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« on: June 21, 2014, 10:07:42 AM »

Summer's here and my forecast is It's gonna get hot.   Roll Eyes Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014, 10:23:26 AM »

Yeah, but I'm hoping for just normal-hot, not like what we've had the past few years.  Tongue

And no more damaging storms! We've had enough of that around here this week to last us the next several decades.  (P.S. My friend finally gets the tree out of her roof first thing Monday.)
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014, 10:13:20 PM »

First day of Summer here - temps in the 70's!  I would take that for most of the Summer, but I know we are going to see more 90's like earlier in the week.  I just hope we stay away from those 100 degree days of last Summer!  

catbird, I'm glad your friend is going to be rid of the tree in a couple of days.  Now the reconstruction begins!  Not a good way to start the Summer at all!   Sad
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 05:24:47 AM »

It was nice here over the weekend too , but the heat & humidity come back tomorrow  Sad. It was nice having windows open for a change ! Glad your friends roof repairs can begin , I hope not too many things inside were damaged .
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2014, 04:30:31 PM »

Rabbits rabbits everywhere... population exploded! What was once a rare sight in our neighborhood a few years ago has boomed..last year every day I saw one this year I see at least 3 to 5 every day running around our densely populated grid of streets. Strange animals, there is some conservation land with thickets and heavy brush a few blocks away by the river. I have not seen many rabbits there though, they seem to prefer paved streets and small pesticided yards with little underbrush and lots of noisy cars and barking dogs.  Tongue Go figure.  

The cats love to watch all the action from the windows though!  Grin I still think we have a family of bunnies living in our yard.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2014, 05:23:16 PM »

LOL Meowli  I haven't seen a rabit in our area in a couple years.  I saw a rodent (probably a mouse) for the first time this week, living in the hole that was previously home to a family of skunks, and after that, an invasive species of wasp.

I did see the long haired black cat again!  It is living in the storm drain in the front of the building.  And I saw the white tipped tail long haired kitty, too!  I counted 3 of the ferals on my section of sidewalk.  Someone in the building is feeding them.  Which I think is fantastic.  I just hope the idiots from the building below us don't hit any of them.  I think mama got hit last year Sad
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2014, 09:35:53 PM »

We have bunnies living in our yard under the shed.  We have had them here for years.  Every year I wait to see the baby bunnies, which I usually see in June.  I saw a baby about 2 weeks ago for the first time this year, and it is now out nibbling at the grass every day.  It is fun to watch them grow!  It was so tiny the first time I saw it that it was practically hidden in the grass blades! 
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2014, 04:26:24 PM »

More. severe. weather. here.  Tongue Last night and late this afternoon. Again, we escaped any damage at our house, but the entire city is beginning to look like Venice with street flooding. We have canals instead of roadways now! Thankfully, I got home from work just before it all hit.

Here's a link to a local news article with some pictures of the flooding:
http://host.madison.com/gallery/news/local/photos-rains-challenge-pedestrians-motorists/collection_1785ca93-fda8-5112-8f74-fa9b2432c029.html#0

I am getting really tired of being in what appears to be the new Tornado Alley.
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2014, 04:33:40 PM »

Very glad your house is ok ! Be careful on those roads though .
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2014, 06:00:02 PM »

Fantastic scenes here now as the light of the setting sun comes under the thunderstorm clouds. It's still raining lightly, but the sky looks like it is on fire. There is a horizon-to-horizon rainbow over one of the lakes downtown, per my daughter, and we all are seeing this intense, brilliant blue lightning shoot through the amazing fiery sky.

Here is a picture taken minutes ago by my daughter near the Capitol. Yes, the sky is actually that color.

photo-37 by catbird pics, on Flickr
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2014, 06:05:53 PM »

And here is the view from our deck:

100_1366 by catbird pics, on Flickr

ETA: the bright dot to the right of center in the dark area is a firefly!  There are swarms of them out there right now.
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2014, 09:31:19 PM »

Those pictures are amazing!  I don't think I have ever seen a sky that red!  I hope your severe weather is over for now.  We are expecting some severe weather on Wednesday and Thursday, and then there is Arthur lurking down off the Florida coast right off-shore of where my daughter lives!  Summer is shaping up to be as bad as this past Winter for so many areas!
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2014, 08:03:55 AM »

Well, first hurricane of the season is heating up off the coast of Florida.  To all our southeastern coast friends, please stay safe over the holiday!
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2014, 09:32:17 AM »

Wow!  The Capitol pic is so great!  Just look at that reflection, and the color!  Good job.  Sorry about the scary weather that enabled that pic, though.  ugh.

I wish we had fireflies.  I've only seen them a few times, mostly when we traveled to see relatives in Illinois when I was young.

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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2014, 01:57:27 PM »

Wow!  The Capitol pic is so great!  Just look at that reflection, and the color!  Good job.



Believe it or not, it's an iPhone photo.

You don't have fireflies, Fizzy1? Aw, how sad. They are one of my favorite parts of summer.  Strangely, even though we had a very bad winter, they are especially abundant this year.
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