- Today, I finalized my summer travel plans. No international travel this summer, but instead some short trips within the US. In the beginning of July, I will be flying up to Portland in order to attend a family wedding. Even more exciting is that I am visiting some friends in Chicago at the end of July. I just booked that flight today! I have never been to Chicago and can’t wait! I’ll be there for 5 days and am staying in the Lincoln Park area. Have you been there before? Any Chicago tips? Any places I shouldn’t miss?
- My book club is currently reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. While I wait for the actual book to arrive at my local library, I have downloaded the audiobook to my iPhone. I’ve been listening to it on my morning and evening crazy dog walk. I am entranced with it…a book about people who have fallen in love with books and brought together by those books. It is told entirely in friendly letters and telegrams – so very clever. I think it is going to end up on my favorites list. Have you read it?
- Yesterday was kind of an overcast, funky day. It wasn’t terribly cold, but it felt so because the sun was scarce. When I returned from a walk, I was surprised that my camellia bush is blooming!Two winters ago we had a really bad frost. My old camellia bush froze, and it couldn’t be revived so it was removed. Last spring I planted a new one. These are the first blooms! I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening, but the camellia in this spot, in the front yard always does pretty well.
This week, a “friend” on Facebook posted the following question, “So what is the going rate for the tooth fairy these days? Cole is going to lose his first tooth.” Maybe I’m just an old curmudgeon, but I was shocked by the responses. A few people responded with $1-$2. I usually got $0.50 - $1.00 for a tooth, so a couple of dollars seems reasonable. I assume even the tooth fairy has to deal with inflation. However, the majority of the responses were anywhere from $5 to $50 a tooth. Fifty dollars? I’d knock my own teeth out for $50! Shoot! I might even knock them out for $5 these days. I find that terribly excessive. What are you paying for teeth these days?
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