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Friday Morning Herd Check-in: Greetings of the Moosekin

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  1. DeniseVelez

    thinking about the sloop Clearwater this morning…it used to be in dry dock right down the road from me, is now about 15 minutes away in Kingston.

    Pete Seeger is a national treasure. Hard to believe he was born in 1919.


  2. pittiepat

    mid-Missouri.  It’s in the 40s now in Columbia going into the 60s later today and will pretty much stay in the 60s for at least the next week.  It was warm enough yesterday that I opened the big slider in the kitchen to let Keke have a view and a sniff of the outdoors but after a few second she roared off to her hidey spot.  Scared the stuffing out of her, at least for now.

  3. iriti

    Is today Jan F’s birthday? Is such a timeless genius even allowed to have birthdays? Doesn’t that conflict with the timelessness?

    Well, Happy Birthday anyway!

    Supposed to get up to 50 here, high 50’s over the weekend. I’ll believe it when I see (or feel) it.

    Random LOL because I’m weird and I like it.

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  4. The way the weather is in the morning the rest of the trees aren’t going to start blossoming until July. Ice on the windows again today.

    Kind of a gloomy day. The perfect day for Beef Stew I think. Going to the store after I get my niece to work.

    River of Dreams

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  5. trs

    too soon to tell what today’s going to be like. I did step outside for a moment – for the first time since I went to the doctor on Wednesday (had to take the garbage can to the road – today’s trash day). Still dragging, but I guess that’s to be expected. And, no, JG in MD, I am NOT in jail. Haven’t seen the inside of a jail since I had a friend that was a sheriff’s deputy and gave me a tour of the old county jail after it had been shut down. That was many years ago – that friend just had his 19th anniversary of starting work at Caterpillar in Illinois.

    Today’s goal:

    Tomorrow’s goal: more of the same.

  6. Jk2003

    Happy birthday to Jan

    29 degrees going to 53 and the sun is out in Saint Charles!

    I am so glad to see the sun.  

    We passed our radon test, the appraisal was yesterday (cross your fngers) now we just have to do some electrical work and then we can get out of dodge.

    The kids are growing like weeds and sleeping better since we have been getting outside a bit.  All good news today.

    Have a great day!

  7. May it be a great one. Do something special.

    It looks like a very nice day today. Too bad I will be indoors for a lot of it.

    Spoke to Son last evening. He turned in his first draft of masters thesis. His defense is later in April. He seemed glad about it.

  8. nchristine

    paid holiday in a number of years!!  Not much planned.  Need to ‘load’ the eggs and hide them for the girls.  (I don’t use real eggs, cause they don’t always find all of them.)  Might watch ‘the Hobbit’ today.

  9. anotherdemocrat

    Didn’t need a sweater this morning – mid 50s. By the weekend, our highs will be in the 80s. There’s enough of a chance of rain Sunday that I’m wondering whether to wear my pretty new purple sandals for church. Before you get too jealous of our weather — cold front next week, with highs back down to the 50s.

    At work, eating a bagel (ran out of granola) & drinking tea. Muscles all sore from yesterday’s PT – which is good.

    One of my co-workers recently announced her retirement. She’ll be the 3rd person to leave us this year. Finding someone with her unique combination of talents won’t be possible. Sigh.

    Today: work, church.

    Saturday – new Dr. Who!

  10. Diana in NoVa

    Love Fridays, they were my favorite day of the week when I was pursuing my lackluster career.

    Forty degrees F. here, going for a high of 55 F.  So far it’s nice and sunny, although I can see clouds coming in. Have carefully “hard-cooked” the eggs and am now about to put them in the fridge to chill. After Grandpa picks up Miss Pink Cheeks from day care this afternoon, she and I are going to dye “eggies.”  It’ll be a first for her and the first in many years for me!

    We’ve always loved Easter at our house. My elder son was 22 when he received his last Easter basket, if you please.  His fiancee confided that she was putting together a surprise Easter basket for him this year.  That made me smile.

    Tomorrow I’ll make the lemon cake, frost it, and decorate it with crystallized violets and swags of more yellow frosting. Sunday morning there will be a huge roasting and cooking session. The guests will arrive at 12:30 for a 1 p.m. Easter dinner, so we’re going to be on the go for a while!

    And in the evening we get to collapse into the recliners and watch the season opener of “Call the Midwife.” 🙂

  11. slksfca

    50°F and foggy here. Probably cloudy above the fog as well. But a warm(ish) day in store, mid-60s here in my neighborhood and near 70°F downtown.

    Today I meet a friend for cocktails. First outing since surgery and I’m pleased. But I’m going to go easy on the drinks.

    Happy Friday, folks!

  12. wordsinthewind

    folks are quietly hopeful here. Happy Birthday JanF, an Easter egg hidden inside an angel food cake is a wonderful memory.  

  13. GlenThePlumber

    Corgi Family Portrait

    glad to see you have the day off…and hope you enjoy your lunch.

    been missing you…will check in later…stay out of trouble.

  14. bfitzinAR

    We need the rain but the building I work in didn’t need the flooded first floor (what happens when you have the first floor below ground level).  I hear somebody has a birfday today.  Many happies.  Nice to have a candle for something nice.

  15. remembrance

    ::Imagine your birthday picture here::

    Have a wonderful day and I’ll check in later, rushing off to kids field trip.  

  16. slksfca

    Fog has all burnt off, except for a low finger of it snaking through the Golden Gate just to the north of me. And it’s already warm enough at 9AM for me to have the back door open. Birdies are singing and everything. I love it! 🙂

  17. bfitzinAR

    nobody will see this, but I’m about to lock up and head out.  Offline over the weekend (only have internet at work) but I’ll “retroactively check in” – at least visit the Saturday and Sunday check-in diaries whether or not I post a comment – when I get back Monday.  {{{HUGS}}} to all and Happy Easter if you’re that minded.  (I once told a xtian that Xmas and Easter were the same thing since birth and resurrection are the same thing.  He grinned which is better than having a fit.  But then he was an Episcopalian.)  Y’all take care, bf

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