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Tallahassee Area Mensa a local chapter of the High IQ Society, American Mensa. The Tallahassee area serves Florida from the Apalachicola River east through Taylor County including part of Madison County and even a bit of Dixie County. Our area is also the only area in all of Florida, Region 10 of American Mensa, to include a portion of Georgia. For a full view of the area we cover, visit our map.

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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

The newsletter is late this month, my apologies. Thanksgiving found me feeding a delightful crowd of people and I spent 2+ days cooking and 4+ days recovering. I had out of town company here until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and then work went a tad insane. Over the course of the past week, we have enjoyed a couple nights of freezing winter temperatures, and days approaching 80. Gotta love Florida in the wintertime.

As of this writing, I am down to 1 year, 2 months, and 23 days until I retire and "eager" does not begin to cover it. I find I increasingly have little tolerance for the created dramas that go on regularly in the office. My new supervisor has begun to realize what a massive hole my departure will leave, and he is becoming concerned. But of course, there is no guarantee he will still be in his role by then either, because we are again going through staff shifts, which has become as seasonal an event as the flowers blooming in spring.

I had another backyard adventure! I was clearing the day lily bed, which has been sorely neglected for the past year or so, when I discovered I had an underground wasp nest! How did I discover this? The little beasts stung me!!! Repeatedly!!! INSIDE my shirt!!! Some of you may recall I was swarmed by bees in the summer of 2020, so I called the guy who dealt with the bees, and he came out late at night 2 days later, and dug up the nest. It was fascinating, and horrifying, and they are gone. He estimated there were a few thousand wasps, at least 20 queens, and at least 200 queens in the brood waiting to hatch out. He loves this work, and was perfectly happy, with his bare hands, to pick up the various residents of the next and educate me. I have been very careful ever since watching for signs of other nests, as this is not an event I wish to have repeated. Those stings hurt! And he told me there were more than enough to kill my dogs had the wasps swarmed them. Scary.

Our election season is winding down, but you still have another week and a half to get your vote in. I know it seems silly to do this, but it really is important for our group and to abide by the requirements of our bylaws. It is as easy as sending an email to Carolyn Stimel, with your member number in the subject line, and giving her your votes. My thanks in advance for your time in taking care of this bit of local group administration.

Has anyone noticed we are having a bumper crop year for acorns? My driveway has been COVERED with them!! I was out every day for more than week blowing them off to keep the driveway clear and safe to walk down. If you hit them just right while walking, they make a great rolling platform. The squirrels must be very happy.

The work on my back porch is nearly completed. A ceiling has been created (a combination of new joists and plywood and a section of corrugated vinyl pieces) and it has all been painted white. The result is the porch is MUCH brighter than it was before, and it is also doing a much better job of holding the heat in rather than having it float up into the rafters of the roof. This, combined with the vinyl roll-downs I made for the screens, has helped the porch stay in the 50s even when the nights have gone down into the 30s. The plants are very happy and so am I!

Happy holidays, everyone and I hope to see you at an event soon!

Robin

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