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It's time to publicly acknowledge that I love the rain, how it transforms my house into a cozy <http://dict.qsbdc.com/cozy> caves where I can spend the afternoon cooking and dreaming. It seems nobody else will admit to a love affair with the rain, nobody else will groan <http://dict.qsbdc.com/groan> when it's hot outside and join me in a rain dance.
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