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July 30, 2022


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Yes, the best time of day is 6 am -10 am during heat wave days. I find it doesn't cool off nearly enough in the evenings, but morning is always fine. The e-bikes look fun - do you own or rent them? Helmets are great. As I always say, you've got to protect your personality, and it's located behind your forehead. Hopefully the end of your heat wave is in the near future.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Glad you got out in the morning! Even when the evenings cool, they're more humid. Our KC cool weather is coming to an end, so maybe your heat wave will return to your normal weather. Uh, you might want to practice some more on your bike. Like when we were children, just "go around the block and back home." Maybe you propped your helmet up for the lovely photo, but it needs to be on your forehead to protect it if you really DO end up over the handlebars. (My son rode his bike from school, and hit some leaves with a branch hidden in it in the street, and went over the handlebars. He boasted how wearing his helmet correctly saved a lot of pain by showing everyone the deep scrap marks on the bill and forehead.) You needed to reposition the sun for the Regal Eagle pic, but it looks cool to a Kansan. We need a full view shot of John; it appears he has nice legs. Well, at least we can LOOK!? Mari probably really wants you to turn on the fireplace. Sprinkler companies can find the leak much quicker. They have modern day divining rods. Maybe a big ground hog moved in. Glad you had fun, got aired out, and are still in one piece! Linda in Kansas


John is a keeper and that bike ride looked like a lot of fun. I really don’t like the heat. We used to be told when we lived in Chicago that the lawn won’t die even if you go through a dry spell. It just goes dormant. We never did quite put that to the test.


We no longer bother to water our lawn, such as it is. It greens up when it rains. We actually don’t have much of a lawn any more. In a townhouse, it was small to begging with, and then we mulched it. We also have flowers out front but only a few pots in the back.

Doug M

Awesome photos Margaret, you really do enjoy a full life! I admire your spirit! You really have found a good partner with John (as he did with you). Your neighbor's lawn however...wow 😧


We just returned from a weekend spent down south at the family cabin where it was extremely hot. We were up before dawn and hiking followed by afternoons swimming in the spring fed river. Definitely the way to go.

Arkansas Patti

Good time of day to be active. That is when I mow. I have never tried an electric bike but always wanted to especially when I moved from the Florida flat lands to the Ozarks.
I don't water either. My grass gets brown but first rain and it totally revives.


95 degree heat with your humidity is NOT a good time to be doing manual labor. Better keep an eye on him. Congrats on your fine bike ride.

Jenni Elyse

I'm so glad you all had fun on your bike ride. I'm glad the weather cooperated and that you had shady areas to ride in. I think the photos are great.

Your poor neighbor! I hope he finds the leak soon if he hasn't already.

Karen Sullivan

So happy you had a fun outing with John and his daughter. Nice guys are the best!


Your bike ride in the scenic park sounds terrific. Having both forest and water views is lovely. The electric bike sounds like it comes with some complexities; I'm glad you enjoyed the day and most importantly had no accidents. My grass is temporarily brown too. The heat and lack of rain continues in Massachusetts. Today was dry and in the 80's so not as oppressive as it has been. Green lawns are important to some people...I hope your neighbor finds his leak sooner rather than later.

Joanne Noragon

Poor neighbor. I would just go to the basement and shut off the water supply to the sprinkler, then call the installer to find the problem.
What a nice family bike ride day.


I'm in the process of growing clover in my lawn because it's pretty, smells good and most importantly, is drought tolerant=less watering. It also doesn't turn brown when the dogs pee on it.

I've never tried an ebike. The early morning is a very good time to get out, before the heat.


As we have beaten the weather to death lately with complaints and lots of swear words (at least at my house) I just wanted to say I love that you put up your book club reads on the sidebar. I've been checking lately, both your comments but also researching new ones you haven't reviewed yet. The two newest sound interesting! I'm putting them on my library list to borrow. Thanks!


It's wonderful to have a biking buddy, a friend for dinner dates, and just a friend. I'm really glad John turned out to be such a great guy.

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    Perkins-Valdez, Dolen: Take My Hand
    This beautifully written and intricate book is my first 5 (or 4 1/2) star read for quite a while. It was powerful and filled with fascinating and well-developed characters. I even liked the ending! Jumping between two time periods isn't my favorite style, but the author handled it masterfully. (*****)

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    Haigh, Jennifer: Mercy Street: A Novel
    4 for the writing which was excellent, and 4 for the characters who were interesting and well-developed. 2 for the non-existent plot. The ending of the book left me extremely dissatisfied. Sadly, there are no discussion questions for it which might force me to reflect on the book's messages. (***)

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    Slocumb, Brendan: The Violin Conspiracy
    A solid 3 1/2 stars for me, but a disappointment in general. As a former violinist myself, I was excited about the topic. I love mysteries which was what this novel was billed as. (not much of one and very predictable) I found the writing sophomoric and rather repetitive; the topics of slavery and underrepresentation of POC in classical music were compelling though. As always, I'm hoping for an excellent discussion at BC. (***)

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    Wang, Qian Julie: Beautiful Country: A Memoir
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