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November 17, 2020


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Bruce Taylor

Cats rule! Snarl, Mari, worse days are on the horizon, I fear.

Doug M

That's a great color with those hardwood floors, it looks really nice. And glad to hear there's a happy ending with your permanent crown.

Now about those inflatable holiday decorations across the way... Margaret, have you ever seen those videos of African natives using blow darts? Do you have strong lungs?


The house looks awesome! Happy shopping


Every time I drive by a house with inflatable "decorations" in their front yard, I want to spend a few minutes there with a pellet gun.

Marie K

I am so looking forward to not having to decorate!! Your paint is a really nice color.

Pam Donaldson

That all looks very smart, but how difficult having painters in when you can't take refuge in friends' houses! Sympathy! We call them skirting boards, not skirt boards (another difference) but what are capitals? Mysterious...

Joanne Noragon

How I dislike inflatables. One house I pass frequently has the entire yard crammed with hundreds of inflatables. It's revolting. They also have a full inflatable display starting at Halloween and continuing for Thanksgiving and then Christmas. And they have a six car garage, where I assume it's all stored.
Love you new paint. Tell Mari the end is way down there, at the end of the tunnel.


Ah yes, those inflatable Christmas decorations. There were some in our neighbourhood last year that refused to stay inflated.

Just thinking of Mari and remembering the Celtic tune, Mari's Wedding by The Rankins, whom I loved. Here's a corny, old video.


Well, you must know I LOVE gray and white inside and outside homes. We had a light yellow color back in Illinois, but switched to white walls inside our house. Here in Hawaii, we have shades of white and light gray. My brother advised me to get pure white for my office since I work with PhotoShop and he said it won't interfere with what my brain sees. Your paint job looks amazing!


I never knew you had hardwood floors anywhere! Those have very pretty tones. Your house is coming along very nicely.


I really is looking wonderful. Very soothing color.

Ugh, inflatables. The tackiest of tacky.

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