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February 28, 2022


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Aren't the crosuses wonderful to see? They are popping up in almost every yard that I walk by and our shared planted area here at the apartments has some sort of early spring blooming bulb coming up. Still all green vegetation right now, but soon tons of color. I had gorgeous blue hydrangeas at previous home. I miss them. We used them in the oldest daughters wedding. You look very ready for spring with the new cut, although it's clear you live in WA with the rain gear in view.


Enjoy your rains! We have brown grass and no blooms. The 1 or 2 robins look around, then head elsewhere. You need some real rainboots. I can see your ankle socks, so they may have gotten wet into your shoes. Check out L.L. Bean for a combination of waterproof boot and hiker shoe. Maybe John is getting a real life lesson on the developmental stages of kids. He'll hopefully realize something is wrong, but it will take teachers and caregivers pounding it into the mom's head that the stages aren't on age-level. Do you folks in the PNW use umbrellas? Linda in Kansas


Long ago I learned that the best poker is one in which people playing actually have a stake in it, i.e. enough money that they don't want to just toss it away. When you play poker for nickels or even worse, colored chips given to you for free, there is no incentive to play good poker. Since I'm too cheap, I rarely have played any good poker.

Arkansas Patti

Your mention of poker made me realize it has been years since I use to supplement my Grandmother's social security via that game. You see, cute and sweet as she was, she wasn't above cheating:)) We sure had fun.
Love your hair cut.


I need some color in my life too. This time of year I'm so tired of snow and bare trees. I'm looking forward to my bulbs coming up in May. I planted a lot of bulbs last fall. We'll see how many bloom.

You'll survive the cold weather. And if you forget to pack something, you can always buy it in New York. I think they have stores, right?


Nice crocus. Seeing a few Spring flowers emerge signals warmth to come. We are all more than ready for Spring warmth and sunshine. Some people have a hard time seeing developmental delays in their children. The pediatrician might be a good first resource. For now, the wet weather gear continues to be required. Rain and snow are predicted for today. Currently, my Spring flowering plants are under 3-4 inches of snow.


Ah, so you have crocuses coming up as well! Aren't they a wonderful sight? Sorry about the prevailing greigeness but I think we're all still struggling to find our footing and get back to some degree of normalcy. Your games night is a good step, though it sounds like someone didn't shuffle the cards very well. :)

Joanne Noagon

I went out for a short time today and got wet, wet, wet in the rain, rain, rain. It didn't seem et enough for my raincoat, but I am not factoring the time to fold the walker, put it in, take it out, set it up.
How lovely the crocus are and the rest will be. Nothing like that here, yet.


Your dad's raincoat would have been all the color I would have needed!


I love crocuses and those are a beautiful splash of color. I don't think there are any in my yard. I miss the daffodils and tulips, too. Someday I will get around to planting blubs.

Your hair looks great. And you aren't looking all depressed over the cut this time.


I wouldn’t mind lying on the ground to photograph those crocuses. In dry conditions,, of course.


Not sure I ever knew the word greige before your post (and will undoubtedly forget it promptly!), but I like learning new words.

I love crocuses and remember seeing them pop through the snow when I was a child and hearing that it was a sign spring was coming.

Nice raincoat, nice Keens, and cute hair. I'm looking forward to walking weather again!


I sympathize with you about finding it hard to discuss a child's progress with a grandparent. Ouch. And Margaret, I love your hairstyle. It really is gorgeous! I'm so jealous you have so much hair. Sigh... I'm really thinning out.

Tonya Watkins

Lots of heather blooming around here. I love it! Nice, flowing mounds of soft lavenders and purples, like a Monet. Those "greige" flowers look quite lavender on my computer screen. (Not gray or boring at all!)

It's kind of bewildering that John hasn't really noticed his granddaughter's delay until now, when you were attuned very early on. If he brings it up to you again, maybe ask him what he thinks. It seems like a good conversation might be in order.

I like your haircut! I hacked on mine myself yesterday and as long as I wear it curly, it's OK. I chopped off quite a lot! Gulp. (It needed weed-whacking, though).

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