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November 21, 2020


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Doug M

Very sweet photo of your daughters up there, had a good chuckle over Ashley's lament her dress resembled upholstery! Haha, it didn't! And Alison's princess dress was equally smile-worthy :)

Anyway, glad you're getting out & about, your home (and the new paint) looks better than ever and I always enjoy seeing your handsome little grandson--he sure is a happy little guy :)


Is your painting done now? Kitchen, too? It sure does look great, the rooms I've seen in your pictures.

Yeah, it sure is hard to feel particularly merry.

Joanne Noragon

That house painting job is a shame! Makes me wonder if the owners aren't back from vacation, yet.

Marie K

That is the cutest baby photo blanket (as well as the cutest baby!). I like how your paint makes your frame stand out behind your couch. The coffee date was very much needed, even with the weird guy!

Ally Bean

I'm glad you like your new wall color. I'm not surprised you want to change your chandeliers. In my experience you change your wall color, you slowly change everything else in the room. Painting is just the beginning...


On the last day that my mom was awake before she slipped into that final coma, my daughter played her violin and then piano in the neighboring room while I saw by mom's bedside. Though she was by that point largely speechless, I did see the relaxed smile across her face as she listened. I hope someday when it is my turn to go, someone, perhaps a grandchild, will be there playing some music in the next room.


My daughter when looking back at pictures says to me, WHY would you let me even out of the house looking like that? haha! I said because it wasn't worth fighting over your clothes or hair.
Your painted walls look so nice. It's so nice to have that done I am sure. I would look for a different light fixture too now.
Oh my goodness, that striped house is pretty bad. Maybe they tried to save money and did it themselves? Ooops!
Your baby grandson is so cute. I know you can hardly wait to get out there to see him again. My littlest grandson is 4 months old today, smiles so big, coo's and carries on a good conversation :-) rolls over as soon as he is laid on his back. Loves his belly.


That was touching about your husband wanting to listen to your daughter playing the piano.


Cutie pie photo. He's very photogenic! When I see the blue house, I wonder if they wanted it to look like that? Pinstriped?? haha

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