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October 23, 2021


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That was quite a library that you had.

Daughter likes a pumpkin spice latte. yuck!

Best wishes to both daughters and your house.


What a gorgeous building! It's such a wonderful place to play with your adorable grandson. Actually, it's great you're there while your daughter is sick so you could take over and babysit.

Marie K

Beautiful photos! We lost power on Thursday evening with a huge wind gust. Only lasted for 45 minutes. I'm not worrying too much about the bomb cyclone because they predicted it so far out. We'll just have to see. It's so fun when your kids/grandkids get entranced with a topic. :)

Joanne Noragon

Will DaDa keep taking Digger Boy around, or are you his main connection to dirt and glory?


Hope your daughter is feeling better. It looks so lovely in NY this time of year!


Ouch! Ouch! Hope older daughter feels better soon. Soooo, when grandson comes to visit you in Washington, is he going to expect digger adventures because that's what Grandma does? Glad you're able to help out and have fun. Running through leaves is great! Linda in Kansas


I love the photos of the campus and of you and the little guy. Ian is ga-ga for all heavy machinery, too. Find book: Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site. It is a favorite!


Gothic Revival, also referred to as Victorian Gothic, or Neo-Gothic/Began in England, mid-18th century
So many universities, including the one whose soul is the incredibly beautiful Suzzallo Library, feature this architecture; hence it is known in the US as Collegiate Architecture.

Your grandson is precocious and loves your company, indeed! Hopefully, he’ll be a hero and help his mama heal! ;~)


The campus is similar to how I pictured the "Golden Compass" university settings. Although, maybe a little brighter and less imposing as in the book. Is there any chance to go inside the library? (I'd be so curious!!)

Oh, the little guy looks so adorable walking with you!


Hot washrags were what we used to unclog the clogs. Fortunately, those only happened with the first. I guess the ducts were free flowing for the second.

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