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January 03, 2022

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Catalyst

I heard from a friend in Virginia this morning. He reported that it was 66 there yesterday and then showed two pictures of his yard today full, and I do mean FULL, of snow! That's a nice picture of you and John at the top of your site. New, isn't it?

Kathy

We got about seven wet heavy inches of snow here today, and lots of fallen tree branches. I'll have some cleanup and sawing to do when the snow melts. And yesterday it was just like spring... very weird. Between the weather and Omicron, haven't been going out much. And we're supposed to get more on Thursday night!

StoicWannabe

Sick of snow here, too. And also noticing empty spots on shelves. It's concerning, and the wave that's coming is certainly concerning. I spent a little too much time on the news today after hearing Marjorie Taylor Greene was banned from Facebook. Saw more than I wanted to in the comments sections. Same goes with the 948% (I think that's what it was) spike in COVID cases in Florida in the last two weeks. Amazingly people still deny the truth. I couldn't help but laugh at a few memes like "Let's Go, Darwin!" Were people this stupid before 2016?

DrumMajor

Your home life is lovely and cozy. Presuming that's not a calendar photo of John fishing in his younger days, WHERE DID YOU GET THE CALENDAR? Surely you can appreciate snow a lot more with a fishing guide like that! Cheers, Linda in Kansas

AC

Well, we are back in a lockdown of sorts. Of course, it is not really a lockdown, but more of a lockout as school has been put on hold for two weeks, eating is restaurants is forbidden again, and so on a so forth. It affects us little as we had made the choice ourselves to semi isolate. We did have family dinner last evening and had a bunch of fun. They had all tested and were fine. I think we all may very well get Omicron someday, but I would like to put it off for as long as possible and let the big wave pass.

Ed

I'm like that sometimes too. My wife will come home and ask what I did all day and I don't honestly have an answer other than I was busy all day and it didn't involve soap operas or chocolate. Today, I'm redoing a project that I spent the greater part of yesterday fixing and the fix didn't take. It involves a porcelain throne. I'll never feel clean again.

Doug M

That's an interesting calendar! Well Margaret, I'm sorry for the rough winter you've been dealing with, I just saw on the news last night the awful weather hitting Washington DC and much of the East Coast and yet here we are in Pittsburgh still waiting for our first snowflake. This is unprecedented. As always I enjoy your photos and I know it's a nosy question but your grandson still breastfeeds? For some reason the women in my family never did that, so I have no idea how long most kids nurse. Anyway, glad you're staying cozy and hope you're being extra careful out there with all that scary ice. 🀒

Susan

We all need more joy and connection all of which is in short supply. Next, the weather has gone bonkers. You've got the snow and I've got none. Zilch. One day is 60 and the next 20 degrees. We are all tired of the crazy Covid and the weather patterns being unpredictable just adds to the general dissatisfaction. Having your Forester back will be beneficial. Your daughter's new tires are proven perfect for all weather conditions and this is reassuring. I still have not used X-Mode on my Outback. Send that snow to the Northeast! Enjoying your grandson must give you much pleasure. He's a real cutie with his favorite bear.

Pam Donaldson

I feel my life has shrunk too. I'm filling it with quilt making, but that's not quite enough. Sigh. xx

Joanne Noagon

Store MIA is incredible. Coffee filters! Where are they?

Tonya Watkins

Very glad the snow is behind us...for now! It's only January, after all. Now, the torrential rain continues.

And now that I've taken now all of the Christmas stuff, the house seems very dark with the absence of the tree and garland lights. I need more light!

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