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Offline David In Indy

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Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« on: February 11, 2007, 04:21:59 pm »
We have a major snowstorm heading towards Indiana. They said it will be here in the next day or two. I'm already sick of winter and we still have more than a month of it left before it's over!

I love spring and summer, but I think spring is my favorite season. I love the soft gentle breezes and the mild temperatures. I also love a spring rain, especially at night while I am sleeping. I love opening up my windows during spring and letting the fragrances from my magnolia tree fill my house.

I love summer too. I prefer the heat to the cold; even when it's 100+ degrees outside (which is not unusual in this part of the country!).

Definitely not winter though. I'm so sick of winter I could puke snow.  :P
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007, 09:18:54 pm »
I'm a spring/summer person. I don't like the cold... although I'm in Ireland lololol

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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2007, 02:00:38 am »
Now, David, tsk, tsk...how could you forget the "Versatile" option.  ;) :D

Seriously, I love the seasons when they come and am usually eager to be on to the next one!

Winter - skiing, hot tubs cocoa  ::), fireplaces, snowmen, short days, more sleep time
Spring - planting, new life, preparing, longer days, the first hike of the year, fresh air
Summer - iced tea, beach or lake time, fireflies, late sunsets, more photons for the mood
Autumn - harvest, fresh vegetables, home-grown tomatoes, colorful leaves, smell of burning leaves

This makes me wonder how I'm going to handle living somewhere without distinct seasons... :-\
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2007, 02:11:00 am »
Now, David, tsk, tsk...how could you forget the "Versatile" option.  ;) :D

Seriously, I love the seasons when they come and am usually eager to be on to the next one!

Winter - skiing, hot tubs cocoa  ::), fireplaces, snowmen, short days, more sleep time
Spring - planting, new life, preparing, longer days, the first hike of the year, fresh air
Summer - iced tea, beach or lake time, fireflies, late sunsets, more photons for the mood
Autumn - harvest, fresh vegetables, home-grown tomatoes, colorful leaves, smell of burning leaves

This makes me wonder how I'm going to handle living somewhere without distinct seasons... :-\

Are you getting ready to up and move somewhere else Lynne?

I always figured I would probably move to Florida after Dad is gone. I've lived there before and I liked it.  :)
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2007, 02:16:15 am »
Well I am defiantly a spring person! There is nothing more sweeter than feeling the warmer spring temperatures  and the new sunlight when it  starts to bring everything back to life again!   It almost seems like it brings onesself back to life.  It's always been like a time of rebirth and renewed energy and hope for me! Love it!
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2007, 02:45:27 am »
Are you getting ready to up and move somewhere else Lynne?

I always figured I would probably move to Florida after Dad is gone. I've lived there before and I liked it.  :)

I've had San Diego on my brain for quite awhile; most of my Boston friends have moved to the left coast.  I've been in my current job for 8 years - 2 years too long - so a career move is overdue.  I sold our house late last year.

But...moving Mom will not be trivial.  I like the team of doctors I've built here - that was no small job.  And I'm terrified of screwing up.

So, for now, I'm just thinking on it.
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2007, 02:58:57 am »
I've had San Diego on my brain for quite awhile; most of my Boston friends have moved to the left coast.  I've been in my current job for 8 years - 2 years too long - so a career move is overdue.  I sold our house late last year.

But...moving Mom will not be trivial.  I like the team of doctors I've built here - that was no small job.  And I'm terrified of screwing up.
So, for now, I'm just thinking on it.

I completely sympathize with you Lynne and I know EXACTLY what you are going through. I've decided to wait until my Dad is gone before I move. I just can't leave him. My sister just moved out to Colorado, and I'm pretty much all he has left. And he won't leave Indiana. I've tried to convince him, but I have failed.

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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2007, 03:05:40 am »
I completely sympathize with you Lynne and I know EXACTLY what you are going through. I've decided to wait until my Dad is gone before I move. I just can't leave him. My sister just moved out to Colorado, and I'm pretty much all he has left. And he won't leave Indiana. I've tried to convince him, but I have failed.

We're a pair aren't we?  My brother is 10 miles away and has seen Mom twice since and including Christmas.  I've decided to let go of any guilt of moving her 'away' from him.  But it's a little different b/c w/Mom's dementia, she'll go where I go, just as long as I keep the same stuff around so it feels familiar.

Our parents are in winter, and I guess we're in mid/late summer, huh?
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2007, 04:20:22 am »
I love the fall, it is my favorite time of year.  I love that first crisp bite in the air, the crunch of leaves under my feet, the wind that shakes the leaves loose from their last precarious perch, that hint of smoke in the air from burning leaves and fireplaces stoked against the chill of early morning and evening for the first time after the warmth of summer. And most of all the colors....the vibrant blue of the sky,big puffy swifly moving clouds, the green of conifers and the russet, pink, gold, yellow and orange of those that sleep in winter...the hush that comes with the first hint of snow.  I love apple picking, making perserves, hayrides, mulled cider and pumpkin pie.  I love the holidays of autumn, Columbus Day, Halloween, Samhain, All Saints Day, Guy Fawkes Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving.  It's my time of year, a time to settle in for the restfulness of winter and prepare for the rebirth of spring.  Autumn gives  me hope. :)


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fluffed-up squirrels dig and disagree
quiet mushrooms shoulder fallen leaves
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russet cranesbills startle, and disown
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before the soggy moth-webs
clustered naked twigs

curving fronds of white anemones
earnest little faces bent in morbid fascination
as all around, gathered to the distance
twisted in their minor throes of death lie leaves,
collateral damage of the promised spring.
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2007, 09:28:28 am »

I'm not one for extremes, David. For that reason, I prefer Spring and Autumn. Having said that, however, I live in Australia, so I'm compelled to love the beach culture that thrives in this sunny land, with its mile after mile of deserted, pristine, sandy beaches, where you can paddle along the shore-line all day and not see another living soul. This is a photo of South West Rocks, taken from Smokey Cape lighthouse, about 5 hours drive north of Sydney (where I live).

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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2007, 09:56:49 am »
As some of the others have said, I like living in a place with seasons, although I am pretty sick of winter right now. I like the concept of spring and that would be my favorite season, although here in New England, I have come to accept that spring is more or less non-existent. We have mud, mud, mud for weeks, dreary rain, and then all of a sudden, it will be 95 degrees. I am not kidding! June is usually beautiful, although last year it rained for the entire month.

Generally, September and October are beautiful. Foliage lasted late into October this year, and November and December were very mild. It has only been "wintry" for about 6 weeks, but we have the rest of February and dreary March to look forward to.

A joke we have here in Maine is that there are two seasons: winter and July, but really, it's not that bad! LOL

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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2007, 10:05:54 am »
I like the concept of spring and that would be my favorite season, although here in New England, I have come to accept that spring is more or less non-existent. We have mud, mud, mud for weeks, dreary rain, and then all of a sudden, it will be 95 degrees.

This reminds me of a big 'flower show' a friend and I would go to in Boston (Feb or March) sponsored by some horticultural society with lawn, garden, landscaping companies, and amateurs participating - a 'forced' spring and summer when you 'knew' you had a couple more months of dreary to get through.
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2007, 05:41:26 pm »
I'm totally a winter person.  I grew up in the "snow belt" in Western New York.  I remember ice skating on a pond near my house two Thanksgivings in a row when I was a little kid, and ice skating and ice boating on the lake that froze completely solid (and it's 250 feet deep!) for seven years in a row when I was an older kid.  My mother used to have to beg me to come in from the cold.  I could make snow forts/men/angels for hours.

On the flip side, I can hardly stand the heat.  I've grown accustomed to it living in South Florida now for 13 years, but I don't like it.  It's nice to hop in the pool now when it's really hot - at least I have that outlet.  But if I don't have ready access to one and have to be outside when it's 85 - 90 degrees Farenheit for any length of time, I get downright nasty.

In order of preference:

Winter
Fall
Spring
Summer

I'd gladly live in Alaska or Canada.  And I don't mind clouds and rain, either.  Never have.  I honestly don't think I'd have a problem living in London or Seattle or anywhere else where rain is common.  I'm really kind of a homebody, though.  I love to be outside when it's about 72 degrees Farenheit and the humidity is 50 to 65% - sweatshirt weather.  Any warmer than that, and I'd just as soon be indoors.
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2007, 10:05:51 pm »
I guess it depends on where you live.

I love autumn.  It cools down and there is the anticipation of the holiday season to come...

Spring brings me horrible allergies, summer is ungodly hot in these parts, winter is bland and blah and kinda sorta gets cold-ish.  This week is a fine example.  Right now, as I sit and type, it's humid, dewpoint is heavy and it's raining off and on.  I had my balcony door open to air out my apartment because the temperature is 60 degrees F. Tomorrow, a cold front is coming through and the highest it will get will be 45 degrees F.  According to the long-term prediction, this 'cold winter weather' will last approximately 4 days, then the temperature will zap back up to 60s and 70s.

So much for winter.  :P

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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2007, 11:49:23 pm »
I guess it depends on where you live.

I love autumn.  It cools down and there is the anticipation of the holiday season to come...

Spring brings me horrible allergies, summer is ungodly hot in these parts, winter is bland and blah and kinda sorta gets cold-ish.  This week is a fine example.  Right now, as I sit and type, it's humid, dewpoint is heavy and it's raining off and on.  I had my balcony door open to air out my apartment because the temperature is 60 degrees F. Tomorrow, a cold front is coming through and the highest it will get will be 45 degrees F.  According to the long-term prediction, this 'cold winter weather' will last approximately 4 days, then the temperature will zap back up to 60s and 70s.

So much for winter.  :P

When I read that it reminded me of when I lived in Fort Lauderdale. I LOVED opening up the terrace door, or opening the windows in the lanai and letting the fresh air roll into the house. We had a Jacaranda tree in our side yard next to the bedroom, and I always loved the scent of it drifting into the house.

<David looks out his window and sees the blizzard raging outside>

I miss Florida.  :(
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2007, 03:25:36 am »
When I read that it reminded me of when I lived in Fort Lauderdale. I LOVED opening up the terrace door, or opening the windows in the lanai and letting the fresh air roll into the house. We had a Jacaranda tree in our side yard next to the bedroom, and I always loved the scent of it drifting into the house.

<David looks out his window and sees the blizzard raging outside>

I miss Florida.  :(

Gosh, that word lanai takes me back! Back in the late 80s I used to do my grocery shopping every Friday night on my way home from work and would then settle-down in front of the telly with a nice glass of red wine, to watch  the Golden Girls, which came on at 7.30. It was a much-loved part of my weekly routine. It meant the weekend was on the way! Yipee! Lanai is not a word used where I live, so reading it here, brought back happy memories. The jacaranda is my favourite tree. I love the colour and the perfume. They are everywhere in Sydney!
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Re: Are You a Summer Person or a Winter Person?
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2007, 04:06:33 pm »
Having being born in the sunny and warm Caribbean, I guess I am a summer person. But after living in Spain for so long I've gotten used to season and temperature changes. So, I guess I'm versatile now. Though there isn't much of a winter in Madrid. At least not lately. It really looks like a long fall season. Some days it gets very cold but it is like a total of seven days all year long. Summers are hotter than hell though.
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