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43 Degrees in February in Northern Illinois???

Monday, February 25, 2013

Early morning walk at Yorktown Mall. Was talking to the security guard as he was opening up the place. He was telling me that yesterday there was a riot, thought to be a gang war thing, at the Ford City mall on the south side of Chicago, and it got dangerous. So far, Yorktown has been very safe, thank God. DuPage County does have gang problems, but so far none have seemed to be claiming Yorktown as their turf.

Stopped by the grocery store on the way home, parked far from the door so I’d get a bit more walking in. Picked up tubs of Yoplait Cherry Cheesecake yogurt for Eddie & Wussy, and Yoplait’s White Chocolate Strawberry and Black Forest Cake for me. Yum!

It was going to be a beautiful day and there’s a new letterbox planted last week in Lyman Woods, in Downers Grove, not all that far from me, so decided to take a hike thru the woods & grab the stamp image. Rare to have one planted in winter in this neck of the woods, but it’s been an easy peasy winter so far. Have to be extremely careful hiking in winter because the ice can be catastrophic on the arthritis in my spine, but I figured I’d just go verrrry cautiously. And, if I go around lunchtime, the parking lot generally has plenty of cars with girl/guy meetups from the office buildings in the area, so were I to get hurt, I’m sure there’d be plenty of people around. Now, whether they’d get out of their cars & hike down the trails to reach me is another story. It turned out to be about a 40 minute hike due to navigating ice & mud. Heard quite a few woodpeckers goin' to town.

Wussy was quite put out because it’s a county forest preserve where dogs aren’t allowed, even on leash, for some reason. That didn’t sit well with the little Shihtoodle.

Had to repot a few of my Sansevieria ping plants, so stopped by Wannemaker’s on the way home from Lyman Woods to pick up more cactus soil & more aquatic soil. My baby pings are busy making baby pings. I’ve tried lecturing them about birth control, but ah, children these days!

Eddie & Wussy spent the day bouncing around the living room picture window, trying to challenge the crows & squirrels that were out on the front lawn. It wasn’t nice enough outside for either of them to want to be outside for any nice length of time. Neither one of ‘em are huge on getting their paws wet. The crows appear to be saying “We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!” West Nile Virus had wiped them out totally in the village for the past few years. Suddenly, this month crowds of ‘em have been all over the place.

Was going to head out to St. Charles tomorrow for a couple of letterboxes newly planted in parks out there (again, it’s gotta be the great weather), but the news this evening is saying we’re due for a big fat storm. Right now it’s hitting Texas bigtime. Of course, a big fat storm used to mean a couple of feet in northern Illinois. This year, the poor weathermen, having hit a huge snow drought have been acting like Chicken Little over anything more than an inch.

~~ Cindy ~~
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