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5 minutes ago, SparrowMarie said:

We got our first shots today! Aside from being tired, which may just be because I slept awful last night, I'm feeling okay.


That aside brain weasels are running rampant today.


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I don't feel like I have the support of my family to open this shop. Husband is supportive but that's about it. I spent a good chunk of today and yesterday updating photos for my portfolio on the website and I just feel like...why? Like am I wasting time and money trying to do this or do people actually value what I'm doing?


I dunno, just having a bad brain day.



I was tired and a bit sore on the shoulder for about 36 hours.  DH was tired for 4 days. My 2nd shot had me extremely fatigued for about 24 hours and then was over.   I've heard a number of people say they did not sleep well the first night after getting their shot.  Don't know if that's a side effect or just excitement. 


Good luck with the shop. WE believe in you.  The customers that support you are what matters. 


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9 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

Wow, talk about getting kicked when you're already down.


I'm sorry to hear it, I hope you have as good a weekend as possible, considering the circumstances.

Well my MIL was in hospice and had been there for two weeks which was 2 weeks longer than the doctors gave her and the last time we saw her she seemed happier than I had ever known her in the last 20 years so I have to say her passing was about as gentle as any could be.  She just kept sleeping longer and longer until she just never woke back up.  Then she just slipped away quietly.  She was 86.


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@Kangaroorex my sympathies!



Over here our kitchen is installed.

The new Faucet seems to be dripping after use, we'll keep an eye on it and if this continues I will call the company about it.

Always something when you buy stuff it seems...

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Brutus is kinda tired.

Two days in a row where mechanics came over to install the kitchen, family who came to admire it.

He needed to be alert the whole time, keep an eye on everything, make sure everybody did his job.

It's kinda exhausting it seems.


He doesn't know that tonight, youngest vixen will have two friends over, and as it is those two girls are among his favorite visitors.

He will be happy to see them, I expect him to be tired tomorrow again.



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How would Brutus like to visit the USA? I could use some help convincing the squirrels that my attic is NOT where they want to live.

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7 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

How would Brutus like to visit the USA? I could use some help convincing the squirrels that my attic is NOT where they want to live.


Problem is flying..Boxers are not a good breed to put on a plane with that short snout.



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I've actually got a pest control guy coming by in a little while to address the problem. It's a no-kill company, so they'll put out some traps, catch the little guy(s), and relocate them to a park/wooded area somewhere. I don't begrudge the squirrels being alive, I just would rather they moved out. After all, the little freeloaders aren't even helping to pay rent!

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