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June 04, 2021

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AC

Both of you look so happy.

Doug M

Your outside flowers look very pretty & full, and the inside of your house sounds much the same :^) That's such a nice picture of you two, I bet he's keeping you on your toes! Well Margaret, I hope you & Jim can get your schedules together this summer, talk about busy!

Martha

I'm sure you will find a nice little routine along the way. Your flowers are gorgeous and you and your grandson both look so happy! Enjoy the weekend. :)

Musings

Oh he is definitely adorable. I remember how exhausting it was to be with our grandson several years ago when he was little. I haven’t seen them now in a year and a half and am dying to go and see them. I do envy your having your family with you, but understand your missing John. Gosh… That reminds me of Jane Fonda/Robert Redford’s movie, Our Souls at Midnight.

Marie K

Exhausting but fun. Don't worry about me for coffee dates. I'm swamped for the end of the year and finishing up my STEM class. I would love to get together in a couple of weeks though if you're free. Dianthus are one of my favorites! :) Love the stroller selfie.

Tonya

What a GREAT selfie! Oh, my. It's a keeper. What a cutie! (Both of you!) I'm glad he's snuggly for you. Quinn never really has been. (Well, except with John!) It seems from that picture that his hair has lightened quite a bit.

I LOVE that Korean dogwood. That is gorgeous!

I'm sad you haven't been able to see John. I sure hope things settle down for both of you soon so you can get together.

Ed

I find the easiest way to get time for myself in a crowded house is usually to get up really early to get that walk in.

Wendy

Awww! What a great picture of you and your grandson. Looks like you are all having a good time and you will all work out a good routine. I'd enjoy them just for cooking and cleaning. Ha!
Your flowers are beautiful too.
Enjoy all your time with them.

Pam Donaldson

I feel your joy and your pain! Laura and Astrid left today and I'm very sad but also very much enjoying sitting down for more than ten seconds at a time...

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