When I moved to Syracuse, New York in 1980 for grad school, it was a very impulsive move on th part of my (ex) husband and myself. He was offered a great job, and we welcomed a move from a very remote small Florida town where the biggest thrill was guessing how many alligators were in the lake across the road.
I knew Syracuse was super-cold and super-snowy, but I didn't know it held the rather dismal record as having the least amount of days with sunshine in the USA -- only 55 days of sun per year! That's the number I remember reading in the paper there, but some latest data I looked up doesn't support that. Still, it's up there in terms of cloudy, rainy, snowy days. I know that it snowed so much, every day in the winter, that many of us kept brooms and scrapers in our car because we often had to clean the windshield off after a brief visit to a store, restaurant or other stop.
I had lived in several regions of the USA at this point, and I immediately noticed a difference with the residents of Syracuse. They were very bright, talkative, drank a lot and cursed like crazy. "F*** you" was a part of many conversations, light-hearted or angry. This shocked me, and I was known for a salty mouth. There was a real undercurrent of anger, and the alcohol didn't help any. Let's realize that they were often snowed in, isolated and depressed.
There were numerous scented geraniums growing in my house, under grow lights. I remember a particularly dour guy walking into my house one day and exclaiming with a smile on his face "This smells like Hawaii". Scent therapy, aromatherapy does work, folks.
|I was going for a quasi-Syracuse mood photo of these lively, sweet-smelling essential oils. However, being in Miami, the sunshine will prevail. Click to enlarge and see the light glinting through the oils. Beautiful.|
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