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Old 01-28-2012, 08:27 PM   #1621
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Very windy here tonight too! and I'm nowhere near California - rather cold, spooky, dark.... in a Canadian white winter.

Such a change from my 2 weeks in Mexico!

if I ever again go travelling to someplace warm in winter, I intend to come home closer to warm spring, never would advise anyone to return in January!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:03 PM   #1622
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Very windy here tonight too! and I'm nowhere near California - rather cold, spooky, dark.... in a Canadian white winter.

Such a change from my 2 weeks in Mexico!

if I ever again go travelling to someplace warm in winter, I intend to come home closer to warm spring, never would advise anyone to return in January!
How many hours in the day is it dark there?
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:11 PM   #1623
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Sunset about 5pm, sunrise about 830am at the moment.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:26 PM   #1624
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Windy here too. From the weather network: "Summary
Strong southwesterly winds up to 90 km/h will occur over these regions tonight and tomorrow morning."
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:34 AM   #1625
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Getting up before anyone else wakes up. Enjoying a cup of coffee & a muffin.

Was always My Time. Used to love sitting on the front porch in the warm weather and listen to the birds waking up.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:31 AM   #1626
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30 ish and a few flakes in the air.

I am with Simon and Addie!

My whole life I have needed to have an hour of peace and quiet, for me, before I can deal with the rest of humanity. Over the years it has not gone well for those who failed to understand that!
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:44 AM   #1627
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There was a story in the Reader's Digest a number of years ago.

A mother's favorite saying was, "If I could only have a minute of peace and quiet." She had a passel of children and there was always noise in the home. So one night at six sharp, the whole house went absolutely quiet. For one whole minute. What a great bunch of kids. And what a great present. Now if they could only give her that one hour. But I am sure it came as each child left home.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:49 AM   #1628
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as for " how many hours of darkness?..."

Today sunrise is 7:28AM; sunset 17:06PM = 8 and 1/2 hours of daylight; 15 and 1/2 hours darkness.

No wonder so many northerners suffer winter depression!
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:51 AM   #1629
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and for Addie and Aunt Bea...here was my solution:

I began meditating when my kids were 6,8 and 9. They were told not to disturb Mom for 20 minutes, even if the phone rang. They were to answer it and say "Mom is busy and can't be disturbed until....(time)."

They were very very diligent in keeping this, for 2 years. We had all attended a course by the TM (Transcendental Meditation) people who were active in our city that year, so they kind of respected that this was a new process Mom wanted to try.

I found a LOT of peace, became more patient and kinder with those simple 20 minutes per day. That was 25 years ago. I've since switched to different type of daily meditation practice, and still find peace, daily.

To the TM people, I paid for and was given a 'mantra' (nonsense syllables)....and it kept my mind focused, do I could shush away each thought as it arose.

The mantra can be as simple as "Not Now".....or even "Later".... ....something which works for the individual.
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as for " how many hours of darkness?..."

Today sunrise is 7:28AM; sunset 17:06PM = 8 and 1/2 hours of daylight; 15 and 1/2 hours darkness.

No wonder so many northerners suffer winter depression!
You got that right. June 21st, hurry and get here.
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