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Stupid groundhog!   Winter started early and now it's running long as well.  I am trying to force spring to come by wearing my summer shoes.  Twice now I have been miserable because of cold wet toes, but I can't help myself...I am just so ready for...

Willow tree

well, that is what this diary is about!

Itzl AlertingAs you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group is for us to check in at to let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It's also so we can find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. Members come here to check in. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!
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Beach clogs aside, there are some things that I know will be sure signs of Spring!  

Cold Feet

The sound of pooties wailing "It's dawn, feed us!",  well before the clock says to get up.

Open Window Time

Opening the window on a sunny day and not having to close it because the furnace comes on.

20060131 earthworm (2)

The smell of earthworms as they come above ground overnight because the ground has finally warmed up.

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