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June 03, 2021


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I totally support the kids' position about not allowing unvaccinated (covidiots) around their precious baby and your precious grandson! THEIR LOSS. (I could say so much more....GRRRRR). At least your brother was honest about it, so there's that. I can sure relate to the disappointment and discouragement (and the wedge) between siblings. My brother hasn't even seen Quinn since Nate and Sandra moved to Everett over a year ago, which is only about 25 miles away. I very much doubt that my brother and his wife are vaccinated.

Can you tell I'm hoppin' mad?

I am so tickled that your mom now gets to see her great-grandson! And that she comes by every day! I love it! What a joy for her.


"Nor are most people."
Made me laugh.


I agree completely with your daughter and son in law! Your rhododendron is beautiful and I'm glad to see Ziggy has settled in nicely. It's so cute that our mother looks for excuses to come over. I can only imagine how different your days (and nights) are now. I'm glad it's bringing you joy!

Doug M

This was (for the most part) a happy read, sounds like you have some wonderful houseguests :^) My goodness, that cat of theirs is big! Haha! (Hey I miss Mari!) Margaret I kept catching myself shaking my head while reading about your brother. I know you guys love each other, and have different political beliefs, but for him & his wife to avoid getting the vaccine, that's over the line. This is a no brainer as long as that happy little guy of yours is at risk. What a shame. I will never understand the correlation here. I wonder if your brother's wife thinks Trump will be reinstated as President this August?

Ally Bean

One of the biggest changes in my life this last pandemic year has been that Z-D is at home all the time and come to find out when he's here all the time the clean dishes in the dishwasher "magically get unloaded." I like this a lot. Good luck with your brother and SIL. The phrase "just say no" comes to mind.


I want to say something about actions (or non-actions) and consequences but I think you get my drift. And then there is responsibility to the society in which you live. I could have said nothing but where is the fun in that?


How perfect that your mom is having this wonderful time with her perfect brilliant great grandson. It must be a wonderful distraction since suffering her loss earlier.

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