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4/27/20 8:18 A

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Catching up right now reading the posts and seeing the pictures made me so happy. This place is so much better than facebook, even though I see most of you there too, some more than others. I just love the pictures and hearing about your lives.

Carol, I can't express how sad we are about the end of senior year stuff not happening. When I think on it for more than 20 seconds, I cry.

I'm gonna start a new week now!!

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4/26/20 8:00 P

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Wow Jen - heís so big! Itís great that you guys are getting outside. I love the cold weather picture...we just donít have that here. ...but on the other hand, we have lots of cute bathing suit (or more likely - naked) beach pictures - lol.

Iím mad at your family too (so there!). Can you say ďpandemicĒ - kills old people. Itís hard to be away from family. My kids have started a weekly zoom meet and thatís really nice. But itís still hard. Donít feel too bad about asking grandma for help...sheís probably dying to help out and to squeeze those adorable baby thighs!!! I havenít had a baby fix in forever! My hubby told Jay and Maureen that if they had babies heíd come and take care of them...heís actually worse than I am.

Weíve been talking on here about making sure we do art projects to help with sanity and I wanted to mention something that we did at those ages. Tom had an artist pad (flip style? - archival quality) and he would occasionally bring it out and draw with one or both of the kids, then date it. He had lots of other paper that they used, but this turned out to be the most wonderful ďaccidentĒ because it chronicled their artistic progression over the years. I heartily recommend it as a really cool thing to be able to trot out years and years from now.

I should be (paid) working more than I am...Iím just having too much fun! Weíve been putting in solid 12 hour days of work, but itís definitely different. Iíve learned why retired people take longer to do stuff than working people...When Iím working a 50-60 hour work week and the laundry room is a mess...I just shut the door. In retirement, you think, letís get that done today! So doing laundry now takes you 4 hours.

I planted another tranche of sunflower seeds (and zucchini, herbs, creeping thyme and varieties of mint) and a couple thousand more blue poppies - lol. It was so lovely out that we pretty much spent the whole day doing outside activities. It was mid-seventies and all the wildlife was enjoying the day - hundreds of baby lizzards! So adorable!

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4/26/20 11:36 A

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Hi all!

I"m about to hop on a skype call w my friend Geline. She's 73 and we used to knit together each week, and now skype instead. Quarantine has been hard for her without her grandkids.

I've been down a lot this week. It just feels like each day is the same, running into each other, with the same tasks to do over and over and over again.

We're on a day on / day off schedule with work and the baby (b/c Mike goes into lab every other day) and that's been...strange. I'm probably getting in 20-30h/week. Mike's about to start going into lab more, though, so the MIL is going to come help out. She's lovely, I just don't like asking for help.

I'm mad at my family right now (and they're mad at me). My dad went to help my brother move from CO to IL which is fine, but he brought my 83 year old grandmother with him, they stayed at a hotel on the way there and once they got there, and, to top it all off, my aunt came to visit my mom while my dad was out of town and visited with my mom and my sister and her kids.

*headdesk*

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4/25/20 9:02 P

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wow that is a lot of work! The mosaic looks so fun so far! I can't wait to see that bench all finished.

we made it out to the park early this morning before too many other people were out. It was a perfect morning for it. And since I'm on the actual computer I can post a few photos...

puddle jumping a couple weeks ago


ready for a trek on a cold day


going under a log this morning


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4/24/20 3:17 P

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Itís not a very good picture, it washes out the yellow citrine stones, but youíll get the idea. It will have grout between the stones once Iím done. ...what color of grout do you think I should use?



This is the bench so far. I have it up on boards so that Iíll be able to install each panel and rotate it. The panel Iím working on is 1, which is sized to fit underneath (see the 1?). When Iím done, the whole thing (six feet wide) will be covered in mosaics and I have an orange tree that Iíll plant in the middle. I figured Iíd do the bottom first since it really wonít show except when you are walking up to the bench and that makes it a good practice piece. There will be 12 panels down there and they will all be with the green and blue calcite and the citrine, with other rocks making up the sea-life.



These are the gopher baskets that weíve been working on. I expected this long run to take me a week, but then Tom helped and we did it in two days. There are small fig trees that I grew from cuttings that weíll string up in ďespalierĒ method, thereís a row of pomegranates and then lots and lots of flowers that will be coming up shortly.



This is the hill top. The baby green plants are hundreds of sunflowers and thousands of poppies. When this grows in itís going to be spectacular. I canít wait to finish the irrigation system so everything is self-watering because itís currently a lot of work. I dug over 200 feet of trenching for the pipes and hubby is now laying 300 feet of pipe with six controllers and then weíll do drip from there.



You guys should post your pictures too!


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4/24/20 10:46 A

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My days right now are very strange to me...but Iím getting used to not working. Hubby and I sit in bed, in the dark and drink our coffee. We read news for an hour or so and then we get busy. I have work I should be doing, but I now balance it with tending my rock polishers, of which I now have 4 with one more on the way - lol. I asked everyone I knew to save alcohol bottles for me, any variety or size. Itís cheap glass, fun shapes and colors. Iíve been breaking them into interesting shapes and tumbling them in my 25 pound rotary tumbler. Iím going to use them in making mosaics. - This is something you could easily do Heather - Tumbling them a little rounds the sharp edges and makes the glass opaque, tumbling them a lot makes them more like sea glass. Iíve found that I can color the backs to give them shading for depth in the mosaics.

I usually spend about 2 hours a day in my garden and I do it as aerobically as possible. Iíve planted the whole top of the hill and now have over 30 fig tree planted. I have hundreds of sunflowers coming up and thousands of poppies. My husband and I planted 500 gladiolus over the last two days which is also a form of art to me. I also planted 4 planters of peas, 3 for pea shoots and one for snow pea pods. I think I may plant a bunch of herbs today.

I love that you two are both coloring and painting, I think those are important outlets.

I feel so much for Sydney, I canít imagine what my kids would do their senior year without all the experiences. Jay was captain of the water polo team, co-captain of wresting, was a National Merit Scholar and got the largest scholarship in his graduating class, so there were constant events. Because of wrestling, he had to be in full suit jacket and tie, hosting or seating people at many events, including the graduation day...I wonder what that year would have looked like now. Itís just awful.

Stay sane my dear friends.

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4/23/20 8:46 A

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I got to paint later in the day and it helped a lot, in a way it is a lot like coloring - I've already laid out the forms so I'm really just filling in the shapes right now, no decisions necessary. I have to be in a good head space to make the decisions to plan out the shapes.

Still pretty anxious, so I'm gonna bar myself from Facebook and try to avoid screens in general today.

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4/22/20 2:32 P

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Jen, I'm no artist as you likely know, so my artistic expression is limited. Well, my art is cooking but I can't do a lot of it with all the work, even at home. However, I've been coloring in little book I have, and I'm finding it really does relax me to focus on something other than numbers and managing stuff.

Hang in there, this is super tough for everyone and each of us in our own ways.

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4/22/20 11:52 A

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Oof I feel you Heather, today has been rough. I'm attempting to have RJ nap in his crib because I need a minute to myself. It's just been rough today, and the grocery trip this morning had my blood boiling... At least I found processing the huge package of chicken breasts in the quiet kitchen soothing? Odd, but effective...

Gonna try to paint a bit, wish me luck

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4/21/20 12:33 P

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Lots of chat, so much fun!!! I can't fully catch up now, but Carol, what a difference it is here. Everyone wears masks everywhere, we're not allowed in stores without them. No one is going to work unless they have to like if they work in grocery stores, etc. Everyone is staying as far apart as possible, with a few weird exceptions. It's supposed to go on like this for at least another month. We are trying to be patient.

I broke down probably 5 times in sobs between Friday and Sunday. It's stressful being stuck here, it's stressful with the regular work load, it's horrible for my kid she can't get any of her senior year stuff done, it's horrific what the hospitals are dealing with (I limit my news exposure, but I still am aware). And the crazy protesters....the irony of men protesting that the government can't tell them what to do with their bodies is priceless.....

OK, back to work. Maybe a quick walk on the treadmill at lunch break, which I think I'll get in a half hour.

Just stay safe everyone!!!!!

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4/21/20 12:07 P

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Hi Kourtney, I bet a therapist is super helpful right now. I'm missing mine but it's not really in our budget and I'm doing well enough.

Carol, I have trouble with wanting to read/listen to the news all the time, like there's just too much to know and I feel out of the loop. But really, there's just a lot of unknown. I've been stressed out by the protest movements that are popping up - there's one in my state now too.

Heather, I hope your day improved!

We got out to the park this morning, which was really good. There's a lot of rain in the forecast this week, so we might be keeping mostly close to home. We've gotten a lot of clean up done in the yard though, so it's a nicer place to spend time now.

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4/21/20 9:20 A

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Hello! I'm glad to hear you guys are healthy! Yes, I remember being self-employed with a one-year-old and it is difficult, but nice to get to be with them all of the time. I'm sure that going to therapy during these trying times is very smart. I am reading and listening to the news all the time and it's like an addiction...

Did you get your work out in Heather?

I actually had to take the day off from physical exercise since I spent the prior day digging fifty feed of planting area to put in a gopher "basket". I dug two feet wide by sixteen inches deep by fifty feet (it was both Tom and I), then we had to bend two sets of wire, fill the whole thing back up with dirt. Yesterday I was ready to plant but too exhausted so I will get to it today.

Man, being retired is a lot of work! LOL I have about 500 bulbs here waiting for me to plant them, I've got three rock tumblers going and I need to go burb the one with glass (for my mosaic bench), I'm working on designing a process system for an agricultural company with new software that I've never used and I have to spend time going into the (actual, physical) office today. It's so strange going into work because everybody there carries on as if there is no virus and everything is normal. I am very careful to wash my hands and physical distance, but sometimes you just have to go in.

One of the gals is married to a prison guard so she is very high risk. I gave her a bunch of N95 masks for him and his co-workers because they aren't being given any!

Going to the store here is interesting because most of the workers don't wear masks and don't adhere to the distancing. I don't know if you've read either of the two antibodies testing we've done here in California, but it appears that the virus is much more widespread and older than previously known. That makes sense to us because we think we had it back in January. We plan to get the test as soon as it's more available. We would like to do more for Tom's father since he's 97, but we can't if we aren't immune. He's living in an old folks apartment complex where they deliver his meals each day, but he's going stir crazy. We've offered to have him come live with us, but he's declined (thank goodness - lol).



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4/20/20 6:27 P

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Hi hi. Long time no talk!

Things are doing ok here. We both still have are jobs able to work from home, not to mention that we're all healthy, so extremely lucky. Work from home with a 1 year old is... interesting though lol. Also, therapy has been a bit intense lately (but progress is good or whatever).

Hope you are all well! xoxo - Kourtney

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4/20/20 10:49 A

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Hey, today is a fun date!!! At least we have that........

Day is not starting great as our server has gone down again and I can't get work done.......

Hopefully it improves from here!! I'll workout later, and that always helps my mood. Maybe the sun will come out too.

Have a great day!!!

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