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Old 08-10-2018, 11:29 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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This summer has been mostly glorious here in NW AR, including the nights. We've had mostly moderate temps (highs in the upper 80s, lows in the low 60s), sufficient rain, and enough clear nights that I can attest to Mars being noticeably bright and clear.
Everything is green and lush, and many nights we've been able to sleep with the windows open. The fireflies are even still out and about, I don't recall ever seeing them in August before.
That's right. Rub it in, but cowgirls don't cry.

I miss fireflies. We don't have any to speak of in SW Colorado, but I remember being enchanted by them as a child when we lived in Kentucky. It's good to know that at least someone is having a nice summer. Enjoy, Bisquitmom!

 
Old 08-11-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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This summer has been mostly glorious here in NW AR, including the nights. We've had mostly moderate temps (highs in the upper 80s, lows in the low 60s), sufficient rain, and enough clear nights that I can attest to Mars being noticeably bright and clear.
Everything is green and lush, and many nights we've been able to sleep with the windows open. The fireflies are even still out and about, I don't recall ever seeing them in August before.

Ah I miss living there.
 
Old 08-11-2018, 09:39 AM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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This summer has been mostly glorious here in NW AR, including the nights. We've had mostly moderate temps (highs in the upper 80s, lows in the low 60s), sufficient rain, and enough clear nights that I can attest to Mars being noticeably bright and clear.
Everything is green and lush, and many nights we've been able to sleep with the windows open. The fireflies are even still out and about, I don't recall ever seeing them in August before.
I was just thinking the same thing about the fireflies; that they seemed to be here later this year. We have had a few hot days and a stretch of a couple of weeks without rain. But with a shower now and then, everything is back to lush and green and when I rolled the trash can out the other night, it felt downright cool.

Sunny day today with just a few puffs of clouds. Watching a hummingbird make his stops in front of my window at the Franklin tree and the cannas. Won't be too long until I start seeing the first color change on the trees on the plateau near my house. I do like that the seasons here are not too long; by the time I get tired of one it is about time for the next one to roll in.
 
Old 08-11-2018, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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This summer has been mostly glorious here in NW AR, including the nights. We've had mostly moderate temps (highs in the upper 80s, lows in the low 60s), sufficient rain, and enough clear nights that I can attest to Mars being noticeably bright and clear.
Everything is green and lush, and many nights we've been able to sleep with the windows open. The fireflies are even still out and about, I don't recall ever seeing them in August before.
Sounds nice!
 
Old 08-12-2018, 04:13 PM
 
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I miss the Fire Flies, too. We also called them Lightning Bugs. Hubby, brother, and I all grew up in Illinois and that is where we saw them. None here in dry and hot Arizona. Our daughters used to fly up to IL to their grandma, where they got to experience catching lightning bugs and watching the 4th of July parade. And Oberweiss ice cream. But we have good ice cream here in Arizona, too!
 
Old 08-12-2018, 07:20 PM
 
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Fire flies—so pretty and evocative of summer nights!

My favorite memory of them is watching fireworks in VT. When the fireworks flashed off and darkness prevailed for a few moments, the fireflies all flashed in unison! A little girl had a firefly signalling in her hair and giggled with glee when her mom told her.
 
Old 08-12-2018, 10:57 PM
 
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Just one more thing I love about my new hometown:
https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/.../joe-copeland/
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Joe Copeland, 98 and a volunteer with the Fayetteville Public Library for 40 years, sits Thursday, August 2, 2018, in the used book shop at the library. - Consider, if you will, what Copeland has witnessed and accomplished in his 98 years on Earth: The oldest of eight kids, he helped raise his younger siblings as his father struggled to support the family on a teacher’s salary during the Great Depression. As a young man, he would become the family’s financial anchor, working with the Civilian Conservation Corps to build Devil’s Den State Park. In World War II, he was part of multiple military campaigns and sacrificed most of his hearing during his participation in the Allied invasion of Sicily. As an adult, he loyally spent 40 years of his life working for Caterpillar and has, so far, given 45 years to the Fayetteville Public Library, where he is one of the longest-working volunteers in the library’s history.
 
Old 08-12-2018, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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We call them lighting bugs here. My youngest starts a new job tomorrow. She will be working with the special kids who need the most help. She's nervous, but I think she will be good at it.
 
Old 08-12-2018, 11:08 PM
 
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We call them lighting bugs here. My youngest starts a new job tomorrow. She will be working with the special kids who need the most help. She's nervous, but I think she will be good at it.
Speaking as a former (long ago) teacher of very special kids: being nervous is good, the kids will help her get over it!
 
Old 08-12-2018, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Speaking as a former (long ago) teacher of very special kids: being nervous is good, the kids will help her get over it!
She is a para. She was a lunch lady, it was time for a change.
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