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September 15, 2022


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DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Oh my! Your football dude must've been heading to a Miami Dolphins interview in that goofy suit. I like your blog reader's idea to call the police to have the "steal a motorcycle" key removed from the memorial. Please don't get hit picking berries 6 inches off of a busy road. It won't be pretty. Seems like some weighted seat alarm is off or on that wouldn't permit you to sit your purse down. Hope John's daughter realizes the developmental differences, but if she's a nurse, she's in denial unfortunately. My special ed teacher/niece told me, when I was frustrated at one family not realizing the needs and dangers of lifting their kid instead of using a lift, besides other meds issues, that sometimes we can only plant the seed and hope that someday the family will realize what's needed. The daughter's doc may be able to prescribe a similar or lower strength med to help. When I've called my eye doc or dermatologist and tell them the prices, they've been able to change to options less expensive. If I were to pay $500 a month, I'd like the meds delivered by singing, dancing, naked men! Cheers, Linda in Kansas


Amazing strawberries! There certainly is much to rant about these days.
Healthcare equity is shameful in this country - only the well employed can afford care. I also help my daughter with health care, she handles everything else.


I buckle my bag into the passenger seat when I drive to work. The work phone weighs enough to set off the alarm. One of the perks of working at home is carrying the phone back and forth


I wouldn't want that memorial where I have to see it all the time and I certainly wouldn't want to be the owner of the grass around the memorial and have to always mow around things. If it were me, I would wait a discrete amount of time and toss it all in the trash.

We really need to work on figuring out why medicine and medical care costs so much in this country and fix that rather than spend all our time arguing who is going to pay for it.


When we drove across the top of the States from Montana to Michigan, the highway (#2?) was replete with wooden crosses. It was quite eerie (how do you spell it, spellchecker doesn’t like it?). I sort of get the temporary display of flowers, but I don’t get those semi-permanent markers.

Ally Bean

I suffer with rosacea and the prescription med, a gel, I have is pricey-- but effective. The thing about rosacea is that it never clears up entirely unless you're on antibiotics every day, so you have to learn to not care about the unintended consequences of taking antibiotics daily OR having a red face.

Arkansas Patti

Ouch on the meds. I take about 4 scripts a day. Just one costs $637 here in the states but I get it from Canada for $126. Only problem is that there is a time delay of about 3 weeks. One reason for cheaper prices is they don't advertise on TV like we do here. Hope the meds help your daughter.
I wonder how the guy whose bike was stolen and then wrecked is feeling.


I can relate to your feelings about the memorial. Driving past the one they made for the kid who caused my accident was more than I could bear some days. Finally, after a few months, one day I took a trash bag, stopped on the way home, and took the leftover mementos and detritus and tossed it all out. Does that make me a bad person? I felt like leaving a sign that said "His tires were bald, he was under the influence, and he almost killed me, too," but... didn't.

Joanne Noragon

Have you tried GoodRx? It must be national. If that memorial is like any midwestern memorial, it will be there until the berms are mowed next spring, maybe longer. If the difference between the grandchildren comes up again, I'd say "Has (daughter's name) followed up on that?"


Bad judgement and poor taste seem to rule among the members of the motorcycle gang. Medication costs in the US are the highest in the world. This needs to change. N is a delight and I'm glad you have him nearby and can enjoy seeing him regularly. Freshly picked berries are the best. I've known families to go in to denial when it comes to acknowledging a child is learning disabled. It is sad to see a child not get the help they need.

Deborah Weber

Berry breaks, Ziggy basking in a lovely basket, and your little's delight in his pickup - some pretty heart-warming joys to help balance out the rest of the craziness.

Jenni Blaser

Ugh. I hate that medication is so expensive. I was on an anti-depressant about 5 years ago that cost $1200 for the name brand. My insurance didn't want to pay so they only covered the generic. The problem is that the generic had unwanted side effects that the name brand didn't. My doctor gave me samples for as long as he could so I could appeal to the insurance company. Long story short, they never approved it.

I'm glad you and John had a great time with your grandson. Hopefully, the environment in your daughter's work will get more agreeable.


I don't know that I could stand to have a memorial right by my place either. It's such a horrific reminder of what happened.
Love that grandson was so happy to see you. That just makes our hearts sing when they are so happy to see us.
Next time John comments on his granddaughter, I would casually say, maybe they need to check into it and have her tested. I have one here at daycare that needs testing, mom knows, dad knows, BUT...mom is not ready to admit it yet, but in the meantime he is losing so much help, as is his granddaughter.
Those berries, both sets look wonderful. Mmmm! Wendy

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