I admire people who are good with their hands, able to build and repair things with little effort.
I am not one of those people. I have trouble using a can opener.
For 20 years I was baffled why people would battle 2, 3, even 4 hour commutes to their cabins. "We have lakes in the metro!" It dawned on me that disconnecting from TV & WIFI, then reconnecting as a family up north, no distractions, was a tonic for the soul.
We've had a place on Pelican Lake for 11 years. In that time I've broken toes in a horrible mulching accident and had painful tetanus shots after stepping on rusty nails. Last year I almost cut off a finger laying down some pavers. I should have bought a cabin next to Urgent Care. A small price to pay for our little slice of heaven.
The forecast for the metro area turned out nicer than expected, which is better than the other way around. A few pop-up instability storms fire today, then a surge of warm air aloft keeps the atmosphere "capped" and dry Wednesday into Saturday AM.
Memorial Day marks the kick-off of summer, and Mother Nature will obey, with a streak of 80s likely. Weekend storms give way to cooler weather next week.
Perfect weather to repair my deck.
Tornado Damages Trailers at North Dakota man camp. At least 15 trailers associated with fracking in western North Dakota were severely damaged by a tornado late Monday. Details from The Washington Post.
Photo credit above: "A helicopter dumps water on a portion of the Funny River Fire, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Funny River community in Soldotna, Alaska. The wildfire that has spread through the forest of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula has expanded in size, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of 1,000 structures, officials said." (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney).
* The blaze on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, south of Alaska, grew to 218 square miles as of late Monday. More details on the expanding Alaskan wildfire from The Star Tribune.
Map above: Oklahoma Climatological Survey and Mesonet.
File photo: Utah Geological Survey.
Solar Panels Drains The Sun's Energy, Experts Say. I have a hunch this is parody. Well played, National Report. Here's an excerpt of this important "scientific" breakthrough: "...Solar panels destroying the sun could potentially be the worst man-made climate disaster in the history of the world, and Halliburton will not be taking part in that,” the company stated in a press release issued Friday morning. “It’s obvious, based on the findings of this neutral scientific research group, that humans needs to become more dependent on fossil fuels like oil and coal, not less. Because these so-called `green technologies’ are far more dangerous to the Earth than any hydrofracking operation or deep-water drilling station. What good is clean air when our very sun is no longer functional?”
"A Climate Crisis Is Also A Health Crisis". Here's a snippet of an Op-Ed that caught my eye in The New York Times: "...Millions of Californians now rely on groundwater contaminated by agricultural runoff and industrial chemicals. Drought-related dust and wildfires intensify asthma, respiratory diseases and Valley Fever. Less agricultural production means poorer nutrition, fewer jobs and higher food prices for the entire country. A climate crisis is also a health crisis, and we must first direct solutions and resources to our most vulnerable and already affected communities..."
* graphic above: Florida Center for Environmental Studies. Featured in an article at WLRN, "Why Handwringing about Sea Level Rise Won't Save Miami."
Photo credit above: "Melting away: an aerial view of the margin of Greenland’s threatened ice sheet." Photo by Hannes Grobe/Alfred Wegener Institute via Wikimedia Commons.