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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 1, 2007
12:15 PM

Post #4249696

It's a beautiful day here;
55.4 F / 13.0 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 100%
Dew Point: 55 F / 13 C
Wind: 0.0 mph / 0 km/h from the NNW
Wind Gust: 3.1 mph / 4 km/h
Pressure: 30.27 in / 1024.9 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 7.0 miles / 11.3 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Please come by with your pictures and your daily weather.
Sidney

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 1, 2007
2:01 PM

Post #4249883

Another gorgeous sky photo, Sidney!
We have blue sky here too, Sharon,--Hooray! Be sure to take a pic of your moose antlers when they arrive LOL

Here's our sunrise this morning:

edited to say I forgot to send the photo! Be right back with it and the forecast LOL

This message was edited Dec 1, 2007 8:02 AM
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 1, 2007
2:05 PM

Post #4249892

Current conditions as of 7:55 am CST

Partly Cloudy
Feels Like: 44
Barometer: 30.28 in and steady
Humidity: 70%
Visibility: 10 mi
Dewpoint: 35
Wind: ENE 2 mph
Sunrise: 6:57 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm
High today supposed to be 65 and they took the late afternoon/evening rain out of the forecast, too.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 1, 2007
2:08 PM

Post #4249902

Here's that tree this morning with the sunrise behind it.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 1, 2007
3:13 PM

Post #4250141

Hi Gang!
I quick stop to say we're off to start expanding the Plantroom!
I made some fasteners out of heavy steel angle iron at work yesterday.
One of our maintainance guys suggested it.
I pulled the metal out of the scrap dumpster.
That will mount the corner post to the concrete pier we poured last weekend.
It will rest on a 1/8" thick piece of Stainless Steel.
It's nice having a machine around that will cut 1" thick metal! lol!
All I need to do is drill a few holes and we're off!
It's a bit colder than I'd like (30) but hey w/ tomorrow's heat (55) comes the rain.

Ric
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 1, 2007
5:04 PM

Post #4250526

nothing like FREE, is there, Ric! LOL Good luck with the Plant room today! We're supposed to get up to 65 today and lots of sunshine. Yeah, I know--I'm gloating! LOL
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 1, 2007
8:32 PM

Post #4251069

What beautiful skies all around the country these past few days; again, here, too.
Thanks, Sidney for a great starter pic.

17*; mostly cloudy; highs to the teens/20's
sunrise 9:45 set 3:44 loss of 3m40seconds
Dyson~~cute little kittys; wouldn't think the fluffy one would be such a "wildcat"..
Deb~~hope that gauge starts looking better; winter is nearly 1/2 over; maybe April showers are in store.
MySharona~~we're looking forward to the antler pic:))
Ric~look forward, too, to the progress.

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 1, 2007
8:38 PM

Post #4251082

OMG,what wonderful skies! Here's one from me too,couple of days ago,sunset.
Good weather today,sunny and temps got up.
Adina

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2007
9:57 PM

Post #4251348

Cold, windy and wet. The freezing rain went north of us about 50 miles from what I understand so we just got the rain. Ocassional sprinkles thruout the day.

Creek a few miles from my house.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 1, 2007
10:13 PM

Post #4251405

Adina~the sky in Romania is gorgeous, too. Don't you just love seeing the similarities:)) the world over?
Pepper~~sounds a bit unpleasant today::) Freezing rain is never a good thing..but, the creek looks great. Is it frozen or just still? The reflections are beautiful.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 1, 2007
10:47 PM

Post #4251499

Joey Congratulations on acing the test! Thats great! And I think its hysterical about Jack licking JW too cute!
Sidney Pretty pink sky! Did you get the phone?
Marsue Your sky looks like molten gold!
Ric How did the work go in the plant room? Keep us posted.
Kiska WOW - Check out that sky just gorgeous!
Adina The sky pics have been amazing today! So pretty!
Pepper Hopefully your day wasnt as nasty as predicted. Pretty creek. I like the reflections as well

63.9 F / 17.7 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 73%
Dew Point: 55 F / 13 C
Wind: 2.0 mph / 3.2 km/h / 0.9 m/s from the NNE
Wind Gust: 5.8 mph / 9.3 km/h
Pressure: 30.30 in / 1026.0 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft / 7620 m

Tonight
Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s inland...upper 50s coast. Northeast winds 5 mph.

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 1, 2007
10:52 PM

Post #4251517

Congratulations on the A, Joey!! :-D I love baby giggles... :-) I should find the picture of my little bunny practically eating the ear of my sister-in-law's beagle puppy... (rummaging in the My Pictures file...) This was a few years ago. Every time Snoopy barked Katie would laugh and laugh and laugh... LOL

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 1, 2007
11:02 PM

Post #4251547

Weatherwise, it's been a great day. It was sprinkling just a little a bit ago, though, so maybe we're going to get some rain this evening. My dh is at a arcade game convention (video games and pinballs.. http://www.arcadecenter.com/ if you're curious) this weekend, selling some of his huge collection of game manuals. The bunnies and I drove out to see him last night (we met him there after he got off work with 7 crates of manuals and assorted other things so he could set up his table) and this afternoon (with lunch, since a hot dog there costs $4 and don't even get me started about the $2 3-ounce sodas.. grrrr) Driving is not my favorite thing to do, and driving 35 miles across busy Houston is enough to turn the rest of my hair gray. Blech. So we're glad to be home. :-)

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 4:11pm CST (44 min ago)
Temperature 75 F 24 C
Dew Point 64 F 18 C
Humidity 69%
Pressure 30.00 in 1016 mb
Wind Speed 16 MPH 14 kts
Wind Dir S 170
Ceiling 3600 ft 1097 m
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Heat Index 78 F 26 C
Current Conditions Cloudy
6 hour min temperature ending 11:53am CST : 63.0F / 17.2C

Another bunny and beagle picture..

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2007
11:16 PM

Post #4251593

I took the pic a couple of weeks ago. I went driving around and just took pics of the area.

Nothing is frozen right now. It's not cold enough for it. Maybe tonight we might get a light frost but that should be it.

A skyline pic.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 1, 2007
11:57 PM

Post #4251733

Pep, Hi! Here is me!

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
12:52 AM

Post #4251928

Hi George, nice to meet you.

Updated: 3:51 PM PST on December 01, 2007
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
53 F / 12 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 50%
Dew Point: 35 F / 2 C
Wind: 8 mph / 13 km/h / 3.6 m/s from the WSW


I was on vacation. Did you all miss me? ;-) I took 143 pictures, so consider yourselves forewarned. Oh, yeah, where did I go? Flagstaff, Arizona.

Here is my contribution to the sunsets gallery. Probably the closest town to this is Winslow Arizona. It's pretty close to the middle of nowhere.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
12:56 AM

Post #4251944

It was snowing in Flagstaff when we left this morning. This is the first time I've seen snow falling in over 15 years.

Updated: 4:56 PM MST on December 01, 2007
Observed at: Flagstaff, Arizona
Elevation: 7011 ft / 2137 m
35 F / 2 C
Clear
Humidity: 82%
Dew Point: 30 F / -1 C
Wind: 20 mph / 32 km/h / 8.7 m/s from the SW
Wind Gust: 34 mph / 56 km/h / 15.4 m/s
Pressure: 29.70 in / 1006 hPa (Falling)
Windchill: 24 F / -4 C

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2007
1:04 AM

Post #4251968

Hi George!! Send us some of that snow!!

Kelli, you definitely were missed!! Love the sunset!!

Currently 58* outside. Tomorrow's high will be 41* and will drop down drastically from there.

wind advisory in effect until 9 pm cst this evening
The NWS in pleasant hill has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect until 9 pm cst this evening.
Strong south-southwest winds of 30 to 35 mph and gusts to 45 mph are expected early this evening, mainly west of a line from mound city missouri, to carrollton to boonville. The strong winds will subside by mid evening, diminishing to 15 to 25 mph and gusts to around 30 mph.
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 30 to 40 mph, or gusts ranging from 45 to 57 mph are expected. Winds of this strength may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2007
1:09 AM

Post #4251986

Currently: 58F Cloudy
Currently: 14C Cloudy
Wind: South at 33 MPH
Humidity: 80%
Dewpoint: 52F
Barometer: 29.56 inches and falling

Wind: South at 53 KPH
Humidity: 80%
Dewpoint: 11C
Barometer: 1001 millibars and falling

Sunrise: 7:18 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #4252085

Pep, sure I will, when it comes again! Alas...
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 2, 2007
1:36 AM

Post #4252108

George: Looks like you were enjoying that snow!
What a beautiful series of sun rises and set . Wonderful!
Kelli: Looking forward to your AZ pics.

Tonight
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday
Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. East winds around 5 mph... becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the evening...then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Not as cool. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
1:52 AM

Post #4252167

37 and Rising.
It's warmer now than when we were working.
We had the Chiminea fired up all day.
Amazing the amount of heat they put out.
It should hit 55 tomorrow w/ Rain starting around 10AM.

We had a few sprinkles or sleetles today actually.
Here's todays agenda... sorry if it's too much info but I know Sidney, and a few others, like the details...
Tthe hard thing about Post and Beam type construction is getting the posts in ...
and in right.
Since this is an expansion and attaching to the House we only had to get one post in.
As it's the corner post that will be holding the header for a 10' sliding door and a 3' walk-in door... it had to be set in perfectly.
I knew it would be a long process.
We first broke out the form from the pier and backfilled w/ tamped gravel and dirt.
I put a new pressure form around the top of the pier as I was afraid the new concrete would break out from the pressure of the anchor bolts.
It did crack a bit but no biggie.
Then I finished drilling out the mounting brackets I cut yesterday.
Then we mounted the Stainless Steel bottom plate to the 4 x 6 post.
This keeps the wood from contacting the concrete keeping it from rotting and the termites out.
All this took 3 hours...

Then we dry fit the post and marked the bracket holes on the pier.
Drilling the concrete and mounting the brackets actually didn't take too much time.
Our neighbor Jon stopped over to see how it was going.
I grabbed him to help level the post as I anchored it to the brackets.
It leveled up perfectly to the lines and is solid as a rock.
Soooo now we have the final, and most critical, piece of the addition done.
It was very time consuming and doesn't really seem to be worth two 1/2 days worth of work.
But the concrete pier and post are IN!
The rest is just cutting and nailing.

Here's the pier and the brackets and plate I fabricated
Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
1:54 AM

Post #4252173

And the finished post.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
1:58 AM

Post #4252190

We all have to think of " THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW" ! LOL.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
2:01 AM

Post #4252202

Here you can see the amount of additional room we'll be getting in the Plantroom once we are finished.
This is shot from the Plantroom and shows the Sketter netting we still need to get taken down...
It will take us from 9 x 13 to 9 x 20 so 63 or so square feet.

As you can see we'll also be about 5' from the Hot Tub instead of 12'.
A BIG difference when it's 20 F outside!!!! LOL!

Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
2:04 AM

Post #4252214

George Nice to meet you!!
Please you and our friends up north keep your snow for a while.
Maybe till February... LOL!

The dreary yard today.
Ric

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 2, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #4252235

hi George~~love the snowy scene; the trees look wonderful.
Deb~~showers in the forecast:) great. Is the blossom recent? Sure looks beautiful.
Marylyn_TX~~too cute~~ complacent puppy, too. Glad you made there and back ok...city traffic would not be fun...
Pepper~~love the view of the trees; what are the ones with the "plume" at the tops?
Kelli ~~ sure look forward to the pictures and narration you'll post. Did you like the snow?
M2K~~congratulations, too, on the math test. I can just picture Jack/JW enjoying each other:))
Ric~~how nice to have so much finished; the precision pays huge dividends..It's going to be so much more room;
Sunset/sunrises sure brightens the long dark. (either mine or yours)
Nearby farmland..taken earlier; same today.
Kiska

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2007
2:12 AM

Post #4252248

Ric - you are killin me but the yard is fantastic.
45 and I hope it rains here soon.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2007
2:12 AM

Post #4252249

Hey, I'm gonna send all my snow your way now!! :~p
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
2:17 AM

Post #4252268

Ric, Kiska and ye' all! We'll try to save some snow for generations to come... Lol
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
2:24 AM

Post #4252287

And come early Spring ...
we will save some Flowers for when you are all covered in White... lol!

Ric
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
2:29 AM

Post #4252305

Let's call it a deal!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:05 AM

Post #4252411

Kiska, yes, I did enjoy seeing the snow. I also enjoyed knowing that I could go away from it. :-)


Today's series of photos is from the Petrified Forest National Park.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #4252427

This is called Agate House. It was built out of petrified wood some time between 1050 and 1300AD.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 2, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #4252428

I like your deal, too, Ric:))
Dark, 18* w/stars out at 6pm. Sunset was 3:44pm. No wind, no snow, just frosty white.
Kelli~great to be able to choose, cold or no cold:)) We were at South Rim GCanyon about 3 years ago in late November, there was frost to scrape off the rental car the next morning; sure surprised us.
At the feeder yesterday.
Kiska

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:18 AM

Post #4252452

Cute woodpecker. :-)

Most mornings we were in AZ, the temp was in the low 20s, but the dew point was so low that there was no frost. Let me tell you, until yesterday, it was a new dimension in dry out there - much worse than what I experience here. My nose was so irritated that it would bleed. (I've got the worst sinuses.) That doesn't happen to me here.

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L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:25 AM

Post #4252466

This is called Agate Bridge. It is a petrified log that spans a gully. Back in the 1930s, the park service put concrete under it to hold it up so it looks pretty hokey now. What was cool about this place is that I found a shard of Indian pottery from about 700 years ago.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:29 AM

Post #4252473

Pronghorn! My favorite hoofed mammal

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:32 AM

Post #4252482

colorful petrified wood

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:33 AM

Post #4252485

Many of the logs look like they are still wood.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:36 AM

Post #4252492

Remains of a pueblo from 700 to 800 years ago

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:39 AM

Post #4252499

Ancient Indian petroglyphs - I'd say these are pronghorn.

(Bear with me - just one or two more pictures to go.)

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
3:42 AM

Post #4252505

the Painted Desert (The photo doesn't do it justice.)

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
4:26 AM

Post #4252618

I think we here on the weather thread need to make our very own calendar with all these gorgeous photos--only thing is we have so many good photos that we could never decide which 12 to use! Great photos everyone!
Welcome, George. Is this your first time on this thread or did I miss you somewhere along the way?
Marylyn, your little bunny's baby photos are just too precious!
thanks for the photo tour, Kelli! Wow, a 700 year old pottery shard! Were you able to keep it or did you have to leave it there?
Ric, certainly sounds as if you know what you are doing re: the plantroom addition.
Kiska, is that a downy woodpecker in your photo?
Congrats on the test score, Joey!
Do y'all realize there are 42 posts on here just for today? (not counting this one) We certainly are "chatty" today! LOL
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
4:41 AM

Post #4252661

I left the pottery shard there. It would be soooo against to law to keep it. One of the volunteers at the park said that I should tell a park ranger and they would send someone over to check it out. I told a park ranger but he didn't write anything down. Maybe that kind of stuff is all over the place.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
4:59 AM

Post #4252714

You are probably right about that, Kelli, but if they are all over the place, I don't know why they would mind if you took a 'sample'. LOL
However, I know that most parks of that type don't allow anything to be removed and really, I can understand why they have that rule.
Here in Arkansas we have the only diamond mine in the U.S. You can dig for diamonds and even keep any smaller ones you may find but if someone finds a really big diamond they have to share the proceeds with the state.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 2, 2007
5:11 AM

Post #4252745

I tell myself that the pottery shard would not be happy here at my house. Silly, but it makes me feel like I did the right thing.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 2, 2007
5:23 AM

Post #4252764

Kelli~ your trip was so interesting; this will be a great place to visit on the "someday" months long mhome trip...I can see how you could spend a lot of time there.
marsue~~finding diamonds will also find a place on the schedule:)) sounds great.
The woodpecker is a " Hairy Woodpecker". They aren't found much further north and don't migrate.
The weather is changing w/wind warning for tomorrow.
30-50 mph with gusts to 75 for the Matanuska Valley, ( my area).
It's 13*F. Will be quite cold when the winds pick up..
Kiska
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
5:25 AM

Post #4252769

You certainly did Kelli.
All Native American objects are all considered sacred.
I have 40 or 50 pounds of petrified wood from that area, but not the Park.
It's really amazing stuff and free for the taking w/ permission.
And one very small pottery shard.
Gifted to me, by a tribesman in the area.
He's a Shaman and it was a token of friendship. Long story.
Any taken objects are considered stealing heritage though.
Just like stealing from a Church.

Ric

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2007
12:08 PM

Post #4252984

Mornin' All! We have a fairly normal temp for the morning w/no frost. I am so glad to see things getting back to normal temps! :D Now if we could just have some rain or snow to soak the ground...
Clear36F
Feels like: 36F
Barometer: 30.3 in
Dewpoint: 25
Humidity: 64%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 0 mph
Sunrise: 7:19 AM
Sunset: 5:05 PM

Sidney, What a gorgeous shot! :D
Thanks Kiska, Sharon, & Marylyn! :D It's a shame that it has taken nearly the entire semester to finally start getting it! And it's amazing...my Prof. said it was like working a puzzle...that's all it took! He said if I could do the "Sudoku's" that I can do the Math.
We took JW to his first parade last night! He absolutely Loved it! Oooing (or should I say "cooing") the entire time. :D
Welcome George! :D
Deb, What a beautiful Flower! Your yard must be terrific! :D
Pepper...Love your pics...the bridge looks like a great place for a walk! :D
Kelli! Yes, you were missed! Thanks so much for the tour! I know that you were glad that you 2 had that new vehicle to use on the yucky roads! I have always wanted to go there. I could just get totally lost & love every second of it...Tribal beliefs do consider such things rather sacred.
Ric, If I were to go there I think that I would look up the Shaman! to talk for hours! (forget the shard) Your addition is gonna be great! and you did a fine job getting things all squared up! :D You're right about it being the most important part! :D If you get too awefully bored...Do I have a project for you! :D
Marylyn! Those pics are Adorable...simply priceless! :D Thanks for digging them out! :D The 2nd one is the best!
Dyson?????

Some trivia for the day...
What is the main reason that it generally gets quieter in a snowstorm?
a) Snowflakes muffle sound
b) The pressure is lower
c) The air is colder
d) The clouds are lower

Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 2, 2007
5:12 PM

Post #4253671

Dark, windy but warm; gusts to 80 through today/into tomorrow. The house is creaking and things on the deck are bumping; very noisy...
It's gone from mid-teens to high 30's with the warm wind. Sunrise 9:48.
M2K~~I love the photo and how you got such a broad view of the riffles and the width. Seems the professor used just the right analogy; that's just wonderful..."A"
Kiska
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 2, 2007
6:21 PM

Post #4253840

Joey, I would guess the snowflakes muffle sounds. Also more animals,and people are huddled in some abode of one fashion or the other.

Welcome George, you should advise us of your daily weather. Where in Russia is Sochi ?

I have enjoyed all of these pictures from everyone and saved many for artistic inspiration. You folks are great photographers.

Ric, you might as well cover the 5' between addition and Hot tub. I love fabrication!

Marylyn, those pictures are priceless.

Gonna get steady cold all week, even down in the 30's one night.
Sidney
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
8:27 PM

Post #4254310

54 and dreary, drizzly... more rain headed in around 5 PM...
Then the temps will begin to drop.
The high tomorrow will be at midnight tonight.
It's supposed to be down in the low 30's by the time I get off from work tomorrow..

Looks cloudy and dreary w/ a slight snow chance all thru the week.
Temps will be about Normal. Upper 40's highs to lows in the low 30's.

Sidney we may well cover that open area w/ a frame and tarp.
It won't be totally enclosed to to humidity and temp reasons.
We love the cold air/hot tub differential.
We're working on a prettier Winter front too.
Something to keep the cold winds out but not look as tacky as that tarp we now have.
DustyDS's DH suggested a pull down roll blind.
That in a rip-stop nylon 'may' be the way to go.

Ric
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
8:31 PM

Post #4254329

Pep, no joke!
I received it!!!!
25F and some brand new SNOW!!!




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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
8:40 PM

Post #4254357

Current conditions as of 1:55 pm CST

Light Rain
Feels Like: 66
Barometer: 29.93 in and steady
Humidity: 84%
Visibility: 5 mi
Dewpoint: 61
Wind: WSW 22 mph
Sunrise: 6:58 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm

It was 64 on my backporch this morning at 6:40 a.m. and it is still the same.
Awoke to a very overcast sky--been gray all day and finally had a rain shower about an hour ago. Clouds are starting to break up a little and the sun is trying to peek through.

Joey--I'm guessing "a".
Kiska: "finding diamonds" involves putting on rain or snow boots so when you sink down in the mud, you won't get stuck. Our "diamond mine" is nothing more than an open field which they keep plowed up. The plowing turns up the diamonds and of course they don't look like diamonds--mostly like yellowish-brown rocks. "They" say the best time to hunt for diamonds is after a rain. I have been there once many years ago. Don't think my aging knees could take a morning or an afternoon of squatting down sifting through the dirt nowadays! Not a very glamourous thing to do at all but it could pay some big dividends. I'm going to try and find the website for the diamond mine and I will put a link to it here. There have been people who have found some really large and valuable diamonds there.
The "Hairy Woodpecker" resembles the "Downy Woodpecker" we have in our area.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
8:41 PM

Post #4254364

Wow, George! Forget about the snow and tell us about that beautiful building!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
8:55 PM

Post #4254419

It's the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. The residence of Russian tsars.
I live very close.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2007
8:59 PM

Post #4254436

Currently: 32F Cloudy
Kansas City, Missouri
Currently: 0C Cloudy
Wind: Northwest at 22 MPH
Humidity: 61%
Dewpoint: 20F
Barometer: 30.14 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 19F

We have already hit our high for the day. It was 63* at midnight. Temps fell to 41* by 5am. It will get colder as the day goes along.

A barn nestled in the trees a few miles from my place.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
8:59 PM

Post #4254437

What a Beautiful bnuilding to have such a bloody past.
It's Breath taking!
Love that shot.

Ric (pouring down rain here now)
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
8:59 PM

Post #4254440

Winter Palace, indeed! I wonder what the "summer palace" looks like? LOL. Can you imagine living in such a place--they must have had literally hundreds of servants just to keep the cobwebs out of the corners!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2007
9:01 PM

Post #4254449

I thought I reconized that building! Gerat shot of it!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
9:16 PM

Post #4254530

Marsue, I'll send pics of summer palace later.:)
I guess, in summer.Lol.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
10:09 PM

Post #4254689

Thanks, George. I'll look forward to seeing that photo. From what I have seen on tv, there are many, many beautiful old buildings in your country!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
10:19 PM

Post #4254716

Those are in harmony with trees and bushes. That's what the DG is all about. Lets reconcile stone with chlorophyll!!!
George. (Juri)
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
10:23 PM

Post #4254731

Great idea, George! I have lots of moss-covered rocks in my flower beds! LOL
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 2, 2007
11:02 PM

Post #4254852

So have I in Sochi. Lol. Pics coming.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2007
11:19 PM

Post #4254905

Dark, 47(F)

Was overcast and gray all day - with no resulting moisture.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 2, 2007
11:52 PM

Post #4255010

Overcast and gray all day here, too, dyson. But we did have showers with the gray. Maybe they'll head over your way.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2007
12:16 AM

Post #4255105

Good evening!

It's 35F now at 11 pm, today's high was 39F. It was partly cloudy today and a bit breezy, there's currently an 11 mph breeze blowing from the NE gusting to 26 mph, 60% humidity.

I've been busy all weekend with Christmas preparations, made the advent wreath, and got the advent calendar up in time for the girls. I baked the Christmas fruitcake today and got some more lights up outdoors. Most of the Christmas light on our street are up now, people were busy yesterday and today getting them up ;-) Now all that's missing is the snow to brighten things up a bit more :-)

Marsue - the day will still get shorter before it'll start getting longer ;-) Christmas is what get's us through December. January is tougher for a lot of people because then all the lights come down - but some people are starting to keep them up longer just to brighten things up a bit ;-) I start seed sowing in the beginning of January and that pretty much gets me through until spring ;-) lol Gorgeous sunrise!

So many wonderful sunsets and sunrises everyone!

Kelli - your Arizona photos are fantastic!! I enjoyed every one of them! What an interesting place to visit :-) Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us - it's a place I'd probably never seen otherwise :-) Never thought it'd snow in Arizona though - always learning something new here :-)

Kiska - amazing photos! And cute woodpecker :-)

Ric - the construction work seems to be going really well :-) How wonderful it'll be when it's finished!!

Joey - congrats on your test! :-) You're turning into a real math whiz ;-) lol I'm so happy for you :-) And sounds like JW was snug as a bug with grammy and poppy babysitting ;-)

Oh and Hi George! Nice to meet you :-) Great photo of the winter palace :-)

I was going to post a photo, but my computer isn't cooperating so it'll have to wait.

Have a good night everyone!


Rann



sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2007
12:17 AM

Post #4255109

For some reason Juri, Lara's theme s playing in my head.
;)
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 3, 2007
12:43 AM

Post #4255195

Marsue: 42 posts when you visited. I got here late and there are 64! LOL.
Kiska: (to go waaay back), that white Pansy, along with some purple, are blooming now. They're more of a winter annual down here. Happy to see your woodpecker. Ours have been absent fromt the feeders recently; must be the warm weather.
Ric: What a project. Beyond my capabilites, so I'll just marvel at yours. Oh, and when you're done wth the rain, send it S.E. to VA and on to the Carolinas, please.

Kelli: Great tour of the petrified forest. Thanks for showing us.
Joey: I'm guessing A - the snow muffles the sound.? I love how quiet it is in the snow. :) Rarely get to experience it.
Dyson: Same here. Promising clouds. Nothing to show for it.
Sidney: 30s in JAX? Uh oh. I better check my forecast. :0
George: I'll have to look up Sochi on google and see where it is. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

Currently: 64 and clear (clouds left us dry).
Tomorrow: Sunny and 67, chance of rain 10%.

Here's a little collage of the things still blooming in my garden today.
Deb


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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 3, 2007
1:19 AM

Post #4255338

Juri how far from the Black Sea are you?
The coastal area looks like it has a pretty inviting climate.
Like San Diego here which I dearly love.
Since you guys are hosting a Winter Olympics it must rise pretty quickly east of Sochi.
I remember seeing a short piece on the area when the bidding was going on.
It looks like you have the best of both worlds.

Raining STILL here.
I'd say we got 2" at least.
Radar shows maybe another hour then we're on the back side of the front...lol!
Then we get a huge drop for the next 24 hours,
From 55 now at 8 PM to 36 by morning and an afternoon high of 39 and sunny.

Course we also get this little Gem

Weather Wind Advisory
winds will increase overnight behind a cold front that will sweep
across the area. in the wake of the front winds will turn
westerly and increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts over 40 mph.
strong gusty winds will continue during the day on monday...but
are expected to remain below advisory criteria.

Gotta love the weather here. LOL!

Ric (who hasn't had a decent colorful sunrise or sunset to speak of in weeks)


Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2007
2:01 AM

Post #4255519

BTW, we got 0.4 inches of rain yesterday.


Updated: 1:51 PM PST on December 02, 2007
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
60 F / 16 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 38%
Dew Point: 34 F / 1 C
Wind: 5 mph / 7 km/h / 2.1 m/s Variable



This is called Montezuma Well. It is a large sinkhole. Water enters it from underground and is 74F. The little spots in the water are ducks.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2007
2:03 AM

Post #4255527

This is the surrounding countryside. This is at much lower elevation than the Petrified Forest so it has a totally different plant ecosystem.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2007
2:04 AM

Post #4255536

There are a few cliff dwellings inside the "well".

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2007
2:05 AM

Post #4255543

And some other dwellings outside of the "well".

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2007
2:07 AM

Post #4255554

Water exits the "well" through the side of the hill and would run into a nearby creek except that it is diverted by an ancient irrigation ditch.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2007
2:08 AM

Post #4255558

ferns beside the irrigation ditch

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2007
2:09 AM

Post #4255560

Arizona sycamore near the ditch

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 3, 2007
4:37 AM

Post #4256104

Helluu!! Wow! Do we have rain! I think it's the hardest it's rained for quite some time! :D I'll check the rain guage in the mornring. We have a high wind advisory & the rain is supposed to change into snow tomorrow (maybe). Everything is subject to change. On the weather map...I think that E_B is getting a good "dump".

Kelli! More , absolutely great pics! :D Montezuma's Well must have been fantastic! And the Maidenhair fern! Wow!
Thanks Rann, LOL! Me? a Math whiz? Now that is pretty funny. :D I just hope that I can retain enough to get me thru the final exam next week! LOL :D
Juri, Welcome! I'm looking forward to some more great pics! The one of the Winter Palace is Great! :D
Deb, The colage is Gorgeous w/ all of your varieties! Love it! :D

The answer to the trivia is...A
The snowflakes actually muffle the sound, so it doesn't travel nearly as far.

Nite All!
Joey
(can you see the Lichen?)

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music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 3, 2007
11:00 AM

Post #4256419

Mornin'! And do we have WIND! Dyson, hold on to those hillbilly cats! :-O

STRONG WINDS EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT... .A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL BE MOVING THROUGH THE REGION THIS MORNING. VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE WAKE OF THE FRONT AND PERSIST INTO TONIGHT.
VAZ007-010-WVZ042>045-031730- /O.CON.KRNK.WI.Y.0028.000000T0000Z-071204T0900Z/ TAZEWELL-BLAND-MERCER-SUMMERS-MONROE-GREENBRIER- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... TAZEWELL... BLAND... BLUEFIELD... HINTON...
UNION... LEWISBURG 427 AM EST MON DEC 3 2007 ... WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST TUESDAY... A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM EST TUESDAY.
WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO BETWEEN 15 AND 30 MPH THIS MORNING WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH AT TIMES THROUGH THIS EVENING.

Talk about those "widdow makers!" My 50 ft. pines are going crazy! It the only thing I don't like about living in the trees.

Joey

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 3, 2007
11:10 AM

Post #4256423

Kelli, amasing pics, thanks! You had quite a trip!
Rann, I can hardly wait to see your home with the Christmas lights!
Welcome, George-Juri , looking forward to see more pics!
Ric, you've done a great job!
Deb, such wonderful blooms !
Marylyn, your bunny and the beagle are great together!So sweet!
Kiska, beautiful woodpecker and amasing sunsets ! How many hours do you have light now?
Marsue, love your sunrise!Diamond mine, sounds interesting!
Joey, I see the lichens, cool! How's little JW?
Sharon, wonderful vine...forgot its name!
Pepper, still having strong winds?
Sidney, wonderful sunset, thanks for the thread!

Very warm here these days, 55 at noon, no wind , clear sky! I have an article aproved on DG, be happy for me! I'll post some pics later, I'm at work now.

Adina



adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 3, 2007
11:13 AM

Post #4256426

Hi, Joey, stay inside and close all doors and windows, brrrrrrrrr!

Kin, where are you?
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 3, 2007
11:15 AM

Post #4256430

We got blasted w/ wind last night.
50 MPH gusts at the least.
It's calmed WAY down now but the 'puter is still dropping off intermittently so I'd better get going.
Hope everyone has a good day!!!

Ric
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2007
11:16 AM

Post #4256431

Went out an hour ago, the wind had not gotten here, But hold onto your hats, It was RAINING! (not hard, just a drizzle but I'll take it) and it was Dark. I'll look at the gauge when it gets light.

59(F) and I gotta go feed the DHC's, they think they need to eat daily, heck I don't eat as much as they do. Does anyone need a fuzzy gray DHC? I think I could lose one with out an increase in the mouse population.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 3, 2007
12:11 PM

Post #4256491

We had wind yesterday but it seems that it died off last night.

Currently: 19F Clear
Kansas City, Missouri
Currently: -7C Clear
Wind: West at 6 MPH
Humidity: 84%
Dewpoint: 15F
Barometer: 30.51 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 11F

Wind: West at 9 KPH
Humidity: 84%
Dewpoint: -9C
Barometer: 1033 millibars and rising
Wind Chill: -11 C


MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2007
1:21 PM

Post #4256671

Gone for 1 day and miss so much! LOL! Any extra rain would be appreciated here as well!

Marylyn Love the bunny beagle pics! Very cute! I remember driving in Houston :P A person can drive for 2 hours and still be in Houston. I dont miss it.
Pepper Thanks for posting pics of your area.
Juri Welcome to the forum! Lots of snow in your area brrrr! LOL! Thats a beautiful building!
Kelli The Eagles were right Winslow Arizona such a fine sight to see! Beautiful skies and snow and a huge WOW on the pertrified forest pics. It is on our must see list. Id have left the pottery shard too.
Deb Pretty pansy Ive never seen a solid white.
Ric You are way too busy! LOL! I cant wait to see the finished product. Keep us posted on the project.
Kiska Snow! Cute wood pecker I didnt know they like snow. We had a pileated wp last week in the lawn it was huge and noisy. It flew off when the hawk showed up (I dont blame it one bit). 80mph winds? Thats a cat 1 hurricane. Stay inside, everything else can be replaced.
Joey I missed the trivia question, but I was going to say E Because everyone is inside? Is that the New River? Great picture! Sounds like GrammyJoey and Poppy had a wonderful weekend with our tyke! Stay inside until the winds die down. Sounds scary.
Adina Thats Lady Margaret passion vine. Its still blooming, but I am cutting it back as parts die off for the winter. Seems to be a little too warm for your area. No snow?
Dyson YAY rain! Ill take any I can get!

65.1 F / 18.4 C
Fog
Humidity: 95%
Dew Point: 64 F / 18 C
Wind: 3.0 mph / 4.8 km/h / 1.3 m/s from the West
Wind Gust: 6.9 mph / 11.1 km/h
Pressure: 30.12 in / 1019.9 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 0.5 miles / 0.8 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Overcast 300 ft / 91 m

Today
Areas of fog early in the morning. Increasing cloudiness with isolated showers by mid-morning...with scattered showers late in the morning through the early afternoon. Decreasing cloudiness late. Becoming breezy. High 74. West winds increasing to 15 to 20 mph...becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.

I finally figured out what to do for the tree topper. Ended up making one since I couldn't find anything that fit. I'll post a pic in a little while.

Now
Through 9 am...areas of dense fog will continue to impact areas from the Suwannee Valley east to the Jacksonville area and south to Ocala and St Augustine...with visibilities as low as a quarter mile. Use extra caution when driving and use your low beam headlights. The fog should begin to burn off around 8:30 am.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2007
2:40 PM

Post #4256911

The wind has arrived, gusting to 40 so far.

edited to add: the rain gauge has not changed level any.

This message was edited Dec 3, 2007 9:45 AM
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2007
3:02 PM

Post #4257004

here's the tree

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2007
3:03 PM

Post #4257012

here's the topper

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2007
3:52 PM

Post #4257166

That's beautiful, Sharon!!! Houston IS big. It's the 4th largest city in the US, but it is considerably bigger than any of the other three in actual area (601.7 sq miles.. NYC has 468.9, Los Angeles has 498.3, and Chicago has a measly 234.0 sq miles. LOL) We're less densely packed than any of the others, obviously, and we also have a smaller metro area - all of the little suburbs that are so close together that you can't tell where one stops and the next one starts. I've driven in LA and Chicago, and I'd MUCH rather drive in Houston! It's busy and crazy and way too big, but for the most part the drivers are very polite and will let you in/out/over. LA was pretty civilized, too, actually. (Oooo, except for those motorcyclists that drive between the lanes of cars on the highways! Man, they made me nervous!) Chicago is just no fun at all ('cuz I'm a wimp!!) I've never been to NYC and have no wish to drive in it at all! If we ever go, I'll be happy to take the subway. LOL

We have the heater on again this morning, but I expect I'll have the windows open this afternoon. The high is going to be in the mid 60s. :-)

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 8:53am CST (58 min ago)
Temperature 48 F 9 C
Dew Point 30 F -1 C
Humidity 51%
Pressure 30.51 in 1033.2 mb
Wind Speed 17 MPH
G 22 15 kts
G 19
Wind Dir N 10
Ceiling Unlimited Unlimited
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Current Conditions Clear
6 hour min temperature ending 5:53am CST : 48.0F / 8.9C
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2007
4:08 PM

Post #4257210

Good afternoon!

Wow seems like a blustery day for a lot of you today!

It's calm here for a change, but really cold! 21F at 3 pm, only 6 mph breeze from the south, 80% humidity and partly cloudy. We saw some sun today :-) It's setting now though, sunset was at 3:44, sunrise was at 10:50. Not too long until sunrise will be after 11 am ;-)

Sharon - you're tree looks great :-) Very cool topper, fits perfectly with the rest of the tree :-)

Marylyn - I don't know how I could forget to mention it - but your little bunny photos with the dog were priceless :-) So, so cute!

Kelli - more great photos ! :-)

Joey - hope there won't be any damage from falling branches ... I wouldn't want to be in the woods with winds like that! Yikes! :-o

Deb - so many pretty blooms still :-) Loved the white pansy too :-)

Here's the photo I was trying to post last night. Nothing spectacular - just the girls' Advent calendar with the new bags I made ;-)

Hope you all have a great day!

Rann

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 3, 2007
4:27 PM

Post #4257270

I just snapped this one of today's sunset. It was around 4 pm so it was a little after sunset actually ;-)

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 3, 2007
5:04 PM

Post #4257361

Here's our forecast:
Today: Sunny. Cooler. High 53F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low 32F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tomorrow: A few clouds from time to time. High 62F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
It is 48 on our backporch but it sure seems cooler than than to me. Sun is shining brightly but no wind, thank goodness.
Those wind speeds don't sound good at all, Ric, Joey and Kiska!
Great photo tour, kelli. Next best thing to being there.
marylyn if you ever get the chance to go to NYC, hang on to your hat and keep your eyes closed if you take a taxi!!! LOL Those taxi rides are more thrilling than any roller coaster ride you will ever take! We had one taxi driver tell us that he had actually run over a pedestrian one time. Oh, my! My DH called every street in NYC "sandwich street" because the cars are sandwiched in narrow lanes beside one another and everybody drives like crazy! But I still loved visiting there. I've been twice in the last 6 years and would go back again today if I had the chance.

I'm going to go back and take a look at your photos, Sharon and Rann, because if I do it now, I will lose this post. The thumbnails look good, though.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 3, 2007
5:06 PM

Post #4257368

Joey, I know you'd like the ferns. I thought of you the minute I saw them.

Beautiful Christmas tree, Sharon.

Can you believe it? We have NO WIND. There was frost on the porch roof this morning. It seems a little early for that but I could be wrong.

Updated: 8:51 AM PST on December 03, 2007
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
53 F / 12 C
Clear
Humidity: 55%
Dew Point: 37 F / 3 C
Wind: Calm

I'll have more AZ later. Right now I have some junk I have to do.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 3, 2007
5:20 PM

Post #4257405

Love your tree and the topper, Sharon! So pretty!
Your advent calendar is also pretty, Rann. Those little bags will make it easier for you in coming years. Iknow your little girls must be very excited aobut the season!
Love the sunset photo, too.

Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2007
6:39 PM

Post #4257624

Oh, Kelli, I forgot to mention that I LOVE your Arizona pictures!! I'm looking forward to the next batch. :-)

Marsue, I've heard that about the NYC taxis before. I'm thinkin' the subways are more my speed. LOL

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 3, 2007
6:51 PM

Post #4257649

Sharon, thanks for reminding me about Lady Margret vine,it's so beautiful! I'm so envious about your tree, with those poinsettia decorations, I love it!
Rann, what is the advent calendar?It's beautiful !Wonderful sunset!
Marsue, your taxi driver didn't come to Bucharest,so he could see even more sandwiches!LOL
Here's the sky yesterday morning. Too warm today, almost 60,more than they forecasted, sunny , no wind !
Adina

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 3, 2007
6:53 PM

Post #4257656

Hi,Marylyn, how are your sweet bunnies?
One more where you can see the moon.

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 3, 2007
6:54 PM

Post #4257662

And the sunset last night.

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 3, 2007
8:26 PM

Post #4257863

Your pictures are gorgeous, Adina.. :-) The bunnies are doing great. The little one's spider/ant (I'm leaning towards spider) bites are much better. She still scratches at them occasionally, but they are healing nicely. :-) the big bunny lost 3 teeth last week and looks SO cute without them! I giggle everytime she talks. :-)

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 3, 2007
9:39 PM

Post #4258105

Pepper23!!! Stop snow for a while!!! We have real bad traffic jams!!!NO JOKE!!!
George.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 3, 2007
11:44 PM

Post #4258497

Evening all.
Joey: like the lichen. :)
Ric, Dyson, Joey: Our forecast is talking about gale force winds but not until Thurs. Must be a slow moving system.
Dyson: Don't split up those DHC's!! By the way, we also had a drizzle of rain this morning, but there's not sign of it in the rain gauge.
Sharon: Beautiful job on your tree topper!
Rann: And your advent calendar and the little bags for the girls. Great idea! When do the elves, gnomes(?) start showing up? :)
Adina: Our sky looked just like yours today (but I didn't see the moon).
Marylin: all she wants for Chrithmuth is her 2 front teeth? :) So cute.

Tonight
Clear. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Much cooler. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph...diminishing to 5 mph after midnight.
Tuesday
Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Cooler. West winds around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night
Mostly clear. Scattered frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s.

I didn't realize there was frost in the forecast til I got home after dark. Ran around out there covering plants and tuning on heat lights, nearly sprained my ankle! klutz.

Here's our sunset tonight.
Deb

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2007
12:43 AM

Post #4258719

Marylyn, Rann, Kelli, Adina and Deb Thanks! I couldnt find the right topper. It couldnt be anything flashy and it seems like all toppers are glittery or flashy this year.
Marylyn Your big bunny is adorable with her snaggle teeth!! She also has some amazingly beautiful green eyes! When I lived in Houston I used leave home 1 hour early to get to either early or on time. It took me 2 hours to get home from work. It was awful. Takes me 7 10 minutes to get to work now. I LOVE living on the island! LOL!
Rann Thats a great idea for the advent calendar and you did a great job! The girls will love the year to year tradition! Pretty sunset!
Adina Your sky pictures are so pretty! Love the orange sunset! WOW!
Deb LOL Crithmuth!! Youre cracking me up! LOL! Great sunset!

61.7 F / 16.5 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 24%
Dew Point: 25 F / -4 C
Wind: 4.0 mph / 6.4 km/h / 1.8 m/s from the NW
Wind Gust: 9.6 mph / 15.4 km/h
Pressure: 30.09 in / 1018.8 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 12000 ft / 3657 m
Mostly Cloudy 20000 ft / 6096 m

Tonight
Mostly clear. Much colder. Low 39 coast. North winds 10 to 15 mph.

I feel a chill in the air! Need to find my slippers as my bare toes are getting chilled! LOL! Sylvester is all cozied up to daddy...this picture doesn't do justice to his size. Big Boy weighs in at 18lbs. he woke me up this morning by stand on my stomach - made biscuits - then laid down - UGH!

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 4, 2007
12:52 AM

Post #4258750

After reading the posts, seems as if the winds are all across the country;
8*F; gusting winds w/ windchill to minus 13*F.
Sunrise 9:50 Sunset: 3:41
Adina; 5hours51minutes daylight and will lose everyday till solstice. Love the pics of the sky you've posted.
Glad you didn't sprain your ankle, Deb; love the sunset.
Very nicely done, rann..and no winds; sounds good,too. Just think, only 3 more weeks and we're on to gaining light:}}
Music2Keep~~careful around those tall swaying trees, hope they remain intact.
MySharona~~your tree looks wonderful; isn't this fun to be able to share so much w/all. (love your "little" kitty, too).
Marylyn_TX~~she looks so cute; a Christmas to remember as she sings the Christmas song Deb mentioned.
March of this year.
Kiska

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
1:13 AM

Post #4258806

such beautiful sunsets, Adina and Deb. Adina, I found the moon in that one photo--had to look hard but I found it. LOL
Kiska, I've said it before but it bears repeating: BRRRR! LOL
sweet Sylvester, Sharon! does he purr a lot?
Marylyn, absolutely precious photo of your big bunny. My DGS has his two front teeth missing, too. They can both say "Chrithmuth"! Here's a link with the words to that song (hope this works):
http://www.carols.org.uk/all_i_want_for_christmas_is_my_two_front_teeth.htm
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
1:51 AM

Post #4258907

I took my cold weather gear out of the car Saturday, forgot to put it back in and guess what...
I worked outside for about 3 hours today...
Not really too bad as I did have some layers to put on.
Just missing my insulated work gloves and a ski cap...
So I put on cotton gloves under leather and tied a rag around my ears.
We were working 25' up in a boom so it was definitely windy up there.

We had some 60 MPH winds last night.
They ripped every piece of plastic off the Futon GH.
The Gazebo one was fine.
The plants are OK as Robyn got them in before the below freezing stuff crept in.
So now the Plantroom is again The Plantroom

Kelli,
Robyn loved the shots of Montezuma Well and Thanks you for posting them.
She lived in Mesa for a while and visited there many times.
She was giving me a history as I was opening your shots.
She wanted to know if you went to Montezuma Castle also?
Ric
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 4, 2007
2:31 AM

Post #4259002

5pm: Dark
Strong wind through Tuesday afternoon... Tonight
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 5 below to 10 above. Northeast wind 20 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph out of the Matanuska Valley. Wind chills 15 below to 25 below zero after midnight .
I just learned how to do this copy/paste report. Really simplifes it.
Ric~~sounds like miserable working conditions. I know I always feel so sorry for the telephone/electric employees out in the bitter cold w/whatever it is they are doing.
My 8 year old gson said that at recess today, he laid on the ground and let the wind roll him around; also said it felt as if the bus was going to be blown over.
Take care out there.
Overlooking the Matanuska Valley. (March)
Kiska

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #4259035

For me it was cold... for you a mild Fall day I'm sure...lol!
I worked outside construction till I was 26 or so.
It's never fun but I'll take the cold over 100 degree days any time.

Ric
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2007
2:51 AM

Post #4259042

Currently: 38F Mostly Cloudy
Kansas City, Missouri
Currently: 3C Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 10 MPH
Humidity: 48%
Dewpoint: 20F
Barometer: 30.17 inches and steady
Wind Chill: 31F

Wind: South at 16 KPH
Humidity: 48%
Dewpoint: -6C
Barometer: 1021 millibars and steady
Wind Chill: 0 C

As clouds stay overhead, and wind continue out of the west, some of the bite will be taken out of the next few days. Part of the massive Pacific Coast storm will ride over the Rockies and give us another chance for either rain and or snow.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2007
2:53 AM

Post #4259051

I agree with ya Ric!! At least you can bundle up against the cold. Kinda hard to escape the heat though. lol
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
3:10 AM

Post #4259118

Not if you are inside in the air conditioning! LOL I can stay cool in the summer a lot easier than I can stay warm in the winter. Give me the heat anytime, but actually I prefer between 70'&#'186 and 85"&#'186 and low humidity LOL

Great shots, pepper and kiska!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2007
3:15 AM

Post #4259139

I need to grab the camera and take more pics tomorrow. I am running out. lol.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2007
3:40 AM

Post #4259222

As one who has the basal metabolism of a rock, I can tell you that there are times when no quantity of clothing will keep me warm.

Remember what I said this morning about there being frost on the porch roof? Well, they are calling for a high of 87F tomorrow. We'll see.


Today we went hiking. (I didn't take my camera.) We drove through the area of the Malibu fire at the end of October. Stuff is starting to grow back. We also drove through the area of the Malibu fire last week. Nothing is come back yet there, yet. It was a little hotbed of activity, though, with several Verizon crews putting up new lines and someone else putting in new guardrail posts. What was amazing was how thorough the fire was. Where houses were burned down, there was nothing left, not even a scrap. Or at least that's how it looked from the road. It was rather sobering.


Back to Arizona. This is Montezuma Castle.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2007
3:44 AM

Post #4259231

and another shot

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2007
3:48 AM

Post #4259239

The next two pictures are from Fort Verde. It was an army post during the Apache wars. This building was a high-ranking officer's house.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2007
3:50 AM

Post #4259252

This was the doctor's house and office. To me it is kind of surreal being able to see through the front doorway and out the back.

That evening after dark we went to Lowell Observatory. We got to look through a real telescope - the kind that is in a dome and real scientists have used. It is over 100 years old so I don't know how much it is used for real work anymore, but it is the telescope through which it was discovered that the universe is expanding. Now how cool is that?

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
4:16 AM

Post #4259381

That Montezuma Castle is something else, Kelli! Makes one wonder how they got up there--perhaps by lowering themselves from the top some way?
I am amazed by those beautiful houses at Fort Verde. Who would have thought they would have homes like that at an army post in the old west? How old are they? It could be that the open part of the one house where you can see from front to back is a section that was called the "dog trot".

How exciting to be able to look through a telescope that has such historical significance! It would seem that you had a great vacation!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2007
4:46 AM

Post #4259471

The models and illustrations they had in the museum showed the Indians using ladders to access Montezuma Castle from below. The houses at Fort Verde are from the 1870s. They are made of adobe and have very high ceilings, like 12 or 14 feet. Fort Verde was considered a fairly decent place to be stationed, as far as western frontier outposts were concerned.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 4, 2007
9:25 AM

Post #4259719

32(F), Dark & Dry,

The wind has died down, The only damage was the dislodging of a small solar panel from the roof though I was without cable/phone/internet for quite a while yesterday.

Reporting Station: KROA
Relative Humidity: 50%
Wind: 280 (W) at 10mph
Gusts: 0mph
Pressure: 29.94in
Yesterday's Precip: in
Yesterday's Low Temp: 32F
Yesterday's High Temp: 58F
Dew Point: 15
Visibility: 10mi
Ceiling: Unlimited
Heat Index: 32
Wind Chill: 24
6hr Precip: in
6hr Low Temp: 31F
6hr High Temp: 34F
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 4, 2007
9:38 AM

Post #4259727

Good morning!

Great photos Kelli! I'm loving your tour of Arizona :-) Montezuma castle really is something else! Wow! :-)

Thanks marsue, Sharon, adina, Kiska and Debi :-) Adina - the advent calendar is a countdown to Christmas - it starts Dec. 1st and the girls get to open one bag a day until Dec. 24th.

Deb - the first of our "Christmas trolls" will be arriving the night before Dec. 12th. They need to start figuring out what to bring pretty soon! ;-) lol

Kiska - I thought the weather was miserable when I took the girls to school this morning - then I read your post and thought it's not THAT bad!! lol BRRRRR! You're right, it will be nice when we start gaining some daylight! :-) The girls are so afraid of the dark these days that they won't walk between rooms alone ... they've been watching a kids program about Icelandic folk tales that apparantly has got their imaginations working overtime! lol Judging from the folktales, so much darkness seems to have that effect on one's imagination. lol And just think they didn't have any lights back then except candles and oil lamps ...

It snowed last night which would have been a good thing if it'd stuck around ... now it's raining hard and it's all turned to slush :-( It's 37F, 17 mph winds from the east gusting to 29 mph. Humidity is 79%. Sunrise will be at 10:53 and sunset at 3:43.

I took this around 4 pm yesterday - it wasn't really dark enough yet for the lights to show up well. I'll have to take the tripod out one of these days after dark (or before daylight) ;-)

Hope you all have a great day!

Rann

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2007
10:59 AM

Post #4259769

Kiska Thanks! The tree turned out very nicely this year. Thats a beautiful picture!
Marsue Wester purrs anytime someone touches him. Hes turning into a very large heavy lap cat! LOL!
Ric Doesnt wound like great working weather to me, esp 25 up w/ high winds :O
Kelli More great pics! Thank you for sharing them. The castle is very interesting. My question as well was how they managed to get inside. Must have been very limber! LOL! I love the design of the roof on the Fort. Do you know which direction the observatory faces? I know houses in the South used to be built facing East (morning sun) and West.
Rann - Your decorations look great!Too bad about the snow turning to mush. That's the only part of snow I don't like!

43.5 F / 6.4 C
Clear
Humidity: 44%
Dew Point: 23 F / -5 C
Wind: 2.0 mph / 3.2 km/h / 0.9 m/s from the NW
Wind Gust: 5.8 mph / 9.3 km/h
Pressure: 30.09 in / 1018.8 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16

Today
Mostly sunny. Cooler. Highs in the mid 62. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon.

The chill is definitely on! Isaboo watching for intruders in her back yard...not that she would do anything. She's an observer.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2007
12:08 PM

Post #4259836

Currently: 34F Cloudy
Currently: 1C Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 6 MPH
Humidity: 61%
Dewpoint: 22F
Barometer: 30.01 inches and steady
Wind Chill: 29F

Wind: Southwest at 9 KPH
Humidity: 61%
Dewpoint: -5C
Barometer: 1016 millibars and steady
Wind Chill: -1 C

Almanac
Normal High: 44
Normal Low: 25
Record High: 70 in 2001
Record Low: 8 in 1964
Sunrise: 7:21 am
Sunset: 4:55 pm
Moonrise: 2:39 am
Moonset: 1:53 pm
Today's Moon: last quarter, waning

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2007
12:51 PM

Post #4259922

Good Mornin'! We survived the wind, but it's still blowing some...enough for the windchill to be Very cold! It's so Cold out there that the poochie won't even stay out for any length of time...But the wind advisory has been lifted & some minor snow accumulation has been predicted for this after noon & tonight.
Partly cloudy
Temp 24
Dew Point: 16
Wind Chill: 9
Humidity: 71%
Wind: 15 W
Barometer: 29.91
Visibility: 10.0 mi.

Kelli! I love the pics of the castle! Quite intrequing! :D Such interesting history! And the pics from Fort Verde! Do you have any more? I almost feel like I've gone back in time! :D ~ And I'm glad that some things are growing back in the burned areas. I have always had a great fear/respect of fire & what it can do...
Marylyn, I love your bunny's pic! She is so cute w/out her teeth! :D
Dyson, hope you didn't have the wind that we did! And I feel sure that the DHC's hung right in there! They're tough as nails.
Ric, I would have had to come home if I had forgotten my cold weather gear! :-O I like the colder weather, but I have to have the necessary clothing!
Rann... Ohhhh, Goody! The trolls are coming! :D Your lights look good & I can't wait to see them in the dark! And the Advent Calendar is really neat. I know that the girls are excited.
Sharon, Your tree looks Wonderful! I love the way it looks! You are quite the artist! And the kitties are soooo cute! (yes..it's the New River) Garrett got us another tree this year, but it's not quite as tall as last years! LOL! It's about 4 feet shorter & now all we have to do is cut a couple of feet off instead of 4! ;) My son trys so hard! :D But he's a good boy. :D
Kiska, It sounds as if your DGS had quite an experience in the wind! It would be scarey for anyone (in my book). Have you seen the baby moose lately? And is the 1st pic that you posted yesterday...Looks rather frigid.
Pepper! 1 ! :-O Stay warm!
Adina, Love those sky pics! JW is fantastic! He's a hoot a minute! The only problem (but I have to laugh) he fights sleep! He takes little cat naps all day, but at bed time he really fights it. The reason I laugh? His mommy used to do the same thing! :D BTW, how is your mom?
E_B, Where are you? Did you get the big "dump" of snow like my map was showing? And how is your son's theropy going?

This trivia is kind o' silly, but here goes...
What causes thunder?
a) The angels bowling
b) Air exploding
c) Lightning hitting an object
d) Clouds colliding


Well, Must get busy..
Have a Great Day!
Joey

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2007
1:58 PM

Post #4260092

Ok, whoever dropped their cold air down here needs to come and pick it back up!! Kiska? Pepper? E-B?? I'll be happy to pack it up and ship it to you!

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 6:53am CST (47 min ago)
Temperature 34 F 1 C
Dew Point 32 F 0 C
Humidity 92%
Pressure 30.26 in 1024.7 mb
Wind Speed Calm Calm
Wind Dir - -
Ceiling Unlimited Unlimited
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Current Conditions Clear
6 hour min temperature ending 5:53am CST : 34.0F / 1.1C
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 4, 2007
3:05 PM

Post #4260275

The DHC's seem to be much furrier lately, and hungrier.

I'm with Marylyn - Come get this cold air!

Way up to 36 now.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
3:32 PM

Post #4260364

Yeah, me too--come get this cold air! It was 34 on my back porch at 6:10 a.m. today. High forecast to be about 63 so that will be better. Looks like my attempt to make the "degrees" sign in my post above didn't work. Guess I didn't follow sugarweed's directions correctly.
Here's current conditions:
Current conditions as of 8:55 am CST
Fair
Feels Like: 37
Barometer: 30.12 in and falling
Humidity: 62%
Visibility: 10 mi
Dewpoint: 28
Wind: SSW 5 mph
Sunrise: 7:00 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm

Glad you didn't have any major wind damage, Dyson.
Joey, I'm guessing 'b' to the quiz. Great photo, BTW.
I did see the lights in your photo Rann but I am also looking forward to seeing a photo of them after dark. My DGD's band at school is selling advent calendars. Naturally I had to buy one. There is a small piece of chocolate behind every "door". I forgot to start opening the doors on the first so I had to open 3 of them yesterday and force myself to eat 3 pieces of chocolate! LOL I'm a chocoholic!
Sharon, Isaboo seems to be saying "How dare you take my picture without permission!" Cats are so funny!
Kelli, thanks for the info on Fort Verde. We may have to go there ourselves on our next vacation. I went back and looked at our photos from our vacation to California 2 years ago. Here is one I took somewhere between Santa Barbara and the Hearst Castle late in the afternoon of a cloudy, rainy day.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
3:36 PM

Post #4260375

Here's a Bird of Paradise at Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara. We had been to visit my brother and his wife in fountain Valley. After Christmas we headed out to do some sightseeing.

notice the beauty of the flower and contrast that to what man does to nature as seen in the trash nearby. :o((

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2007
4:39 PM

Post #4260572

Okay, here's another way to tell you about how to make the degree sign.
Push down shift,type73 remove shift, type186. Preview to see if you got it.
Kelli, you sure had a great vacation and I love the shots. I'm planning a spring trip to AZ myself.
Thoughts while catching up;
How can storms with such high winds be 'slow moving'?
Quoting:
My 8 year old gson said that at recess today, he laid on the ground and let the wind roll him around;
That actually sounds like fun.
However my padding is thinner than ever, so it would probably hurt.
We got down to 40º last night. Didn't cover the coleus and they are still pumping. One more night like that, then back to the 70/50 days.
Sidney
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 4, 2007
6:41 PM

Post #4260949

8*: sunrise 9:50 sunset 3:41.
Today
Periods of light snow. Accumulations of 1 inch or less. Highs in the upper teens to mid 20s. Northeast wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts 45 to 55 mph. Wind chills 20 below to 35 below zero in the morning.
Just lost the replies/post; will get back later.
Kiska
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2007
6:50 PM

Post #4260977

Sunny and 46F
Feels Like
40F
Wind: From NW at 15 mph
gusting to 27 mph
Humidity: 30%
DH and his supervisors moving bags of leaves we scored for compost!

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 4, 2007
8:50 PM

Post #4261340

Welcome Doccat.
;)
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 4, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #4261641

Updated: 1:51 PM PST on December 04, 2007
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
86 F / 30 C
Clear
Humidity: 6%
Dew Point: 10 F / -12 C
Wind: 14 mph / 22 km/h / 6.2 m/s from the NE
Wind Gust: 25 mph / 41 km/h / 11.3 m/s


I'll have more AZ pictures later.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
11:08 PM

Post #4261845

yes, welcome to the weather thread, doc. cute "supervisors" in that photo LOL
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2007
11:18 PM

Post #4261892

We have 5 all together. One of my girls is due very soon. So we will have another population explosion. Which will give the cat something to do. She does a wonderful job training puppies. LOL
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2007
11:25 PM

Post #4261922

Forgive my ignorance but are your "supervisors" Boston bulldogs?
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2007
11:52 PM

Post #4262018

Our supervisors are Boston Terriers, yes indeedy. These guys are the standard size and are the biggest of the breed. Tank, who is the handsome guy in the picture is my stud. He weights in at 35lbs which is big for a Boston by today's standards. But he's got a wonderful personality and great genes. I have other breeders interested in him, because of his size. It seems that a lot of the "downsizing" of these guys have brought out some nasty recessive genes. So we shall see. LOL. They are wonderful with people and love kids. Very bright and easy to train. I sound like an advertisement, but I do love them so.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 5, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #4262129

Joey Thanks! I try to be artistic, but it doesnt always work! LOL! Garrett is so sweet to get you a tree even if it is too tall! Hes a sweetie. I prefer the answer of A, but know its really C! Awesome picture!
Marylyn LOL! The cold air is here too, but Im enjoying it!
Marsue Love the pics! The beach looks serene and the BOP is so vivid!
Kiska Holy Cow 35*wind chill - thats beyond fweezzzin!
Doccat Welcome! We have a Boston too! They are great supervisors! You have 5?! When is little mama due? Prissy is little she weighs in at 18lbs.

49.8 F / 9.9 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 41%
Dew Point: 27 F / -3 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 29.94 in / 1013.8 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft / 7620 m

Tonight
Mostly clear. Low 38 coast. West winds 5 mph becoming light.

Here's our Prissy

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 5, 2007
12:24 AM

Post #4262141

Sunset tonight

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2007
12:35 AM

Post #4262174

I have alot of catching up to do! Just going to post the forecast and then go back and read. :)
We had a tiny touch of frost last night. More expected.
TOnight:
Partly cloudy. Widespread frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. West winds around 5 mph.
Wednesday
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Maybe the frost will melt and sink into the ground.
Deb
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2007
12:39 AM

Post #4262182

Rann: On NPR radio the past two days they've been running features about Iceland, yesterday it was about how most of the heat and hot water is from geothermal. Today they were visiting a receding glacier.

Kelli: Montezuma's Castle! We went there - pre-digital though, so no pics. Your's are better anyway. I remember there were some absolutely gorgeous Sycamore trees there.
Deb
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 5, 2007
1:15 AM

Post #4262299

Marsue, between Santa Barbara and Hearst Castle (pretty much the whole thing) is one of my very favorite places. We go up to Cambria about once a year.

As requested, I have one more picture from Fort Verde. This is an unmarried officers' house and the high ranking officer's house that you saw before. According to how the furniture was set up, the unmarried officers lived two to a room. The other building still remaining was the administration building which is now used at the museum. I don't have a picture of it. It is a long one-story building.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 5, 2007
1:16 AM

Post #4262303

Kelli, Robyn says thanks again!!
She said it looks like they've done a little restoration to the Castle since she lived near there.
That was in the mid 70's and parts were falling in.
The Fort looks the same.
I'll see if we can find her shots from then.

Well it's 34 and...

snow will overspread the region tonight...beginning as flurries
late this evening. the majority of the accumulating snowfall will
occur late tonight and early wednesday...during the morning rush
hour. this snow will end tomorrow afternoon with total snow
accumulations of 2 to 4 inches expected.

Catch the morning rush hour bit...
Luckily I have to be a work by 7 AM so I miss that... mostly.

Oh well it is December..

Ric
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 5, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #4262326

Robyn, you're welcome. :-)

some of those sycamores at Montezuma Castle (In case anyone is wondering, Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well have no connection to the Aztec king. For one thing, the villages were abandonned before Montezuma was even born.)

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 5, 2007
1:33 AM

Post #4262363

Kelli: Ah yes! That's how I remember them. Beautiful trees! Thanks Kelli. :)
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 5, 2007
2:07 AM

Post #4262492

Sharon and Cathy--Maybe y'all ought to get Tank and Prissy together? LOL
Great sunset, Sharon.
Pretty sycamores, Kelli. I have really enjoyed the tour of Fort Verde and the rest of your vacation photos.

Here's a sunrise photo I took almost 2 years ago from the front porch of the house we lived in prior to this one.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 5, 2007
2:39 AM

Post #4262614

Currently: 52F Cloudy
Currently: 11C Cloudy
Wind: Southwest at 13 MPH
Humidity: 44%
Dewpoint: 31F
Barometer: 29.69 inches and falling

Wind: Southwest at 20 KPH
Humidity: 44%
Dewpoint: 0C
Barometer: 1005 millibars and falling

Today was a really nice day!! Almost 60* outside. We had a luncheon for our volunteers today and we do valet parking for those who don't want to walk. Well, since it was so nice most people walked while we told them to turn around and bring back the cars. lol. It was great seeing everyone out enjoying the weather. Gonna be cold tomorrow. Ugh.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 5, 2007
5:07 AM

Post #4263058

This is Frog, Tank's son. My Bitty gurl is due in about another 3 weeks. We're changing vets so I don't have a solid confirmation on that, but I think I'm pretty close.
I have to get her to hold still for a pic, she's prego and crabby...LOL
Prissy is so pretty, but then I think all Boston's are purty.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2007
9:14 AM

Post #4263222

Good morning!

There's a very fine mist of rain this morning, it's calm and about 40F, quite nice! :-) Sunrise will be at 10:55 and sunset at 3:41.

doccat - nice to meet you! and a Warm welcome to you :-) Your Boston's are adorable :-)

Sharon thanks! The mush is all gone now so all is good :-) ... well except theres no snow! lol Prissys such a sweetie and beautiful sunset :-)

Joey thanks :-) Yikes! It was cold yesterday has it warmed up any? The Christmas trolls have been published, theres a new book out this year with them so I have new pictures ;-) It took a German (whos lived here for some years) to put them on print, so the book is unfortunately only available in German and Icelandic (its for sale on the German Amazon). Maybe itll be translated to English one day ;-)

marsue we have those calendars here too. Theyre more common. DH thinks I should just give the girls that kind since he thinks the package calendar is far too much work. The girls wouldnt hear of it of course ... and neither would I since its much more fun ;-) lol Your photos are gorgeous! Love the beach photo and the sunset is amazing :-)

Deb We Icelanders always love it when we get noticed since were such a rare breed ;-) lol so thanks for telling me about the radio programs - Sounds interesting. :-) I think all the glaciers are receding ... unfortunately. We cant get a decent snowfall anymore... did I mention yet that I want snow??? LOL Well, it was a good thing that it wasn't snow yesterday with the amount of rain and wind we got - it would have been some snowstorm ...

Kelli Fort Verde looks like another place well worth a visit. Great photos. Those sycamores look so pretty love how smooth and white the trunks are :-)

Ric - I'm jealous ... I want your snow! lol Although morning rush hour isn't exactly the best time for it ;-) lol

I took this yesterday around noon. It had stopped raining and calmed down a bit by that time.

Have a good day all :-)

Rann

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 5, 2007
10:32 AM

Post #4263258

Here's a photo of the lights in the dark - I took this around 9:15 this morning :-)

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 5, 2007
10:49 AM

Post #4263270

Kelli The buildings are beautiful! The Sycamores look almost like Birch with the smooth almost white bark.
Ric 2-4 of snow I would happily stay at home since I dont know how to drive in snow! The city would shut down here! LOL!
Marsue ummmm I cant let Prissy read this she doesnt know shes been fixed! Shhhh dont tell her! Prissys best friend is another Boston Katy. Beautiful sunrise!
Doccat Frog! I love the name! Thanks I love their Joker smiles!
Rann Your lights are sooo pretty! I have saved the noon picture for background lovely!
Kiska - Make sure that heater is working! Did it get as cold as predicted? Brrr...

39.7 F / 4.3 C
Clear
Humidity: 50%
Dew Point: 23 F / -5 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 3.1 mph / 5.0 km/h
Pressure: 29.91 in / 1012.8 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers

Today
Mostly sunny. Areas of frost early in the morning. Highs around 70. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Another sunset from last night

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 5, 2007
1:41 PM

Post #4263580

33(F) overcast & light snow falling.

Reporting Station: KROA
Relative Humidity: 52%
Wind: 0 (N) at 0mph
Gusts: 0mph
Pressure: 29.74in
Yesterday's Precip: in
Yesterday's Low Temp: 30F
Yesterday's High Temp: 43F
Dew Point: 17
Visibility: 7mi
Ceiling: 2700ft
Heat Index: 33
Wind Chill: 33
6hr Precip: in
6hr Low Temp: 28F
6hr High Temp: 33F
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 5, 2007
2:27 PM

Post #4263726

Dyson - Take a picture of that snow for us!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 5, 2007
3:14 PM

Post #4263907

The snow stopped, no accumulation, not much moisture. I will trade cold air for H2O in a new york minute.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 5, 2007
3:51 PM

Post #4263996

Cloudy and 34

Feels Like:
34
Barometer:
29.79 in and falling
Humidity:
60%
Visibility:
10 mi
Dewpoint:
21
Wind:
Calm
Sunrise:
7:11 am
Sunset:
4:49 pm
Snow today in the forecast
judycooksey
Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b)

December 5, 2007
4:56 PM

Post #4264209

Has anyone heard from Pati (patischell)??

I was in contact with her on her birthday back in September but I haven't seen her posting lately. She always comments on my English Bulldog Puppy Pictures but hasn't on my latest thread.

Judy
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 5, 2007
5:03 PM

Post #4264230

Snowing to beat the band here! sigh...
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 5, 2007
5:51 PM

Post #4264409

12*F~~sunrise is at 9:54; sets at 3:39. The wind has calmed, the snow arrived and it's looking good again.
Today
Partly cloudy. Patchy fog and flurries in the morning. Highs in the 20s. Light winds
Welcome doccat~~
Rann~~looks so pretty and the lights really brighten the many hours of darkness. Bet the work for the packages is time consuming, but so very worth evey minute.
MySharona~for my part, I didn't get out in the cold; just takes your breath away; add to that the burning, watery eyes, and, my camera freezes, so unless it's a windshield shot; I now just wait for a better day.
Nice sunset; your secret is safe w/us:}}
Dyson~sorry there wasn't more snow to add moisture to the soil.
Kelli~such interesting historical photos; love seeing such different places.
Palmer~looks nearly the same today as when this was taken earlier.
Kiska

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 5, 2007
11:18 PM

Post #4265471

Tonight: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 34F. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.
Tomorrow: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 51F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy during the evening followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 38F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Kiska, I love that photo--reminds me of a scene one might see in a Christmas movie.
I have been so busy taking MIL and also DH back and forth to the doctor this last week that I haven't had time to put up any decorations. So-o-o, I found a photo I took two years ago on our trip to CA of one of the trees aboard the Queen Mary, which is now a floating museum. It is a little fuzzy but you'll be able to see it good enough.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 6, 2007
12:06 AM

Post #4265640

Good evening! 55F and clear. Going down to mid 30s tonight with a little frost. Hi tomorrow, a gorgeous 67! (I'd trade the nice temps and blue skies for a good all day rain, though.)
Dyson: Darn! I was hopin' your snow would stick around long enough to provide some moisture!

Doccat: Love "Frog". What a great face - and he's not camera shy.
Rann: That's a beautiful scene with the clouds and mountain. Hope you get your snow soon! I'm looking forward to Troll tales.:)

Sharon - same here. When it snows - which is very rare - everything comes to a complete halt. We haven't had any since 1990.
Kiska: 12F! Why doesn't the fog freeze?
Deb
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
12:46 AM

Post #4265790

Thank you, there are days when I am convinced his elevator is stuck between floors...LOL
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2007
1:00 AM

Post #4265841

Marsue, interesting Queen Mary picture. I've been there a few times but never at Christmas. I didn't know they decorated.

Doccat, the Boston terriers have such cute, serious faces. There is something about dogs that I think is amusing. I think it is their enthusiasm.

Another plenty warm day. I don't know what it got up to but it was a lot more than the present 69F.

Updated: 4:51 PM PST on December 05, 2007
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
69 F / 21 C
Clear
Humidity: 36%
Dew Point: 41 F / 5 C
Wind: 4 mph / 6 km/h / 1.5 m/s from the SE


The Arizona pictures continue.
These are at Walnut Canyon National Monument. If you look in the center of this picture, you might be able to see a cliff dwelling.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2007
1:02 AM

Post #4265848

Here is a dwelling up close.

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2007
1:03 AM

Post #4265850

A view of the canyon - the building is the visitor center

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2007
1:05 AM

Post #4265854

remains of a dwelling on top of the hill

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 6, 2007
1:06 AM

Post #4265855

and for the fans of nonflowering plants - some lichen

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doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
1:15 AM

Post #4265891

Thank you, I think these are the "con men" of the dog world. By in large they are very sweet tempered and very loving and absolutely love kids. We do have to run it in sections when the grandbabies are here, everyone gets too excited. Grandson, love Frog to death and will reach thru his crate to try and pet (we hope) he's only 1. But Frog will lick his little fingers and he just giggles and squeals. Frog actually has a bit of a tail, which is going furiously the whole time. I wish we had a video camera, because this dog dances from one foot to the other and shakes his head. A break dancing Boston, maybe? LOL
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2007
1:30 AM

Post #4265944

More great photos, Kelli! Keep 'em coming.

. . ."his elevator is stuck between floors" LOL--doccat--LOL
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 6, 2007
1:37 AM

Post #4265969

The weather has remained the same; 12*; calm, etc...dark.
Deb~~the fog does freeze; makes the most beautiful thick frost over everything. I sure hope it does begin to rain enough to do some good.
marsue~~bet that tour was fun; glad you found the photo.
Kelli~this is great; to see and get first-hand comments is so nice, really very interesting.
Several years ago, this moose was looking in the window, as interested in us as we were of him.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2007
1:41 AM

Post #4265988

LOL, Kiska. I think moose must be the ugliest 4-legged creatures on the planet--sort of like a horse designed by a committee! LOL However, I believe that God has a sense of humor or He would never have created the duckbill platypus---or humans, for that matter!
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 6, 2007
1:49 AM

Post #4266022

marsue~~that's funny and yes; very gangly, oversized body/head, but the committee did give the babies a break:}}

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2007
1:53 AM

Post #4266038

Oh, the babies are definitely much cuter! LOL
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
2:19 AM

Post #4266164

Oh wow, those are wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2007
3:07 AM

Post #4266393

Currently: 24F Partly Cloudy
Kansas City, Missouri
Currently: -4C Partly Cloudy
Wind: North at 5 MPH
Humidity: 71%
Dewpoint: 16F
Barometer: 30.24 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 18F
Wind: North at 8 KPH
Humidity: 71%
Dewpoint: -8C
Barometer: 1024 millibars and rising
Wind Chill: -7 C

We all were freezing today at work. The wind howled all day long and it was impossible to keep warm. We all had several layers on to keep out the cold.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 6, 2007
3:41 AM

Post #4266508

Thanks; don't baby animals just melt your heart:}}}
pepper23; hope tomorrow will not be as cold...
Kiska
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
5:08 AM

Post #4266748

I don't know as the moose really melts me, but he/she's kinda cute. I love the one looking in the window...
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2007
8:52 AM

Post #4266932

Good morning!

We have a dusting of snow on the ground! :-) (happy dance!!! lol) We'll have to see how long it'll stick around - but for the time being I'm thrilled! :-) It's 33F, calm and cloudy. Still very dark, sunrise will be at 10:58 and sunset will be at 3:39.

Thanks Sharon, Debi and Kiska :-)

Kiska - great photos! You have so much snow! :-) Looks like a winter wonderland - so pretty. Don't know about those temps though ;-) lol

Debi - so are the girls ;-) lol The trolls are actually making very good progress in picking out gifts to bring ... it's a bit of a headache to come up with 13 x 2 little presents ... ;-)

Pepper - brrrrrrrrrr! Hope it'll be warmer (or at least not as windy) today :-)

I took some photos yesterday ... meant to post them yesterday, but didn't get the chance... so here goes:
This was taken around 10:45 (just before sunrise which we obviously didn't see). Anyone have an idea why that chunk of lava was left in place there?

Hope you all have a great day!

Rann

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2007
10:57 AM

Post #4266988

Judy Any word from Pati?
Kiska Oh my 12*! Is it time for the coffee trick? I love that picture to me its what winter is supposed to look like. Oooh the moose pictures are back! I so look forward to them. They are so ugly theyre cute!
Deb Im with you Id trade a couple of days of nice weather for a couple of days of a nice slow soaker. I think the last time it snowed when I lived in Jacksonville was in 93 or 94. The city shut down. Everyone here loves a snow day off school or work. LOL!
Kelli Great pics! Its wonderful to see all the history in the area.
Doccat Prissy does the dance and head shakes. She also dances on her hind legs. There are times when we play chase that she actually runs on her hind legs for about 5 steps. They really are great pets!
Pepper I get the chills just thinking about the cold you and Kiska experience. I like cold, but not too fond of negative temps and wind chills.
Rann So glad you got some snow. Hopefully its there to stay for the season! Hmmm, maybe because the ocean is there so maybe as a breakfront to protect the street and property? Its a wonderful picture. Its been a long time since Ive seen lava of any kind. I was 16 (OMG!) in Hawaii and got to go to Diamondhead and some other islands to do the tourist thing.

51.1 F / 10.6 C
Clear
Humidity: 66%
Dew Point: 40 F / 4 C
Wind: 1.0 mph / 1.6 km/h / 0.4 m/s from the WNW
Wind Gust: 6.7 mph / 10.8 km/h
Pressure: 30.03 in / 1016.8 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16

Today
Mostly sunny. High 64. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

It was nice outside for my morning jog. I'm missing some really nice sunsets, but have so much to do and waaay too many functions to attend this month. I'd much rather be at the beach or the marina watching the sunsets. :(

Who set the sky on fire?

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 6, 2007
11:44 AM

Post #4267036

29(F) mostly dark, dry

Reporting Station: KROA
Relative Humidity: 60%
Wind: 300 (WNW) at 7mph
Gusts: 0mph
Pressure: 30.21in
Yesterday's Precip: in
Yesterday's Low Temp: 28F
Yesterday's High Temp: 41F
Dew Point: 12
Visibility: 10mi
Ceiling: Unlimited
Heat Index: 24
Wind Chill: 16
6hr Precip: in
6hr Low Temp: 32F
6hr High Temp: 41F
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2007
12:10 PM

Post #4267066

Currently: 21F Fair
Kansas City, Missouri
Currently: -6C Fair
Wind: South at 6 MPH
Humidity: 81%
Dewpoint: 16F
Barometer: 30.11 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 13F

Wind: South at 9 KPH
Humidity: 81%
Dewpoint: -8C
Barometer: 1019 millibars and rising
Wind Chill: -10 C

Snow advisory remains in effect from 9 am this morning to 6 pm cst this afternoon,
Snow is expected to develop after 9 am and become heavier by midday, then taper off by late afternoon. Heavier snow amounts should be from the northland of kansas city, northward toward the iowa border. Snowfall accumulations in those areas should be in the 3 to 5 inch range. Areas south of the missouri river should see snowfall amounts in the 1 to 3 inch range and may even see sleet mix in with the snow for a short time.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2007
12:42 PM

Post #4267148

Current conditions as of 5:55 am CST

Mostly Cloudy
Feels Like: 25
Barometer: 30.24 in and rising
Humidity: 73%
Visibility: 10 mi
Dewpoint: 24
Wind: ENE 6 mph
Sunrise: 7:02 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm
It got colder over the nighttime hours than "they" had predicted. Forecast was for a low of 34 but it made it down into the 20's! BRRRR (I can hear Kiska, Rann and Pepper saying: "Stop Whining"! LOL)

Interesting photo, Rann. Why did they leave the chunk of lava there? Inquiring minds want to know! LOL
Pretty sunset, Sharon.


Here's another photo from our vacation 2 years ago. This is of the Las Vegas skyline. So, Kiska, you can see that I do have a photo of mountains with snow on
them! LOL

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music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2007
1:20 PM

Post #4267284

Good Morning! Well, Yesterday was rather neat. At 6:30 a.m. it started snowing & by 9:30 a.m. we had 2 inches of snow. Some spots in the county had 4", but it's an elevation thing. It was a heavy, wet snow that was so pretty! But there were lots of wrecks! A part of Rt. 219 was closed (a 12 mile stretch) due to accidents. The fire depts & rescue squads couldn't keep up. Emily worked a 12 hour shift & was very busy on her ambulance. Luckily there were no serious injuries. This morning we have some school delays.
This reading is for Bluefield...We are about 4 warmer...
Temp 20
Dew Point: 11
Wind Chill: 10
Humidity: 67
Wind: 8 N
Barometer: 30.09
Visibility: 10.0 mi.
Precip: 0.00 in.

Kelli! Wow! Somemore! :D And they're Great! And again, Thank you soooo much! Question...is there just one cliff dwelling in your pic from Walnut Canyon National Monument? I see the one, but it looks like there is one above it, closer to the ridge top.
Kiska, Love the moose. They are so neat & so Close! :D Please send more snow! :D I'm ready for the "coffee test", too. :D
Doccat, Welcome! :D
Rann, I give up. Why Did they leave the chunk of lava? It does make the entire thing look unique, tho, and you can tell it was intentionally left.
Ric, did you servive the winter blast?
Pepper, Stay warm & watch out for folks crossing the street! ;)
Sharon, Another Gorgeous pic! And Prissy can drive? LOL! That is Sooo funny! :D What a "poser"! :D
Marsue! That is Much colder! Wow! Stay warm! btw, that's a neat pic!

The anwer to the trivia is...B
When lightning strikes, it violently heats up the air causing it to explode and send out a shock wave.

Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2007
2:06 PM

Post #4267477

Good morning! The big bunny and I are going to work on Christmas decorations today, which will be fun. :-) I think we're going to make chains for the tree.. We do something a little different (and paper based so they won't break when the bunnies take the decorations off and on and off and on and...) every year. Some day I'll be able to use my mother-in-law's vintage glass ornaments again, but in the meantime we enjoy making stuff. :-)

It's going to get up into the lower 70s again today. All of you with snow/ice/yucky stuff, please be very careful!!

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 6:53am CST (57 min ago)
Temperature 52 F 11 C
Dew Point 46 F 8 C
Humidity 83%
Pressure 30.06 in 1018.1 mb
Wind Speed 9 MPH 8 kts
Wind Dir E 80
Ceiling Unlimited Unlimited
Visibility 9 mi 14.5 km
Current Conditions Clear
6 hour min temperature ending 5:53am CST : 46.9F / 8.3C
se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2007
2:46 PM

Post #4267655

The schools closed early yesterday around noon. We got 2 inches of snow and the temp didn't go above 25 all day long. No wind though.

This morning it was 7 degrees on the porch and windstill. The highway crew had treated the roads last evening and they were froze dry. Great! Even the snow on the walk is reduced by half due to the dry air. It is now sunshiny and 30 degrees.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 6, 2007
4:36 PM

Post #4268074

24*F/ 7am. sunrise: 9:56; sunset: 3:38
Cloudy. Flurries. Highs in the upper 20s to mid 30s. East to northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Local gusts to 35 mph. Some temps from the Interior and further north:
Arctic Village: minus 31*F
Fort Yukon: minus 25*F
Northway: minus 27*F
MySharona~~no coffee trick yet; needs to be at least minus20*F; It so nice seeing how pretty the sky is. very pretty.
Joey~~hope Emily gets caught up; what a mess it must have been. Love the falls; hugs to JW...
Marylyn_TX: I hope you and the girls have a most wonderful day; very special to take the time to do those memorable things for/with them.
se_eds~sounds as if the snowy roads are under control; very good.
marsue~~what a nice surprise to see the snowy photo; was it cold in Vegas? no problem; I too, whine - when it gets too warm:))
rann~~bet all those gifts will be so much fun; love the thought of them being excited and the reward it brings you.
Perhaps the lava is a memorial to the volcanic eruption/destruction that happened, sorry don't know the year, but somthing to commemorate the event?
doccat5~~moose are fun to observe; the newborns are even cuter:))
Dyson~~dry again; how long now has this been?
pepper23~~keep warm today--sounds like all types of weather ranging around.
From this summer; green, blooming flowers and the moose.
Kiska

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doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
4:53 PM

Post #4268133

33F
Feels Like 28F
Wind:
From N at 5 mph
Humidity: 47%
Dusting of snow on the ground, it'll be gone by evening.
I got a picture of Frog, the camera hog (sigh), Pepper (his mom on the left) and Bitty on the right. As you can see she's not thrilled...poor baby.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 6, 2007
5:20 PM

Post #4268216

doccat5~~the dusting of snow should be pretty till it melts; sounds nice.
Do your pets have blue eyes?
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
5:35 PM

Post #4268268

No, that's from the camera operator...They have big brown "puppy" eyes in the truest sense. You can see Frog is my "Star". He hears that camera whir and he's right there. LOL
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2007
5:57 PM

Post #4268333

All very good guesses, Kiska, Sharon and Marsue :-) The real reason is that the rock could be inhabited by elves (no way to know for sure) and unfortunate accidents have been known to happen to those that disturb an "elve rock". Although most people wouldn't admit to still believing in elves ... there aren't many that would risk it ;-) Besides it does look very good there :-)

The snow's still here even though we did get a drizzle of rain around noon. It even snowed some more this afternoon :-)

Sharon - gorgeous sky!

Marsue - interesting photo. I've never associated snowy mountains with Las Vegas :-)

Joey - my, that snow seems to have caused a lot of trouble! It's a good thing there weren't any serious accident at least ...

Kiska - I love those moose photos. I think they're sooooooo cute in they're clumsy looking kind of way :-) It's really getting seriously cold up north!!! Yikes!

doc - they're all so cute! :-)

Here's another one from yesterday morning - taken at the same time just before 11 am.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2007
6:01 PM

Post #4268356

This is a windshield shot from yesterday too - sorry it's a bit fuzzy in places from the raindrops on the windshield. That's the town center (of Hafnarfjordur = Harbor fjord) around 1 pm - that was as light as it got yesterday ... a rather gray and gloomy kind of day but so mild it felt like a spring day ;-)

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 6, 2007
6:04 PM

Post #4268365

This is the last one for now, I promise!

A sunset photo - taken around 3 pm.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 6, 2007
6:06 PM

Post #4268372

doc~~those are certainly big puppy eyes; I've not been around the breed, so wasn't sure.
rann~~I love the reason far better than what I could think of:)) 'cause you just never know:)
Looks pretty across the water at the lights. Hope there's more snow coming your way.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 6, 2007
6:08 PM

Post #4268379

sorry, cross posted- from sunrise to sunset: just great. Sun's due to come up here in about 55 minutes.. and our day just begins...(9:56).
judycooksey
Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
6:50 PM

Post #4268476

Pati hasn't responded to the dmail I sent on 11/29/2007.

Judy
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2007
6:54 PM

Post #4268490

Enjoyed the photos of waterfall, moose, doggies, and Iceland everyone!

Hang in there, Marylyn, and don't lament ( I know you are not, really) the fact that you can't use those vintage ornaments right now. The memories you are creating with your bunnies will mean so much to them in years to come and then you will be able to bring out those lovely ornaments. For many years, when we lived in a larger home, I had two Christmas trees: "my" tree and then the one I called the "Grandkids' tree". My tree was all fancy and had nice ornaments on it. The Grandkids' tree had their ornaments on it--some of which they had made--such as the paper chains. (I still have part of a paper chain that my own two youngest made back in the mid-70's). We had a special day when all the grandkids would come over and decorate "their" tree. A lot of the ornaments were hung on the bottom limbs because the little ones couldn't reach any higher. All the ornaments stayed right where the children had placed them and I took a picture every year of the kids in front of "their" tree. Now the youngest grandchild is 7 and the oldest is almost 23(and over 6' tall). We also live in a smaller house and there isn't room for two trees but it was fun while it lasted. Gee, I'm 'tear-ing' up just thinking about it.--sniff, sniff :o)

We haven't heard from adina lately--hope she is okay!

Almost forgot--whoever it was 'up there' that asked me if it was cold in Las Vegas--the answer is no--at least not when we were there. Las Vegas is down in a very flat valley. Those mountains with the snow on them are several miles away from "the strip". I took that photo from Henderson, NV which is a suburb. DH's cousin lives there and we had stopped to visit with them. We never even made it into Las Vegas proper.

It is still cold here- 38 on my back porch-- and gray sky. :o(
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2007
6:55 PM

Post #4268494

We'll have to put out an APB for Pati and Adina!

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 6, 2007
8:43 PM

Post #4268806

Thanks,Marsue, here I am! Have been writing an article again and I've been busy with St Nicholas celebration.
On December 6th , Romanians are celebrating Saint Nicholas and, besides celebrating everyone whos name is Nicholas, we are also celebrating a beautiful tradition, of Santa Nicholas, who brings sweets to all the kids. The children have to be good, otherwise theyd receive a stick, instead of sweets.
Tradition says they all have to clean their boots and put it at the door, so Santa will come and drop the sweets in their boots !
It's been raining continously since Tuesday,but today has stopped. Getting cold,but not freezing.
Adina

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 6, 2007
9:35 PM

Post #4268944

Sounds like a good tradition to me, adina, especially if one gets chocolate candy with nuts in it! Yummm!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 6, 2007
10:53 PM

Post #4269135

Pepper23, thank you! All snow has gone here in St. Pete.
The traffic jams are persistant anyways, though. I stopped using my car- it just has no sense anymore. Some people still do.Lol. I started using my bike, which is much better and faster nowdays.
But, please, send snow again! I need it for Christmas!!! Lol.
George.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 6, 2007
10:59 PM

Post #4269150

The ice on Neva river.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 6, 2007
11:03 PM

Post #4269158

Ice.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 6, 2007
11:22 PM

Post #4269210

George~what a beautiful sight; the ice on the river is spectacular, as is the city. Do you have special winter tires for your bike?
marsue~~such wonderful memories you and your family has; the gkids tree is a great idea. Thanks for sharing and it is very senitmental. (I'd asked about LVegas,thanks)>
adina~How nice to learn of another wonderful Christmas tradition. Sounds great.
Very gray, cloudy today; no sunlight; sunset is a hour/half from now and perhaps there'll be sunlight tomorrow. It think the term dim works.
The river is frozen, but I wasn't able to stop for a pic; maybe tomorrow.
Today's view ~~
(sorry, forgot to resize)>
Kiska

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 6, 2007
11:56 PM

Post #4269320

Kiska, sure! I'm skating on it! Lol.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 7, 2007
1:30 AM

Post #4269618

George~~I'll bet you are:))
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 7, 2007
2:06 AM

Post #4269769

Currently: 30F Freezing Drizzle
Currently: -1C Freezing Drizzle
Wind: South at 5 MPH
Humidity: 93%
Dewpoint: 28F
Barometer: 29.97 inches and
Wind Chill: 25F
Wind: South at 8 KPH
Humidity: 93%
Dewpoint: -2C
Barometer: 1015 millibars and
Wind Chill: -3 C

We got around 3 inches of snow today. It started around 10 am and didn't let up til right before dark. It is gorgeous out!! And the best part is it is a wet snow so I can start snowball fights. LOL


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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2007
3:46 AM

Post #4270079

Nice photos everyone!

Looks like winter is here for a while. It's 16 tonight with highs in the low 30's and snow showers forecast for the next few days. Here's a photo of the Geneva Marsh taken yesterday evening.


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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2007
4:23 AM

Post #4270191

Current conditions as of 9:55 pm CST

Cloudy
Feels Like: 37
Barometer: 30.11 in and rising
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 10 mi
Dewpoint: 28
Wind: WNW 3 mph
Sunrise: 7:02 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm

Amazing photos, George!
Your photos of the "ice river" and the photos by Kiska, Pepper and EB remind us all that it is winter, indeed!
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2007
4:53 AM

Post #4270290

E_B, once again a chill just looking at that picture. Juri, where were you taking the lake ice pictures from.
Well it's sickningly nice here. I'm embarassed to give details.
;)
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2007
9:14 AM

Post #4270495

Good morning!

It's 25F and clear skies this morning so the snow's still here :-) Had a terrible time scraping the car windows this morning though and one of the doors was frozen so I was a bit late getting the girls to school ... it's the kind of trouble I could only put up with with snow on the ground ;-) lol It's fairly calm (the 3rd day in a row! :-)) only 4 mph breeze from the east. Today is the day that sunrise will be at 11 am ... sunset at 3:38.

Adina - I see St. Nick brought you something yummy ;-)

Juri/George : great photos! That's some ice on the river - how cold is it?

EB - gorgeous!

Thanks Kiska - that is a fantastic photo of the mountain and dim light :-) Isn't it amazing that we've had sunset before your sunrise?

Here's a snow photo from yesterday :-) It's taken in Reykjavik (our capital). There's a river that runs through the wooded area where you can fish for salmon ... I'm pretty sure it's the only capital in the world that has salmon fishing in the middle of the city ;-)

Hope you all have a great day!

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2007
10:40 AM

Post #4270530

Pepper Sleet? I dont like sleet. I hope you are staying warm. Ahhh thats a gorgeous snow picture!
Marsue Love the Vegas pic!
Joey So glad no one was hurt badly in the pile ups. And Im really glad Emily was safe during it all. I am loving your river pictures!
Marylyn How did your decorating go? Sounds like a lot of fun! I still dont put out some of my good stuff. Im afraid I might break them LOL!
Kiska Cute moose and flower picture! Prissys eyes turn blue as well in a picture. Its very odd looking at times. Another picture for my background! LOL!
Ducat Bitty looks worn out! Poor baby!
Rann I love the lava story! Thats great LOL! Id leave it alone too. :O Pretty pictures the water has a spooky glow. The Reykjavik picture has a peaceful look you can only get with snow.
Adina Great tradition! Any reason to receive chocolate is a good reason for me! Those are some spiffy looking boots!
Juri Beautiful icey river pictures!
Early Once again your pictures take the breath away (and not because its cold outside!) Well done!

59.0 F / 15 C
Overcast
Humidity: 87%
Dew Point: 55 F / 13 C
Wind: 0.0 mph / 0 km/h
Wind Gust: 3.1 mph / 4 km/h
Pressure: 30.27 in / 1024.9 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 5.0 miles / 8.0 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Overcast 500 ft / 152 m

Today
Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy dense fog early in the morning. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. High 72. East winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southeast in the afternoon.

another quick sunset picture...a little blurry :(


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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

December 7, 2007
10:58 AM

Post #4270536

Thanks Sharon :-) Since you don't know which rocks might have inhabitants there are a lot of them around! lol

Here's a photo from this morning :-) Just before 10 am. Now if I hurry - I might just catch the sunrise, it'll be in 5 min :-)

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 7, 2007
12:07 PM

Post #4270590

Currently: 30F Mostly Cloudy
Currently: -1C Mostly Cloudy
Wind: North at 6 MPH
Humidity: 92%
Dewpoint: 28F
Barometer: 30.06 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 24F
Wind: North at 9 KPH
Humidity: 92%
Dewpoint: -2C
Barometer: 1018 millibars and rising
Wind Chill: -4 C


music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 7, 2007
1:03 PM

Post #4270681

Good Morning, We have some precip all around us, but not here thank goodness...it's Sleet! I'll need to leave a little early to go to school, tho. It is supposed to start warming up by noon, so it won't be so bad coming home.

Cloudy28F
Feels like: 28F
Barometer: 30.3 in
Dewpoint: 23
Humidity: 80%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 0 mph
Sunrise: 7:23 AM
Sunset: 5:05 PM

Rann, Love the street shot! Very pretty! And the Salmon run right thru town! Wow!
Juri, Great ice shots of the river, but it looks super cold!
Thanks Sharon, I haven't remembered to take my camera anywhere w/ me for the past week or so, so you're getting "reruns". :)
Sidney, LOL! We could use a little warm temp readings about now! :D
E_B, That looks kind of like a tundra shot! Very pretty & w/ a sense of solitude about it! :D I love your walks.
Pepper, Have fun w/ the snowball fights! :D
Kiska, What a Great Shot! :D The different shades of blue are Stunning! :D Good puzzle material!
Adina, Glad you're back! What an interesting tradition. I'm gonna go clean out my boots right Now! :D

Todays trivia is...
How many times brighter does the sun appear in the sky compared to the moon?
a) 100,000
b) 400,000
c) 1,000,000
d) 4,000,000

Have a Great Day!
Joey
(One more of the river, I'll try to take some "cold" shots today)

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2007
1:20 PM

Post #4270717

Great photos everyone!

Rann: Reykjavik appears to be quite the metropolitan city! How many people live there? Love the street shot, too! I'm saving it!
Sharon, How do youtake those great photos and drive at the same time? LOL and your windshield is certainly a lot cleaner than mine!
Pepper, you are about 10 degrees colder than we are this morning. It was 40* on my backporch at 6:30 a.m. --warmer than yesterday, thank goodness!
Joey, love the river photo. I think I'll pass on the trivia question--I can't even begin to guess the answer to that one! I'll just wait for you to tell us. LOL

Here's another photo from our vacation 2 years ago. This is Hoover Dam just before we crossed over from Arizona to Nevada.

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doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2007
2:03 PM

Post #4270826

31F
Feels Like 31F
Light freezing rain
According to the local radio station this is more like an ice storm, roads are very hazardous.
I want to try and get my little baby "greenhouse" in the house this weekend. Shifted some furniture around so I can fit it in. #1 Son thinks he can rig me some grow lights on the cheap. I have both of my bays full of plants, seedlings etc...y'all know the drill...LOL
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 7, 2007
2:15 PM

Post #4270864

Joey, cool waterfalls!
The trivia question, I guess - when the pic was made? Lol.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 7, 2007
2:20 PM

Post #4270885

Winter Storm Warning in effect until 18 minutes ago.

Watching the DHC's try to walk on the iced over front porch.

33(F)
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2007
2:24 PM

Post #4270899

Good morning! We made a long chain made of wrapping paper scraps, but didn't get the tree up, so it's just sitting in a heap on the dining room table right now. :-) We usually put the tree in the corner of the dining room, but we sell stuff on eBay, and the dining room is our warehouse, full of flattened boxes and packing material. So I need to move a lot of that to the back room - which I need to straighten out first. My parents are coming next week (yayyy!), and the back room is where the sleeper sofa is, so I'm not sure all these boxes will fit back there... Charles has been working on his study (the ceiling needed new wallboard, and now that that's done (almost), the whole room needs painting), so all of the stuff that normally goes in there is also in the back room. I'm thinking the tree may end up in the living room after all. LOL

It's quite nice here today. The high is going to be in the low 80s. I'm hoping we will be able to get all of the lights up outside tonight because it is going to rain off and on this afternoon.

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 7:53am CST (28 min ago)
Temperature 64 F 18 C
Dew Point 62 F 17 C
Humidity 93%
Pressure 30.03 in 1017 mb
Wind Speed 6 MPH 5 kts
Wind Dir SE 140
Ceiling 4700 ft 1433 m
Visibility 8 mi 12.9 km
Current Conditions Cloudy
6 hour min temperature ending 5:53am CST : 57.9F / 14.4C


KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 7, 2007
2:43 PM

Post #4270955

Good morning! Though its 5.30 p.m. here. lol.
Temperature 36.32F
Pressure 750 mm
Humidity 93%
Wind : Southern 3.1 MPH
Wind Dir: S
Current Conditions Cloudy
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2007
3:39 PM

Post #4271216

low 80's, Marylyn! Send some of that warmth up here! Let's see now: things to do for you today: clean out back room, clean out dining room, paint the study, put up tree, etc., etc. You need a 48 hour day! LOL

Dyson, I want to see a pic of the DHC's walking on ice--or trying to! LOL

Cathy, my mandevilla and begonias are still on my back porch. I don't have room for them inside! I've been trying to keep them protected on especially cold days but I don't know if they are going to make it through the winter. The only place I have to put them is in the garage and it's dark in there with the door down. sigh

George, if my calculations are correct, you are about 9 hours ahead of us in time.
Send us some more pics of those beautiful buildings you have over there, please.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2007
6:02 PM

Post #4271734

Rann Your street sparkles in the first picture! So pretty!
Joey I dont remember ever seeing the last picture Its beautiful and saved as background! Wild guess on the trivia question.ummmm C.
Marsue LOL! I have a digital that has the screen on the back of the camera (so I can still see the street while driving) and I slow down make sure any other cars are far enough away. Awesome picture of the Hoover Dam!
Dyson Is it dark? I cracked up about watching the DHCs walk (slide) across the porch!
Marylyn I dont enjoy Summer in Fall/Winter! I want to see and feel the changes in the seasons.

63.1 F / 17.3 C
Haze
Humidity: 69%
Dew Point: 53 F / 12 C
Wind: 2.0 mph / 3.2 km/h / 0.9 m/s from the NE
Wind Gust: 6.7 mph / 10.8 km/h
Pressure: 30.30 in / 1026.0 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 6.0 miles / 9.7 kilometers
UV: 2 out of 16
Clouds: Overcast 1200 ft / 365 m

Our high has been changed to 70*. It's cool enough for a light cardigan since we are overcast and it feels cooler.

I'm still waiting for my Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti to bloom!

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 7, 2007
6:57 PM

Post #4271885

We got 0.3 inches of rain overnight. A little more would be nice but I think it's done.

Updated: 10:51 AM PST on December 07, 2007
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
55 F / 13 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 72%
Dew Point: 46 F / 8 C
Wind: 7 mph / 11 km/h / 3.1 m/s from the SSW

se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
12:11 AM

Post #4272755

That's a good one Dyson!.
Currently 25 degrees. Snow and sleet again today as we have had all week. It got up to 27 degrees today - a high. We are scheduled for snow and rain mix for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. After that it is supposed to warm up above freezing and rain until next Friday. Well I can say that we are grateful for the moisture - and that is all I can say.

I am used to working outside and so far this week went outside to fill the bird feeders and to get the mail - about 100yds. away. No wonder I am stiff shouldered in the spring!!!
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 8, 2007
1:09 AM

Post #4272905

Strong wind this evening through early Saturday morning...gusts to 50mph.
27*F; snow/rain forecast but nothing as of now at 4pm. Sunset was 3:37pm. loss of 2m44seconds.
se_eds~ looks like our weather is nearly the same tonight. The birds at our feeder had a feast as my DH put out more sunflower seeds. That's all they want, and will pick at their food till they get the sunflower seeds.
MySharona~ It's very pretty how the sunset is setting at the end of the tree-lined street. Sweater weather sounds great.
Kelli~~not a lot of rain, was there~~will the storm be missing your area? We've heard there are evacuations due to fears of landslides. Hope they're really wrong on that point.
Dyson~~what a funny image comes to mind.
Marylyn_TX~~where did the tree end up? What a busy time you've got ahead. Shall we share some hours?:))
Joey~~thanks; I love the photo of the river~cold or not, it's a beautiful place. School about out?
marsue~~nice overview of Hoover Dam; did you go inside?
rann~~very pretty; glad you got the girls to school; better late than never:}}. Scraping is not fun; the other day my DH took the car through the car wash; needless to say, the doors/windows froze tight..after driving around for awhile with heat on high, they thawed.
E_B~~Geneva Marsh is beautiful; winter's changes are wonderful.
Juri~~do you know the time difference between Alaska and where you live? It's 4 pm here, must be tomorrow there by now.
Sledding earlier this year..
Kiska

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Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 8, 2007
1:16 AM

Post #4272934

Kiska, I don't know if it rained any harder or any more anywhere else. I haven't been paying attention to the news.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 8, 2007
1:21 AM

Post #4272945

Kelli~~things must not have developed as they'd predicted; that's good.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
2:07 AM

Post #4273062

Hi All!
We've had a bit of a roller coaster ride the last few days.
Wednesday morning I left for work after brushing 1 1/2" of snow off the car twice.

Believe me a 6:30 AM highway drive in a blinding snowstorm is NOT the way to start the day.
Either the cars were going way too slow...
like the 10 MPH driver I got stuck behind on my street...

or way too fast...
like the Expedition that spun out in front of me on the highway... or the Dodge Ram that did the same thing behind me

or they were driving a totally stupid vehicle
like the Boss Mustang I was behind going up the ramp... at 5 MPH and sliding..

After about 5 miles the snow turned to rain and it was smooth sailing.

Yesterday it was 15 when I left and luckily the rain had all dried up from the winds.

Today ... scraped 1/4" of ice off the car... then drove in to work in the rain again...
Lucked out again as it had hit 33 and the salt trucks had everything well taken care of.

Weather for the next week should be OK.
Rain about every day but temps in the 50's, possibly 60's by Tuesday.
Wish I had some cool snow shots but the rain got them all by the time I got home.

So... ugly snow shot...

Ric

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 8, 2007
2:36 AM

Post #4273157

ric~~it's so true, you've really got to watch out for the other driver; so glad you made it there and back. The picture is just fine. Looks very Christmasy with banner/lights and snow.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #4273186

Brrr-se-eds!--and kiska!
No, Kiska, we didn't go inside Hoover Dam--probably should have though.--that's a cute sledding shot! Kids and snow make a great combination--LOL
Ric, that was quite a saga--hope the worst of it is over. and I can see all the slush in the street but the decorations/lights are pretty on the house across the road.
It didn't warm up past 40-45 today and rained some, too. Yucky gray weather day.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2007
2:53 AM

Post #4273196

I never understood why people feel they need to drive a mustang in snow.

Currently: 31F Cloudy
Currently: 0C Cloudy
Wind: Northeast at 12 MPH
Humidity: 82%
Dewpoint: 26F
Barometer: 30.14 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 22F
Wind: Northeast at 19 KPH
Humidity: 82%
Dewpoint: -3C
Barometer: 1020 millibars and rising
Wind Chill: -5 C

Nasty weather coming again. Ugh!!

Freezing rain advisory in effect from 6 am Saturday to midnight cst Saturday night, winter storm watch now in effect from late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. Total ice accumulations through early Saturday evening are forecast to range from one to two tenths of an inch.


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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
4:17 AM

Post #4273427

Thanks kiska and marsue that's my Partner Robyn finishing up our lights there...
If this rain ever stops I'll get some shots of them lit up..

Ric
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2007
5:14 AM

Post #4273579

Happy Birthday, marsue!!!
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2007
12:19 PM

Post #4273928

Marsue - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Kelli Rain, thats great!
Se_eds Sounds like some nasty weather the weekend. Id love some moisture around here too.
Kiska Great snow/sledding picture! Shes adorable!
Ric Sounds like youve been driving here during one of our rare snow days. Thats why I stay off the streets and the city shuts down. Why would someone drive a Mustang in the snow? Thats crazy. The house looks festive dont be so hard on the slush! LOL!
Pepper Keep those snow pics coming!

59.0 F / 15 C
Fog
Humidity: 94%
Dew Point: 57 F / 14 C
Wind: 0.0 mph / 0 km/h
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0 km/h
Pressure: 30.33 in / 1027.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 0.2 miles / 0.4 kilometers

Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am this morning...

Today
Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Areas of dense fog in the morning with visibility one quarter mile or less at times. High 73. South winds 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

I just took this picture - look at the fog!

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2007
12:29 PM

Post #4273939

Good Morning! Things are fairly calm this mornin'...Our upcoming weather senario sounds much like Rics.
Temp 46F
Feels like: 42F
Barometer: 30.2 in
Dewpoint: 43
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 8 mph SSW
Sunrise: 7:24 AM
Sunset: 5:05 PM

Marsue! Happy Birthday! :D
Kiska, Thanks. Finals are this upcoming week, so I'll need to do some studying this week end. Luckily I only have to work today & not again til Thursday. My exams are on Tuesday & Wednesday. BTW, Every one at school is in a big uproar about this graduation thing. Consider me a "can of worms" opener! :D Your GD looks as tho she is having a blast...so much Fun! :D
Ric, Some folks just don't use common sense when it comes to driving! Very funny senario! I used to live just south of Cleveland & some folks up there drive the same way! Your house looks really neat...Quaint & cozy. :D
Sharon, We had fog like that last night...very difficult to drive in. I kept wondering where the road went to!

Well, must get ready for work.

Have a Great Day! All!
Joey
(my camera is in the car)

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
2:13 PM

Post #4274148

37 here and grey again... I think Grey will be our local color for nearly a week...
But as Sunny usually means cold from the Northern Blasts...
It should start warming up here in a bit to 43... 50's tomorrow... I'll take it.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARSUE!!

Joey Great Mallard shot!

Ric
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2007
2:29 PM

Post #4274183

Cloudy
39F
Feels Like 39F
Humidity: 87%
Happy Birthday, Marsue, best wishes for many more!

They're calling for rain here all next week with temperature going back up into the 50s. I'm hoping we can get the rest of my bulbs planted later today.
Been sorting thru my seeds and trying to get a bit better organized, it ain't workin...LOL
Missy, the cat was up on the table try to help me. Thank God I hadn't done anything except line up envelopes. She's usually daddy's girl, but I guess I was making interesting noises or something...LOL
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 8, 2007
3:15 PM

Post #4274314

Overcast, rain gauge still at the 1.6 inch level, 40(F).

"Cat ice-capades" was over too quickly to photo, but it was a humor diversion for a few moments.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
3:36 PM

Post #4274386

Thanks for the birthday greetings everyone and Cathy, thanks for the wishes for "many more"!
No snow or ice but lots of fog this morning, like you, Sharon. I wonder if it is foggy all across the south this morning? Warmer today, too--high of 63 with 72 forecast for tomorrow. (Sorry Sidney, I have completely given up on making that degrees sign!) LOL
Good luck on the exams next week, Joey. BTW, great "duck on the lake" photo!
Ric: Robyn looks "snug as a bug in a rug" while finishing up the decorations on your house!
So--Marylyn--in which room did the Christmas tree find itself being decorated?
. . .nd to pepper and Sharon: why would anyone drive any vehicle in the snow and ice? LOL
To celebrate my birthday, DH and I are going to drive a whopping 8 miles to Lowe's and purchase a big poinsettia! He doesn't know this yet but I am about to inform him of this fact. They had them ultra-cheap last week when we were there and I have decided one of those would make a good bday present. LOL BTW, he gave me a bee-you-tee-ful bday card--made me cry(with joy).

henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
3:45 PM

Post #4274425

We have plenty of winter garb.
It sells cheap here at the second hand shops in Spring.
Lots of Northern transplants dumping too warm stuff I guess.
What's too warm for casual wear works GREAT for long days hiking and working here.

Check out the Amaryllis too... they are dirt cheap there at Lowe's..

Ric
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 8, 2007
3:49 PM

Post #4274440

Today
Rain and snow in the morning. No snow accumulation. Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s. East to southeast winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Winds diminishing to northeast 15 mph by afternoon.
Happy Birthday, Marsue; hope your day is filled w/many good things and warm wishes.
Haven't had coffee yet, so will get back later.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 8, 2007
5:37 PM

Post #4274723

Mustang or Audi or whatever else- its better sitting home and reading instead of the highway nightmare!
Skiing is a good option, where it's appropriate though.
Ric, real penetrating pic, anyways. Lol.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 8, 2007
5:39 PM

Post #4274729

Marsue, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Pics coming!
quietyard
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9b)

December 8, 2007
6:05 PM

Post #4274788

May I check in from Arizona? It is 55 degrees here and raining. We have received .60 of rain so far in the last several hours. A week ago I received 2.7 inches in my rain gauge so it has been a very wet week here which was really needed because of the drought we are in. I have lots of happy plants! This is such a treat!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 8, 2007
6:58 PM

Post #4274903

Kiska! You have +11 hours in Alaska!!!
Thats the real other side of the world!
So, you are real deep in SNOW. LOL.
COOOOL. PIC.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2007
8:32 PM

Post #4275130

The weather here is horrible. The roads are icy and there have been wrecks thruout the day. The garden where I work is gonna remain closed tomorrow due to the ice. WE tarped all of our vehicles so that we could see out the windows when we go to work on Monday. That will save us alot of time. We aren't able to cover out mirrors though because there is ice on there already and it is pretty thick. But as long as we can see out the windows we should be ok. Doesn't mean we won't end up in the ditch though. lol

Currently: 21F Freezing Drizzle
Currently: -6C Freezing Drizzle
Wind: Northeast at 15 MPH
Humidity: 88%
Dewpoint: 18F
Barometer: 30.25 inches and falling
Wind Chill: 7F
Wind: Northeast at 24 KPH
Humidity: 88%
Dewpoint: -7C
Barometer: 1024 millibars and falling
Wind Chill: -13 C

Freezing rain advisory remains in effect until 6 pm cst sunday,
Late this evening and into the morning hours of Sunday, the next in the series of disturbances will pass over the area. With colder air in place, freezing rain will begin to develop and increase intensity during the overnight hours. Freezing rain will continue across the advisory area through the morning hours of Sunday, leading to hazardous travel conditions during the first half of the day. Ice accumulations with this second storm will be higher, with storm total ice accumulations approaching one quarter inch by early Sunday afternoon.

Happy Birthday Marsue!!!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2007
9:25 PM

Post #4275248

Sugar, another gorgeous starter picture!

Kelli, neat vacation photos, and you were right to leave the pottery there :))

Neat photos everyone. I'll catch up with today.

Sharon, I love fog pictures!

Joey, good luck on your finals! I love the trail the duck is leaving!

Hi George, glad you found the weather thread! I love that building!

Hi Doccat5, hope you're able to get your bulbs in!

Dyson, love cats on ice!

Marsue, Happy Birthday! Laughing over your big birthday excursion!

Hi Quietyard! I'm happy for the rain you are getting.

Pepper, we have a light coating of ice. I lost it 3' from the un-icy patio the other day. No bruises.

18* and cold. We're waiting for snow, but nothing as of yet. I put all my birdfeeders out yesterday
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
10:05 PM

Post #4275346

Thanks again for the birthday wishes everyone.
Welcome, quietyard. Check in anytime. Glad you got some rain.
Kiska; 55mph winds are something else, even if it is in short gusts!
Hey, George, I am eagerly awaiting more pics!
pepper, sure hope you don't end up in a ditch! Be safe!!
Ric, I saw the amaryllis but picked up 10 bags of bulbs, instead, at 75% off. (I was just given several amaryllis bulbs by my DH's aunt.) Also got a very large poinsettia. I love poinsettias. I had 3 over at my other house but left them for the poeple who bought the house from us. I actually had them to bloom for me after the first year I had them.
It has been foggy all day. From all of today's posts up to now, it sounds like the weather is lousy everywhere! Here is a picture of "that tree" that I took around noon today.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2007
10:08 PM

Post #4275360

and here's my new poinsettia. Sure hope it blooms that well for me next year!

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 8, 2007
10:40 PM

Post #4275445

Marsue, loving ''that tree.'' Your poinsetta is gorgeous!!!

No weather for us. Just cloudy and cold. :(( I was looking forward to more snow.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2007
11:21 PM

Post #4275544

Welcome to the forum quietyard! Its always nice to hear about another part of the world/country. So glad you are getting some much needed rain!
Joey I love that mallard picture! Awww hes so cute! I need a JW fix! LOL!
Doccat LOL! My cats do the investigation every time they hear a new noise.
Pepper Your weather sounds messy. Try to stay out of the ditch, but stay {{{WARM}}}!
Kiska Youve been on the receving end of some harsh winds lately. Are they from La Nina? I heard this morning that La Nina could have a pretty bad effect on us during hurricane season. We need the rain, but preferably not from hurricanes. :P
Marsue Your poinsettia is beautiful! Plant it (in the Spring) on the southeast side of your house and it will do well for you. Love the urn with the poms - nice touch!

Here is a link: http://www.plantideas.com/in/in34.html



61.3 F / 16.3 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 83%
Dew Point: 56 F / 13 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 2.7 mph / 4.3 km/h
Pressure: 30.33 in / 1027.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft / 7620 m

Now
At 515 PM EST...satellite imagery and observations indicate the dense sea fog has returned to the immediate coastline in Nassau and Duval counties with Mayport currently reporting visibility of a quarter mile. The dense fog will likely push farther inland the remainder of tonight across these counties...with visibilities lowering below a half mile. In addition...the dense fog will likely advance onshore in Camden and Glynn counties this evening. Motorists and mariners should exercise caution and be prepared for sudden changes in visibility. A dense fog advisory may be required later tonight.

Tonight
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Areas of dense fog with visibilities around a quarter of a mile or less at times. Lows in the mid 50s. East winds 5 mph shifting to the northeast after midnight.

FYI - Duval county is Jacksonville, Nassau county is my area, Camden and Glynn counties are in GA just above the FL/GA border. The skies cleared up around noon. When I left work at 4pm the fog was already rolling in.

This was on the way to work this morning.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2007
11:22 PM

Post #4275549

This was taken on the way home from work at 4:05pm

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2007
11:24 PM

Post #4275556

I had to do a little Christmas and Birthday shopping the way home from work (Jeff's bday is 12/25 as well). So this was taken at 5:20pm.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 8, 2007
11:32 PM

Post #4275578

The winds are really howling and will make the parade in Palmer very unpleasant this evening. Last night's bonfire was cancelled due to the winds. It's Colony Days in Palmer, and is a 3 day event filled time.
A quick stop at river on my way to town for some pics brought ice cold hands and teary eyes from the cold. (I seldom use gloves,or a hat, but sure could have used them)>
Sunrise~10am: Sunset~3:36. In about an hour from now.
Pepper~~those conditions are so miserable and can be so dangerous as well. Be careful...
MySharona~the fog looks so dangerous as well..be careful, too.
marsue~~I had no idea a poinsetta would last more than a few weeks. Very cool and hope to see it again next year at this time. Looks quite foggy there, as well.
At the river an hour + ago. Sun on the way down and reflecting off the ice.
Kiska

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2007
11:55 PM

Post #4275655

I like this picture

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2007
11:58 PM

Post #4275663

Trees shrouded in mist. :~)

Here's one from last year when we had a really heavy fog at work. The geese are landing on the lake.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #4275682

Your photos are a carbon copy of what it looks like here, Sharon--fog all day.
Thanks for the link about poinsettias. I have never planted my outside--just kep theminside all year like a houseplant. When I wanted them to bloom I let them go dry for about a month and don't expose them to artificial light after dark and they bloomed on cue. I was thrilled the first time one of them bloomed for me! Glad you liked the urn with the pomegranites in it. Actually the urn is a punch bowl which a friend gave me several years ago. I keep it sitting out all year and sometimes I put artificial flowers or fruit in it for decorative purposes.
thanks, bp, glad you liked the poinsettia too and you as well, Kiska.
BTW, that is a gorgeous photo, kiska. I think I'll save that one. Hope you enjoy the parade if it isn't cancelled due to the winds. Stay warm and safe!
I'm signing off for now. Talk to y'all tomorrow and thanks again for the birthday wishes from everyone!
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 9, 2007
12:15 AM

Post #4275713

Marsue! I just got here. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! (Sorry to be late.) :)
Foggy here this morning too, and more to come according to the forecast. Nice and warm.
My sympathies to all of your suffering sleet and freezing rain and the like. Yechh!
It doesn't matter what I might drive in the snow, It'd be a disaster either way. LOL!
Joey: I guess "A".
Enjoying the snowy photos.
Dyson: If there's ice, it'll melt and water your garden, right?

Tonight
Partly cloudy this evening...then becoming mostly cloudy. Areas of dense fog after midnight. Lows around 50. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times after midnight. Light and variable winds.
Sunday
Mostly cloudy in the morning...then clearing. Areas of dense fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s...except highs in the upper 60s near Lake Moultrie. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times in the morning. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Here's the woods across from my house this morning.
Deb

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
12:41 AM

Post #4275815

Boy, the way I was typing in my previous post y'all might be thinking I was doing a little too much celebrating! LOL too late now to edit it--you've all had time to read it bynow.
Thanks for the birthday wishes Deb. Yep, your picture confirms it--foggy all the way from pepper's KC to my Arkansas to Sharon's Florida and up to Deb in SC!
Hopefully the sun will shine on all of us tomorrow.
and now I am really out of here till tomorrow. good night all!
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #4275824

I just took these 2 pics of my poinsettias. This one was planted 3 years ago about 5' tall. They are dewy from the cool fog.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2007
12:48 AM

Post #4275833

These 2 poinsettias were planted in March of this year.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

December 9, 2007
1:02 AM

Post #4275875

Sharon: How nice to have Poinsettia in your garden!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
1:28 AM

Post #4275931

In the middle of the river. Lol.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
1:34 AM

Post #4275954

The blooming Poinsettia down in FL were about the only thing Christmasy I remember seeing in my holidays down there... Lovely! Thanks Sharon.

The fog pics capture about every morning but Thursday here... just add a little drizzle.

It's still 37 and the rain has again slid in.
We did manage to work in the yard till about 3 before it started though.
We're framing off the area around the room expansion we're doing.
Then once it's tented w/ plastic we'll be able to finish working in there no matter what the weather does.
Most of it's done now all we have left to do tomorrow add a few boards and cover it.
Here's the door we found in the garage.
After 20 years it still looks pretty good.

Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
1:37 AM

Post #4275959

There are a few signs of winter green here though.

Here's Arum italicum popping up.

Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
1:39 AM

Post #4275960

And the Catkins and Buds are forming on the 'Walking Stick'.
Spring is on the way! lol!

Ric

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
1:48 AM

Post #4275983

Oooops, I'd aready posted the previous one. Lol.
Here's The Peter and Paul Fortress tonight.
43F
No precipitation.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
1:57 AM

Post #4276005

Beautiful shot Juri!

You're up late tonight!

Ric
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
2:10 AM

Post #4276047

Ric, your pics're cool too. I especially like the Arum italicum shoot.

I just don't feel like I want to sleep tonight.
I probably will in a while.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
2:14 AM

Post #4276063

Thanks Juri!
It's a lovely little plant that comes up just as the weather gets cold... hangs out all winter...then quietly goes dormant once the hot Sumer weather hits.
I'm hoping to get some blooms and berries this year.

Ric
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2007
2:22 AM

Post #4276084

As awful as the fog is to driving in; it's certainly beautiful to see; the woods are so pretty, Deb.
pepper23, the geese pic is very nice.
MySharona~seems unreal that you have a poinsettia just outside, growing and thriving. That's great.
Foggy there and for marsue, too.
Juri~~what a beautiful scene; glad you're up late to share:))
ric~that is a nice door; it's aged well...seems your project is moving right along. Spring is just around the corner...
A foggy day earlier this year.
Juri~~it's now 5:20pm, Saturday, here~~you're 11 hours difference? wow
Kiska

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2007
2:26 AM

Post #4276102

It is 8:26pm on Saturday night here. Pitch black, freezing cold, and slick as heck outside.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2007
2:29 AM

Post #4276110

Sounds like a winter night, for certain, pepper..
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
2:31 AM

Post #4276116

The same with Cyclamens and other Primroses in Sochi. Those start blooming in Winter and go dormant after. When I go for X-mas there I'll take some pics of those.
The same happend with my Senpolia at home in St.Pete. It'd've been blossoming before the central heating was on.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
2:35 AM

Post #4276127

Kiska! Looks like it's 12 hours difference. It's 5.35 a.m. Sunday here in St.Pete. Lol.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2007
2:37 AM

Post #4276130

Well, then, good morning, Juri and have a wonderful day.
Kiska
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2007
2:40 AM

Post #4276139

10 hours here. 2 hour difference between kiska and I. And it's 6 hrs from London and here. I had a cousin who went to school there last year til they took away his classes.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
2:58 AM

Post #4276174

Kiska, thank you! But I probably have a little nap now before proceeding with a day.Lol.
Pep, why did they took away classes?
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2007
3:31 AM

Post #4276257

OK~~a nap would be in order:))
Pepper~ I think it's a 3 hour difference between here and the mid-west; it's great when we fly back from east coast (4 hour difference), and go back in time as we return to Alaska:)) (Makes me feel younger, too)>>
"see" you in the morning.
Kiska
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 9, 2007
3:34 AM

Post #4276265

Happy birthday, Marsue!

(Just checking in real quick. Nothing exciting here.)
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
1:26 PM

Post #4276912

Current conditions as of 6:55 am CST

Fog
Feels Like: 49
Barometer: 30.18 in and rising
Humidity: 99%
Visibility: 0.25 mi
Dewpoint: 48
Wind: Calm
Sunrise: 7:04 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm
49High: 66 Low: 47
Today
High: 66
Low: 47

Definitely fog right now. I can barely see the outline of the houses across the street from me. Here's a picture of that tree in the fog this morning.
I'll be back to comment on everyone's posts in just a minute.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2007
1:31 PM

Post #4276922

Bright blu skies, 47(F)

Reporting Station: KROA
Relative Humidity: 86%
Wind: 170 (S) at 5mph
Gusts: 0mph
Pressure: 30.42in
Yesterday's Precip: 0.05in
Yesterday's Low Temp: 38F
Yesterday's High Temp: 61F
Dew Point: 44
Visibility: 4mi
Ceiling: 2100ft
Heat Index: 48
Wind Chill: 46
6hr Precip: 0.04in
6hr Low Temp: 47F
6hr High Temp: 50F
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
2:21 PM

Post #4277037

Bright, blue skies, Dyson? You have got to be kidding!--or maybe you are bragging? LOL
George, DH and I definitely need to plan a trip to St. Pete--those buildings are abolutely gorgeous--but I think I'll wait till the ice melts--and also until I win the $20 million jackpot! LOL
Ric--great "open air" room--LOL--that's neat about finding the door. I see you have found some other interesting stuff--like the barstool and is that a traffic light?

My goodness I am just LOL-ing everywhere this morning! You guys make for a cheerful morning, in spite of the fog!

My head is swimming from all that talk about the time differences. Glad you are keeping up with it and not me.

Sharon, what beautiful poinsettias. It must be great to live where you can have them outside and doing so well this time of year.

One more question, Ric. What's an Arum italicum?--never heard of it till now--looks pretty, though.
Y'all have a good day. I'll check in later.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2007
2:32 PM

Post #4277070

Overcast

45F
RealFeel 49F
Winds: CLM at 0mph
Humidity: 87%
Dew Point: 41 F
Pressure: 30.44 in
Visibility: 2 Miles

Morning all, not to bad out there today. Kinda grey and a bit wet, but nothing major. Working on my second cuppa and typing on here, LOL
Got the front room cleaned up yesterday and hope to put up my little tree today. DH and I need to do some grocery shopping and I'm not looking forward to fighting the crowds, sigh. But we gotta eat, so there ya go.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
3:46 PM

Post #4277244

Marsue we remodeled a bunch of Skyline Chili's a few years ago.
(I used to work for a restaurant supply house)
They were going to throw these stools out so snagged a couple of dozen.
We still have 14 or so as yard seating.
They are great for setting around in the yard.
My neighbor Jon is going to put a Skyline Breakfast nook in his house.
He got 6 of them from me.
I snagged him a tabletop and mounting bracket too.

The Arum makes a great winter statement.
When everything has gone away for the winter... it starts it's thing.
Along w/ Jack in the Pulpits they make for some beautiful hardy Aroids

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1759/

39 and rainy still...hopefully we'll hit the mid 50's... the rain though appears to be a whole week thing.

No FOG ... just dreary Grey...
Ric
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
3:53 PM

Post #4277260

What a great plant for winter color, Ric. I wonxder how it would do in my zone? I didn't check the zone requirements when I went to the link--guess I'll have to go back.

Good luck with the decorating, Cathy--and with the grocery shopping. I know what you mean about fighting those crowds!
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
4:05 PM

Post #4277279

It would work great there marsue... it's a 5-9 Zone Plant
If it works too great... I'll gladly take your excess... lol!

Ric
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2007
4:36 PM

Post #4277353

30*F, snow, winds have died down..
Sunrise: 10:01 Sunset: 3:35. Loss of 2m24seconds.
7:30am, pitch dark but some light from christmas lights reflecting off the snow.
marsue~foggy again, I see...the tree looks great, though, in the misty morning.
doccat5~~me too, 2nd cup/coffee...good beginning. How's all the little doggies this morning? Eating is good, too:))
ric~~nice that you were able to reuse the items; I love finding new places, too, for unwanted/uneeded items.
Yesterday's pic.
Kiska

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2007
4:54 PM

Post #4277386

51 gotta go put a new muffler on the metro - hate exhaust system work cause it is always real soot filled. But have to get 'er done.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2007
4:57 PM

Post #4277396

Dyson~~yes, and I see that you've even got daylight in which to work. Sounds good.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

December 9, 2007
5:05 PM

Post #4277425

Sharon, my outside poinsettas are at the same stage of color as yours. They are from Christmas last year. I had some older ones but they froze last winter. Mine are still in their original pots. I guess they'd get bigger if planted in the ground.

Windy and chilly here, or rather, it's chilly becaus it is windy. It was 64F in the house this morning which leads me to think that it must have gotten down around 40F over night. (We don't run the furnace after we go to bed so the the temperature in the house sometimes drops 10 degrees.)

Updated: 7:51 AM PST on December 09, 2007
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
51 F / 11 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 44%
Dew Point: 30 F / -1 C
Wind: 17 mph / 28 km/h / 7.7 m/s from the NNE

This is a poinsetta that I bought at the grocery store last week. I got a light-colored one for the dining room since the wallpaper is light-colored. DH got me a red one and it is in the living room since the furniture and carpet in there are dark.

DH has a bad cold. He's been sniffling and snuffling around so I call him Mr. Snuffelupagus. He seems to tolerate that.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2007
5:47 PM

Post #4277528

Juri, if you are talking about classes where I work, we still have them. But there are some that get cancelled if we don't get enough people to sign up for them.

Currently: 19F Haze
Currently: -7C Haze
Wind: Northwest at 9 MPH
Humidity: 79%
Dewpoint: 14F
Barometer: 30.37 inches and
Wind Chill: 9F
Wind: Northwest at 14 KPH
Humidity: 79%
Dewpoint: -10C
Barometer: 1028 millibars and
Wind Chill: -12 C

Freezing rain advisory remains in effect until noon cst today, winter storm watch remains in effect from Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon,

Freezing rain is once again expected to develop by Monday evening, an continue through Tuesday. Additional significant accumulations of ice from one half to one inch is possible with the potential for accumulations exceeding one inch. This storm system has the potential to produce significant damage to trees and power lines.

Nasty, nasty weather!! Will take pics today if I get a chance.

henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
7:06 PM

Post #4277713

We have always tried to reuse when possible kiska.
I collected antiques for years and then as they got too pricey collectables.
It's part environmental but mostly the quality and price... (well and the cool factor on some things helps...)
Plus we buy most of our recycled building supplies at Building Values.
It's a division of the March of Dimes. So their Demolition Crews get jobs and any profits go back into their system.
They have trained people as carpenters and Millwrights.
They take old unuseable furniture and cabinets and create Art and Cool projects.

So far the recycled, Hot Tub, metal garage roof, bathroom and upstairs remodel and now the Plantroom and Kitchen remodel (excluding appliances) have cost us under $2000.
In fact the Plantroom addition and remodel should come in at under $500.
We traded the wood from our tree removal for the 3/4" OSB that's the roof.
And when we bought the used Hot Tub we got a whole trailer load of lumber that was their former Spa Room.

here's one of the Cool Furniture Projects they did at BV.
Notice the Toy Box next to it... they do these as custom too.

Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
7:08 PM

Post #4277717

I'll see if I can find some other shots of their stuff.

Ric

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2007
7:17 PM

Post #4277744

ric~that's a win-win for all involved. I'd think it's a first place to shop; sounds great...
Love the pics and hope to see more.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
7:39 PM

Post #4277814

Here's the benches they sell.
All PT Wood and Galvanized screws (reclaimed all)

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
7:41 PM

Post #4277822

Everything here but the Headboard and Stained Glass they did.
They'll custom make those Cat Houses too...

Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
7:42 PM

Post #4277825

We almost bought this ...
I was thinking Outdoor Kitchen...

Ric

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
7:43 PM

Post #4277828

Here's Heaven...

Ric

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
7:47 PM

Post #4277846

Pepper23, I was just wondering what happend with your cousin's classes in London.

Today we had a dry sunny weather in St.Pete.
45F.
Alas, I didn't take my camera when I was walking today.
I'll take a walk now.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #4277882

Oh, those classes!! lol. They slowly took away classes in his field. I think it was movie production or something like that. It got to the point there was only one or two classes left so he came home and is taking classes in a different field now.

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 9, 2007
8:29 PM

Post #4277983

Hi guys! How amasing we also have fog here in Bucharest!
Marsue, Happy Belated Birthday! Love your poinsettia!Sending you a picture I took last Christmas with my best poinsettia bloom.
Adina

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 9, 2007
8:32 PM

Post #4277994

Behind the fog is the park!

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 9, 2007
8:33 PM

Post #4277997

The lake.

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 9, 2007
8:35 PM

Post #4278002

Ric,all our trees have buds too !

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adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 9, 2007
8:37 PM

Post #4278006

The pigeons on the electric wires.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
8:39 PM

Post #4278014

The buds are a great sign.
That means there wasenough water for the trees to start recycling...
In August I was afraid we were going to loose them all.

Lovely Fog Shots!

Ric
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 9, 2007
9:05 PM

Post #4278084

ric~~nice pics of the products; and, the prices seem quite fair. The little pink stool is sure cute.
I can see that the warehouse is well stocked and w/50% off the cabinets, fun shopping, too.
Adina~the fog sure gives the area a whole different look and feel. And, the buds, hope they don't freeze before winter's over. Very photos.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
9:13 PM

Post #4278104

Cool pics Adina! Looks like Romania is a real foggy country nowdays, with mild above freezing point temperatures during winter. Has it always been like that, or you do encounter some climatic changes as well?
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
9:18 PM

Post #4278113

I made this shot a week ago.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2007
9:25 PM

Post #4278135

Love the architecture of that building!!!
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
9:36 PM

Post #4278162

Pep, thank you! I didn't made it on purpose. I just thought of a relevant view...
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
10:16 PM

Post #4278267

I had a little walk in the downtown St.Petersburg.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #4278271

Good Afternoon! Ive missed a lot today! Glad you like the poinsettia pics. Our high today was 75 and sunny with a breeze.
Ric The arum italicum is so pretty! I have to get some of them. Ive never heard of them either. Send some of that rain our way, okay?! The throne is lovely and I really like the toys box with the blocks cute!
Juri The fortress is beautiful! The architecture is lovely. How old is the building in the last picture?
Kiska The ice in your pics and in Juris looks lethal!
Dyson We had bright blue skies today too. Now is a different matter though.
Doccat Did you get your tree up? Well, we all need a little sustenance now and then LOL!
Kelli Your poinsettia is so pretty love the pale color. I hope your DH feels better soon. I dread catching a cold.
Adina Your poinsettia is pretty too! Love the fog pics. Fog really gives a surreal view of our world.

66.7 F / 19.3 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 74%
Dew Point: 58 F / 14 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 4.9 mph / 7.9 km/h
Pressure: 30.33 in / 1027.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 4300 ft / 1310 m
Scattered Clouds 7500 ft / 2286 m

Tonight
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of sprinkles near the coast. Patchy fog in the evening...then areas of dense fog after midnight with visibility one quarter mile or less. Low 57. Northeast winds 5 mph.

Here is the Thanksgiving cactus (which should start blooming really soon) and my Jade to the right.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
10:19 PM

Post #4278281

The channel at night.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
10:25 PM

Post #4278297

MySharona, that building was built somewhere back in 19-th century.
Wow, I do also have those plants in my St.Pete's apartment! Lol.


I eddited the message. Before, I really overrated the age of the building.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 9, 2007
10:37 PM

Post #4278338

59(F), almost dark (wish that would not happen, (the dark not the temp.))

dry
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
10:42 PM

Post #4278352

You guys have been busy this afternoon while I was out planting bulbs. DH and I planted 103 bulbs today and still have more to go. However, the rest will have to wait for another day. Aging knees and backs can only go so far! LOL plus the weather started getting bad again--looks like more rain and/or fog, although we did have a bit of sunshine this afternoon. Almost forgot what it looked like! LOL
Great photos, everyone.
Kiska and George are running neck and neck with the ice in the river pics!
Love the old building,George, and the night time shot, too.
Kelli, your poinsettia is pretty. I almost bought one that color but decided on the red because it went with the decor in my dining room. "Snuffelupagus"--how cute! I'll have to try that on my DH if he gets a cold. LOL
Okay, Ric, you've convinced me to try the Arum in my garden. I loved hearing about where you purchase some of your furniture, etc. You get bargains and help out those who need it at the same time. Like Kiska said--it's win-win for everyone.
Sharon, my cactus is slightly behind yours. It is full of buds but they are not that big yet.
Pretty poinsettia, Adina. Is that one you had carried over from a previous year? Enjoyed the pictures of the fog. It seems that a good portion of our earth was covered in fog the last day or two!
Hope you got that muffler put on the metro, dyson!

Well, I have to report to the federal court house in Little Rock tomorrow at 8 a.m. I have been called for jury duty. They will give us a short orientation and then the jury for whatever case we have been called for will be chosen. It is not for the grand jury--just petit. I have never served as a juror before and I am looking forward to being chosen in one way and yet it will be a hassle to drive into Little Rock in rush hour traffic, etc., etc. I haven't done that since I quit working. Not looking forward to the traffic. If you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know where I am. I'll miss you guys while I'm away--even if it is only for a day.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2007
10:46 PM

Post #4278364

The channel almost looks like a road in that pic. :~)

Currently: 19F Cloudy
Currently: -7C Cloudy
Wind: North at 10 MPH
Humidity: 84%
Dewpoint: 15F
Barometer: 30.33 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 8F
Wind: North at 16 KPH
Humidity: 84%
Dewpoint: -9C
Barometer: 1027 millibars and rising
Wind Chill: -13 C

Scattered freezing rain and snow still in the area according to radar.


KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 9, 2007
11:19 PM

Post #4278459

Pep, now I got the idea of what your roads looked like. Lol.
se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 9, 2007
11:43 PM

Post #4278515

Tempis currently 32 degrees and raining. We missed the ice and snow the midwest suffered. It has been grey and grey and foggy, damp, misty and cold for over a week, until yesterday afternoon. The sun came out - it really looked good!!.

Well we didn't get moisture/rain when we needed it so need to appreciate what we are getting now. Calls are for an ice storm tonight when the temps go below freezing until 7AM tomorrow morning. Nothing significant, like those poor folks got that downed power lines, just regular ice.
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #4278740

Cold and dark here. We got the shopping done. Gawd, I hate the crowds. Most people were pretty calm though and civ il.
Picked up a couple of little things for the grandson, he's just turned 1 and it's hard to find something suitable. I am concerned about buying something that might be pulled.
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

December 10, 2007
1:24 AM

Post #4278886

39 here ... we never even got close to 50 as we've been sitting under a band of rain since about noon.
Which is when we decided to go to the store...
I walked out to the car to get a coat... no rain... walked back inside... the satellite went out from lack of signal... about a minute later the skies opened up.
We drove thru 3" off rain runoff most of the way to the Ohio River.
Once we hit the Highway it was 35 MPH or hydroplane...
Luckily it didn't rain that hard for a real long time.
But it hasn't stopped steady raining since then.
Today's rain will definitely be measured in inches...

Juri do they skate on the canal or is it too rough?

Ric
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2007
1:25 AM

Post #4278895

Juri, our blacktop roads look similar to that at night. Daytime of course they are black...for now. Gravel roads like mine though are white so you think you are looking at snow til you walk on it. Then you realize it is solid ice. The roads are so bad I have to get my yaktraks on tomorrow in order to get around safely.

Edit to say, don't use yaktraks or similar items on slick concrete or you will go down. lol. And it will be a moment that you hope your friends don't catch on camera. hehehehe

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2007
11:06 AM

Post #4279902

Good Mornin'! This weather has turned crazy! It was 70 here yesterday! And it's still
Cloudy
61 Dew Point: 54
Wind Chill: 59
Humidity: 78
Wind: 12 W
Barometer: 30.29
Visibility: 10.0 mi.
Precip: 0 in.
Too warm for "baby Jesus" to be wrapped in swaddling clothing! JW is gonna be in his 1st play as baby Jesus next Sunday. He was really good for his first practice! He sucked his fist the whole time he was in the manger. :D

Gee, you all had some fog! I thought that ours was fairly thick, but I think some of you had us beat!
Pepper, Be careful out there! Sounds like some nasty weather! Try not to send the freezing rain this way...
Ric, You're quite inventive w/ your purchases. Some interesting stuff there...
Dyson, Are you getting any more of the rain? I'm getting close to an inch in the rain-o-meter. Too bad you didn't have a chance to get a pic of the DHC's sliding around...that would have been Great. Did you get the Metro fixed?
Marsue, that is quite an undertaking...planting all of those bulbs, but glad you have help! :D

Love all the Poinsetias! :D I just pitch them out, cuz I can't get the darn things to survive...even in my closet. I just go to the rescue squads Christmas party & win free ones. I'll need to take some pics of mine, when I get them set up today...on the piano.
Sharon, Your Christmas Cactus looks really Great! You'll have some really nice blooms on it! Can't wait to see...
Juri, Looks as if you're out in the river, floating on the ice! :-O Great Shots!
Ric,Sharon, Sally & Marsue, Thanks...that shot was taken last fall, when I had more time. :)
Sally, Thanks for the wishes...Nothing like a 2 hour math test! And it will only have about 15 problems on it! UGHHH.

The answer to the last trivia is...B
Staring at the Sun can will damage your eyes. But you can safely stare at the Moon as long as you like.

Todays trivia is...
Which of the following places has never hit 100 degrees?
a) Miami, FL
b) Portland, OR
c) Boston, MA
d) Minneapolis, MN

Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

(baby Jesus, in his Reindeer suit)

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music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2007
11:07 AM

Post #4279907

He has a tail w/ it, too.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2007
11:59 AM

Post #4279950

Trivia: D

Currently: 19F Cloudy
Currently: -7C Cloudy
Wind: North at 5 MPH
Humidity: 88%
Dewpoint: 16F
Barometer: 30.31 inches and falling
Wind Chill: 12F
Wind: North at 8 KPH
Humidity: 88%
Dewpoint: -8C
Barometer: 1026 millibars and falling
Wind Chill: -11 C


MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 10, 2007
12:36 PM

Post #4280011

Juri Isnt it amazing how we all have some of the same plants! LOL!
Marsue Ackkk, jury duty! Oh well, someone has to do it! LOL!! 103 bulbs Id be planting myself in the dirt after that!
Se_eds I hope all is well on your end.
Doccat I agree about the difficulty of finding toys right now. Ive been looking for some. A friend of mine is being induced on the 17th.
Ric Thats some nasty weather, glad you made it to the stores and home safely.
Pepper Dont yaktraks have cleats? Why wouldnt you be able to wear them on ice? As you can tell we dont have to deal with that kind of weather otherwise Id know the answer!
Joey Awwww little JW playing baby Jesus! A reindeer suit - thats too cute! Rats, I missed that last trivia question. Good luck on the test! Im going with D also.

56.7 F / 13.7 C
Fog
Humidity: 94%
Dew Point: 55 F / 13 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.33 in / 1027.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 0.2 miles / 0.4 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 100 ft / 30 m

Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 am EST this morning...

Today
Widespread dense fog in the morning. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times in the morning. Then partly cloudy. High 77. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Who turned on the heat? 77*? Christmas cactus

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 10, 2007
1:10 PM

Post #4280116

Ric, some people probably do skate on chanals' ice. But I can't quite recollect, if I've seen someone doing it.

Marsue, I'm already coupla shots ahead of Kiska. LOL.

Joey, cute baby actor for the play!

Pepper, using yaktrax sounds real reasonable.
Hyperlink: http://www.amazon.com/s/103-6880049-4667039?ie

My answer for trivia is -b.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 10, 2007
1:16 PM

Post #4280141

56, sunny, blue skies
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 10, 2007
1:20 PM

Post #4280149

MySharona, here's a 20 min ago pic of my roof "garden". I have hops (the root was taken from the forest in Pskov region)
and Hedera quinquefolia ( I recieved it from my friend-the lady, which is a custodian at one of the 18-th century country estates in that region).
41F
Slight precipitation- you can see it on the pic.

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 10, 2007
1:30 PM

Post #4280181

My dormant cacti garden has winter rest in the old fridge in our garage.

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doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2007
2:02 PM

Post #4280262

Overcast
46F
RealFeel 49F
Winds: CLM at 0mph
Humidity: 87%
Dew Point: 43 F
Pressure: 30.21 in
Visibility: 2 Miles
Drizzling a bit, just enough to make it sloppy. But we need the moisture. Hopefully it will bring the water reservoirs back up, we've had drought conditions this year. Even with the well, we've been very careful with the watering.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 10, 2007
3:16 PM

Post #4280467

Hooray! No jury duty after all. They gave us an 800 number to call after 6 p.m. last night and my name was not on the list. I'm excused till further notice--hooray!

Current conditions as of 7:55 am CST
Cloudy
Feels Like: 44
Barometer: 30.30 in and steady
Humidity: 98%
Visibility: 5 mi
Dewpoint: 43
Wind: NE 6 mph
Sunrise: 7:05 am
Sunset: 4:56 pm

More rain--off and on--forecast for today but tomorrow--sunny skies--hooray! and 70 F--I can't believe it! Crazy weather everywhere it seems.

Awww, Joey, JW is so cute in his little raindeer suit. Be sure to snap a photo of him as Baby Jesus, too. (like you needed encouragement for that--LOL) I'm guessing D for the trivia question.
Gorgeous building, again, George and your rooftop garden is well, er, uh--shall we say interesting? LOL
Sharon, what is the difference in a Christmas cactus and a Thanksgiving cactus? I've never known the answer to that.

I noticed that the weatherman is forecasting an ice storm warning for your area, pepper. Stay warm and safe--and all the rest of you who might be in the path of that storm! It seems to be covering a big portion of the mid-west and upper mid-west.
Quoting:56, sunny, blue skies


Dyson, I think you are bragging about those sunny skies--lol I'll gladly trade you some of our rain for some of your sunshine!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 10, 2007
3:36 PM

Post #4280551

Any moisture would be most welcome as I am still worried about the well running dry - send it.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 10, 2007
4:22 PM

Post #4280687

Marsue, those were just variations on dormancy theme. Lol.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 10, 2007
4:28 PM

Post #4280700

LOL--George, I figured as much!

Dyson, the rain is even now being sent your way! Let us know if I blew it in the right direction.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 10, 2007
9:32 PM

Post #4281512

Overcast
45F

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doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

December 10, 2007
9:40 PM

Post #4281532

I somehow managed to miss the baby pics. what a cutie pie!
kiska

(Zone 3b)

December 10, 2007
9:53 PM

Post #4281571

37* very dim/grey/thick cloud cover; Sunrise 10:03 Sunset: 3:34
Occasional light snow and rain. No snow accumulation. Highs in the 30s. Northeast wind 10 to 25 mph with local gusts to 45 mph.
M2K~~JW in his reindeer outfit~~pretty darn cute; he's going to be a wonderful little baby Jesus.
marsue~glad you didn't need to go today; nice to be able just to call in.
KG~~seeing the cactus was quite a surprise; sure don't think of Russia and cactus at the same time. They look great. Nice contrast, too, from ice to desert plants:))
pepper~looks like the cold is holding on a bit longer there.
Dyson~with sunny skies, bet you are worried about the well going dry. Hopefully it will rain enough soon to do some good.
MySharona~~seems unusual to think of a foggy day ending up to be in the 70's. Hope's it's cleared off by now; not good for driving in.
Reprsentative of today's weather.
Kiska

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

December 10, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #4281642

Beautiful photo, George. Is that in St. Pete, too?
Kiska, BRRRR--I know, I sound like a broken record but that is what snow reminds me of----BRRRRR LOL

Still gray, gray, and more gray here but no rain--maybe it is over for awhile.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 10, 2007
10:18 PM

Post #4281646

Howdy all New Thread!!! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/796593/
Come on over!!!
Sidney
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 10, 2007
10:26 PM

Post #4281667

Kiska, great shot! You making me hating that lady ( the quine Ekaterina) which traded Alaska- used to be the territory of Russian Empire. Lol.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 10, 2007
10:52 PM

Post #4281750

Juri More beautiful buildings! I love the canal. I looked up Sochi, Russia on Google Earth. Google Earth can be downloaded for free. You mean hops as in hops that beer is made of? Cute cacti!
Doccat when you are tired of the rain please send my way!
Maruse I was told the difference between the cacti is Thanksgiving is white, Christmas is pink.
Kiska The sun burned off the fog around 10am. We had a warm (I did break a sweat) day, started cooling off around 3:30pm. Had to break out the shorts, sandals and tank top. The picture you posted looks like the weather you described. Brr look at all that snow! LOL!

68.0 F / 20.0 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 71%
Dew Point: 58 F / 15 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.30 in / 1026.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 3200 ft / 975 m
Scattered Clouds 6500 ft / 1981 m

Tonight
Mostly clear with patchy fog in the evening...then areas of dense fog after midnight with visibility one quarter mile or less. Lows in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 mph.

TG cactus again

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KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 10, 2007
11:01 PM

Post #4281772

MySharona, yes! I meen Humulus lupulus L., which could be found in temperate zones of both hemispheres.
The one I found was in the wild forest of Pskov region, Russia.
KashtanGeorge
Sochi
Russia

December 10, 2007
11:10 PM

Post #4281794

Plants'n'files...

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