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By: joealaska , 4:23 PM GMT on February 05, 2014

Weather moving through Tuesday night. Some snow, but mainly freezing rain for the next few hours. Lots of snow just north of The Ohio River, as usual. More over the weekend.

I went to a Usually-But-Not-Guaranteed-To-Be-A-Super Bowl party Sunday. Good food, good friends. It started snowing when I went over. Maybe 12 people there. We were having fun betting on proposition bets. PROPS. Some smart bookie somewhere comes up with a bet, establishes odds to win it, and sits back and collects. There are HUNDREDS of these bets. Crazy. It started growing a few years ago and keeps snowballing. These are the bets where you can bet on the coin flip at the start of the game. Heads or tails? Or, bet on which team won the toss. This is a silly bet, yet people get carried up in the situation and bet on it. (Not me.)

There are many PROPS a bit more technical. Personally, I like SHORTEST TOUCHDOWN IN THE GAME. This number is always the same... 1.5 yards. Over or under? Take the UNDER. There is always a goal line stand. Sooner or later. In this game there was a pass interference call on Denver in the end-zone, and Seattle got the ball on the one. First down. They scored and I won.

This year there were some new bets. This will give you an idea of how crazy it has gotten. THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. Sung in 2 minutes and 20 seconds. OVER or UNDER? It sounded to us that lady was taking her time, and she still got done in just over 2 minutes. UNDER wins!

THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER ACCEPTING HIS AWARD. You can bet on Who He Thanks First. God? Team? Mom? Family? Fans? Nobody? They all had different odds.

Well, these were all too silly for me. Do not want to throw away money. I went for the hard core, straight forward, serious bets... GATORADE THROWN ON WINNING COACH. Orange? Red? Clear? Blue? Yellow? No Gatorade? Once again, they all had different odds. I chose the basic YELLOW. Bet $10, they give you that and $45 more back. At the end of the game we saw a gatorade dousing and it looked pretty ORANGISH, yet semi-yellowlike. Closer than was comfortable. I assumed a loss. Then I saw the official ruling as LOSS. Yet much later, the ruling was changed and I won. We had seen a second gatorade dousing, much later after the first dousing. It was a definite YELLOW. But we all assumed the first dousing was the winner. WRONG, all dousings were included. Easy money.

I drove home from the game very slowly, as the snow was covering the roads and most were still not plowed. When I got home I glanced out back and saw Blossom the Possum coming out of the woods and plowing through the snow toward the building. This was the 3rd time I have seen her. The night before she walked past the porch where Dutchie was sitting on the chair outside. Dutchie saw her go by, but all Dutchie did was perk her ears up and watch Blossom head for the trees.

The Chow Porch is back in action! Cardinals, robins, and bluejays are served during the day. The late night buffet is strictly for the possums. For now.

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23. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:59 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
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22. dotmom
2:36 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
UK - and don't forget or didn't you notice he cut his wild and wooly (but cute) hair and has it all slicked down. Kinda' reminded me of Samson himself. Shouldn't have done it. Took all his pizazz away from him.

As we like to say here in Louisville - just wait till next year - but I guess in this case - it will be wait four more years
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21. insideuk
5:26 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Lotis2 you are doing well to even follow the curling! The rules go right over my head, the entire game appears to hinge on the last stone of each end? Beyond that I can only really regard curling as housework on ice...

I do understand the PANTS thing though.

In the snowboarding the chaps have baggy streetwear in various styles and fetching colours. I note that the toppist top US guy - the GOD of snowboarding - whose name escapes me, had his attractive sand coloured baggy pants altered into a much narrower fit.

I also noticed his crotch area had split open at the end of the finals in the Halfpipe competition.

He crashed out and LOST OUT on any medal, which shocked all the young dudes.

The pants were clearly too restrictive. I paused, rewinded & replayed it several times just to be certain.

The judges were a bit harsh, personally I'd have awarded extra points just for having managed a 50 feet leap into thin air over solid ice AND keeping clean underwear...

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20. lotis2
3:30 PM GMT on February 13, 2014

UK and Dave, will be praying for both of you and your families.

Watched the US vs. Great Britain ladies curling match. Congrats UK on having a great team. They beat the US 12-3 in only 6 ends. It was 2-1 going into end 4 and GB got 7 more. The US got 2 more in end 5. GB came back with 3 more for end 6. That's when the US girls conceded the game to them. Was going to be next to impossible to catch up and pass them with only 4 ends left.

Wish I had some of all that energy they use up sweeping the ice in front of those 44 pound rocks they use.

Have some of the Norway men's team recorded & yet to watch. Love seeing what pants they're going to wear. Said to have 9 different ones for the matches this year. They get them from a place here in the states called Loudmouth Golf. I think Joe should get some for his golf outings. Maybe it would help improve his score. (Just kidding Joe!!)

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19. insideuk
2:43 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Hard to know where to start...my daily routine is now so shot to pieces. My step Dad has been coping well with his recovery from surgery, there was an issue with him over reaching yesterday and pulling a stitch or two. Just waiting on the district nurse to check all is okay with the wound. The blood thinning injections don't help in that regard. But I shot down to the pharmacy and bought up all the stock of sterile dressing pads I could find.

New pillows are available more cheaply, though admittedly a pillow would be much more tricky to stick to a tummy.

Duct tape? It could work. That is largely what is holding up my garden fencing just now...

I think this is day 70 of the storms, not that I am keeping count. The news media are doing that for me.

My newspaper today has the headline 'An unparalleled natural crisis' – those are the words of the unflappable Army officer in charge of the flood recovery efforts.

There are 3 MORE big storms on track for the UK and Ireland WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.

Yesterday we had the worst winds yet – reaching 108mph on low level land in the north western peninsula of Wales. I believe southern regions of Ireland saw 112mph. And it rained a months worth of rain in just 48 hours. Again.

We've had all the 'allotted' rain right up 'til June 2043 so far as I can tell.

Then we get a bright, breezy, sunny day - like today, so the news copters can go up and show us all the damage that is being done. There is just enough time to assess the damage – but not enough time to repair. It is a case of constant damage limitation exercises, sandbagging mostly, though some seawalls are now being lined with steel shipping containers. The roof is ripped off and rocks are dropped inside to weight them down against the incoming waves.

The containers have lasted through one storm, though they didn't look like they much enjoyed the experience. They will be wishing they'd booked a Maersk cruise package like their friends out in the Bering Sea.

The water table, right across the south of England, is now at critical high levels, the geologists say there is no more storage space underground. The wellbore holes, which are capped off at about a foot above ground level, spurt water like a toppled hydrant when engineers attempt to take measurements. Though it isn't at all clear to me why they are bothering to measure what is apparent to the human eye at the surface – or indeed if their computer software can cope with a minus figure?

Or is it a plus figure?

I no longer know which way is up...

A 17 feet wide, 15 feet deep, sinkhole opened up in the middle of a motorway, plus another swallowed a car in a driveway – we don't see those too often in the UK, but the rain and high water table appear to be increasing the risk. The plug of clay soil above ground is saturated to the point of becoming clay slip.

It all takes me back to my old pottery class days...

Suffice to say I don't think we've seen the last UK sinkhole. They frighten the pants off me (I should never have watched that documentary about Floridian sinkholes...). I cried buckets for the chap that lost his brother.

Which doesn't help anyone anywhere really does it?

As you may have seen, the flooding is now badly affecting homes to the west of London as the River Thames rises (and all efforts are made to protect central London). My heart didn't really go out to the hundreds of owners of riverside mansions whose wine cellars were threatened by the sludgy brown water – those robbing bankers most probably pumped their ill gotten and insanely ill earned multi million pound bonus payments into those homes and bottles. They will have other property in their portfolio, and are most likely away skiing in Switzerland for the moment.

But away from the river, where ordinary Joes live, the water simply overflows from local reservoirs or comes up through the ground, through the floorboards, through the sewage pipes and fills peoples homes. Sandbags can do nothing to help there.

Not that there are many left.

Try Ebay?

The MET office now talks of heavy snow affecting Derbyshire in the next 72 hours. It looks to be too mild for that in the southern urban areas, they must be talking about hilly locations. From where it will suddenly melt and flood the lower lying areas to the south...

You know, thinking about it, a cruise in the Bering Sea in February sounds doable.
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18. dotmom
1:00 PM GMT on February 13, 2014
Ylee: I didn't click on "karst" for the definition, but I know you must be referencing the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green that just "swallowed up" 8 or more antique cars. There is a lot of solid rock in this neighborhood, but we are on dirt and had no rock to drill through. But I will say, I noted what might be or may have been some sort of a spring on the side of the house. It was always damp there. I don't notice it any more, but it does make you wonder. We have lots of springs around the golf course. Places where the water erodes the cart path and it never dries up there. Nothing like surprises.

Today we are to go to 40 degrees. Lots of the snow should melt but they say to expect more snow/sleet tomorrow. Happy Valentine's Day!
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17. Ylee
7:13 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
Dotmom, aren't you glad the golf course you live by isn't built on karst?

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16. dotmom
3:30 AM GMT on February 12, 2014
So sorry for Miranda. All we can do is hope and pray. We need to keep you, Dave, in our thoughts and prayers as you are going to be feeling her pain as travels this journey through uncharted territory. We look for the best for your family.

UK, the flooding over there is horrible. You made our national news. They panned over several areas to show us the depth of the problem. I kept looking for you, but there was no one waving their arms or anything. This is another place where the folks need a lot of prayers.

We got a good storm brewing and traveling up the east coast that looks to give a lot of people trouble. Areas are better prepared than they were a couple of weeks ago. Some of these southern states just do not have the equipment to deal with the winter problems.

The ice is finally leaving our crystal/glass looking trees after about 5 days of this. Lots of damage to the pines - especially. The landscapers are going to have a lot of work come spring.

Keep warm and take care of each other.
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15. iaotter
5:23 PM GMT on February 11, 2014
UK and Dave,
I'll keep you and your loved ones in prayer. I wish there was more I could do.
Weather here is cold.. again or yet or maybe forever.
-11 last night when I put the dog out at 10. all the way up to 5 now. At least the wind is a mere 8 mph instead of the usual 10-20mph and the sun is shining so it almost feels warm.
We are low on ground moisture here as well. Semi drought conditions going into the fall and not nearly enough rain and winter snow to make much difference. The farmers here are worried. Last summer was too dry. This winter is breaking cold records. Everybody is hoping for some sane weather this year. Not sure it is going to happen. The older folks are saying it is just like 37 and is likely to be another super dry summer.
Oh well, can't do anything about the weather. It happens whether we like it or not. At least we aren't supposed to get ice and snow like Georgia and points south.
Got hot chocolate mix and plenty of warm clothes and a car that is dependable in the winter. Plus a dog that likes to snuggle when it gets cold. And, Iowa and our little town have snow removal equipment galore. So, we are pretty well set.
Prayers for those poor folk who live in climates that aren't prepared for nasty winters.
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14. DHaupt
9:19 AM GMT on February 11, 2014
We officially got 0.83 inches of rain between February 5th and the 10th. For the whole month of February, we have 1.15" and 1.24" for the year. Our weather years begins on July 1 (2013) for which we have 3.62". A normal year we should have 9.72". So, we are still in a pretty severe drought.

At least we've now had enough rain to bring a hint of green to the drab brown hills. Further north, above SF Bay, they had mud and rock slides! Of course, some of those place got nearly a foot of rain. So many storm systems come sliding down from the north and then head east, just grazing us here in Livermore. Sometimes, the cut-off is quite sharp as with this most recent storm.

The diagnosis for our granddaughter, Miranda, has changed somewhat. She has a different, but similar cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma. It's, if anything, nastier than the Osteo-sarcoma originally diagnosed. It spreads faster and she already has several metastases in the pelvis, jaw and skull. She will be starting chemo this Wednesday and will have 14 weeks of it with radiation and surgeries as needed. And she's just a little mite of a girl. But, a very brave one.
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13. Rotty3
5:26 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
http://www.wunderground.com/news/europe-flooding- snowstorm-latest-news-20140203

Some of the images on the bottom really show the extent of the flooding and weather woes that UK is talking about. It's hard to imagine living there as a farmer - and it's not the first year that farmers have dealt with flooding IIRC.

osdianna: glad to hear you're getting more seasonal weather. :)
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12. osdianna
4:47 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
What a difference 24 hrs makes! Roads into Sea-Tac were still slushy in the left lane, not that I was using that part of the road, but those that did learned fast to get out of there. Lots of cars still off in the ditch from night before; not much traffic.

All forms of precipitation held off until we were nearly home; light snow for about two minutes just west of Olympia, then rain beginning as we drove into Aberdeen, 25 miles east of home.

This morning it is 46.6 degrees F, but still blowing. However it is out of the SW as is proper for our wet Pacific storms.

I'll be interested in hearing how much rain Dave got or is getting.
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11. osdianna
4:20 AM GMT on February 09, 2014
Geez, UK...your troubles seem to be piling up like the storms! "Enough already", she said. I hope things normalize soon for you and your poor beleaguered country.

I was once the victim of one of those insurance fraud-types with a pain in the neck; my insurance company at the time told me it would cost more to fight his claims than to pay up, despite a previous FIVE such claims by this same man. He obviously had learned how to live off the system. It is just as much a problem here as it is over there; and we wonder why our insurance premiums are so high. I fired my insurance company but fear they are all like that.

And it's snowing here at the beach...I wasn't really believing it would happen, so it took me a few minutes to realize I may have to drive very slowly tomorrow morning when I drive off to Seattle to pick up friends returning from Senegal. I am driving the SUV belonging to one of the two, and had the foresight to go get her car out of her garage and bring it over here, where it is now sitting in my driveway (I have no garage) accumulating snow.

I have been assured via WU that this will change to rain; I sincerely hope so.
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10. dotmom
8:14 PM GMT on February 08, 2014
Well UK, I am at a loss for words. I will say you have my attention and sympathy to all these problems. It seems that too many are kind of a sit back and wait see what happens next. By the time this is all over, your stepdad may have a real neck/headache as a souvenir. Probably best you leave him to his own devices since you are trying to maintain a working relationship and probably want that to continue. :)

About the weather. Sounds horrible. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has the upper hand when it comes to these things. But it is horrible how people's property is being unearthed right in front of their eyes and they can do nothing about it. Such a helpless and hopeless feeling. All of this makes our snow and ice storm small (of course we have not lost our power yet as many people have). Many people here are suffering with the snow, cold and no power.

All we can is try to keep our blood pressure down and pray for some favorable results. God bless those people who are suffering and may there soon be resolution.
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9. insideuk
3:32 PM GMT on February 08, 2014
It has been one of THOSE weeks…

I’m about to rant.

My step dad crashed his car on Tuesday - he was unhurt but shocked and tearful, his car may yet be an economic write off, despite full comprehensive insurance he'd be badly left out of pocket if the chassis is damaged. The other drivers car didn’t show a scratch (protected by its huge tow bar), but he is claiming for a neck injury (which didn’t exist in the immediate aftermath of the rear end 15mph shunt), but which was apparent 35 minutes later - after consultation with his insurers and a moment to consider that a GRATIS week playing golf on the Algarve might benefit his health enormously.

There is a BIG fraud problem with neck injury claims in the UK – since we apparently have necks which are 55 times more likely to be injured than in any other European nation…

Alternatively our necks are exactly as strong as on the continent but UK insurers have allowed pursuit of false claims to gather at such a pace that it became a criminal industry that SOME immoral individuals have no fear of latching onto.


It makes my blood boil.

Plus my step dads car is actually MY old car – I bought it from new and sold it to him when I got Betti. I looked after that car – she was a perfect, low mileage, very safe buy. He recently went against my strongly put advice and bought a full set of budget tyres for her. ALL independent and scientific tests prove beyond all doubt that brand name tyres, that have undergone lengthy pre-production tests, last much longer and give FAR shorter stopping distances in emergency breaking situations.

He may well have not crashed at all if he had spent the extra 25% I told him to.

That pisses me off.

The dog has an infection on her paw which isn’t responding to treatment and may now require amputation of a toe. I love my dog. Her insurers had better not mess me about on this one. I ditched her last insurers because, after letting them know she had received treatment ONCE for a nasty bout of diarrhoea, which cost less than the insurers excess and therefore was not a cost claimed for, they decided they would no longer cover her for ANY future disorders relating to the entire digestive system.

It is an exceedingly blunt TOOL that makes such decisions.

On Thursday my step dad went into hospital for the surgery part of treatment for bowel cancer. He is also my business partner, so you can imagine the upheaval for both family and work. His diagnosis came just days before Christmas – like a bolt out of the blue after a routine colonoscopy which had been clear of any issues just 3 years before. The wait for further test results felt like an eternity, but finally we were told that it hadn’t spread and his chances of recovery, following treatment, are good. I wish Daves Granddaughter all the best - for one so young to have to go through all that treatment is just awful. I hope her youth brings her resilience, kids so often face these things with mind blowing strength. I hope her parents can tap in on that and bottle it for the months ahead.

He will be in hospital for a few more days, and in the meantime I am trying to make sense of his ludicrous personal filing system involving tiny scraps of torn post it notes and ‘important’ reminders with only scant detail. The fact that we are not blood relatives is perfectly obvious by our differing modus operandi.

And our choice of car tyres.

My brother also works with me and his 3 year old daughter chose this week to turn into a tiny (kicking, screaming & biting) terror. He brings her into work some days.

There ought to be laws against it.

And so the weather continues to impact. Not me directly, thank God.

I’ll give you a link to the story of just one home owner affected by the never ending floods in the south west. He spent 18 months building his dream £1m ($1.5m) home, he built it on the highest patch of land that exists in that area. He asked to build up the ground even further, to give even more peace of mind, but the Environment Agency refused him planning permission.

Still, he thought his home would be safe where he built it – that small patch of land had NEVER flooded.

For the first few weeks of this year his home looked as safe as could be, it sat proud on its own sizeable island whilst every house in that village went under. But the water kept rising. And rising.

And now – just look at what he is up against.

The storms continue. This weekends storm (#78965) is about to get rear ended by the next system, they simply can’t wait their turn any longer. They are doubling up as if the Atlantic conveyor belt has developed a backlog. The coastal communities of the south west and Wales are suffering damage on an almost daily basis. The mid-week storm took out the main rail line down to the tip of the country.

By ‘took out’ I mean it washed away sea wall defences that have existed for over 100 years, the rail tracks simply swung in mid air. The houses that lay, so safely, behind a beach, behind a huge sea wall, behind a double railway line built up high above the sea, plus behind a road – well they are now having their foundations eroded by wave action. It happened so suddenly they couldn’t even drive their cars away from their homes. The road was gone.

In Cornwall, in a place called Kingsand, there is a beautiful old building that has withstood near a century of weather right on the seafront. It has a tall clock tower which is now at real risk of being claimed by the waves hitting at hurricane strength over the weekend and into next week. The building has already been dangerously undermined by the last storm.

Which was all of 3 days ago.

We rotate between damaging winds and damaging rain. Not in recorded history (back to 1700’s) has the south of England taken such a continued period of battering winds and torrential rainstorms. Scotland, on the other hand, is having a drier than average winter! It all comes down to that jet stream, which has apparently been strengthened by a once every 25 years or so change in direction, in the air streams just north of the equator.

The world is starting to feel as if it were tied up within a giant ball of itchy wool, tug just one section and you flatten another.

Still. We can stay indoors and enjoy the Winter Olympics on TV. I settled down to view the opening ceremony yesterday, stunning ballet and operatic stars stole the show despite that rogue snowflake that failed to unravel into one of the 5 iconic Olympic rings. Four was enough under the circumstances. Mr Putins mistress of 7 years was afforded the honour of being a torchbearer, despite a less than remarkable former career as a gymnast she went out there ahead of the giants of Russian Olympic history but accompanied by the racist woman who choose to doctor a photo of President Obama looking at a banana and put it on her Twitter account . I could swear there was an audible collective intake of breath that should have seen the entire stadium implode on itself.

Mr Putin’s cheeks don’t colour easily do they…

I expect much of these games are going to be old news by the time America rises. But let me tell you that I very much enjoyed seeing the US win gold in the ‘snowboard slopestyle’ event this morning. It is a new sport for the Olympics, as well as for me, but it was described by the British commentators as the most relaxed version of snowboarding – one for the talented kids who prefer to make it up as they go along. As opposed to doing it exactly as they are taught.

If you imagine a steep slope with several typical skateboarding type ramps and rails built into it, all manufactured from smooth snow with sharp angles….kind of like it is sculpted out of the cut off leftovers from a white iced wedding cake…. then picture a guy doing flips and somersaults high into the air whilst wearing a baggy quilted suit… then you’ve largely set the scene.

It was incredible to watch.

They have ludicrous names for the somersaults, a backside 10 double nose into a 12:60 double frontside 10:80 anyone? The British commentator was apologetic and said he realised these things must sound like a list of Bulgarian cocktails. They lose points for touching the snow with either hand or arse but they could gain kudos by slapping their snowboards on the top of a giant wooden Russian doll’s head in the centre of the run.

The Canadians and the Norwegians are the power houses of the sport but the single US contestant in the final 12 had one AMAZING run and stole the top slot early on. Everyone else was playing catch up after that. Lots of spills, the bronze medal went to a guy who was competing with a broken rib, but whilst the high pressured setting took its toll there was still a laid back vibe.

One young contestant saw fit to entertain the crowds with a spot of exhibition knitting at the start ramp – such was the tomfoolery.

I loved every minute of it, it comes as a beautiful distraction from reality.

And very timely it is too...

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8. osdianna
4:39 PM GMT on February 07, 2014
Ahhhh...that was wonderful! Nice way to start my morning. I like his version better than John Hartford's...the river flowing in the background was a nice touch too.

26.6 degrees and clear this morning at 8am; supposed to warm up today, expecting a high of 38, then rain comes in on Sunday and we will be back to normal mid-40's.

I found out where the hummingbirds are; one is spending his nights in my (bare) lilac up against the SW side of the house out of the wind. Every time I open my front door to let dog or cats out, he reluctantly flies a few feet but returns almost immediately. The other male is doing much the same thing in the redwood tree out back, but nestled up against the trunk out of the wind. Both are guarding their own feeder. The females are probably already on nests.
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7. joealaska
2:26 PM GMT on February 07, 2014


Time for a musical break. This is an old friend of mine who I used to play guitar with in grade school. We did some folk masses when the Catholic Church finally started to get a bit more modern.

Since then he has become a very good banjo picker, but I only saw him and played with him a few times during reunions. Turns out he sings too! This is my buddy Tom Barito. Still trying to get a sample of Steve Decker on this site. Steve passed away recently, but Tom is still doing well.

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6. osdianna
4:56 AM GMT on February 07, 2014
It did indeed; you may have noticed over 700,000 fans showed up in mid-20-degree weather to yell their appreciation as loud as they could. I watched on TV from the warmth of my home.
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5. Barefootontherocks
4:31 AM GMT on February 07, 2014
Sure bet that Super Bowl win brought pure joy to the heart of every diehard Seahawk fan who'd be waiting since the 1970s and lived long enough to see it.
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4. osdianna
4:02 PM GMT on February 06, 2014
My hummingbirds are NOT around...still in torpor mode I assume. Poor little geezers. I took their food indoors overnight, then put them out again at 7am...barely getting light...but they are freezing fast. It's 24 degrees,the northeast wind is blowing 26 mph giving us a wind chill of 8, pretty darn cold for here.

The cats wanted out but didn't stay out long. No squirrel at the feeder, and a Varied Thrush showed up in the yard yesterday, a definite sign of cold.

No one likes this!
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3. Rotty3
2:56 PM GMT on February 06, 2014
Dotmom: I guess my rain dance for the West Coast somehow drifted north and hit you instead of heading west. Sorry, must have the ol' compass off. ;)
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2. dotmom
2:26 PM GMT on February 06, 2014
Will it ever end? The snow is beautiful, but I have had my fix for this season and am ready for sunny skies and warm days. As I look outside where it is white all around, there is a lazy snow drifting down. Enough already!
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1. Rotty3
4:43 PM GMT on February 05, 2014
Joe, great news on the chow porch. Wonder what comes next... Coon(s)? Vulpine(s)?

Dave: thoughts and prayers for your granddaughter and your entire family.
Dotmom said it well.

Weather is up in the mid-70s, though tonight supposed to drop back down. Last night I was out in shorts and t-shirt after 9pm. Tonight it's supposed to be heading more toward the upper 30s. Not quite shorts weather.

Hang in there in the northern tier. It may seem as this weather never ends, but the robins are already making their trek northward. Won't be long...
(not like it wasn't predicted though - lots of folks laughed at the Farmer's Almanach prediction. Guess who's laughing now?).
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