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May 2, 2014

In a Water Taxi

The rain here in Maryland was incredible this week — constant, heavy, stormy. There’s flooding around, and driving hasn’t been fun. Today, though, it finally broke.

I talk about weather a lot. I think I missed my calling to be a weather reporter, but television viewers everywhere should give thanks because my reports would go something like: Folks, it’s going to be rainy out there – batten down the hatches and say your last goodbyes to your loved ones… There might be some gusty winds coming through — don’t drive over bridges and stay off airplanes, people!  Yeah, somehow I’m not sure any show would have had me (except maybe the Onion).

Some of my weather obsession is due to the fact that I’ve pretty much always lived in a place with four distinct seasons and lots of weather changes, which you have to take into consideration when making plans. My sister in San Luis Obispo, California, on the other hand, must be bored to tears having to talk about her perfect 80-degree, sunny days all the time. Actually, she’s not tired of it at all, but she’s kind, so she refrains from dangling her lovely location in her East Coast family’s faces as often as she could.

Anyway, enough about the weather for this week; I wanted to mention something to you…

A London-based production company contacted me about a brand new documentary series they’re making for the newly rebranded FYI network (which takes over Bio later this year — part of the parent A&E network). It will be a feel-good series following ordinary families who want to escape urban life to try peaceful, off-the-grid living in the glorious American wilderness. Each show will give a family the opportunity to view three featured properties and spend a few days trying one out to get a taste of the unplugged life. (Who knows: You may even find a beautiful new place in the wilderness to call home through this experience!) If you think your family would be a good candidate for this show – or if you know anyone who might be — please contact me and I’ll put you in touch with the producers!

For our Friday happy-hour drink today, I’m reaching for one of these flugelhorns. Looks yummy, don’t you think? I’m seeing lots of lovely, small-batch bitters everywhere, and they’ve got me curious. The flugelhorn has both grapefruit and orange bitters, along with gin and St. Germain. (By the way, Ann just told me about her discovery of St. Elder, a tasty and much less expensive substitute for St. Germain.) Please grab a flugelhorn and tell me your high and low this week! Here’s mine:

Low: I was sick all week, fighting a bug that tried very hard to become a full-fledged sinus infection. Thanks to a super powerful anti-viral/anti-bacterial concoction, lots of Vitamin C and zinc, a strict diet, and my husband’s willingness to sleep with our girls so they wouldn’t call me in the night, I’m finally on the mend. I still have a terrible cold, though, which drains me of all my energy. Another low: One of our cars broke down on Wednesday and had to go into the shop this morning. We really want to get another year out of that car, but it’s getting old and we’ve put a lot of money into it lately to keep it going. Don’t really want to keep doing that.

High: I am really grateful for friends’ generosity this week — lending me their cars and watching my girls a couple of times so I could get things done as I was dealing with sickness, torrential rains, and no car.

Bonus question: Are you a weather-tracker, or does meteorological talk bore you? (You already know where I stand on this one.)

Have a lovely weekend, friends, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Image: Zoe Saint-Paul 

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1 Lauren May 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Oh wow! That show sounds amazing and I’m totally interested! I would jump at that chance, and I think my husband and boys would too.

Also, hope you are feeling better soon.

And yes, I am weather-obsessed. And terrified of tornadoes. My friends all make fun of me. Seriously.


2 Zoe Saint-Paul May 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I passed along your name and email to the producers, Lauren!

We’d be great weather co-anchors! :-)


3 Lisa Mizeri May 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm

… and I find myself wishing I lived in the USA! That sounds like amazing fun.

I am a weather tracker, and a season tracker. I know what should bud or flower when, and what the weather patterns are – in fact, I don’t really feel at home in a new location until I have been through a few years and understand the landscape. I attribute it to having grown up in trural Canada and spending a lot of my time outdoors. My city-raised husband never even remembers to check if it will be raining.


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