Haiku with me

Holiday Barbies   

Endless rain descends,
Great pines, ice-seized, crack and fall.
It’s dark and cold here.

Iced tree 2 Not quite two weeks before Christmas, we had some interesting weather.  After two days of furious rain, icy winds moaned and shrieked.  I looked out on a Thursday night and saw the trees glazed with ice, beautiful in the moonlight.  The next time I woke, the house was strangely cold and quiet and dark.  Some of you may have heard about the big ice storm  (more here and here ) in the Northeast U.S.  We were electricity-less, some of us, for nearly two weeks.

Iced tree I was there, ladies and gentlemen, and I want to tell you that an old-fashioned holiday season, minus electricity, is no fun in the modern world.  It is most certainly not fun 

when the copy edit for my latest opus arrives a day late, a week before Christmas, and turns out to be the equivalent of the gift of a bag of coal.  “Was I that bad, Santa?” wondered I.  Thing is, actual coal I could have used during the power outage. 

On the day the power finally came back on and stayed on, eighty bazillion emails streamed onto my computer screen.  Among them were Wenches emails.  Many Wenches emails.  (Yes, not only can we find something to say week after week–well, actually, they can, as I am the Emerita Wench, mostly gone–but we still find stuff to talk about among ourselves.) 

I begged the ladies to put it all in a nutshell for me, as I was busy avenging crimes against the conditional, subjunctive, and pluperfect.  Anne Gracie wrote the following:

Japan 03 Email avalanche,
Distressing to contemplate.
Summary better
.

Which was not only brilliant, but presented as a gift to a desperate sister author , along with the suggestion that I make my holiday blog a Haiku Event.  Hmm, thought I.  That Aussie Wench’s one smart cookie.  And so, with thanks to Anne, I offer an opportunity to haiku.

Japan prints There are many ways to approach haiku.  To keep things simple, I suggest we use the definition listed in my American Heritage Dictionary.

Haiku:  A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally evoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.

The Last HellionTherefore, on this 11th day of Xmas, instead of eleven pipers piping or whatever, I invite you to give us a haiku suiting your present situation:  the view from your window, events of today, reaction to the blog, something you et–it’s up to you.   The winner, chosen at random or on a whim or for some other reason, will get a copy of one of my books.  You've got until midnight Friday 9 January.  Haiku me.

140 thoughts on “Haiku with me”

  1. Tis stinking hot in Australia
    Not sure if I will sleep tonight
    Is going to be hotter tomorrow
    I think I got that right.
    Loretta I would glady swap some of your colder weather at the moment not the ice storm though because it truly is hot over here tomorrow it is expected to get to 41 degrees celsius.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  2. Tis stinking hot in Australia
    Not sure if I will sleep tonight
    Is going to be hotter tomorrow
    I think I got that right.
    Loretta I would glady swap some of your colder weather at the moment not the ice storm though because it truly is hot over here tomorrow it is expected to get to 41 degrees celsius.
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  3. Tis stinking hot in Australia
    Not sure if I will sleep tonight
    Is going to be hotter tomorrow
    I think I got that right.
    Loretta I would glady swap some of your colder weather at the moment not the ice storm though because it truly is hot over here tomorrow it is expected to get to 41 degrees celsius.
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  4. Tis stinking hot in Australia
    Not sure if I will sleep tonight
    Is going to be hotter tomorrow
    I think I got that right.
    Loretta I would glady swap some of your colder weather at the moment not the ice storm though because it truly is hot over here tomorrow it is expected to get to 41 degrees celsius.
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  5. Tis stinking hot in Australia
    Not sure if I will sleep tonight
    Is going to be hotter tomorrow
    I think I got that right.
    Loretta I would glady swap some of your colder weather at the moment not the ice storm though because it truly is hot over here tomorrow it is expected to get to 41 degrees celsius.
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  6. Your Christmas sounds a lot more exciting than haiku, Loretta. What happened? Could you cook? I have this lurid mental picture of you sitting in bed with a woolly hat and gloves on and a blanket round your shoulders, eating cold food from tins by the light of a candle.

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  7. Your Christmas sounds a lot more exciting than haiku, Loretta. What happened? Could you cook? I have this lurid mental picture of you sitting in bed with a woolly hat and gloves on and a blanket round your shoulders, eating cold food from tins by the light of a candle.

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  8. Your Christmas sounds a lot more exciting than haiku, Loretta. What happened? Could you cook? I have this lurid mental picture of you sitting in bed with a woolly hat and gloves on and a blanket round your shoulders, eating cold food from tins by the light of a candle.

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  9. Your Christmas sounds a lot more exciting than haiku, Loretta. What happened? Could you cook? I have this lurid mental picture of you sitting in bed with a woolly hat and gloves on and a blanket round your shoulders, eating cold food from tins by the light of a candle.

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  10. Your Christmas sounds a lot more exciting than haiku, Loretta. What happened? Could you cook? I have this lurid mental picture of you sitting in bed with a woolly hat and gloves on and a blanket round your shoulders, eating cold food from tins by the light of a candle.

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  11. Ice and snow
    We miss you so
    Come back, Loretta Chase.
    Hahaha so I’m no poet! But I’m thrilled to see you back here on the blog. I loved your posts & miss them. Does this mean you’ve finished your new book? Can you give us a few hints about it? When will we be able to buy it?

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  12. Ice and snow
    We miss you so
    Come back, Loretta Chase.
    Hahaha so I’m no poet! But I’m thrilled to see you back here on the blog. I loved your posts & miss them. Does this mean you’ve finished your new book? Can you give us a few hints about it? When will we be able to buy it?

    Reply
  13. Ice and snow
    We miss you so
    Come back, Loretta Chase.
    Hahaha so I’m no poet! But I’m thrilled to see you back here on the blog. I loved your posts & miss them. Does this mean you’ve finished your new book? Can you give us a few hints about it? When will we be able to buy it?

    Reply
  14. Ice and snow
    We miss you so
    Come back, Loretta Chase.
    Hahaha so I’m no poet! But I’m thrilled to see you back here on the blog. I loved your posts & miss them. Does this mean you’ve finished your new book? Can you give us a few hints about it? When will we be able to buy it?

    Reply
  15. Ice and snow
    We miss you so
    Come back, Loretta Chase.
    Hahaha so I’m no poet! But I’m thrilled to see you back here on the blog. I loved your posts & miss them. Does this mean you’ve finished your new book? Can you give us a few hints about it? When will we be able to buy it?

    Reply
  16. sun shining brightly
    temp outside is deceiving
    have frozen butt off
    And it really is deceiving today! lol
    I can’t imagine having no power in the dead of winter for two weeks, though we’re fortunate enough to have enough wood burn night and day for a year so the fireplace would be going constantly. And we use a generator a few hours a day to keep the fridge and freezer from defrosting. We’ve lost it for a few days at a time in winter, but not that long.
    I imagine you were having a lot of three dog nights!

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  17. sun shining brightly
    temp outside is deceiving
    have frozen butt off
    And it really is deceiving today! lol
    I can’t imagine having no power in the dead of winter for two weeks, though we’re fortunate enough to have enough wood burn night and day for a year so the fireplace would be going constantly. And we use a generator a few hours a day to keep the fridge and freezer from defrosting. We’ve lost it for a few days at a time in winter, but not that long.
    I imagine you were having a lot of three dog nights!

    Reply
  18. sun shining brightly
    temp outside is deceiving
    have frozen butt off
    And it really is deceiving today! lol
    I can’t imagine having no power in the dead of winter for two weeks, though we’re fortunate enough to have enough wood burn night and day for a year so the fireplace would be going constantly. And we use a generator a few hours a day to keep the fridge and freezer from defrosting. We’ve lost it for a few days at a time in winter, but not that long.
    I imagine you were having a lot of three dog nights!

    Reply
  19. sun shining brightly
    temp outside is deceiving
    have frozen butt off
    And it really is deceiving today! lol
    I can’t imagine having no power in the dead of winter for two weeks, though we’re fortunate enough to have enough wood burn night and day for a year so the fireplace would be going constantly. And we use a generator a few hours a day to keep the fridge and freezer from defrosting. We’ve lost it for a few days at a time in winter, but not that long.
    I imagine you were having a lot of three dog nights!

    Reply
  20. sun shining brightly
    temp outside is deceiving
    have frozen butt off
    And it really is deceiving today! lol
    I can’t imagine having no power in the dead of winter for two weeks, though we’re fortunate enough to have enough wood burn night and day for a year so the fireplace would be going constantly. And we use a generator a few hours a day to keep the fridge and freezer from defrosting. We’ve lost it for a few days at a time in winter, but not that long.
    I imagine you were having a lot of three dog nights!

    Reply
  21. I’m simply going to enjoy each haiku, and not try to respond to them–though I already see I’ll have my work cut out choosing a winner. For those of ye wondering about the chill details: Some people lost power for two hours; some for 12 days (I’ll be very surprised if the head of their utility company is not hanged/burned in effigy). We lost it for four days; then it came on; then it went off for the better part of another day. We could not cook–and eating even hot food from the nearest takeout, in a 37 degree(F)house, by candlelight is not what it’s cracked up to be…and then there’s the food going bad in the slowly warming refrigerator. We have power outages occasionally, but usually in summer, and I don’t remember one that lasted even a full day. No, this was…um…special.

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  22. I’m simply going to enjoy each haiku, and not try to respond to them–though I already see I’ll have my work cut out choosing a winner. For those of ye wondering about the chill details: Some people lost power for two hours; some for 12 days (I’ll be very surprised if the head of their utility company is not hanged/burned in effigy). We lost it for four days; then it came on; then it went off for the better part of another day. We could not cook–and eating even hot food from the nearest takeout, in a 37 degree(F)house, by candlelight is not what it’s cracked up to be…and then there’s the food going bad in the slowly warming refrigerator. We have power outages occasionally, but usually in summer, and I don’t remember one that lasted even a full day. No, this was…um…special.

    Reply
  23. I’m simply going to enjoy each haiku, and not try to respond to them–though I already see I’ll have my work cut out choosing a winner. For those of ye wondering about the chill details: Some people lost power for two hours; some for 12 days (I’ll be very surprised if the head of their utility company is not hanged/burned in effigy). We lost it for four days; then it came on; then it went off for the better part of another day. We could not cook–and eating even hot food from the nearest takeout, in a 37 degree(F)house, by candlelight is not what it’s cracked up to be…and then there’s the food going bad in the slowly warming refrigerator. We have power outages occasionally, but usually in summer, and I don’t remember one that lasted even a full day. No, this was…um…special.

    Reply
  24. I’m simply going to enjoy each haiku, and not try to respond to them–though I already see I’ll have my work cut out choosing a winner. For those of ye wondering about the chill details: Some people lost power for two hours; some for 12 days (I’ll be very surprised if the head of their utility company is not hanged/burned in effigy). We lost it for four days; then it came on; then it went off for the better part of another day. We could not cook–and eating even hot food from the nearest takeout, in a 37 degree(F)house, by candlelight is not what it’s cracked up to be…and then there’s the food going bad in the slowly warming refrigerator. We have power outages occasionally, but usually in summer, and I don’t remember one that lasted even a full day. No, this was…um…special.

    Reply
  25. I’m simply going to enjoy each haiku, and not try to respond to them–though I already see I’ll have my work cut out choosing a winner. For those of ye wondering about the chill details: Some people lost power for two hours; some for 12 days (I’ll be very surprised if the head of their utility company is not hanged/burned in effigy). We lost it for four days; then it came on; then it went off for the better part of another day. We could not cook–and eating even hot food from the nearest takeout, in a 37 degree(F)house, by candlelight is not what it’s cracked up to be…and then there’s the food going bad in the slowly warming refrigerator. We have power outages occasionally, but usually in summer, and I don’t remember one that lasted even a full day. No, this was…um…special.

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  26. So what did we do? Fortunately, we had friends & family who did have power, so we didn’t have to go to a shelter. We became nomads–again, not as glamorous as one would think. It did offer the teeniest inkling, though, of what it’s like to be homeless.

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  27. So what did we do? Fortunately, we had friends & family who did have power, so we didn’t have to go to a shelter. We became nomads–again, not as glamorous as one would think. It did offer the teeniest inkling, though, of what it’s like to be homeless.

    Reply
  28. So what did we do? Fortunately, we had friends & family who did have power, so we didn’t have to go to a shelter. We became nomads–again, not as glamorous as one would think. It did offer the teeniest inkling, though, of what it’s like to be homeless.

    Reply
  29. So what did we do? Fortunately, we had friends & family who did have power, so we didn’t have to go to a shelter. We became nomads–again, not as glamorous as one would think. It did offer the teeniest inkling, though, of what it’s like to be homeless.

    Reply
  30. So what did we do? Fortunately, we had friends & family who did have power, so we didn’t have to go to a shelter. We became nomads–again, not as glamorous as one would think. It did offer the teeniest inkling, though, of what it’s like to be homeless.

    Reply
  31. But on to happier things–and since I’m only on blog once in a blue moon, perhaps I shall yammer more than is usual.
    DON’T TEMPT ME is the name of the new book. It’s a July 2009 book with a release date of 30 June. There’s an excerpt over at the BookSmugglers, part of their celebration–where I know at least one other Wench is featured: the beautiful and talented Susan Holloway Scott.

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  32. But on to happier things–and since I’m only on blog once in a blue moon, perhaps I shall yammer more than is usual.
    DON’T TEMPT ME is the name of the new book. It’s a July 2009 book with a release date of 30 June. There’s an excerpt over at the BookSmugglers, part of their celebration–where I know at least one other Wench is featured: the beautiful and talented Susan Holloway Scott.

    Reply
  33. But on to happier things–and since I’m only on blog once in a blue moon, perhaps I shall yammer more than is usual.
    DON’T TEMPT ME is the name of the new book. It’s a July 2009 book with a release date of 30 June. There’s an excerpt over at the BookSmugglers, part of their celebration–where I know at least one other Wench is featured: the beautiful and talented Susan Holloway Scott.

    Reply
  34. But on to happier things–and since I’m only on blog once in a blue moon, perhaps I shall yammer more than is usual.
    DON’T TEMPT ME is the name of the new book. It’s a July 2009 book with a release date of 30 June. There’s an excerpt over at the BookSmugglers, part of their celebration–where I know at least one other Wench is featured: the beautiful and talented Susan Holloway Scott.

    Reply
  35. But on to happier things–and since I’m only on blog once in a blue moon, perhaps I shall yammer more than is usual.
    DON’T TEMPT ME is the name of the new book. It’s a July 2009 book with a release date of 30 June. There’s an excerpt over at the BookSmugglers, part of their celebration–where I know at least one other Wench is featured: the beautiful and talented Susan Holloway Scott.

    Reply
  36. Winter ice storm left
    In memory it lives on
    Why another now?
    Welcome back, Loretta, despite reminders of the longest 5 days of my life! (You neglected to mention that in Northern New England it gets really, really dark, really, really early in mid-December! And really, really cold!
    Happy writing!

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  37. Winter ice storm left
    In memory it lives on
    Why another now?
    Welcome back, Loretta, despite reminders of the longest 5 days of my life! (You neglected to mention that in Northern New England it gets really, really dark, really, really early in mid-December! And really, really cold!
    Happy writing!

    Reply
  38. Winter ice storm left
    In memory it lives on
    Why another now?
    Welcome back, Loretta, despite reminders of the longest 5 days of my life! (You neglected to mention that in Northern New England it gets really, really dark, really, really early in mid-December! And really, really cold!
    Happy writing!

    Reply
  39. Winter ice storm left
    In memory it lives on
    Why another now?
    Welcome back, Loretta, despite reminders of the longest 5 days of my life! (You neglected to mention that in Northern New England it gets really, really dark, really, really early in mid-December! And really, really cold!
    Happy writing!

    Reply
  40. Winter ice storm left
    In memory it lives on
    Why another now?
    Welcome back, Loretta, despite reminders of the longest 5 days of my life! (You neglected to mention that in Northern New England it gets really, really dark, really, really early in mid-December! And really, really cold!
    Happy writing!

    Reply
  41. Margaret, what you said. It gets really, really dark, really, really early. By 3pm, the light is going. By 4pm, it’s time to light the candles. Working at home was out of the question. Coat, gloves, not to mention long underwear–and then only a few hours of grey daylight? Grim, indeed. In the summer we might swelter but we do have light.

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  42. Margaret, what you said. It gets really, really dark, really, really early. By 3pm, the light is going. By 4pm, it’s time to light the candles. Working at home was out of the question. Coat, gloves, not to mention long underwear–and then only a few hours of grey daylight? Grim, indeed. In the summer we might swelter but we do have light.

    Reply
  43. Margaret, what you said. It gets really, really dark, really, really early. By 3pm, the light is going. By 4pm, it’s time to light the candles. Working at home was out of the question. Coat, gloves, not to mention long underwear–and then only a few hours of grey daylight? Grim, indeed. In the summer we might swelter but we do have light.

    Reply
  44. Margaret, what you said. It gets really, really dark, really, really early. By 3pm, the light is going. By 4pm, it’s time to light the candles. Working at home was out of the question. Coat, gloves, not to mention long underwear–and then only a few hours of grey daylight? Grim, indeed. In the summer we might swelter but we do have light.

    Reply
  45. Margaret, what you said. It gets really, really dark, really, really early. By 3pm, the light is going. By 4pm, it’s time to light the candles. Working at home was out of the question. Coat, gloves, not to mention long underwear–and then only a few hours of grey daylight? Grim, indeed. In the summer we might swelter but we do have light.

    Reply
  46. Barnes & Noble chills
    No Lost Hellion awaits
    Fog, cold, poor report
    The clerk pronounced it Hell-i-on, so I thought that was fair.
    You need to kick Avon’s butt again, because the Marina Del Rey store had NONE of your books on the shelf, and only one of Edith Layton’s. I was reduced to buying a copy of Roger Moore’s bio on sale 🙁

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  47. Barnes & Noble chills
    No Lost Hellion awaits
    Fog, cold, poor report
    The clerk pronounced it Hell-i-on, so I thought that was fair.
    You need to kick Avon’s butt again, because the Marina Del Rey store had NONE of your books on the shelf, and only one of Edith Layton’s. I was reduced to buying a copy of Roger Moore’s bio on sale 🙁

    Reply
  48. Barnes & Noble chills
    No Lost Hellion awaits
    Fog, cold, poor report
    The clerk pronounced it Hell-i-on, so I thought that was fair.
    You need to kick Avon’s butt again, because the Marina Del Rey store had NONE of your books on the shelf, and only one of Edith Layton’s. I was reduced to buying a copy of Roger Moore’s bio on sale 🙁

    Reply
  49. Barnes & Noble chills
    No Lost Hellion awaits
    Fog, cold, poor report
    The clerk pronounced it Hell-i-on, so I thought that was fair.
    You need to kick Avon’s butt again, because the Marina Del Rey store had NONE of your books on the shelf, and only one of Edith Layton’s. I was reduced to buying a copy of Roger Moore’s bio on sale 🙁

    Reply
  50. Barnes & Noble chills
    No Lost Hellion awaits
    Fog, cold, poor report
    The clerk pronounced it Hell-i-on, so I thought that was fair.
    You need to kick Avon’s butt again, because the Marina Del Rey store had NONE of your books on the shelf, and only one of Edith Layton’s. I was reduced to buying a copy of Roger Moore’s bio on sale 🙁

    Reply
  51. #1
    Syncopated sounds—
    Rain, like silver syllables,
    Beats against windows.
    #2
    Bare winter branches,
    Stark silhouettes speak of death.
    Spring silently bides.

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  52. #1
    Syncopated sounds—
    Rain, like silver syllables,
    Beats against windows.
    #2
    Bare winter branches,
    Stark silhouettes speak of death.
    Spring silently bides.

    Reply
  53. #1
    Syncopated sounds—
    Rain, like silver syllables,
    Beats against windows.
    #2
    Bare winter branches,
    Stark silhouettes speak of death.
    Spring silently bides.

    Reply
  54. #1
    Syncopated sounds—
    Rain, like silver syllables,
    Beats against windows.
    #2
    Bare winter branches,
    Stark silhouettes speak of death.
    Spring silently bides.

    Reply
  55. #1
    Syncopated sounds—
    Rain, like silver syllables,
    Beats against windows.
    #2
    Bare winter branches,
    Stark silhouettes speak of death.
    Spring silently bides.

    Reply
  56. #1
    Towering book piles,
    Which book do I pick to read?
    Oh, fun dilemna!
    #2
    Romance books to read,
    Past, present, and the future.
    Reading is pleasure!

    Reply
  57. #1
    Towering book piles,
    Which book do I pick to read?
    Oh, fun dilemna!
    #2
    Romance books to read,
    Past, present, and the future.
    Reading is pleasure!

    Reply
  58. #1
    Towering book piles,
    Which book do I pick to read?
    Oh, fun dilemna!
    #2
    Romance books to read,
    Past, present, and the future.
    Reading is pleasure!

    Reply
  59. #1
    Towering book piles,
    Which book do I pick to read?
    Oh, fun dilemna!
    #2
    Romance books to read,
    Past, present, and the future.
    Reading is pleasure!

    Reply
  60. #1
    Towering book piles,
    Which book do I pick to read?
    Oh, fun dilemna!
    #2
    Romance books to read,
    Past, present, and the future.
    Reading is pleasure!

    Reply
  61. Many books at home
    Yet glossy covers beckon
    How can I resist?
    Or
    Two weeks’ vacation
    In pajamas every day
    We regret its end
    Can’t wait for your latest, Loretta!

    Reply
  62. Many books at home
    Yet glossy covers beckon
    How can I resist?
    Or
    Two weeks’ vacation
    In pajamas every day
    We regret its end
    Can’t wait for your latest, Loretta!

    Reply
  63. Many books at home
    Yet glossy covers beckon
    How can I resist?
    Or
    Two weeks’ vacation
    In pajamas every day
    We regret its end
    Can’t wait for your latest, Loretta!

    Reply
  64. Many books at home
    Yet glossy covers beckon
    How can I resist?
    Or
    Two weeks’ vacation
    In pajamas every day
    We regret its end
    Can’t wait for your latest, Loretta!

    Reply
  65. Many books at home
    Yet glossy covers beckon
    How can I resist?
    Or
    Two weeks’ vacation
    In pajamas every day
    We regret its end
    Can’t wait for your latest, Loretta!

    Reply
  66. Weather dominates
    Freezing cold or stinking hot
    Nature shapes our lives
    It’s cold in your part of the world and it’s hot(!) in our part. Strange world we live in. We think we are in charge until these events occur.

    Reply
  67. Weather dominates
    Freezing cold or stinking hot
    Nature shapes our lives
    It’s cold in your part of the world and it’s hot(!) in our part. Strange world we live in. We think we are in charge until these events occur.

    Reply
  68. Weather dominates
    Freezing cold or stinking hot
    Nature shapes our lives
    It’s cold in your part of the world and it’s hot(!) in our part. Strange world we live in. We think we are in charge until these events occur.

    Reply
  69. Weather dominates
    Freezing cold or stinking hot
    Nature shapes our lives
    It’s cold in your part of the world and it’s hot(!) in our part. Strange world we live in. We think we are in charge until these events occur.

    Reply
  70. Weather dominates
    Freezing cold or stinking hot
    Nature shapes our lives
    It’s cold in your part of the world and it’s hot(!) in our part. Strange world we live in. We think we are in charge until these events occur.

    Reply

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