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Thanks, ZAP! I named my Gracie after Gracie Allen ... I love that old show!
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Snowboarding in New York City

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The Richmond Times Dispatch features a vintage news photo from their archives each day and sometimes they throw in an article. This excerpt of an editorial written by Edward Grimsley in 1972 provides as good a description of February as I've ever seen:

"February has a deserved reputation as the orneriest, bleakest month of the year. Its shortness of days is deceptive, for as Times-Dispatch columnist Charles McDowell Jr. has written of February:

“It is longer than the War of the Austrian Succession and less exhilarating than the flu. It is the Silas Marner of months.”

The current February’s audacious attempt to cram an entire winter’s complement of snow, slush, and Arctic gusts into its 29 long-drawn-out days has done nothing to advance this month to the list of things that Virginians love. However, on a recent trip to the grocer’s to resupply our household with chicken soup and cold capsules, February’s essentials, we noticed some wondrous new items on the shelves: Candy bunnies. Jelly-beans. Chocolate-covered eggs. All the ingredients for a fine Easter basket, and so advertised.

Could it be? A check with the calendar confirms what hardly seems possible: spring will officially arrive only three weeks from today. And from spring’s arrival be but one week of Palm Sunday and one more to Easter. Granted that the merchants may be rushing the season a bit, isn’t this a happy thought to lift our spirits above present adversities? It really won’t be so long now before we will be exchanging the dreariness of frozen turf for the gloriousness of the flowering dogwood. And the happiest event in the immediate future will occur at midnight tomorrow when we trade in February for March, which should be a fair exchange no matter whether the latter comes in like a lamb or like a lion."
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How cold is Germany at the moment? The news keeps going to live crosses to that truck crash and the reporter looks like he's about to go into hypothermia.
The 'radical' left just wants everyone to have food, shelter, healthcare, education and a living wage. Man that's radical!....ooooohhhh Scary!
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tabby;1505287 wrote:


Amazing video! Thanks for posting. :-6:
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yw ZAP! :)

Here's a finch rescue ~~ the description says:

"While feeding my horses on New Year's morning I noticed a solitary finch perched upon the steel fence near the water tank. The tank is heated to keep it from freezing. It is not uncommon for birds to drink from the heated tank. Apparently this unfortunate bird had gotten its feet wet and, while making its exit, had become frozen to the fence in the prevailing near zero Idaho temperatures. First, I attempted to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing my palm against both the fence and the birds feet, while also gently restraining the bird's flapping wings. It then seemed that warming the birds feet with my warm breath would bring quicker success. Gentle sideways motion with my thumb brought freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction to my face... a delightful way to start a new year."

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Watching the video I just kept saying oh no, aww, ohh . . .and then what a brilliant thing for you to do! I have to show this to my daughter who wanted to be a vet--should have but she's a dialysis nurse so . .. once she had one of her hummingbirds sit on her shoulder for a while. She'll love this video. THANK YOU!
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I'd be very flattered if a hummingbird trusted me enough to rest on my shoulder! Those little birds are so fascinating to watch during the summer months as they flit around the flowers. I was glad the rancher was able to save the finch from freezing or starving and like he said, what a delightful way to start the new year!
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Two fronts walk into an isobar.
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles,” Doug Larson.

“Never doubt the courage of the French. They were the ones who discovered that snails are edible.”
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Good one, tude! I read it wrong the first time ~~ thought front said font probably because I recently saw a similar joke that went "Two fonts walked into a bar. One said "You're not my type." :)

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Ice Carousel in Finland

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Watch soap bubbles freeze in real time:

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I know it's only mid February but I'm so ready for Spring! I refuse to acknowledge winter any longer this year.
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tabby;1506913 wrote: I know it's only mid February but I'm so ready for Spring! I refuse to acknowledge winter any longer this year.


I'm with you.
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we have managed to largely avoid storm Doris so far up here in the north east, bit of wind and rain in the last hour , hopefully wont get much worse.




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kazalala;1506977 wrote: we have managed to largely avoid storm Doris so far up here in the north east, bit of wind and rain in the last hour , hopefully wont get much worse.


We've lost a fence panel but, so far, no worse.
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tabby;1506913 wrote: I know it's only mid February but I'm so ready for Spring! I refuse to acknowledge winter any longer this year.


AnneBoleyn;1506938 wrote: I'm with you.


Heh, it’s only mid March, but WHERE IS THE SPRING:-3? It’s -10 in Toronto! I want to find myself in some sunny place, in a luxurious villa on the coast, drinking Pina Colada and getting tan all day long:-6!! I just want to be here http://https://www.2luxury2.com/5-spani ... e-made-of/ not in cold Canada in a shared apartment with my friend.:-1
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I am ready for spring.

This map shows every

inch of snow that fell on

the lower 48 this year
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tude dog;1518447 wrote: I am ready for spring.

This map shows every

inch of snow that fell on

the lower 48 this year


Makes our measly three inches look kinda lame :-)
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It's Winter Solstice today and it feels it ~~ it's only about 40F and cloudy here. I hope to see some snow this winter ... not a crippling amount but I would like to have at least one good storm.

Snow yet, anyone?
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tabby;1528947 wrote: It's Winter Solstice today and it feels it ~~ it's only about 40F and cloudy here. I hope to see some snow this winter ... not a crippling amount but I would like to have at least one good storm.

Snow yet, anyone?


We had a couple of feet just before Turkey Day. It has not completely melted away, yet. That is plenty of snow for me.
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tabby;1528947 wrote: It's Winter Solstice today and it feels it ~~ it's only about 40F and cloudy here. I hope to see some snow this winter ... not a crippling amount but I would like to have at least one good storm.

Snow yet, anyone?


Nope, about 50f here but it’s been raining for months - very strange weather.
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Bryn Mawr;1528950 wrote: Nope, about 50f here but it’s been raining for months - very strange weather.


Sileby pitch is under water, or maybe I saw something different.

Hayle was too, yesterday.
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spot;1528953 wrote: Sileby pitch is under water, or maybe I saw something different.

Hayle was too, yesterday.


I think I'd prefer snow to all that rain.
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LarsMac;1528954 wrote: I think I'd prefer snow to all that rain.


Very soggy, I don’t imagine that we’ll have many crops next year
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We had a mild drought this year that lasted until around early November and even the rain we've received since then hasn't been much to speak of but it's better than nothing. Last year (2018) was exceptionally wet!
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Big auto pile up down your way today, Tabby.
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Ahso!;1528981 wrote: Big auto pile up down your way today, Tabby.


Yes, I saw that on the news a little while ago ~~ 65 vehicles involved and 35 people taken to the local hospitals. It was early this morning and they think the chain reaction started due to dense fog. York County is about 125 miles east of me and we didn't have any fog at all this morning. I hope there were no major injuries.

VDOT is predicting the two heaviest traffic days this week to be tomorrow and Thursday.
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tabby;1528984 wrote: Yes, I saw that on the news a little while ago ~~ 65 vehicles involved and 35 people taken to the local hospitals. It was early this morning and they think the chain reaction started due to dense fog. York County is about 125 miles east of me and we didn't have any fog at all this morning. I hope there were no major injuries.

VDOT is predicting the two heaviest traffic days this week to be tomorrow and Thursday.


I hate running I-64. When I was going up that way for work, I got really creative on how to get to and from Norfolk and Newport News without I-64.

But the photo I saw, definitely a foggy morning, and a construction zone. Add a bunch of people in a hurry, and, surprise.

I now try to avoid anywhere in Virginia that's not west of Richmond. (well, except for an occasional trip up to the Eastern Shore)
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It's on the main World page at the BBC today.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50888357

It looks an astonishingly narrow section of one-way road with only two lanes, no hard shoulder to pull onto without blocking a lane, and no verge of any sort, just barriers left and right within inches of the lanes themselves. I've not seen a road that scary before. Either it's a temporary stretch or someone was cutting costs when they built it.

In the UK that would definitely qualify for a 30 mile an hour limit, every time.

If that's seriously meant to be an Interstate it should be a minimum three lanes each way with a central barrier, a run-off hard shoulder beside each slow lane and a verge beyond that, not a wall. It should have fluorescent phone booths every mile with direct access to the emergency services too. What on earth is meant to happen on that road if a vehicle has to stop, regardless of the reason?
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spot;1529005 wrote: It's on the main World page at the BBC today.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50888357

It looks an astonishingly narrow section of one-way road with only two lanes, no hard shoulder to pull onto without blocking a lane, and no verge of any sort, just barriers left and right within inches of the lanes themselves. I've not seen a road that scary before. Either it's a temporary stretch or someone was cutting costs when they built it.

In the UK that would definitely qualify for a 30 mile an hour limit, every time.

If that's seriously meant to be an Interstate it should be a minimum three lanes each way with a central barrier, a run-off hard shoulder beside each slow lane and a verge beyond that, not a wall. It should have fluorescent phone booths every mile with direct access to the emergency services too. What on earth is meant to happen on that road if a vehicle has to stop, regardless of the reason?


I know that section of road. It is two-lane bridges in each direction, over Queen Creek. They began constructing some lane expansion last year. There is no place to leave the roadway there.

https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/yo ... ushed-car/
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LarsMac;1528995 wrote:

I now try to avoid anywhere in Virginia that's not west of Richmond. (well, except for an occasional trip up to the Eastern Shore)


Me too! I only go to Richmond if necessary and thankfully these days that's rarely. I find traveling on interstate roads to be frazzling and will go a longer route on quieter roads just to avoid them. I95 & I81 are just as bad as I64!
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tabby;1529045 wrote: Me too! I only go to Richmond if necessary and thankfully these days that's rarely. I find traveling on interstate roads to be frazzling and will go a longer route on quieter roads just to avoid them. I95 & I81 are just as bad as I64!


This Summer we followed US 29 from Charlotte up to Culpepper. It was a nice run. They are working to turn that route into another Interstate, though.
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This has been such a mild winter for us so far this year ~~ downright dull weather-wise!

This video shows some mishaps on ice:

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This morning, Phil the Groundhog predicted an early Spring. We'll see!

Soap Bubbles Freezing in Real Time:

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