there’s simply nothing to do but feel the heat. Which I did, as I rode Uptown to meet R. for lunch. After a lovely meal with good food and good company I got on my bike–the hot seat reminded me of at least one good reason not to wear skirts and ride–and headed toward the river to help N. move something heavy. I noticed this wonderful garden as I pedaled along Cadiz. I had never noticed before how there were plants growing on the roof of these outdoor structures. Upon closer inspection I noticed the rain barrel collecting from that same roof, several different raised beds growing vegetables as well as what must have been some truly delightful sunflowers (that season’s pretty much over–I miss them already), some small trees, and other greenery. This is the playground of Samuel J. Green Charter School–how cool is that? I wonder what they do with it in the spring semester. I know what I’ll be doing then–complaining about the cold and wishing for precisely a day like this, where riding around means seeing gardens like this and friends like M. who, along with her lovely-eyed friend L., invited me on that porch for water and shade. Lazy summer, don’t fail me now!