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I received a few more Valentine Dogs and One Cat.

From Lee Lee:

We fortuitously adopted puppy Monty just before Covid hit (Dec '19). Our timing turned out to be impeccable. It's a dog's life around here--He thinks all 4 humans will be at home all day every day for the rest of his life. I don't (yet) know if he's wrong. The things Monty loves most are food & other dogs. (He's wary of humans who AREN'T walking dogs...!) So, last month, we decided Monty deserved a fur-ever brother. As soon as we started looking, 1 Year Old Waldo arrived (first in our inboxes, then in Hartford where we picked him up) and he's turning out to be the perfect fit we'd hoped he might be. The things Waldo loves most are food & people. Also, they now love each other most of all. Friends remark on how similar their personalities are: they're both sweet & sensitive cuddly balls. As you can imagine, Rosie the cat is not amused.


And here are Michol’s pups.

“I really miss this snow dog…Jessie…she’s over the rainbow now…I hope it’s snowing there…she loved it!”

“This sweetie is keeping me company these days….Ezzie!”

 Valentine Pets is now closed. Well, I think it is. One can never tell if more pets will arrive, but I think we are done here. I hope a little or a landslide of love came your way on Valentine’s Day.

And if not, there’s always snow.

My daughter’s car, in Chicago, this morning.




This is about a previous diary - Thanks for the Kenny tip. Very enjoyable film and would never have found it without your help.
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There are all the movie reviews - and then a friend suggests something small and wonderful. and those movies are such winners. John Harvie told Len and I about Kenny. Months ago I mentioned Becoming Labrador. Very different than Kenny, but it fits together in my mind as a small story about very good humans trying very hard to take care of family. And making the world better while they do that.

Rosie the cat - her expression ( or lack of one) made me laugh. Typical cat. Boo to all this snow

Luna, Becky - I remember that gas leak story, so scary, Jackpot - all just the most adorable. Thanks for all the literary embellishments - I really love Hemingway's one cat leads to another. So sorry to see Sarah's car mound. What a pain. I remember mine looked like that on Kenmore near Loyola back in the big snow of 1979. I didn't use it for like a month. It was just undiggable. Thanks again so much for your word weaving. I so look forward to opening them.

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I have now had both Covid vaccinations with no miserable side effects after either of them. Color me grateful.

I read recently that some people with long-haul symptoms are finding surprising relief after receiving the first vaccination. Have you heard this? I hope it’s true.

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 I have been reading about the people who attacked our nation’s capital on January 6th.

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I was ready on Wednesday to do this post when I learned Windows wanted me to do an update ASAP; that took most of that day. Thursday was my Festival of Third Grade Pen Pals. One whippersnapper addressed me as Dear Mrs. Danyolsin and now I sort of want to spell my name this way forever.

I thought today would be a languorous day devoted to writing.



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