Atmospheric River to return, good luck Oroville!

By: WatchinTheSky , 5:03 AM GMT on February 07, 2017

The thing about work lately - if it's not new equipment on loan to check out - it's lots of people calling in sick.... What's up with kids these days?? Well, not all kids but...

But I digress ;-)

Quick update about 'electric' car for those who wanted occasional news. 2200 miles on the speedo, no trip to the gas station yet and 3/4 of original tank that holds 10 gallons.
This photo shows something that amuses me - lower left corner shows what the car thinks is has for all electric range. The window sticker/gov spec is 53 miles (your mileage may vary) . I've gone 6 miles and car thinks I can go 76 more, hmm..



So on to the new (Ne) blog.

BC might recognize this view if she popped by for a visit ;-)


Weekend before last we hiked a bit along the north shore of Lake Hodges, one of several smallish drinking water reservoirs in San Diego county. And it actually looks a bit like a lake after 4 or 5 really dry years.

Besides the exercise, I was hoping to get a few good bird photos. Hmm, very few and not the best shots - but some ;-)

I could hear them but took a while to see them! Was not good at sneaking so most swam away before I could get a photo, but here is Mr Mallard.


This is a little blown out, but this old snag was a gathering spot for woodpeckers, 4 or 5 were at the top, sort of got the two on my side.


This little kestrel was playing hide n seek with us for a while.


It finally came out for a little better shot.


This local park is open for regular business during fishing season - which is not for another month so we had to leave the car out on city streets and hike much farther to get to the lake than expected and it was a late start. We will be better prepared next time ;-)

And of course ;-)
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44. WeatherWise
6:32 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
Hahaha...GG, Make that glass of champagne for WTS a glass of cough syrup sounds like with Theia hiding under seat to try to get some peaceful sleep.

Hi WTS, I know you don't want to hear my crazy remedy but might be worth a try as the cough syrup doesn't seem to cut it at all. When you are trying to rest and have the choking cough Just swab a bit of lotion right down the middle of bottom of both feet. I KNOW - IT does sound a bit CRAZY but it works for me. The REAL remedy cals for some old timey stuff - Vicks Vapor Rub - that I don't have around so I just use just regular lotion. Give it a try - what do you have to lose?
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43. WatchinTheSky
5:56 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
Hey Ylee! Yes, the cams seem to be holding up surprisingly well - especially the nonwaterproof one ;-)

Hi Karen - barely 100 miles away and you got twice as much as we got! I'm glad your new pumps did their job. Nothing for us this week, WU says an inch early next week - but that is a way down the road ;-)

Hi sandi - the grey was just my mood from finally catching the crud passing around. It's an odd one this time, went hoarse Friday and coughing ever since but not much else in the way of effects - it's enough.... Yes, maybe rice :p I have lost my lavender patch due to standing water. Unfortunately, I didn't mound them up enough.

Hey GG :-) Seems like a good use of a Prius (if I had one, but I know what you meant ;-) There have been plenty of cars floating around here lately, even a big fire truck falling off an undercut freeway! We'll have to work on Theia, she has the quietest purr. Maybe it is her electric motor purr!!

What what does it say when C and K chip in and buy me a super strength cough syrup?? I'm keeping them up at night??
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42. GardenGrrl
5:09 PM GMT on February 22, 2017
So you building a pirate ship out of the Prius yet? I can see you being Captain with Yeti at the helm, Phin on your shoulder and the Mrs pouring champagne while Thea hides under a seat purring loud enough to make it sound like there is a motor.
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41. sandiquiz
4:28 PM GMT on February 20, 2017


I see you are thinking of planting this crop! lol

Looks very grey over your house again... more rain? Did you buy some more barrels?
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40. SBKaren
2:10 AM GMT on February 20, 2017
We had a nice day today and some rain Saturday morning (of course during our beach cleanup, but we had a nice small crew that collected enough trash to fill two dumpsters). Friday's rain ended up being just under 2". We faired very well and the pumps worked perfectly. There was some small flooding around town and a friend from WU that lives in Michigan said she saw Seal Beach on Good Morning America. Wow, who knew?? Some parts of town also lost power, but again, we missed out on that inconvenience too.

But soooo much better than the January storm. We were able to get in a walk in the morning on Friday before the rain and the biggest thing we experienced were very fierce winds! It was blowing sand all around, actually causing a haze in the air. The rain really didn't start falling hard until early afternoon, so we were in after that.

Today, in the morning, we had a little of what I have to call mist, and then the rest of the day was fine, although chilly. Even got a bike ride in the afternoon.

So, I see rain chances on and off all week, but I don't think we'll see any significant rainfall. Biggest thing I see after all this rain? Tall green grass is everywhere!!! Including our yard that never dries out long enough for us to cut! Maybe this week.
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39. Ylee
6:54 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
At least the cams haven't shorted out..... :' )
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38. WatchinTheSky
6:48 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
Hi WW, that sounds a lot like spring already for you! One thing about a full cold winter, it keeps certain things in check. Now you're getting them early!

Hi plapman, 5 miles is pretty close but 50 feet above is a good cushion. Interesting that you worked on the diversion, proper compaction is important!

Hey Ylee! I'm beginning to wonder if rice might be a good spring crop :P I really figured on some outside work today but it's still raining. The trend has been for rain on my two days off, slowing down the yard projects ;-)

Hi PSP! I'm glad you got some nice Arizona weather, of course, this time of year is usually nice there ;-) Funny, I keep wanting to say we have gotten sooo much rain, but we are pretty much on average - it's just been a long time since we've had normal rain, we forget! We still get the 'leftovers' with most of the rain falling farther north, even just LA is getting about twice as much as we got this last storm. But that's just about right, not too much damage ;-)
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37. PugetSoundPost
6:17 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
Back from Arizona! I have some photos on my blog now - part 1/2. We only had a few sprinkles one day on the trip, otherwise your Southland sun and 80's! Nice to experience it after reading about it for a long time! But now that we are home, we are back in the rain..... just kind of slides from one day to the next with off and on, usually light, rain, often not well-defined between systems. How's the rain going for you? Did you get much from the last round a couple of days ago?
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36. Ylee
3:34 PM GMT on February 19, 2017
Getting tired of rain yet? :' )
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35. plapman
2:49 AM GMT on February 18, 2017
Good evening WTS.
The Assiniboine River is only 5 miles south of me. We're protected by the Portage Diversion which diverts water to Lake Manitoba, 15 miles north of the Northern Edge. We're well above Lake Manitoba, at least 50 feet. I worked on the Portage Diversion when it was being built when I first started working for the government. I was checking compaction to make sure the dykes were packed enough to be water proof.
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34. WeatherWise
7:45 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Hi WTS, I have seen a few flying nsects which we don't usually see this time of year. On the Ronoke TV Station last nightm they reported ticks were out and had been out all winter - think they were talking about deer ticks. I cringed after my experience last spring. They also said to watch out for snakes as they would be sunning and we surely don't usually see them or hear about them this early. So a strange time of seasons for us this year.
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33. WatchinTheSky
4:18 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Ha, typing at the same time, GG! No, no rain yet ;-) 'Supposed' to be coming ;-)
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32. WatchinTheSky
4:17 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Hey GG :-) Doing the same thing this morning before getting down to work! Definitely the down season on the monarch farm, which is good.. We are just about 20 releases for the first six weeks this year, but not must waiting in the wings - ah ha haha - hmm, a little punny? Cutting back the milkweed that is still growing to minimize any pathogens lingering on the leaves/branches. We have not had a freeze yet and running out of time for that, spring is almost here!
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31. GardenGrrl
4:16 PM GMT on February 17, 2017
Checking for rain. Don't see any.
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30. GardenGrrl
9:46 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Hello, doing a quick run through the blogs. Don't see any birdies at the feeders. How's the butterfly farm doing?
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29. WatchinTheSky
8:06 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Hi sandi! Simple is good :-) We did an early dinner last Sunday since C is away, but might go out Saturday also! But supposedly rainy so maybe not ;-)

Hi Karen, our forecast amount seems to be dropping quickly, over 3" for you will be a lot! I hope the new pumps hold up, as well as your boots! I did a lot of trail repair at the Animal Park last Saturday, remains to be seen if it was for naught. We could really use the rain down here still, so I don't mind the redo if necessary.

Minor update on the car - after 2 months, I finally have my HOV/carpool stickers so now I am legal to drive the carpool lanes with only me in the car. Remains to be seen how helpful that will be, on my regular commute it may save a minute each way on a 30-40 minute trip. My route has no carpool lanes on the roads, only 1 carpool on ramp each direction. Occasional trips to/from San Diego would net more since there are HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes most of the way.
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28. SBKaren
7:39 PM GMT on February 16, 2017
Hi WTS - I checked your rain forecast. It says you are to get 1.48" while ours says 3.38". It does fluctuate a bit. It was over 3.4" earlier this week, then went down to 3.31, but back up again. All I know is it's going to rain, and 3" is A LOT! When we had that bad storm in January we received just over 2.43". Getting sand bags today and have plenty of food and now time for the pool so I can get out, because I think tomorrow is going to be an inside day (unless I don my boots and raincoat and take pictures!)
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27. sandiquiz
8:04 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Hello - I read you are all alone this week... so Valentines' dinner will be Saturday - Right?

C got to choose the dinner last night and he chose "hot dogs"!! Simple for me - Cook lots of onions, cook the sausage and throw it all together in soft bread buns with lots of tomato sauce and mustard!
Back to healthy living tonight! lol
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26. WatchinTheSky
12:28 AM GMT on February 15, 2017
Hi WW, yes - having my Valentines day at work.. My better half is gone this week working in Santa Barbara area - not a bad place if you have to be away for work ;-)

Hi Karen, your rain boots are getting a good workout! Does look like a good rain this weekend, though the numbers are coming down for here already.

Hey plapman, I hope you got in a good walk.

Hi cp! That's cool your creek is still flowing, our little creek at the Park has been flowing (a little) for a couple weeks now! Hard to believe you're still 2 inches below, but SoCali is just not getting as much, hmmph. Maybe a good shot this weekend! Thanks GG, WW for the nice cards - I hope all have a nice Valentines!

I'll have to go online and look for the NPR show on electrics, WW - should be interesting!
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25. WeatherWise
5:41 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Hope you are having a special Valentines Day. I guess at work?
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24. SBKaren
5:39 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Rain wasn't too bad on Friday, but it was steady. Then we had a gorgeous weekend. I have family that lives in Yuba City and they evacuated on Sunday night, but returned on Monday, but are keeping the trailer packed up just in case. He is a sheriff, so he'll heed the warnings.

This weekend looks to be a wet one. It will probably be raining for sure for our cleanup, but from what I read today (and we surely know that can change), it looks to stop Saturday morning.....sometime, only to return. Guess we'll just have to wait and see. On a good note, I'll get to wear my new rain boots again!
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23. plapman
3:03 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
Good Morning Sky.
Have a good Valentines Day.
I like the photo of the hawk. Those birds sure have mastered flight.
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22. calpoppy
2:21 PM GMT on February 14, 2017
A couple of more inches of rain and we will be at normal rainfall, so anything after that is bonus time!!! I see Chia coming up but a lot of fiddleneck coming up also:( I know it is a Cali native but it is sure a PITA when you hike through it, LOL! Some lupine also coming up in spots. Our creek is really flowing!! You can hear it when you step outside our cabin, and we have to find crossings now. I hope it is still like that when I lead my area hike in April!!!!

Come on RIVER!!!!! But fix the damn dam first, LOL!
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21. GardenGrrl
10:59 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
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20. WeatherWise
5:15 AM GMT on February 14, 2017
Hi Again, WTS. Happy Valentines! Have a nice Valentines Day. Tell someone you love them. Have a heart! LOVE💌

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19. WeatherWise
7:08 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
They are TO taLk about the BIG thing on NPR - ELECTRIC CARS, this afternoon, at four. I think show might BE ALL Things Considered. If I miss it, I will go TO the website. Have a good one. Hard TO comprehend a small amount of rain putting a drought stricken area into flood woes. Really scary for Sacramento, the idea of releasing all those waters by opening the flood gates. I know what IT did TO North Carolina both times in recent years when they opened the flood gates at Raleigh, North Carolina.
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18. WatchinTheSky
6:06 PM GMT on February 13, 2017
So I guess the BIG Cali news is maybe the Oroville dam failing! 190,000 people under evac warning. All we wanted was a little rain, you know, to end the drought. - What's wrong with that??

Karen, if the forecast for this weekend's rain holds up - it may mess your cleanup plans. Down here the total is over 2 inches. But it's a ways off and we'll have to see.

Hey GG :-) we were shut out of the big show - no full moon or eclipse, no comet, oh well. Still a bit dark when you stopped by, but I am noticing a change! Soon it will be light and even the sunny that early :-) Well, that's mostly good, unless trying to sleep ;-)

"We have rain, sleet, ice and snow! " - sandi, a bit of everything for you! Though I think WW has your global warming - 83 degrees?? Middle of Feb??

Hi WW, yes you mentioned Lake Hodges (and now it is actually a lake again!) When we went hiking last month, the main park was not open - but I think it is now. I saw boats out on the water yesterday. I am hoping to get to a more bird friendly area next time.

Hey cp! I have seen mention of the blue grosbeak at Hodges and am definitely hoping to see one, though it is probably a long shot ;-) Maybe some of WW's grebes! Big rains coming??

Hey Ylee! I'm going in Wednesday for a recall on the car. Apparently some reprogramming of the computer that runs the management of gas and electric power - some glitch that disallows full amps. I'm with you on the oil changes, though for the first two months/2300 miles, the engine has run maybe an hour? It is spec'd for synthetic oil.

Ob la di ob la da ;-)
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17. Ylee
4:13 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
WTS, I think some service is done by time, rather than miles. Don't know what entails service to a hybrid car. If it were a conventional car, I would change the oil every six months, regardless of mileage(If it were under 5K miles), unless you were using synthetic, then it would be a year. JMO, I'm no expert! :' )
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16. WeatherWise
2:48 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
Marie Read Wildlife Photography January 11 ·
Another courtship behavior: Clark's Grebe pair during a nest material presentation display, from late this afternoon. Heavily cropped, but wanted to show you all this cool behavior. Lake Hodges, Escondido, CA.



Marie Read is a professional wildlife photographer based near Ithaca, New York, USA, who specializes in birds and bird behavior. She has authored several books including Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin; Into The Nest (with Laura Erickson); Secret Lives of Common Birds: Enjoying Bird Behavior Through the Seasons; and Common Birds & Their Songs (with Lang Elliott), as well as many articles about birds and bird photography. She is a popular speaker, whose presentations are both educational and entertaining.
Marie's work is regularly featured in Birds & Blooms, Living Bird and numerous other magazines, calendars, and books worldwide. During her 25+ -year photography career, she’s traveled to Australia, East Africa, and Central America in search of subjects, but has taken many of her most memorable images in her own backyard.
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15. WeatherWise
2:41 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
Poppy, I am thinking Lake Hodges is the one I mentioned to WTS that a travel nature photographer had been there recently and got fantastic photos. I forget what now.
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14. WeatherWise
2:39 AM GMT on February 13, 2017
Hi WTS, Just rolled up to 700 miles.. Think they told me so many miles or 6 months for first check-up. I will start racking up the miles on my trips out to my daughters and as the weather opens up. I just have not been anywhere much and my daily treks are close by. Danville is not a great big place so everything is withing a few miles. My older son hardly puts any miles on his car as he walks to and from work winter and summer.

I was wondering how the opening of the flood gates might affect your area? It is scary when they do that. I read where Sacramento might flood.

A warm 83 plus here today. Crazy and unbelievable.
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13. calpoppy
3:43 PM GMT on February 12, 2017
Lake Hodges is where a Flickr photog saw a blue grosbeak!! What a sight that would be and to photograph it also, wow! The little Kestrel is cute!!!
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12. GardenGrrl
11:10 AM GMT on February 12, 2017
Bit dark at the hummer cam this morning. guess I better quit goofing off and get ready for work.
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11. sandiquiz
7:59 AM GMT on February 11, 2017
We have rain, sleet, ice and snow! Lovely February weather.

Exactly 20 years ago this weekend, we were enjoying an very early spring and I remember going to a friend's house for a lunch time birthday treat for her 45th, and we ate outside in a balmy 75 degrees!!

And they say we have global warming?? Nah! Don't believe it! lol

Have a restful weekend :)
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10. SBKaren
12:56 AM GMT on February 11, 2017
We are currently at .01" with this current storm as it only just started raining. Looks like it should continue through the night. I don't know if I should be concerned about next weeks storm as our beach cleanup is next Saturday. We hold it rain or shine, but if it pours like it did last January, we could be looking at more flooding, that wouldn't be good, my brother doesn't think it will get that bad. Well, as I was typing the rain has increased. It was barely a drizzle and now I can hear it on the roof. Thank goodness it's Friday, I hate the thought of my daughter driving on those L.A. freeways in the rain.
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9. GardenGrrl
11:59 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
Patiently awaiting moonrise to see if I can get a shot of tonights moon show.
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8. WatchinTheSky
11:58 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
Hi Karen, that is a pretty nice blog. Yes, mostly NorCal but maybe we will continue to get some leftovers ;-) The last storm left about 1/2", close to target. Today's (Friday) storm is being downgraded pretty fast - .1" now. Am more hopeful for the end of next week, though that is a way off still. Hopefully his projection for later is on track, we backsliding a bit down here, after a good January. Feb is supposed to be San Diego's wettest month and so far it is below ave.
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7. SBKaren
11:28 PM GMT on February 10, 2017
You are still getting rain...right? It's not missing you is it? We've had so much with more on the way. My weather geeky brother who has a weather station feeding to Wunderground referred me to this guys blog. He says he's pretty right on. Thought you might be interested. It looks like he deals with NorCal a lot, but will bring SoCal into it as well.
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6. WatchinTheSky
6:43 PM GMT on February 09, 2017
Hi WW! 600 miles - you're going to end up with 2-3 thousand per year!! I think many new cars can talk to the dealers (behind your back, I think!), I just got a reminder from my dealer that the car is ready for its 5000 mile check up - hmmm.. only have 2200 miles showing on the odometer - someone is confused LOL

Hey GG :-) I just rewatched her 'adventures' - very funny, and yes, a bit less harrowing than butterfly farming LOL
Glad you could constrain your liberal political statement ;-) but I bet your zoom zoom is pretty light on gas! Unless you are leadfooting like sandi! Leadfooting in an electric drains the battery like a dead short ;-)

Hi sandi! I'm still looking for the other few photos from the lake hike.
I think the 70 degree weather lately is helping to keep the butterflies active ;-) But the pace is slowed, especially as I keep trimming back the milkweed (since it is not dying back on its own). 300 last year, 20 so far this year - pretty good, I think :-)
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5. sandiquiz
11:31 AM GMT on February 09, 2017
I am so glad you got around to the Ne blog.... I was desperate to see what it was about! lol

I am really surprised to see you are still being a butterfly nursery.... and I am sure you are proud of the achievement of releasing over 300 :)
My Oscar - orange sport car - does 30 to the gallon on a good day :( Mind you - I do drive it as though it is a rally car! lol
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4. GardenGrrl
3:30 AM GMT on February 09, 2017
Hey did you see the Melissa McCarthy super bowl commercial? Freakin hilarious. I thought of you and your car. Thank goodness that butterfly farming isn't quite as extreme as her experiences ;-)
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3. GardenGrrl
10:54 AM GMT on February 07, 2017
Good Morning. Pretty cool you have gone that many miles on less than a tank of gas. (MMMPHHstruggling not to add snarky dag'um liberal political comment)
Looks like a great day for a walk. Judging by the weeds, your lake got pretty small. Glad it is re-filling.
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2. WeatherWise
5:15 AM GMT on February 07, 2017
Interesting about your car. I still have hardly 600 miles on mine and that includes a trip to my son's - 77 miles up and 77 back. Soon that will change when I make a couple of trips out to my daughter's. Have a good night.....zzzzzzzzzz....like the woodpeckers and th duck. Take care. Oh,, had just left a message on the old blog when it said new blog.
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1. WatchinTheSky
5:14 AM GMT on February 07, 2017
Getting a lot of grief for not putting up the ne blog (knights that say 'Nee'?)
From the previous entry - Maybe I DO need to speak with Yeti about helping with the blog, I think he has been taking it easy lately :P

WW, the take care of back references were regarding my Saturday volunteering at the Park and reconstructing the
visitor walking trail that got washed out. Many wheelbarrow loads of dirt (decomposed granite) need to be hauled to fill in the ruts!

Sandi, no commas?? ,,,, , , That would be a bit of a hassle - or require some creativity?

Hey GG - yes, busy - but what is getting done indeed. That is a weird zone to be in, need to find the tunnel, then look for the light at the end ;-) Working on filling the last big rain 'barrel', drizzle willing LOL That will be over 400 gallons of nice rain water for the plants, once it dries out enough to start using it. Soon enough comma I'm sure!
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