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@SquarePeg: LMAO!!! I feel the same way. I've turned into a person who appreciates the transition seasons even more, because the full onslaught of summer isn't around. Winters here are short, can have the occasional snowstorm and be well below freezing, but it's pretty much over by the beginning of March. Summer around here has been known to drag on until October. Ugh!!

I grew up in Michigan, and could easily be convinced to move back there. Winter and snow don't bother me, especially now that I'm retired. Who cares where I hunker down?
I used to say I was going to buy a place and snow bird in FL from Jan 2 - March 31 but now I think I’m staying in New England. May move a bit out of the city once Princess is done with college and on her own but since I can’t decide mountains (not in winter!) or the cape (only in off season!), I’ll probably stay just here which is right in the middle! Although Mid Coast Maine is pretty tempting!!!
 

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I hate summer like poison. Always have, always will. This summer has been hot and gross and I was ready for it to be over before it even started.

We went to visit a friend on Sunday and I slathered myself with bug spray. Still got a bite on my ankle. Mosquitos love me. The worst was one summer about 10ish years ago when Buzz and I spent no more than one hour at an outdoor bar having a beer. I had 52 bug bites on my legs from toes to knees. About evenly distibuted between legs. I literally could not walk for more than 5 minutes without being in horrible itchy painful hell. They finally got dried up enough to not itch anymore but I still had the marks all over my legs. I was teaching one morning and writing on the board when I heard a student whisper to a classmate, "What happened to teacher's legs?" I turned around and told them it was mosquito bites. Not only were they amazed that I heard, ("Uh...my ears still work if I'm not look at you, you know.") but they'd apparently never seen anyone who had barely escaped being eaten alive by bugs.

In other news, I fully expect another night of crappy sleep.
(PS, it should be 'lying in bed' but the point stands.)

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Check it out now… thanks for putting that song in my head for the day. Slightly worse than the tinnitus lol.

The bugs love Princess and my sister-in-law. It’s a running joke in our family to sit between them if you don’t want to get bit.

It’s been so long I’ve forgotten how annoying and itchy bites can be! Princess let me use some of her Benadryl Gel lotion and that worked really well. Highly recommend. She says it must be the gel not the cream.
 
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Good morning hosers. Heading back to the physical office, today; I'll commute in two days per week (Monday & Friday) UFN.

I'm trying to figure out why the increase in single-character avatars.
 

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Good luck bear!

not sure what you mean about the avatars?
 
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The first day back to Largo went fine but with the numbers increasing again, it may be short lived.

Sharon, I've notices a higher number of members changing their avatars to the first letter of their screen name - For example we'd both use an "S". Just wondering if it's a trend from somewhere else.

Trying to figure out if we can swing a trip to Downeast soon - deliver some boxes to lazy lobster and catch the wild blueberry season.
 

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I haven't been around here much. Did I miss anything? :) Family was in from NY and took a bunch of family photos. One trip to the sunflower fields for portraits in the harsh evening sun, but turned out ok. Lots of bugs and bees!
 

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Does it feel like you never left??

Which thing, Charlie, the wedding on a beach with lots of rocks or Borat with a unique way to wear a face mask?

Last week went to a virtual un-convention so I didn't actually go anywhere, but there was so much to see. And do, speaking of Ireland, I did a workshop on a type of Irish lace and the instructor had a lovely lilting accent. Got an email from the Lace Museum she's teaching another one and I signed up in a heartbeat.

My photo that was in an exhibit at Lightbox Gallery came back yesterday. At least they have standard black frames they reuse so only had to send a matted print. My photos go places more than I do.
 
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The first day back to Largo went fine but with the numbers increasing again, it may be short lived.

Sharon, I've notices a higher number of members changing their avatars to the first letter of their screen name - For example we'd both use an "S". Just wondering if it's a trend from somewhere else.

Trying to figure out if we can swing a trip to Downeast soon - deliver some boxes to lazy lobster and catch the wild blueberry season.
I wonder if that is just the page being slow to load the actual avatars and names? Or could be new members who haven’t uploaded an avatar yet.
 
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Maybe the page loading - some have been here a while.
 

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Hi all
We have gone from hot to cold and wet.
All my fault, just got a new to me 85mm f2.8 and wanted to get out and play...
however, since Mrs died I have been making a quiet area in the garden, to sit in the evenings
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How have you been Hosers? It’s been a pretty wet and weird summer here in New England. Last week we had our first 4 days in a row without any rain. The gardens are off a bit with some of the usually larger plants being a bit stunted this year and some of the typically shy plants really putting on a show. You’d thin all this rain would be good for them but it seems to be causing a lot of early and short lived flowering. I’ve been out among the flowers and bees, using my 70-300 to take some macro-ish photos. Spent an hour the other day trying to capture an in focus photo of a butterfly in flight. No such luck but


in other news, we are counting down the days we have left before Princess leaves us to go off to college. She’ll only be 30 minutes away but I expect she’ll be immersed in campus life and we won’t see much of her until the holidays.

What is everyone else up to? @limr how are you liking the new location? Are you going to be on campus full time in the fall? Princess’s school is one of those requiring vaccinations for students, faculty and staff, and as of now they expect to have in person classes and no social distancing requirements.

@snowbear I’m also seeing the letter avatars. I contacted 0ne of the members via PM to ask if that was intentional or if they had added their own avatar but he never responded. I’m going to try someone else.

@Original katomi that looks like a nice idea. Is it buggy at night in your part of the world?
 

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I wonder if that is just the page being slow to load the actual avatars and names? Or could be new members who haven’t uploaded an avatar yet.
I'm guessing it's for members without avatars. Probably related to the recent software upgrade. The older version we were under had some non-avatar design that followed members with no uploaded avatars, and everyone had the same look. Now, the system appears to just be taking the first letter of the user name and filling the box with it - it reminds me of other platforms, like outlook email, that also do this.

Just a guess.
 
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I'm guessing it's for members without avatars. Probably related to the recent software upgrade. The older version we were under had some non-avatar design that followed members with no uploaded avatars, and everyone had the same look. Now, the system appears to just be taking the first letter of the user name and filling the box with it - it reminds me of other platforms, like outlook email, that also do this.

Just a guess.
That's it - no avatar.
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