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February 26, 2022


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I can see the M on sweet Carol. Sounds like you have things under control there. Have a fantastic trip!


Dressing in layers while in NY will be key. Your lawn looks very trim and neat. Nice job. Staying busy is important when going through change and it appears YD is taking your advise. I can see the M. Carol is cute tucking her front toes under her chest. Spending time with your grandson and his parents will be filled with joy.


Carol is a gorgeous kitty. I still have my Let It Snow door banner up. Maybe if I put out the spring banner it will be a hint to Mother Nature to hurry things along.


I just looked at our Harlequin tabby. Lo and behold, she has an M.

Ally Bean

I knew about the M because we had two tabby cats. I'm glad you're turning your thoughts to travel. Happy vacation!


Tape an "M" on Mari's forehead. Maybe she'll become friends with Carol. Nope, you can't control the weather. Dress warm! Linda in Kansas

Arkansas Patti

Always momentary startled when you mention mowing. Right now I have a yard full of a couple inches of sleet that my dog can walk on top of without leaving a footprint.
Know that wanting to tell your Dad things. Mine has been gone for years but I still think, "Wow, wonder what Dad would think about that?"


I know what you mean about missing your dad, my gosh has it been a year already? And there's a Canadian baking show? Very excited now, I have another baking show to watch! Thanks for the tip


I'm very glad that you and your daughter are doing better today. You're right, happiness is a state of mind. I think that sometimes we have to force ourselves out of a funk - though I'm not really a fan of denying feelings and pretending they don't exist, either. Balance, perhaps?

Joanne Noagon

Lawnmowers will not be out here until May.
If you look closely, many cats have an M on their foreheads. I wonder if Mari does.


I’m a big fan of Brigs and Stratton engines with non-ethanol fuel.


Happiness is a girl called Hazel. Or Miriam. Or a cat with an M on his forehead.


Are you off to New York again? When do you leave?


I have to admit I am not particularly excited about an Eccles cake!


She's a beautiful kitty. My Abby is a tabby, and I just call them tiger kitties as they look like miniature versions of big safari cats. ;) I can't get over how strange it is to read the name Carol for a cat. It just doesn't seem right. A Fluffy, Tigerlily, Peanut, or something, but...Carol? Maybe it's just me.

Tonya Watkins

It blows my mind that your dad has been gone a year. So much loss everywhere we turn.

Carol is lovely! And I really like her name! Makes me smile.

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