It gets hot fast here.
We set up the plastic pool in the yard last weekend. It's bigger than the one at home! The kids like it, though it's still pretty cold in the mornings -- nights here are still cool. The filter pump is broken. We need to get that fixed, or in another week it'll be a big plastic tankful of slime.
Memorial Day barbecue at Marine House today. The American expat community here isn't large, but it's friendly. There was live music and a magic show for the kids. Leah spent a lot of time running after a basketball and/or sitting on my shoulders. The boys played with the Marines' ping-pong table and air hockey board.
The black poplars have been producing fluff. We visited a garment factory today -- we know the owner, and they were having a sale -- and it was all through the air like snow. You could make fluffballs with it, though you couldn't throw them very far. The ivy on one side of our house, which looked completely dead a month ago, is now a thick blanket of leaves. Mosquito larvae are hatching out in our little fountain-pond. (We added some small fish. Not sure if they're helping or not.) In the back yard of Marine House, small cherries were already pink on their backyard cherry tree.
Last week we had hail, which was interesting -- pea-sized chunks of ice, melting in moments. Every Saturday, the park down the street -- "Parcul Dendrariul" -- fills up with wedding parties; apparently it's traditional to have a photo shoot there. The boys already know a limo from a strech limo, just from that.
Summer in Moldova is just about here.