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October 24, 2021


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Nice photos as always Margaret, I sure hope your little guy (and you) are doing better. Ziggy is looking pretty fierce here, I hope he's doing better too!


Goodness! Too much adventure for everyone, maybe? I didn't know there were apple trees that are so skinny. Are they new? Will they grow to big giant shade-providing trees? Maybe they're overworked since they seem to have lots of apples for so very few limbs and leaves. Is Cosmic Crisp like Honey Crisp? Love the new books! Reminds me of the book: The Little Red Car, went beep, beep, beep, as it rode merrily down the street..... Read that TOO many times. Oh, and "Johnny Tractor and his Pals" from the John Deere company. I need a grandkid. Supposedly they're working on it... Linda in Kansas


If he doesn't have it already, you ought to give him the book "The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry." (I'd recommend the hardback because I don't think the paperback has as vivid artwork). It was Nate's favorite, and Quinn absolutely loves it, too. I wonder how many thousands (!) of times I've read it out loud! (And honestly, never grew tired of it). Glad you're feeling better, but I wonder if you caught a bit of the virus going on in that household?

John and I finally have our Covid booster shots scheduled (November 3 -- couldn't find anything within an hour away any sooner).

I don't think I've ever seen Ziggy look so fierce!


I'm glad you're having a good time with your grandson!


I am finding that as I age I need to think more about the foods that I ingest. But then I forget as if I were 20. :(


I think that's the first time I've seen an angry Ziggy. The photos with the trees and leaves on the pond looks almost like a painting. Something about how the leaves are strewn on the water.

I hope little guy gets better sleep. I'm not sure what the difference is between nightmares and night terrors, but the latter sounds especially awful. Can't help but note how sweet his little head (what beautiful hair!) looks on your leg. That must have felt wonderful to feel his weight and love.


It seems to be a very picturesque area.


Wow. That was fast. Glad to see that Good Night, Good Night Construction Site is a hit!


Tourist orchards seem to be all the rage these days. The ones near hear are guaranteed to be packed this time of year. Makes me think I should have started a bigger orchard ten years ago.

Ally Bean

I wonder what spooked the little guy? Poor him, poor you.

I haven't been to an honest to goodness apple orchard in years. Our favorite one closed, and we've never found another one.

Arkansas Patti

Thank you for the link. Now I have found you. I so feel for the little guy with night terrors. I had them when I was a wee one and eventually out grew them.
Understand the one bathroom and not feeling good. I also live alone and have two. We are spoiled. Glad you are doing better. Ziggy does not look amused. Hope that is better also.

Arkansas Patti

Oops, don't know where my comment went. Thanks for the link. Good to have found you. Hope the night terrors go away. I had them as a child. Not fun.
Glad you are feeling better and enjoying Grandmothering.

Joanne Noragon

Perhaps he had an upset stomach from something at the apple farm. It's still only an 18month old body. Maybe Mr. Digger ran away in his dreams. How awful to be inarticulate when it counts.


I wonder what causes nightmares in little kids. I guess watching horror movies? Seeing people dressed up in costume this time of year? Little kids have interesting little psyches but by the time they can tell us what's going on up there they've forgotten these years.

BTW, I've been enjoying the big digger posts. Is Bob the Builder still a thing?

I'm glad you are feeling better. I prefer to be home and alone when I'm sick!


Great pictures. I hope you're feeling better.

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