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Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
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I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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A little info about Lake Erie algae blooms -

50 years ago, there was still significant dumping into the Great Lakes. Lake Erie is especially vulnerable because it is so shallow. The lake used to heat up every summer - I want to say up to 80 degrees + I can recall swimming in the lake as a little kid, and the water wasn't cold at all.

Algae blooms used to be an annual event. In Erie County NY (Buffalo) you could estimate the amount of algae in the water just by smelling your shower - there was a nasty undertone drowned out by copious amounts of chlorine. The bathroom ended up smelling like a swimming pool.

That's what I recall. I can't say that the algae blooms then were the same species as those hitting Toledo now. My husband recalls people getting sick on the water, and that his folks used to switch to well water for the summer.

So - it looks like global warming is hitting 50 years of progress in restoring the lakes. If the lakes are getting warm, it will make for an interesting winter. Lake effect snows occur until the lakes substantially freeze over.

Something to watch out for - eating too fast

I got into a bad habit of eating my food too fast after years of bolting breakfast to get to work, rushing through lunch, etc. Then, my husband eats really fast. I knew he did, but on a recent trip where we were eating at restaurants, I discovered that if I'm not careful, I'll tend to keep pace with him.

So - slow down, enjoy your food, and watch out for people and situations that may cause you to speed up!
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