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Old 07-02-2014, 08:59 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Just want everyone to know I got back safe and sound from my Florida vacation.

My older brother, who lives near Tampa (he's 62 and retiring in 6 months) made a big fuss over me and treated me to some nice meals and took me on a "tour" of Tampa. This is interesting because we were never really that close.

I stayed in St. Pete. The temp was about 94 or 95 ... but it felt like 105! It was beautiful, though.
Glad to hear you are back and that your trip went well! And nice to hear that you and your brother had a pleasant time together.

 
Old 07-02-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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You would love the Oregon coast. lol When I went up on vacation two years ago it was HOT all the way to Portland up the I-5 corridor. About 105. Then I spent three days on the coast and it was about 60 for a HIGH and 'drizzly'. Since I had lived there for 11 years I was aware of the huge difference and took clothes I knew I'd need. From shorts to sweats real quick.

Our Cicadas are out and sounding pretty 'lusty'. That generally marks the beginning of the Monsoons. They drive some folks nuts but I don't mind hearing them.
i love hearing the Cicadas. It brings back fond memories of sitting on the porch at night with my grandmother.

It has been lovely weather here in the mountains of NC. Last year, we had monsoon season from March to August. It was just horrible - flooding everywhere, mushy ground continually, mold and fungi growing on things I never thought could sustain fungi, lol. My allergies went bonkers!!!!

This year, the rhododendron are beautiful. Our house is surrounded by large thickets of indigenous rhodos. Just gorgeous. Every day I awaken and find more blossoms open.

Temps have been closer to normal here for this time of year than they have been (consistently) for about 15 years. I have actually needed a sweater some evenings, which is how it used to be before the weather patterns changed. We have been in what I believe is a 20 or so year pattern and hopefully, that is changing.

Enjoy your day!!!
 
Old 07-02-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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You would love the Oregon coast. lol
We have a son in Oregon and some days I wish I lived there. It's cool and misty and exactly in my temp range. I've been there twice and loved it.
 
Old 07-02-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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i love hearing the Cicadas. It brings back fond memories of sitting on the porch at night with my grandmother.
Alas I hear it all the time!

I suffer from tinnitus ... and in my case it sounds like crickets or cicadas in the background always.

After going to a ENT specialist and also an Audiologist several years ago it was determined I has losing the ability to hear a single wavelength or pitch (otherwise my hearing was fine) and the tinnitus was a result of that. Not much they can do for it.
 
Old 07-02-2014, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Alas I hear it all the time!

I suffer from tinnitus ... and in my case it sounds like crickets or cicadas in the background always.

After going to a ENT specialist and also an Audiologist several years ago it was determined I has losing the ability to hear a single wavelength or pitch (otherwise my hearing was fine) and the tinnitus was a result of that. Not much they can do for it.
There are dietary supplements to take for it, which a friend takes. Not sure the supplements cured it but they lessened the effects.
 
Old 07-02-2014, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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i love hearing the Cicadas. It brings back fond memories of sitting on the porch at night with my grandmother.

It has been lovely weather here in the mountains of NC. Last year, we had monsoon season from March to August. It was just horrible - flooding everywhere, mushy ground continually, mold and fungi growing on things I never thought could sustain fungi, lol. My allergies went bonkers!!!!

This year, the rhododendron are beautiful. Our house is surrounded by large thickets of indigenous rhodos. Just gorgeous. Every day I awaken and find more blossoms open.

Temps have been closer to normal here for this time of year than they have been (consistently) for about 15 years. I have actually needed a sweater some evenings, which is how it used to be before the weather patterns changed. We have been in what I believe is a 20 or so year pattern and hopefully, that is changing.

Enjoy your day!!!
Cicadas, crickets and frogs...our definite signs of summer. I don't live close enough to the river anymore to hear most of them but what few I hear at the house is enough. By the time they quit I'm sure I'll be thoroughly tired of them.

One of the things I love about the southern states is that it's so beautiful all the flowers, shrubs and trees can make the most decrepit place look gorgeous. I thought that while driving through Mississippi once. Beautiful 'hovels'. Oregon is the same way. Must be the humid weather.
 
Old 07-02-2014, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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We have a son in Oregon and some days I wish I lived there. It's cool and misty and exactly in my temp range. I've been there twice and loved it.
I love Oregon but I can't live there anymore. That damp, cool and misty 'stuff' does my arthritis no good at all. I still love to visit though and make my, every few years, nostalgia trips.
 
Old 07-02-2014, 04:47 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I just got email from LibraryThing that I won an Early Reviewers copy of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. Cool beans. Space Opera.

Wow. A real book made of paper. Won't know how to react
 
Old 07-02-2014, 04:48 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Aren't cicadas the bugs that come out of trees every 7 years???
 
Old 07-02-2014, 04:50 PM
 
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Aren't cicadas the bugs that come out of trees every 7 years???
their big hatch is every 17 years
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