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The Bag of Glasses

December 4, 2016
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The Bag of Glasses

Once upon a time there was a woman who was sad. Why? Because she broke her glasses when she sat on them… by accident, of course. The Glasses Man said he didn’t have any more like them, making her cry because she loved them so much.  They gave her magic powers.  She could SEE....

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Camouflage

November 8, 2016
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Camouflage

The deer have been coming through.  The little ones still have spots, although not for long.  When they stand still with their mothers on the the periphery of the woods, they’re invisible.  If you wait, they’ll resume their leisurely walk, ears and tails flicking, foraging for food. About two weeks ago, I watched a...

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Lighten Up

August 22, 2016
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Lighten Up

The heat is on…relentless, suffocating, and enervating.  It’s August in the South.  When you factor in the thunderstorms that come almost every evening with their resulting humidity, it’s hard to move.  Never mind the fact that I have sloth-like tendencies to begin with. So what’s a girl to do?  Hibernate in the AC, if...

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Friends and Family

August 6, 2016
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Friends and Family

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” and that pretty much sums up the past few months over here. At the end of February, a close friend of mine went on life support due to complications from the flu.  She didn’t come home for 7 1/2 weeks. My 93...

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Some Instafaves

February 22, 2016
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Some Instafaves

Sometimes it’s hard to do a personal style blog.  I mean, think about it for a moment.  The way I do it, not only does it mean taking my own pictures, it means being a stylist, makeup artist, model, writer, and technical advisor. Translated: time consuming.  I sew many of my pieces, cull the...

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Gray Day

February 15, 2016
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Gray Day

Today didn’t start out like this.  It really just happens, I swear, kind of like dominoes. It all began here…with the shirt to be exact.  I had to get out the door earlier and faster than I like, so after fumbling around in my closet, the softness of this giant shirt won since I...

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Another Day, Another Outfit

February 10, 2016
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Another Day, Another Outfit

Today was cold, relatively speaking. I searched for wool and cashmere, textiles I love, determined to exploit a very narrow window of opportunity to enjoy the fabrics of the season. Last year about this time I made an oversized sweater in an act of sewing-as-therapy.  My father had just died.  I was getting ready...

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Mining For Gold

January 31, 2016
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Mining For Gold

What goes around comes around.  In this instance, the silk duster and the jeans. Add an upcycled sweater creation that appeared here in one of the first Dross posts, and then again in Altered Couture magazine here.  What I love is that I never get tired of these pieces. The silk duster started out as a...

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All Drossed Up

January 23, 2016
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All Drossed Up

It’s been three long years since the first Dross into Gold post appeared.  I just checked the archives to make sure I was right about that, thinking maybe it was only two years.  Time is such a trickster.   Personal style still sustains me, providing an opportunity to meditate on color and composition.  Thrifting...

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A Fresh Start

January 13, 2016
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A Fresh Start

Can I say I’m glad?  You know, that 2015 is over?  Somehow a breeze seemed to stir as the ball dropped in NY.  There were whispers of good things to come, fresh ideas to explore, a chance to expand instead of shrink and to act instead of react. Yup, it’s a new year.  Got...

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All It Takes Is One

October 11, 2015
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All It Takes Is One

After slogging along for several weeks, uninspired and unfocused, I came to the conclusion that making one thing would be therapeutic.  Just one, that’s all.  Didn’t matter how simple or complex.  Create one item.  So… I made a “skinny scarf”, which I decided to wear today. I happened to notice a pendant that I’ve...

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Pattern Play

August 28, 2015
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Pattern Play

A few weeks ago I went to Las Vegas with Joey, who was performing at a private fundraiser there.  I’d never been, so I decided to find out what all the fuss was about.  If you’re a gambler, it’s definitely a foreshadow of heaven.  However, I like to have something to show for my...

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Chillin

August 6, 2015
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Chillin

Excuse me if I ramble.  There are a lot of things that confuse me.  Like why slower traffic never moves to the right anymore.  (So Vix and Curtise, does it hold true that traffic never moves to the left anymore?!) Guess the average driver doesn’t know.  Problem is, it makes congestion worse. So why...

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Accessories Rule

July 2, 2015
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Accessories Rule

  This is gonna be quick.  It’s hot, I’m busy, and you probably have better things to do!  So, here’s the rundown.   The rayon top from Goodwill is layered over a loose tank dress from H&M.  The flip flops are ancient, the bracelets have been collected over the past 35 years, the embroidered...

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My Parents

June 18, 2015
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My Parents

She would always point her finger at him and say, “Don’t you die before me!” as if that settled it.  After all, he did everything for her, handling all the bills and business, organizing their lives neatly and logically.  She was able to increasingly immerse herself in pleasant, quiet activities.  After raising five children,...

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New York Review

June 7, 2015
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New York Review

Well, it finally happened.  After talking about it for over a year, Dross into Gold and Style Crone met up in New York!!  It couldn’t have been at a better time, just what the doctor ordered.  I loved having a reason to sew, a deadline to meet, and the prospect of FUN!!   I...

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Champagne, Anyone?

May 21, 2015
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Champagne, Anyone?

Pop the cork, celebrate a new beginning, and put your red cups up!  Hopefully there’s time to start again, to celebrate another opportunity to GROW!!!  Transformation is not for the faint of heart.  Just ask my mom, who at 92 is trying to make sense of a life without her husband of 68 years,...

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It’s Okay

January 11, 2015
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It’s Okay

Some days you can’t smile, but you’re still okay.  Some days a pose seems ridiculous so a no-pose is fine. Some days you wanna make something but your brain can’t wrap around numbers and measurements so you just start cutting and sewing.  That can actually turn out okay too. It’s okay to say yes...

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To Everything a Season

November 27, 2014
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To Everything a Season

This picture was taken almost a year ago.  Once again there’s snow on the banks of his beloved river; it’s a little early this year, arriving on Thanksgiving.  I’ve watched it through all the seasons, at times bursting forth with new growth and activity, and at other times quiet and serene as the water moves...

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Say Cheese

November 11, 2014
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Say Cheese

Sometimes posing for pictures is agonizing.  Remember those times as a kid when you were instructed to “say cheese”?  Inevitably I cheesed a little too hard, all teeth and gums, feeling awkward and wishing I was someplace else.  The alternative was the half-smile, which I mastered a little later.  Now the half-smile looks like...

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Smarter

September 19, 2014
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Smarter

Vision, literally and figuratively, is a gift I don’t take for granted, especially after this week.  I broke my glasses, and tape wasn’t the answer.  They were unwearable and had to be replaced.  Since I needed a new prescription anyway, I chose to view the glass as half full, my default lense. My original...

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I’m Hooked

September 8, 2014
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I’m Hooked

I remember being told as a child to “calm down” when I got really excited.  I wasn’t exactly the shy and retiring type.  I’m guessing my energy was a little overwhelming for parents trying to deal with five small kids at the same time, or a teacher with a whole classroom to contend with....

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Three Pieces

August 16, 2014
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Three Pieces

As I careen about the country this summer, I find that I crave comfort.  T-shirts are on top of the list.  I managed to refashion two before I left on my last adventure.  This one started off as a classic man’s t-shirt.  I changed the neckline, took in the sides, hemmed it shorter, and...

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The Ode Series, #6

July 17, 2014
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The Ode Series, #6

Inspiration comes in many forms.  Sometimes it’s as simple as the color of a cardinal in a leafy tree.  At other times it can be more complex, whether in the form of a book or perhaps a song.  Extraordinary people inspire as well, enabling us to see a different and better way of doing...

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Oops! I Did It Again

July 9, 2014
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Oops! I Did It Again

It all started with a pair of super comfortable rayon pants and a white shirt.  It’s hot and I’m not going anywhere today.  My intention was to unpack and do laundry, in addition to some recording work that I can do from home. Then I wondered how this linen vest would look as another...

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A Meditation

June 24, 2014
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A Meditation

In order to stay healthy and age well, we’re told to exercise, eat properly, and unplug periodically.  Meditation is often recommended as a way to relax, lower our blood pressure, and increase our sense of well-being.  Back in the 70’s I practiced TM (Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) and I still...

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Summer Slouch

June 13, 2014
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Summer Slouch

Another day, another outfit!  Today it was all about volume, obviously.  Give me the least constricting, most comfortable items possible, add a few accessories and step out the door.  There’s something about wearing things I’ve made/upcycled that satisfies me.  I don’t necessarily think they’re brilliant all the time, but at least they’re unique and...

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My Bags Are Packed

June 2, 2014
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My Bags Are Packed

  Time to hit the road again.  This time I’m going to shut off my computer for a bit in order to breathe and focus on each moment as it comes.  Of course, I’ll still be putting on my bracelets and fussing with shoes; some things will never change, hopefully.  I’ll probably peek at...

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This One’s For You, Dad

May 28, 2014
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This One’s For You, Dad

One of the main reasons I started my blog was to stay in touch with my parents.  Although I visit them as often as I can, it’s still hard to be so far away at this stage of our lives.  I’m aware that every moment is precious, and I want them to know I’m...

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Small Things

May 15, 2014
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Small Things

Sometimes clothes speak louder than words.  Right about now they can do all the talking as far as I’m concerned; my voice is tired.   Most of my energy is focused on putting one foot in front of the other. Comfort is key.  Boyfriend jeans, gladiator sandals, vintage tote, and upcycled sweater.  These pictures...

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Selfies and Such

April 27, 2014
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Selfies and Such

Now that taking pictures with our phones is commonplace throughout much of the world, the human tendency to be self-centered has given rise to “selfies”, as many of you know. For those of you who don’t know, here’s a perfect example.  I’m sitting in the car on my way to Joey’s show.  I hold...

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Chief Cook and Bottlewasher

April 20, 2014
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Chief Cook and Bottlewasher

Sometimes doing a personal style blog seems a little crazy.  I mean, you gotta get dressed and that alone can take forever sometimes.  Theoretically you wear the clothes somewhere (I did wear this out today, although I wasn’t going much of anywhere) and you manage to take a few pictures.  In my case that...

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A Collage

April 13, 2014
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A Collage

Here is a glimpse of the week in pictures taken with my phone.  (Yes, that’s a disclaimer.)  First up, going to work at a studio.  I usually work from home so it was fun to get dressed and go somewhere.  I upcycled the top from a drapey sweater; I wore it for my very...

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Day of Reckoning

April 2, 2014
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Day of Reckoning

In so many ways, it’s That Time, time to organize, to get healthier, to establish a better routine.  Additionally, it’s time to re-evaluate the general trajectory of life and establish some goals.  The past year has been a surreal watercolor of time and place, a wash of emotions.  Although this year will undoubtedly present...

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My Excellent Adventure

March 25, 2014
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My Excellent Adventure

After a great adventure in the Pacific Northwest, I’m home.  I’m back to my closet, my routine, and my beloved husband.  Did I have fun?  Let’s just say I’m planning my next trip.   I miss my son and grandson tremendously.  My daughter-in-law Lynzee (Lynx) was out of town so I went to pinch...

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Orange You Glad

March 17, 2014
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Orange You Glad

“Knock, knock.”  “Who’s there?”  “Orange.”  “Orange who?”  “Orange you glad I didn’t say knock knock again?!!”  When you’re 5 years old, it’s a great joke.  When you’re the parent or grandparent of a 5 year old, it’s still a great joke.  Humour doesn’t have to be sophisticated as far as I’m concerned. I’m getting...

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Those Winter Blues

March 8, 2014
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Those Winter Blues

Southern winters aren’t bad as far as I’m concerned.  Having grown up with a lot of snow, I like the cooler temperatures without the hassle of shoveling.  Plus, any opportunity to layer makes me happy. On this particular day it all started with a pair of wide leg pants thrifted in Portland.  On top...

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Does This Hat Make Me Look Tall?

March 1, 2014
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Does This Hat Make Me Look Tall?

After complaining (a lot) that hats never fit my big head, this one popped up recently in a thrift store.  I almost missed it.  Fortunately, being the mannerly person that I try to be, I had just turned around to say goodbye when it came into my field of vision.  It was perched high...

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Bohemian Tendencies

February 23, 2014
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Bohemian Tendencies

Today was the day.  I was going to purge my closet, reducing the contents to mostly black and white.  I’d wear black eyeliner and red lipstick.  I would be liberated and chic; getting dressed would be effortless.   Um, yeah… Then I noticed I had quite a few things in a soft shade of blue....

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That’s All, Folks!

February 17, 2014
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That’s All, Folks!

When my children were little, we used to say prayers together at night.  After God-blessing all the people we knew and those we hadn’t met yet, I would ask, “What was the best part of your day?”  Occasionally the best part would be that the day was over.  Some days are like that. This...

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A Skirt for All Seasons

February 9, 2014
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A Skirt for All Seasons

Some things just work again and again…and again.  Here’s a case in point.  This is what I wore today: my long striped maxi skirt and a coat that I recently purchased from Diva Diva Boutique (Instagram @divadivaboutique), a small shop with great vintage and pre-loved clothes at amazing prices. This is what I wore...

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Thrifted and Gifted

February 1, 2014
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Thrifted and Gifted

Amidst the drama of the past week, there were many miracles as well.  First of all, I was able to be with my parents when several health challenges presented themselves quite suddenly.  My trip had been planned for awhile so it was such a blessing to be able to lend assistance at this time....

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Black and White

January 28, 2014
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Black and White

The river might be frozen over in the next few days.  Arctic air is sweeping in, and people are bracing themselves. The news on the radio includes a mention of good places to ice skate.  I’m out of my element; I haven’t lived here in a long time. As I navigate between the hospital...

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Winter Sunshine

January 18, 2014
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Winter Sunshine

Woke up today and guess what?  It was a whole new day.  The sun was out; it was crisp and clear.  The alarm clock was irrelevant and the kitchen had been cleaned up the night before.  My heart was light.  I’d been able to wake myself up from a dream that was about to...

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Cowl Crazy

January 12, 2014
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Cowl Crazy

It’s been a challenging year.  I’d like to quote something I saw recently but I can’t remember who said it or where I saw it.  The essence is, “Some years pose questions and other years answer them”.  (If you posted this, please let me know so I can be correct!)  This has definitely been...

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The Morning After

January 1, 2014
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The Morning After

Normally I wouldn’t post today.  One, I’m tired.  It’s New Year’s Day, you know?  Secondly, it’s mid-week and in general I’ve been trying to post once a week on Sundays.  It’s a humane schedule.  However, since today is a Hat Attack day, thanks to Judith aka Style Crone, I felt compelled to try to...

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A Tale of Two Outfits

December 26, 2013
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A Tale of Two Outfits

I hope you’ve had a good week.  I hope you want some less than challenging things to read since you’re exhausted.  I hope you’re ready for an average look-what-I-wore-today kind of post because that’s exactly what this one is. Oh look!  I wore a thrifted handwoven serape with a woolen scarf. Yesterday I wore...

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The Sunday Post

December 15, 2013
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The Sunday Post

Somehow a rhythm for posting has been set up, one that I miss when there isn’t enough time.  Perhaps it’s anticipating the fun of joining Patti’s Visible Monday on Sunday evening. Maybe it’s the pleasure of sharing a creative moment that I was able to carve out during the week. Knowing I have a...

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A Shameless Plug

December 10, 2013
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A Shameless Plug

After recuperating a bit from all the holiday activity, I found myself rummaging around in the sewing room.  I was starving to create something. I’ve got a number of thrifted cashmere sweaters in my stash and this color combination seemed delicious. The piece wasn’t quite what I wanted until I added these. Et voila,...

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Intermission

December 5, 2013
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Intermission

Take a deeeep breath!! Fatigue is a factor.  I have to say, though, that my Thanksgiving holiday was amazing. My father-in-law was here, along with my two kids (!) Lenny and Alex, and my grandson.  I feel terrible that I don’t have pictures of my lovely daughter-in-law Lynzee Lynx, but needless to say, we...

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