Hi friends! Have a few minutes this evening, along with a few brain cells actually "firing", so thought I would stop and chat a bit. I'll post this while I look for a porch pic, then come back. Found a pic...wonder if those hanging sofas are actually sturdy enough to hold someone without tipping? Did another laundry marathon today...two days in a row, and will probably fill the clothesline again on Thursday (going to the far away chiro tomorrow.) Wanted to wash everything since some of the kiddos were coughing and having runny noses, and the "blankies" were everywhere (on the floor, etc.) and probably picked up lots of dog hair, dust bunnies and germs. Once I get the house fairly back to normal, I need to start decluttering my parents' mobile home. We decided to put some of the extra lumber in there.... that is taking up space in the loft of the new house. Now that our company has come and gone, we can get back to work on the house...have lots of supplies that we already bought on hand so need to get them used up. I think it will be so much handier to move some of the activities upstairs next time we have a houseful, but got to get that fence put up first. Mikie and Sun...I'm so glad you both got to go on your trips and that you had a great time. Mikie, your DGS sounds like so much fun to be around...actually, your whole extended family does. Glad you got some "baby time" too. Hope you continue to get the rest you need in order to get over this crud you've had for so long. How are you liking the new dishwasher? Sun, that house sounds amazing! I'm so happy you got some time to yourself to paint. Blessed is the one who receives any of your creations. Duckie and Granni...I'm in awe of you both and your dedication to your music groups. I'm sure the audiences appreciate it so much. Granni, I hope if you do get together with your DCD that it goes well...but I would have your hopes up too much. Although things could change and she might be doing much better... Yes, Duckie, I also would love to see/hear if you find a facebook link. Do you have a recipe for sour dough starter? Would I need to buy some "starter" of some sort to even begin? Rock, I also have a bread machine somewhere...have no idea which building it's in, though. It only makes a one pound loaf...and it seems quicker to make it by hand, actually. I have a friend who sells things at the Farmer's Market who gets bread makers at thrift stores and uses them just to mix up the dough, then takes over by hand. Barry, I hope all is as well as can be in your neck of the woods. Hope you recover some energy...glad you have those entertaining fur babies to keep you company. Spring, that wedding sounds so extravagent...I can't even imagine. And that woman must be such an unhappy person, don't you think? Made me think back on our wedding...in the park across the street from our house (reception was in the shelter house.) Maybe 50 guests, my little brothers as ushers, a couple of Den's army buddies and two of my classmates to stand up with us...and that was over 42 years ago. Glad your daughter is doing well since coming back home. I always got culture shock when we returned from Belize...people in the States seemed so spoiled and took so much for granted. And the waste...so sad. Then as we got to know more and more people in Belize, I realized they are in many ways just the same. Yes, the people in the villages were very poor and had to do without so much, but the more well-to-do ones were also spoiled and started taking things for granted...people are the same the world over, it seems. Star, it's always good when we can impress our kids with our technology, lol! Hope you are getting used to your new phone and like it. The bird in the rafters is actually a metal wall sculpture that I found at one of our stores. I was so excited to find it, actually before we even moved in here. As we were building, and everything was open to the birds, animals, etc. we had sparrows building nests in the rafters. Of course, they had to be vacated when we got it all closed in and started living here. So the sculpture is in honor of all the bird families who got displaced because it is, after all, my house, lol! I am happy to say that the babies had hatched and flown the nests...so we just made sure all the adults were out before we actually closed things up. They definitely were not happy, and would sit on the bushes outside the windows for weeks, waiting for a chance to get back inside. Once in awhile they did, so we just left a window open and guided them back outside. I was getting a little paranoid about losing this long post, so I saved it...afraid I am forgetting someone. Of course, if Diane is reading...I hope you know we miss you! I have been wondering about Dar, and about Elaine. Anyone know anything about them? I used to see Goatwoman on facebook, but haven't for awhile. My brain is starting to shut down, so I'd better head on to bed. Need to leave around 7:00 am for the three hour drive. He told me the last time I was there that if he couldn't help my neck/shoulder/arm/hand pain and numbness...that I might need to see a surgeon as he's sure I have a disc problem in my neck. That is not anything I am looking forward to at all. Take care, everyone! Thinking of you all, even though I may have forgotten to mention someone this time.