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July 25, 2022


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Well, I think your hydrangea is beautiful and I love those wind chimes from the previous post. I also like recycled stuff:)

We had Jack here over the weekend and even though it's such hard work, I love having him here and talking to him. He was asking about the crinkles in his hands. We talked about wrinkles and knuckles. Last night I wouldn't give him any milk during the night because he doesn't need it, he's over three and he was mad at me this morning. He soaked my bed twice this past weekend and I'm not a fan of laundry.

I've also babied him because he's been through so much this past year, but it's not doing him any favors. We're also working on potty training, despite his complaints:)

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Gosh, that grandson is cute. He's gonna be married by first grade, so be ready. Your blog will survive, but don't pour water on your computer. I have a big rock near by parking space and an electric pole. A friend scraped their car's corner bumper when backing out, so I tied solar lights for night visibility and 3 red reflectors for day drivers. I don't back into parking spaces. I'm not good at it. Never thought about using the back=up camera to do so. I'm pretty sure I'd mess up something. We are to be patient with the crops and flowers this year as they're so stressed. Just water and MiracleGrow might help. Linda in Kansas


Sweet photos and a sweet read Margaret, I'm very happy for you, your family and that happy little guy of yours. :^) And I hope your blog survives too!


I recently re-posted a whole album of family pics on FB. It was just about our final ‘babysitting’ gig 3 summers ago. We had them for a week while both parents were working. It was good times, but I am also glad they are over if you know what I mean. But you’re younger and can enjoy this time thoroughly.


Backup cameras were kind of a game changer for me. I can parallel park with ease and back up much more accurately. I just wish we had them back in the day on those old farm trucks that we were backing up to immovable wagon tongues that required a dozen trips out of the truck cab before one could successfully put a pin in place.

Donna W

Just think of Cliff and me, in our mid-seventies, taking on baby Cora. And she was as fast as greased lightning when she started walking. Even now, at almost the age of nine, she runs everywhere she goes when she's outside. She'll be coming to visit today. Cliff melts just at the sight of her. The two of them will be making inventions out in the shop.

Arkansas Patti

So glad you love your day job and why not. He is adorable and a budding stand up comic.
Surprised to see your burnt lawn. I thought the PNW was immune to this grizzley weather. We got a sprinkle yesterday so there is hope. Think investing in A/c stock would be sound.


Your little guy is a joy and it is always great to hear your stories about the time you spend together. Experiencing the world through his eyes and watching him grow and explore sounds wonderful. I agree, heat pumps are a great invention and (for me) having the model that cools in the summer and heats in the winter is beneficial. (Energy efficiency rebates are available too.) In a 2-story home, installing upstairs helps to cool the lower level. Cool air sinks and temperatures on the first floor are reduced. When I installed heat pumps, I got 3 estimates and each company measured the rooms, sun exposure and glass to determine the most efficient install. (I like being less reliant on oil/gas.) Like you, my parking ability rose when I starting driving the Subaru.

Arkansas Patti

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I think you have a great job. He is adorable and a budding stand up comic.
So glad you have a way to get out of the heat with the heat pump. Surprised at your parched grass. Thought the PNW would keep you cool and wet. Maybe soon.


You do sound happy with the new job! It won't be for long though as I hear one eventually recovers from Covid. I'm on week #2 and getting cranky as it lingers. Enjoy those family times while you can.
You have my sympathy for the heat - we had 7 straight days of temps over 90 up to 97. My shrubs will not be the same again this summer. I'm thinking a heat pump for my add on room which never is quite warm enough in winter.

Joanne Noragon

Your little guy is being exposed to the positives of life: family and experiences and continuity. He'll do well.

Jenni Elyse

I hope your blog with survive too. I enjoy reading about your life. I'm sorry that your family has to deal with the heat with no AC. While I'd rather deal with dry heat than humid heat, I wouldn't want to deal with either without an AC. I'm glad you're having fun with your grandson and that your family's able to get together more often now that you're all so close. :D

Karen Sullivan

Family is everything. So happy you are all close enough to get together!!

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