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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!

Thanksgiving 2023 is now a memory, and the final month of 2023 is upon us. In spite of the 6" of rain we got yesterday, and the gloomy overcast weather we are enduring today, I will take our Florida winters and our Florida version of snow over what my Michigan relative are getting (and enjoying!!).

Recently I have spent a lot of time at the hospital, fortunately not for my benefit, but rather to assist friends who are going through surgery. One friend had to have a hernia repair and due to complications was in the hospital for 11 days followed by 10 days in the rehab hospital. Unfortunately, then another complication arose, and Thanksgiving Day she was back in the ER to have some additional work on the incision that necessitated her being re-opened and re-closed. I went to visit her nearly every day. Another friend also had a week-long stay in the hospital, and I provided the ride home when he was discharged. Now my friend Don up in Atlanta is looking at having some heart surgery and I will likely be spending time up in Atlanta to help him with his recovery. Hospitals are not my favorite places to be, but when those I love are there, I try to be there for them. Having spent far too much time in hospitals myself over the years, I know how comforting visitors can be.

Way back in August, Talquin workmen came to tell me they were replacing the power poles and lines all the way down Wadesboro and where they cut through my yard up to Mahan. They are going from a horizontal orientation to a vertical one on the wires. To do this, they needed to get into my backyard to do some tree work. They anticipated it would happen in September. For unknown reasons (but I suspect Hurricane Idalia was a factor), the work did not happen until the last week of November. They had to use a smaller bucket truck than they would have preferred because the full size one would not have fit through the gate. They arrived on a freezing cold (literally) morning just after 8:30 and worked until after 3 in the afternoon. Both of my cedar trees had to come down and they trimmed a LOT of branches off of the water oaks. I salvaged a slab from one of the cedars and plan to make a clock. I am very glad that work is done because waiting on that work has been a factor in our NOT traveling since we would need to be here to let them into the backyard. I am pleased to have less water oak to remove down the road when we get back to that project.

Final Reminder - we are in our election cycle. A ballot was included in the October newsletter (which you can find linked from our website at Please either mail it in or email your vote and member number to: Ballots must be sent by December 15. Our sincere thanks to Don for stepping up to receive the ballots.

Today we found we have no water. What joys await us as we diagnose and resolve this unhappy development? Time will tell….. With the tree work the back of my house is more visible from the road behind. So I have decorated the back this year for the enjoyment of my rear neighbors.

Hope you can join us for dinner this month! May all your holidays be festive and great fun!


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