Thursday, December 1, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 1 December 2022 Edition

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Another editon of Skywatch Friday is here. Late fall plunging toward winter here in the northern hemisphere. Those of us that celebrate Christmas are gearing up for the holiday.

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Skywatch Friday - USA Thanksgiving 2022 Edition

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Today is the United States version of Thanksgiving where we gather with friends and family and give thanks for our many blessings. I wish many blessings and good health to everyone for the coming year.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 17 November 2022 Edition

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Welcome to another edition of Skywatch Friday. I hope everybody is doing well. I appreciate the participation. Photobloggers are very nice and we occupy a genteel corner of the internet. I'm glad we are keeping it that way.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Skywatch Friday - US Veteran's Day Edition 2022

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Tulsa Veterans Day Parade 2009


Welcome to another edition of Skywatch Friday. This Friday is Veterans Day in the US. Tulsa has a pretty big and very nice parade every year. Back in the day, when I worked, I could just leave my office building and watch it from the sidewalk. It was always very uplifting to see our Veterans honored. Really though, don't we honor everybody who fought for freedom for their country?

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 3 November 2022 Edition

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An end of the day sunset from back in my working days.


Here it is early November and in Tulsa the temperature is going to 80F!! Tshirt and shorts are the clothes of the day.

I hope everybody is doing okay!!

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Skywatch Friday - Halloween 2022 Edition!!

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Welcome to another edition of Skywatch Friday. A big Thank You to all who participate. Autumn is my favorite season. In northeast Oklahoma we get great weather for months during Fall. Halloween is a great holiday. You don't have to buy anybody anything, the weather is still good, and nobody feels sad for you if you can't make it home for the holiday.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 20 October 2022

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This week our family is on vacation. Hopefully I'll have some connectivity and can participate with everybody else. If not, I'll see you when I can!! Maybe I'll have some more beach skywatch photos like above.

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 13 October 2022

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I just love autumn. In Oklahoma it is very long and is the state's best season. Warm days, cool nights, can't beat it.

Our family is going on vacation soon. I'll have SWF set up for next Thursday as usual. I may not be visiting as much while we are gone but I'll be back! We are going to the beach so hopefully I'll have all sorts of nice Skywatch photos.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Skywatch Friday - First Skywatch of October 2022 Edition

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Hey, we all made it through September!! Now for October. Autumn is Oklahoma's best season. It lasts a really long time, at least through Thanksgiving and often beyond. Very nice mild weather. I love it. What is your favorite season?

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 29 September 2022 Edition

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Another week, another skywatch. We have had a heat dome over Oklahoma for some time. That means pretty blue skies but kind of boring. Hey I'll take boring. Thank you for participating!!

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 2022 Equinox Edition

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Goodbye Summer, hello Fall is all I have to say. Summer 2022 turned out to be be flaming hot and dry. For some areas like California the flaming part is real. I'm hoping that everybody has a great fall (or spring to you folks in the southern hemisphere.)

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 15 September 2022 Edition

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A view of west Tulsa from a month ago when isolated rainstorms came through town.

I have to say I appreciate all who participate in Skywatch Friday. It's part of the photoblogger internet which is gentle and supportive of each other with none of the drama (except for striking photos of course) that characterize some of social media and the news and opinion sites.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 8 September 2022 Edition

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This is the monarch waystation on Tulsa's Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. I volunteered to water it this past year. So when there is no rain for several days I show up and string about three long hoses together and water it for 30 to 60 minutes depending on how hot it is, how much it has rained recently, etc. We plant only native plants so I look at my job as supplementing nature. I am just trying to keep the plants from dying. So far I have seen one monarch butterfly and a whole lot of swallowtails and loads of bees, hornets, and wasps. I've talked to lots of curious people and sprayed water on a few very hot mountain bikers who stopped. It's been fun! It goes on year round.

I'm just glad the plants haven't died. There is an event called Monarchs on the Mountain later this month. I'd feel terrible if all the plants had died!

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 1 September 2022 Edition

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So much for August 2022!! I'm looking forward to September. Cooler weather, football!! Anybody else glad that September is here?

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 25 August 2022 Edition

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Summer is over in a lot of ways. Kids are back in school here in Oklahoma. Traffic has increased, time to be bear down. Unless of course if you are retired, so my trails and paths through the woods are pretty much deserted during the week. Suits me fine!! We still have lots of warm days ahead of us.

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 18 August 2022 Edition

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The weather turned cool on Wednesday which is good in a way because many of the schools here in Oklahoma are starting up. Wouldn't want the youngsters in school when it is sunny and dry outside, right? Best that it be drizzly and cool so they can concentrate on their studies. I swear, when I was a kid, the greatest day of the year was the day they let school out for the summer. The worst day was generally about the second week after classes started. The teachers had enough of us by then so no more smiles and indulgences the rest of the year. I will admit I had pretty good teachers except for my first grade teacher in Payson, Arizona. Julia Randall, I had her in like her 46th year of over a 50 year teaching career. She literally started teaching before Arizona was a state. She was the one who invented shock and awe. Sorry, I digress but as you can tell, 61 years later, I am still traumatized by the start of my academic career.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 11 August 2022 Edition

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Summer is winding down folks! Get all your summer activities done soon. Personally I'm a autumn guy. But hey I'll do me and you do you as they say.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

First Skywatch of August 2022- Rolling with the Weather

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We had a break from the hot weather. Several days of rain and low temperatures!! It was great, our brown grass greened up and I got a chance to cut it, and here I am four days later and it needs cut again. Is there any way we can have green grass that doesn't grow or need watered? Check on that and then check back with me. And I don't want to hear about astroturf, indoor/outdoor carpet or any of that.

Seriously though I have decided to just roll with the weather. I don't want to spend all my time inside so I just make allowances and go do outside what I normally want to do, just avoiding the hottest part of the day and taking lots of water. Do you roll with your weather? How do you do it?

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 28 July 2022 Edition

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Another week, another Skywatch Friday. Thank you to everybody who participates!!

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Skywatch Friday 21 July 2022 Edition

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And the heat wave drags on here in Oklahoma. Stay cool everybody.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 14 July 2022 Edition

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Another week of blazing hot weather in the US Midcontinent. Stay cool everybody who is affected.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 7 July 2022 Edition

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Thanks everybody for participating and supporting each other.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 30 June 2022 Edition

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It's Thursday again with another round of Skywatch Friday. Thank you for visiting and participating.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 23 June 2022 Edition

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The summer solstice has happened and it is hot and dry here in Oklahoma. Of course we don't complain. It is Oklahoma after all. It'll cool down the second week of September, maybe. I don't really mind the heat too much. I have got used to it.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Skywatch Friday - Geronimo's Birthday Edition

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Years ago, my father and I tracked down Geronimo's grave out in the middle of nowhere on the sprawling US Army Base at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. We got there right at the last light of day.
 

The Apache chief Geronimo was born on June 16, 1829 in what is now Arizona. He died February 17, 1909 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He fought the United States and Mexican Armies for years. He finally surrendered in 1886 and spent the rest of his life as a  prisoner of war under some pretty loose restrictions. Check out more here.




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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 9 June 2022

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Welcome to another edition of Skywatch Friday. Thank you for participating!!

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 2 June 2022

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A "Cowboy Church" in Antlers, OK USA


Here in the United States, summer is generally meant to start the week after Memorial Day at the end of May. School is out, the swimming pools open, and families start hitting the road for vacations and reunions. Gasoline over $5 a gallon is going to put a damper on that but we are flying free after two plus years of lockdowns and staying home.

I hope everybody is safe out there. I'm continuing to think about Ukraine under the brutal invasion. I'm also praying that the USA can come to some sort of measures to help prevent mass murder. Enough is enough. A couple hours after I put this post together (on Wednesday) we had a mass shooting event here in Tulsa at a hospital with four innocents murdered and the shooter killed himself. 

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 26 May 2022 - Edition

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re on a getaway as you see this, and hopefully you see it! I'll be back in a few days.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 19 May 2022 Edition

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May in the great plains of the USA, interesting weather ahead!! Take care and make sure you know what is going on!!

Next week I'll be out of touch. The family is taking a little break from everything. I am setting up next week's SWF post so that should be fine. I hope everybody out there is doing a little self care!! Very important in these divisive times. I'm so thankful for the gentle corner of the world occupied by photobloggers.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 12 May 2022 Edition

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A pond with ducks on Tulsa's Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area


I got up this morning and instead of going to my regular Thursday morning yoga class I decided to go on a bike ride. Yesterday was an errand day and I was really wanting some outside time and it has been hot so I needed to go in the morning because I am a pansy like that. I was on the incoming leg of my ride and my thoughts ventured to Skywatch Friday and then it struck me. That's today!!! I guess in these hot hazy days my mind got a little hot and hazy as well so I hurried on back to the car, came home, showered and sat down to the computer. I'll have this done with about 10 minutes to spare. It's been a while since I missed a post and I don't want to start now.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Skywatch Friday - Cinco de Mayo 2022 Edition

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Cindo de Mayo (May 5th) is a holiday in Mexico celebrating their army's victory of the French Army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is not Mexico's Independence Day, that is on September 16, 1810. Strangely enough, I read that Cinco de Mayo may be more popular in the USA than in Mexico.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 28 April 2022

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April is almost over but the evenings and many days are still cooler than what seems normal. Oh well, it's Oklahoma. It will be hot and humid here soon enough.

Thank you for participating. I love that photoblogs are still the peaceful, amiable, and supportive parts of the internet. Thank you everybody for helping to keep it that way. I think it is important to keep everything chill here.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 21 April 2022 Edition

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Spring continues to be wet, windy, and cool here in Oklahoma. I am supposed to be watering a monarch waystation at a park here in Tulsa but I have not had to do anything in weeks.

Continuing to send thoughts and prayers for peace for the Ukranians as the Russian invasion pivots to a new objective.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 14 April 2022

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It's mid April, here in the US that means you better have your taxes done!! Then you can go out and enjoy a nice day!!

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 7 April 2022 Edition

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The days are getting longer, the sun is higher, sunset is much later, the temperatures are warming up and baseball season is upon us. Life is good, Spring is kicking in.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 31 March 2022 Edition

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March is almost over. Spring 2022 is in full swing. I wish everybody peace for April.

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Skywatch Friday - Spring is Here Edition

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Spring is here!! Unless you live the southern hemisphere where it is Fall. I hope everybody is doing well.

Ukraine can use all the peace prayers they can get right now.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Skywatch Friday - Saint Patrick's Day Edition

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It's Saint Patrick's Day this year. And guess what I do not have one single photo that has anything to do with the day. Shameful thing for a blogger to admit to I know. But I do have lots of sky photos, and so do you!! So enjoy the day.

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And thoughts and prayers to the Ukranians suffering under a brutal invasion from Russia.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 10 March 2022 Edition

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March is so changeable in Oklahoma. Last week I activated our sprinkler system and planted wildflower seeds on a monarch waystation. This week it's been below freezing and we are supposed to get snow tomorrow and bitter cold so I have rewinterized our irrigation system and making sure I know where my coats and gloves are. It'll warm up eventually, right?

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 3 March 2022 Edition

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It's time of Skywatch Friday again!! Thank you for participating.

“Peace is the only battle worth waging” -Albert Camus

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 24 February 2022 Edition

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Today would be a good day for thoughts and prayers for peace.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 17 February 2022 Edition

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Wow, lots of things going on the last week. Here in the US we had the Super Bowl with a great game, and the Winter Olympics are going on. I love the winter Olympics. The athletes are putting on a great show. What they do just amazes me. Sure I like the see the USA athletes compete but I applaud all the athletes from everywhere for all the work they put into what they do.
And then Valentines Day!! I hope everybody remembered!!

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 10 February 2022 Edition

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We are on the downside of winter, I just can just feel it. The days are getting longer, the sun is a little higher in the sky, the light is changing in so many ways. It's going to be cold for quite a while longer but sometime in March it will break. Here in Oklahoma we say about March "In like a Lion, out like a Lamb."

I hope everybody is healthy and doing well. We seem to be on the back side of hte Omicron variant. I don't want to see any more variants.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 3 February 2022 Edition

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Much of the USA got hit by a storm recently including Oklahoma. We took advantage of a few nice days before the storm to go hiking.

I hope everybody is safe and warm. I appreciate our southern hemisphere bloggers who post photos of their summer vacations. I always kind of wonder how flat earth people explain that? But never mind. I appreciate everybody's participation and interaction.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 27 January 2022

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Thank goodness for the sky to keep us sane! We got saber rattling in Europe and missile launches in Asia and Covid is still running rampant across the world. The sky is ignoring all that and putting on daily shows everywhere, for free. I appreciate the gentle corner of photo blogs where we can get some peace and quiet.

Everybody stay safe and sane out there. Thank you for participating!!

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 20 January 2022 Edition

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“Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It’s the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist.” – Mia Kirshner

I hope everybody and your loved are safe and healthy.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 13 January 2022 Edition

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Lufthansa-Technik - A little bit of Germany in Oklahoma, USA


Welcome to another week of Skywatch Friday and thank you for participating. We are now beyond the all the uproar from the holidays and now we get to buckle down and figure out to pay for all those presents and lose the weight we gained. Good luck with all that is what I say. Just keep on clicking at the skies and it will all be okay! Right?

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Skywatch Friday - 6 January 2022 Edition

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Welcome to the first Skywatch Friday of 2022 everybody. Stay warm and you folks in the tropics and southern hemisphere please don't forget your sunscreen and be sure to post all the beach photos you can. I love them.

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