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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!

June is busting out all over! June has always held a special place in my heart. Not only is it the month of my birthday, it is also the month of my younger sister's and mother's birthday (they share the same birthday) and Father's day (my birthday fell on Father's Day the year I was born), and it was the month we escaped the winter home where Dad spent the school year teaching at the university and retreated to our Michigan home for a few glorious months of swimming in the lake we lived on, basking in the sun (pre-sunscreen, I get checked for skin cancer yearly!), sailing, skiing, and spending our days having fun. In June it always felt like the summer stretched on endlessly before us, and it was always a shock how quickly the summer passed, and we were packing up the car to head back to the winter-time home and school. It wasn't until many years later I realized how unique our family was to have that summer home on the lake and the pleasure of escaping the heat and humidity of where we lived the rest of the year. My birthday kicked off the summer birthdays and my older brother's brought them to a close in late August. By then Mom would be depressed at the pending return to the winter home. Years later we realized Mom likely suffered from S.A.D., but it was unknown at that time.

I enjoyed the Parade of Homes this year. I did 12 homes in one day (which was fun and slightly insane) and the biggest thing I got out of it, other than a lot of miles on my car and being whupped, was that I REALLY like my own house!! One thing that struck me was how many homes appear to be built for giants. The doors were 12 feet tall; the ceilings were ludicrously high (I kept wondering how the heck they would change the lightbulbs!); windows were placed so high on the wall they could only be looked out of through an upper floor walkway, and I saw no way to get to them for cleaning. I felt like a Lilliputian walking around in them. I truly love doing these things. I have gotten great ideas from some, found great amusement from others, and it is a rare opportunity for me to see into very large big-ticket homes I would otherwise likely never see.

My day lilies are growing like mad and putting out so many blooms the patio looks a bit like a flower shop. Next up on my gardening roster is tearing out the Asiatic milkweed I bought from Lowe's and replacing it with native milkweed. I did not learn until AFTER I had planted the ones from Lowe's that the plant contains a parasite that interferes with the Monarch butterfly completing the migration! I am disappointed that Lowe's sells them and sad that people, like me, who thought they were doing something that would help the Monarch is actually hurting them. Fortunately, Native Nurseries has a variety of native milkweed priced comparable to the ones at Lowe's and they will help the Monarch.

I recently spent a day playing tourist going to the Farmer's Market in Monticello, Johnston's Meat Market (great donuts too!), Bradley's Country Store, and the Florida Museum. It reminded me of what a fabulous place this is to live. Do you have a suggestion for a place we can enjoy as a group? Let me know! We'll get it set up! Hope to see you soon.


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