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May 27, 2021


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Marie K

Glad you're back and didn't miss out on your flowers! So long for now, Mari. Hope to see some Ziggy photos soon, though. ;)


I would have never thought to show a picture of a vaccination card during introductions on an airplane. I hope that the next time I am forced to fly, this will be long past us anyway.


I hope your grandson is OK.

I'm amused that your cat has a room of her own, although I suspect she would say that she owns the whole house...

Doug M

You're home! My gosh Margaret, that bushel of flowers at the top was indeed a nice homecoming, just beautiful. Well, I can't believe it's only 5 days before it happens all over again, at least you'll be in your own element :^) And I am sorry to read about your boy's heart murmur, my youngest brother had that too, almost worried my mom into a heart attack... but like you said, it's not an uncommon thing and he never had any issues because of it. Anyway...I DO see where he gets his sweet smile :)

Joanne Noragon

Jet lag is the pits. Your flowers are fabulous, especially the lovely iris. And, it's too soon to worry about the murmur. It is a ubiquitous finding. May I not eat my words.


Your flowers look great, and you look very happy in your selfie.


Your flowers really did give you a beautiful homecoming! Relax and enjoy the weekend - and follow the advice "Don't borrow trouble."

Ally Bean

Love the baby photos. Genetics are an amazing thing. I like how you introduced yourself to your seat mates. Hadn't thought about how that'd be the polite thing to do now.


You had a beautiful homecoming from your flowers! I still have not one flower or plant bought. Ugh! However, I was kind of happy I did't, because the past 2 nights we've had frost and it would have either killed off or severely damaged any plants and flowers. So, that is on my agenda this weekend. Flowers and plants and garden veggies to put in too.
Many, many children and adults have heart murmurs, however it is a good idea to just have it checked out and have a baseline for him.
Only a couple days and they will be "home" for a couple months. So fun, and so exhausting too, especially when we live alone :-) It will all be good and you will enjoy that grandson so much.


Yay flowers! Thank you for the irises!

I hope the kids have good trip out. Have a wonderful visit and don't worry about the small stuff.


Your flowers are gorgeous!
Hmmmm..... I forgot to take a photo of my vaccination card. Thank you for the reminder.

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