Since most of us are having showers, posted the above pic. It looks very similar to my childhood home rented for two years and closer to our school. Right down to the lawn in front. Yes, still raining every day here. But with breaks in between. Rock - I don’t normally like plastic surgery to the max like Nicole Kidman but somehow I don’t mind it in Cher. She has a very youthful vibe. And I feel she is forthright. I saw her with her DD who is so very different. Didn’t give a fig about her appearance. It was on Oprah. Ages ago. I watched her Mermaids movie. It is one of my favorite movies set in JF Kennedy’s time. You asked about the peaches and why we ate them raw. The birdies don’t let them ripen. And they’re all wormy inside. So we cut them open. And only eat the non wormy parts. There is something so so so good about eating fruit freshly plucked off a tree and no sprays used. The fruit smells so fragrant, the juices that run out so freshly tangy, the crunch when you bite down sounds so crunchy and the taste is so unadulteratedly wholesomely good. Our fruit sellers normally bring fruit from down south or India. And I think they lose a little flavor along the way. I think that’s why you enjoy your garden tomatoes so much. It probably tastes of Gordon’s love showered onto them while growing. You must listen to Fernando. It was a massive hit in ABBA heydays. Very melodius. Julie - I like the sound of your doctors PCP. Sounds like she has goals and has determination and cares about the world. I guess if a chiro can help with aches and pains which interfere with quality of life as we live it, it’s worth travelling any number of hours for a session. Dmc - that cockatiel must have been a noisy fellow! I was fascinated as a kid with talking parrots but I never saw one. My mom said one of her friends parrots used to wake the helper boy up by calling his name and saying “ .......get up, it’s morning! Yes, making labels would be tedious when you could be stitching a beautiful quilt pattern instead. I hope you can finish your quilt soon. I feel like your States quilt is to the quilting world what Anna Karenina was to novels. Sun - opening a dog shelter would require a lot of energy! More than I have. I can’t escape dogs. When I went shopping to this busy place, I saw this mom dog who had obviously birthed recently. I threw her a bit of dumpling and then I got curious about where mama was keeping her babies. I asked one of the workers, he thought I wanted one and took me to see. Nine adorably healthy cute pups clambering around on sacks and boxes. Mama was obviously well fed and the kids were getting enough milk. Alas, I cannot keep any more dogs. Not up to it. I’m sorry about your IBS. I’ve had those. Luckily they cleared up. Nothing like a bout of bad IBS to make one look gaunt and lose weight in a trice. Mikie - so glad you got to go to see the movie and liked it. ABBA songs hold fond memories for me. Grade 8, on Saturday mornings waiting by the transistor, tuned into Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation waiting for Chiquitita, Fernando, Marie osmonds - you’re the only one I know, Shirley Basseys’ Stop the World and Let me off. Those were the days. It’s our Full Moon tomorrow. I’m feeling the impact of it from today. Stiffness. Grouchy. But I don’t leave it to go worse. I immediately take pains to do my healing stuff. Barry - so Richard also thinks you’re an old soul. Me, I think I am ready to go back to being a blip in the universe. I was ready always. But here I am. In a human body and learning what pain is all about. I hope I can learn whatever im supposed to. And can pass the final exams. Thank you for your kind words. What kind of geranium did you get? I’m imagining geraniums and getting stirrings of desire to re collect all the different kinds. I had so many. And they’re so pretty! Especially the climbing variety. When I hit this bump in the road beginning with my DB getting ill and passing on, I neglected the flowers. And they’ve stayed neglected. Most of them went away. Star - I hope you’re feeling better n better. I think it’s so great to see baby birds being born and hatched. I see pigeons here n there. No other. Crows are so fierce. I groan if I see a nest. Oh, how is your little greenhouse doing? Have you been up to planting anything yet? I tried to restart my flower garden but the weather has not been kind. My zinnias and spear flowers appear measly and worn. The rain battered them so. The impatiens just decided not to grow. Still the same size as when I planted them. Of course half the plants fell prey to our rambunctious rescue and his trampling. He cares for nothing. Even the rain doesn’t faze him now. He goes out in torrential downpours, trotting around like it’s just another day. Ain’t no home taking the street out of this dog. He has brought in three half bricks pieces from his wandering outside the gate. Strange, being attracted to a brick. And leaving them right in the middle of the entrance hall. I comfort myself by thinking he at least leaves bathroom brushes and shoes alone now. Granni - I hope you’re fine. Getting ready for your trip.