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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2008
2:33 PM

Post #4347171

Welcome to the January daily weather.
I so cherish each and every one of you. When I traveled ya'll were my home base here at Dave's Garden.
Please come by often with your pictures and tour weather reports.
Historic Springfield, Jacksonville, Florida
Elevation: 37 ft / 11 m
58.8 F / 14.9 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 53%
Dew Point: 42 F / 5 C
Wind: 5.8 mph / 9 km/h from the NW
Wind Gust: 9.6 mph / 15 km/h
Pressure: 30.09 in / 1018.8 hPa (Rising)
Tuesday

64 F | 28 F
18 C | -2 C
Wednesday
43 F | 19 F
6 C | -7 C
Thursday
45 F | 31 F
7 C | -1 C
Friday
56 F | 43 F
13 C | 6 C
Saturday
66 F | 47 F
19 C | 8 C
So that means today I get to spend all day playing plant mama.
Sidney
A very Happy New Year to Each and Everyone!



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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 1, 2008
3:28 PM

Post #4347360

Happy New Year everyone. Jan. Is starting out very cold here. It is partly cloudy with a few snow showers. 26 degrees and winds 10 to 20 MPH. It will get doqwn in the single numbers tonight about 8 degrees. You all keep warm. BEV

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 1, 2008
4:24 PM

Post #4347610

Happy New Year! Everyone! I hope that the new year brings much happiness, wealth, & great gardening! :D

Sorry that I have been MIA, but vow to do better this new year! Have missed you all!

Sidney, What a great shot...Love the sky pics! :D

There is 4" of snow predicted for us thru Thursday morning...Just north of us (in Greenbrier county) the snow amounts will be 8+!

Current Conditions (as of 10:40 AM) Today's forecast F | C
Snow and blowing snow advisory
Fair37F
Feels like: 28F
Barometer: 30 in
Dewpoint: 23
Humidity: 56%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 16 mph WNW
Sunrise: 7:37 AM
Sunset: 5:16 PM
UV Index: 2 Low
Observed at Dublin / New River Valley.

All times shown are local to Peterstown.
Today Hi: 38
Lo: 16
A Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory in effect from noon today to 4 am est Thursday for Raleigh, Bland, Giles and Monroe counties. Snowfall accumulations will likely reach 3 to 7 inches.

Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2008
4:52 PM

Post #4347709

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

28 (Wind Chill 16) here w/ steady 16 MPH West Winds.
We may hit 32.
We did have a trace of snow... you could see a few flecks on our black Katt... lol!

The wine bottles are from Germany.
The Vinter is Moselland.
The Black a Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Riesling Qualitatswein 2006 Keller Schwarze Katt
The White a Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Riesling Qualitatswein 2006 Riesling Halbtrocken

Halbtrocken means Half-Dry so won't be as sweet as a regular Riesling
Qualitatswein or QbA is a German designation meaning
quality wine from certain areas
The area are in this case the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region.

There are about a dozen different colors of bottles.
The Pink Bottle is a Breast Cancer Awareness symbol and a donation from the sale is given to charity.

Moselland's are usually a great value on a very good wine.

Ric



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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2008
4:57 PM

Post #4347737

Sharon I didn't forget you.
What GREAT news on your MIL!!!
Hope she continues to improve and is back to her old self soon!!!!
Here's a little shot for you.

Joey Great to hear from you!
Bbbbbbundle up!!!

Ric

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 1, 2008
5:27 PM

Post #4347845

8am, 17. Dark; last night's fireworks really lit up the skies; the neighbor put on quite a display as did several others fairly nearby.
Today
Cloudy. Flurries this afternoon. Highs in the upper teens to mid 20s. Northeast wind 10 to 25 mph.
Tonight
Light snow likely with little accumulation. Lows 5 to 15 above. Northeast wind 10 mph.
Happy New Year everyone~
Deb~your dad, too, New Year birthday; we'll have cake this afternoon for my DH and have lunch w/friends; a nice day planned.
Sounds as if the brief winter could rival our brief summer...if it falls on a weekend, so much the better>))
MySharona~very good news about your MIL>
Sidney~have a great day with the plants; know they get tender-loving care; it sure shows in the coleus pics you've posted.
marsue~thanks, so far, 8 hours into the new year, and all's well~in fact, I'm the only one of the 7 ready for the day...very quiet.
rann~glad there were fireworks afterall~sure makes a great end and beginning of the year.
ric~not being much of a wine drinker, I really enjoyed the history of the wine/bottles you had. Very cool.
Happy New Year.
A splash of New Year color w/fused icicles..
Kiska

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2008
5:30 PM

Post #4347866

Kiska those are Gorgeous!
Will they be Tree Ornaments?

My friends on another site love your Moose Pics BTW!
Much classier than the White-tailed Deer we see here!

Ric
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 1, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #4347898

Here's our dreadful forecast...and folks - for me - this is unbearabbbbly cold! At least we've had a big of rain recently so everything is hydrated.

Tonight
Clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Wind chill values as low as 15 after midnight.
Wednesday
Sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Wind chill values around 15 in the morning. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Wednesday Night
Clear. Lows around 16. Wind chill values around 14.

E-B: love that photo of the Tulip (?) -so warm.
Sharon: Great news about your MIL. So glad to hear it.
Joey: So there you are! Good to "see" you back.
Kiska: Those are cool. Did you make them?
Deb

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 1, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #4347901

Thanks, ric~ they are made to hang in windows, but would be nice as an ornament, too. We had our first custom order for a set of 8; fun to sell and buy more glass..
Glad you've enjoyed the gkids/moose. We sure do, too.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 1, 2008
5:40 PM

Post #4347908

Deb~oops, crossed; but, you are having cold weather; bundle up and enjoy the feel of the coolness on your face; nothing like it...
Yes, it's my new hobby; "warm glass"...fusing, draping and slumping it...

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

January 1, 2008
6:24 PM

Post #4348066

Happy New Year Everyone! Just a quick note : I spend the New Year's Eve in a restaurant and had a great party and tomorrow we'll leaving for the mountains, so I hope to bring lots of snow pictures !
I wish you all to be healthy , happy and lucky this year! Stay well while I'm gone!
Here's a picture from last night.

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 1, 2008
6:33 PM

Post #4348102

Happy New Year!
I'll take the prize for coldest. Right now 8 & strong NW wind. It was zero this morning.
I'm glad it's warm in Alaska. We will get that weather in a couple days.
Bernie
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 1, 2008
7:33 PM

Post #4348368

Happy New Year, everyone! May it be joyful and fun and fulfulling and healthy and all that good stuff!

Sharon, praise the Lord that your MIL is getting better.

Marsue, I forgot to answer the other day: No, I have never been to the aquarium in Long Beach. When we think of things to do, we just never think of it. I think there must be psychological block, because going there involves driving on the 405 between the 101 and the airport, which is something to be avoided at almost any time.

Deb, lows around 16 - Yikes! Do you get some nights that cold every year?

I guess I get the prize for the driest (no surprise there). The wind can stop any time now. As usual, the warmest day of the week is New Year's Day, but it doesn't feel warm to me. On the Kelli feels-like scale, it feels like 48F.

Updated: 10:51 AM PST on January 01, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
60 F / 16 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 12%
Dew Point: 7 F / -14 C
Wind: 29 mph / 46 km/h / 12.9 m/s from the North
Wind Gust: 37 mph / 59 km/h / 16.5 m/s

rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 1, 2008
10:21 PM

Post #4348954

Hi everyone!

It's been breezy today with some light hail/snow showers. It's now 33F, 13 mph (6 m/s) gusting to 35 mph (16 m/s) from the south.

We went outside after dinner tonight to light a few sparklies with the girls since they didn't go out at all last night. There have been some fireworks tonight too since many probably didn't get their fill last night because of the weather ... The bonfires that were cancelled last night were on tonight in the surrounding towns, the one in Hafnarfjrur was postponed until Jan. 6th.

Ric - very cool bottles :-)

Sharon - so glad to hear your MIL is improving :-)

Joey - so glad to hear from you again! How is your house - was there any damage?

Kelli - wonderful photos in the previous thread :-)

Debi - what a cute bird :-) Is it a warbler? Great photo :-)

Here's a link to a news report on last night's fireworks if anyone's interested :
http://dagskra.ruv.is/streaming/sjonvarpid/?file=4397792/2
it starts out live ("beint") from a bonfire earlier this evening and then there's some pretty good footage from last night's fireworks.

Rann

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2008
1:30 AM

Post #4349661

Happy New Year everyone!! Been busy watching the Barrett-Jackson car Auction on TV today. Some really amazing cars on there. One was a Supercharged Shelby. Went for 5 million dollars. I about started crying when I saw the price. lol. I think Mr. Shelby himself did too since no one, especially him, expected the car to bring that much.

Here is a link if you are interested. www.autoblog.com/2007/01/21/2007-barrett-jackson-scottsdale-carroll-shelbys-personal-cobr/

Sharon, glad your MIL is doing better!

Now on to the weather:

Currently: 15F Cloudy
Currently: -9C Cloudy
Wind: Northwest at 13 MPH
Humidity: 64%
Dewpoint: 5F
Barometer: 30.66 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 1F
Wind: Northwest at 20 KPH
Humidity: 64%
Dewpoint: -15C
Barometer: 1038 millibars and rising
Wind Chill: -17 C


henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4349684

21 (Wind Chill 7) w/ 16 MPH Winds and some pretty healthy gusts.

This is just what I need for my first day going back to work...

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the national weather service in wilmington has issued a snow
advisory...which is in effect until 10 am est wednesday.

snow showers will occur late this afternoon and overnight
resulting in 1 to 2 inches of accumulation. as the snow showers
taper off wednesday morning...there could be up to an inch
of additional accumulation.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Not much in the grand scheme of things but I'll have to get up even earlier to clean the car...errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Here's a shot of one of Robyn's Villages.
We have 7 going now.
Ric

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
2:14 AM

Post #4349839

Sidney Great start picture!
Joey Wooo Hoo snow!! LOL! Thats a gorgeous poinsettia!
Ric Thanks for the info on the wine bottles. Theyre quite unique. I love flamingos! The village is very cute. How many does Robyn have?
Kiska Your really beginning to get some inventory going, huh? The icicles are gorgeous.
Deb 16*?! And I thought we are going to be cold! LOL! Bundle up! Your bird pic is so cute!
Adina Looking forward to mountain pictures! Looks like you had a grand time on New Years!
Bernie Welcome and bundle up for sure! LOL! I got a chill just thinking about 8*!
Rann The fireworks were so pretty! What is the history of the bonfire before the fireworks?
Pepper - $5 million? I hope it does more than drive on the road for that amount! LOL! That darmn thing better be able to fly the skies! I'm really diggin' the Mazda Furai - WOW!

Thank you everyone for your support during MILs illness. Please keep her in your prayers even though she is doing much better. She really gave us a scare.

I had to spend a some time getting the more sensitive plants moved in to the house this afternoon. The wind started getting brisk around 4:00, but the temp was 61*. MIL is being moved from ICU tomorrow to a step down room across the hall. Shell be in the hospital for about 2 more weeks depending on how quickly she heals.

Taken on the dreaded intracoastal bridge heading to the mainland. This is when my internal bungee cord starts pulling me back to the island! Sometimes you have to leave for a few mintues, but I always return. Otherwise I'll get whiplash!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2008
2:15 AM

Post #4349844

Whiplash. LOL.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
2:17 AM

Post #4349851

I forgot to add the weather:

47.1 F / 8 C
Clear
Humidity: 28%
Dew Point: 16 F / -9 C
Wind: 4.0 mph / 6 km/h from the WNW
Wind Gust: 8.3 mph / 13 km/h
Pressure: 30.30 in / 1026.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers

Lake Wind Advisory in effect until 10 PM EST Wednesday...
Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 1 am to 11 am EST Wednesday...
Freeze warning in effect from 3 am to 9 am EST Wednesday...
Hard freeze watch in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning...

Rest of Tonight
Clear and brisk near the coast. Much colder. Low 23.
Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph inland...around 20 mph along the coast. Wind chills 16 to 21.

Yikes!!! - Where are my thermals?! LOL!!

Also - Jeff is coming home tomorrow! YAY!!!

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 2, 2008
2:32 AM

Post #4349908

As long as we are talking cold, I will relate the coldest time I spent in my life.
1961, I was living in Brainerd, MN. I had a job that I traveled from one farm to the next recording milk weights of farmers cows.
I was at Pine River, MN. The farmers wife was very much with child. I went up to bed. In the morning, an strange voice called me. It was his father. The baby decided to come into the world that night. They lived 15 miles north of Pine River & had to drive a very old car to town. There they met the doctor & rode with him to the hospital in Brainerd. Another 30 miles.
When the grandpa & I went out to milk the cows, it was -47.
Yes that was 47 degrees below zero!
You dared not even take a breath!
Mom & baby were fine.
Bernie
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2008
2:36 AM

Post #4349917

I hope I never am out in -47 weather. BRRR!!!!
Kamikid
Thomasville, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2008
3:00 AM

Post #4349987

MySharona, you have my favorite kind of dog. I have had Bostons since 1965 and this is the first year I haven't had one. They are delightful, loving and wonderful pets. The weather in Thomasville, Ga is cold and going to be, if the weather man is right 18 tomorrow night. All my animals are snug in the house. Happy New Year everyone. Elaine
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2008
3:04 AM

Post #4350002

Bernie: 8F must be a dawdle for you after milking cows at -47! :)
Rann: Yes, that little yellow fellow is a Pine Warbler. The birds were all over the feeders today. They must know the cold is coming.

Sharon: Oh golly - 23! Prissy doesn't seem worried. ;>
Kelli: We do tend to get 1 or 2 nights each winter in the teens. Fortunately, it's not often and it rarely lasts more than a night. Normal nights this time of year for us are low 40s or high 30s.

Clear night and a bit nippy.
Deb

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
11:02 AM

Post #4350758

Bernie - -47*? That must have been waaaayyy up by the Canadian border?
Kamikid Awww I cant imagine a Christmas without Prissy. Bostons really are the best family dogs.

36.9 F / 2 C
Clear
Humidity: 33%
Dew Point: 11 F / -12 C
Wind: 6.0 mph / 9 km/h from the WNW
Wind Gust: 14.3 mph / 23 km/h
Pressure: 30.36 in / 1028.0 hPa(Rising)
Windchill: 34 F / 1 C
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers

Freeze warning in effect until 9 am EST this morning...
Lake Wind Advisory in effect until 10 PM EST this evening...
Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 11 am EST this morning...
Hard freeze warning in effect from 7 PM this evening to 10 am EST Thursday...

Today
Sunny...brisk. Much colder. High 42. Northwest winds 20 to 25 mph. Wind chills 16 to 21 in the morning.

We didn't get as cold as wx said. I'm thinking it was more of an inland temp. 36 is good enough though! LOL!

Finally some blooms on this one!

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2008
11:03 AM

Post #4350759

12 (Wind Chill -5) and Snowing here this morning.

Of to warm up and clean off the car... YIKES!

Ric
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
11:23 AM

Post #4350771

Whoops!

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2008
11:49 AM

Post #4350799

21, Still dark, snow forecast

Reporting Station: KROA
Relative Humidity: 46%
Wind: 300 (WNW) at 17mph
Gusts: 28mph
Pressure: 30.09in
Yesterday's Precip: in
Yesterday's Low Temp: 28F
Yesterday's High Temp: 45F
Dew Point: 3
Visibility: 10mi
Ceiling: 7500ft
Heat Index: 21
Wind Chill: 7
6hr Precip: 0in
6hr Low Temp: 26F
6hr High Temp: 34F

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 2, 2008
12:17 PM

Post #4350829

-6 this morning.
Moon is shining bright!
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
12:52 PM

Post #4350892

We're getting colder! LOL!

35.4 F / 1 C
Clear
Humidity: 31%
Dew Point: 8 F / -13 C
Wind: 7.0 mph / 11 km/h from the NW
Wind Gust: 16.8 mph / 27 km/h
Pressure: 30.39 in / 1029.0 hPa (Rising)
Windchill: 31 F / -1 C
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/topstories/news-article.aspx?storyid=99041


Brrrrrr! Wx said we may see some snow flakes (inc the coastal areas) around 4am tomorrow! This area includes the St. Augustine area. Not that I'll be awake then, but ...!

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2008
1:00 PM

Post #4350908

Good Mornin! :D Brrrr...it's Chilly! And my deck is White! :D
Snow and blowing snow advisory
Scattered Flurries16F
Feels like: 1F
Barometer: 30.1 in
Dewpoint: 7
Humidity: 64%
Visibility: 4 miles
Wind: 14 mph WNW
Sunrise: 7:37 AM
Sunset: 5:16 PM

Yes Deb, here I am...and it's really good to be back! :D Sounds as if you are getting some of the 'chill' as well! :-O
Sharon, thanks. My poinsettias are going quick due to negelect, but they never last very long in this climate anyway. Glad that your MIL is getting better! & well enough for Jeff to come home. Your Christmas Cactus! :D Gorgeous!
Ric, Love the wine bottles! Quite unique! I particularly like Robyn's village! Cool!
Rann, I am ok & so is the house. I don't know how, but a few shingles were all that were messed up. The tree was a big one, but not any more! :D
Dyson, do you have any snow yet? Seems like you have the Cold!

Stay Warm!!!!

Todays trivia is...
Why is the sky blue?
a) Reflection off the oceans
b) Sunlight hitting clouds
c) Sunlight hitting air
d) El Nino


Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2008
1:04 PM

Post #4350920

Hi! all. 7drgrees here this a.m. Temp rizeing to 19 with a brisk breeze from 10 to 20 mph. more of the same tomorrow. I can't believe it is supposed to be 62 Fri. !!!!!!!! BEV
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2008
2:12 PM

Post #4351050

Current conditions as of 6:55 am CST

Fair
Feels Like: 15
Barometer: 30.79 in and rising
Humidity: 53%
Visibility: 10 mi
Dewpoint: 9
Wind: NW 5 mph
Sunrise: 7:16 am
Sunset: 5:08 pm
High: 39 Low: 19

It would seem from reading all the posts above that everybody is experiencing a bit of colder weather right now. We certainly are but at least the sun is shining here and no precipitation of any kind predicted for the next couple of days. It's 20F on my back porch right now.

Welcome, Bernie and Elaine--nice to meet you both.
Joey--welcome back! glad the tree didn't do all that much damage to your house! How's little JW doing this new year? I'm guessing C for the trivia but I really do't have a clue.
Ric--sorry you have to return to work under those weather conditions!
Dyson--are you going back to work now that it is the New Year?
Bev and Bernie--now I know why I don't live up north! TOOOO COLD! LOL
Sharon, prayers continuing for your MIL--so glad to hear how she is improving. I must have one of those red cactuses (or is it dark pink?)
Pepper--It would be nice to have just a small percentage of the 5 million that person paid for that car!! I can't imagine having that kind of money but I would like to give it a try! LOL
You guys were busy yesterday. I don't know what happened but I wasn't being notified of this thread when the posts were new. I found you, though! LOL I need to go back and look at all the photos and visit the link that Rann posted but I want to post this first.
Everyone have a good day.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2008
2:34 PM

Post #4351131

28 wind gust to 20 MPH. The rain gauge is frozen solid.

I am "on call" and have to be in either Lynchburg or Danville on Friday.
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 2, 2008
2:36 PM

Post #4351143

Well, better late than never...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! The Doxies went flying out for their morning run, got as far as the picnic table then came flying back! I usually leave the door open for them, but because of the cold I had closed it and there was panic in their eyes as they peered through the glass. LOL Poor little Florida dogs, they are now huddled under their blankies waiting for breakfast.

Thought I was supposed to go to the dentist today, marked it down wrong, it's tomorrow. Soooooo, I go tomorrow when it's supposed to be even colder! I plan on getting a loooooooog extension cord and wearing my electric blanket!

I've turned from a NC mountain girl to a real Florida Cracker!
Pati
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2008
5:05 PM

Post #4351656

Pati - the image of your dogs out in the cold is hilarious! lol It's a good thing they're snuggled in their blankets now! lol

Sharon -thanks. I don't know any history on the bonfires - it's been a tradition since before I was born ... I've never taken the girls though since Selma can't stand the noise from the fireworks and doesn't go out of the house on New Years ...

Joey - so glad there wasn't more damage ... I was worried! lol

Ric - too bad the weather's so unpleasant on your first day back ...

Hi Bernie - -47F is beyond my comprehension.

Seems like a lot of you are getting really cold temperatures today - most of you are colder than I am ;-) It's 36F here, there's a breeze blowing from the NW at 11 mph gusting to 20 mph and it's raining now.

Stay warm everyone!

Rann

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

January 2, 2008
5:16 PM

Post #4351682

Ooo! I am as excited as a kid before the first snowfall!

... Significant rainfall and strong winds expected Thursday through
Sunday night across central and Southern California...

A major storm with the potential for an extended period of
significant rainfall and strong winds will sweep into the area
later Thursday and will last through Sunday. This could be the most
significant rainfall across the Southland since January 2005.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
5:42 PM

Post #4351769

Joey Im going with C. Just a guess though.
Marsue Thanks! Its more of a fuschia color. Its so pretty when in full bloom.
Dyson Back at work! Today is my first full day back after the holidays and boy am I beat! LOL!
Pati Prissy went out this morning and came running back in about 20 seconds later shivering! LOL! Poor baby was fweeeezin!
Kelli YAY Rain!! In significant amounts! Thats the best kind!
Rann - We're neck and neck in the temp department! LOL!

41.0 F / 5.0 C
Clear
Humidity: 26%
Dew Point: 9 F / -13 C
Wind: 7.0 mph / 11.3 km/h / 3.1 m/s from the NW
Wind Gust: 14.8 mph / 23.8 km/h / 11.8 m/s
Pressure: 30.41 in / 1029.7 hPa (Falling)
Windchill: 36 F / 2 C
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 5 out of 16

Lake Wind Advisory until 10 PM this evening...
Hard freeze warning from 7 PM this evening to 10 am Thursday...

This Afternoon
Sunny and brisk. High 43 ("they" increased our high by 1*) . Northwest winds 20 to 25 mph and gusty.

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2008
6:13 PM

Post #4351850

It is 16 degrees! Yipee! I can hardly wait till tomorrow when it is going to be 30. Glad there is not a big wind,very little. Our nieghbors pipes are frozen but my fish pond is all right. BEV

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 2, 2008
6:57 PM

Post #4351968

Rann, you live in Iceland, but it probably don't get to cold there.
These cold snaps we get come right off the Arctic Circle.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
8:30 PM

Post #4352271

It only got down to 36º last night. It's 40 right now and wind chill is 30. I have my dinning room and back porch packed with at least enough of some 500 plants to start cuttings of most. I'm mistying often and have furniture protected. I'm heating the back porch too.
Gonna get down to the 20s with windchills in the teens.
I may pull out more sheets.
;)
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 2, 2008
9:49 PM

Post #4352534

Remember that windchill is of no consequence to plants. It is only how something feels to a warm-blooded creature. It's just a "feels like" thing, not temperature reality. Skin might freeze in ten minutes at -50F, but it doesn't freeze in ten minutes at, say, 0F with a wind chill of -50F. Believe me. Many times I've waited longer the 10 minutes for the school bus when we had wind chills of -50F and I never got frost bite.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2008
10:06 PM

Post #4352586

Currently: 18F Clear
Currently: -7C Clear
Wind: at 0 MPH
Humidity: 49%
Dewpoint: 2F
Barometer: 30.82 inches and falling








kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 2, 2008
10:15 PM

Post #4352619

Lots to read and see~~Happy new year once again, and hope everyone is off to a good start.
19
Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper teens to mid 20s. North wind 5 to 15 mph. The following is from around the state today:
Today's Extremes:
State Highs: (they are down in Southeast Alaska)
Annette Island 43F
Ketchikan 42F
Port Alexander 42F
Hydaburg 42F
Gustavus 41F
State Lows:
Selawik -29F
Unalakleet -25F
Sleetmute -23F
Nome -23F
Fairbanks -23F
Of the places listed, only Fairbanks is on the road system; others by air or sea...
I need to work toward getting back on track; holidays, birthdays and anniversary behind us now, sure hope to start "tomorrow"...



DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2008
11:13 PM

Post #4352841

First, the forecast...
Tonight: Clear. Lows around 19. Wind chill values as low as 9. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the low 40s.

It didn't get as cold as they predicted here last night, only just down to 31F, so I feel pretty lucky today. Hope they're wrong about tonight, too!

Sharon-that red-ish cactus of yours looks like it's the same as mine that bloomed a couple of weeks ago. Do you know the name of it? I've never know exactly which one mine is.
CG: - Minus 6!! Makes my predicted 19 look like a sauna. :)
Joey: I guess "A" - ocean reflection.
Dyson: So...call the frozen rain gauge a "snow gauge" til it gets warmer. :)
Kelli: Yeah! Rain for you! Woohoo!
Bev: Lovely scene round your fish pond. Where are the fish? They don't stay out there do they? (Ignorant question from a non-northerner.)
Kiska: About your list of temps... I can only say, (gulp) "Golly!".

Stay warm y'all!
Deb

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #4352914

Debin, Yes they stay out there. I have had fish for twenty years. Not all the same ones mind you but I keep a stock heater in it. I does not heat the water just keeps a hole in it for air. I do not feed my fish from Oct. till APr. Down to 3 degrees tonight BRRR. BEV
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2008
11:41 PM

Post #4352934

Tonight: Mainly clear. Cold. Low near 20F. Winds light and variable. (The TV weatherman said down to 18F tonight)
Tomorrow: Sunny skies. High near 40F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Kiska and Rann: Who would have thought it would have been warmer in parts of Alaska and Iceland than it is here!! at least for a portion of the day--- LOL

Sharon--both your cactuses (or should I say cacti?) are beautiful!!

Bev: ---and I thought 18 sounded cold! I love the fish pond pic but that seems like a long time for your fish to "fast" LOL
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #4352947

Bev How is it your pond isnt frozen?

Wow look at all the teens and single digits going around!

36.1 F / 2.3 C
Clear
Humidity: 27%
Dew Point: 5 F / -15 C
Wind: 6.0 mph / 9.7 km/h / 2.7 m/s from the NW
Wind Gust: 14.8 mph / 23.8 km/h
Pressure: 30.50 in / 1032.7 hPa (Rising)
Windchill: 31 F / 0 C
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers


Lake Wind Advisory in effect until 10 PM EST this evening...
Hard freeze warning in effect from 7 PM this evening to 10 am EST Thursday...
Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 7 PM this evening to 9 am EST Thursday...
Freeze watch in effect from late Thursday night through Friday morning...

Tonight
Clear and very cold with near record lows. Low 22 coast (that would be me). Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chills 14 to 19.

It is absolutely cold outside! The wind is blowing like crazy. I've also pulled the tender plants in, but some are just going to have to stay out and stay covered. I've anchored the plant blankets down - hopefully it will work.

Zebra Longwing taken on 12/28

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2008
12:07 AM

Post #4353061

I don't think your plants will survive even covered if it gets below 28. Unless something is different in the south.
2.7 right now! Bbrrrrr!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2008
2:12 AM

Post #4353664

Currently: 12F Clear
Currently: -11C Clear
Wind: South at 3 MPH
Humidity: 61%
Dewpoint: 1F
Barometer: 30.78 inches and steady
Wind Chill: 7F
Wind: South at 4 KPH
Humidity: 61%
Dewpoint: -17C
Barometer: 1042 millibars and steady
Wind Chill: -13 C


dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2008
2:36 AM

Post #4353835

The fish go into a state of suspended animatiom in the winter, If they eat at all there is plenty of parrats feather plants that stay gren all winter they can nibble on. The pond does not freeze all over because the stock heater keeps a hole in the ice. That pics was two weeks ago when temps were higher. I will take a pics of it frozen and you can see. BEV
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
3:33 AM

Post #4354224

Gorgeous butterfly, Sharon. I have never seen one like that.

Suspended animation --frozen ponds!!! That's just TOOOOO cold!!!

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2008
9:01 AM

Post #4355151

Good Morning! Thought that I'd get an early start this day. LOL Nahh...I've got to be at work at 5:00. The temp is something else! The "energizer poochie" doesn't stay very long...just enough to do his business. Ric, we have definitely "bundled up"! Bluefield has 4" of snow...we only have a dusting.

WIND CHILL ADVISORY FOR MONROE, GILES, BLAND AND WYTHES COUNTIES OVERNIGHT FOR WIND CHILLS BETWEEN 0 AND -15!

Flurries12F
Feels like: 2F
Barometer: 30.6 in
Dewpoint: 7
Humidity: 76%
Visibility: 5 miles
Wind: 7 mph WNW
Sunrise: 7:37 AM
Sunset: 5:17 PM

Sharon, I love the Zebra Longwing! Wow! I hope your Lady Margaret is still "kickin" this morning! And your cacti look Great! :D
Dyson, I'm glad that you are on call and that you are back to work! :D Are you glad ? Did you get any snow? My rain-o-meter was frozen yesterday, as well.
Bev, I have a friend who has Koi in his pond that have been in there for several years & servive with the pond being completely frozen over! Amazing! Great looking pond! :D
Sidney, Glad to here that you have gotten all of those plants in!
Kiska...BRRRRR! Got any moose pics?
Kelli, Glad that you are getting some "good" rain! :D Enjoy! :D
Marsue, Thanks...Stay Warm!
Rann, Thanks...it was rather scarey at first...the tree fell over right when I drove up into the drive way. Then everybody started coming out of the house! My worst fear was that the roof had caved in! So Thankful!
Deb, how is you temp today?

The answer to the trivia is...C!
Air molecules deflect sunlight, especially blue and violet light. So we see blue light from all directions.

Well...must get ready for work...
Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

(BTW, this little critter has 2! teeth!)

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 3, 2008
9:07 AM

Post #4355153

20 (F), dark, cold.

Reporting Station: KROA
Relative Humidity: 56%
Wind: 0 (N) at 3mph
Gusts: 0mph
Pressure: 30.59in
Yesterday's Precip: in
Yesterday's Low Temp: 20F
Yesterday's High Temp: 29F
Dew Point: 4
Visibility: 10mi
Ceiling: Unlimited
Heat Index: 17
Wind Chill: 17
6hr Precip: in
6hr Low Temp: 19F
6hr High Temp: 22F

No Snow.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
10:43 AM

Post #4355184

CG I guess well find out, huh? LOL! : (
Bev I had no idea that fish go into dormancy as well! Interesting.
Joey Ive taken a bunch of cuttings off Lady M., but I dont know if theyve taken. She managed to get a scale problem this year that I havent been able to get rid of. So Ive had to cut her way back. Im hoping she survives. JW is so cute and he looks so serious! LOL!
Dyson Is it cold enough? LOL! Were freezing!

30.9 F / 0 C
Clear
Humidity: 41%
Dew Point: 10 F / -12 C
Wind: 4.0 mph / 6 km/h from the NNW
Wind Gust: 10.1 mph / 16 km/h
Pressure: 30.65 in / 1037.8 hPa (Rising)
Windchill: 27 F / -3 C
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers

Hard freeze warning in effect until 10 am EST this morning...
Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 10 am EST this morning...
Freeze watch in effect from late tonight through Friday morning...

Today
Mostly sunny. High 46. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chills 14 to 19.

We've already started the warm up (brrrr). It was 26* when I began my work out this morning at 5am.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
10:51 AM

Post #4355191

Taken yesterday ariouynd 5:25pm - look at the flag in the center of the picture. That's how the wind was all day yesterday. We didn't get a break from it.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
11:14 AM

Post #4355201

18 (Wind Chill 11) IT'S A HEAT WAVE!!!

Hang on people Monday we're supposed to be at 60!!!!!!

Sidney you'll appreciate this one.
The stupid painters covered up 200 tack welds we'd done on the new railing.
We had to go back and grind them all before we could do the finish weld.
Yuck 6 hours of grinding and now burnt paint smell permeates thhe building.

Ric

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2008
11:46 AM

Post #4355232

Weather liars are all excited here about big warm-up. It is 12 this morning. They forgot about the south wind. I would guess it's around 20 MPH.
It feels like 50 inside the south part of the house! And this house is well insulated.
Old snow is drifting.
Bernie
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2008
12:08 PM

Post #4355260

Gonna have a heat wave starting today and last thru beginning of next week. Today in the 30s tomorow 50s this weekend in the 60s. Gonna be HOT!! lol

Currently: 14F Clear
Currently: -10C Clear
Wind: South at 13 MPH
Humidity: 67%
Dewpoint: 5F
Barometer: 30.61 inches and falling
Wind Chill: 0F
Wind: South at 20 KPH
Humidity: 67%
Dewpoint: -15C
Barometer: 1036 millibars and falling
Wind Chill: -17 C


MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
12:27 PM

Post #4355293

Baby it's {{{{COOOOOLD}}}} outside! LOL!!! Our temps have dropped again.

The bird baths are frozen
It's 56* in the house - our heater can't keep up
We've got the little space heaters going (safely)
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
1:40 PM

Post #4355466

National TV says it is COLD all across the eastern half of the country. I think we can all agree to that!! LOL
Sharon, I'm worried about the citrus crops down in Florida--sure hope the freeze doesn't get all those oranges, etc. 56 in your house---no wonder you are saying BRRRRR!
but as Pepper said, It's gonna be HOT this weekend--up in the 60's!!
Joey, Hooray! JW has teeth. He's so cute! and for once I was correct in my guess on the trivia question. :o))
Ric, what a bummer with the painters covering up your tack welds!!


Current conditions as of 6:55 am CST

Fair
Feels Like: 14
Barometer: 30.84 in and rising
Humidity: 85%
Visibility: 10 mi
Dewpoint: 11
Wind: Calm
Sunrise: 7:16 am
Sunset: 5:08 pm
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
1:48 PM

Post #4355496

I'm singing with Sharon, except our furnace is doing fine. 56 in the house would be awful!

JW is adorable - still!, Joey! I'm so glad you all are fine and the house wasn't badly damaged.

We're taking the kitties to the vet today for their first checkup. The grey one has an eye infection of some kind... We thought it was just a little cold, but he's stopped sneezing and his eye is still getting worse, poor baby. We named them Browser and Flash, by the way. The geeks in us won out. LOL

Stay warm everyone!!

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 6:53am CST (50 min ago)
Temperature 34 F 1 C
Dew Point 21 F -6 C
Humidity 59%
Pressure 30.79 in 1042.7 mb
Wind Speed 9 MPH 8 kts
Wind Dir ENE 70
Ceiling Unlimited Unlimited
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Wind Chill 27 F -3 C
Current Conditions Clear
6 hour min temperature ending 5:53am CST : 27.0F / -2.8C
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2008
2:27 PM

Post #4355666

Sharon - 56F is a bit chilly inside the house ... it's 71F in here ;-)

It's been windy and wet all day, not actually raining at the moment but we've had plenty. The wind's blowing from the SE at 35 mph gusting to 58 mph. Current temperature is 46F.

Kelli - did you get any rain yet????? Sure hope the forecast is right!

Joey - JW's so big! :-) He sure is thriving :-)

Sidney and Sharon - hope your plants make it through this cold spell you're having!

Bev - interesting about your fish pond - what kind of fish do you have? It must be pretty deep for them to survive those freezing temps ... how deep is it?

Marylyn - congrats on your new furry friends :-) Your girls must be so happy! Hope things go well at the vet's.

Here's a rerun from New Year's Eve 2006 - I haven't taken any new photos this year ;-)

Hope you all have a great day!

Rann

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2008
3:12 PM

Post #4355850

Rann, I just have gold fish now but I used to have koi. I loved the koi but they rooted arround in the plants and kept the water muddy and didn't realy have enough room to swim. My bi
ggest pond is only 7ft by 7ft and round. It is only 18 inches deep but the fish do good. The cats and coons always got my koi too.
It is 16 degrees now and s.w. winds at about 10 to 20mph. Wind chill is about 5 degrees. Warming up to 28 today goody goody!! BEV
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 3, 2008
3:41 PM

Post #4355969

Dark w/clear and starry sky~~hopefully that means there'll be blue sky after sunrise...sunrise 10:13 sunset 3:38 gain of 2m38seconds.
9 above
Reading about winter from all over this morning is so much better than any commercial format could ever do. Keep warm and I hope that the plants don't take too much of hit.
Joey~glad things are better~JW is just as sweet as can be; and 2 teeth already.
Kiska

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
3:46 PM

Post #4355994

Hi, Kiska, you gained more than 2 minutes--Hooray for you!! When I first glanced at your photo I thought "what's a hippo doing in Alaska?", then I enlarged it and saw that it was a moose!! LOL

Pretty fireworks pic, Rann. Have your girls gone back to school yet?

Here's a pic of a new-type corn plant: does anybody know anything about it?
It is called Zea mays Garden Leader Rainbow or something like that.

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
4:23 PM

Post #4356176

[quote]"what's a hippo doing in Alaska?"[/quote]
Shivering! LOL
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
4:27 PM

Post #4356195

LOL, Marylyn!!

here's a link y'all might find amusing--it's called the "Polar Bear Blessing"--appropriate, I think, given all the cold weather we all are experiencing.

http://my.opera.com/Dacotah/blog/2007/05/11/the-polar-bear-blessing
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 3, 2008
4:37 PM

Post #4356228

a hippo indeed; it would be freezing:)) That's a cute link, marsue.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #4356237

That's great, marsue.. especially those darn penguins! (still gigging...) Thank you!

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2008
4:59 PM

Post #4356293

Gave me a big chuckle. Thanks Marsue!!! BEV
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2008
5:25 PM

Post #4356383

marsue - great link :-) Those penguins are a hoot! lol It's back to school for the girls tomorrow so I woke them up at 9 am this morning to try to get them adjusted ... we'll see how it goes tomorrow, I think it'll be pretty rough ;-) lol

Bev - wow, I'm surprised your goldfish can take that much cold! I thought they'd go belly up if the temp dropped below 40F. I got mine in an aquarium in the garage from Sept. - June ... they only get 3 months outside.

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

January 3, 2008
5:43 PM

Post #4356444

That is an interesting corn plant, Marsue, but I don't know anything about it. (I don't have the space to grow corn properly so I've never tried.)

It never gets cold enough here for the fish to go into suspended animation, but there are days when the water is cold and I don't feed them. You aren't supposed to feed them when the water is below 50F. They won't have enough metabolism to digest their food and they could get sick. I don't check the water temperature all of the time, but if the air temperature is below about 58F, I usually don't feed them. They're kind of sluggish and don't care all that much about food anyways at that point.

The rain is supposed to start this afternoon or evening. Usually rain starts after dark, so that's what I am figuring on. There some chance of rain Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! Saturday has the greatest chance. We could get 2 to 5 inches over this time period. Recall that we only got something like 3 1/2 inches of rain for the whole year from July 2006 to June 2007. The CA state slogan is "Eureka", but it could easily be "When it rains, it pours". Undoubtedly, you'll see apocalyptic scenes on t.v., but it is unlikely that they will be affecting me. I don't live near a burn area, in a low-lying area, or near a creek.

Updated: 7:51 AM PST on January 03, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
49 F / 9 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 44%
Dew Point: 28 F / -2 C
Wind: Calm


I don't know if I ever told you this story before, but I like it. It is a Chumash Indian explanation for the climate we have here. I think it's clever.

The Chumash played a gambling game something like dice that was played with two walnut shell halves filled with tar for weight and balance. They would roll the shells and bet on the outcome - two up, two down, or one up and one down. The Chumash gods Sky Coyote and Sun also played this game every night. The score was totalled on the winter solstice. Sun was cruel, and if he won, he took his winnings in the form of human lives. It would be a dry year. Sky Coyote was a friend of mankind and if he won, he took his winnings in the form of game and acorns and other good things to eat, which he generously shared with people. It would be a wet year. The Chumash noticed at least two things that I have also noticed. 1) The sun is necessary, but can be brutal. 2) The rainy season really gets underway - if it is going to get underway - soon after Christmas.

I need to go to the grocery store today. I hope that people around here don't panic like Midwesterners and all rush to the store today. At least I don't need toilet paper and bottled water.

Poinsetta outdoors that turned out nice. I bought it to have for Christmas last year. (I used to have some others outside but they froze last year. This plant was still in the house at that time. When I buy a plant for Christmas, I keep it in the house until spring since it has spent it's whole life in a hothouse and our nights might be a shock.) Picture was taken a couple days ago. It isn't sunny today.

O.K., off to the grocery store.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #4356485

Kelli, I think the corn plant is supposed to be a house plant although it does produce an inedible ear of corn. I just discovered that Grimes Nurseries grow it but I think they only sell to wholesalers. I am still trying to find out what retail nurseries might be selling it this spring. That's an interesting story that the Chumash have about the explanation for your weather patterns. LOL Hope you get to the grocery store and back without encountering too many people. Pretty poinsettia you have there.
Rann: good luck getting the girls up in time for school in the morning.
Glad you all liked the polar bear blessing. :o))

edited to say that I mis-spoke myself wabout the corn plant. It evidently grows outside in full sun. Here is a quote from the National Garden Bureau website:

[quote]Maze 'Garden Leader Rainbow'
Zea mays
Tricolor foliage of red, cream, and green on upright stalks 48 inches tall. Plants start green then in 3 weeks under full sun begin to show their colors. In fall, parchment colored stalks yield small ears of multicolor corn.
Distribution Type: Wholesale
Company: Grimes Horticulture[/quote]


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Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2008
6:45 PM

Post #4356632

4F here this morning...beginning to warm up a bit.
We are gaining about 1 minute daily in daylight on each end of the day now...until June. I suppose those further north will be gaining more than that and southerners less.

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

January 3, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #4356680

That's a neat flower, Indy. Is is a special variety?

No problems at the grocery store, maybe even a tad fewer people than usual. I'll give the public some credit for being rational. The worst spell of irrational grocery shopping I ever saw was during the Rodney King riots. I needed just one thing and stopped at the store on the way home from work. The place was so crowded that I decided to just do without that thing. (I don't remember what it was.) This store was in a place that was dozens of miles in distance and light years away in socio-economic conditions from where the riots were occurring.


amaryllis "Dancing Queen"

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Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2008
7:05 PM

Post #4356709

Kelli,

I have saved seeds for many years on that coxcomb. The seed came from Burpee...Red Velvet.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2008
8:01 PM

Post #4356946

Kelli, that amaryllis is gorgeous!

Indy, that flower is HUGE!! Wow... Pretty, too. :-)

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
8:02 PM

Post #4356949

Indy and Kelli--gorgeous, gorgeous flowers. Kelli, is that amaryllis blooming for you now?
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 3, 2008
8:54 PM

Post #4357113

Yes, the amaryllis is blooming now. It is in the house.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
9:05 PM

Post #4357141

Oh, I am so envious--guess I will just have to wait for my outdoor varieties to bloom in the spring.

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

January 3, 2008
9:15 PM

Post #4357183

Hey, guys! I'm at the mountains and having a great time, though a terrible snowstorm has come over the south of Romania. Just when we left Bucharest has begun snowing and it has snowed until today big time. Here it hasn't been snowing much but it's freezing , lucky we have warm inside . We made a great trip today, looking forward to our next one tomorrow, though it's so cold .
Adina
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2008
9:34 PM

Post #4357250

Glad you are having a good time, Adina! Stay warm and safe and take lots of pictures!
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
12:41 AM

Post #4357868

BTW Our heater blew a gasket last night! Repairs done so we are all nice and cozy again!


Marsue They took the usual precautions for the fruits and veggies. Freeze the plants, but that doesnt mean its going to work. The prices may still go up. Ive never seen such a pretty corn plant! The ruffled edges give it a wow factor! Great link! As a matter of fact I have felt like doing that to someone once or twice! LOL!
Marylyn Browser and Flash! I love the names; hope all went well at the vet.
Kiska The moose are back! How close were you?!
Kelli Interesting story and seems so true! I had to laugh at the at least I dont need comment. You obviously know what goes on here when there is apocalyptic weather! LOL!! Pretty poinsettia.
Indy What is that? Such a beautiful vibrant color! I think Ive seen them in flower bouquets. Okay never mind _ just saw the answer! LOL!
Kelli Im going to have to raid your garden one night while you are sleeping! Dancing Queen is gorgeous!
Adina Sounds like youre having a great time even in the cold! Were looking forward to pictures when you return! PS were cold too!

39.2 F / 4.0 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 35%
Dew Point: 14 F / -10 C
Wind: 2.0 mph / 3.2 km/h / 0.9 m/s from the North
Wind Gust: 6.9 mph / 11.1 km/h
Pressure: 30.71 in / 1039.8 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft / 7620 m

Hard freeze warning from 11 PM this evening to 9 am Friday...

Tonight
Mostly clear. Patchy frost after midnight. Low 29 coast. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills 19 to 24. Sheesh - glad the heat is working! LOL!

Taken on the way home. Gold in the West - Pinks in the East (look at the rear view mirror)

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
12:43 AM

Post #4357873

Pinks in the East

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
12:44 AM

Post #4357876

Protected land on the ocean

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se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2008
1:19 AM

Post #4358018

We had 17 deg. on the porch this am. Temps got up to 27, but the wind was not to bad. Still you can tell it is wintertime. LOL Currently 22 degrees, I guess we are supposed to get up to the high 50's this coming Monday. Roads are clear and dry - thankful for that!
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2008
2:20 AM

Post #4358306

Sharon: I like your front and rear sunsets. Did you see any of those snow flurries this morning? On the news this morning they said it was actually snowing down by Canaveral.
Kelli: That's how people grocery shop here before a hurricane. It can get ugly in the bottled water aisle!

Well we were supposed to get down to 19 last night, but only got to the mid 20s (only..Hah!). ..enough to freeze our birdbaths, too.

Tonight wasn't to be as cold, but now they're saying 17 degrees!! 17! That is so not right. So I hope they're wrong...again. Some of my plants looked a bit pekid this morning and I'm afraid this 3rd night might do 'em in. :(
Finger crossed.
Deb

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2008
2:26 AM

Post #4358325

Cold outside. But supposed to be hot tomorrow. We'll see.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2008
2:37 AM

Post #4358392

Here, too, Pepper. Well, not hot, but up into the 60's this week-end.

edited for spelling

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2008
2:40 AM

Post #4358399

Going from singles and teens to 50s,60s is hot to me. lol.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2008
2:43 AM

Post #4358413

Pic of frozen waterfall at Powell Gardens this morning. The ice is pretty thick.

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
2:44 AM

Post #4358421

Well, all outside is toast.
Bev, Adina, Sharon, Indy, Marsue, Kelli, Kiska, Joey and Rann I really enjoyed all your pictures.
Ric, most paint can be burned through unless it's a special one. Guess we need Se_ed's son who paints to tell us which ones. Usually it stinks one way or another.
I get to redesign the garden for the summer. A great adventure!
Sidney
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2008
2:44 AM

Post #4358427

LOL, Pepper. 60's will seem hot after all that ice! That is some frozen waterfall!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2008
2:47 AM

Post #4358448

Yeah, and the water is still running in there too. Runs 24/7 so the pipes don't freeze and bust.
se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2008
4:41 AM

Post #4358890

sugarweed, I think my son told me that 90% of his job is removing paint - LOL - complete with protective gear and masks, the painting is simple. The last job he had he was wearing an air conditioned suit and breathing apparatus. What a life!
Right nowit is 17 deg. again. Cool and crisp up here in Pa. Should kill off the cold and flu germs.- Have to look on the bright side!
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 4, 2008
4:58 AM

Post #4358941

9 8pm. Periods of light snow. Little or no snow accumulation. Lows zero to 10 above. Light winds.
Sugarweed~so sorry, but sure like your attitude about re-grouping and replanting this spring. Thanks, it was nice today with a brief spurt of sunlight and blue sky; will post a photo of that wonderful event.
The moose was just a few feet from me; I was in the car, it was at the edge of the road. (this was from earlier this year).
pepper23~it's just fantastic; hopefully no damage occurs, but sure is pretty.
marsue~glad the weather is warming up a bit;
much like Iceland, 60 here is a nice summer day:))
DebinSC~how are you managing in the cold? Hope you're ready and warm, too. My fingers are crossed, too.
ric~bummer about the painting; hope it's not too much of a project re-doing it.
MySharona~~very pretty views from all directions; what a nice sunset.
Adina~glad you're having a wonderful time, too. Loved the New Year's
party pics.
se_eds~~sure helps when the roads are taken care of; glad to see it's going to be warmer, eventually :)
Kelli~nice history lesson/story. Those insights to an area/legends are something very special to DG; The amaryllis is so pretty. We just heard that there is quite a snowstorm to be hitting the Tahoe area.
Indy~that's just beautiful and one of the largest I've seen; wow...very nice.
Today we came across a few people ice fishing on a nearby lake. We didn't drive out onto the lake as the access was gated at that point. Further around the lake you can drive out and across.
Kiska

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

January 4, 2008
5:11 AM

Post #4358971

Driving onto a frozen lake sounds scary to me.

The rain is at Monterey now, so it will still be quite a few hours until it gets here. If we do get all that rain they are calling for, it will likely warm up back east. That's how it usually works.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
12:50 PM

Post #4359271

Deb No snow : ( - It would have been fun to have a snow day, but How did your plants do? Im crossing my fingers for both of us. A coup[le of mine looked pretty sad right now.
Pepper Thats an amazing picture! Thanks for sharing!
Sidney Your plants didnt make it? : ( Nothing like a new project to keep the blood moving!
Kiska What kind of fish do they catch? You really gotta want fish for dinner to stand out in the cold!! LOL!
Kelli Did you get the rain? I havent heard anything apocalyptic on the news yet!

45.1 F / 7.3 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 52%
Dew Point: 29 F / -2 C
Wind: 2.0 mph / 3.2 km/h / 0.9 m/s from the NE
Wind Gust: 5.8 mph / 9.3 km/h
Pressure: 30.68 in / 1038.8 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 6000 ft / 1828 m
Scattered Clouds 25000 ft / 7620 m

Hard freeze warning in effect until 9 am EST this morning...

Today
Partly cloudy. Areas of frost in the morning. High 53. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chills 18 to 23 in the morning.

I had to do my bi-annual thyroid blood test this morning. Yuck...you have to get there at 0dawn30 otherwise you have to wait for hours. So there I was at 6:50 this morning, braving the cold, first in line! LOL! But it was a blessing in disguise since I did get to stop by the beach on the way home to check out the sunrise.

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2008
12:59 PM

Post #4359290

Good Morning Everbody! :D This weather! or should I say "temps"! At the moment (on my deck I have 8F. And the local station says...
Fair 12F
Feels like: 12F
Barometer: 30.6 in
Dewpoint: 10
Humidity: 91%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 0 mph
Sunrise: 7:38 AM
Sunset: 5:18 PM

At least there's no wind to make things colder! :D Highs by this afternoon will rise into the upper 30s and low 40s so we will finally see seasonal conditions once. With clear skies and calm winds this evening, temperatures will cool off quickly but it will not get as cold as this morning. Lows tonight will fall into the low 20s and teens.

Thanks Kiska, JW has actually been very good thru this teething "episode", just lots of drooling going on. Love the "up close & personal" pic of the moose! And I would really like to try that ice fishing one time. What kind of fish can you catch? More than one kind?
Kelli, You're flowers are gorgeous, but the amaryllis! Ooo-la-la! :D That's the prettiest color!
Wow! Indy! That is one beautiful coxcomb! I have never seen one so Huge! :-O
Marsue, Thanks for the "Polar Bear Blessing". That's really cute & those penguins at the end are hilarious! :D
Rann, I call JW my "chunky monkey". When we took him to the dr. Monday, he weighed 20+ lbs.! Garrett was the same way...so we are not worried about his size (altho the dr. seemed to think he was over wieght - until I told her about Garrett). Heredity rules! And "thriving" - he is!
Adina, Hope you can take lots of pics! I'm ready for them! Have fun! :D
Sharon! So glad that you go your heat source repaired! And yep, the serious "look" is funny! He is concentrating on getting to those rattles in front of him! He works very hard getting to them! :D And I hope that Lady Margaret is saved!, cuz she is soooo pretty! Did you use your new camera on that pretty BF? Great shots! Great sunrise beach pic! :D
Marylyn, Thanks...he is such the sweetie! :D How was the vet visit? I love kitties, just wish that Jack did...he'll chase anything that runs!
Ric, don't you hate it when folks don't seem to know they're job...& make more work for everyone else? Did they not know any better? or did they just not care?

Well, when I started on this, this morning it was Dyson Dark! LOL Not any more! LOL I've been making too many trips to the coffee pot! :-O

Todays trivia is...
What do we call the point in the Earth's orbit, when we are farthest from the Sun?
a) Perigee
b) Solstice
c) Apogee
d) Equinox


Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

(Sharon, these are frozen rolls that I put in a cake pan)

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2008
3:27 PM

Post #4359706

Morning folks! I'm home - taking a sick day today. I'm sick of this cold weather!
Normal low for us this time of year is 37F. As you can see in my photo from 8AM, we're a bit below that. I'm OVER it! LOL. It was exactly 33 in my "greenhouse" at 8 this morning.

Kelli; that's an encouraging thought about warmer temps coming our way. Hope you get rain. That's a very pretty cactus. You'd have to be a skillfull little insect to get to that pollen. :)

Sharon: thanks for the beach sunrise. I haven't seen one since Oct. :(
Adina: Looking forward to mountain photos!
Joey: I guess "C"-apogee (although I think B would also apply...hmmm.) I have also been keeping company with the coffee pot this morning! LOL. i like the star shape you accomplished there with your baking.
Kiska: "zero to 10 above"...OMG. I don't know how you do it, girl!

My plants are barely hanging in there now. And they're saying we have one more night of this weather to come. Even the Carolina Jessamine looks a bit weak. Need some warm!!
Deb

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2008
3:39 PM

Post #4359741

My New Years Resolution was to make sure I got on Dave's January First. I broke it already. My Christmas gift to friends and friends yet to meet on Dave's is a prayer and blessing for you and your families.

Sugar, a very, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you enjoyed him while you could.

Hi to Slowtornado, Dragonfly and Kamikid. Hope I didn't miss any one else new.

Rann, I mentally put my pajamas away after enjoying your Christmas lads. What wonderful stories and gifts any small person would love!

What lovely pictures to start the new year!

We are going from arctic air and a lot of snow into rain and January thaw this weekend. If we aren't scooping, we're pumping. I love Iowa anyway!

30* and sunny so far.

This little guy seemed to be separated from the group and hung around for a long time.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2008
3:44 PM

Post #4359757

BP: Thanks for the gift!
Poor little birdy. He's wearing his woollies. :)
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 4, 2008
4:02 PM

Post #4359825

Highs 8 to 16 above. Light winds. It's almost 7am, quiet and dark.
Joey~the rolls look great; with the coffee pot all mine so far, I'll have one, please:) B. As to fishing, not sure; most lakes here may have land-locked salmon, trout, burbot, and arctic char.
Deb~I'm probably as surprised as are your plants, to see that temp...add more layers, enjoy the coffee and have a great day>
BP~that's a beautiful way to begin the year, thanks as well.
MySharona~your early morning did pay off; looks so pretty.
Another from yesterday; the town clears this end of the lake for skating.

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

January 4, 2008
5:29 PM

Post #4360121

Joey, Chunky Monkey sounds like a Ben & Jerry's flavor of ice cream. Is it by any chance?

No rain yet, but it's in Santa Barbara now, so it might start here in a couple hours. Any rain dancing would be appreciated.


Updated: 8:51 AM PST on January 04, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
53 F / 12 C
Overcast
Humidity: 77%
Dew Point: 46 F / 8 C
Wind: 12 mph / 18 km/h / 5.1 m/s from the SSE


This is Cape honeysuckle. It has no fragrance.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
5:45 PM

Post #4360172

Kelli BTW Pretty flowers on the cactus!
Joey Whoa thats really cold for you! Yes I did use the new camera, Im really enjoying it. Im still figuring out features gonna have to contact Ric soon for some instructions. Im going with B Solstice (huge guess)! Those were frozen rolls? They look delicious and Oh so pretty!
Deb- LOL!! Just sick and tired of it!! Youre cracking me up! Ohh, just saw the temp gauge Brrrrrrrrr Im with you there!
Saly Happy New Year to you! I quit making resolutions I dont stay resolved! LOL! Awww- the little bird looks so cold. : (
Kiska Thats a beautiful picture! I would so bust my hiney trying to ice skate! Looks like a great place to be even if one cant ice skate!
Kelli Not sure about Chunky Monkey, but Ben & Jerrys New York Chocolate Chunk is my ultimate favorite ice cream ever. I may have to buy some this weekend. Its rarely kept in the house otherwise Id eat it all then scrape the bowl! LOL!The Cape Honeysuckle may not have a fragrance, but the color makes up for it! Very pretty!

54.1 F / 12.3 C - definitely warmer!
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 46%
Dew Point: 34 F / 1 C
Wind: 3.0 mph / 4.8 km/h / 1.3 m/s from the NE
Wind Gust: 7.4 mph / 11.9 km/h
Pressure: 30.68 in / 1038.8 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 3 out of 16
Clouds: Few 2500 ft / 762 m
Scattered Clouds 6000 ft / 1828 m
Mostly Cloudy 25000 ft / 7620 m

Another pic from this morning

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2008
6:17 PM

Post #4360275

Kiska, the rink brought back memories. We had a spot over the fence behind the school that always held water. The firemen would flood it for winter and we all ice skated on it. That is a wonderful rink! Very large!

Joey, as an old roll maker I think you put them in the pan beautifully! They are the perfect pattern! I'm guessing C.

Kelli, no fragrance, but makes up for it in color! I could eat it since we didn't buy any oranges for Christmas.

New camera Sharon? How wonderful!! I love the way the clouds and water in your picture comes together. I like the darkness in it.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
7:18 PM

Post #4360428

Howdy,
Getting ready to do some dead whacks.
Sidney
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2008
9:52 PM

Post #4360838

You guys have been busy today! Everyone must be staying in and away from the cold!!
Joey, those rolls look delicious. I could make a meal off hot rolls!! I'm guessing C for the trivia.
Kelli, pretty cactus. Has the rain arrived at your place yet?
Kiska, no matter how thick that ice gets, I'm not driving across it!! Now I wouldn't mind the ice skating--if I could ice skate, that is. Whenever I have tried it in the distant past, I was always knock-kneed and pigeon-toed! LOL
Deb, we believe you--it's cold where you are!
BP--poor birdie! Is that a little goldfinch? He needs to get on down south!
Sharon, that's funny: "0dawn30" LOL looks like you made it to the beach before the sun got there!
Sidney: sorry about your plants, but as Sharon said: "nothing like a new project" etc.
It is currently 48 on my backporch which is a big improvement over the last couple of days but I'm still waiting for those 60+ temps we are supposed to have this week-end.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2008
9:58 PM

Post #4360857

Marsue: Sorry - I've been obsessing, haven't I? I know it's colder almost everywhere else. I just don't deal with it well. :~i

MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #4361161

Joey - I feel a challenge to try to duplicate the "flower rolls"! LOL! Try to get a pic of JW with his 2 teefies!
Sally - Thanks! Yeah...BIG new camera - it's sweet! Still trying to figure it out... :P
Sidney - I've got all the plants uncovered, but I don't think my coleus made it. It's looking really puny and wilted. I'll be doing damage control tomorrow.
marsue - If I'd stayed at the beach any longer I'd have gotten all caught up in the glory of the sunrise and been late to post here and late to work! The beach sunrises are so beautiful.
Deb - I love the cold especially when we have heat! LOL! It was a little much without. I don't think I could handle it for months and months though, although I do adapt pretty quickly to temp changes. When we lived in Dhahran it would get in the 100's during the day so we wore our coats in the winter (a technical term only for the middle east) - I know funny, when the lows got into the lower 70's. We were freezing! LOL!

47.8 F / 8.8 C - huge change from 2 nights ago!
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 75%
Dew Point: 40 F / 5 C
Wind: 3.0 mph / 4.8 km/h / 1.3 m/s from the NNW
Wind Gust: 10.1 mph / 16.3 km/h
Pressure: 30.59 in / 1035.8 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 20000 ft / 6096 m

Tonight
Partly cloudy. Not as cold. Patchy inland frost after midnight. Low 39. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Similar sunset tonight with the gold and pinks. This picture is from this morning also. This is Sliders restaurant, their fried pickles are off the charts yummy! I like the pink sky behind/over it. They have music outside on good days. The food is good, but the atmosphere is better! I'm at the entrance of the beach looking back. It's a very popular spot for all ages esp in the Spring and Summer.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2008
12:52 AM

Post #4361420

Don't worry, Deb. I'm obsessing, too! I'm ready for Spring already!!
Sharon, mmmmm, fried pickles. I love them. Do they slice theirs lengthwise or crosswise? There is a definite difference, you know, for us fried pickle fans. ( I was going to say "fried pickle connoseurs" but I don't think that is the correct spelling. LOL Okay, I looked it up: connoisseur is the correct spelling.)
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2008
2:05 AM

Post #4361802

Nice and decent out. Still chilly cause of the wind but better than it was the other day.

Currently: 41F Cloudy
Currently: 5C Cloudy
Wind: South at 13 MPH
Humidity: 73%
Dewpoint: 33F
Barometer: 29.93 inches and falling
Wind Chill: 34F
Wind: South at 20 KPH
Humidity: 73%
Dewpoint: 0C
Barometer: 1013 millibars and falling
Wind Chill: 1 C


se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2008
2:11 AM

Post #4361841

11 degrees this AM on the porch. Got up to 31 degrees later. We are supposed to have a big warm up to 50 degrees on Monday. I am ready for it.

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2008
2:50 AM

Post #4362001

38 dgrees tonight. Sure feels differant than a couple of nights ago. Going to warm up to 60 by Sunday!!! Watch out plants. BEV
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2008
3:10 AM

Post #4362077

This time last night, it was 24F. Now it's 34F, so that's a step in the right direction! :) Looking forward to the warm-up. We are also supposed to hit 60 tomorrow and near 70 on Sunday. yeehaa!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 5, 2008
3:15 AM

Post #4362104

The rain has been disappointing so far. It has dripped and drizzled since late morning and recently started to rain lightly. I'd say we've gotten at most 1/4" of rain today, but I haven't checked the rain gauge. It would be nice if we could get at least 1" of rain out of this.


Updated: 6:51 PM PST on January 04, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
53 F / 12 C
Rain Mist
Humidity: 96%
Dew Point: 52 F / 11 C
Wind: 13 mph / 20 km/h / 5.7 m/s from the SE

DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2008
3:24 AM

Post #4362141

Sending soggy thoughts your way, Kelli!
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 5, 2008
5:53 AM

Post #4362578

Tonight: 9 now at 9pm.
Mostly cloudy with flurries. Areas of fog reducing visibility to one half mile or less at times. Lows 5 to 15 above. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
It's become very foggy; will relax as soon as gson gets safely home:))(never stop worrying, I guess)..The roads are quite slick w/freezing fog...
kelli~hope some of the rain comes your way; sounds like NCalif is being hard hit.
Deb~looks like the cold snap is nearly over; you did good:)
marsue/MySharona~~what are you talking about? fried pickles? is that a joke? bet it's not:))
The lakes are plowed and used as roadways in the winter. Many places have no road access till winter; then, lots of action as products are moved across lakes to cabins. Even planes land on them; the first time we saw that, it was quite unnerving as we were parked nearby on the ice. It's several feet thick; but looking down through it is pretty awesome.
Kiska
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2008
10:28 AM

Post #4362783

Dark, cold, @ 33

The pipes thawed yesterday while I was at a meeting w/my boss in Danville, AAAHHH running water - "you don't know what you've got till it's gone" (J. Mitchell ?).

Reporting Station: KROA
Relative Humidity: 47%
Wind: 290 (WNW) at 3mph
Gusts: 0mph
Pressure: 30.39in
Yesterday's Precip: in
Yesterday's Low Temp: 17F
Yesterday's High Temp: 47F
Dew Point: 13
Visibility: 10mi
Ceiling: Unlimited
Heat Index: 31
Wind Chill: 31
6hr Precip: in
6hr Low Temp: 30F
6hr High Temp: 38F

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2008
1:02 PM

Post #4362892

Marsue They cut the pickles across. Ive never had them cut in lengths. Seems they wouldnt be as crisp.
Kelli Im praying you get more rain. We need it too, but not as bad as you do.
Kiska LOL! No joke! They really are delicious of they are made properly. Serve with ranch dressingmmmmmmm!
Sounds like a nice little warming trend everyone can look forward to! Well be in the 70s as well next week.
Dyson - I agree - running water is very good!

49.5 F / 9.7 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 85%
Dew Point: 45 F / 7 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 3.6 mph / 5.8 km/h
Pressure: 30.47 in / 1031.7 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 9.0 miles / 14.5 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 9000 ft / 2743 m
Mostly Cloudy 25000 ft / 7620 m

Today
Partly cloudy. High 62. Northeast winds 10 mph.

sea oats

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music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2008
1:19 PM

Post #4362929

Mornin'! All! I've got 22 on the therm-o-meter! Warmin' up!
Dublin Va. (15 minutes closer than Bluefield) says...
Fair 27F
Feels like: 27F
Barometer: 30.4 in
Dewpoint: 18
Humidity: 63%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 0 mph
Sunrise: 7:38 AM
Sunset: 5:19 PM

Thanks everybody for the compliments on my freezer rolls! It was an accident that they turned out that way. I usually put them in a muffin pan. But no more! Presentation was well received! DH is the one that suggested I take a pic, but he thought that it looked more like a flower! LOL
Kelli, I had heard of "Chunky Monkey" ice cream, and I suppose that it influenced his new "Grammy nickname". I found it in our local grocery store a few weeks ago & thought that I would give it a try (taste) & I had every intention of sharing...I ate the entire pint! :-O That stuff is Goooood! w/ banana's & chunks of chocolate! :D Nobody even got so much as a "sniff"! :D (and I'm not an ice cream eater) ~ Hope you get at least another 1/2" of rain!
Sharon, I'll try to get "teefie" pics today, providing he holds still...he's a real wiggle worm! Thanks for the sea oats! :D
Deb & Marsue...I got my first seed catalog yesterday!...
Sally, Thanks for the wishes! :D Back at ya sweetie!
Dyson, glad that you have your water back! That's one thing that I could Not do w/out!
Kiska, I Love the frozen lake pic! Even planes? Wow! That's some heavy duty ice! I would really like ice skating there! (I'll send you some! ;) I heard on the news this morning that there was an earth quake off the western coast of Canada this morning...was it close enough for you to feel?

The answer to the trivia is...C!
The Earth is about 95 million miles from the Sun at apogee, 91 million miles at perigee.

Todays trivia is...
In the Northern Hemisphere, which two seasons are the longest?
a) Summer and Winter
b) Spring and Summer
c) Autumn and Winter
d) Spring and Autumn


Have a Great Day!
Joey

(my hand made Nativity)

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patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

January 5, 2008
1:33 PM

Post #4362950

Reported from Fort Pierce 01/05/2008 7:53 AM EST
Temperature: 58F 14C
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Winds: CALM 0 MPH CALM 0 KPH
Relative Humidity: 93%
Barometer: 30.38 Rising
Visibility: 10.00 Miles 16.09 Kilometers
Feels Like: 58F n/a

Warming up to 74 today, but so gloomy it looks like snow clouds! The cold snap is wonderful for the the orange crop, makes the fruit sweeter. If only the freezing temps didn't linger too long.

Re: the frozen lakes used as roads...is anyone but me hooked on the "Ice Road" truckers program on the History chanel? It's a sit-on-the-edge-of your-seat show!!!

Still haven't got out and about to see my plant damage. Only thing I can see through the window is that the Coleus are toast, but the Impatience are fine...go figure.
Pati

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2008
2:31 PM

Post #4363083

It is 43 degrees here already this morning,but I do not dare think that it is spring yet. Winds are brisk ,so feels like 30s. I think I will go plant some firebush seeds in the garden later. I have to put domes on them so that bugs bunnie doesn't eat them when and if they come up. BEV

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2008
3:37 PM

Post #4363325

Well we've had a weird ride temperature wise the last few days too.
From 10 -18 Weds, 16-26 Thurs, 14-42 yesterday.
Wind chills were single digits every morning but yesterday...brrrr...

Today it's 39 and raining. (Going for 43 maybe...)
Looks like rain for at least 5 days in fact.
BUT 65 by Monday!!!!

I hope the freeze damage wasn't too bad for you guys!
Our place and plants are made for it here but... one never knows.

The welding on the painted stuff is done.
I'm just grinding and smoothing the welds.
And now we are fabricating hand rails.
Pretty cool to finally reuse some of that useless Geometry I learned in school.

We did have a fire Thursday.
A piece of welding slag or a spark fell thru a dime sized hole in the diamond plate.
This hole was 12 feet from where we were welding (w/ fire blankets totally covering THAT area).
Right on to the oil soaked filter paper.
By the time we noticed it the fire was about dinner plate size.
A quick pop w/ the extinguisher and it was out.
A quick pop every 10 minutes for the next half hour made SURE it stayed out!

So yesterday one of my jobs was Fire Watch...

I'll have to get some shots of the new decking now that it's painted.
It does look pretty cool.
I'm thinking of geting a small welder for here...
Sidney I'll pick your brain before buying it for sure.

Love all the shots!
Especially that Nativity!!

Off to get some more of the Christmas Villages so we can put them away for the Winter.

Here's one of the Sea Shore Village.
Ric

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

January 5, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #4363845

Joey, I don't buy ice cream for that reason - I'd eat it. I'm having a hard enough time losing weight as it is. Your nativity set is really pretty.

We got a total of 1 1/4 inches of rain. That's a decent amount. It is still dark today, but I doubt it will rain much if at all. It just seems to take a lot for it to rain during the day. I don't know if it has to do with the strength of the sun, or what. I might just have to go with the Chumash legend of Sky Coyote and Sun. ;-)


Updated: 8:51 AM PST on January 05, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
53 F / 12 C
Overcast
Humidity: 93%
Dew Point: 51 F / 11 C
Wind: Calm



DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2008
8:17 PM

Post #4364241

Kelli: That's a pretty good rain!
Dyson: It's the little things... :) Glad you have water!

It's 60F !!! Feels downright balmy after the past 4 days. I really hope that's it.
Deb
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2008
8:52 PM

Post #4364375

[quote]I found it in our local grocery store a few weeks ago & thought that I would give it a try (taste) & I had every intention of sharing...I ate the entire pint! :-O That stuff is Goooood! w/ banana's & chunks of chocolate! :D Nobody even got so much as a "sniff"! :D (and I'm not an ice cream eater) [/quote]

ROTFLOL, Joey--you gave me my laugh for the day! That Nativity set is beautiful--I have never seen one like it--did you make it?
I pick A for the trivia question.
Patti, it seems as if we can all expect a warm-up in the next day or two. Sure hope so!
Kiska, Sharon is right--fried pickles are no joke--they really do exist. Only I like the ones that are cut lengthwise, Sharon. To me they give you more to munch on--the thinly-sliced cross-cut pickles are "too soon gone". Just my personal opinion.
Kelli, glad you got some rain and I hope you weren't adversely affected by that storm that came through there yesterday dumping all that snow on the northern areas.

Ric, for me that 'useless geometry' I learned in school is long-since forgotten. I don't think I could pull it up out of the dark recesses of my brain if I had to LOL
I'm enjoying the photos of your little Christmas villages.

BEV, is that a photo of the firebush you were talking about? It certainly is pretty! I'm going to go and look it up in plant files. It resembles what my mother used to call a Japonica, as far as the color.

It's 58 F on my back porch right now with a slight wind blowing and overcast--we have a 30 % chance of rain forecast for later.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2008
9:05 PM

Post #4364448

Around 50 (I'll take it), overcast and a 50% chance of rain tonight (I'll take it). let it pour. Though I do need to strech the plastic the wind blew up back over the beds. That can be done tomorrow.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2008
9:23 PM

Post #4364516

Joey I had to laugh! It is hard to put that container of Ben & Jerrys down! LOL! Pretty nativity! Im going with C.
Pati My DH watches the show. Every once in a while Ill check it out too!
Bev Now thats a pretty bush! Good luck with the seeds.
Ric The Spark Watcher! Sounds like a tv show!
Kelli Congratulations on the rain! May you get more tonight.
Dyson So glad you are getting some more rain too.

58.5 F / 14.7 C
Overcast
Humidity: 63%
Dew Point: 46 F / 8 C
Wind: 3.0 mph / 4.8 km/h / 1.3 m/s from the NNW
Wind Gust: 7.8 mph / 12.6 km/h
Pressure: 30.39 in / 1029.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 3000 ft / 914 m
Scattered Clouds 7500 ft / 2286 m
Overcast 25000 ft / 7620 m

We got uup to 64*. Sure was nice! There is a cool breeze so had to keep the long sleeves on or a light fleece jacket all day. My Baxter is getting ready to cross over the rainbow. It's been a tough day saying goodbye. :(

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2008
10:08 PM

Post #4364659

Howdy all,
Well getting ready to move all these plants out and water them good. It's very hard for us southerners living in Zone 8 or higher to accept this freezing distruction. We figure if it can't be blown down, it's just indistructable.
The temps will be in the mid 40s tonight and maybe we'll break 70 tomorrow.
Ric I too am considering gettting a mig welder for making Yard art. I have several idy's. I need a generator also, so I might go with a stick welder and attach a mig gun to it.
We can conspire later in the Spring.
Joey, it's so great to have you back and Sall, and Patti, and Indy too.
It's a wonderful day for smiling.
Sidney


sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2008
10:17 PM

Post #4364678

Oh Sharon my heart goes out to you, Jeff and your son. Our Furbabies are such generous un-conditional givers affection that touches our hearts where no human can. Remember all the times he made you laugh to tears.
I'm sure he's thanking you for a wonderful life.
Sidney

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2008
12:11 AM

Post #4365086

I slice my pickles length wise also and do try zuccini yum yum!! The bush is also called burning bush. I am going to try seeds in the house this winter. They are slow growing but worth it. I had two come up in the yard from seed. I have to protect the real small ones outside because what ever a rabbit can reach he will eat. They prune my bushes every year. Little ones that I do not find or protect will be gone. It is 46 degrees here now and 62 tomorrow. Heat wave!!!. BEV

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2008
1:55 AM

Post #4365512

Sharon I hope Mr Baxter has a nice and quiet journey.
He certainly had a nice loving place and wonderful people to grace with his presence.
He's certainly a handsome gent!

Amazing what a large hole those little Furballs leave in our lives...

((((((HUGS))))))

Ric

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2008
2:12 AM

Post #4365611

Sharon. Sorry about your kitty. We have a little peekapoo Snuggles who is 19 yrs old and everyday I am scared of loseing her but she is hanging in there. Pets are just like our babies. All the best. BEV

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2008
3:40 AM

Post #4366021

Today was hot. I drove with my back window open when I went to town it was so nice. Tomorrow even better. In the 60s with only a smal breeze. Whoo hoo!!

Sharon, sorry to hear about Baxter. My cat Whiskers is 10 yrs old and we have moments when we are afraid we are gonna lose him cause of an infection or whatever but so far he has recovered from them all.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 6, 2008
4:00 AM

Post #4366069

Tonight
Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog reducing visibility to one quarter mile or less at times. Lows 5 below to 5 above. Light winds.
be back soon.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2008
6:11 AM

Post #4366395

Hi, everyone! I haven't had a chance to sit at the computer all day. I think it's time to wean the bunnies off of their Freddi the Fish games so I get a chance to spend time with MY addictions! :-D It was a beautiful, if somewhat damp day; the humidity came back with the heat. We had to turn the air conditioner back on this morning. It's going to be in the mid-70s with a chance of rain through at least Tuesday. The little bunny goes back to school on Monday, so the big bunny and I will start homeschool again, too. It's going to be a shock, getting back on a normal schedule! We're all night owls, and our schedule has slipped badly during the two weeks that we've been off.

Joey, your nativity pieces are gorgeous!

Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear about Baxter. :-(

Ric, I'm glad you got all of the fires out!

~~~~Waving at the rest of the family~~~~~

Browser and Flash are doing great. The vet thinks that Browser's eye infection was caused by something scratching him, rather than an upper respiratory infection. She gave me an antibiotic to squeeze in there 3 times a day. He tolerates it amazingly well!

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2008
12:49 PM

Post #4366729

Well it is raining so I thought I would check the gauge - it was empty, broke during the freeze. May I can epoxy it.

44.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2008
2:10 PM

Post #4366868

Thank you all for your sympathy. Baxter fought the lung fungus, but it won. He did really well until last week when suddenly his system started failing. His favorite vet (Dr. Jenny) put him to rest last night. He was a wonderful sweet baby and well miss him terribly. There is definitely a hole in our world today.

Bev and marsue Okay now Im going to have to try them lengthwise!
Marylyn So glad Browser and Flash are doing well. Nothing like a warm slice of sunshine on a rug to make a kitty stretch!

53.1 F / 11 C
Fog
Humidity: 95%
Dew Point: 51 F / 10 C
Wind: 1.0 mph / 1 km/h from the NW
Wind Gust: 4.5 mph / 7 km/h
Pressure: 30.36 in / 1028.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 0.1 miles / 0.2 kilometers

Today
Partly cloudy. Areas of dense fog early in the morning. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. High 68. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

We've got a heat wave going!

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2008
2:24 PM

Post #4366909

Sharon,
I'm sorry to hear this but at least it's finally over for him.
I know hard it was to finally make that decision.

When you're up to it please post some Mr Baxter photos and stories.
Any cat w/ that impressive a name has to have great stories.

Peace to You,
Ric
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2008
2:41 PM

Post #4366948

Sorry to her about Baxter, Sharon. It's hard to lose our furbabies--especially when they have been part of the family for so long. I had two cocker spaniels, mother and daughter, for 14+ years each.

BEV, your little Snuggles must surely deserve an award for such a long life! 19 years is amazing!!

We are having a heat wave here, too. It is already 62 on my back porch but, as Dyson says: "I'll take it!." LOL
Kiska, I wish we could send some of this warmth up your way.


Current conditions as of 7:55 am CST

Partly Cloudy
Feels Like: 64
Barometer: 30.00 in and steady
Humidity: 84%
Visibility: 10 mi
Dewpoint: 59
Wind: S 14 mph
Sunrise: 7:16 am
Sunset: 5:11 pm

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2008
3:08 PM

Post #4367018

Good Morning Everybody! We have definitely warmed up. Out on the deck it's a whopping 39 & raining w/ over 3/4 of an inch in the rain guage. Dyson, I hope the epoxy can fix your guage!

At Dublin...
41F
Feels like: 41F
Barometer: 30.3 in
Dewpoint: 39
Humidity: 93%
Visibility: 5 miles
Wind: 0 mph
Sunrise: 7:38 AM
Sunset: 5:20 PM


Sharon, so sorry about Baxter. :( Pets are a wonderful blessing & it's really hard losing a family member. But I know that he had the best home, love & care possible. ((((Hugs)))

Thanks everybody! The Nativity was a Christmas gift that my BIL made me w/ marbles from a factory in north eastern Ohio. He's quite "crafty" w/ wood & now marbles! I had to LOL at him...he & my sister went up there this September & he loaded down her car w/ them. Literally! The car was squatting! :D If anyone wants one...I feel sure that he would make you all one.
Ric, I really like your Sea Shore Village! So real looking! w/ the miniature sails! :D And am waiting (patiently) on those deck pics! :D
Thanks Sidney...I love it here! :D

The answer to the trivia is...B
The earth's orbit is faster as it's closer to the sun. Our Spring and Summer are almost a week longer!

Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

(Joe Cool w/ his "blankie")

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2008
3:48 PM

Post #4367142

LOL! Joe Cool!!

Well it's 54 and going for 59 ...
We're looking at almost 30 above our normal average of 38 by Tues...
That's also holding on the lows.
Usually we're at 22 last night was 52.

We're not looking at 'Normal Average' Temps until next weekend.

Off to get some Mulch and shoot some more Village shots.
Robyn has about 1/2 of it put away... then we have to drag them to the garage...

Ric

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2008
4:05 PM

Post #4367191

Almost 40 here.
Unbelievable!
henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2008
4:12 PM

Post #4367235

What's it usually there?


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

January 6, 2008
6:37 PM

Post #4367688

Sharon, ((((hugs))))

We had a trace of rain overnight. It is damp out now. It's a good day to stay inside and read and watch basketball 'n' stuff like that.

Updated: 9:51 AM PST on January 06, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
53 F / 12 C
Overcast
Humidity: 86%
Dew Point: 49 F / 9 C
Wind: Calm

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2008
6:55 PM

Post #4367742

Average right now would be around 20 in daytime & 5 at night.
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 6, 2008
7:00 PM

Post #4367757

minus3; 10am and it's light out~~
Partly cloudy with areas of fog in the morning...then cloudy with a slight chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs 5 to 15 above. Light north wind
MySharona~I'm so sorry about Baxter~~
Joey~~I love your nativity set; ...as to the question, I didn't see "little winter and big winter" as one of the choices~~will settle w/B~~love the cute photo of JW..
Ric~so glad the fire was quickly contained; what a scary time.
So fried pickles are a reality~seems most unusual to say the least.
kelli~at least you had some of the rains come your way. My sister, SacValley, said they lost several trees and power for a few hours, near Sacramento.
Kiska
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2008
7:44 PM

Post #4367886

Sounds like a general warm-up all around.
72F on the back porch now (and, I assume, elsewhere round the yard). Sunny. Feels downright hot! A wee bit above normal, but after the past 4 days, I welcome the warm!! There's even a chance of rain. :)

I went out and inspected for damage and it's not nearly as bad as could've been. my big Alpinia looks very sad, I may have to trim it back to near the ground. Others, tho, are singed a bit but will probably recover.

Kiska: 10Am and light! That's an encouraging development.
Sharon: So sorry about your Baxter. (((Big Hug)))

Deb
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2008
7:57 PM

Post #4367919

Ric Will do. Im enjoying all the villages!
Joey All JW needs now is a pair of "cool baby shades" to match the blankie and hat!
CG Youre usually much cooler than 40*. Wow
Kiska It took me a while to try them I thought Yuck, but once I tried them, theyre a nice tangy treat.

66.4 F / 19.1 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 53%
Dew Point: 49 F / 9 C
Wind: 1.0 mph / 1.6 km/h / 0.4 m/s from the ENE
Wind Gust: 5.8 mph / 9.3 km/h
Pressure: 30.30 in / 1026.0 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 3 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 2500 ft / 762 m

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2008
8:05 PM

Post #4367938

Here's a link to the Village Shots.
Still two to go but...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rnranimals/collections/72157603607111017/

I love Fried Pickles.
We do them w/ Deep Fried Mushrooms.
Makes a good taste difference.


57 here and GREY...
But I just walked to the store in shirt sleeves... man!

Ric
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2008
8:24 PM

Post #4367996

Sharon, blessings.
I got all my dining room of plants out and well watered. They are smiling now.
We've decided that they need an additional shelf on the back porch.
The ones living back there are doing okay.
Here it's
69.6 F / 20.9 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 54%
Dew Point: 52 F / 11 C
Wind: 7.2 mph / 11.6 km/h / 3.2 m/s from the NNE
Wind Gust: 10.1 mph / 16.3 km/h
Pressure: 30.18 in / 1021.9 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 7.0 miles / 11.3 kilometers
UV: 2 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 2500 ft
The highs in the mid 70s and lows above 50º thru Thursday anyhow..
I think I might get more coleus rooted this week.
Sharon, in the spring I might be able to help you with some coleus plants/or cuttings. Also some more Brugs and a pretty deep pink Porter Weed.
Sidney

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2008
9:51 PM

Post #4368307

66 degrees and a little light wind. Everything that pops it's head up will get bit I am afraid. We are supposed to have a thunderstorm tomorrow. Yikes!!! BEV
Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2008
1:08 AM

Post #4369020

Dark and dreary here today but dry for the most part. It's 52 and last weeks 12+ inches of snow is quickly melting. We will have a couple of more days with highs in the low 50's before the temps drop back down to more seasonable winter temps.

Joey...That little guy is really growing! If I remember correctly, Joe Cool was Snoopy's private-eye alter ego.

Sharona...So sorry to hear about your Mr. Baxter. Our old outside cat used up his lives last September at the ripe old age of 19. One of my daughters friends dropped her off after school and backed over him in the driveway. I took him to the vet but he had to be put to sleep the next day.

early_bloomer



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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2008
1:43 AM

Post #4369260

60 here now and Calm...

e_b that's beautiful... but it makes my eyes go all crazzzyyy! LOL!

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

January 7, 2008
1:49 AM

Post #4369291

It was so nice today we turned off the heat and opened the windows to air out the house.

Currently: 45F Mostly Cloudy
Currently: 7C Mostly Cloudy
Wind: North at 6 MPH
Humidity: 70%
Dewpoint: 36F
Barometer: 29.77 inches and rising
Wind Chill: 42F
Wind: North at 9 KPH
Humidity: 70%
Dewpoint: 2C
Barometer: 1008 millibars and rising
Wind Chill: 5 C


se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2008
3:54 AM

Post #4369825

Lol, I have to laugh. I talked to my daughter Saturday night and she requested an electric blanket. Which I had shipped to her - supposed to arrive Wednesday. She lives in Arkansas and by the time she gets it, it may be 80 degrees. But she says down there people do not regularly heat their houses and that is what she wanted!

Different strokes for different folks, I guess. Or maybe I just wasted my money.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2008
5:24 AM

Post #4370152

I want to know where in Arkansas your daughter lives, se_eds! She must be in south Arkansas close to the Louisiana border because we heat our house on a regular basis in the winter and our high for the next couple of days is supposed to be in the 60's but definitely not 80!

e_b; that's a beautiful picture but how did you do that?

Ric, that photo of the toy emporium makes me want to be there! LOL

Kiska, you must try some fried pickles--yummy!

Joey: "Joe Cool" is sooooo cute--get lots of sugar for us from that sweet chubby neck--:o)))

Our high today was 72--we went to Baskin Robbins and got an ice cream cone! Shades of summer!!!
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2008
11:04 AM

Post #4370396

Good morning everyone!

It's clear and calm this morning and 30F.

The last day of Christmas was yesterday, the last of the yule lads has left for the mountains again and it's time to take down the decorations... I don't enjoy that part nearly as much as getting them out ;-) lol There were some fireworks last night and bonfires. We have a few neighbors that go crazy in the fireworks department every year and they came through and provided us with a great show last night AND Saturday night as well! lol :-)

Sharon - I'm so sorry to hear about Baxter. (((((Hugs)))))

Ric - the Christmas villages are so pretty :-)

Sidney - sorry about the frost damage. Did the brugs get killed?? Did you get cuttings off all your coleus? I'm glad it's warming up again :-)

Sally - thanks - glad you liked the stories :-)

Deb - that was some serious freeze you got there! Hope there's not too much damage!

I have a busy week ahead - I have a birthday party on Sunday to prepare. Hildur Eva will turn 5 (!) next Monday (14th). I can't believe she's getting so big ! lol

Great photos everyone!

Rann
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
11:05 AM

Post #4370399

Sidney Sounds like a plan to me!
E_B What a great picture. Looks like it was taken through a sheer curtain.
Thats so sad about your kitty. Im so sorry : (

51.4 F / 10.8 C
Fog
Humidity: 94%
Dew Point: 50 F / 10 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.33 in / 1027.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 0.1 miles / 0.2 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 early in the morning. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times early in the morning. Partly cloudy with a high of 73. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Looks like Spring is back for a while! Here is Sylvester being very graceful

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2008
11:15 AM

Post #4370414

61 at 6 AM...
Did I wake up in Florida?
Going for 68 ...

Ric

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2008
1:08 PM

Post #4370545

Good Morning! Goodness! No wonder everyone is sick! The temps for our weather are going up & down like a yo-yo! & I have tuplips showing! At the moment we have 38 & we're going for 68 too!
At Dublin...
Mostly Cloudy 36F
Feels like: 36F
Barometer: 30.4 in
Dewpoint: 36
Humidity: 100%
Visibility: 3 miles
Wind: 0 mph
Sunrise: 7:38 AM
Sunset: 5:21 PM

I don't know where the 100% humidity came from! No rain here.
Ric, I love All of those villages! Wow!I had to snicker, tho. I know it was the lighting, but it looked as if one of the little trees was "smokin"! :D
E_B! Love the effects & the Snow Angels! :D And you are correct about Snoopy!
Marsue...Will Do! :D
Sharon, I think that the shades would be a neat addition to his outfit...he has been wearing his mom's, but they are rather Large.

Today's trivia is...
Stars twinkle at night because of minor variations in:
a) Air density
b) Air pollution
c) Sun spots
d) Reflected moonlight

Have a Great Day!
Joey

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
2:25 PM

Post #4370801

Good morning! It's going to be almost 80 here. While they were here, my parents caught the upper respiratory junk that we had been passing around. Mom was mostly over it before they left, but Dad was in the yuckiest part of it. My sister Diane called me on Friday to say that Dad now has a nasty sinus infection, and Mom had a relapse and now has pneumonia. :-( Diane spent the weekend at their house doing laundry, cleaning the house, stocking up their groceries, etc..., and left them with several meals in the freezer. It's been one of those times that I absolutely hate living so far away! All I could do to help was to pray a lot and send recipe suggestions.

The little bunny went back to school this morning, and I have a meeting at church, so I'd better get off here and get ready.

JW is very cute with those sunglasses on, Joey. :-) I'm guessing A.

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 7:53am CST (22 min ago)
Temperature 71 F 22 C
Dew Point 66 F 19 C
Humidity 84%
Pressure 30.03 in 1016.9 mb
Wind Speed 14 MPH
G 21 12 kts
G 18
Wind Dir S 170
Ceiling 7500 ft 2286 m
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Heat Index 76 F 24 C
Current Conditions Cloudy
6 hour min temperature ending 5:53am CST : 68.0F / 20.0C

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2008
4:38 PM

Post #4371255

It is 64 degrees here with off and on sun!! Very windy. Rain tomorrow they say. Have a good one all. BEV
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 7, 2008
5:28 PM

Post #4371418

We got a total of 2 inches of rain over the past 2 or 3 days. That is good.

It looks like I'm the cold spot this morning, or at least will be until Kiska checks in.

Updated: 8:51 AM PST on January 07, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
50 F / 10 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 61%
Dew Point: 37 F / 3 C
Wind: 10 mph / 17 km/h / 4.6 m/s from the NNE

kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 7, 2008
5:43 PM

Post #4371468

kelli~~checking in now:))
6 at 8:30; sunrise at 10:09. sets at 3:55 a gain of 3m/17seconds.
Today
Variable clouds. Snow showers. Little snow accumulation. Highs 5 to 15 above. Light winds becoming northeast 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Back to fried pickles; after mentioning them to other family members, all with the same resulting facial expressions, have to plan to try them someday somewhere...
Marylyn~sorry to hear that your parents are under-the-weather, so to speak...hopefully medications will boost their quick recovery...
MySharona~that silly Sylvester; quite a cute character.
Music2Keep~~now, with sunglasses; nothing can top JW for cuteness...
Rann~it's so nice joining you/family as the years go by, now, with HildurEva turning 5, it does seem unreal...
se_eds~even if it does turn warm down there, she'll love having the blanket no matter.
dragonfly~sounds like a windy day ahead; typical winter weather?
marsue~ice cream any time is a good time:)
Today is the first day back to school ~ buses plugged and ready.
Kiska

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #4371508

Ric Break out the shorts and t-shirts! Its Spring time!
Joey LOL!! Hes a doll! Im going with A.
Marylyn Pneumonia? OMG what is going on this year? Im sure you have done everything you possibly can. And being there for your sister even if it is over the phone is a huge boost for your sister. Well keep your family in our prayers as well.
Kelli Thats a good deal of rain! I finally figured out what that huge slurping sound is I keep hearing when I go outside. Its your happy plants all the way from CA! LOL!

69.4 F / 20.8 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 50%
Dew Point: 50 F / 10 C
Wind: 1.0 mph / 1.6 km/h / 0.4 m/s from the NNE
Wind Gust: 4.9 mph / 7.9 km/h
Pressure: 30.36 in / 1028.0 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 3 out of 16
Clouds: Few 3500 ft / 1066 m
Mostly Cloudy 5000 ft / 1524 m

Rest of Today
Partly cloudy. High 73. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

Jeff bought a little marmalade kitty for my car.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2008
6:31 PM

Post #4371624

Kelli - good news about the rain :-) I thought of you this weekend when there was a news report of the flood damage in Nevada and (N?)California from that storm - glad you weren't affected in a bad way. It's pretty ironic to live in the desert and loose everything in a flood ...

We're in the process of taking down the Christmas tree now - thought I'd share this photo with you guys of our two Cockatiels, Kiki and Oliver. Some of you may remember Kiki, she was a Christmas present for Selma a year ago. We got Oliver for Hildur Eva (and mainly as company for Kiki) in May. They hit it off instantly and can't stand to be apart from each other for too long ;-) lol

It's still freezing here, around 30F like this morning and fairly calm. Didn't see the sun today despite only skattered clouds, there was a bank of clouds on the south horizon that it didn't find it's way out of ... Still it was brighter than it's been in a long time .

Rann

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2008
6:38 PM

Post #4371652

Cute kitty Sharon :-)

Marylyn - so sorry to hear about your parents being ill.

Kiska - neat photo of the buses. Are they plugged in for heating purposes?
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 7, 2008
7:01 PM

Post #4371715

rann~the cockatiels are cute and look very companionable.
MySharona~how sweet of Jeff~
The buses are plugged in to a engine block heater so the oil for the engine stays liquid and will start more easily in the constant cold. At least that's my general knowledge of it:))
Some ice luminaireas last night along the driveway.
Kiska

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 7, 2008
8:15 PM

Post #4371937

71(F) & winter went where?
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
8:36 PM

Post #4372022

I don't care as long as it stays there! LOL
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2008
8:55 PM

Post #4372113

Yeah, me too, Marylyn!! LOL It's approx 66 on my back porch right now. We had a little bit of rain earlier but nothing to brag about. It's overcast and somewhat windy but still warm.
Kiska, I was going to ask the same questions about why the buses were plugged in but you have already answered it. You just come on down to the South and we'll feed you all the fried pickles you care to eat or maybe Sharon should show you how to cook fried pickles when she and her DH go "North to Alaska" this summer.
Sharon, Sylvester is one laid-back cat!
Joey, I'm guessing "A" for the trivia question. I just knew JW's neck had lots of sugar under that double chin--your photo proves it!! Babies are so precious!! ♥♥♥
I hope your folks are feeling better soon, Marylyn.
Kiki and Oliver are two cute birds, Rann. BTW, my last name is Oliver--LOL

Speaking of birds, I don't have any indoor birds at my house but one Lorikeet took a liking to me when we visited the zoo with a couple of our grandkids last summer. I guess I should say that this bird took a liking to my gray hair---I was about to think that I had fleas or lice---ewwwwwww!!
edited to say that is my grandson's hand in the photo--he wanted the bird to jump on his arm.

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henryr10
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2008
9:02 PM

Post #4372133

Man I leave for a few hours and this place is for the Birds! lol!


70 here, 20 MPH South Winds and partly Sunny.
We broke the record High.

Where's Winter?
It will be back by the weekend...
Big T-Storms scheduled for the tomorrow's Weather flip.

Robyn says THANKS! for the Village Comments
Ric
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2008
9:04 PM

Post #4372140

joey: I guess "A". and JW looks mighty cool.

Well, it's 73F and sunny. A person could be fooled into thinking winter is over. Oh if it were only true! I spotted some daffodils peeking up.

Deb

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2008
9:25 PM

Post #4372219

Kiska, not typical winter weather just windy all year from farmers cutting down all the trees arround us. It is sure cold where you are huh? I will not complain, but would love to have your trees up there. Bev 68 degrees now!!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2008
9:27 PM

Post #4372231

Well, Ric, at least we haven't "gone to the dogs"----yet!!
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 7, 2008
10:59 PM

Post #4372667

Looks like winter is bouncing all up and down the thermometer there. At least ours remains fairly constant so no changes to deal with.
14/foggy w/ice frost forming all over everything at my house; windy in Palmer 3 miles away.
marsue~I just may have to ask Sharon to do some cooking when they come up:)) The colors of the bird go well with what you're wearing; nice to see you. Did it go to your gson?
Bev~too bad about the trees in your area; are any being replanted?
ric~thunderstorms; what a turnabout, for sure.
This is not today's, but could be as the wind continues to blow the fresh snow across the road into town.
Kiska

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
11:35 PM

Post #4372824

Rann- Oliver and Kiki and beautiful! I forgot the girls had received them. They look like ornaments on the tree!
Kiska Believe me, I had the same expression on my face when I first heard of fried pickles! Yuck! LOL! Buses plugged in, not a phrase Ive heard before! The luminarias are huge! What type of container did you use to make them? Ill cook! LOL!
Marsue I think the Lorikeet was sniffing your perfume!
Bev Why did they cut the trees down?
Kiska Yep still cold in your neck of the woods! It looks frigid Brrrrr!

60.8 F / 15 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 84%
Dew Point: 56 F / 13 C
Wind: 0.0 mph / 0 km/h
Wind Gust: 2.7 mph / 4 km/h
Pressure: 30.33 in / 1027.0 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 8000 ft / 2438 m

Tonight
Partly cloudy with patchy fog near the coast in the evening. Areas of dense fog after midnight. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. Low 54. Light east winds.

We had some serious fog this morning. At first I thought there was a fire in the distance.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
11:35 PM

Post #4372830

Then I realized it was fog.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2008
11:37 PM

Post #4372836

It was so dark!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2008
1:03 AM

Post #4373257

Tornado watch 1 remains in effect until 900 pm cst.

Just heard thunder outside. Weird since radar shows nothing nearby. *shrug*

Currently: 49F Mostly Cloudy
Currently: 9C Mostly Cloudy
Wind: North at 3 MPH
Humidity: 71%
Dewpoint: 40F
Barometer: 29.76 inches and rising
se_eds
Millersburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2008
1:21 AM

Post #4373397

Kiska, love your candles in the snow.
Pepper - I have been watching national weather as I have grandchildren in Arkansas and a son in new Mexico. - He has had a time of it. Stay safe and alert!

Weather here was to die for! - presently 48 deg. but was up into the 60's today. I was out writing maps of flower beds Just enjoyed being out there.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
1:28 AM

Post #4373448

Pepper - Please stay safe!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2008
1:40 AM

Post #4373510

Most of the stuff is gonna be south and southeast of us. Might get some rain but not likely. Don't need it anyways. Roads need to dry out so we can quit driving on snotty roads. That's how my mom describes the conditions of our gravel roads. lol

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2008
1:53 AM

Post #4373568

The farmers cut the trees down to make more land to grow corn. They are even cutting all the trees out along the creeks. There are a lot of animals moving into the towns. Last winter we had opossums under our trailer. I hadn't blocked the hole arround the bathroom pipes and I trapped a baby every night for 8 nights. I took them out to the country and let them out each day. They were half grown and could take care of themselves. In this little town we have seen racoons,opossum, skunks, snapping turtles, cyotes, miss spell sorry, deer, mink, groundhogs, and two years ago there was a muskrat that got into our garage and was eating my birdseed. He was clawing the outside door to get out. I trapped him and he went by by too.
We have tornado watches till 10;00pm and maybe in the night and the morning too so must go. It is still 63 degrees here with a coldfront moving in. BEV
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2008
2:42 AM

Post #4373859

I was reading about the tornado warnings and watches on this thread and on one of the chat threads so I thought I better check our weather. Sure enough there is a warning and a watch in the very extreme northwest corner of the state. Not close to where I am here in the central portion of the state, though. Our current temp is 66 under cloudy skies. Thunderstorms likely beginning later tonight.
Everyone stay safe tonight! Looks like the midwest is in for some storms.

That fog did look like smoke in the distance, Sharon.
Kiska, I never realized that the lorikeet and I were color coordinated. LOL
I don't think my gs ever got one to land on his arm but his big sissy did. See photo.

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Early_Bloomer
Springboro, PA
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2008
3:19 AM

Post #4374026

63 and breezy tonight...not too bad for the first week of January!

marsue...The photo is 2 separate frames of slide film sandwiched together then scanned into the computer. I photographed a white birch woods with a Cokin Superspeed filter then photographed snow angels I had the kids make.

dragonfly...The farmers here are doing the same thing. One of my favorite autumn scenes was a row of trees in a sloping field with a nice view of the valley. I photographed them this fall and a couple of weeks later they were gone.--all cut down.

sharona...do you have all that camera equipment figured out yet? You made quite a haul this Christmas! Losing that cat that way really bummed me out. For many years he ruled the neighborhood and just 2 years ago a big raccoon holed up in his house and he went right in and ran the coon off. He had gotten to the point that all he did was sit in the sun and look stately.

dyson...my rain gauge froze and broke earlier this winter too.

Photo...The the field and fence row I mentioned earlier. All the trees in the foreground are now gone.

I'm enjoying everyone's photos!

early_bloomer

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
10:52 AM

Post #4374649

Glad everyone was out of the storm's path. I just heard on the news that MO is still under some tornado watches. Sure hope all is well Pepper.
E_B - Still learning the camera! LOL! That's a shame about the trees. They were so beautiful.

57.4 F / 14.1 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 93%
Dew Point: 55 F / 13 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.27 in / 1024.9 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 7.0 miles / 11.3 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 6000 ft / 1828 m

Today
Patchy morning fog...otherwise partly cloudy. High 74. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Looks like tomorrow will be the warmest day, then we'll begin a cooling trend. YAY! Here is my little chunky monkey a/k/a Callie-saurus checking out the squirrels and birds. She stays on the sidelines and chatters at them.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2008
12:03 PM

Post #4374714

Am fine here. Southern missouri got hit pretty hard though. They had at least 4 tornadoes touch the ground from what I heard. Eastern MO might have gotten more than one too but I haven't heard. We didn't get much, just some normal storms. We were right above where they were going.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
12:21 PM

Post #4374744

It's sprinkling!

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2008
12:53 PM

Post #4374828

Good Morning Everyone! At the present it is 34 and ver, very foggy. Sharon? did you send your fog north? Our high yesterday was 69, which was a record. We're to get rain this evening...Dyson & Deb, hope you will be getting it, too! Yay Sharon!
At Dublin...
Fog: 37F
Feels like: 37F
Barometer: 30.3 in
Dewpoint: 37
Humidity: 100%
Visibility: 0 miles
Wind: 0 mph
Sunrise: 7:38 AM
Sunset: 5:22 PM

I have a question & this may sound "dumb", but if it's foggy will the humidity read 100%?

The answer to yesterdays trivia is...A
Air density changes in the atmosphere refract (bend) the light of the star, changing its appearance.

Todays trivia is...
What location would have the thickest fog with the same amount of water?
a) Over the ocean
b) A green Iowa cornfield
c) The Minnesota Northwoods
d) In or near a large city


Well, sorry I can't stay longer, but I need to get ready for work...but I'll be back this afternoon!

Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

("gone to the dogs"! ) :D

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2008
2:10 PM

Post #4375061

Today: Windy...scattered thunderstorms this morning, mainly cloudy during the afternoon with a few showers. A few storms may be severe. High 66F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Tonight: Generally clear. Low 37F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tomorrow: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 56F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

It is already 66 on my back porch so either they are wrong about what the high temp. will be or it is going to start cooling off from this point on. We didn't have any storms in our area overnight but it looks as if we might get some later today.

e_b: beautiful trees--sad to think that they are no longer there. That is interesting how you made the picture with the birch woods and the snow angels but far too technical for me. I just "point and shoot"--thank goodness for today's digital cameras! LOL

Sharon: give Callie a pat on the head for me. I love cats and dogs, too, but we live on a busy street and have no fenced yard and DH will not have animals in the
house so I am currently "petless".

Joey: I don't have a clue about the trivia question--guess I'll just have to wait for your answer. Speaking of "going to the dogs" here's a pic of our faithful Bud--the sweetest dog in the world IMHO. Bud is not a city dog and we had to give him to a friend who lives in the country when we moved over here. We still get to see him, though, and he is very happy where he is.

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kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 8, 2008
3:39 PM

Post #4375336

6 Dark for a couple more hours.
Chance of snow. Highs in the teens. North wind 10 mph in the morning becoming light.
Tonight
Chance of snow. Lows 5 below to 5 above. Light winds.
M2Keep~ love how relaxed he looks; he and JW becoming good friends, I'll bet.. A
marsue~Glad you were able to have Bud in a good home and you can visit, too. We no longer have a dog, but do have a cat. She loves moose watching/stalking.
pepper23~sounds very scary with all that going on all. Glad all's well.
se_eds~thanks, sounds like you had a good day getting outdoors yesterday.
MySharona~sprinkling sounds good; Callie is a cutie..
Sander/plow whizzing down a street in Palmer yesterday. Barely had time to turn on the camera before he was gone.
Kiska

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

January 8, 2008
4:59 PM

Post #4375608

Joey, I would think that when it's foggy, the humidity should be 100%, but I'm not certain.

We had frost on the porch roof this morning. On mornings like this, you can see who has good insulation in the attic. Those with good insulation have frost on the roofs. Those with bad insulation only have frost on the overhangs. We have a lot of insulation in the attic, but if would have been nice if they had put it in the walls, too.

Updated: 7:51 AM PST on January 08, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
41 F / 5 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 79%
Dew Point: 35 F / 2 C
Wind: 4 mph / 6 km/h / 1.5 m/s from the NW

marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2008
5:35 PM

Post #4375714

Kelli, there is no such thing here as a house without insulation in the walls--at least in houses built within the last 40 years. Of course, with your milder climate, I wouldn't think you would need insulation in the walls.
It is raining here and I can hear thunder somewhere in the distance. No lightening or thunder nearby, though. The temp is showing 66 which is the same as it was two hours ago. Here is what it looks like outside my front door right now.

edited for spelling

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
5:44 PM

Post #4375759

Joey I figured there was so much fog here Id share with yall! LOL! I think the humidity is at least in the 90% range when there is fog. Im going with A, could be wrong!
Marsue Has the cool down begun?
Kiska- Interesting, does it drop sand and blow at the same time?

68.5 F / 20 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 63%
Dew Point: 57 F / 14 C
Wind: 0.0 mph / 0 km/h
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0 km/h
Pressure: 30.30 in / 1026.0 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 3 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 2000 ft / 609 m
Mostly Cloudy 6000 ft / 1828 m

Rest of Today
Considerable cloudiness with occasional sprinkles and isolated showers through the early afternoon...then becoming partly cloudy. High 74. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

marsue - looks a little stormy, but nice!

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2008
5:59 PM

Post #4375814

Pretty succulent, Sharon. What's the other plant with the black "spots" on the leaves?
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
7:23 PM

Post #4376123

It's called Donkey Ears! LOL!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2008
7:32 PM

Post #4376144

34* and a grey gloomy rainy day! Yesterday we hit 59*!!

Sharon, I'm so sorry about Baxter. What a sweet face. My heart aches for your loss. Callie is so pretty!

Pepper, I'm glad you didn't have bad weather!

Joey, I think that's right about the fog and 100%. I'll guess D. Jack is waiting for an offer :))

Marsue, point and shoot. Yep! Bud is a sweetie!

Kiska, it's amazing how fast they do go isn't it?

Kelli, I'm glad to see we're not the only one's who look to see who is insulated :))

Marsue, the same thing out my window! We have mostly green grass right now and all our snow is melted, except for the piles we made.

Sharon, the cactus looks like a pretty Christmas bow!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2008
7:51 PM

Post #4376202

Sharon: how about a pic of the entire "Donkey Ears" plant? I've never heard of it but I may have to have one. LOL

BP: our bermuda grass here is all brown except for the neighbor's in the new house across the street. They planted winter rye which stays green all winter, but they will have to plant something else in the spring because the winter rye won't last.

Well, as I live and breathe--the sun is shining! LOL Hooray and what a difference
two hours makes! See for yourselves. . .

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2008
8:01 PM

Post #4376226

Marsue, that winter rye looks pretty good right now :)) Is that a mulched rock garden. I'm going to replant and mulch mine this year. I love your driveway bed!
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2008
8:07 PM

Post #4376256

Thanks, BP and yes, it is a mulched bed. We got the rocks on some property we own in another county, so they were free. We also got the mulch free from Searcy Mulch which is about 30 miles from our house. The mulch plant belongs to the city of Searcy and they chop up old wood pallets, trees, whatever, etc., and anybody can get it free. You just have to bring your own trailer, pick-up or whatever. They even load it for you. We have about 200 bulbs planted in that bed and another bed in our front yard, plus mums and loropetalum and yarrow and amaryllis and I forget what all. I am certainly looking forward to seeing it all bloom come spring!

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2008
8:36 PM

Post #4376374

Me too!! Providing you post a picture:))

dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2008
9:59 PM

Post #4376744

Well it is really gloomy out but 52 degrees and the wind has stopped. It looks like rain any min. Sunshine tomorrow I hope. BEV
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 8, 2008
10:45 PM

Post #4376933

Hmmm, Bev, it is almost Illinoisian here.

Updated: 1:51 PM PST on January 08, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
58 F / 14 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 53%
Dew Point: 41 F / 5 C
Wind: 4 mph / 6 km/h / 1.5 m/s from the South


Marsue, I don't know for sure if there is insulation in the walls of this house, but it doesn't feel like it. The house was built in 1964, so it is pre- "energy crisis". I have a feeling that back in those days, people insulated against the cold and didn't think about insulating against the heat. There is a lot of insulation in the attic - deeper than the studs - but the house wasn't built with it that way.

Bev and E_B - I thought that farmers nowdays knew better than to cut down the trees all the way to the creek banks.

I finished putting away the Christmas decorations today. The only good thing about putting them away is that it takes less time than putting them up.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2008
11:06 PM

Post #4377007

High today was 75F, mostly sunny and breezy.
Got a tiny bit of rain overnight, about 1/10".

So...we went from 15 degrees below normal to about 15 degrees above normal. If you average it out, this weather is perfectly normal! :)

Deb
(Camellia bud)

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
11:09 PM

Post #4377011

It was sunny and 78 at noon and then a chilly front blew through. Now it's partly cloudy and 66. A friend of mine is going to come over tomorrow morning and exercise with me.. DH built a dance pad to go with the free-for-the-download version of Dance Dance Revolution (http://www.stepmania.com/). It's fun and great exercise - and we both need to lose weight. I'm hoping she will start coming over several times a week. :-) (Right now I need to clean the house so she doesn't take one look and run away! LOL (So of course I'm sitting here telling you about our weather instead.)

I finished taking our Christmas decorations down yesterday, and I agree with you, Kelli. :-)

Fog occurs when there are temperature inversions, right? Ocean water is often warmer than the air temp, so I'm guessing A. I could be wrong, though. :-)

Ok, I need to get to work... Here is a picture of the big bunny on the dance pad. It's almost 2 years old, so she's a bigger bunny now. :-)

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

January 8, 2008
11:19 PM

Post #4377054

Marylyn, if I lived closer, I would come over. I need to lose weight, too, and your house can't be any worse than I let mine get between cleanings.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #4377174

That would be fun, Kelli. :-)
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
12:12 AM

Post #4377284

Sally Thank you. I still miss Baxter terribly, but am learning to live with the loss.
Marsue Mother Nature lets us know whos in charge doesnt she? Your bed really does look great. Cant wait to see it in the Spring!
Kelli Sounds a tad chilly for your area. What is the normal temp now? Were about 10* higher than the norm. I agree took me one day to take it all down way more than that to put it all up!
Deb Pretty bud!
Marylyn Pretty rug!!! Its got pink in it so surely thats the first thing I saw! LOL! That looks like fun! Due to my thyroid problem I work out everyday so I feel your pain! I borrow the slogan Just do it. You really will feel so much better.

59.5 F / 15.3 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 83%
Dew Point: 54 F / 12 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.21 in / 1022.9 hPa (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 3500 ft / 1066 m
Scattered Clouds 8000 ft / 2438 m

Tonight
Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Low 57 coast. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the south after midnight.

"They" lowered our high at some point today to 72*. Clouds today.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
12:16 AM

Post #4377301

marsue - here is donkey ears.

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
12:18 AM

Post #4377316

Kelli - Look familiar?

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
12:18 AM

Post #4377319

Kelli, They can come in and fill the voids in your wall with great insulation.
Maybe houses weren't supposed to build without insulation, but I find often they do what they can get away with.
It's 66º here at sundown.
Sidney
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
12:19 AM

Post #4377324

Christmas cactus is going crazy

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
12:21 AM

Post #4377326

My all time fav - white ghost

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2008
12:44 AM

Post #4377420

May I join your exercise class, Marylyn? I need to lose at least 20 lbs but I am not motivated to exercise alone. Anyone out there got a private jet? LOL
Sharon, the Christmas cactus in beautiful. Mine is just about bloomed out by now. What do you feed yours, if anything? Is/are the Donkey's Ears a succulent, too? The white ghost is great and the narcissi are, too.
Pretty camellia bud, Deb. Post a pic when it blooms out, please.
Kelli, I hate to put away Christmas decorations, too,---such a pain! Oh, and there is a type of insulation that "they" can blow into the walls of an existing house (from the attic). It is a type of foam that "puffs up" after it is blown in and it fills in all the nooks and crannies between the exterior and interior walls of the house.

Well, it is getting colder now as we are being dominated by a strong high pressure front moving in from the west. (I just quoted that from the TV weatherman.) I also heard on the news that we had one fatality here in our state due to a tornado last night. :o((
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
12:57 AM

Post #4377489

Kelli - At our last house in Jacksonville we had the attic and walls blown with insulation and I had the whole house tiled. The temp in the house never got above 75* even in the dog days of Summer.
Marsue - I'll send you some cuttings if you want. They are all succulents (except for the narcissi).



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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 9, 2008
12:59 AM

Post #4377498

It is Dark 58(F)

Reporting Station: KROA
Relative Humidity: 70%
Wind: 0 (N) at 0mph
Gusts: 0mph
Pressure: 30.12in
Yesterday's Precip: in
Yesterday's Low Temp: 38F
Yesterday's High Temp: 72F
Dew Point: 48
Visibility: 10mi
Ceiling: Unlimited
Heat Index: 58
Wind Chill: 58
6hr Precip: in
6hr Low Temp: 57F
6hr High Temp: 68F
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #4377522

Did someone say "DysonDark"?!

Dyson - How are you doing?
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4377673

Sure, come on over, Marsue! :-)

music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2008
1:50 AM

Post #4377734

Helluu! I finally made it back, today...

Dyson, how is work going? :D
Sharon, those are some pretty impressive pics of your succulents! :D White Gost is my fave, too!
Marylyn, your big bunny may get as much use out of your rug as you will! :D I'm up for some companionship when it comes to some excersize, but I guess that Jack will be my partner. :D
Deb, Love the Bud! It reminds me of a Peoni bud! Soooo pretty. :D
Sally, Jack is waiting for me to go outside w/ him...he waits patiently. That's hard to do for a dog that is rather hyper.
Kelli, so true about the Christmas decorations. Glad that you got a significant amount of rain! :D
Marsue, your Bud looks like a real sweetie. Jack would not do well in town either. But I'm afraid that he would probably not do well w/out me. I have gone out of town a few times & he would not eat until I returned. BTW I gave JW some neck kissies & he laughed pretty hard...Sooo funny!
Kiska, It looks as if that plow is really flying! Zoom! I suppose they have a lot of ground to cover.

The Weather...
Clear: 55F
Feels like: 55F
Barometer: 30.1 in
Dewpoint: 52
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 13 mph SSW
Sunrise: 7:38 AM
Sunset: 5:22 PM

Good night all!
Joey

(a little fog)

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2008
1:52 AM

Post #4377738

Dyson dark and colder than I want it to be at the moment.
Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
2:00 AM

Post #4377775

Sharon, somehow I missed your post! Sorry about that. I like the rug, too. :-) What kind of thyroid problem do you have? I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis... Despite the 275 mcg of Levothyroxine I take every morning, my metabolism is really really r-e-a-l-l---y slow, which makes me sleepy, so I don't exercise, which makes my metabolism slow down even more, which makes me even less inclined to exercise... I suspect I would feel better and have a lot more energy (besides losing weight, which would be great!) if I would "just do it." So I'm hoping having my friend come over will help. :-)
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2008
2:06 AM

Post #4377788

Joey: I like your misty lane.
Marylyn: I was admiring your rug, too! :) That dance thing does look like fun. I'd be happy to join the exercise class if I could. (I still do Step with videos, but it's tough staying motivated without pals. Used to run, but had to give that up because my knees began to complain.)

Dyson: Yeah , what's it feel like now that you've been back at work for a bit?
Sharon: It was warmer here than in FLA today!
Marsue: You know I'll post a camellia when they bloom, but I'm a little concerned because they normally bloom in January, but they're late this year, and the buds are kind of small. Blaming that on the drought.

Deb

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 9, 2008
2:11 AM

Post #4377809

No Kelli, The farmers do not cut the trees clear to the creek banks. They cut out all the trees along the creek banks and the sun and wind dry them up. Some day we will all pay the price!!! BEV
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 9, 2008
2:28 AM

Post #4377881

Sharon, yes, it has been a little cooler than typical, and yes, those narcissus look very familiar. The Christmas cactus looks great.

Too bad we all don't live close enough to exercise together. Then again, if we lived closer, we'd probably all go out and eat together, too.
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
10:59 AM

Post #4378695

Joey You have the spruces that have the drapey limbs. I just love them.
Marylyn I have Hashimotos as well, but Im on 75mcg of synthroid. Youll feel better when you start exercising. One thing Ive learned is keep moving. I was one of those people everyone hated! I could eat anything anytime of day and not gain an ounce until I turned 44. I was a 7 all my adult life. Then it all changed!
Deb Check out Leslie Sansones Walk videos. I like them - theyre low impact, but you get a good workout. Im at a point where all the impact from running is beginning to bother me.
Kelli LOL! Youre right!

57.4 F / 14.1 C
Clear
Humidity: 94%
Dew Point: 56 F / 13 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.15 in / 1020.9 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 6.0 miles / 9.7 kilometers
UV: 0 out of

Now
Through 700 am...patchy dense fog will continue to affect portions of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia...reducing visibilities to less than one half mile at times. Motorists should remain alert for rapid changes in visibilities and use only low-beam headlights. Boaters should use extra caution along inland waterways and over the near shore Atlantic waters. Visibilities are expected to improve by mid-morning.

Today
Patchy dense morning fog with visibilities one quarter mile or less at times...otherwise partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 75 coast. West winds 5 mph.

Isaboo relaxing.

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2008
12:35 PM

Post #4378797

Good Morning! Sharon, it's almost as warm here as it is there! :-O It's 52 & these April like temps are worrying me. We had a warm spell like this last winter & look how hot our summer was!

Mostly Cloudy: 52F
Feels like: 52F
Barometer: 30 in
Dewpoint: 52
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 10 miles
Wind: 24 mph W
Sunrise: 7:37 AM
Sunset: 5:23 PM

Thanks Sharon, Those trees belong to our little neighbor & he has a time mowing around them, so I take care of them & I have planted Yucca's under them. Isaboo, looks so comfy! Kitties really know how to relax!
Thanks Debi. I love our "shady lane", it makes me feel more secluded than we really are!
Pepper, I'm so glad that all of the nasty weather missed you!

The answer to yesterday's trivia is...D
Abundant pollutants allow many small fog droplets to form, increasing the opaqueness of the fog.

Todays trivia is...
At which location would the same pot of water boil the quickest using the same amount of heat?
a) Miami, Florida
b) Barrow, Alaska
c) Minneapolis, Minnesota
d) Boise, Idaho

Have a Great Day All! :D
Joey

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dragonfly62

dragonfly62
Nilwood, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 9, 2008
4:09 PM

Post #4379515

35 degrees, no wind and the sun is shineing. It is going to be 42 today. Bev
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2008
4:18 PM

Post #4379553

[quote]Too bad we all don't live close enough to exercise together. Then again, if we lived closer, we'd probably all go out and eat together, too.[/quote]

Ha, ha, ha, Kelli--so true!! LOL

Sharon, Isaboo is difinitely 'chillin' out' :o) I would love some cuttings--you have Dmail.

Joey, your shady lane is beautiful. Just look at all those pine needles--great for mulching azaleas, etc.!! I'm jealous of all sugar you got from from JW's sweet neck. I want some!! No new grandbabies in my immediate future--I'll have to wait for the grandkids to produce some great-grands and I'm not sure I am ready for that!! LOL.

It was colder here this morning--frost on the mulched beds. Sun is shining now and things are supposed to warm up to mid-50's. BRB with the forecast.
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2008
4:21 PM

Post #4379561

Today: Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High around 55F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mainly cloudy. Low 41F. Winds light and variable.
Currently, it is 50 on my backporch, so we are getting there. :o))

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2008
7:29 PM

Post #4380340

35* and cloudy here. It was a frosty, but nice, morning!

Deb, despite your cold snaps, Summerville sounds like a great place to live :)) Camillas resemble peony buds!

Marylyn, I would trip over both my feet trying to work out on that! What a cute younger bunny!

Sharon, I just went thru my little photo album of feral cats and the ferals we adopted. They're all gone and I loved every one of them. No matter what, there's another needy cat around the corner and we go on. I love that sky and the Christmas cactus!

Joey, I could tell that by his expression! Dogs can be so funny. What a nice lane! Went back to see JW"s pics. What a cutie!! I love the sunglasses!

Dragonfly, cutting trees must be the thing. Last year people were doing the same thing around here and the farmers are still working on fence rows this year.

Kelli, I picture a group of Dave's walkers filching seeds and clippings from around the neighborhood :))

Isaboo is in the catbird seat :)) (Very happy)

I guess B, tho I also want to say C.

Same porch, different flower. It's in a hot sauce bottle :))

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2008
11:47 PM

Post #4381431

My 14 yr. old granddaughter just sent me this video. While I was watching and listening to it, I turned and looked out my window. I want to share both the video and the scene I saw with you.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=70IHIrvAO_w

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
11:49 PM

Post #4381434

Joey Is this a trick question?!
Sally Yesterday we had had an incredible sky. I was impressed! We still have Boo, Callie, Sylvester and Prissy. I still miss my little buddy always will. Cool porch!

64.4 F / 18.0 C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 63%
Dew Point: 51 F / 11 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 4.0 mph / 6.4 km/h
Pressure: 30.12 in / 1019.9 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 25000 ft / 7620 m

Tonight
Partly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Low 55. South winds 5 mph.

Not sure of the name of this succulent, but sure is a pretty shade of green.

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2008
11:50 PM

Post #4381441

and one more photo:

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 9, 2008
11:53 PM

Post #4381447

We cross-posted, Sharon. Neat succulent!
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2008
11:57 PM

Post #4381473

I was watching the video! Great picture! LOL!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

January 10, 2008
12:48 AM

Post #4381666

Updated: 3:51 PM PST on January 09, 2008
Observed at: Van Nuys, California
Elevation: 797 ft / 243 m
56 F / 13 C
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 69%
Dew Point: 46 F / 8 C
Wind: 6 mph / 9 km/h / 2.6 m/s from the South


We went hiking today. This is one of probably 100 places in the west called Red Rock Canyon.

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

January 10, 2008
12:50 AM

Post #4381677

...

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2008
12:51 AM

Post #4381679

Cold out. Have now caught the cold going around at work. ugh
kiska

(Zone 3b)

January 10, 2008
1:47 AM

Post #4381923

12 Snowing~Tonight:
Snow. Snow accumulation 1 to 3 inches. Lows 5 to 15 above. Light winds. Sunrise 10:07 Sunset 4pm Gain of 3m35seconds...making a difference now...
Joey ~ the driveway is beautiful, bet each season is a beautiful scene.
marsue~just gorgeous; will check out the youtube next.
Kelli~nice day for a hike- very pretty, too.
pepper23~sorry about the cold; my 2 grown daughters are sick, too. One w/pneumonia and the other "just" a bad cold. Both started antibiotics..
MySharona~"Boo" is beautiful, the void won't be filled, but the memories will help you w/smiles they bring. So sorry.
BP~love the porch setting and vase~~
A large snowplow/sander working outside of Anchorage today; before tonight's snowstorm..

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MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2008
10:52 AM

Post #4382896

Kelli - That's really pretty. Is the creek spring fed?
Pepper - Hope you start feeling better soon. Have you tried the Airborne products? I've found they work really well. Now that I've said that I'm going to catch a cold! LOL!
Kiska - I hope your daughters get better soon too. That's a lot of sand in the truck.

56.7 F / 13.7 C
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 84%
Dew Point: 52 F / 11 C
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph / 0.0 km/h
Pressure: 30.12 in / 1019.9 hPa (Falling)
Visibility: 10.0 miles / 16.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 4800 ft / 1463 m

Today
Partly cloudy and warm. Patchy fog in the morning. High 76 coast. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

60% chance of rain tomorrow. The cool down begins Saturday.

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music2keep

music2keep
Peterstown, WV
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2008
1:04 PM

Post #4383075

Good Mornin'! Our present temp is 41 & snow is predicted for Sunday...
At Bluefield...
Temp 46
Dew Point: 17
Wind Chill: 41
Humidity: 31
Wind: 12 SE
Barometer: 30.07
Visibility: 10.0 mi.
Precip: 0.00 in.

Thanks Kiska, are you gonna get a big snow? Please send some this way! Winter is not much of a winter if you don't have snow (where I live). Hope that your daughters get better Soon!
Sharon, I don't think that that's a trick question...all I do is copy & paste from the Bluefield (wvva) weather sight. Altho it seems a little confusing... And I love that little succulent! :D
Thanks Sally...Neat Porch! :D Does it face east or west? It would be a great place to sit w/a cup o' joe & enjoy the sunset or sunrise! :D
Kelli, Looks like a great place for a hike! Rather rugged...lot's of exercise! :D Are the rocks sandstone? Just wondering why they call it Red Rock...
Pepper, hope you feel better soon...
Thanks Marsue. Great pics you took! :D And thanks for the video! :D I generally leave the pine needles, but pic up the cones for mulching the Azalea & Rhodo. I also use them for kindling.

The answer to the trivia is...D
Water boils at a lower temperature at high elevations. Boise's elevation (2870 ft.) is the highest.

Todays trivia is...
The largest portion of energy from the sun comes as what?
a) Gamma Rays
b) Visible Light
c) Ultra-Violet Radiation
d) X-Rays

Have a Great Day! All!
Joey

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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2008
1:05 PM

Post #4383078

Kelli--Pretty canyon pics, although there doesn't seem to be any flat ground on which to place your feet. Hiking there must be arduous! Give me a nice flat walking track any day--except that the scenery wouldn't be as pretty. LOL
Kiska--hope your daughters are feeling better soon. Looks cold in Anchorage!
Pepper, feel better soon, too!
Pretty sunrise pic, Sharon. It still amazes me that you are able to snap such pretty pictures from your car.

We had a little bit of rain earlier--now it is somewhat foggy.

Current conditions as of 6:55 am CST

Fog
Feels Like: 42
Barometer: 29.75 in and steady
Humidity: 98%
Visibility: 0.5 mi
Dewpoint: 42
Wind: E 3 mph
Sunrise: 7:16 am
Sunset: 5:14 pm
High today close to 60
marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2008
1:09 PM

Post #4383095

Joey, we cross posted. I am going with B for the trivia question. 1/2 " of rain, huh? That's good.
Sally, I forgot to say that I liked the picture of your porch and the flower in the hot sauce bottle. That's the kind of "vase" I use! :o))
MySharona
Amelia Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2008
1:31 PM

Post #4383151

Joey - LOL!! I never thought there would be a difference in how long it took to boil water - except for a watched pot doesn't! I'm going with C on this one. Look at that rain gauge! YAY!
Marsue - Thanks!

Sylvester chasing squirrels. He's a tad hefty so it's all for show! Run 3 steps then walk!

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 10, 2008
1:40 PM

Post #4383178

Hi everyone! Great photos!

It's mostly cloudy today, a light breeze, about 13 mph, and 37F.

Kelli - love the photos from your hike - what a wonderful view in the second one :-)

Marylyn - I'd love to join in the fun too if I weren't so far away ;-)

Sharon - Silvester is a handsome fellow :-) All your cats are such cuties :-)

Thanks for your comments on our birds - they're a lot of fun. Kiki (the grey one) is a real sweety ... she loves to cuddle and have her head scratched while Oliver is more timid and will only tolerate being held if it brings him closer to his beloved Kiki ;-) lol

The sky was so pretty today I went out to take a few photos :-)

Hope you all have a great day!

Rann
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marsue
Isabella, MO
(Zone 6b)

January 10, 2008
1:58 PM

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Beautiful sky, Rann! You have such nice broad vistas there. It reminds me of our trip to Montana 4 years ago--I found out why they call Montana "Big Sky Country". Looks like you have some "big sky country", too. How are the girls? Have you settled back into a routine since they went back to school? I hope you are all well.

Sharon, Sylvester should have been named "Socks", like the former presidential cat--he has those white feet that look as if he is wearing socks! LOL

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

January 10, 2008
2:09 PM

Post #4383271

Thanks marsue :-) The girls are slowly getting back into the routine ... we've had a horrid time getting them to bed this past week, they were asleep at 10:30 last night which was a step in the right direction but still a way to go ... Selma didn't fall asleep until 2 am on Sunday night so you can imagine how much sleep we've been getting! lol Hopefully by next week things will be back to normal ;-)

Another one from today, noonish ;-)

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Marylyn_TX
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2008
3:38 PM

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We're having the same trouble, getting back into our normal routine, Rann.. I expect it will be better next week here, too. :-)

I'm guessing A, Joey.

It's 63 and cloudy right now. Today is DH's birthday. He couldn't think of anything he wanted, so I made some coupons to give him. (One 30 minute back rub, car wash and shampoo, etc etc...) The big bunny and I are going to the store to get fixin's for lasagna and birthday cake in a little while. My friend is coming over to "dance" in a little bit. I need to remember to drink a lot of water this time... I didn't yesterday and I think (in retrospect) that I was a little dehydrated all day.

Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Areas of dense fog with visibility one quarter mile or less at times early in the morning. Areas of drizzle early in the morning. A chance of showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 70. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent in the morning decreasing to 20 percent in the afternoon.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2008
4:06 PM

Post #4383723

Howdy all,
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