Why I Prefer Summer Storms Over Sunny Days

Why I Prefer Summer Storms Over Sunny Days

Unless you're the Wicked Witch of the West, you won't melt from a little rain.

Summer is finally here. Nothing beats the season's long days, warmer air, and bright sun. Well...maybe not that last part. Although sunny days are often accredited with making the season as great as it is, I must admit that summer sun seems almost overrated.

In fact, it is not that the sunny days are overrated, but that rainy days are underrated.

Rain has always fascinated me. Growing up, I loved to sit in the trunk of our van and watch storms outside through the open garage. With a bowl of popcorn and a blanket, it was like watching a movie. A steady rain was great because it meant later getting to run around in puddles. Sometimes a magical rainbow would then stretch across the sky.

Even better, though, were real storms. Lightning illuminated the dark voluminous clouds. Thunder roared. Winds picked up and brought turmoil to the once still and silent air. Something about storms seemed so powerful and consequently made everything else seem so powerless. From trees to people themselves, everything other than the storm became helpless.

I now understand that the strength of a storm is something to be feared, yet my fascination has not slipped away. Yes, some storms bring havoc and are truly disastrous, but those that don't are some of my favorite parts of summer. They are such a beautiful reminder of how amazing nature can be.

Moreover, they remind us humans of how minuscule we are in the grand scheme of things. That might not seem like something good, but can be refreshing to have such a blatant reminder that there are things in the world that we will never be able to control.

The next time some rain ruins your picnic date or walk in the park, don't just complain and hide indoors. Take a moment to look around and soak in the sight (not literally--grab an umbrella if you want).

Unless you are made of sugar or are the Wicked Witch of the West, you won't melt from a few drops of rain. When it comes to a good summer rain, you don't always have to look for the bright side of things.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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Everything You Need To Know About The US Virgin Islands Post Hurricane Season

My first visit back to Americas Paradise since the devastating hurricane season

For those that may not know, the USVI, along with other Caribbean islands, were hit with not one but two category five hurricanes. Hurricane Irma devastated these islands, leaving families without homes and jobs. As less than two weeks later, Maria came through. The aftermath of these were absolutely horrible.

Visiting these islands post hurricane season was very eye-opening. A beautiful place I was once lucky enough to call home. I did not know what to expect when I got off the plane. I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. The way the community on these islands came together was truly something special. The island overlooks the blue waters, however, now the blue tarp roofs are in place all over the island. They are temporary fixes but it was devastating to see how many houses were severely damaged by this natural disaster. Lives will forever be changed for these families in Americas Paradise.

There were many healthy changes I have noticed since the last time I was in the islands. Paper and metal straws have been a huge change and it really helps save the sea turtles and other aquatic animals in our backyard. This simple change is a great step in the right direction. This is another great way to save the planet in a small way that will one day make a difference. I always noticed that many people are bringing their own reusable ceramic cups to save on the plastic waste. A few popular brands down there are Corkcicle, Mizu and Ocra tumblers. Most bars and restaurants are selling these now! I adore mine from The Longboard in Saint John! It is crazy how one person can make sure a difference in the environments and sustainability standpoints.

For my morning coffee and tea drinkers some local coffee shops and cafes give a small discount for those who bring in their own coffee mugs! This is a great way to receive a discount on your morning cup of joe and help with the environment!

Seeing these changes first hand, really seem to making a big impact on everyone who is living in the Virgin Islands. This is a community who have really come together during this hard time, rather than pull apart. This devastating hurricane left people without homes, water and food, however, some restaurants made sure their community was fed. Giving away meals every day until people were able to get back on their feet again. It has been a long road to recovery but this community is coming back stronger than ever! Keep these tiny islands in mind, and come visit every once in a while! It is Americas Paradise after all!


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