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What Happened to Summer?

Anyone who knows me well knows I do not like summer! I was born in New York City in January, during a blizzard, and I think that’s where my lifelong attachment to cooler weather began. Every year, I have to keep from crying during the 4th of July holiday, for I know that blistering heat is just around the corner and it will probably last into early September.

So you can understand my joy over the recent weather changes here in Oregon – summer just went away. High temperatures have been in the 60s and low 70s. I even used the heat in my car the other day!

Needless to say, I’ve been a happy camper. No hot, sunny days, with Mother Nature daring me to come out and do something involving a barbecue or a volleyball. In fact, I found the weather so inspiring, I was able to complete my new book, The Shelter Dog, which is now in the hands of the printer.

When I look around at the temperatures in many parts of the country, I feel terribly fortunate to be here in Oregon. I realize I may be in the minority here, but that’s ok. In fact, I think I’ll go put on some socks, pour some tea and watch a Christmas movie – just to keep this good mood going!

Stay cool,

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