September is here with a chill in the air :

Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

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Partly Cloudy: 70F
Feels like: 70F
Barometer: 30.2 in
Dewpoint: 63
Humidity: 78%
Visibility: 10 miles
Precip in last hr: NA
Precip last 24 hrs: NA
Wind: 5 mph E
Sunrise: 6:53 AM
Sunset: 7:54 PM
UV Index: 2 Low

Yep, this is as warm as it gets today.

A Pleco

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Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

LOL!! I have been thinking all day! that today was the 1st! This is truly a day I have called myself 'stupid' all day! Isn't it wonderful getting old?! LOL

Rocky Mount, VA(Zone 7a)

Wet and cool all day.

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Yep, Joey--getting older is great--LOL

An absolutely perfect weather day here. Low humidity, cooler temps in the 70's for a high, sunshine, white fluffy clouds floating around--so nice!

Those are some great photos, Bernie--lovely scenery and Maxine's log cabin is great!
Rann: glad you are feeling better--pretty rose.
Celia: did you get lots of neck sugar from Max?
Sharon: gorgeous rosebud--and same for the clematis, Celia

Hard to believe September is here already!

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

That's not a log cabin, it's a regular house. In fact it's huge!

Another old building in Red Wing.

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

This is Maxine's bottle tree.

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Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Oh, I knew it was a regular house--just one made with logs--it's gorgeous--be it a house or a cabin! What's the story on the bottle tree--aren't they supposed to bring good luck? (Maybe I have my stories mixed-up?)

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Not sure. She has another with colored bottles.

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Might as well start my shots w/ fishes.

Well we started the NEWer Pond install today.
Not really new or a pond... we're putting the 100 gallon stock tank in the ground next to the Patio.
It will be mainly for plants and the big Comets from Bertie will probably go in there at least until Winter.

Hit a haul at the Hatchery today.
They had 6" Butterfly Koi in the 6" Regular Koi tank.
Due to quarantine regulations they couldn't move them again.
So we got 22 dollar fish for 8 Bucks!

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Here they are chillin' in the Pond.

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Peterstown, WV(Zone 6a)

Mau, LOL! Yea...I can get by w/ doing that sort of thing because of the age factor! ;) Is that a Hibiscus? Lovely! :D
Bernie, Looks like a really interesting place. I love it up there...only one thing about MN I don't like..mosquitoes! They're Huge! I guess it's a water thing.
Ric! I Love 'Em! :D They're Gorgeous and you got a real bargain! Wow!
Thanks E_B...Really lovin' it. I lack 24 credit hours having my bachelors degree & they will pay for it (at VA Tech)
Well, off to bed. Got to get up real early.

Nite All!

some sort of catfish....excuse the tank, but it has since been cleaned

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

For some reason we haven't had a mosquito since June of 2008. Nobody knows why, but it sure is peaceful without them.

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Nice looking Bottle Tree Bernie!
We used to see these down a lot in LA when I was a kid.
Bottle trees if my memory serves originated in Africa.
But then it was plates hung from trees near graves to honor the dead.
The tradition was brought here and was very common in the Deep South.
Plates became replaced w/ bottles over time.
Story goes (my Grandmother's version).
The bottles collect bad or family spirits at night then the Sun then destroys them in the morning.
or (the other version I heard down there)
The sunlight attracts them and they are most attracted to blue.
The bottles are then corked and thrown in the river.
Pick your myth.
I'm guessing the sound of the wind blowing across the bottles started the spirit thing.... whoooooooo....

I wish the Plecostomus were winter hardy!
They would be cool in the pond!
Check out this kind


Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Joey - Thank you for starting the new link! Love the picture!
Mau - Your Hib is beautiful!

76.6 F
Humidity: 83%
Dew Point: 71 F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.01 in (Steady)
Heat Index: 78 F
Visibility: 10.0 miles

Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs in the mid 80s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Temps are pretty mild for us right now, but no complaints! We'll be warmer again by the weekend. Mandevilla is blooming!

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(Zone 7a)

Okay, y'all got some fun things going on! LOL

66.9 F with 92 for the high. Still high for the norm. Lots of smoke from the fires in CA and here in UT.
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 36%
Dew Point: 39 F
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 2.0 mph
Pressure: 29.95 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 12000 ft
Scattered Clouds 20000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4383 ft

I have fish pics, too. My nieces angelfish.

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(Zone 7a)

Anfd the best angel of all! He's lying on a "bili-blanket" because he is jaudiced. It helps equalize bilirubin.

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Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Awwwww..... so cute!

Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Awww - that's the sweetest picture!

I wonder if the make a bellyrobbin balnket to get rid of bellies?

Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Oh and a nasty little storm is moving through

Through 1245 PM...isolated showers and thunderstorms will develop and move across northeast Florida. The heaviest activity will affect areas near Talbot Island...Mayport and Saint Augustine. Movement is south at 5 miles per hour. Expect brief gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall with thunderstorm activity.

(Zone 7a)

They do but it only gets rid of Robin bellies! LOL

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

It is cloudy this morning, which is odd for this time of year. It feels foreboding.

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 8:51 AM PDT on September 01, 2009
73 F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 57%
Dew Point: 57 F
Wind: 4 mph from the WNW
Pressure: 29.86 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 2 out of 16
Clouds: Few 5000 ft
Mostly Cloudy 14000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

Picture I copied from the Mt. Wilson cam last night. The lights in the foreground are just electric lights. The lights in the background are fire.

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(Zone 7a)

That's eerie. Very frightening. Best wishes to those in the path.

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Yikes, Kelli! There is a YouTube movie that Gardenwife posted on Facebook last night showing the spread of a fire over a couple of hours' time.. It was really really scary. Oh, here's a link: I think I'm glad I live on this coast, hurricanes and all!

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

I guess we all adapt to our local natural disasters. To me, tornadoes seem the scariest. They just come out of nowhere and bam! But you can see why I'm always talking about such-and-such place burned x years ago, such-and-such plant is a fire follower, and so on.

That is an awesome video, BTW.

Springboro, PA(Zone 5a)

69F and another beautiful day here in NW PA. There really is a chill in the air here these mornings. Last nights low was 43F. Worked outside all morning, went for a bike ride after lunch and now I have to hurry off to work.

I'm trying to identify the hydrangea my neighbor gave me last month. She said she paid big bucks for it but I have been unable to find it anywhere.


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

Hey, guess what? It's hot.

Van Nuys, California (Airport)
Updated: 1:51 PM PDT on September 01, 2009
96 F
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity: 25%
Dew Point: 55 F
Wind: Calm
Pressure: 29.87 in (Falling)
Heat Index: 94 F
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 5 out of 16
Clouds: Mostly Cloudy 16000 ft
(Above Ground Level)

(Zone 7a)


Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

LOL Kelli!
Smokey too I'd bet!

They are evacuating the neighborhood 1 1/2 miles from my BIL.
But the small animal evac center is between him and the mountains so he's in absolutely no danger.
It's about 3/4 of a mile of houses and businesses drive to the actual brushy areas.

As Kelli knows we are very familiar w/ all the area that's burning above Tujunga.
We've driven the roads to Mt Wilson a dozen times.
Twisty and steep and very narrow in many places.
It's actually scarey in a few spots.
I pity the firefighters. They'd almost need to be rock climbers above the reservoir.

Celia VERY cute Angels!

e_b the best I can do is it's a Lacecap.... after that.... lol!

Well the next project is well in hand.
The 100 gallon tank is planted almost to the rim.
Small crack repaired and curing.
Tomorrow we'll do the side tank/filter and fill the thing.
Plants by afternoon.
Fish probably on Thursday.

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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Our lows this morning were in the 40s. Since my quilt was hiding my dad's bday present I was stuck with a thin sweater and felt like I was sleeping outside in shorts and a tank. LOL. Sun finally came out and warmed up the temps to mid 70s. So not bad at all today!! Tonight back in the 40s.

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

quote[I'm guessing the sound of the wind blowing across the bottles started the spirit thing... whoooooooo...]/quote
quote[I wonder if the make a bellyrobbin balnket to get rid of bellies?]/quote

edited to add: well, my quotes didn't come out in the blue boxes--I did them the wrong way, but y'all get the picture.

You two crack me up--I'll be heading off to sleep thinking about those remarks--LOL
Joey: yep--that's a hibiscus all right.
EB: pretty hydrangea but I don't know what it is, either.
Celia: Max is so-o-o-o cute--and sweet!
Kelli: tornadoes don't just come out of nowhere these days--we usually have at least 5 minutes warning!! (not much comfort in that!) and if you live in a flat area (rare in this part of Arkansas) you can see them coming for miles--just like your fires with all the smoke.

Another absolutely gorgeous day here in our part of the south--I keep wondering how tlong this is going to last but I'm enjoying it while it does.

My "baby" has an ear infection in both ears--had to take him to the vet today. Here is his photo from a few months back--he's grown a lot since then--he now weighs 15 lbs. If he keeps growing, he won't be considered a Miniature Schnauzer much longer! He's a true gardener--he likes to smell the roses, too. LOL

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Poor little guy!
Wu was blessed w/ abnormally large ear openings.
Shar-pei are VERY prone to Ear problems.
So far.......


Amelia Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Celia Can I pretend Im a robin?
Kelli The pictures of the fire and fire tornadoes on the news are so scary. Seems they are gaining on it.
E_B Gorgeous color on the hydrangea.
Ric I hope your brother and the house is safe.
Pepper Ahhh temps sound wonderful!
Mau I hope Mr. Friday feels better soon!

76.1 F
Rain Mist
Humidity: 88%
Dew Point: 71 F
Wind: 4.3 mph
Wind Gust: 5.0 mph
Pressure: 30.01 in (Rising)
Heat Index: 75 F
Visibility: 3.0 miles

Through 8 am...scattered clusters of showers with embedded thunderstorms will continue to develop and affect coastal counties as well as Clay and Putnam counties. Hourly rainfall rates may near 1 to 2 inches...especially near Kings Ferry to Saint Marys as well as near penny farms. Movement will be slow and erratic. Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall may reduce visibilities.

Flood Watch in effect through this evening...

Breezy. Showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. High 81. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

High of 81*??? Wow I'll take it LOL! We had 2.5" of rain yesterday. The plants are happy and the frog are singing very loudly!

Peanut digging for something...

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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Sharon we could have use 'The Nut' yesterday when we were digging for the pond! lol!
My BIL's house is probably good.
If you go here,-118.164825&spn=0.566957,0.823975&t=p&z=10&source=embed
Look to the far left you will see Sunland and a red bed .
Zoom in to highest mag.
That's Verdugo Hills HS the Evac Center.
(A friend of ours lived 3 blocks north and west toward the fire)
Bobby lives on Mt Gleason south of Foothill, about a 3 blocks south of Foothill.

Warmer here overnight.
59 now going for 79


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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Boy, everybody laughs at living in MN because of winter. Winter is a piece of cake compared to hot weather, floods, drought, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, & all other calamities people need to put up with in the rest of the country!
Another beautiful day here.
Sunny 50
High of 75 predicted.
Rain late tomorrow.

(Zone 7a)

Sharon, you can pretend to be anything you want! LOL I'll join you!

I was just looking at maps of the Utah fires, The whole middle of the state is burning!

The West Scofield is the worst.

64.3 F with 94 for the high. Again.
Scattered Clouds
Humidity: 45%
Dew Point: 42 F
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 2.0 mph
Pressure: 30.07 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Scattered Clouds 14000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 4383 ft

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Springboro, PA(Zone 5a)

71F and sunny here today. More of the same expected until at least next week.

Bernie..........I couldn't agree with you more. Nothing makes you feel more alive then walking outside on a sunny, clear, cold winters day .


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Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

We're off to the library. Call it a homeschool field trip. LOL There's a park next to the library, so we'll probably hang out there for a while.

It got down to 66 last night!!! Maybe fall is on its way after all!

Observation for Houston, TX (KSGR) as of 10:53am CDT (54 min ago)
Temperature 81 F 27 C
Dew Point 63 F 17 C
Humidity 54%
Pressure 30.13 in 1020.3 mb
Wind Speed 3 MPH 3 kts
Wind Dir Variable Variable
Ceiling Unlimited Unlimited
Visibility 10 mi 16.1 km
Heat Index 83 F 28 C
Current Conditions Clear
6 hour min temperature ending 6:53am CDT : 66.0F / 18.9C

Today Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 90s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

(Zone 7a)

Have a good time, Marylyn!!!

(Zone 3b)

58* overcast but getting brighter now.(2:30pm).
hi to all at this quick checking in.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Stormy this morning then sun came out and it got kinda hot compared to what we have been used too. LOL. Storms were loud this morning. Woke me up several times but my plants needed it so can't complain!!!

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