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Blah…this is from Google. We are mole people. Even our sunny days are 30% cloudy. There are no stats on cloudless sunny days because WE DON’T HAVE ANY.

How many cloudy days does Chicago have?
This includes the days when cloud covers up to 30% of the sky during daylight hours. Partly Sunny Days have cloud covering from 40% to 70% of the sky during the daytime.

Number of Sunny Days.
City Chicago
Sunny Days 84
Partly Sunny Days 105
Total Days With Sun 189

Fog, mist, clouds and secrets…

close up photo of green leaf trees on forestSome people think that fog, or mist, is just a cloud laying down on the ground.  Maybe that’s true.  Maybe clouds get tired, or maybe they get too heavy.  It has nothing to do with saturation or physics, it’s kind of up to the cloud.

It’s like thunder, in a way.  A lot of  people believe that thunder is an atmospheric weather condition, but the truth is…thunder is just the old gods getting together for a night of bowling.  You know that, right?  Nothing to be afraid of.  The thunder is all simply part of the game.

Anyway, I just thought I’d let you know that some clouds are willing to work with nature on earth.  When they lay down among the trees, it’s so that some animals can have more freedom, and because when hidden by a cloud, the trees can dance without being noticed.

Secret things happen in a forest when a cloud settles over it.  It’s also good for the plants and wee folk/one’s who live there.  But there are so many things that are unknown to us, and fog, mist and resting clouds, know a lot of things that we don’t.


Photo:  Frances Gunn

Snow at Night…(Emmie’s path)


We, in the Chicago area, are supposed to get 11, yes, ELEVEN more inches of snow, starting this afternoon around four.  That’s on top of the snow already on the ground.  And more is coming.

What fun.  Not!

A friend of mine called and said they are warning people that if they go out tonight to be sure and have food, water, blankets and a flashlight in their car.  It’s never a good thing to hear that.

Apparently Mother Nature has been playing with us, leading us to believe that this was going to be one of the best winters ever.  She started out with a fall ice storm and then calmed down and things have been blissful.  Now, however, she’s decided that she’s been nice long enough, and all bets are off.  Sigh.

It seems ridiculous that we can’t steer the planet. I mean then we could just turn it toward the SUN, once in awhile.  It only seems fair.  But no. The planet pretty much does whatever it feels like doing, and we’re just along for the ride.  I mean it’s not as if we can go anywhere else, right?  I still can’t believe we all live on a rock flying through space and all we do is kill everything.  How crazy are we?  Never mind, it was a rhetorical question.

Is it spring yet?

Photo:  Aditya Vyas

The first picture is what the pier looked like before the tornado went through one of the suburbs, last night, and the second picture is how it looked this morning, after the storm dumped more rain than anyone could have imagined, in a matter of minutes. My daughter took both of them.


When I was little, I always wanted to play on a cloud.  I never thought about falling through one.  I incorrectly assumed that a soft and fluffy cloud, would be able to hold me.

Yesterday morning I woke up and went to look out the window, since that’s the ONLY way to ever know what the wether is like, and everything was white.  Solid white.  Pressed up against the windows, white.   I couldn’t see anything.  A cloud, in the form of thick fog, had settled over us.  I wondered what that would look like from the sky and pictured a big cloud, just laying over the houses, streets and sidewalks.  A cloud, that fell from the sky.

I kept watching and when I thought it wasn’t too dangerous, I went for a walk.  When you’re IN a cloud, you can only see where you are.   Everything you’re walking toward, cannot be seen.  It was so cool.   I walked on the sidewalk, since walking in the street was out of the question.  Little by little, the sun started burning off the fog and I could see farther and farther ahead.

It’s the same thing as looking at the gorgeous photographs from outer space.  If we were in the star nursery that looks so amazing, we wouldn’t be able to see it.  When we are in something, we’re too close to it, so we can’t see the bigger picture.  Life is exactly like that.  Our lives, seen from a distance,  would probably look far different from what we think they look like.  No matter what we’re in, our vision is always blocked.  No matter where we are, we can only see so far ahead.  Our physical ability to see is quite limited.  A hawk would starve, if he had to hunt from the ground.   We wouldn’t be able to see the glaciers melting, if we were standing ON one.  But from the air, we can see what’s happening.  Whatever we think is going on, is being seen from our limited vantage point.    We only ever see a tiny part of the picture.

Walking in the dense flog, I didn’t know if the fog ended on a different street, or if it went on forever.  There’s so much we go through in life, never knowing when it will end, or begin. Never knowing for sure, what’s right in front of us.  We are constantly called on, to make decisions from only one perspective, from the tiny fraction of life that we can see.  We live by guessing, by assuming, by having bits and pieces of the picture, but never the information we need to make logical and well informed decisions.  It’s like waking through the fog, not know what lies ahead, but waking just the same.

Clouds can’t hold me.  I know they’re wet and weight tons.  I also know that if I could live on a cloud, I wouldn’t be able to see anything past my nose.  So that childhood dream, was just that…a dream.  Sometimes, what we think we want, is just like a childhood dream.  A dream, that when we find out the truth,  is nothing at all way we thought it would be.

It was fun being surrounded by fog.  Scary and magical at the same time, since one never truly knows if a left over dinosaur will come crashing over houses, crushing cars and  smashing trees in an effort to get to you.  I mean, anything’s possible, right?  Maybe dinosaurs only come out during the fog.  We don’t know. Really.  We don’t.



It’s snowing again…big beautiful flakes that don’t belong this close to May

Woke up to…2 pictures

huge globs of snow are now falling from trees and roofs and it’s so cool…

The letter…

Poseidon, Sea, Wallpaper, Art

Dear Human Beings:

You are destroying my home.  You are poisoning and killing my friends.  I don’t care if you kill yourselves, but consider this a warning.  If you don’t stop, I will come for you.  You’ve seen what I can do.  Believe me when I say that what you have seen, was just a preview.




Okay, so…First tornado alert of the season, last night…and then there are Superstorms…

Tornado, Wind Shear, Ocean, Clouds

I just watched a program on PBS about THE RISE OF THE SUPERSTORMS.  Because of what we did and continue to do, the horrific category 5 hurricanes that hit the coasts, etc., will not only continue, but get worse and more common.

Here’s the strange thing…the guy said that WITH THE INCREASED COASTAL POPULATION OF THE FUTURE…   WAIT…WHAT?  Who, in their right mind, would move to the coastal areas that have been 90% destroyed in the past, knowing it’s not only going to happen again, but actually get WORSE?

I really don’t get that.  I’m amazed that anyone would move to the areas that have been demolished time and time again.  Not only that but the water, that’s sometimes 5-9 feet deep, although depth doesn’t actually matter…is contaminated with horrific diseases.  The water, that rushes inland, has no place to go because people have paved everything and there’s no place for the water to sink into the earth.   They said when the water can be absorbed by the ground, it filters out some of the diseases.  But we have paved the ground and that’s another part of the problem.

We did this and we are not stopping.  Global warming is real and…mmm…we’re killing ourselves.

How stupid are we?

I think most of us know the answer to that one.

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