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September 05, 2022


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That sterling silver set is beautiful, and I hope you recovered from your berry picking! Margaret, you're not going to stop sharing pics of your grandson, I hope? Always enjoy seeing that little guy :^)


You get a second crop of strawberries there?


The pictures of the produce at at the fair could be framed oil paintings. Some very creative individual spent many hours arranging the fruit/veg displays. I find during times of disagreement, being supportive and stating: "If it was me, I would .... That said, you might feel differently and it's your life." I then, change the subject. We are finally getting much needed rain. Both Sunday and Monday are rainy days. Everything looks freshened and the air is cool. It feels like Fall.


I hope to have solved the thorn and berry problem. We planted thornless varieties in our garden. We'll see how that goes.

Jenni Elyse

So no more pictures of the grandson, huh? I understand. I have a friend like that and you never know who's reading your blog. It's sad that we live in a world where we have to make those decisions. I'll miss seeing his cute smile.

Arkansas Patti

Wow, 17,000 fitbit steps in one day?? I don't do that in a week. You ought to put one on LG just to see how many he does a day. Hope you have healed from the berry attack.


You are so right about families not being perfect despite the FB content. I just commented to a friend that her family reunion photos showed they had a great event. Turns out it was NOT a happy event and all manner of drama and hurt feelings occurred. This just showed me, once again, how deceiving social media can be.
My strawberries are also putting out a second fruiting, but I'll be lucky to get a small handful. The pink flowers on yours are so pretty.


Oh, I bet grandson LOVED his blackberries. We don't have them around here, but we have cranberries and choke cherries, however last time I picked cranberries I apparently stepped into a patch of poison ivy. Not fun~ The only time I have ever had poison Ivy. I look at the cranberries all beautifully red and ripe and walk right on by them now. haha!
My cousin wanted to give me a big ole set of real silver silverware. Nah! I am with you. I will take my mis matched fake silverware and use that. Not interested in having to shine it or whatever all I would have to do. Ugh

Ally Bean

Did you find out how much the sterling is worth? I was in shock when I did that years ago, and now I'd guess it's even more valuable. Say what you will about our mother's generation, they did acquire some rather nice things!

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