Sweet Tennessee!

Sweet Tennessee!

August 25, 2012

Cooler Temps, and a Cool Archaeological Find!



Yay!  The temperature has dropped about twenty degrees since i wrote here last!  And i adore this weather.  Autumn is definitely in the air.  Its delicious, crisp scent is out there.  I'm not sure if i'm ready for summer to end, but fall doesn't need my permission to arrive.. now does it?  :)  Really.. i suppose i might be jumping the gun a little.  It IS still August, and the temperature could be back to the high eighties tomorrow!  Oooo, perish the thought!  I love summertime, but i prefer the temperature to be around 72.  With clear blue sky.  None of that white, humid sky.  And a gentle breeze to whisper through the Douglas Firs.  Cool enough to make air conditioning unnecessary, and for our windows to be left open for lovely fresh air to make its way through our home.  I don't ask for much.  Just a little perfection is all.  LOL.  Though i try to be satisfied always, and find something positive in all things.  Well, maybe not all things.  This past week, i became too wrapped up in all the negative, toxic goings on in our political world.  I found myself needing another break.  I don't want to get into it here; though one day pretty soon, i might feel it necessary to talk about it.  Just to get a little excess stuff of my chest.  I found myself changing the TV channel to Spongebob Squarepants more than once.  He's positive ALL the time, that Spongebob!  Yes indeed he is.  He laughs at everything.  And his laughter is contagious.  I still don't get the pineapple under the sea thing, but that's okay.  It's a cartoon for goodness' sake!  :)  And i got back into my meditation routine, which had been, shall i say, lacking some in the last few weeks.  Now i remember why i practice in the first place.  And the cooler temps made it more comfortable to do it outdoors.  Love the feeling of peace i have.  The breeze rustling through the trees, the water falling in the pond.  Happiness.  I also, as much as i love my Atlantic and Harper's magazines, had to close them for a couple of days and turn to Vogue, (the September issue!)  :D and Vanity Fair.  This month's issue of VF has Princess Kate Middleton on the cover.  I know that's not her official title, but you know who i mean.  But i'll save my love of those two glossies for another post.  A post all its own!  So i guess i had a little cooling off period this week in more ways than one.  And today is a lovely, cooler day also.  Temp is around 73.  Now that's close to perfection!

Anyway, one thing i love to read, no matter what's going on in the political environment, and regardless of the outdoor temperature, is my Archaeology Magazine.  I learn so many cool things about the (way back) history of our world!  I found this one article that i thought you might enjoy, so i decided to share.  Actually i found many i want to share, but the others can wait for their own entries here!  This article is from the mag ScienceNow, and i found it in the online news section of Archaeology Magazine.  It's about remnants of a black drink that were found in some ancient 'cups' around the location of the ancient American city of Cahokia.  Phew.  This city was located not far from what is now St. Louis, MO.  Were these remnants some kind of cacao drink or some kind of black ritual tea?  Well, tests and experiments were done, and you can read about them here.  Fascinating.  (And the article is short, but full of fun and interesting info.)  :)  I eat this stuff up with a spoon, just like hot fudge sauce off a hot fudge sundae.  Articles like this just make me want more knowledge of our human history and prehistory!  Here it is..

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/08/starbucks-of-ancient-america.html?ref=hp

It's getting to be Saturday evening, and a lovely evening it is.  The light is just sparkling out there!  So, offline i go for now.  But of course, first...



Yes.  We have gorgeous, beautifully scented roses this late in the summer!  Bye for now.  I'll be back sooner this time around.  M

6 comments:

  1. I like to read interesting bits like this, having absolutely no clue as to pre-Columbus activity in what is now the U.S. Thanks for sharing this!

    Mary, have a good week. Here in Maine, autumn's coming a-calling, too :)

    Julie, Tom & the furry family

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    1. Julie, i hope you had a great week! I'm a little late in replying.. sorry about that. It seems i was the queen of procrastination this week in many ways. :) Will turn over a new, autumn leaf this next week. :D I love archaeology, and sometimes can't get enough of learning about (super) old stuff. I thought fall had arrived here in OR too, but i heard this am that we should expect a couple of 90 degree days this coming week. Not fall weather.. LOL

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  2. Your roses are positively gorgeous! I want to tuck one into a vintage updo :)

    How awesome that your temps have plummeted so drastically already, we're still battling higher temps, but the nights are getting a bit cooler, so hopefully autumn's return won't be too far off.


    ♥ Jessica

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    1. That's a fabulous idea! One of the roses would look wonderful with your shade of hair. And i've been seriously enjoying these cooler temps down here. But, we're expecting a return of the intense heat this week. What IS up with that, i wonder? :) Have a beautiful weekend, wonderful friend!

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  3. You get a whiff of Autumn, and yesterday I got my first smell of Spring when I caught a hint of jasmine in the air. Happy days :)

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    1. Mmmmm, jasmine. What a lovely scent. Happy Springtime to you in the Southern Hemisphere, Debs! :)

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