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January 17, 2022


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Good news for you about your daughter moving back to your "neck of the woods". I'm sure you're pleased. Weather here sucks, though not as bad as much of the country so who am I to complain. Sunny and highs in the 50's most days. Your hair, as I have said, looks great. Live with it. And lastly, you could greet the workmen with a mask on and ask them to don one while they're in you're abode. Or not.


Ask them to wear shoe booties, lay down plastic to protect areas, and wear a mask while inside. Since covid hangs in the air for 3 hours, you need to wear a mask while they're there, and for 3 hours after they leave. Have masks ready for them if they don't. it's your house, that's your rules, you are protecting lots of people. Since I have some repairs going on in my apartment, the live-on-campus maintenance guys know, that even when I'm gone on errands or at work, they are to wear masks in my apartment. I have an open box of 3 types of masks and a sign at both my exterior door and my inner building hallway door. You are the boss of your airspace.
That's nice that your NY delegation is heading back home. You just have to get them through this semester!
I'm tired from too many work hours; don't grade my grammer please.
Linda in Kansas


I am reading a lot of blogs this morning about huge snowfalls, including mine. And in your region people are out washing cars. Sometimes life is unfair. Glad the family will be reuniting.


Wow! Great news about eldest daughter moving back to the PNW! Now, they'll both be in the general area, so no need to fly anywhere, until it's safer. About the hair--I like the style you have in that pic with John on your sidebar. It's longer and less styled (the wind, of course). I read/heard a long time ago that many women (and maybe men, too) tend to wear the same style they had when they felt at their best in life. Don't know if there's any truth in that. I know that you spend some time styling your hair each day. I'd like to see how it looks in its natural state. Of course, I'm the last one to speak with any authority about hairstyling. Mine is long and gray and is completely resistant to any kind of styling, as it is very straight and slippery. I wish I knew how to weave it into an attractive style on top of, or around, my head. Wishing your mom well, as she/you get all that pacemaker stuff sorted out.


I like your hair shorter BUT have it the way YOU feel most comfortable - it is after all your hair. I support people doing what they want rather than what other people think they should do.


I have a sack of electrical lighting supplies sitting in the corner of my bedroom since late spring of 2019. It is a job beyond my skill and I have wanted to hire an electrician to complete it but just not badly enough to pay them to spend time in my home unmasked. I've come close to pulling the trigger and making a phone call a couple times in these last two years but each time a new variant arises and I put the project on the backburner yet again.

Ally Bean

Sorry to read this but love the title. I just used that word in my latest blog post, not knowing you'd done so too.

As for your hair, are we ever really happy with a cut? Does it ever style just right when you want it to? Just being philosophical, in an "extreme pandemic fatigue" way. Great phrase, btw


I agree with the others, your space= your rules.
So wonderful to hear your oldest daughter and family will be moving "home"! I don't know if it is covid fatigue or helicopter parenting, but I find myself needing to know my families are close and easy to get to or reach. I try to keep myself from being overbearing but it is not easy.
This weather is getting to me, so grey and dreary here in Indiana. Combined with the covid fatigue it is not a fun time of year.

I can't do much outside because of the weather but I do walk the property as much as I can and fresh air is a wonderful thing!


Is that view of Mt. Rainier from your backyard? I didn't realize you had such a good view. Carly is applying for jobs closer to home too. It is hard to be far away from family. I will be so happy if she lands closer to us again.

Joanne Noagon

It's good to know your older daughter, etal, will be moving back.
How fortunate I did not know you n the days you liked your hair. And I may never know.


Having your daughter back home will be outstanding. I'm happy for you. I tend to greet workmen outside wearing my mask. They automatically put on a mask if they are not wearing one. I also have extra masks available for them. Definitely uphold your rules. Your hair is nicely styled. I like the way it softly frames your face. You have fantastic snow covered mountain views.


I think your haircut is wonderful. I like it a lot.
By the way, do you know that you can already order test kits? https://www.covidtests.gov/
They opened it up early to test it. Might be easier to do it now than tomorrow.

Tonya Watkins

I am thrilled to learn that the kids are moving back to the PNW!! That is wonderful news!

But what an ordeal with daycare. Holy cow, what can they do? This has got to be a problem EVERYWHERE. I worry about Quinn's daycare, especially with Nate on deployment. It's like everything hangs by a thread.


Pandemic fatigue for the win. I keep coming back to how eventually we have to accept things as the new normal but then, our schools are all closed again due to both student and staff being out with the latest surge. What can you do but remote schooling or a week's vacation and then that trickles down to parents who might work outside the home.

I am, however, thrilled for you that Older Daughter and family are moving back to your area. I am happy for all of you but especially the bebe!


I totally understand the daycare dilemma. I have a mom and 2 of the kids out right now with covid positive tests. Ugh! She only tested the kids because she was sick with it and they came up positive. They only have colds and coughs, they all had them here and some stomach issues with some diarrhea. Wonder how many of the other kids had it and we don't have any clue.
So happy for you that the kids are moving back "home" How wonderful to spend more time with them and your grandson!
That Mountain is so beautiful every time you take a picture of it.

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