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    Happy Mother's Day, the Good Weather's All Starting Now!

    So here we are in the second week of May! The way I see it, it is all cake from this point on. I'm actually writing this to you on April the fourth as I like to keep all my columns roughly a month ahead on my computer here. This is why sometimes I'll be writing about something that had actually happened awhile ago. Now we all are very well aware how much I've been anticipating the warmer weather arriving. I was really hoping that by the month of April I would've been able to change all my clothing over from winter to spring, but alas, it was simply not meant to be. But I will tell you this-as recently as just last Sunday, (which happened to be March 31st) I was wearing shorts and a sleeveless tank top. I spent the entire day outside sitting in the sun! After hours of soaking in the rays I went inside and was delighted to see that my skin had turned a golden brown or bronze.

    Herman simply can't understand how it is possible for me to go outside for just a matter of hours and get completely suntanned. He tells me if he tried to do so, one of two things would happen. More than likely the second. The first was he would barely show any color whatsoever, or the second, which would be that he was burnt and basically looking like a lobster. The thing is this: Herman must wear massive amounts of sunblock, like No. 45 or higher, as he is so incredibly fair-skinned.

    By contrast, I don't think I've used anything stronger than # 15, and that comes from serious prompting from my mom. Over the years my mom has begged me to get into the habit of wearing sunblock all the time. And I must tell you that I've actually gotten into the habit of putting some on all the time now. So if you see me sitting in the sun all summer, I'm not this baking my skin away, I'm actually using some moisturizing sunblock too! (See Mom, I'm finally listening. It only took me 42 years.)

    Hopefully, but the time you're actually reading this my closets will have been totally changed over to spring clothing. As for my predicting what will happen with the weather by the time you will be reading this, I’m throwing in the towel. My hopes about the weather predictions are almost always wrong. I’m even trying to wean myself off of listening to the weather on the news. Happy May, whatever this month brings us.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"