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September 06, 2023


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DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

John's been in the woods and outdoors too much. Linda in Kansas


Once while picking up my youngest from school, one of her classmates loudly informed her that her grandpa was here. That didn't irk me as much as my daughter not correcting the situation. She just looked, saw me and walked off in my direction.

I am amazed at the number of 20 something kids at the school picking up their kids. I had a lot of fun in my 20's with other single friends in their 20's and can't imagine trading all that for having kids and having to be responsible.


So glad you're finally free to get back to your life. Did LG explain what the concrete was for? I'm sure it was important.


I'm sorry but "trainable" and any male beyond the age of maybe 4 or 5 don't go together. They might once do things your way but then they think done and dusted never to do it again. We women are so hopeful.


Oh Margaret, that is wonderful!! Wow, you must feel great. You look so different in the photo from 2021. I stopped going to the salon then too and have just let my hair go back to it’s natural colour now. Every four weeks or so Chuck just trims the ends for me as I wear it long and all one length. John’s reaction is funny, exactly what a guy would say!😆😆


Congratulations on the good news, Margaret! I'm sure you're very glad to be getting out there but as one Trekkie to another, the season premiere of "Lower Decks" airs today on Paramount and takes place on the USS Voyager. (It was really good.) And John's hair assessment was very funny, and your recent do looks great :^)


That is great to be negative. Luckily you did not have to break records for positive results. Many men do not notice a cut and color. Like John, mine do not. It is a little disappointing but I've gotten used to it and have decided my cut and color is for me, not them. It will be good to get back to all your normal activities and even better seeing your Mom, TO and YD. Let's not forget John.




I'm glad to hear you are negative. It will be great to get back to all your normal activities and even better to see your Mom, TO and YD. John too. Men do not notice things like we do nor do they express things like we do. That said, can't live without them!


Glad to here you're out of isolation:) I'm sure your daughter will appreciate any and all help with the littlest guy.

Linda dev

That man has a way with words, doesn't he?

Congrats on the positive negative!


I don't know how we will get Unforgotten, but I won't forget it, and someday we'll get it somewhere. I think it is the best of the current mysteries, and there are some good contenders. I take it the newcomer worked in well.

Joanne Noragon

So pleased you are -, not +. Go forth and have a great time.


I am SO GLAD that you tested negative! What an ordeal. I'm also glad you had a very mild case, but still. So, yay!! Back to life!

I am still giggling about John's comment about your hair. (My John DID notice my new glasses, which surprised me!) Lol


Whew. Glad you are no longer negative. I'm sure your house is happy you felt find while positive at the end.


This reminds me of the time when my extremely stylish mum, who must have been in her late fifties and who wore clip-on earrings, was wondering about getting her ears pierced. She consulted my dad. "Hardly worth it at this stage," he said.

Hurray for being negative!


Congratulations on being negative! What a relief to be able to spend time with your mother and baby grandson again! I remember when I first tested negative, I went out and spent a bunch of money. I don't remember now what I bought, but it just felt so good to not be sick and cooped up anymore. One thing I was really grateful for was the grocery stores having pick up options, so I could go there and they would just put the groceries in the trunk for me, and I didn't have to worry about getting anyone sick. I LOVED that.

Your hair looks great. Men.


Oh no… You got COVID too??? It took Art 2 weeks to get over it EVEN with Paxlovid. I had to trudge up and down the stairs bringing meals to him which wasn’t easy with my vertigo. I’m so glad you can join the Negative people again. Hmmm… That came our weird, didn’t it?


"Less mushroomy" -- LOL!

We limped through the end of "Silo" too. It started off promising but didn't quite maintain its momentum, in part (I think) because of the rather claustrophobic circumstances. I might tune in if there's a season 2 just to see where it's going to go next, though.

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