GCL Eclipse #333: Mayday
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For this week's title, I didn't repeat the word so it is not an emergency.
I meant it reference to spring festivals and holidays. I never mind seeing colder weather takes its leave and warmer weather arriving.

So in no particular order some of the top things I won't miss about winter and look forward to with the warmer weather.
These may sound pretty boring but I'm enjoying myself.
Please share some of your own things you like to see with the warmer weather.


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Obviously the change in the weather.

I come from the camp that believes that ice belongs in glasses and not on the roads. We've had a wet mild winter only a dusting or two, more than enough for me.

Spring was inverted it was April that came in like a lion and left like lamb, not march. It is finally warmed up enough to plant the tomatoes and beans.

Nice to be able to sit outside in the rocking chair and say hello to the neighbors taking a walk.
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The trees and flowers are out - yeah!

Azaleas have finished blooming, but it was so nice to see banks of azaleas in bloom. My wife and I will drive around lots of the older neighborhoods just to look, one of my favorite memories of growing up in Florida.

Dogwoods - It is great to look through the woods and see trees with the white blossoms scattered about.

Wisteria - Along with white dogwoods the woods are filled with purple wisteria the pair looks so great together.

Now for our yard, where I can sit out on the back porch and drink my coffee while checking out the gardens.

DayLillies - if you have enough of them there is always something blooming. They thrive in the heavy clay soil I have.

BeeBalm - blooms all summer and its red flowers are a popular with the honey bees and hummingbirds.
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Spend more time outdoors.

Bird watching. We put out the hummingbird feeders in the back yard in April, and are waiting for our migrants to arrive. Haven't see one yet, but my wife heard on chattering in the neighbors tree.

Hiking in the woods just to see things things that are starting to grow. We have several nice urban parks. Nearby is Mt Cheaha with all sorts of places to get out. It is nothing like the mountains you all have out west but enjoyable for a day trip.
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Outside sports and events begin to happen - a cure for cabin fever.

Baseball a right of passage for the summer. I even enjoy our minor league team where even routine plays aren't. However, this weekend it Nascar fever at Talladega, I've only been once, the interesting part is the noise you can hear the race from 5 or so miles away.

Reenacting season is in full swing, I was out this weekend to do a living history, Good to get dressed out and be able to demonstrate and explain history.

Craft show season. I'm my wife's "logistics manager", once I have her booth set up, I'm free to just people watch until she wants a break. We were over in Gardendale last weekend, and have another planned next weekend.
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In almost every state you can find springs, some where I've hung out while living in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Spring park in Muscle Shoals - in town with a lake a walking trails
Ginnie Springs - used to camp and snorkel there.
Wakulla springs - Crystal clear water and century old resort. Haven't been there in years.
Ichetucknee springs - Aah to go tubing again, a favored college past time.
Warm Springs - Old style resort, and I liked checking out the FDR's Little White House, he would come down for the therapeutic waters.
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Mayday - now I've repeated myself, it is an emergency.
So what would be game would you pull out when the gaming joneses strike.

For me it a tough decision depends on who is around
My son - Paths of Glory maybe I can beat him in it just once
My wife - Of the ones she likes a lot it would be 7 Wonders Duel
A group - seems that Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico or Acquire still come out frequently
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Recent Plays: 4/14–4/29

April has not been a great one for games, as work has been insanely busy, and not in a good way. soblue Thankfully we've had a few good weekend days to get some gaming in:

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This is the last week of classes for Kent State, so I have *all the grading* this week and next week, but my online summer class starts right away after finals! I still have a long wait before summer!
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