• Josie draft june 2020

    From a425couple@21:1/5 to All on Tue Jun 14 10:03:27 2022
    June 2022
    Dear Josie,

    I am very sorry it has been so long since I last wrote to you. It seems
    like lately I have more problems trying to get anything good completed, especially when it comes to writing.

    Congratulations on finishing 5th Grade. I hope you are enjoying your
    school break. Are you using your pool a lot? From what I hear on the
    news, you have hat a lot of real hot days, over 100 degrees. Up here we
    have had very frequent rain (over 5" in May, and so far already over 3"
    in June) and even getting to 70 degrees has been rare.

    Grannie Marie and I have been on a huge and very impressive trip. we
    went to Egypt, Jordan and Israel. I thought of you often when we were
    in Egypt because Tracy showed that for a couple of Halloween's you had
    dressed like an Egyptian. I also think I remember that I gave you a
    book showing some ancient Egyptian treasures.

    Anyway, we bought you a few gifts. Perhaps to let you dress like an
    Egyptian, here is a headscarf with it's headband. And an Egyptian made bracelet. I thought of you and your interest in birds as soon as I saw
    the model of the wall carving that had a person in gold with two
    sweeping wings. To help your reading you can use these three bookmarks
    made of real Egyptian pipiarus (that was used before paper was
    invented!) that include Queen Nefertiti, Cleopatra, and a Court. And
    just for fun, here is a laughing Egyptian camel. We hope you enjoy them

    I see on Facebook that you got sidelined a bit with Covid. I did also!
    The USA was requiring a Covid test before we could fly back. So we got
    tested, and I tested positive. The Israeli government required we get
    moved into a special Covid hotel and kept in isolation for a week. They delivered 3 bag meals (pretty strange and 'iffy!'). I never had any
    symptoms. They said after 7 days of isolation, I was officially clear
    to fly home. We heard that way over half of our group got Covid, either
    there, or upon return home.

    So anyway, yeah, after we were whisked away just after the stroke of
    midnight from our free room and board place (not to mention all the
    cucumbers and cans of tuna fish and various cheeses we cared to eat) we
    ended up, instead of some Middle Eastern airline, going onto Lufthansa.
    Deep sigh of relief, thinking normality would return. So on the way to Frankfurt Germany, they fed us,,,, a cheese sandwich (on rye bread,
    cheese, an orange cheese spread, a bit of pickle paste) OK, they claim
    the Germans love their cheese sandwiches. Oooookay. Later, on the next flight, we got a meal, and then 4 hours later, another identical cheese sandwich. As we were descending into Seattle, clugishness was gathering
    in my ear canals. So after all that, I'd gotten a cold!!! I had a less
    than ideal week. Also some for Marie, not real sick, but below ideal.

    After being gone almost a month, our dogs Pooka and Bilbo were SOOO
    happy to see us! Also Elora, and Bear, and Deirdre.

    We love you, Grany and Grampy

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