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    The Windy Side of the Lake

    I am writing this to you on the 18 of May. I feel so compelled to do so because when I awoke this morning it was snowing! I don't know if it was just snowing at my house, meaning just this area, but I'm guessing it was snowing just about everywhere in this county. I just looked at the calendar and I'm realizing that in just nine days it will be Memorial Day. Which to me is pretty much the unofficial start of summer! I was even wearing a bathing suit a couple of days ago.

    Even as I am sitting here writing this, I am looking on with horror at my summer furniture completely covered with snow. And I can't even see the front deck as it is covered too. There are some diehard people walking on the road, but they are all wearing winter coats! I just can't figure out what is going on. I can positively tell you that I did not imagine myself wearing long pants at this late date! I'm even wearing long sleeved shirts. And did I mention to you that I had Herman buy flowers and plant my window boxes that week we had really warm weather? I know I did it way too soon but I really couldn't help myself. Maybe one day I will learn to be patient but even I cannot imagine such a thing.

    It’s now the day before Memorial Day as I come back to writing this column to you. Yesterday, being the 25th of May, it was completely gorgeous and I was once again wearing my swimsuit on the beach. Herman and I even went for a sail in the late afternoon.

    All my neighbors are now up, which is really weird in that we haven’t had any neighbors to speak of for six months. Granted, they are by-and-large just "weekend neighbors," but it’s weird in that we’ve gone all this time without a soul for a quarter of a mile in either direction.

    One of our summertime neighbors stopped by to say hello today, and to remind us why we never have any black fly problems. It has to do with the fact that we have an incredible wind here on this side of the lake. For instance, at the other house, which is a mere mile across the lake from us, the house is completely nestled in the woods. So when it became black fly season, which I think is most of early summer here, I definitely got to experience my first black fly bites. And there doesn’t seem to be anything that is effective at keeping them off.

    But here on this side of the lake I am happy to report that the wind does a fine job of keeping them away. So here on the windy side of the lake, though we do get a wickedly cold wind in the winter, the warmer wind seems to have a special purpose bot in keeping insects away and keeping us cool when it’s otherwise hot.

    "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"