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June 04, 2022


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Tonya Watkins

Man, I am so READY for some dry weather! The other day (can't remember which one) was pretty nice and John and I went out on the deck and sat down on the deck furniture only to pop back up because the cushions were sopping wet from the downpours of the day before. This has been in the top 5 (at least) of our wettest springs EVER.

I haven't had a pedicure since before the pandemic. That's ANOTHER thing I am totally ready for!


Oh the humidity, and what it does to the hair! Luckily its been a string of gorgeous days in NY - dry, sunny, and 70's. It won't continue, but I'll enjoy the gardening time. Hmm... I'm heading to a European river cruise next month and your lovely pedicure is inspiring me to splurge a bit ahead of time.

Arkansas Patti

I never complain about the rain since I have been thru a bunch of droughts in Florida. Enjoy the bounty. Water is the new oil and the plants do love it.


You have to love the strange dichotomy of WA- going out for a walk in a jacket because of the drizzle and then finding the humidity is so high that you start sweating 2 blocks in. No matter your choice, jacket on or off, you are going to be wet somehow. I'll take the rain wetness I think. It's like a free shower.


We’re in a bit of a cold spell. It went down to 8C last night. Without looking it up, I am thinking that is ~46 in your currency. 😎


All that moisture keeps your lawn beautiful and green. Your lawn looks great and mowed to perfection. It continues to be very cool in Massachusetts with occasional rain showers mixed with sunshine. I'd prefer warmth and sunshine with ability to wear shorts and sandals. When can we expect Summer? Nice pedicure! You are ready for sandals. Coffee with friends is always so enjoyable.

Jenni Elyse

I love the flowers you decided to show off in this post, especially the rhododendron. The coral color is gorgeous. I love your pedicure. I need to get my toes done, but I'm going to need to wait until we sell our place. The rain is such a necessary evil. I love the rain, but it does start to weigh on me after awhile.


Your weather certainly is conducive to growing beautiful flowers. I wish I could visit Washington. Such a beautiful state.

Joanne Noragon

It's not summer here. Had to change back from sandals to winter shoes to go out.


You are just lucky to have all that hair. I'm losing mine. Arrrghhh!
And you mowed all that lawn? I am really, really impressed. That's a whole lot of work.


And by the way, the dogwood is really beautiful to look at.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Everything looks lovely in your post! Linda in Kansas


Robin (on The New Dharma Bums) was complaining about the constant rainy, gray days in Northern California. I'll say to you what I said to her: here in Arizona we could appreciate some of that rain as our forecast for this week calls for highs in the 90's!

Ally Bean

Snazzy pedicure! You NEED to show those toes off. Doesn't the weather know that?


We celebrate non-rainy days here, too. Soon enough we will be complaining about the heat and our late summer drought.

Very pretty toes!

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