Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Lord, I hope this day is good. . . .


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45 comments:

  1. Howard Dean is First!

    Also: June is First! (One of my favourite days of the year! ;-) )

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  2. puddle...Oh my, do take care!!! And if you're going to be leaving your driving glasses on the dash in 90 degree weather, make sure you cool them before you put them on!

    It snowed for Megan's wedding!!??!! How much snow?? Was it just a bit like in the movie Father of the Bride or did the Bride wear boots? I hope it wasn't planned as an outdoor wedding...!

    Susan...I think it would be nice if we were *each* given a keeper! I'm with you...anything over 80 degrees or 40% humidity and I want to flee to Canada!

    Alan, I'm super sad about your cherries!! :-( Go buy a nice batch from an organic farm and have a little feast. Buy some cherry wine and offer a toast to next year's crop. =Sigh=

    Worked until mid-evening, then was on the phone a lot and answering emails.
    BUT! Today son's wedding invitation arrived and it is absolutely gorgeous with artwork by the Bride herself. Sooo happy for them!!! (And us!) ♥♥

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  3. puddle!!! Thanks for the save!!!
    I honestly thought I had posted a kitty photo for today!!
    I must have downloaded my photos and forgot that vital last step!

    Will tend to that before Rhursday fer sher...!

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  4. puddle!!! Thanks for the save!!!
    I honestly thought I had posted a kitty photo for today!!
    I must have downloaded my photos and forgot that vital last step!

    Will tend to that before Thursday fer sher...!

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  5. Bill! Welcome home!! Glad to hear you had a good time.

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  6. Now I must get to bed. I'm needed to work in place of the Library director tomorrow (doing my job not hers. Ha!) because she needs to take her very sick college age daughter to the doctor. 4 days of flu and now fever of 104F! We always have 2 staffers working at a time, you see.

    Back when I can! =HUGS=

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  7. Okay, I just posted a week's worth of kitties and such. Enjoy!! :-D

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  8. 90 degrees is normally pretty nice here, with humidity maybe 16% during the day, and it cools off in the evening without getting cold. But then it can get HOT. One has to beware of dehydration.

    I have a good laugh at myself when I recall my first trip to Japan (August 1983, to get hitched, honeymoon, etc.) I had heard for a long time that summer in Japan (except for way up north and in the mountains) was hot and humid, and so it was. Not wanting to be thought a softie, I didn't complain. Next year Miyoko remarked that it was exceptionally hot and humid that year--REALLY uncomfortable! One thing I learned was to wear cotton clothing.

    Here's to the happy couple! [clink!]

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  9. Meant to say, all day yesterday, how lovely the pictures of the bleeding hearts were! Thank you!!!

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  10. Evidently the snow was just a dusting in the foothills, but on May 30? Even for Utah, that's late. . . . Though I do remember when I was a camp counselor at Brighton, we got a couple of inches on the 24th of July. But that was at a ski resort, lol!

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  11. It occurs to me that I didn't say where Shaver Lake, where my coworker met the snowstorm (flurries?) over the weekend is at 5600 feet elevation.

    Today dawned sunny, with thin high clouds and no breeze, but the mountains are buried in a thick cloud bank.

    As I was eating breakfast just now, a pair of ducks (mallards) flew down and landed in our swimming pool! I tried to photograph them paddling around, but frightened them away. Fooey.

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  12. Meggie's wedding pic. . . .

    http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/247497_10150271925660832_782635831_9046283_7553557_n.jpg

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  13. Alan, you'll not be wanting to encourage them, lol! Had a friend in NJ whose pool was adopted by a pair of mallards. Step one: cute; step two: poop; step three: how the helldoIgetridofthesebuggers?!!

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  14. I sure hope Catreona is in the basement right now!
    A tornado has touched down in Springfield MA, storms moving east through Central Mass.
    MA Tornado info streaming at http://www.necn.com/pages/necn_streampage.

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  15. = ♥ GORGEOUS!!! ♥ =

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  16. Well, at least it's the liturgically correct colour!

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  17. puddle...you should have an Ally update in your inbox.

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  18. OMG!!! A *second* tornado has touched down in Springfield now! At least two others have touched down in western MA and it's still happening. See the link above!!

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  19. Springfield has been the hardest hit!! Oh dear!!
    Sending good vibes, hopes and prayers your way, Catreona!

    Two tornadoes have gone through the downtown of Springfield, one south side and one north side. Lots of injuries, including some serious. No confirmed fatalities yet.

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  20. My best guess is that one tornado passed about a mile to mile and a half from Cat's house.

    That's the THIRD friend this week who had a tornado pass terribly close, and two of our beloved bloggers! This is insane!

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  21. Just confirmed...at least one death in Springfield. :-(

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  22. Just learned that a bus was *tossed* less than a mile from Cat's house...!

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  23. Ally update at baby ~~

    http://eatapyzch.blogspot.com/

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=allys

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  24. Where is everybody??

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  25. Thank-you!! ♡

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  26. Hoping she and hers are fine. You're right: this is KREZZY!

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  27. Hi. If the twisters hit close to Cat she may very well be without power.

    I've been working all dang day. Just sat down to eat some noodles for dinner. Really tired. Walked about 12,000 steps according to my pedometer.

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  28. Hoping she and hers are fine. You're right: this is KREZZY!

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  29. Most of Springfield is indeed without power, and currently they have had a torrential downpour with constant lightning for 45 minutes straight.

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  30. Hoping she and hers are fine. You're right: this is KREZZY!

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  31. About 70ยบ now. And tomorrow is supposed to be much cooler.

    Made it to town, got meds and tomatoes, paid taxes and got auto stickers. Catch up grocery shopping. Glad the A/C in the car works. Whew!

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  32. Gosh, Susan, sounds like you need to take the night off.

    I worked this morning and met with someone seeing spiritual guidance in the afternoon. Then I could not stop watching the NECN live streaming report about the tornadoes in MA. It's so very unusual up here!

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  33. Hi guys!

    My Internet was out most of the afternoon, once the storms started. It's back now, thankfully. More thankfully, the tornado missed my neighborhood by a matter of blocks. Some buildings not far from here were destroyed, many trees are down, and many exits off the interstate that cuts through our fair city are closed. Most thankfully, my family and Patty's are safe!

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  34. Glad you have your towel, lol!

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  35. =WHEW!!!=

    Thanks sooo much for checking in! I saw that there was damage up by Pine and Walnut streets and could see that wasn't far from you...but the broadcasts were spotty about where the damage was, so it's good to hear that your neck of the woods was spared. My goodness, I spent the whole evening glued to NECN! Matt Noyes deserves some kind of serious award for his excellent live broadcasting ~ fast and informative, even teaching people how to analyse radar all while telling people in specific towns when they needed to get to the basement and when it was safe to come out again. I do not think he even said "Um" once all evening! I had a wild maternal desire to bring the poor man a glass of water and offer him a bathroom break! LOL!

    I'm extremely relieved to hear that you're safe, Cat. Take care.

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  36. Bill Thomasson6/01/2011 11:41:00 PM

    Glad to hear it.

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  37. Cat, that is a great relief. Since when is Massachusetts in Tornado Alley?

    BTW, I recall seeing that despite being far less frequent than in the U.S., the second most common place for tornadoes is in South America, around the southern Brazil sort of costal area. And they have been having more tornadoes in recent years because of warming in the southern Atlantic.

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  38. NYT article about Springfield:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/us/02tornado.html?_r=1&hp

    Slide show on the front page.

    Reuters story:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110602/us_nm/us_weather_northeast;_ylt=AhpBRpq2EdCuQeKqt1Y.a9ys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNvY3I0NWNuBGFzc2V0A25tLzIwMTEwNjAyL3VzX3dlYXRoZXJfbm9ydGhlYXN0BGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDNwRwb3MDNARwdANob21lX2Nva2UEc2VjA3luX2hlYWRsaW5lX2xpc3QEc2xrA2F0bGVhc3Rmb3VyZA--

    AP story:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110602/ap_on_re_us/us_severe_weather;_ylt=AuXHMjxQxdHTklL_G2TYtAOs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNsZW1udGszBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwNjAyL3VzX3NldmVyZV93ZWF0aGVyBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDNARwb3MDMQRwdANob21lX2Nva2UEc2VjA3luX2hlYWRsaW5lX2xpc3QEc2xrA3Rvcm5hZG9lc2Jhcg--

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  39. On a much mor positive note:

    As Physicians’ Jobs Change, So Do Their Politics
    By GARDINER HARRIS
    Published: May 30, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/30/health/policy/30docs.html?scp=1&sq=liberal%20doctors&st=cse

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  40. On a less positive note, the master gardener at the Ag extension office recognized the pest that did in our cherries this year: Drosophila suzukii. Originally from SE Asia, recognized in Japan by 1916, established in Hawaii 1986, discovered in California in 2008 (did 500 million dollars' damage that year), know found from coast to coast and in several European countries. Unlike other "vinegar flies" it lays its eggs in sound fruit, not spoiled fruit. Life cycle as little as 7 days (depending on temperature), so can have three generations in one cherry season. Control is purely experimental so far, best results with synthetic pesticides, and few of those. We will get in touch with relatives in Japan (several are farmers, and others are well-educated scientists) who should be able to tell us how it is dealt with there. I don't want to use synthetic chemical pesticides if I can help it.

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  41. On a less positive note, the master gardener at the Ag extension office recognized the pest that did in our cherries this year: Drosophila suzukii. Originally from SE Asia, recognized in Japan by 1916, established in Hawaii 1986, discovered in California in 2008 (did 500 million dollars' damage that year), now found in BC, from coast to coast in the mainland U.S. and in several European countries. Unlike other "vinegar flies" it lays its eggs in sound fruit, not spoiled fruit. Life cycle as little as 7 days (depending on temperature), so can have three generations in one cherry season. Affects numerous crops. Control is purely experimental so far, best results with synthetic pesticides, and few of those. We will get in touch with relatives in Japan (several are farmers, and others are well-educated scientists) who should be able to tell us how it is dealt with there. I don't want to use synthetic chemical pesticides if I can help it.

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  42. Aha! Organic pesticide up to 100% effective against D. suzukii, 5-7 days residual effect: spinosad.

    Just don't spray during the day, when bees are foraging; wait until late afternoon or early evening.

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