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Things done, things yet to do

Putting in the well pump was an ordeal. The house water was off for 2 days. Many people here do not have any indoor plumbing, but I am a sissy, I need water from faucets inside. For 2 days I … Continue reading

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Caterpillars and population

For the past 3 weeks caterpillars have carpeted the outdoors, and when they can they sneak inside. Most of them are about 2 inches long, orange and black segmentally striped and covered with fuzzy tan fur. They move remarkably fast. … Continue reading

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Being an Old Woman

I traveled to Florida 2 weeks ago for the wedding of my very young grandson, Nick. There I was the only really old person among an extended and fractured family. I was away from home for 4 days. I worry … Continue reading

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Drugs, food and science

I have been working on this post for a long time. Here in the snowy quiet and peace of Alaska I have finally finished it. I tremble to publish it; I may lose friends and readers. A news story about … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Civil War, Obama’s inauguration and the birth of my great-granddaughter, Ellana

These things may not seem related, but inside my head they all came together last week. Jerry and I have been immersed in the civil war for a couple of months. We have been watching lectures from the Teaching Company, … Continue reading

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Arizona and beyond

Jerry and I went to Arizona.¬† We were going to look at some property belonging to Jerry’s brother and to see our Arizona lawyer. I was a little nervous about our destination. I know that there are many guns in … Continue reading

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Pleasures, large and small; bothers, mostly small

Jerry and I ventured out in the dark at 5 in the afternoon — I hate this dark time of year — to see the tiny house built by the son, Zack Giffin, of Island friends, Holly and Brian. It … Continue reading

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History and memory

Thanksgiving was great. The food was good and the company — my lawyer daughter and her family and my British-American grandson and his Argentinian-American wife and 2 little ones (who will be all three nationalities) — couldn’t have been¬† more … Continue reading

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Cruising the canals

I have found it difficult to write about my recent canal trip on the Oxford and Grand Union Canals in England. There are a few reasons (besides general laziness and procrastination). First, the minute we got home to Lummi Island … Continue reading

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Sixes and sevens

The Wikipedia definition of “sixes and sevens” contains the words “confusion, disarray, hazard, risk.” All of these apply. I have not posted on this blog for over a month, the longest quiet period since I started writing here just over … Continue reading

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