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Margaret
Interests: running, tennis, microbrews, traveling, reading mysteries, espresso, walking
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Our May Book Club read was mostly a fizzle although in my personal opinion, there was nothing wrong with the writing or the topic, which would have been much more engaging with added characters, dialogue and interaction. The issue was... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Stargazer
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"Choose your path wisely." That's probably what I'll write on the neighborhood message board. I've had to choose many directions in my life so far, and not always wisely. In college I picked a loser boyfriend over a year living... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Stargazer
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And a good time was had by all! Like most events, there was some awkwardness, moments of overwhelm (not just the children), quite a few shy kids and others not-so-shy, and general fun chaos, limited to the two hours of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Stargazer
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I applied no enhancements or filters to this shot, taken from my front porch last evening. At first, looking outside, I thought, "There's no point in trying to capture a picture--beautiful sunset photos are everywhere. And I'm a crappy, unimaginative... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Stargazer
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My darling Obro has the best pout ever and uses it quite liberally. He is a master at lowering his eyebrows and sticking out his lip. Why the look in this case? His mother had taken away his fork because... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Stargazer
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As I commented on a friend's blog, I'm not joyful or happy all the time, but I'm often content. I'm an appreciator of the small moments if that makes any sense! Today I helped out with Anders' first excursion to... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2024 at Stargazer
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I don't believe in Bucket Lists, nor do I have one. If I did, the Northern Lights wouldn't be on it although they are fascinating and beautiful. I never would have imagined that I would see them in my own... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2024 at Stargazer
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As I've mentioned before, I celebrate for no reason or for EVERY reason. In that vein, I headed south to meet a friend for a French cafe luncheon which included several of my favorite things. When faced with an elegant... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2024 at Stargazer
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Mother's Day can become rather complicated. I am the mother of two daughters. My mother is still alive. Each one of my daughters is also a mother. So, long ago, we threw out the Mother's DAY idea and just celebrate... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2024 at Stargazer
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I'm never too old to learn new things although the knowledge I've been picking up lately hasn't been very useful. I didn't know that a group of zebras could be called a dazzle; when the animals are standing together, it's... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2024 at Stargazer
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For the past week, Pacific Northwesterners have been riveted by the story of the Missing Zebra. Four of them were being transported from Washington to Montana when the driver pulled over to secure her trailer and all four zebras escaped... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2024 at Stargazer
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Officially, spring happens in April, but to me, May has always been the beginning of that season. I plant my annuals about mid-May, we celebrate Mothers Day, as well as numerous family birthdays, and the weather usually warms up. I... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2024 at Stargazer
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Thank you to so many of you for understanding that finding work and having any kind of job security aren't what they used to be, especially from the perspective of those of us in my era who got an immediate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2024 at Stargazer
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In shocking (and unpleasant) news, my son-in-law lost his job, and my Younger Daughter ran out of unemployment. Although people tell me that job numbers are great, they aren't that way in tech or professional areas. If they want to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2024 at Stargazer
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Today's message from Pierce County: No groups needed. Unless you are already assigned, this fulfills your obligation to serve jury duty. In 2017, we had to show up and sit, waiting for hours to figure out what was going on.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2024 at Stargazer
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I find myself alternating between disappointment and relief that SO FAR, I haven't been called in to jury duty. Monday, it was Groups 50-80 (I'm 97) and today they needed no one. Am I a pessimist to believe that tomorrow,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2024 at Stargazer
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Cheesy, meandering post ahead: Many of you may remember the conversation John and I had about "love" in Austin where I got nervous, didn't say anything that I wanted to, and completely choked. I was caught unawares, so I experienced... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2024 at Stargazer
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Walking has become part of my nearly daily routine since I retired; I used to combine it with running, but after a few years, my knees said no more to the pounding. I dearly miss jogging--which I still think sped... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2024 at Stargazer
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I appreciate my life, really I do. Most of the time, I'm reasonably happy, given that people and circumstances are not always what I'd like them to be. It can be overwhelming to deal with an elderly mother, struggling friends... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2024 at Stargazer
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Oklahoma and Kansas were nothing much to write home about, as the saying goes. Or use for a blog post. They were windy, dusty, and flat. However, the alfalfa fields were a pretty green, and the canola was vibrant yellow.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2024 at Stargazer
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Due to the aforementioned strong winds (understatement) at our gypsum covered campsite John and I awakened before dawn and were in line at Carlsbad Caverns by 6:45 a.m. It's fortunate that I'm cynical and didn't believe the nice but overly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2024 at Stargazer
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Aliens in New Mexico! One advantage to posting when I return from a trip is the overall perspective that I can bring to the experiences. As I mentioned to John last night: I don't understand why time speeds by so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2024 at Stargazer
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Perhaps "blue" is a misnomer since John had lunch here, next to this guy... No comment. It looks like a rather rustic place, but John raved about the food. Of course, I then perused the menu, drooling over the onion... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2024 at Stargazer
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Well, Monday is the eclipse, and I was appalled to see this cloudy forecast for Austin. John is nonchalant about the situation, but he'll be terribly disappointed if we can't view it. Of course, I'm still going because (don't tell... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2024 at Stargazer
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I don't understand how I could read this article this morning without a subscription and now I can't. If you're unable to look at it, the major message is that walking isn't healthy only for its exercise benefits. It's also... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2024 at Stargazer
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