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June 18, 2022


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Jenni Elyse

That looks like the perfect forecast. We had some stormy weather today. It was nice, though, because it cooled it down and it was nice to sit outside before the rain started. Normally, it's hotter than hell this time of year. I'll take the rain and wind if it makes it pleasant enough to sit outside.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Somehow I pegged you for being a tad mechanical. It's ok to ask questions about the cars. Sounds like your NY daughter knows how to have affairs in order. That's good. I used to send my son to my parents for a week, armed with "Ok to let them direct treatment for emergency cares about my son" notarized papers. "Unknown flowers" look like redbud blooms, but those are usually on a craggy tree. I think that's a pink dogwood. Love your weather. Gee, it seemed cooler today in K.C. at 94 degrees at 8 p.m. than yesterday's 104 degrees at 5 p.m. Linda in Kansas

Arkansas Patti

Oh that weather looks beautiful. The car show could be fun. Check out the cars but more fun, check out the people. Just follow John's lead and nod. Can't go wrong nodding or looking quizzical:)


From the last few posts….

John on the roof is scary…. to me… I get “jelly legs” anytime I HAVE to climb on the roof… I absolutely hate it!!!!

Your Summer sign is cute!

Did your son-in-law buy an electric mower for their largish yard because of wanting to be ecologically minded…. or are there regulations against gasoline powered ones in your region? I do hope it is a powerful enough battery to allow the whole lawn to be trimmed in one setting. Multiple trimming days are a pain in the posterior.

I am sorry things are difficult with your cousin and younger daughter currently. Hopefully that will improve. Currently my own situation is in a bit of a stasis…. not where I want, but better than could be.



What a hopeful summery forecast - let's hope it holds up till next week. This time of year, flowers and the lush greens of the foliage are a feast for the eyes, and the nose!


Those temperatures look just about summer-perfect.


You'll have a near perfect weather week. I've been to many vintage car shows. The enthusiasts are all very proud of their vehicles and love explaining all that they have done to make them pristine. You will never see more polished cars/trucks than at a show. Wishing A and her family safe travels as they begin their cross country road trip.

Tonya Watkins

I'm looking forward to the *hopefully* upcoming NICE WEATHER!! Woohoo! I need to see the color BLUE! Haven't seen it for so very long!

I forgot to mention in your current post how absolutely adorable that swing is! A Dig Dig swing! How are the kids handling their trip? How are they dealing with Ziggy while at Ryan's folks? (Don't run away, Ziggy!)

Ally Bean

Those pinkish dogwood flowers are beautiful. Ours are usually white. I'm envious of your forecast. That's the kind of weather puts me in a great state of mind. Here we're looking at heat and humidity as the week goes along.

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