A blog experiment by Brad Mills.


Mother nature, she can be a bitch

Nature is up to no good around the house recently. First, the sound of certain crickets. Trust me when I say it's very weird for this time of year. I'm no entomologist or anything so I don't know the exact species. I do know what it sounds like, though, I've heard it all my life. And I know it's a late summer / early fall sound — not a late spring / early summer sound. It's a sound we shouldn't be hearing for another three months. I don't know what it means, if anything, but I don't care for it.

Second — well, let's just say there's a certain boy coming around the house quite a bit of late, and a certain girl who seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time with him. He seems a likable enough fellow. Quiet, shy, long hair, a musician of sorts, questionable stock. Inevitable for the age, I suppose. Regardless, something to watch, bemused yet alert.

There's a full moon tonight, and I thought it would bring me my new niece. It looks like that's not to be the case unless there's some serious activity in the next hour or so... which I doubt. So much for the lunar effect. The next strongest possibility is June 4, based on the moon phase on the mother's birthdate. We'll see if my hokum holds up this time.

May's "monsoon week" was relatively light this year. The normal routine around here is a period of solid steady rain for about ten days, followed by temperature and humidity jumping up into the 90s and staying there until late August. There was maybe a four-day rainy spell and the temperature has been relatively pleasant. Today was the first air conditioner day of the season, but I don't think it's going to be an all summer ordeal like it has been in previous years.

The mosquitoes have arrived right on schedule, just as the pollen has faded away. I used to be a summer person. I think I've become a fall person as I've gotten older. It's just easier to be outside in the fall, and the rhythm of it all is more obvious. And if you've never driven Route 16 through Fayette County in the fall, the beauty alone will make you consider it.

Summer first, though, and the heat, and all the other things. I wonder if there's a relationship between the severity of winter and the severity of summer. If so, it's going to be a bad one this year.

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