Ice cream on a cold summer night

By | June 6, 2017

What to do on a cold, rainy summer night?

OK, so technically it isn’t summer yet. Summer officially arrives on June 20, which is only two weeks away but seems like a lot longer. It would be nice to have some warm weather by June. After all, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, right? Apparently not, because here it is, June 5, and it’s 52 degrees outside and raining. 52 was the high temperature today, I think.

So what do we do in Maine on such a cold, dreary night? Eat ice cream, of course.

Actually, I didn’t eat any ice cream. My wife said she wanted ice cream, so we went to the grocery store and picked some up. She wanted chocolate, and I don’t do chocolate because any caffeine makes me shake and keeps me up all night. The joys of middle age!

Plus I don’t like ice cream when it’s cold. Ice cream is made for warm weather, 70 degrees and above. Eating ice cream should be a race against time to see if you can finish it before it all melts. But both my wife and son love chocolate, and the thermometer can’t drop low enough to stop them from eating ice cream. Slather on some cool whip and hot fudge and butterscotch and they’re happy.

I’ll eat ice cream when it’s warm

The good news is that the weather is supposed to change by Wednesday. Another day of rain and high temperatures in the 50’s tomorrow, but then sunshine and temperature possibly in the 70’s by Wednesday. Then you’ll probably see me eating ice cream. Black raspberry, most likely, although if we go out for ice cream I may go for that old person’s standard, rum raisin. I’ve never seen a person under the age of 40 eat rum raisin ice cream. I myself couldn’t stand it until I was in my 40’s.

So what will I do tonight while everyone else is stuffed full of ice cream? Maybe watch an episode of House of Cards while drinking a beer. Except, of course, it’s too cold for beer. A cold beer is great on a warm summer night, but not so much on a cold rainy night. There are ways around that, though. For instance, maybe a hot toddy?


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