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June 07, 2022


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Donna W

Like you, I often wonder why people even read my blog. I'm home almost all the time, and don't do anything exciting these days. But I keep going for the same reason you do: I love to look back over my blogging years and reminisce.

When I read your entries, it feels like we are just two neighbors chatting across the fence.

Doug M

Margaret, your life is hardly mundane! You always have a bunch of stuff either going on, or about to go on--and your always lovely pictures show that you DO take the time "to stop and smell the roses". Anyway, John's a good guy and the more I see of OD's house, the more I like it. What a find! :^)


I wish I passed a horse or two on my walks down here. I would carry bags of carrots or apples just to have the pleasure of equine interaction. Glad the couch adventure got taken care of. Has John already put everything together for them? I recently got a reminder from Subaru that it was time for an oil change/tire rotation. It didn't seem right to me and when I looked up the last service I had both those things done in Oct. I've barely driven 1000 miles since then, what with retirement and now my refusal to drive. There's no way I'm spending another $200 this soon!

Jenni Elyse

I used to blog like you do--share my daily life. I don't do enough now to share anything worth while, lol. I also really enjoy book blogging. That being said, I really enjoy reading your blog even though it's not the typical blog I read anymore. I'm glad you decided to come say hi to me.


I recall your saying he's not romantic, so his wanting to help with the boxes and other things you need may BE his form of romance. It's nice to hear him call you a couple, which is what it's seemed like from reading your blog.

I love reading your blog because I started so long ago and feel like I've been with you through lots of changes. It was such a different time when there were journal-type blogs in abundance and the rest of the country/world hadn't yet discovered this wonderful Internet thing. It's homey. I enjoy your updates and your photos. And I got to meet you and your SIL!

Those are nice looking strawberries. I bet the horse would have gobbled them up, too!


Your blog is lovely and I look forward to reading your posts. OD's move and job change is major and I can see how you are concerned for all the big changes. That said, she'll soon be nearby which is wonderful. You and John are great helping with all the house maintenance, landscaping and furniture set-up prior to her move in. John seems very all-hands-on-deck kind of guy and that's very handy when there is no shortage of projects. Plus, he probably likes to feel helpful, as some people do. You've got a catch there! N's moving truck gift is perfect. I'm sure it made his day and OD looks delighted too.

Drum Major Linda in Kansas

You are very busy in your allegedly mundane world. Never realized a horse would look at a carrying bag as being full of treats. How funny. Maybe the other horse will come to the fence if he learns you'll bring treats. "Couple" is good. If you think things are mundane, go on a date! So Mr. Dig Dig is going to turn into Mover Man! Linda in Kansas


I know what you mean about your blog. I try to keep mine interesting but it is a true struggle most of the time and I fear it bores the s**t out of people, as it frequently does me. You, however, have a much more active life than I do so it's always interesting.

Joanne Noragon

I believe most of us find our lives mundane and boring and love the "neighborhood" chats of other bloggers who feel the same.

Tonya Watkins

I worry SO MUCH that Typepad may go kaput. Even though I don't post as often as you do, I still love my (boring!) blog! I continue to have dreams of being able to download it (EVERYTHING) in a book form or at least a PDF, but 18 YEARS worth? Lordy, 2004 was many words and many photos ago.

How cool! A moving van for Little Guy! It brought back the memory of a photo I have of Quinn, just over two, looking out the window in San Diego at the moving van that had pulled up outside and in quiet awe saying over and over again, "Big twuck! Mama, big twuck!"

Ally Bean

I know that I read personal blogs because I'm curious to learn about how other people live their lives. No better way to gain insight into someone than to follow along on their blog-- and no better way to learn about yourself than by your reaction to their choices.


Sometimes blogging is banal and a chore, but sometimes I like what I write. There have been some gems IMO. I wouldn’t write if it wasn’t for blogging. Hopefully, I am leaving a bit of a heritage.

Arkansas Patti

Blogs are conversations--not sensational novels. We share our lives, glimpse into the lives of others and we care. It is friendly and comfortable. No cliffhangers on mine for sure:)
Little guy was obviously delighted with the moving van.


Your blog may seem “mundane” to you…. but it is not. I think in the future our various “mundane” blogs will be a treasure trove for people to understand what day-to-day life is like now. My own blog is most assuredly mundane, but I still keep at it as it akin to a journal for me and I have me very nice people through it (including you) that I consider friends…. another very valuable thing.

I have thought occasionally of having a copy of my blog printed (there is a way to do this on Blogger…. I presume typepad probably does too) in case Blogger goes belly-up someday. I thought perhaps someday my kids or grandkids or eventual great grandkids might find it interesting as well.

When I first read your OIL CHANGE was 400 dollars at half price….. I almost had a “heart attack”!!!! But then I re-read and saw the other work you mentioned too! 🙂



Well I am certainly glad that you continue to blog and I enjoy reading about what is going on with you and your world.
Our spring weather has been so crazy this year. The weather forecasts are pretty much unreliable because it does change so fast like you mentioned.
I am sure you will have more topics once the grandson arrives.
Take care.


I enjoy reading about other's lives. I get a sense of comfort in the fact there there are so very many good people in the world - they just don't make news headlines going about making the world a better place. I know I blog to keep track of my activities, but lately to just record my life in general. I imagine it will morph into whatever I need it to be.
You will be so lucky to have all your people on one coast!


Well, I guess you know how John feels. That is kind of reassuring yes?

And we read your blog because we love you and pictures of Mari. :)

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