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    Hi everyone.

    Thanks for keeping the blog chugging along without me.  Don, it was so nice to see you back with us – and it sounds like Rolex was very very excited to see papa again!  Take it easy on yourself.  We’re all routing for a speedy recovery! :)

    I just checked some of the comments, and we are getting SPAMMED big-time!  I’ll try to weed out as many of the spammy comments as I can and let the blog masters know about it.   We’re still trying to work out the kinks…but it seems as though your comments are going through ok?  (Besides the time-stamp issues)…

    How bout that crazy volcano in Iceland causing such a mess for air travel across the UK?  Does anyone know how to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull???  The first time I saw the name on a map I thought it was a HUGE typo – and that someone was going to get in huge trouble for just letting their keyboard go crazy without spellchecking!   I couldn’t believe it when I saw it was the actual name!  As for the almost impossible task of forecasting where the ash will end up, I feel bad for the European forecasters, because it is incredibly hard to know where and when the ash plume will end up next and how high the ash will push up into the upper levels of the atmosphere and affect air travel.   If I was someone travelling to Europe over the next few days, I would be very leery about getting on a plane at all.  Better safe than sorry. 

    Here’s a picture of the eruption courtesy of Nasa:

    Back to the U.S, the weather picture is quiet for now.  We have a frontal boundary draped across the Gulf Coast states that will bring scattered showers throughout the day.  The Space Shuttle landing has been postponed until tomorrow morning due to the weather, and hopefully things will clear up for tomorrow for the crew to arrive safely at Kennedy Space Center.

    In the meanwhile, I know a lot of you have been following Jen Griffin’s blog, and the Washington Post is also profiling her today if you want to check it out:

    She is such an inspiration.  I am in awe of her strength, her continued positive outlook, and her incredible compassion for others.  I just adore her.  She is my hero!  Jennifer has  mentioned to me on a few occasions how she’s heard from many of you on this blog, and she is touched by your kind words of encouragement.  

    Have a wonderful day everyone!  Hug the ones you love today!


Margie Gacki

Good morning, everyone. It's sunny & cool here in Cumberland. I just heard some news about my friend, Michele. She's in a hospital in Baltimore trying to get her pain under control. Nothing they tried here in Cumberland worked so I hope they can figure something out in Baltimore. Please keep Michele in your prayers. Thanks! I wish everyone a wonderful day! Margie

April 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

Animal House

Janice, this may help........Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced [ˈɛɪjaˌfjatlaˌjœːkʏtl̥]) , LOL. On a serious note, the volcano Katla is the 'bigger sister' of Eyjajjallajokull and if it erupts (which is long overdue to happen, according to some seismologists) it could create umimmaginable headaches to air travel across a much bigger area.......

April 20, 2010 at 8:59 am


Good to have you back Ms JD. I hope the family thing worked out OK. chas

April 20, 2010 at 6:51 am


Hey JD, glad you're back. Awesome pic of the impossible to pronounce Volcano. We are experiencing our "DogWood winter" cool temps..but lots of sunshine,back in the 80's by Friday.'s amazing what a shower can do, isn't it? And a Rolex fix too! Hope everyone had a pleasant Monday. TTYL Deb

April 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm


Hi JD hope all is right with the family. Hi Don glad all is going good. Prayers for you, Jen Margie's co worker. Hope all are doing well.

April 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

George Spink

I wish your colleague, Jen (Jennifer Griffin to Fox Fans) all the best in her battle with breast cancer. I always loved seeing Jen reporting from the Middle East, especially during the Israeli fight with Lebanon. Jennifer Griffin is tops!

April 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm


Nurse just left. Had my second shower. Felt wonderful. When the nurse went to change the packing in the incision to connect to the wound vac, it was full of blood. Come to find out thats a good sign. Scared me at first but she said the blood is the sign of healing. Food and drink still doesn't taste good. Hope it's from the $11.00/pill that I'm taking that makes stuff not taste good. Will be taking the last one tomorrow then I have 90 new ones to take for 3 months.

April 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Margie Gacki

Janice, I forgot to mention that I sent you some pictures yesterday. I took the back roads on my way back to Cumberland yesterday and saw some pretty sights. I left from my aunt's house and the usual hour and 15 minute trip turned into an almost 3 hour scenic adventure. It was so much more relaxing than trying to avoid all the crazy drivers doing 90+ mph! I'll shut up now! Have a great day, all! Margie

April 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Margie Gacki

Janice, thanks for posting the link about Jen. I've been keeping up with everything that's been going on in her life. She's a special lady & I'm so thankful for her great outcome. I talked to Don for almost an hour yesterday. I reminded him to think about all the small steps forward he's taking in his recovery & not dwell on how slow things are going. It will take time. I'll be keeping both Don & Jen in my prayers. I hope your situation is all settled. I've been keeping you in my prayers. Margie

April 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey Janice, don't even try to pronounce that volcano name! I found a clip of someone who speaks Icelandic & I still can't say it! Here's the phonetic pronunciation that they gave: eye-a-fyat-la-jo-kutl. Now I know why all the news articles refer to it as just the Icelandic volcano!

April 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

A.J. De Young too are our hero and thanks for checking in with us today. I absolutely love reading Jen's blogs, she indeed an inspiration to all and she is so blessed with such a wonderful family and pack of wonderful loving and caring friends and colleagues...Wouldn't you have just loved to have seen Don and Rolex greeting each other....I sure would have.....PRICELESS...they are in my heart and prayers daily as are you and your family. xoxo AJ

April 19, 2010 at 11:33 am

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.