@simplersimon@Tin_Foil St. Louis or thereabout. We start with artic cold; we get two or three weeks of spring, which includes copious amounts of rain, creating Water World. Water World entices mosquito breeding (oh the bites) and wild animal sprawl putting them in danger ; then we roll straight into 7th level of hell heat and humidity which seems to last for months. Oh then we get two or three weeks of beautiful fall weather.
@simplersimon@Tin_Foil@tinamarie1974 Yeah, I remember those days growing up in north county. STL gets screwed on both ends… nasty “northern midwest” style winters and hot/sticky “southeast” style summers. That’s one of the reasons I live in central AL. At least the winter is better… Those days of living in International Falls when “summer” was a random week in July are over.
@chienfou I used to work for Outward Bound on both sides of the border around the boundary waters. OMG those bugs were so thick it made me wonder on occasion how anyone would choose to live there pre the invention of DEET. Of course considering that DEET melts plastic I kind of have always wondered just what the heck long term exposure does to you.
Let me tell a story of my Summer Solstice experience in Stockholm Sweden, on a weekend. Friday, everyone left the city for their Summer cottage, vacation house, whatever. On Saturday, everything; stores, restaurants, even pubs; was closed. Even the Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and hotel bar was closed. And the streets, normally with bumper to bumper traffic, was completely empty.
I am an introvert and can do without people, but a large city with no people gave me the creeps. I started wondering if I missed the apocalypse warning given in Swedish. At least CNN was still on the air, but as it is a constant rerun, it didn’t dissuade my sense of dread.
And then life returned on Sunday, and I could eat salted herring and potatoes again.
@chienfou crap… had to come to work early today so not sure I can sneak out to take advantage of this deal (or how to get them back to the ER without them turning to pools of lukewarm liquid in the 5 minute drive back to the ER if I do get a chance to go before 11pm)
A week and a half ago, my husband and I decided to upend our lives. I’m selling the ancestral manse that I inherited, and we’ve taken delivery of a diesel pickup truck and in two weeks, will pick up our fifth-wheel RV. He’s given notice at work, and we’re hitting the road. Catch me in three months when I’m not losing my mind as I sort/purge/donate/pack and prep the house for sale - then I can talk about relaxation.
@Fuzzalini My SIL told me I have to reactivate FB now, but instead I might start using my poor neglected website. I bet there’s a good template out there I could use…One more project to add to the list!
@aetris yep. it actually did. I was able to sneak out to run an errand for the ER doc. (one of the benefits of living in a small town and working in a small ER). While I was out she asked me to go by DQ and pick up an ice cream cake for the staff… so I got my free cone (dipped in dreamsicle topping) and put it in the freezer for tomorrow… WhooHoo!!!
@RiotDemon Ditto: see above note!
Freaking humidity was so high this morning all the windows had dew on them (on the outside thankfully!) Looking forward to time off next week when the grands come down to hang out and play in the pool.
@sanspoint yeah, it’s been rainy/thunderstormy this week here (central AL) as well. Got 5 feet from the door on the way to work Tuesday and raindrops the size of grapes started falling… lots of them… I looked like I had been through the pool when I got to work.
@zinimusprime If you ever get tired of that process i would highly recommend a mini-split unit. I put in 2 in a 16x16 2 story storage building I converted into a pool/guest house and can’t begin to overstate how well they work/how efficient they are. Installation was a breeze and the results are amazing.
@zinimusprime yes, that’s the “split”. The set-up I bought was complete with both parts, tubing and wiring. The units come pre-charged with freon, and once it was installed I pulled a vacuum with a pump and set of gauges from Amazon (about $100) to be sure there were no leaks, then let the freon into the system. The instructions that came with the units were great and the company is very good about helping you size the units and answering any questions you might have.
I have been quite impressed with how efficient and quiet they are. I did all the installation including the wiring and new breakers myself. I don;t believe any of the parts were over 50 lbs.
I had never heard of it before yesterday, but apparently there’s a thing called, “Summersgiving”, which is celebrated the first Saturday after the Summer solstice. So, I decided I’m going to celebrate it this year. I have a nice 5# brisket hitting my Traeger grill at 5:30 tomorrow morning, so it will be ready for supper. Then after supper I’m going to see a couple “Hair Metal” bands in concert…Warrant & Slaughter. Let’s Rock!!
I cut the grass. It’s my usual Friday thing to do. (Friday is my day off.) Usually I cut my mum’s grass too, but because of the exuberance with which I wasn’t celebrating the solstice I figured I ought to cut it yesterday. In the rain.
Oh, and a friend gave us tickets to the Pops concert tonight. I guess that’s a celebration.
@sammydog01 have fun… we had a jazzfest locally last weekend and it was lots of fun. 3 bands each night, BYO chairs, drink, food or whatever. Everyone was well behaved, and the weather was actually pretty decent. A grand time was had by all…
@Kidsandliz I consider any concert that meets those requirements to be fun. And the music was really good as well. And they had Kona Ice. And I could take my comfy folding chair. Yes, it was a good time.
2nd day of Summer. Went to a tropical fruit festival at a local nursery. Got to taste some mango salsa and avocado on chips, some tropical fruit shandys, fruit juices, sangria, and a bunch of cut up fruits. Probably 12 different types of mango, and so many different types of tropical fruit deliciousness. Jack fruit, lychee, longan, sapote, etc. Can’t even remember them all.
Too bad the thermostat says 98° in the shade. I was dripping sweat within ten minutes.
@RiotDemon I love Lychee… can you grow that locally? What about pitanga (aka Suriname cherries). We ate some in Portugal and when we came back I found that they are grown in FL in some areas… Keep meaning to try some locally but not sure we have had enough global warming for them to be survivable yet.