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January 01, 2022


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Glad you got to have popcorn and beer so it wasn't a total wash. We had heated-up samosas from the freezer, ate cookies, watched HBO, and toasted Betty White and the new year with a little Prosecco around 10:00. I hope this year includes more joy and less covid. Here's to that!

Deborah Weber

May 2022 lean us into marvelous adventures and plenty of joy. Your glittery snow globe is quite cheery indeed.


2022 has to be an improvement over 2021. My late Uncle had a friend that planned his funeral and he had a gravestone carved with: "And now I know." I love it. In my opinion, life and death are an adventure. Expecting the unexpected continues to serve me well.


Sorry about John and the missing company.


Well, oh, well, I had expected you'd be dancing the night away and swilling champagne by the Jeroboam. But, best laid plans are sometimes best laid aside. A belated Happy New Year anyway, my friend, and may 2022, at the very least, be better.


Maybe Mari wanted some beer. Don't PCR tests only take 3 days? Homemade pop-tarts! Sounds yummy. Did you know 900 movie theaters across the country are having the Betty White 100 years celebration movie on her actual birthday of Jan. 17th! I got my ticket, and saw some previews. K.C. is showing it at 3 theatres. Bummer that she died before that but should still be fun. Her books are hilarious too. Cheers, Linda in Kansas


It would have been nice to see Betty's 100th birthday celebrated but like you, I have no desire to live that long unless I am still mentally and physically intact. I haven't watched Jeopardy in many weeks and Amy is still there? She/he must be on a real tear. I forget how long Jennings was on but I will never forget the question he missed in his last final jeopardy that I was correct in answering.


Homemade Pop-Tarts?? Are they as good as they sound and look? I'm awed.

One of the things I loved about Betty is that she was lively til the end. She had such a great attitude. We need more of that right now. She was a special one who set a great example for all of us.


Sir, you are wrong!! Amy (she NOT he) is winning on Jeopardy. Please remember that.

Tonya Watkins

That is utterly ridiculous how long it takes to get the PCR test results. It's like, what's the point? GAH!

I was so sad about Betty White. It sure would have been nice if she could have made it to 100. I watched SNL Sat. night and it was from 2010 when Betty hosted after a massive Facebook effort to get her to do so. I remember watching back then, but it was hilarious to see it again, and to also see all the old cast members (Seth Meyers looked so young!) But the funniest—and now classic—sketch was Betty and the NPR ladies, discussing Betty's muffins. If you have not seen it, Google it (Betty White+SNL+Muffins). You. Will. Laugh. Your. Lips. Off.

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