Desert Watering Hole

By: calpoppy , 5:48 PM GMT on July 13, 2014

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Each late afternoon we step out to our patio to enjoy the wildlife, each other and a glass of wine or beer. Here is what we see at our desert watering hole.

The mohawk dude!



Strange birds ;)



Cute birds, fledgling Scrub Jays



Mom or dad Scrub Jay



A Shorts look a like (if you all remember her) White Tailed Antelope Valley Ground Squirrel, Phew!



Gossiping around the water cooler!



These guys are quick, didn't have my shutter fast enough, but felt it was worth of a blog photo!

Phainopepla



Here's Jack!

Notice wire on plant to the left, it is because of Jack ;)



His Majesty the King of Llano!



California Thrasher



Ahhhh! His first bath, to cute!



Well I certainly think this is enough pictures. One day I will do a collage so you don't have to scroll through them all, but don't hold your breath :))

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121. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:02 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
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120. Proserpina
9:44 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
HI CP!
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119. Ylee
2:08 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Does this mean we'll see a new blog soon? ;' )
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118. calpoppy
1:46 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
I just tried the new upload page and I have to say I like it! Much faster and easier format then the last upload page was. Far less confusing! Even though I really miss the 1-10 rating system, I guess we are stuck with the like button :(
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117. sandiquiz
12:53 PM GMT on August 13, 2014
Quoting 116. WeatherWise:

I am not seeing a submit button anywhere to make the photo upload on the new upload page. Does anyone know where the submit photo button is on upload page?


Shirley... this might help

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116. WeatherWise
1:29 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
I am not seeing a submit button anywhere to make the photo upload on the new upload page. Does anyone know where the submit photo button is on upload page?
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115. WeatherWise
1:21 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
OH, Whoa! There is a new upload page? Do I have to leave those file numbers in there as the title or can I make one of my own
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114. SBKaren
12:54 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
Hi CP -

I thought I stopped by here the other day when I made a few rounds. I know I saw your pictures! Hasn't this just been the warmest summer ever? It sure has been here....and too much humidity for my taste! Here's to fall!
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113. WeatherWise
12:38 AM GMT on August 13, 2014
I had some trouble uploading my DC photos last night. I was using my laptop asall of my photos are on there. I kept getting pink error msg after it uploade. I finally gave up. I have not deleted from the camera as making sure they are going to upload from the laptop. I hate to take up that much space on two computers.

I am thinking I should upload a lot of them to photo bucket as so many are inside shots.
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112. calpoppy
9:28 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
I tried uploading pics on the old upload page and it worked, but geesh it is one at a time, so I did a few then deleted them. Wu photos are not as fun as they used to be, will only use for blog pics, I think. At least for now. No new upload page like they said, and mine is not fixed :((
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111. calpoppy
9:27 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Hi Ylee! I don't know how big of a part it is. Everything was hush, hush for awhile then she could tell us the name of the series. She plays a viking woman, that is all I know for now. It is exciting for us all! She tried out for the part just for fun, who knows maybe a star is born, LOL!

Hi PSP! That is what I am doing is just watching everyone from afar! My niece has a clothing line she is trying to start too. It is like old 1940's pin up girl clothes, very cute stuff! She models the clothes and is all made up like the pin up girls of the 40's.

I saw a picture of one of the other actors in the mini series who was with my niece at Gas Works Park, and he is very cute! Looks more like he should be in the Game of Thrones series though!!! Whole different world then mine ;)

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110. PugetSoundPost
6:31 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Wow! You have connections galore around here! Yes, congratulations to your niece! Sounds exciting for her and another fun thing for you to follow along with. Our relatives and families can keep us pretty busy in our arm chairs following along on their exploits!

Today is much cooler but still weird. A few spritzy showers have passed over and thunderstorms are supposed to have a greater chance to develop this afternoon. It looks and feels like they could.
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109. Ylee
4:16 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Congratulations to your niece? Is it a big part?

Nice and cool here!
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108. calpoppy
3:30 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Hi PSP! You have my weather!! My niece who lives in Redmond now was talking about the t-storms.

There will be a new mini series filmed in Washington, it is called (Ithink) Legendary, it will be out Fall 2015. Anyway my niece is in it, she found out she got the part last month. How fun for her!

I hope your temps get down to normal! Especially if you don't have air conditioning!!!
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107. PugetSoundPost
1:59 PM GMT on August 12, 2014
Your monsoon has taken a wrong turn and it headed north to us! Yesterday was a barn-burner day for us - a high of 99! And last evening a great thunderstorm rolled over - lightning all over the place (not great for the red flag warning even we super unusually have) and even a brief .03" rain shower. The weather guys say all of this is monsoon moisture coming up from the SW. More rain is actually forecast over the next couple of days - more substantial amounts, but first is the threat of more thunderstorms today. And it will be cooler today, but a low of 69 this morning does not cool the place down very much. Wow, it has been hot!
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106. calpoppy
9:15 PM GMT on August 11, 2014
Hi GG! I had to remove the monolith to see if my upload page will come back :)

Hi WTS! I did try that but it did not work. I email WU again and they responded that they are implementing a new upload page tomorrow so that should fix it.

Hi Briar! Another great collage!!!! I think we had some great another POV's last week! I had fun with the horses yesterday!!!
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105. BriarCraft
5:22 AM GMT on August 10, 2014
Last week, the challenge was to avoid holding the camera at face height, pointed straight ahead. We went in search of Another Point Of View.



See more at Flickr group Compositionally Challenged.
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104. WatchinTheSky
9:59 PM GMT on August 09, 2014
"Doesn't seem to be going anywhere:( " I accidentally picked the wrong photo to upload once. I figured that if I left the page or closed the browser or logged out of WU it would not still be trying to upload. But it was, then I saw the 'Delete Photo' button just below the thumbnail and clicked it. The photo was gone and I could get back to business. Not sure if that would help, if you have not tried that yet. Sounds like a weird problem!

Is it cooling down yet?? It hasn't been too bad here - amazingly. ohh, that's prolly bad luck to say that ;-D WU is not giving us any chance for monsoon here, hmm..
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103. GardenGrrl
4:31 PM GMT on August 09, 2014
I see the pine cone monolith lurking in the side bar. Looks like a whole new world.
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102. calpoppy
4:02 PM GMT on August 09, 2014
The pic I was trying to upload showed up on the sidebar, but not in my pictures. Nor can I upload any more pictures as it is stuck on the one I was trying to upload. Doesn't seem to be going anywhere:(
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101. calpoppy
1:49 PM GMT on August 09, 2014
Hi GG! That is a thought! No on out here would think I was crazy, I think ;)

Hi Briar! Mohawk dude is around all the time. He has a nest or did have a nest. They have fledged already. In fact all the babies have fledged including the hummers as we have twice as many hummers then a month ago. No sitting in front of the swamp cooler for me. Helping Mr P outside with a project :) Hot and sweaty work. The swamp cooler has an automatic fill so not sure how often it goes on.

Hi Ylee! Mud, what is that???? Actually with our last .78 inches of rain our creek ran for a bit with the over flow of the lake up the way.

HI sandi!! I saw the poor zebras at the watering hole! I think I would be trucking water in for them. They have not left the water since I have been looking at them. I hope Bertha doesn't effect you to much. It seems the less rain we get the more the rest of the world has been getting. I sure hope it evens out!!

I am still stuck with no upload page that works :((((((( So I will wait until late Monday before I send off another email. So you will just have to stick it out with the Mohawk dude until WU decides they will fix it.

Heating up a bit. Went for a afternoon hike with TNT, they went from bush to bush for shade so not so much fun. I did a DIY moisturizer a couple of days ago, I really like it!!!! It will be much, much cheaper in the long run. Also made a honey, brown sugar facial scrub. That one is really nice. Tastes yummy too! I will start soap making next month. Not really cheaper, but better ingredients and fun to do.

My shady lady tomato plants have given it up for the year. Like I have said previously I usually start another batch of shady ladies to continue bearing through the fall but this year with the drought, I did not. I got so many tomatoes from them I sure can't complain. And they were beautiful!!! There is one plant that has put out a few flowers but that is about it. I have other tomatoes that are still bearing, but these girls were my main plants.

Everyone have a great weekend!!!!!
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100. sandiquiz
11:03 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
Hi Poppy, when I see your title I think of the poor Zebras that we can see on the Kilimanjaro Cam in Ylee's blog. Every time I have popped in to look the watering hole is surrounded by zebra, all desperate for a drink.
This morning there are two actually in the hole, which means there is not much left in the bottom :(

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99. Ylee
5:01 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
I'm sure WTS and SP wouldn't mind a little mud, though the Yeti might not like his coat getting dirty.... :' )
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98. BriarCraft
9:50 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Has the Mohawk Dude been back? That is my favoritist bird shot the year.

A toasty 95° at your place. I'll bet you are sitting in front of the swamp cooler. How often do you have to add water to it?
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97. GardenGrrl
5:09 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Hi, have you tried standing on your porch and calling for El Nino? Well, if you have some more great punk bird shots and such looking forward to next blog.
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96. calpoppy
1:54 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
I was going to post a new blog a couple of days ago but my picture upload page isn't working. Waiting for them to fix it. They asked for a screen shot yesterday with instructions on how to for different computers. That was very helpful since I have never done a screen shot before, It was incredibly simple, LOL! I am hoping they get it done today.

Hi PSP! Once you get into to doing the actual deck it will surely go faster!!! Mr. P built a patio table out of the trex decking material and we really like it!!! Never has to be painted, or stained or anything, LOL! Looks like the west is under a cooling trend for now. I figure one more hot spell for us in August then things will settle down and hopefully with fingers crossed El Nino will reappear and bring us some much needed moisture!!! Though mudslides will be a problem in SoCal.
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95. PugetSoundPost
1:43 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Hi! The weather for us has been a bit cooler this week, but not a lot. We have started with morning clouds to varying degrees this week but eventually the sun comes out and it has climbed into the lower 80's. Better than those low 90's! Especially for heavy work. Yes, we have been working on the deck but it is a little slow. The big recent thing is that I have been working all week on re-filling all of the 8 foundation holes! I have shoveled I wonder how many tons of dirt! This is easier than digging them out, for sure, but still not exactly a piece of cake either. A lot of moving of the dirt and the big piles are on a slope. We poured in the cement two weekends ago - that only took 67 bags of 80# each bags to haul and mix! Yikes. Anyway, now I have 6/8 holes filled again and plan to finish the last two today. I was going to go out early, under the clouds, but now I am walking soon with a friend for awhile. But I will get 'em done today, kind of no matter what!
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94. calpoppy
5:26 PM GMT on August 07, 2014
It is an interesting storm! It looks a bit nasty bearing down on your island!!!! Stay safe!!!
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93. clearlakemike
8:30 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
Currently, it looks like the landfall might be more to the south in the area of the National Park and perhaps Kilauea itself. I will be watching how Mauna Loa messes with Iselle. I am more on the Kona side and the mountain tends to block more of the wind and rain from the southeast. We usually get the rain when it comes down the leeward slope from the northeast or from "Kona storms" during the winter months from the northwest.

Update: it appears it has veered more toward the south again. If it stayed where projected would directly go over us more or less. But if it keeps moving toward the south then might go along the southern point out in open water and perhaps move up again toward the other islands. Interesting storm!
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92. Ylee
7:50 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
Still 'soooooning, mon? :' )
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91. calpoppy
1:46 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
Hi PSP! You have been hot for Seattle! Have you been working on the deck?

HI Briar! My favorite of your collages!! The Chihuahuan Desert has evolved to be a summer wet and winter dry desert because of the monsooooooooons. Some of the plants from there like the Texas Ranger sage will almost forecast rain or at least a raise in humidity by flowering, hence one of it's names is the rain sage.

Hi Mike! Looks like you have an assortment of storms coming toward you, your cistern may be overflowing soon :) It would be HIlo that gets hit first from what I saw on the map.
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90. clearlakemike
1:12 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
Our rainfall from the last tropical storm remnant that originally was forecast to bring us 1-2 inches went more to the northeast of us and we only got about a tenth of an inch. But more is potentially on its way!!
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89. BriarCraft
12:12 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
Yippee and happy dance for the monsoooooooooooooon! It just teased WTS a bit, but you got enough to really do some good. Of course, a lot more needed, but something is way better than nothing.

I didn't always know about the monsoooooooooooooons in the Desert Southwest until one vacation where we were driving west through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California in August. Starting somewhere in New Mexico, the desert started greening and parts of it and Arizona looked positively lush. And that was my introduction to the monsoooooooooooooon.


Any more Desert Wateringhole pics?
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88. BriarCraft
9:19 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
Last week, we learned a little about Still Life photography. This is just a sample of some of the awesome photos our members posted.



See more at Flickr group Compositionally Challenged.
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87. PugetSoundPost
3:48 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
Congrats on your rain! Isn't it wonderful?! A sunny 92 here yesterday! We did have .07" rain on Saturday from weak thunderstorms. Those are gone and you can have the rain now for awhile!
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86. calpoppy
1:45 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
HI Sandi, so good that you got rain too! It is so refreshing to have a summer storm. All of our plants look so much better like they have big smiles on their leaves, LOL! You will be mowing the grass soon ;)
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85. calpoppy
1:44 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
The monsooooons really came through for us this time, .78 inches of rain. Rained very hard last night, wet and coolish this morning, so very nice!!!!!!!! I wonder what the canyon looks like, a T-storm yesterday just sat up there for over an hour! We got some of the edges of it, then later got our own T-storm.
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84. sandiquiz
1:43 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
You got rain... and we got rain, too!

IT poured down on Saturday lunchtime... luckily we had gone into a restaurant for lunch, so could watch it from inside! When we drove home there was water running don the side of the roads on our estate! By late afternoon, not a drop of damp to be seen!
All it did was make the grass grow two inches overnight... I am sure!
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83. calpoppy
4:45 PM GMT on August 03, 2014
the monsoooooooooooooons came through for us! A night of light rain, a nice soaking. A morning hike in the rain, forgot to put our rain pants on, so we were soaked, LOL! It felt sooo good!! I am liking the many o's, LOL! Still lightly raining, maybe t-storms this afternoon, if this cloud cover passes.

HI Karen! Wow, grandsons are growing up fast!!! Brody will be 3 this month, time is flying by. Saw on the blogs you will be going up to Lake Tahoe, have fun!!!!

Thanks Cloudyinthewest!!

WTS, you got rain too! At least it is something. We turned our drip system off for a couple of days. Save a little water at least. Feels good out there, very cool for this time of year. My born in a drought pups still are a little afraid of raindrops until they discover they aren't so bad, LOL! Those cali towhees can be pretty brave, they always hang out on our patio.

Hi Ylee! I did, I did!! It is a nicer weekend now that things are wet!

Our flickr group is addictive! We are having loads of fun plus improving our skills. We have an international membership which is even better!!! If you want to join WUmail myself or Briar!!!



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82. Ylee
2:55 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
Did you get any rain? Even WTS got a little! Hope you are having a nice weekend!
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81. WatchinTheSky
11:02 PM GMT on August 02, 2014
RAIN! But will it add up to anything?? I hope so :) right now I am just sitting outside listening to the awesome sound, and it is cool (75 at 4:00). Been cool all day :D
Freeze dried orioles!! Shrunken heads!! Ack, voodoo.
We now have a Cali towhee that waits on our backyard table for several meal worms, not quite taking them from me hand, but close. Hungry chicks somewhere ;)
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80. Cloudyinthewest
6:22 AM GMT on August 02, 2014
Those are wonderful pictures of the birds.
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79. SBKaren
11:41 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Hi Calpoppy - dropping by a few blogs saying Hi while I update my iTunes library. It takes a bit of time for the CDs to load, but not enough to walk away and get anything else done! So, keeps me here. It's been so long since I've browsed around the blogs.

Is your profile picture you and your grandson? Too cute! I changed my profile pic too. We recently took the boys to the La Brea Tarpits. Interesting! I haven' been since I wasn't much older than them (8). School starts back in about 4 weeks...and I'm not ready....but, that said, I do have almost 4 more weeks! :}
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78. calpoppy
10:37 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Hi WTS! Yup, they are a poppin'! Most of the good stuff is to our east also, how can that be, LOL! Maybe something overhead, it is trying and the skies are darkening. Super duper popping on Sunday, mabye, hoping, LOL!

Sandi, Pros and GG thank you for the white rabbits x 3!! Pros a beautiful flower, GG did you make that? Sandi, I hope you get rain, somebody must get rain!!!

The museum was fun yesterday and the yarn store more fun. The museum is small, its in a small big city, but there were some nice displays there especially the rock and mineral display. The day before we were there some one stole some old turquoise necklaces, bracelets and other things from a display case. We told them to check Craig's lists and all the pawn shops, but the guy used to work L&P so he knew just what to do. We spent a great deal of time watching a slideshow on birds of the area.

WTS they had stuffed Orioles, they were the size of sparrows, they must have been freeze dried and shrunk like heads, LOL!

Yarn store had tripled in size, we were in fiber heaven.

That is all the news from peaceful Llano land of many uhhhhh many somethings :)
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77. WatchinTheSky
9:43 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
This might be heading your way! Too far east for us :(
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76. GardenGrrl
2:54 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
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75. Proserpina
1:52 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
@Maria photo 015f_edited-1August_zps9d6c135f.jpg
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74. sandiquiz
8:25 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit
Wishing you a very happy month of August :)



"THEY" are predicting rain for us tomorrow, but until I see it, and feel it, I will not believe them! My water barrels are nearly empty, because I have had to top up the pond twice. The evaporation has made the level drop...:(
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73. WatchinTheSky
3:58 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Re: butterfly - My best guess is Mourning Cloak Butterfly, (Nymphalis antiopa antiopa, Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) according to http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/lepidopt/nymph/mcloak .htm The photos seem a good match and we are in the proper area! It is actually taking a long sip from a large grape that had split open, I think the grapes may be fermenting a bit - neither bug seemed interested in the camera an inch away!!

Guess I need to head over to flickr and check out some more stills ;D I have an idea for my 3rd, hope it works out.
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72. calpoppy
1:37 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
HI Briar! I didn't know that about Peacocks but guinea fowl are supposed to go after snakes. But they weren't around at the time my snake came about.

Mr. P and I were discussing how much it used to be to get your film processed! There were times in my life I couldn't afford to process the film I took, so it hung out in its little containers for quite some time.

I was thinking that WU never would have been a good site for a photo challenge so I am glad they didn't get back to me, and double glad you suggested Flickr!!!

Hi Sandi! Rain is still a possible in our future, today and especially Sunday. I guess I will continue a hopin' and a wishin'!

My last still life pic came about so quickly, which was fun for me. No racking of the brain on that one, LOL!

Well today my friend and I are off to a museum and then to a yarn store (uh oh, trouble) and then off to Barnes and Noble to look for some educational books for Brody! His birthday is next month and he will be all of three years old!!!! He sure loves his grandpa! When he hears his voice on Facetime, it's grandpa this and grandpa that! Mr. P is a grandpa whether he wants to or not, LOL!!! And he does, he just isn't used to the term 'grandpa'!

The forecast for today, tomorrow, the next day and the day after that and after that is HOT! With some chances of t-storms.

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71. sandiquiz
9:01 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
Your weather gizmo says clear... I still have my fingers crossed for rain for your...... and for me!

I still have one more 'Still Life' to find or produce.......better get on with it!
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