Of Moods and Manatees

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    This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

    Here’s what’s been happening lately. Pepper brunch this weekend with your knowledge of manatees rescued from a Florida storm drain, and more!

    But first, about those manatees, how totes adorbs? They have the same maternal barrel shape I associate with happy grandmothers. I may have to start a Pinterest page.

    The White House proposed new offshore drilling sites, including the Southern coast of Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake.

    Envious of your friends and depressed? You could be suffering from Too Much Facebook. On Facebook no one leads “lives of quiet desperation,” as good old Henry D. Thoreau said. On Facebook everyone is redoing their kitchen Country French. Wait, did that sound jealous? I’m also jealous of your perfect children who eat homemade muesli made from grain you’ve grown. Mine, 7 and 9 are gnawing at my heels as I write this, “Mommy, can we have frozen toaster waffles?” 

    With the new dietary guidelines, we’ve come full circle around what to eat. I remember when Snackwells were healthy, and no one was PaleoHa. Here’s my takeaway. Drink more coffee.

    Sorry. I’m a woman. I’m moody, according to The New York Times, and that’s an evolutionary adaptation.

    Did you know that, “the new, medicated normal is at odds with women’s dynamic biology; brain and body chemicals are meant to be in flux.” All I can say is, please send that link to my Husb. who, when I suggested we paint the bedroom a gorgeous “Frank Blue,” said, “Are you kidding me? Last week you wanted it ‘Optimistic Yellow.'”

    Will it ever be spring?

    We’ve reached a new record low in temperatures. I think at this point everyone agrees with George R.R. Martin who said, “Nothing burns like the cold.”

    Stay warm. The first day of spring is less than two weeks away, I know, because EVERY SINGLE DAY my son reminds me. On March 20, he’ll l turn 10. He is so excited. “You got me the Lego set I wanted, right, Mom? Lavertus’ Evil Lair, right, Mom? Didja, Mom? Tell me you did, Mom.”

    We’re going to the Wolf Lodge to celebrate by marinating in an indoor water park. See you there.



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