Saturday – A Little Personal – Lucy and Twiggy Check the Plants

“Little One. Did you see this Fig tree?”

“Yeah. It’s getting some new leaves.”

“Well, that’s not good. There’s more cold coming.”

“Don’t you think the fig knows what it’s doing?”

“I’m not so sure. These crazy winters have most plants confused.”

“These begonias seem to be doing sorta okay.”

“Yeah, for now. Wait till a freeze hits.”

“These roses are getting new leaves too.”

“I sure hope they aren’t sorry. I’m going over to the patio.”

“What’s over there?”

“There were a bunch of flowers in pots. I want to make sure they aren’t budding as well.”

“If they are, what are you going to do?”

“Well, they’re not, so your question doesn’t need an answer.”

“Lucky for you, ’cause I don’t think you had an answer.”

“You may be right. How about we play in the yard.”

“I see a bud here, Lucy. What are we going to do?”

“You know everyone dislikes a wise guy.”

“Good thing I’m a girl, then.”

“How about a game of hide and seek?”

“Great, you’re it.”

“One one thousand, two one thousand….”

“No peeking.”

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  1. Always on duty. Do you pay them overtime for working on Saturday, John?

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    1. They each get an extra soft chew treat. ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. The girls do keep busy, even without a puma on the prowl.

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    1. I think the puma’s are bedded down for the winter.

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  3. The girls are going to have to maintain their frost patrol for a while. We still have February, after all!

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    1. I know it. We moved in on March 3rd 2019 and it was 27 degrees.๐Ÿฅถ

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  4. Poor plants don’t know if they’re coming or going these days.

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  5. Adorable gardeners ๐Ÿ˜Š inspecting their terrain. We had fig trees when I was small. Unfortunately I did grow to love figs till many years later.

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    1. Our neighbor had a huge fig that was lost in the freeze of 2020. The deer were very disappointed. Thank you for sharing, Holly.

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      1. A terrible loss. Fig trees are beautiful and food for the gods ๐Ÿ˜Š. We had three very large Fig trees at my grandparents farm. Only after I grew up did I realize what a treasure they were. Thanks for sharing this , take care John and have a great day.

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      2. You as well, Holly.

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      3. Thank you, Iโ€™ll do my best ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. They seem to be looking for spring like I’ve been doing. Happy Saturday sung to the tune of A White Sport Coat by Marty Robbins.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Saturday to you* Sung to the tune of He’ll Have to Go by Jim Reeves.

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  7. But she’s a wise girl! Someone posted on Facebook yesterday a photo of a daffodil. With this up-and-down weather, no wonder the plants are confused.

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    1. The poor daffodils, Joan.๐Ÿฅถ

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  8. The plants are almost as confused as I am by the weather these days. ๐Ÿ™‚ The thermometer on our deck says 32 degrees this morning. It’s not ISO certified, but I actually trust it more than the phone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I would go with the analog one. After all it’s out there in the weather. Stupid phone is in your pocket.

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  9. They are such well-versed meteorologists, John! They have great observation skills and cover all the ground. Bundle up and stay warm!

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    1. Yeah we are headed into low 30 territory next week. Not at all to our liking.

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      1. Especially where you are! Stay warm.

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      2. Thank you, Maggie.

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  10. At least roses and figs are tough. They can return from the roots if nothing else. Assuming your roses arenโ€™t grafted, if they are a different form returns.

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    1. No the roses are purebred. They don’t get cut back until the end of February so let’s hope they can go with the flow. Thanks, Craig.

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  11. That was some serious sniffage happening!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Twiggy is all nose sometimes.

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      1. Dogs are pretty funny to watch when they go into a sniffing frenzy.

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      2. Twiggy has a bunny nose. It twitches when she is trying to figure stuff out.

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      3. Awww. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. I always love how they chat…โ€œYou know everyone dislikes a wise guy.” โ€œGood thing Iโ€™m a girl, then.โ€

    ,,,How about a game of hide and seek?โ€

    โ€œGreat, youโ€™re it.โ€

    โ€œOne one thousand, two one thousandโ€ฆ.โ€

    โ€œNo peeking.โ€ There are advantages of being a girl.

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    1. There are definite advantages in being a girl. Twiggy seems to know how to use each one. Glad you like the chat. ๐Ÿ˜ Have a super weekend, Susannah.

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  13. The girls are up to their usual. Twiggy is asking questions with no real answer and Lucy forebears. I hope Lucy is comfortable. I love these two!

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    1. Lucy is very comfortable. She is eating well and free of pain. Thanks for the concern, Noelle.

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      1. Thanks for the update, John. I am a sucker for animals, so she’s right there in my prayers.

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      2. Aw thank you, Noelle. We have been blessed so far. I do ask God to keep her from pain.

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  14. I always enjoy these. Wise gals and all ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Saturday, John!

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    1. Thak yu, Dale. Happy Saturday to you.

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      1. Thank you. I am entertaining for the first time in three years! I finally have a “receivable” kitchen and it’s officially being baptized tonight. I am so excited. Soups bubbling, cake is made, just waiting for the icing; meat is marinating… ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. All sounds delightful. Have one for me.

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      3. Now… Salad dressing and bowls are made; soup is purรฉed, bubbles are chilling, main just needs to be set in the pan and put into the oven when they arrive… going to ice the cake now! I am so organized, I’ll actually have time to pass the vacuum and mop and set the table AND shovel the walkway before taking a shower…. I might actually not have wet hair before my guests arrive ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Shall definitely have one for you ๐Ÿ™‚
        Methinks I shall even blog about it ๐Ÿ™‚

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      4. Do blog about it.

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      5. Oh, I will. And I’m going to start working on my abandoned food blog, too!

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      6. Be careful what you promise.

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      7. Oh I am promising!
        Now that I am sans job, I’ll have the time… (In between job searches, of course)

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      8. I didn’t know you were sans job.

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      9. Since Thursday… I was “liberated” and could not be happier. I loathed it.

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      10. Well good for you. I hope the next one is better.

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      11. So do I. It was a very unpleasant experience …

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  15. The girls better get blankets out to cover those early blooming plants. We had this problem in Alberta too.

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    1. We also bring those in that we can.

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  16. Ahh, the search for Spring. I hope the girls find the warm weather and budding flowers. In our area, we seem stuck in Winter. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Sadly it is going to get colder here too.

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  17. Those girls are flowers of a different kind, and just as beautiful.

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    1. Aww, Pilgrim. They will follow you anywhere.

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      1. Give them hugs and kisses for me.

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      2. Will do. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  18. Your yard is so beautiful and private. I bet you spend a lot of time out there with Twiggy and Lucy.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. We do spend a lot of time out there.

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  19. Compassionate pup.

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  20. What room is this ? What day is this ? What garden is this ? Is it the garden at the end of the universe ? Great garden inspection. Except I am a wee bit confused. No morning coffee, no perimeter alerts, no voodoo ranger ! Lions and tigers and bears Oh my. Next thing you know I will awake old and confused. Where oh where has my three finger tonic gone ? And desperation sets in like a well oiled bear trap…

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    1. You missed the announcement that Twiggy and Lucy will take the place of the normal Saturday prompt till my book tour is done. Don’t worry all is okay.

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      1. The unfamiliar room threw me off. Change is good even if it is somewhat unsettling. Rumor has it it makes the three fingers more calming and medicinal. Cheers !

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      2. Change is the engine for three fingers.

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  21. John, I do appreciate your backyard — the sod and rocks are way prettier (and more practical!) than the mud we’ve got! And I imagine the upkeep is better, too. Fingers crossed, the plants all survive — they keep reminding us that winter is far from over.

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    1. Oh thank you, Debbie. Yes we are mud adverse around here. When we moved in there was mud everywhere and we decided that there would be no more of that. Have a great weekend

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  22. “Lucky for you, cause I don’t think you had an answer”. One thousand, two thousand…” I loved this! The girls always make my day.

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    1. Ha ha ha. They make mine as well.

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      1. Yes, I know they do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I’m glad to see the girls enjoying each other’s company. Certainly, it was a welcome sight to see this post, considering the recent news about Lucy.

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    1. I agree. Lucy is feeling well and has no pain. She is still living her life. Thanks, Pete.

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  24. The plants aren’t the only ones confused by this crazy weather. I agree with these two, a nice game of hide and seek seems to be a good solution.

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    1. A very good solution, Jan

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  25. Who needs to hirer a gardener with these two around. I’m betting Lucy finds here every time. How are the plants doing to date?

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    1. All the annuals are gone. (of course) We have to bring in any potted plants for a few nights.

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  26. A very enjoyable tour round the garden with the girls ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. Thank you, Willow. โค๏ธ

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      1. I was delighted to see no evidence of Acme damage or odd creatures and smells! …how is your unwell girl doing? ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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      2. She is still engaged in living. She is eating well and her medication works without side effect so we are happy. She is pain free and enjoying the days left to her. Than you for asking.๐Ÿ˜

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      3. I love dogs and I have an old and ailing Labrador so I feel for you all ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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      4. I know you are facing the same thing, Willow. ๐Ÿค—

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      5. It’s so hard isn’t it ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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      6. Yes it is. When I was quite sick a while back comforting thoughts were about not surviving my pets. Sounds silly but the thoughts were there.

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      7. Yes indeed we need our pets so much ๐Ÿ’œ

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      8. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  27. Twiggy & Lucy test a doogle search at the Twiggy Resort!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Curiosity moves our life! Thank you, dear John!๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿป

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    1. Yes we need satisfaction to those pressing questions. ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅ‚

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  28. And Happy Chinese New Year!๐Ÿงง๐ŸŽ‘๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

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    1. Happy year of the rabbit, Maria,

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  29. This weather’s been crazy. No wonder the plants are confused. Good thing you have the girls to keep an eye on things.

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    1. Yes. They are the best plant watchdogs. ๐Ÿ˜

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  30. Nine hundred and ninety-nine one thousand…
    Whew, you girls could try counting down from 10!
    Tell dad things are a bit nuts here.
    I’m going to read one review, then move onto cleaning the cat litter. Give him this for me. It’s a full house!
    ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

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    1. Cat little is the curse of the drinking class Ms. Resa. Dad says thanks for the full house and raises you a flush. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜OX๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜OX๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜

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      1. I can’t beat that! I fold, like Oragami!
        ๐Ÿ’ธ my loss
        ๐Ÿ’ต his win!
        OX ๐Ÿ’™ OXโค๏ธ OX ๐Ÿ’› OX ๐Ÿ’œ – new hand – 4 OF A KIND

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      2. Four of a kind beats a flush. Your win. OX OX OX OX. ๐ŸŒน

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      3. ๐Ÿ’‹ OX OX OX ๐Ÿ’‹

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      4. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒน

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      5. ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒน

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      6. Oh I like the extra tulip I’ll add one more flower. ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบ

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      7. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบ

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      8. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿชท

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      9. ๐Ÿชท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿชท
        Do you think the OX en will eat all the flowers?

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      10. I never thought of that. Of course they will. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚ See they’ve done it already.

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  31. I hope the girls are right and the plants make it through the frost and do know what they’re doing.

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    1. We brought most of them in.

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      1. Nice!! The girls can sniff them to their heart’s content then. Maybe they’ll get the scent of the Puma! ๐Ÿคฃ

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      2. There might even be a puma in the plant.

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      3. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคฃ

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  32. Hi John, this crazy weather is causing lots of confusion with gardens. We had a huge hail storm and afterwards, all the trees grew new leaves and came into blossom again. It was totally weird.

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    1. I can relate to that. Thanks, Robbie.

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  33. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I agree the weather confuses the trees.

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    1. It does. Poor things.

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  34. W. Qhadijah M. · · Reply

    A real fantastic garden, John!

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    1. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  35. The plants better behave themselves on their watch…

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    1. Yes indeed. If not it could get nasty. Thanks Ankur.

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  36. The girls know the danger of thinking the current weather is trending upward. We had flurries yesterday (Jan. 23) for the first time. In our area, there have been occasions where we haven’t had any measurable snow until now, but to not even have flurries is quite unusual. The trees, plants, grass, etc. does not have this background info and I’m sure they are quite confused. I haven’t seen any pumas here either, but I’m always on the lookout, John!

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    1. I’m not certain but I think pumas either hibernate or go to Miami for the winter. Whenever I visit Collins avenue I see them lounging at the pool of the Fontainebleau Hotel

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