SHARING MY WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

Share Your World 9-24-18


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Last week I asked a question about favorite beverages and the overwhelming favorite was coffee.   If you drink coffee, how do you like it best?  Hot, cold, iced, with cream, with sugar or black as black? 

Hot coffee almost always, although every once in a while, I get a yen for iced, but not the commercial stuff with all that whipped cream and sugar.

Always with cream or half-and-half and fake sugar (Splenda). I don’t use fake sugar for other things, but in hot drinks, I do because of the way my system works, sugar hits me hard and sometimes badly when in hot drinks.

Oddly, I drink tea with nothing in it at all, not milk or lemon or sugar. I also love green tea, especially with Asian food. Only real tea, not that new-age herbal stuff which isn’t tea. It’s something, just not TEA.

In your opinion, what’s the greatest invention of our age?   

Computers and all of the things that go with them. Modern cameras and sound machines. I could probably live without cell phones, but I’m very good working with everything else.

I just don’t like new cell phones. Oddly, I liked the less smart ones back in the 90s. When you could make actual phone calls and hear what the other guy was saying.

Global warming?  Reality or myth?

The other day, Garry and I were driving around looking for Manchaug and I pointed out that this is the end of September and there is no sign of fall.

Summer has gotten longer and so has winter. Spring was never a big contender around here, but now, there’s really none at all. I have the pictures to prove it. This date even two or three years ago, half the trees were changing color and the nights were chilly while the days were crisp.

I have a closet full of cool weather jackets and coats that I don’t wear because it is summer — three days of cool weather — then the snow begins. Spring is cold. Sometime in April it stops snowing (usually), but the flowers we always got in May don’t show up until late June or even July. This year, we’ve had a re-blooming of daylilies (NEVER seen that before) and the rhododendrons re-bloomed, too.

When it finally got warm enough for the flowers, everything went into a hyper-growth mode. It was like summer in Alaska. Everything grew twice as fast as before, I suppose to make up for the missed months.

It has chilled down a lot in the past few days. I got up in the middle of the night and put on a flannel nightgown. I get cold more easily now than I used to. I think this is an aging thing. Garry gets cold too.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

We used to get at least a month and on a good year six to eight weeks of Autumn in New England. Around the middle of September, a cold snap. The leaves would almost overnight change color. At least we HAD fall. Last year we had ONE week. Just one. Summer dragged on well into October and finally, we got one great week, then the leaves just fell down. Plunk.

Good thing I took pictures.

It’s not the same every year, mind you. But the seasons have absolutely changed. Everyone notices. It’s hotter where it was always warm, but now it is hotter and stays hot longer. The fires burn longer. The storms are more intense and, as good old Donzo says, “wetter.” Never have I been gladder we moved from the coastline a bit inland. Not enough inland, though. These devastating rains will get to us, too. It’s not an if, just a when.

I don’t know what I expected from climate change. I didn’t expect the explosions of rain and snow and storms and fires. The unevenness of it. There is no sequential flow to the seasons now. Stuff just happens and it happens big. There are no little storms. Everything is over the top. Superstorms with the kind of rain we’ve never seen in our lifetime.

Is that enough climate change for you? It works for me. There is no debate on this. We are in the midst of something scary and dangerous — and we are making it much worse.

But that’s because we have a moron running our country.

Are you an explorer or more a homebody?

Both. I like to explore. Then I want to go home.

What were you grateful for this week? 

We found Manchaug!


Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

12 thoughts on “SHARING MY WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. Thank you. The lily pads were a really hard shot because I could only get pictures of them through a parting of the grasses along the shorline. I was surprised they came out. I was sure they’d be nothing but a blur.

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  1. Having recently moved and consequently am unsure regarding the weather here. I knew the weather having lived in Hardy for 30 plus years. I saw the changes there and they were astounding. You are right, it’s all about money and it isn’t necessarily us but big business that are causing the damage. I could sight many situations, but I won’t.

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      1. I agree. When I lived in the Okanagan, I knew the weather and seeing what’s happening, most of it happened 2x during my lifetime. Sometimes I wonder if it’s not a case of repeat after so many years. I know climate change is a reality too but sometimes I really wonder if it’s history repeating itself as it were. every so many years “this” happens type thing but on a grander scale.

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  2. Thanks for participating Marilyn! I know what typing that must have cost, so it’s extra special. The photos are magnificent as per usual. It saddens me to hear of things like New England (parts of it anyway) doesn’t have ‘fall’ any more. That was practically an institution once upon a time. Here I think the changes are only noticeable to those of us who knew a different type of climate…four distinct seasons, which is why I stuck it out for all these years. Now it’s a summer/winter hybrid, much like you describe. Although this year we have had a decent Autumn. It came earlier than usual though, end of August saw chilly temperatures (well to old bones. I ‘get’ THAT). Used to be mid- September was the first slight hint of the colder weather, we sometimes (rarely) got snow in October, and by November there was definite snow on the ground, which didn’t leave until March. But my mother told stories of her own youth and how a couple of times it snowed in June and ruined Memorial Day and such things. Maybe it’s just new to ‘us’…not those super storms, but the way Nature works. I don’t think we put much effort into trying to understand her nor work with her.

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    1. I’m sure that the seasons also change without our help, but the superstorms of the past years are different. That never happened. Storms so large they encompass more of the planet and they just keep getting bigger. Massive changes to wind patterns, too.

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  3. I’m sitting in my yoga pants, hoodie over tank top with plush slippers on my feet. The 25th day of September. Autumn. I’m cold.

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