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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

Two Minor Notes of Interest

I picked and ate our first tomato today. It was a hanging cherry tomato that my mom started for me. Yummm! And, for those of you keeping track of such things, it's about 1 week earlier than my first tomatoes were down at Hastings-on-the-Lake.

And, good information to know about future dog breeds we might add to our furry family: Tom had a friend fly him down to southwestern Minnesota this past weekend to visit his dad, and so I took care of the friend's small horse . . . I mean, dog. Point being, said dog is the most massive Yellow Lab I've ever seen, but a short-haired dog, nonetheless. I tried to take all the dogs down to the river Saturday evening for a cooling swim, but the big galoot got NAILED by the horse flies. We didn't even make it halfway down the driveway before I realized it was a hopeless (and miserable) situation for him. So, be forewarned: no short-haired dogs with exposed underbellies in the bug-infested north!

(TJ, thank GOODNESS you and the four-legged kiddies missed horse fly season! And you thought the blackflies were bad! The poor pumpkins would have been carried away!)


  1. I like the new layout of the blog, but honestly, I much prefer the old house picture. This one doesn't show the great green that you have in MN. Looks like it could be in CA!

  2. We will definitely keep to the off bug season. They would definitely take off with Pixie and Wyatt is still dieting so they might take off with him too!


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