Spring on Steroids 2012 - Chicago Style Post #63

By: juslivn , 4:06 AM GMT on March 17, 2012

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Now is this cute or what??? OMG He is just adorable. Everyone is getting along just fine, and his disposition is very, very good. Just like Molly's.


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66. NEwxguy
7:41 PM GMT on March 22, 2012
Its nice to have this warmth so early in the season,but its a real downer going back to normal weather,Mother Nature is such a tease.
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65. juslivn
7:15 PM GMT on March 22, 2012
Incoming :(
Could get some scattered troubles, but I just hate to see our pattern come to an end more than I am concerned about storms...-big sigh-

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64. juslivn
6:59 PM GMT on March 22, 2012



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63. juslivn
6:35 PM GMT on March 22, 2012
It's Spring on Steroids 2012!!!

Let's review:

A) This is March 22 in Chicagoland (Northern Illinois)
B) There are Daffodils AND TULIPS in this picture
C) There is a flowering fruit tree (pear? not sure)
D) There is a woman in shorts and sandals!
E) There is green grass
F) There is a little dogwood blooming off to the left
G) Near by, there is a pond with Dragon Flies chasing each other, and bullfrogs singing


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62. NEwxguy
6:07 PM GMT on March 22, 2012
We have some wetlands toward the back of our neighborhood and I can always think of spring when they start peeping,which is usually the first week in April,they've been peeping all week.
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61. juslivn
5:56 PM GMT on March 22, 2012
Our Weather artist got rather creative with the headline today:
"All Good Things Must Come To An End"

I guess so :( What a whirly gig this storm is eh?

I keep saying I'm going to get out and get photos for the record book of all these amazing sights in March. Almost hit two turtles on my way to work sunning themselves in the road, and behind our office is a pond with frogs happily singing (very loudly)
It's beautiful weather! I truly do hate to see it end.
However my Father came back to Illinois yesterday and therefore it must now snow and be the coldest Spring on record LOL. He chose the warmest winter of his life to go to Florida to get out of the cold. I find it quite ironic.

Hi Mush, he's a good lil boy. He didn't do it maliciously. Anything that moves, he is curious about. He even chases his shadow, lol.

New blog soon with storms coming in. May add some more maps and maybe even the Theta E map if y'all are real good!
bbs ;)
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60. unclemush
1:35 PM GMT on March 22, 2012
Good Morning.Oh noz Boomer just needs to learn Mushla isn't a chew toy.LOL :)
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59. NEwxguy
1:25 PM GMT on March 22, 2012
You know your getting old when you say=
"Just not as young as I used to be."

Still sounds like you had a good time.
We have one more day of summer,still warm tomorrow in the 60's,then turns cool and possibly wet on the weekend,especially Sunday.
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58. juslivn
5:32 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
Hello Code! How did you do with this strange WX? Hope you had no issues down there. Smiles from the great North.

BF, thank you for posting the Karaoke update. She got into the finals. Too funny. Her and an old friend Matt were always best in High School, and they had a blast being older and singing for everyone tonight. (These two are world class singers! just unknown or gone to other occupations. How cool to see them back together again at the Rt. 12 Bar and Grill Competition. She sang her first song, but the mic was aweful. Then they let her do another (from the first round) and she killed it! (My First Name - Vid below) Wow, it will be a long Spring at this rate ! I had a blast though. Except at one point when I got real tired. Just not as young as I used to be. But, I smiled a lot...and didn't frown.
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57. code1
2:54 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
Puppy breath? Squee!!! Happy others in home accepting and teaching. My girl wanted to kill my boy his first year or so, she follows his lead now. Same breed, and constant love. Go figure! 4 years later all good! He's a much bigger boy than her now, these past two years, I'm sure that has something to do with it! LOL

Get a dog or cat folks, will make your lives complete. If can rescue, awesome!!!!!! If have special breed in mind? There are rescuse's out for you as well. Most important to take care of those who can't survive without us, two legged, and four legged as well!

Give as much as you can, as often as you can!

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56. Barefootontherocks
1:57 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
Hello Jusfriends, lurkers and countrymen.
Received texts from Bachelorette #1 - jus. Her cell signal is weak and she cannot post. She wants you to know the karaoke place is packed. 28 contestants. Shannon decided to sing "...Settling" for the warmup and "Little White Church" for the contest.

There are so many people, decision was made there would be no warm-up songs. And so...Bachelorette #2 - dau Shannon - will sing "Little White Church" for all the merbles.

Break a leg, Shannon!
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55. juslivn
12:26 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
Not after he lovingly grabbed her by the neck. She was soooo trusting too! And still is. But, I was standing right there and saw this and I moved very, very fast. He is definitely hunting her...crouches, etc...when she's close. She has no idea he would chase her because the other dogs really don't. But, I am teaching him not to. It's all good with the right direction.

Off to Karaoke!!! Yahooooo it's going to be a loooong night.
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54. unclemush
12:16 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
Hi I'm always here for puppy pictures.Love the slideshow!Does Mushla like the puppy? :)
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53. juslivn
11:45 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Oh News Flash #2! She changed her mind. Warm up -- Adele, Song - Contest song, I Aint' Settling! Working on the ending now (she's so darn cute)
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52. juslivn
11:34 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
News FLASH! Adele! She just walked in BF. Rollin in the deep (warm up tune Let 'Er Rip like last time) She's here now. Hubby's in Springfield out of town. We're Bacheloretteees! LOL
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51. Barefootontherocks
11:24 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Yeah. LOL SoPlains atmospheric hula hoop. It's a goofy but interesting system to watch.

So which song did S decide to sing tonight?
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(puppy pics are getting buried in the posts, see post #39 to cut through the blog if someone else is here for puppy pics, lol)

Hi Ozgalah, I just had to tell the 'yewts' who are off running around w/that puppy now...It is 6:00 p.m. and time for him to eat!
I only had him for four days and he is already in a routine of course. Like one of my babies. How DO you do it??? To let them go after they are 6 weeks!

That must be the beauty of breeding a good line. You at least know those pups you have bred will go to a good home and be reasonably well cared for (or at least the chances are very good).

As to this weather - it is supposed to remain quite warm. So, Yes, I would prepare for not much cold. Have a jacket and some sweaters to go over warmer weather items. I don't think you will need bulky sweaters or a heavy overcoat. Maybe more of a rain coat or rain gear. You can always buy things if you need it, like a sun dress or shorts and sunscreen! It is like Florida here these days.

When do you leave again? btw?
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Hi Jus, love the puppy photos! ALL puppies are cute its how they turn out that matters..... your guy looks to be getting the best of treatment, great interaction with other animals and family and routine which they love! My guys know our routines so well if I'm late for any of them they let me know. I usually feed my guys around four pm if I'm late our old lady (Astra 12yrs old) will start to bark, once or twice to start but if I don't arrive with dinner it gets more persistant, how she knows almost to the minute I'm not sure but she does. Another friend always went to bed after a certain TV show and they changed the time it went to air and she realised her dog was not around, he had put himself to bed because he heard the theme music!!!!! Watching your weather before our trip not sure what to pack?????
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Love Izzi's wording in the forecast.
forecast challenges
this morning revolve around temperatures and then precipitation chances as the
Southern Plains atmospheric hula hoop wobbles its way toward US
later this week.
Don't think I've ever seen atmospheric hula hoop ever used before,creating a new weather dictionary for terms to use.
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Tom Skilling (Well known Chicago WGN Met)
"Our in-house analysis of the warmest 8 Marches here in Chicago shows the remainder of the month tends to finish above normal as well in a majority of cases and half the meteorological springs remain above normal overall from this point forward as well. Look at the 11-15 day temp departure forecast off our MDA data base and the Weather Service's GFS model--a forecast which appears to confirm this trend."
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Hiya NEw, Sandi, and BF had a cancellation, so checking in early.

BF - Thank you for voting. I think I like that one too. I'll have to text her. Boy, I'm tired. Hope I can make it through the Karaoke tonight. It goes very late.

Hi Sandi - the 'Wilds' of Yorkshire? Hmm. Well, that sounds like a lot of fun! Hope you have a very nice visit.

NEw, yes. He's actually my son's dog. Son comes home today after house sitting for my Dad. So, they will take over care of the puppy for the most part now.

And as far as our weather: Izzi actually had a smiley face in the discussion this morning. I was cracking up.

Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville Illinois
857 am CDT Wednesday Mar 21 2012

341 am CDT

Summer in March continues today and probably even into Thursday
before out July level temperatures return to more normal levels...well
normal for late April/early may! :) Primary forecast challenges
this morning revolve around temperatures and then precipitation chances as the
Southern Plains atmospheric hula hoop wobbles its way toward US
later this week.

Once again today model indicate that middle level subsidence and the
proximity of the upper ridge should result in a good deal of
sunshine today. Hard to find any guidance for today that isnt at
least a couple degrees warmer for today than what it showed 24 hours
ago for Tuesday...with particularly the WRF-NAM low level thermal
fields suggesting temperatures about 1c warmer. The tricky thing is going a
couple degrees warmer than yesterday puts temperatures essentially
at all-time records for the month.
Going to cop out and use the
excuse that we are starting off a bit cooler than yesterday to
justify not forecasting all-time records and sticking with highs
"only" 6-9f above the daily records!

Models have given up on the idea of a decidedly more easterly
component to the synoptic gradient developing this evening...so
should be just a typical Chicago and North Shore somewhat subdued
lake breeze late this afternoon into the early evening resulting in
falling temperatures near the lake after fairly warm midday highs.

Skies should more solidly cloud up tonight as upper low begins its
approach toward the area...which should result in temperatures a bit warmer
tonight than this morning and have adjusted the grids accordingly.
Yet again the models have trended a bit slower for the arrival of
the rain Thursday which means a good chunk of the County Warning Area could Eek out
one last day of Summer-like temperatures despite the lack of sunshine.
There is a fair amount of model support to justify record level
temperatures again Thursday for our far northern and eastern County Warning Area...but
given the cloud cover am again going to cop out and keep temperatures just
shy of record levels.

Showers and some thunderstorms should overspread the area from SW to
NE during the day Thursday...probably reaching NE Illinois later in the
afternoon. Weak instability and the vertically stacked nature of the
low should result in weak vertical shear and not really anticipating
any severe threat Thursday into Thursday. Though weak...instability
should be sufficient to support some thunderstorms with high precipitable waters
and slow movement of the system supporting a threat of some healthy
rainfall totals.

The initial band showers and storms should move off to the east of
the area by Friday morning...however as upper low meanders into the
area we should see colder air aloft move in steepening up the
low/middle level lapse rates. Scattered showers will be around the area
on Friday and given the cold air aloft could see some low topped
thunderstorms as well...particularly if we see any breaks in the
clouds. Showers could linger into Saturday before the whole system
wobbles out of the area.

Sunday into Monday medium range guidance shows strong upper ridging
re-establishing itself over the region...however surface high
tracking north of the area should result in synoptic northeast flow
(especially sunday) which will advect in slightly cooler air and
likely be aided by well developed afternoon lake breezes penetrating
far inland cooling things off even a good distance away from the
lake. Temperature gradient of 15f is expected across the County Warning Area with 50s lake
side ranging to near 70 far West. Lake breeze may be less prominent
on Monday as synoptic flow begins to veer to more southeasterly
direction. By Tuesday looks like we return to Summer with deep low
tracking well northwest of the region resulting in strong southerly
winds and an impressive warm-up.
If Gem/GFS verify then we could be
looking at 80s for at least portions of our County Warning Area again...but figure
bumping temperatures up well into the 70s is a good start in trending
toward that direction for now.


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Sheesh,I go away for a few days and you add to your family. Love the pics. Is there anything cuter than puppies,although he has the look of troublemaker,hope your ready?
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A quick fly through to check on you and the new pup... he seems to be growing daily.

Your daughter has a wonderful voice:)
I am heading up to the wilds of Yorkshire on Friday, then returning with a friend on Tuesday, who will be here until next Saturday, so not much WU-time after Friday for a week. Be good!
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I like door #3 best.

Oh my G...oodness. Boomer is something else.
Thanks for the neat vids and pics.
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Ok Song #3. Sheesh, this is hard. I sort of like this one too! Have to picture it with a microphone and live stage and the music etc....

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Oh ok and a puppy vid or two :) They aren't quite as good as the slide shows. But, thus ends our video night!
Although...although... tomorrow is the contest so I'll probably take a video of that ha ha ha betcha can't wait. Sheesh I hope they have air condition in that Rt. 12 Bar and Grill Plug plug...

Puppy vids:

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Song #1. (I really like this one) It seems very fun for a karaoke contest. I think it is better live, too.

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Oops? Thx Skye! I'll fix that. Wasn't sure. The other two are still uploading.

Add: I think I fixed it. See #38 for one of the songs. Probably the best singing anyway. But I do like song #2. Song 3 is coming soon.
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39. Skyepony (Mod)
The puppy is adorable. Glad it's getting along so nice.

Can't vote.. video is private..
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Ok VOTING TIME! (These may self destruct) Tomorrow is part of the finals for the Karaoke contest Dau is in...It is a lot of fun going and so far it hasn't been every week or anything. But, now I think the finals go for a while. So...She has to sing a different song each time. She came over and sang 3 and I was supposed to pick one for tomorrow...I will let WU VOTE! ha ha! It's a busy night here eh? There are 3 vids. 2 are processing so be patient and check back. This one I recorded the whole shabang...lol so it's long.

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Add: No, maybe this is my fav :) Totally should not put me in charge of this...I like them all.
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Slide show :) Then vids. Hmmmm...what tune should I play? Play the tune while watching the slides...it makes it soooo much better, lol.

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Yes the weather is freaky.I love vids and picture night!:)
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How we doin? I know there are still storms and flooding going on. And the heat here is well 'Freaky' did I say it was 'Freaky' oh yeah...sorry but it's just amazingly 'Freaky'. If I start to see like 24" Giant Moths or Mega Dinosaur Spiders or something soon, I'm just gonna lose it! Last night there was a giant stink bug on the porch. If the June bugs come out in March...well ? SMH...who knows? Anything goes. Have to confess I've had the A/C on in the car. But I held out in the house. Some people at work were talking about turning it on today. Some houses heat up worse than others, so I don't blame them. Most work places DID have their A/C on! Man o Man.

Ok so we're gonna do vids and pic night. First some pics and a tune w/puppy and Dau. Then, I think a vid of the puppy, then a slide show of the puppy, lol....then We'll pick KARAOKE CONTEST SONGS WITH DAU!!! Yay!!! Doesn't this sound like a fun night on the blogs?
Here weeeeee gooooooo! Happy Tuesday first day of Spring!

This one goes out to the Meatloaf who has been really wonderfully tolerant of the new pup...He 'says' "Don't you forget about me" awwwwweee.


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Hello Pros, those are my favorite first flowers of Spring. Beautiful collage.

Fire Weather Warning for many Counties in North East and and East Central Illinois/High Winds and a Pollen Count Alert -


Hi all, finally home again for a while. Happy Spring. 81 here in Chicagoland at 4:30 pm. and another record shattered earlier with 84 topping 1921 of 76. Our average temp usually is 48! Holy man. But...it's all been said all week long. This is absolutely freaky.

Puppy did very well with me working about 4 hours this morning, and he in the kennel box. Then I came home and we played and had some time to wear him out again...then I had to leave and he napped again in the little box. Wasn't gone but an hour and a half this afternoon. Perfect nap time for him. He was up at 2 am however, then settled down shortly after that for the rest of the night. It is soooo like having a baby.
Out to play a bit before cooking dinner. bbl

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Hi Todd, hey I see the 'other blog' got all messed up and I'm sorry, things were nutty around here...w/vacation and 'yewts' and all. How is your dog? I hope he is ok? I hate to ask, but the last time I checked on 'ya he was doing much, much better so hope he's still doing well.

Thanks for stopping by!

GG - LMBO - Baby Boomer!!!! I have said it outloud a few times...(insert my squeaky baby voice)
"come here you lil sweet baby BOOMER"
lolol but, you are the only other person to actually post or say it other than I, so I'm giggling!

Mush - they are just too easy and fun to photograph!

Calpoppy - Hiya! Yes. Right on the money! An American Bulldog. My son owns his big sister from the same breeding pair (Molly is 2 years old now) and she is so beautiful and good. He specifically is intending to breed this lil guy if all goes well. Actually, it is preserving this disposition as the main trait and purpose of having Boomer as the sire of Son's first effort in breeding. (there are 4 more unspoken for-- of this one's litter mates...going fast. Son picked the pick of the litter) Want one? lol

Ok nuff puppies n such (well you know what I mean) I am going to be quiet while this weather is freaking out and try to keep up with this nasty outbreak. Or post another MCD as this moves along, if we get to that point our way (or in MN).

Stay safe all! GG? Hope you are ok there...
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cute pup
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Awwwwwww, Baby Boomer :)
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Good Morning.I love the slide show.I think Rob taught us all how to post stuff.He had the how to do stuff blog.Very nice person!:)
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Adorable pup, American bulldog? The ones I have met have very sweet dispositions! Have fun with him.
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Morning. Looks like some slight storms building to our South
BF will come visit soon. lol on the scrabble. I was sooo tired.

Rob - So true about the older dogs teaching the new one. Our lab was taught by our old Shepherd/Malamute. She was a GREAT dog, and now he's passing on what he learned. Gotta Love labs!

It was a beautiful morning in Chicagoland. No jacket required. The giant hyacinth opened this morning. Go figure. I walk around and just simply cannot believe it is so warm.

Puppy was up about 6 am. but had a good night. He is back down for a nap, so I need to get ready for work (only a few hours in the office and working at home the rest).

Stay safe everyone in the 'zones'. Bbl

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He might be a handful. In fact, most puppies are, but he'll settle in. I've noticed that it is much easier if you have other dogs in the house. The pup will learn a lot from watching them.

Current dog here is Shepherd/Lab mix. Was stubborn and ornery. He insisted on chewing Angie's shoes. I feared that he would not live to see his first birthday. Took a little while but he turned out to be a really great dog.

Hang in there!
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Uh, Scrabble?

Tor watch just went up in West Central TX.Maybe you saw it.

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Trains are going to be. Goodnight.
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I saw. Will have to review that.
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Um, um. Are you there?
The baby is so cute. he's got "that look." lol

Oh, neat pics. Whether we're ready or not, Spring starts in about 49 hours.

What do you think of the theta E tonight?

Serious, we got linear storms that popped up like crazy in W TX. Did you see that? Tornadoes happened from 2 separate cells in Neb. One went into SD.

Sleep well. Think I'll try to rest also.
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Hello Robdahood. You actually were the first Wubber to teach me to post vids on here :) All of WU says tank you for that ;) lol.

I hope you are well, and thank you for stopping. We should be better friends, as many of us all should be here on WU.
This little guy is just wearing me out, but sooooo adorable! Trying to train him...routine routine...but he's got his own agenda so far as a baby, lol. If Molly and the Meatloaf were not soooo good things would have fallen apart within 24 hours, this guy is pretty demanding, :)

Ok shutting up now (but will be on for a few til baby goes to bed...) I'll post the cute pics of puppy now, lol! Stay safe and alert you all! I love it that I hear people getting tornado boxes together and preparing. We KNOW this weather is freaky! Oh yes...be quiet...puppy time!!!

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A new puppy!
Yeah, you found Cap'n Hood's soft spot!

Congrats! And I'm happy that a pup found such a loving home!
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Oh my, I'm sorry I didn't reply. It has been so warm here we have been getting quite a lot done. Happy Belated St. Pat's WP (Very cute!) And Hi Mush and Tony.

I'm lurking just a little and following twitter and some storm chaser links for Oklahoma and Dau and BF territory (hi Shore, hope you had a great trip)

Plus, Hubby's got himself a new chainsaw and I'm in and out to supervise, too :}

Will check back as much as possible. I'm also going to try to take pics of our forcythia blooming already, etc...It really, really beyond freaky here. It is unreal warmth...(preaching to the choir on a weather blog--you all know this :)

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Good morning Juslivin.
I'll have to start checking the local animal rescue page and hopefully the stray will show up for adoption.
Have a great day.
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Hi it's 79 up here.Strong wind.WP I love the Boomer card! :)Opps almost a Boomer card.LOL :)
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OOn my lil pone...we are out and about in search of irish music. Tfreaking me outhis weather is . It is 82 degrees in northern illinois on march 17!!! We will be talkingg about this the rest of our lives!
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