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May 23, 2022


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Jenni Elyse

Sounds like you deserve to not do much after that long ordeal on the plane. My anxiety would've spiked during all of that. I'm glad you're home safely, though. And, those flowers are beautiful.


Lordy! Eleven hours on the plane, ugh. I bet you were so relieved to finally get back home.


I’ve taken 16 hour flights many times over the years but nothing is worse than sitting stationary on the tarmac.


My goodness, you trip surely came with lots of bumps. No wonder you are exhausted. I would be too. When this type of thing happens to me, I usually book a gourmet meal at a 5 star restaurant or spend a day at the spa (taking my favorite people along is good too). It all helps in the recovery. Your iris is outstanding. YD looks very beautiful surrounded by mountain views. She seems to love the great outdoors. Mari is one happy kitty now that you are home.

Ally Bean

You have reminded me why I am hesitant to fly again: DELAYS MAKE ME CRAZY. Happy to know you're back home and that Younger Daughter spent some time with your mother.

Arkansas Patti

Oh my what a grind. Was shocked at the Uber cost--mercy but that long wait would have done me in. So glad John was able to relieve any anxiety when you arrived by being right there.
Glad now all is right in yours and Mari's world.


What a trip! It's always great to be back home and the spring blooms are gorgeous.

Doug M

Holy Moley you're back!! Yuck on that return trip, but glad you made it back safe & sound, let's just hope healthy too... I'm sorry to read about OD. Well Margaret, I love that giant rhododendron photo as it reminds me so much of my mom--and that photo of YD is really lovely. I was wondering how she was doing.


Even though the price was horrendous and scary, I still think you were wise to Uber in your situation.

Oh, your tribulations regarding your flight have reminded me of the stress/anxiety of plane travel (my last flight was in 2019, but I have one planned next month). Eleven hours on the plane......so, so very challenging! Especially now with the Covid fears and masking.

My own longest flight was 19 hours (to India), and that was pre-Covid. I think I would not be able to bear the trip with a mask on, it was very difficult just as it was.

Seattle, which I have visited (briefly, twice in my life)..... has to be what I would consider to be one of the most beautiful places to live on the planet! Everything always seems so clean and pristine (probably due to the rain) and the whole "look" of buildings, homes, communities, etc in that region..... just feels more "special" than just the run-of-the-mill versions of the same things elsewhere. I also appreciated during my stay the significant cloud cover (which never felt gloomy) which reduced sun intensity for me (I sunburn very easily).


Karen Sullivan

Glad you got home safely (although not without some problems!)

That rhododendron is something else!

Your younger daughter looks beautiful out there hiking. Happy to hear grandson is feeling better,hope your older daughter recovers quickly and it skips you altogether!

Joanne Noragon

Those long hours on a plane, over weather (!) are brutal. We once de-iced and de-iced and de-iced and the pilot said finally we were taking off and they were closing the air port behind us. I hope you do not contract the NY lurgy.


Welcome home. I've taken a photo of the same house with the huge rhododendron.


Here’s hoping that you remain healthy.


I'm glad you made it home but that sounds like a hellish trip home. I think the worst part of waiting is the not knowing.

That shot of those rhododenrons, WOW!

Tonya Watkins

That rhododendron cracked me up!!! Oh my!!

What an ORDEAL with your flight delay. Oh I would not have liked that. Shudder.

I'm so sorry to hear that Ashley is now (or was) sick! How have you been? NOT SICK I HOPE!!


Did you ever get a diagnosis (Covid?) for little guy? I hope you don't get sick. Glad to hear he's feeling better.

Sweet Mari looks like she's rubbing her scent all over you lest you get an inclination to leave again!


Your daughter is ill? Is it COVID?
I've just returned from 24 hours of travel time and totally exhausted. We tested ourselves at home and will do a PCR in a few days just to be safe.
I can't get over your photo of the rhododendron. Wow! That's amazing!

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