The beat goes on

Another Monday has rolled around, and I’m grateful to be here. Being a senior in this pandemic means one day tends to slip into another when there are no events on the calendar. It’s still strange looking at a blank calendar.

The daylilies are blooming, the tomatoes are starting to bear fruit, we’ve been enjoying cucumbers, and our raspberries are over producing this year. It’s a good think I bought a vacuum food sealer.

I’m painting furniture this week. Why? Well, I’m running out of projects, and it was down there on the list which I’m about to exhaust. πŸ™‚ You can visualize me in the garage, fan running to keep from expiring, with paint splattered clothes, two rolls of blue tape, multiple brushes, and five chairs and a quilt rack at various stages of being painted.

In March, the talking heads attempted to scare us with predictions of a resurgence of the virus in the fall. As they set up auditoriums, put up tents, brought in ships, things got bad, many loved ones were lost, and then the numbers started to even out a little. Could we have predicted we would see a drastic increase in pain and suffering as soon as the summer season started – yes, most of us could have. Sad to say we were right.

So, Marty at Snakes in the Grass, don’t put the coffee on quite yet, because I’m not planning to head to Florida anytime soon. πŸ™‚

On Saturday, we grabbed some take out and headed to a small local park to eat our lunch and watch the traffic on the water – exciting times. We pulled into a spot, and there was another senior couple sitting in their lawn chairs about 20-25′ away enjoying the view. She jumped out of her chair, turned to face us, and stared us down like she was daring us to walk into her space. As we rolled down the windows, I suppressed the laughter and an urge to say, ‘lady, calm down, we aren’t even getting out of our car.’ These are strange times we are living through right now because I still can’t get over the fact that someone would be afraid of us.

Then to top the week off, the AARP magazine arrived, and the cover shook me.

If that was Hawkeye Pierce smiling at me from the cover, that old woman looking at me from the mirror must really be me. Damn.

Stay well, stay safe, stay boring, but by all means share if you did something fun because I for one haven’t had an adventure in quite a while so I’d love to hear about yours. πŸ™‚

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68 Responses to The beat goes on

  1. No adventures for me, either. It’s so hot here anything done outside has to be in early morning. Your daylilies made me smile this morningπŸ˜€

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  2. Claudette says:

    Still waiting to hear how you handle the removal of the skunk
    My adventure last week was that I went to Market Basket the first time after four months. My sister was my helper. I felt like a kid in a candy store to buy what I wanted and needed. Getting settled in my new home. It will be nice when we can meet in small groups to visit and talk to one an other.

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    • So good to hear from you. I bet that sister of yours took good care of you. πŸ™‚ I’m having a good laugh here about handling that skunk. I put the camera out over the weekend, but haven’t pulled the photos off yet. I keep hoping he’s going to go away, but I noticed he had been doing some new digging so he’s still here. I’ve contacted some local wildlife places, a pest control company, and so far I don’t have a plan, but I keep researching looking for something I can handle. πŸ™‚ You stay well and I hope when I see you next you can’t stop talking about how much your like your new digs and your neighbors. πŸ™‚

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  3. Joyce says:

    Wow. And yep – tensions are high everywhere! My RN daughter reported a “reasonable” amount of covid hospitalized patients…25 in our fairly large city…so I began to contemplate a grocery run on my own, browsing the aisles like back in the old days. I began to feel secure, as if we were in a pocket of safety here…..BUT WAIT! Yesterday a desperate mom posted a wake up call on our neighborhood FB page. Seems she and her husband went on vacation, leaving her newly high school graduated son in charge of younger siblings. He threw a large unmasked party that included a covid positive girl. The gracious host is now in bed with fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. Others are reporting symptoms, but there is a code of silence among the guests who span two school districts. Not many ‘fessing up to being in attendance or offering a gust list. Nice. That means our safety zone is penetrated with this batch of partiers who certainly frequent my grocery store…..grrrr! Oops! I see I was invited to share something “fun” – lol – my apologies for just venting more doom and gloom on top of that crazy woman you encountered at the park!

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    • Thank you for sharing that because I think its a really good example of why we are in the mess we are right now. And, yes, then all those kids go home to their families who go out to the stores, buy gasoline, get a haircut, eat in a restaurant, and go to work and infect how many others, so up go the numbers. You can try to be positive at home on a daily basis, and you can pray for guidance and patience, but the reality is a lot of life today is doom and gloom. Well, except when you stop by and then I get a smile on my face when I just see your name. Stay safe. I’m wondering if there is a market for a holster and a thermometer shaped like a gun that we can quick draw whenever we come close to six feet of another person. Surely with your artistic talents you could create something like that for us. πŸ™‚

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Hey!! The crazy lady in the park has to be considered an adventure Judy! Boring is the theme now. Those of us, like you, who have used this time to tackle long put-off tasks, have completed or almost completed them by now. As for gardening, it’s either raining or boiling hot! 😳

    Your daylilies are gorgeous. What a treat to see. Brightened up my day.

    I don’t know why the photo of Hawkeye shocks me…..none of us are getting any younger!! I hate to tell you how old I look when I look in the mirror! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    🐾Ginger 🐾😊

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    • The photo of Hawkeye Pierce just stopped me dead in my tracks. How could it be? πŸ™‚ Yes, that to-do-list that has at least allowed us to be productive during this stay at home summer is getting down to almost nothing. What then? I can’t read all day long. πŸ™‚

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    I don’t like Florida anyway, but this seems like a good summer not to have a FL adventure. I can’t even believe the theme parks are open and advertising.

    I’m glad you found a nice spot to enjoy your lunch. Sorry about the false alarm, but that is how some people are reacting. I try not to challenge them. The ones that get me are the ones in the grocery store that get mad if you try to pass them in an aisle, but stand there reading the ingredients like it’s the latest news from the front.

    We are starting to see some plants bearing fruit – none that we can eat yet, but the day is getting closer.

    Have a good boring week, Judy.

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    • I had a good laugh here about the people reading the ingredients. I went to the store this morning before 9 a.m. with list in hand – get in and get out just as fast as I can. I didn’t realize I’d headed down the aisle going the wrong way. I was grateful there was no one else in the aisle so I just did a u-turn and back peddled a little to pick up my item. I don’t mind the extra steps at all but it just makes the process take longer. I am painting away in the garage wondering if you ever got a weather break to put your stain on. πŸ™‚

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  6. Well, let’s see. We Zoomed with our North Carolina daughter and son-in-law. For over two hours. So lovely to talk to them and see their bright faces. We are planning a Zoom mini-film festival, where the family picks a movie that we watch one night and discuss the following night. We’ll be doing this in August. I’ve already picked my movie—Jean de Florette. After all the hauling of water before we got the hoses, I couldn’t resist. Plus, what a movie! So there you have it. Family, art, and technology all come together during this time of the pandemic. Thank heavens we have this technology to help us through this terrible time.

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  7. carolee says:

    The days do seem to blend into one another, but they seem to be racing by! I just retreat to my gardens, happy that the potager’s bounty greatly reduces the number of scary visits to the store. Very few people in our area wearing masks, especially anyone under 60. I’m happy to look at flowers rather than faces, so I just stay home and feel blessed that I can do so! Have children living in Arizona and Florida, so worries are constant, and no upcoming visits with them and no graduation parties for either grandchild will include us. Whenever pity begins to invade, I think of all those who are struggling with loss, illness, or financial woes and count my blessings. Be safe! Maybe you need to expand your project list. Start some Christmas gift making?

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    • Worries are constant about loved ones during this pandemic, and the lack of seeing them definitely increases that worry. I hope they all stay safe and well. Yes, all one has to do is look around and there are always so many more experiencing very difficult times and personal losses. I think you’re right, I do need to expand my project list. πŸ™‚

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  8. After reopening, I have a spike in the number of cases. A mask is now required in Boise. I am still remembering my trip to the Idaho Botanical Garden. I have a post on my WordPress blog. Stay safe.

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    • This sure has been a rollercoaster ride with stats, and I think we’re a long way from seeing the end of it. There is nothing like a trip to a botanical garden to rev a gardener’s engine. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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      • I have a BS in Medical Techology and I have different feelings about pandemic because I understand about the virus. Of course I was working in 1950s and 60s and medicine really advance since than. Science is my field especially biology and it not like most field in you can not if you do something this will occur like math, etc

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  9. bikerchick57 says:

    Alan reminded you and I both that time passes regardless of the young person in the photo or actor on a 70’s TV show. Nice slap in the face, huh? πŸ˜‰

    Your daylilies are gorgeous, Judy, and I’m happy to hear that your garden is being productive. I am missing the farmer’s market and fresh organic produce that I usually enjoy this time of year. I’m hoping my market has local heirloom tomatoes in the next few weeks. I have a craving!

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    • I’m sure he never even thought about the effect that photo would have on all of us who tuned into Mash every week and who are experiencing that time marches on thing as well. LOL I’ve driven by our Farmers’ Market twice, and there weren’t many people there. I sure hope residents support our local farmers because if there was ever a year they need it, it’s now. Here’s hoping you get some delicious heirloom tomatoes soon because there is nothing like a fresh locally grown tomato. Stay well. πŸ™‚

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  10. Not many adventures here either though we did venture to Penzance to a bookshop on Monday. The bookshop was fine but the town was scary, too may people not social distancing and only us in masks. Cornwall is filling up with holiday makers who seem to think Cornwall is virus free.
    As Carolee suggests, I have started on Christmas gifts and am loving the gentle quietness of embroidery for wall panels for two of the Grandkids.
    Our garden has never looked so good!
    Love to you, stay safe. πŸ™‚

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    • It is very strange to see the percentage of mask wearers change as you go from one store to another or one area to another. I’m with you and avoid all the places where I don’t see masks. My garden has never looked so good either, and it does make me chuckle since no one comes who can see it. You are using your time well to find comfort in making beautiful Christmas gifts for loved ones. I’m sure you’re including hugs with each stitch. Stay well and safe. πŸ™‚

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  11. Relax... says:

    You’re exhausting your projects list?? (I’ve never heard anyone say that, nor have I imagined it for my/our self!) As for fun, we have become great friends with our deck and back yard this summer. Where we’d prefer to be is open only to foot traffic this summer.. It’s huge and all open air so I think they’re probably trying to keeping out other (more infected) states with the no-parking.

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    • I’ve been basically ‘at home’ for 119 days now, not that I’m counting, so that’s a lot of time to work on a to-do list. πŸ™‚ Sewing projects I start and finish. It’s a deal I made with myself so I didn’t end up with a closet full of unfinished things, weird I know. πŸ™‚ You mentioned restricted parking to reduce crowds, and that is what they have done here at our local beaches. I still see crowds, but I guess it is still less people than normal. Stay well and safe and continue to enjoy your deck and yard. πŸ™‚

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  12. Many thanks for the shoutout! I’ll hold off on making the coffee for sure; boring never sounded so good. πŸ™‚

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  13. Oddment says:

    It has taken me a while to get any thoughts together to respond to your post, which I think is a perfect blend of the bright and the dark. It is therapeutic to be lost in the beauty of those lilies AND to talk about how scared we are, in my opinion (magnanimously given); it’s a help to me to hear the feelings of others. You are so right about how we knew this would happen, but we didn’t want to be right. The 18-year-old and his party friends? Not going there.

    I hope you’ll show us those chairs and everything else you are painting. I have little ambition for projects of any kind, but I can applaud the accomplishments of others!

    As to Hawkeye and the stranger in the mirror — thanks for the (rueful) laugh!

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    • This being isolated has exacerbated my already weird or snarky sense of humor, and that photo of Hawkeye just stared at me from that cover while I laughed out loud. As they say, aging is not for the faint of heart. πŸ™‚ I’m painting my kitchen chairs, a quilt rack, and part of a new kitchen table we bought. I’m so far down on the list of things that ‘need’ to be done, I’m creating things at this point. πŸ™‚ I must admit I like painting. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end and you must stay focused which keeps the mind busy. Simple work for a simple person. πŸ™‚

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      • Oddment says:

        Nothing simple about painting as far as I’m concerned! But I do understand how good it is to be focused on things away from news and headlines, especially when you can see the results of your work so readily. As for snarky humor, it’s going to get us through!

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  14. Nancy says:

    Loved your title! It sure dies still go on. Thank goodness for gardening and kayaking for me.

    I have noticed on walks and bike rides… no one hardly says hello. I’m thrilled to get a smile or a wave. It’s all the germ and cuddies thing …I am sure!

    The lilies are blooming… tomatoes are getting bigger and so are the weeds in my garden.

    We had a beer and dinner out the other day… but outside. Did see friends at a social distance. So that’s all she wrote from this neck of the woods!

    Take care my friend and the beat goes on……….

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    • That lake of yours certainly does provide an outlet along with great views. A night out and friends – lady, you’re living large. πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s like everyone is afraid of everyone else, and I guess we are. Sad state of affairs, but I guess right now it’s keeping those of us wearing masks and social distancing safe. Stay well.

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  15. Eliza Waters says:

    No adventures here, either. And probably won’t be for the foreseeable future. The resurgence is no surprise to me, esp. in those few states that opened early without strict guidelines. FL is breaking records– yikes. It is most worrisome, but I’m not giving anyone the evil eye yet! πŸ˜‰
    I’m just grateful to live rurally, have plenty of land/water to enjoy at home and not have to work a desk job. TYG!

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    • It definitely is a relief to be retired and have a garden to escape to and keep you focused on nature. By the way, that photo of your waterfall was beyond beautiful. Wow, was all I could think while looking at it. Hot or not, that mask stays on when I go anywhere. I will be glad to ditch it, but not sure that’s anywhere in the near future. Stay well. πŸ™‚

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  16. Donna says:

    My excitement was watching my niece get married Friday. Even though it was watched on Zoom we all were there. Excitement today was receiving a video of my brother-in-law who is battling ALS in his new wheelchair wheeling all around the yard with a huge smile on his face. Priceless!!

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    • Priceless is the perfect word for that video. I know it wasn’t anywhere as good as being there in person, but thank goodness for Zoom so you could see the festivities. You had a good family week! πŸ™‚

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  17. Ogee says:

    I had the same reaction to that AARP cover! If you truly run out of projects, maybe you can start drafting “how-to’s” capturing your many talents for the rest of us! Stay safe, strong, well…and as positive as possible. πŸ™‚

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  18. Nah! That old lady is just the illusion. You know they always do tricks with mirrors!

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  19. Adventures? The last one was taking our daughter and son-in-law to see the cliff dwelling at Montezuma Castle and going to Sedona. But I am getting ready to drive to Wyoming in a couple days and that’s my sort of adventure, although hopefully only an adventure in that I’ll be in a place I love in a state with under 1,900 cases overall and only 21 total in the county where I’ll be. But you can bet I’ll be wearing a mask when I go shopping. Can’t wait to get there! πŸ™‚ Packing is an adventure, right?

    janet

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  20. Yes, we keep seeing the data coming out of America on the news and I worry for everyone I know. I’m glad you’re still staying safe.

    I did do something very nice. We are allowed to travel now and I had a long weekend away, Friday to Monday, with my sewing group. There are seven of us and at least once a year we go away to a mountain area about 90 minutes away. It’s a national park, there are lots of birds and wallabies and we stay in a beautiful big house with lots of room to spread out. We had plenty of delicious food, there was lots of laughter and great conversation and we got lots of crafting done. And best of all, we stayed away from other people. The car park and cafes were busy but we didn’t need to go there.

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    • Yes, the numbers are not good here. It seems like more of the retired folks are still adhering to guidelines, but younger folks are out and about and in some places it is much worse than when it started. I’m not sure what it says about us, but I don’t think it’s good. 😦 Your weekend sounds like a magical one at any time but especially this year. I can only imagine how much fun it was to be able to share crafting, conversation, laughter, and good views. I think you win the prize for the best adventure so far, and I’m down right envious. πŸ™‚

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      • Oh, we had a marvellous weekend, with the fire going and lots of great food and conversation. I made some progress on the binding of the baby quilt and also on the cotton baby blanket I’m crocheting. I hope things start to improve for you soon.

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  21. I had that same, exact reaction to the AARP cover! I knew who it was but… dang! I have to say, though, that I would rather see a face adorned with all the wrinkles they have earned over the years than see the over-stretched and botoxed, creepy duck-lipped faces of other celebrities. I won’t be visiting Florida soon either…. as much as I’d like to share a cup of coffee with Marty and Gorgeous.

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    • That’s very true – we earn those wrinkles and can still show emotion on our face. πŸ™‚ Coffee with them would be a hoot, but I wouldn’t even want to drive into the state of FL right now. When we headed home from SC early, NY and MA were hot spots. We made sure we had everything and just drove straight through both states without getting out of the car. No sense in temping fate. πŸ™‚ Stay well.

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  22. Eilene Lyon says:

    Now that you’ve shared the cover, I won’t go into shock when ours shows up in the mailbox.πŸ˜‚

    Decided it was going to be too hot to hike yesterday, but we had a nice overcast morning today for our bike ride with our β€œtribe”. It should start to cool a bit tomorrow.

    Your lilies are gorgeous. My big ones are done blooming, but some smaller ones are still going at it. I had to pull up a diseased tomato plant yesterday. Sigh. At least we’ve had lots of salad greens and yesterday made my first basil pesto from the garden. Yum!

    Oh, and I thoroughly cleaned out my car. It’s so pleasantly uncluttered now.

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    • Glad to help with the cover, and nice that you got your ride in. Bike riding sure has taken a surge and that’s a good thing. I know some folks aren’t daylily fans, but they are beautiful, and I still enjoy them. Oh, no, a diseased tomato plant. I picked a couple of leaves off one plant the other day that didn’t look good so I’ll need to check when I’m out there this morning. A clean car is always a good thing. πŸ™‚

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  23. germac4 says:

    Thanks for the post Judy, it gave us a smile this morning…this pandemic seems to have made us all swing through some calm days when all goes well, to others when everything is turned upside down. One thing for sure, it has made Paul and I feel older being in ”vulnerable groups” and we weren’t even looking at Hawkeye Pierce! I guess to get it in proportion, I once taught a very cute little guy who came from Nepal, and he said ”My grandfather is 70….and still alive!”
    Also loved the post from Snake in the Grass.
    Have fun with your painting.

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    • Love your student’s comment because I can remember knowing retired folks and thought they were ‘old, old, old.’ LOL It was unsettling when we found ourselves in that ‘vulnerable group’ that everyone was talking about. How did we get there – life. πŸ™‚

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  24. Joanne Sisco says:

    It feels like much too long ago since I last caught up with my blogging friends. I’m turning into a hermit. With the sobering Covid numbers coming out of the US, I can pretend that all is well in the world from within the safety of my bubble at home.

    Nothing exciting to report north of the border. It’s been hot. Uncomfortably hot. In addition to the internet, I’m exceptionally grateful for AC.

    I am now in week 3 of recovery from foot surgery, which has made me even more of a hermit than I already was. It’s my driving foot and I have to rely completely on home delivery or husband. Let’s just say that home delivery is more reliable πŸ˜‰

    … and I continue waiting for my blogging muse to come out of hiding … wherever she is.

    Stay well, Judy.

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    • I’ve missed you! You are right, the numbers in the US are not good so you are better off being across the border from us. Yes, that writing muse has been hopping around and most of us are struggling to catch sight of her. It’s tough writing when you’re hardly leaving the house. πŸ™‚ This would be the perfect time, if there is such a thing, for foot surgery since I guess you’re at home staying well anyway. 2020 has been one strange year, but please drop us a note now and then even if it is to show us your foot apparatus. πŸ™‚

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I was thinking it was an excellent time too … which is why I asked to have the surgery moved up from November. When elective surgeries were allowed again at the end of May, I was at the top of the list when many people ahead of me chose not to proceed with their surgery during the summer. Their loss was my gain πŸ™‚ Hopefully in another 10ish days, the boot will come off and life will become more normal … or at least I can drive again!!! THAT I’m looking forward to. Right now my husband is doing the grocery shopping and let’s just say it’s less than ideal πŸ˜‰

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  25. Almost Iowa says:

    Yesterday, the guy in the mirror told me to get off his lawn. Jerk!! πŸ™‚

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  26. When I was a kid I remember my mom looking at pictures of old actors (who were her age) saying, “God! They are getting old!” Now I am her. I saw Alan Alda too and thought the same thing. Not checking any mirror!

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  27. Ally Bean says:

    I did the same double take on Hawkeye. I couldn’t believe it, not thrilled with it to be honest. Shouldn’t the cover of that publication inspire youthful vigor, not sad realizations? Your daylilies are beautiful. We had to get rid of ours because of the deer, so now I enjoy them from afar.

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    • The deer do decide where to have their snacks don’t they? One year they came through in the spring and mowed down beds of hosta like a lawn mower had gone through. For the past several years, they are one critter that must go around us. I wish some of their friends would take that path as well. πŸ™‚

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  28. Karen says:

    I’m glad that you aren’t planning to head to Florida anytime soon…it is no fun living here right now. Well maybe I’m exaggerating…I should say it is worrisome. We are lucky that we live in a town made up of lots of retirees and we are all super careful about anything we do.

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    • Glad to hear all is well in your town. NH has been doing as well as one can expect, and I’ glad I’m here. They just announced they’re holding bike week with some modifications which is not making some people like me happy, but they forgot to ask me what I thought about it. πŸ™‚

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  29. Lovely selection of daylilies. Be careful with the ventilation while you paint the furniture.

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  30. Brenda says:

    I seem to be a true recluse. The more I’m home, the more I find to do. Between the gardens, the dogs, the bees, walks, kayaking, spinning, weaving, processing flax, dyeing, sewing, cooking, baking, reading, and some sweet relaxing on the porch, my days are full. We are going to venture out tomorrow on our anniversary for a hike and some take-out fried clams. Big excitement!

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    • I think a lot of us are getting use to this including me. When I do need to do errands, I seem to combine them all in one trip rather than space them out over the week. Happy Anniversary!! We did take-out fried clams ourselves a week ago, and it could be a post all by itself. I hope yours are delicious and issue free. πŸ™‚

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