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June 16, 2022


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Mein gott, indeed. I used to like to climb around on roofs but have wisely taken the advice of friends and wife: STAY OFF THE ROOF! Feel free to offer John the same advice. Mari is gorgeous, as always.


OH GOSH!!! John on the roof untethered. Arrrrghhh... That is so scary. Our neighbor in Chicago fell off while climbing a ladder and was severely hurt.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Cute assortment of trucks and cranes. Please get gutter guards on the NYers' house or hire out the work on the roof. If John is over 50, he shouldn't be on the roof. I've had too many patients with brain injuries from falling off roofs and ladders whether indoors or out. Scary! Bet the son-in-law is going to need a "real" mower with gasoline vs a battery. Hmmmm. Linda in Kansas

Doug M

John on top of the roof...there is helpful, and then there's this! Well Margaret, your grandson's hugging plans are just too sweet God bless that little boy. And I am sorry to read about your crazy cousin, 35 years is too soon. And I hope you hear from YD soon. 😔


I hated going up on my roof and always cleaning the gutters with my corded leaf blower. When we did the addition, we paid for micro mesh screen covered gutters and they were worth every penny. I haven’t been up since even with my battery operated leaf blower.


I recently tried a duck egg. I ws not impressed.

Donna W

Most people seem to buy baby ducks because they're so cute. Unfortunately, in the country they turn into sitting ducks as you watch coyotes and foxes eliminate your duck flock, one duck at a time. I have used duck eggs and goose eggs in baking, but that's the only way I eat them. Roast duck is delicious, but it's too much work turning a pet duck into a roast duck. I once raised a duck, then got a couple baby geese. The duck repeatedly raped my young geese, and they did not like the situation... true story.


I would not go on the roof!

Cat TV? Only in America!

I hope Younger Daughter gets back in touch soon.

Arkansas Patti

Glad you posted this after John got safely down. Hope your cousin's son's death has been exaggerated. Dreadful to think a mother could be capable of making that up. Also hope YD is back communicating soon.
As for ducks, my Dad who was a marvelous cook, use to occasionally cook a duck in an orange sauce that would make cardboard delicious.

Ally Bean

You know you can hire *young* people to climb on your roof and blow out your gutters. Professionals who often wash windows, too. What John did seems risky to me. As for Younger Daughter, maybe she needs time to herself for positive reasons?


Clearly, John has no fear of height. He did a very nice job but it is dangerous being on the roof. Gutter Guards will be important to maintain the roof. I think you are right, your son-in-law is going to need two batteries to mow the entire lawn. N is going to love all the trucks your have waiting for him. That is a lovely photo of A with her cousin. Both are adorable. Let's hope CC continues to stay away. A quick "hello, we'll talk soon" would be nice to hear from YD.

Jenni Elyse

Driving across country with a toddler is going to be an adventure. I hope it won't be too bad. Good luck to them and safe journey!

Joanne Noragon

That is a massive back yard for a swing set. Dig-dig will have a great time locating all his dig-digs. He's forget he ever lived in NYC. I hope YD turns up or turns on soon.

Tonya Watkins

Never had any desire to have chickens (or ducks)—I'm always astounded when Helen tells me their chicken stories. I never realized how much of a culture chickens have with hierarchies and snits, and how much DRAMA they bring upon themselves! Plus the external drama of hawks and coyotes snagging them. Couldn't deal with all of that. Sure love the eggs she brings me, though! It sounds like they are going to phase out having chickens. (My) John's mom used to roast a duck at Christmas and it was very good. She had a stuffing with raisins and nuts that went perfectly with it.

Roofs and men. Not a good combo.


I love the builder toys and have an unreasonable desire to have them for myself. I always loved my brother's tonka trucks but they were dented and rusty by the time they trickled down to me.

I would love to have a few chickens. I don't think it's legal in town here. And of course, I can't physically care for them right now. Maybe someday. And yes, people do eat duck eggs.


Oh dear about younger daughter deactivating Instagram. Maybe she just needed a break from some of the inane replies people will give there? Does she answer if you call?

Today I flipped on YouTube and saw a couple of videos by farmers saying that the prices we're getting now in meat are from last year's production. They were saying grain to feed chickens has gone up, fuel to run farming equipment costs more, and long story short, we're in for $12/dozen egg costs and other nightmares by fall. I sure hope they're wrong. Guess it's time to stock up on dried beans, rice, and lentils and learn to cook and eat that stuff. Ugh! Sure you don't want some of those chicks after all??

Cute idea to hide the dig-digs for little guy. I bet he'll be more excited than an Easter egg hunt!

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