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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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I've been trying to keep myself busy and trying not to go stir crazy by being cooped up in the house the past few days. I know it's my fault in some ways...I could've ventured outdoors and walked in the cold winds, and damp air...without seeing any sun for days. But I just couldn't get my mojo in gear any way, shape, or form. And besides, I'm still nursing the cough I've had for weeks!!!  Wednesday it was warming up, but again no venturing outdoors 'cause it was a drizzly rainy kinda day. If I get too wet, I begin to melt. I don't want that. So, again, I stayed indoors like a hermit or a hibernating bear. But today, Thursday and the next day...it is promising to be much warmer AND dryer!! Altho, that remains to be seen since it's spitting rain right now at around 5 a.m.

So, let's see what have I done to entertain myself? 1] Reading Petra's Legacy some, 2] baking -- I had some day old french bread that I whipped into bread pudding. We topped it off with vanilla yogurt after we warmed it in the microwave. 3] Bud and I bought a new card game to wile away the hours, 5 Crowns. Have you ever heard of this game? We didn't. But heck, it was something new. We usually spend some winter days playing scrabble or Gin Rummy. This 5 crowns is a fast game, and I'm winning on the average of 5 out of 6 games against Bud. Can't be all that bad, now, can it? 4] I did another pencil sketch after watching the DVD of the Broadway's CATS. I love that program. Grizella I can associate with in so many ways..."I was beautiful then..." in my memories. But, in all honesty, I like the character Jemima the best. She IS beautiful in looks AND in voice. So, after watching the video I drew Jemima from my own memory!!! That was the beginning of the week that I finally finished it. Now it's near the ending of the week, and 5] I began another sketch. This sketch I've been wanting to do for almost two decades. I begged my daughter, Irene, to send me a photo of my first grandson while they were staying at Clint's [grandson] great grandmother's house. There is a long story to his life; born with Down Syndrome, open heart surgery at the age of 5 months, and all specialists and pediatricians and cardiologists told Irene and Dan that Clint would probably not live to see his sixth year. Well, miracles do happen and he is our miracle child...he will be 25 this May. I truly, TRULY think he has some special connection with his Maker. Prayers are answered.

As I type this post out for publishing, I am hoping we can go somewhere, do something, watch for birds, travel around the islands and maybe go to lunch and enjoy being away from the four walls we call home. It seems that it's been way too long. I know we were out Sunday morning, but it was cut short with the storm that moved in. --- I can hardly wait to get out in the yard and get my flowers worked over, trimmed, and blooming again. Did I mention how dreary it's been? We have even talked about moving to Hawai'i!! LOL

Okay, so as I mentioned, the sketch. Of Jemima from Broadway's CATS. Here she is from beginning to completion...



Then, to round out the day's post I thought I'd share some funnies for laughs of current events [Colorado's legalizing mara-gee-wienie -- I've been seeing the word of the day/year on a lot of blogs, so I decided to show you MY word choice...Marageewienie, aka GRASS, reefer, marijuana. I'd prefer the wienie!! Kinda synonymous to Rocky Mountain HIGH] and weather. Laughter afterall, is good, yes? These images are NOT mine, I claim no possession of them in my name...they are from emails I've received from family and friends and the copyrights do not belong to me...





...hoping to be outdoors for most of the day after sunrise, I bid you happy day!!!

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102 comments :

  1. You are a talented artist, love the drawing.. Have a happy day!

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    1. ...thanks Eileen, and have a happy day yourself!!

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  2. You are indeed a talented artist, Anni!
    Happy Thursday!

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    1. ...thanks Veronica. Happy Thursday to you dear friend!

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  3. I always enjoy your sketches - you're so talented! I enjoyed reading about your miracle grandson too.
    Love the comics!

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    1. ...as I enjoy everything about our 'miracle'! ;-) Thanks Mari.

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  4. Since we are newly connected, I was not aware of your great artistic talent!! Your sketch is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed your post today, and sure hope you are able to venture out and stretch your legs! I'll look forward to your grandson's portrait and hope she sends you the photo you want for inspiration! Great chuckles!!

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    1. Well, she emailed me the photo I love so much and have wanted to try and draw it....years ago, but I'm just now getting the courage to attempt it. Thanks Terri...I'm glad to know you enjoyed the funnies too.

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  5. Great cartoons, and I love your sketch, Anni. Hope you have a chance to get out and about today! :-)

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    1. ...so do I. Not getting a chance to be out and about drives me crazy. Or should I say 'crazier'?!! LOL Thanks DJan.

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  6. Good Morning, Your sketch is marvelous! Bread pudding is one of my favorites. I love it with lemon sauce! Thank you for sharing the miracle of your grandson. My nephew had DS and heart defects and lived to almost 4; though far too short, his life touched everyone in a special and lasting way. We are aching to get out and about and to work in the yard also. I think more rain is coming our way for the weekend. Take care.

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    1. It's supposed to be humid here, with many rainstorms, but hey...enough for a while!! Bring on the sun, please!! I don't recall having it with lemon sauce, I'm gonna have to try it next time I make bread pudding. Thanks for the compliment!!

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  7. with your super drawing skills you should never be bored. that is a wonderful sketch and i would love to see more and the one of your grandson when completed. i am wishing you sunshine and warm air soon

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    1. Oh great joy...thanks for the sunshine wish...I hope it comes true. I'm working on my grandson's portrait right now while it rains outside. :::sigh::: Rain, rain, go away!!! Anni wants to get out and play. ;-)

      If you'd like just go to the left sidebar here and click on the arrow under my easel.

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  8. You are SO talented! I am in awe every time I see your art. And that last picture is one I need to remember forever!

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    1. Thanks Shelly. And lol...I know just what you mean about the last one...and the heat of the summer...right now, summer sounds pretty good to me. rofl

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  9. i looked at all your art work on your side bar, i love that tiger and you are very talented

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    1. ...glad to know you returned to view some of my works. By the way, the TIGER is my favorite big cat. Thanks again Sandra.

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  10. Your artistry is beautiful and inspiring. Wish I had that talent. My stepmother had a grandson with DS who lived to age 12. He was the sweetest child, as they all are. Enjoyed all your cartoons, especially the butt on the ground. I could relate to that one. :)

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    1. ...so, it's been cold enough to freeze your butt off, huh? LOL Thanks Gail

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  11. Hello. I came over here from Sandra's letter post. How wonderful that you have published a family history book. I love that subject. Also...I laughed out this morning at the 'figure of speech' cartoon. Funny. Mind if I keep you on my sidebar?

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    1. Of course you can add me to your list!! I'm very flattered. And I will do the same and add you!! I'm glad to have you stop by to visit with me Roe.

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  12. cold temperatures surely are relative.

    i like the 'frozen ham hock' depiction.

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    1. LOL....it's been a crazy winter all around!! Glad you enjoyed the cartoons today.

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  13. Laughing from your cartoons helped to warm me. The temps are now above freezing. We are forecast to get conditions in the 50s for the weekend, so that's gonna be great. I don't like being cold. You draw very well. You're a talented lady. I am a wee bit green with envy, coz I would love to be able to draw. Why, I can't even draw a straight line. Ain't that pathetic? I can hear Mrs. Harris, my 6th grade English teacher, scream from the grave, "Ain't is a word!" Tell that to Urban Dictionary. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. In my opinion, 'ain't nuttin' wrong with the word ain't"...yep, it IS in our dictionary on the shelf. Thanks Cathy.

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  14. I live in Mesa. EAst of Phoenix.

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    1. Yep, Mesa AZ...know it well.

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  15. Wow! You're really talented! My son likes to draw and is good. I wish he did it more.
    My uncle bought us 5 Crowns for Christmas! Three of us play it. :) We love playing Rook. Hubby and I play Scrabble and Yahtzee. I was planning on doing a post about our cards games. :) Too funny!

    Have a great day,
    Marie

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    1. ...that would be a fun read for your visitors...I love all kinds of games.

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  16. winter has only begun in one sense, and I am done ready to complain about the heat, too. I am showing my age cause I do think twice about going anywhere on the slick roads!

    Your first cartoon reminded me of
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    1. I just watched it...nothing to do with Colorado 'grass' but awfully cute!!! Thanks for the link Rose.

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  17. You know I'm of fan of anything Anni does! #5 is especially heart warming. And of course being a crazy cat lady I'm all about the Cats sketch,
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. I figured you'd like "CATS"!!! LOL Happy Thursday M&M.

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  18. Thank you so much for stopping by, Anni. You have a very beautiful blog. I hope you feel better. I've worked on family history album for both my mother's family and my husband's mother's family. It is such an interesting eye opener and makes the past come alive. Love your woodpecker. Downy?

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    1. Hi Kay...glad you found time to stop by!! Yes, family history is so intriguing and fun to learn about lives of the past! The woodpecker in my header, you mean? That is a Golden Fronted Woodpecker...only found in Texas and parts of Oklahoma ... at least that's my understanding.

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  19. Oh that last one is so me! I wish away the seasons when I should enjoy each one down to the second. Fantastic sketch! I wish I could draw, but alas, I am the queen of the stick figures. Have a great weekend!

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    1. ...hey, stick figures are fun!!! Nothing wrong with that. Seriously.

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  20. where did you find those cartoons? they are hilarious!! i love them so ... i am crying from laughing so much. i enjoy the Colorado one so much. you have a great day. stay warm. i wish to get out of my house too ... but it is so cold. almost 40 but come on now .. we need some spring temps asap. i guess i have to stop wishing for snow because it has been a "no show" this year. bye. ( :

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    1. I'd be happy as a lark with no snow!! I'm a hater of that white stuff. Well, being out in it, driving, any way. The cartoons were sent to me throughout the week through emails. I too loved the Colorado one especially. :-)

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    2. when you get snow - let me know & i will trade ya places for sure. that would be great. ( :
      happy weekend.

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    3. Beth....I won't ever wish for snow!! :-) Have a happy weekend yourself!!

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  21. Hi There, It's been cold/snowy/icy/dreary here also ---but is finally thawing out today! Yeah!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your sketches.. You have a real talent.... Keep 'em going!

    Your grandson must be AWESOME in every respect. I have always known that people with learning disabilities end up being happier with life and more excepting of things them around them than the rest of us. We need to learn from them, don't we?

    Cute cartoons. That last one is ME.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. He most definitely has taught us all how to live and enjoy living!!! Yes, we could all learn from those that are in special needs...they tend to see things differently...which is a good thing.

      thanks Betsy.

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  22. Dear Anni, It has been quite dreary here too. Though, today, like where you are is sunny and bright. The next few days are expected to warm up quite a bit.
    Your drawing is excellent. Sketching is such a talent.
    I do believe in miracles with all my heart. I am happy for the miracle in your family.
    Have a beautiful day.
    Blessings friend. Catherine xo

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    1. He is truly a blessing to us!!! Thanks Catherine.

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  23. Clint will be forever immortalized in your drawing and it will be a cherished item for your family - forever. His life is a celebration of his being and your picture will pay tribute to it. Your heart will lead the way.

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    1. ...well, the drawing isn't done yet...if it turns out I may frame it. But who knows, it may get thrown out too. Depends on how it flows.

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  24. I love your drawing...so talented.
    It's dry here in West Texas and has been pretty cold. Yesterday and today were really nice. A friend told me the temp would get to 70 next week...I haven't checked that out yet.
    Stay warm and nurse that ole cough..maybe a hot toddy..??
    xoxo

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    1. 70 sounds perfect!!!! Thanks BJ...I'm loving your new turquoise!!!

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  25. Right now with the temperatures we've had I wish that I could stay home. I know I would quickly get bored but I would risk it to not have to go out in the cold. That second cartoon is hysterical. We were at -13 the other morning but maybe my long underwear were thick enough that mine didn't freeze off

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    1. Dress in layers!!! Right? Hope it begins to warm up, up there, for y'all!!! Minus 13 just doesn't cut it for me.

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  26. Hope you did get out and about. No fun having Cabin Fever! Your sketches are fabulous. I used to have to ski into a secret glade up high on the mountain to come across a gaggle of young guys smoking a toke - now I can smell it from the lift!

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    1. Oh, dear....that I wouldn't like one bit.

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  27. Well Anni, the other crazy cat lady has arrived. You know I love your CATS sketch. Your weather sounds like ours, rain and very dreary with lots of wind. Hope you can get out and about soon.

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    1. ...oh me too. The weather that was predicted yesterday did NOT pan out. No sun...just more rain.

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  28. I can totally relate to your feeling! I was shut in for the entire 7 days, but finally had to make a run to the grocery store for food on Wednesday.

    I need some sun :-)

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    1. ...me too!!! I want some sunshine and warm days again. LOL

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  29. Oh I see: Cold anywhere in USA! I do not go out even if we have above 20 ° C cold and lots of snow ... Winter seems to be a time for natural rest as in many animals. Only people can not do that -
    The drawing is amazing and has character.
    I have a doll of "Cats" ...
    Thank you for nice comment for me.
    Wish you spring weather (unfortunately I can not send it, would like to share some of our here)

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    1. I become a wall climber after being cooped up for days without any activity! You have a doll from CATS?!! I'm jealous.

      Thanks for stopping by Hootin' Anni's Mascha

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  30. winter doldrums....you need to get out and go to lunch with a friend or something. Also, it is fun to walk outside if you are dressed for the weather...not in the cold rain though...that stinks.

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    1. ...ya, going out to lunch would be super.

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  31. Your sketches are outstanding. You are so talented in many ways.

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  32. Good Morning to You! I picture you, with your new game - venturing out and about challenging strangers to a game . . . and everyone lining up to play to overcome the cabin fever . . . Love to YOU!!!

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    1. LOL...I like your imagination!!!

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  33. I love the musical CATS and love your sketch. I haven't been out much either -- way too cold. Warming up now and I'll at least get out and walk today. Reading and crossword puzzles while I wait for warmer weather!

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    1. I haven't done a crossword puzzle in eons!! Maybe I should find one.

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  34. I've been held captive indoors by snow, cold and ice. I'm actually beginning to enjoy this captivity and have found much to do.

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    1. Stephanie, I can't find your blog url on the profile link you left!! ;-(

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  35. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such fine words that just made my day....!! :)

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    1. ...that makes me feel good bj!!! :-)

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  36. I feel cooped up, too. Can't wait until spring and warmer temps! Lovely sketch. So happy to hear prayers answered all those years ago for your grandson! Such a blessing :)

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    1. ...the temp differences these days from on day to the next is something kinda odd too.

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  37. I admire your drawing talent I so wish my drawing looked better than a three year old !! Hope your day gets a bit warmer..

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  38. I'm going shack whacky from being inside! Love your sketch Anni!

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    1. ...'shack whacky'...I like that terminology!!! Thanks Karen.

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  39. you have quite the talent there...nice sketch! ! :)

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  40. What an awesome drawing! Wow! You are very talented.

    Loved the comics - made me smile.

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    1. ...thanks Cathy...and glad the funnies made you grin!!!

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  41. Wow! You are quite talented!
    I feel cooped up in winter, too. I try to "force" myself to go out for a walk and bring my camera along.
    I LOVE bread pudding!
    Happy New Year!
    diane @ aug's blog

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    1. ....thanks Diane. And Happy New Year to you too!

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  42. I enjoyed reading your randomness this afternoon. It sure is hard to get out and about this time of year. Your cartoons had me smiling. Thanks..

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    1. Good! I'm happy to know you got a chance to smile today Linda!!!

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  43. My goodness, you are talented! Amazing detail. xo

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  44. Great Random thoughts this week. Sounds like you've stayed busy. Baking is always fun on a cold winter's day. So is reading.
    Oh goodness those cartoons were funny.
    Did you know that TV Guide put out a special GWTW issue, I found mine at K-Mart.

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    1. Yes...yes!!! I did get the magazine. I'm reading it right now.

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  45. Bread pudding sounds so yummy!

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    1. It was pretty good....I thought this batch could have had more cinnamon...but with the warming and the topping of some vanilla yogurt ===delicious.

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  46. That drawing is wonderful! I'm really looking forward to spring and getting outside and having something to take pictures of.

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    1. ...after the week you've had, I bet you ARE looking forward to Spring. And thanks, Teresa.

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  47. Seems like we've all been suffering from a bit of 'cabin fever' this week! Have a great weekend :)

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    1. ...have a great weekend yourself...and enjoy that Heinz 57!! ;-)

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  48. I had to laugh about the Rocky Mountain High. My silly son always ribs me about John Denver liking his weed whenever I've asked him to play his song by that name. (He often has music on while we play cards when he's home for a visit.) I'd forgotten about John's habit until my son asked me what I thought the song referred to! He hasn't let me forget it! Haha!
    That's a beautiful drawing, you are so talented!
    And it looks like the sun is finally trying to come out here, after days of gloominess. Yay! Hope your day is bright and sunny, too.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. I read somewhere where he liked to mow in the nude...when I told my father about this ---and he read the article himself, he just about died!!! rofl

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  49. Be careful posting cartoons, Anni, if you don't have copyright. You can be sued!
    Give yourself permission to relax and get better!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. The sun came out, and it warmed up...I felt better the minute the sun was bright and warm!!! Thanks Jennifer.

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  50. Hello Dear Anni
    Thinking of you this evening so I wanted to come by and wish you a very Happy New Year. I totally understand how you are feeling about our weather. I felt like I was reading about my life there for a while. I too have been hiding out in the house and nursing a lingering cough.
    I did take a trip yesterday to the coast with a friend who is looking for a home on the coast. We visited Palacious and enjoyed the day walking on their piers and very small beaches. The shrimp dinner was to die for. haha
    Next we are going to scout Rock Port which I believe is close to where you are. I too would love to move back to the coast but will just have to settle on visiting her for now.
    Your drawing is beautiful. How gifted and creative you are! I have missed you Anni but not blogging much these days.
    Take care of that cough.
    Love
    Maggie

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    1. Maggie!!! It was so nice to see you here. You've been missed. And, hope you're feeling much better now.

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