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November 16, 2020


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Ugh, decorators are awful. I hope the end result is worthy it.

Doug M

You do have a lot on your plate right now, but I'm sure you'll be glad you went ahead with things when all the painting is done. The coronavirus stuff is relentless, but your little granddude certainly saved the day. My gosh Margaret, what a sweet boy :)

Ally Bean

I love interior design so I figure a bit of mess is worth it. The baby is cute as a bug in a onesie.

kayak woman

I didn't realize Ziggy was a Maine coon! And your grandson remains gorgeous!


Oh my, looks like a headache. Hope Ziggy starts feeling better soon. Sweet little bebe!


What a happy, little Dude he is.
But not the cat. Oh no! Not the cat.


Oh, that chaos before beautiful payoff is so painful! You've reminded me that I badly need to wash the crystal and china in my cabinets and also CLEAN THOSE CABINETS. It's a daunting task and will require step stools. Ugh.

Ah, Ziggy! Such a lovely creature. And OH, DUDE! He is so stinkin' adorable!!!

Donna W

What a handsome boy! They don't get any cuter than that. Nothing is more restorative than a baby's smile.


Our district has 2 metrics well really 3 but let’s not discuss the third one. Anyway if the town hit 15%and the county hit 20% per 100,000 cases we would go remote. Currently we are at 33.9% district wide and after finishing this email I will be going to work!!

On the bright side your grandson is gorgeous

Deborah Weber

Chubby-cheeked little angels and vibrant autumn colors - is there anything better to get the heart soaring?

We're in a new round of restrictions here as well. I'm guessing once the current painting chaos has passed at your house, you enjoy having a refreshed space to be hunkered down in. I'm thinking lots of us will get a lot of reading done this winter.


Oh goodness, that grandbaby is so adorable. I know you can hardly wait to go at Christmas and get him in your arms again. So nice that Ziggy was featured in the Vet piece.
It's awful to have to take everything down and then back up again after the painting, but its so worth it in the end.
Our numbers here are B.A.D. The local school is now all distance learning at least until Dec 8, and I would bet it will go until after Christmas. We had so many teachers, Para's bus drivers and cooks out that they didn't have enough staff for the students. Wow!


I've heard that hording is an issue again but fortunately, we stocked up on TP about a week ago so should be good to go until the new year, longer if we start using the bidet which we've had a couple years now. It was one of those things my wife wanted me to do and now nobody uses the thing. But it allowed me to sleep easier the first hording go around when we thought running out of TP was a serious probability.

Marie K

It is hard to have your space invaded...especiallyl with everything closed down! My niece's gymnastics coach was bragging about not following COVID protocols (not going to listen to that governor...) and the next day tested positive. Right now my niece has tested negative, but has symptoms. I believe she could test positive later? Not sure. PEOPLE!!!! Lovely Ziggy photo. Now he's famous!


Oh gosh! He is cute, cute, cute! Just looking at that smile, you want to pick him up and give him a hug.

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