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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Life hasn't returned to what was normal before the pandemic started, but it has become more normal.

I have been fully vaccinated for two months, and my oldest daughter, my son-in-law, and my grandson have all received their second dose. It means that I can visit them without wearing masks, and I can give them all hugs. That sure does make a difference.

My youngest daughter, Katy, won't benefit from the vaccine because she doesn't produce antibodies, but they are hoping to be able to give it to her at some point just in case. In the meantime, the nice warm weather in Georgia has meant that all of us can visit out on Cary's new deck. It is so wonderful to get together, and we do still wear our masks to protect Katy when she is there. 

Being fully vaccinated has also meant that I have been able to get out and source new items for my Etsy shop. I didn't realize how much I missed doing that. I love the thrill of the hunt, and I have some fabulous new finds.

Now about the barking dogs. One of the things I have really loved about my apartment is the peace and quiet.

A few months ago I got a new next door neighbor with a cute dog. The first couple of days the dog really barked, but then it settled down to only occasional barking and my neighbor gets it to stop when it does bark.

Last week I got a new neighbor across the hall and she too has a barking dog. The problem is that this dog barks a lot, including after 10 at night. Also, the owner has just let it bark. I'm thinking that someone must have complained, because today I heard her shushing it. 

Hopefully things will calm down. In the meantime my good friend Brenda at Cozy Little House sent me this wonderful soothing white noise machine. I am feeling calmer already. 

(HERE) is the link to it in case you need to drown out barking dogs or neighborhood garage bands.

Tomorrow I am off to Lowes to buy flowers and veggie plants for Katy and I. Hooray for spring.

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  1. Hi Laura. How great you are getting out again and found some great treasures for your Etsy. Glad you can get together with your family again and feel some normal in life. Gosh how we all want that again. Have a great week. xoxo

  2. Ugh, barking dogs. I make Charlie stop as soon as he starts. It's kind of an "abbreviated" bark. The azaleas look so beautiful. When I lived in Tyler they were everywhere. Glad you're enjoying the sound machine. I never turn mine off.

  3. I'm not sure what we'll do now that we are fulling vaccinated...feels strange to go back to some of the places we used to enjoy. But we have our hikes and that keeps us healthy and happy. The weather really is gorgeous! Enjoy your day! Hope the dogs settle down...NOW!!!

  4. In defense of the dogs, owners need to teach them not to bark. I just downsized to a townhouse with my two German Shepherds and one started personal protection training. At first he was reactive to every sound and person walking by. Switched to "hush" with the help of a vibration collar. Also, started telling him to "say hello" when a person walks by which means to take a friendly stance and he will wag his tail and not bark. Unfortunately many people do not bother with any training or retraining especially with smaller dogs.I'm not sure if this is a neighbor you can communicate suggestions but good luck.

  5. So happy you're filling your Etsy again. Boy are we all ready for some kind of normal.



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