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   This morning (9:ooam) water gauge is up to 1.28, so it has risen over 3 inches since Monday. We are still getting rain bands coming through, but really they are more wind bands than rain. Another gray day, have not seen birds this morning. The cranes came last night and then took off.
   We were spared any tornadoes and large rain amounts of those to the east of the storm down along the Atlantic coast. Some places flooding up with up to 15 inches. I would not be here to write if that were the case at my house. I would be swimming out  of here.
  As for Fay, she is near Cape Canaveral and trying to gain her momentum again so she can hit us as a hurricane up the coast between daytona and Jax. She is persistant and so very very slow. This is the slowest tropical storm I ever saw. We may be feeling these effects through Friday then must watch another system trying “its’ wings” out in the Carribean.
   update later in day….

Ugh, weeding! It has been too long and I have let the weeds get too numerous, and under a summer Florida sky it’s brutal! But yesterday the sky grew thick with clouds and I went out under a shaded summer heat to try and get a few beds weeded.
   The first thing I saw were the big bumble bees loving the yellow flowers, gyrating into each bright face.  Head first they rammed themselves into the blooms. Having a bee high! Drunk on pollen. 
   Birds flew all over the place, cardinals, blue jays, hawks, and finally I heard a lot of complaining and looked up and saw a baby woodpecker with his open beak calling for some room service. And in just seconds, the father bird appeared with the grub. The baby still cried and cried for more and more. The father obliged and finally left the baby alone to complain. About 3 years ago after the hurricanes, I had 7 trees removed from my backyard as my neighbors on both sides of me had pine trees through their roofs after a terrible season of 4 hurricanes dropping by. I was spared, but had the trees closest to the house removed. I left 2 of them sheared off at the top to encourage birds. I now have woodpecker condos. They bore holes inside the trees and raise their babies. So as I was out there sweating and cussing at the weeds, this baby woodpecker made it fun. In fact, I had to go inside, get the camera, and interrupt the momentum. But, that’s okay, it’s good to have an excuse to let the weeding go till October and enjoy the wildlife around the backyard…  Weeding still sucks!

    Today they kept saying would be wet. It threatened a lot with thunder and lightening off and on, but
I am still waiting for the big rain. In the meantime, because of bolts of electric zapping across the sky, I didn’t think it a good idea to take my fishing rod and go fish. The sky looked very convincing with it’s mean intention.
   The sky this morning at 6:00am was wonderfully rich with color, and the birds were active all day, as they seem to be when rain is coming. I would look outside and see beautiful flurries of blue and red and gray crossing paths to eat bird seed.
   The winds carried the songs of birds wrapped inside, what a gift for a quiet Friday…

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