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    Okay, I Need To Vent.

    About this past May. Was it not the most horrifying May here in the northeast that you can remember? We still weren’t sure it was safe to put flowers in by Memorial Day, but we did. Just because I didn’t want to wait any longer and our local parent teacher’s organization had them on sale nearby, so it was for a good cause.

    I think we had three sunny, warm days all month, and two of those were on weekdays. Needless to say, not too many campers ventured out in this kind of weather.

    Something you should know about our local lake area. The population increases five-fold in the summertime here. We like to think of it as a win-win situation. After the long, cold and lonesome winter, it’s nice to see the campers back at the lake about Memorial Day through Labor Day. It’s nice to have neighbors again, to catch up on the winter past and who’s doing what.

    Likewise, by Labor Day, we are about ready to have some quiet and watch the "summer people" go back home. They all think we’re a little odd to stick it out here through the winter, but we definitely get to see four seasons and the people come and go approximately with the leaves. Plus, we get some "bravery" points for staying here on the lake and in the mountains through the Adirondack winter.

    But when things don’t start warming up by May, it’s a little too much. I’ve actually gone ahead and brought all my summer clothes down from the upstairs closet and trunk. I should give my aide, Terry, all her due for this task. As with everything, her general response is, "No problem." And man, let me tell you, that is a rare energy for an aide.

    What’s worse for Terry, is I generally don’t stay in the same clothing that I start out in on any particular day. The mornings, especially this year, have been starting out cool. So much so, that I usually put on pants and a sweatshirt of some type. But as the day heats up, I change to shorts and a tank top. And of course, no shoes. By late afternoon, you guessed it. I want my pants and sweatshirt back on. Unless the afternoon really heats up.

    So let’s wish for a great summer with plenty of sunshine.

    "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"