ARCHIE LOVED SWIMMING IN OUR POOL,BUT NEVER WENT IN UNLESS A FAMILY MEMBER WENT IN FIRST. WE HAD A DARK AND RAINY DAY, ALL DAY LONG. I STAYED HOME THAT DAY AND WORKED AT MY DESK, WHICH SAT IN MY BEDROOM, SO I COULD SECURE MYSELF IN CASE DUFUS GOT INTO THE HOUSE.

DUFUS HAD WORKED MANICALLY, WHILE LIVING WITH ME, PUTTING IN A SLIDING GLASS DOOR, BEFORE DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS STARTED. A LONG STORY, NOT WORTH REPEATING.

UPSHOT BEING ARCHIE AND I COULD SEE THE POOL AS I WORKED. THE DOORBELL RANG, DIANE WAS THERE. WE VISITED AS I SAT WORKING. DIANE IS SHARP AS A WHIP. ONE OF MY MANY BLESSING;S WAS WHEN SHE MADE MY ACQUANTANCE BY RECRUTING ME FOR HER BUSINESS. SHE WAS ONE OF THE BEST, IF NOT THE VERY BEST, TITLE AND CLOSING AGENTS IN BAKERSFIELD. SHE NEVER FAILED TO HAVE THE CORRECT ANSWER TO EACH AND EVERY QUESTION ASK’D. SOMETIMES IRRATEINGLY SO. SHE QUICKLY BECAME MY VERY BEST FRIEND.

ARCHIE, OF COURSE LOVED HER. THAT RAINY DAY SHE ASK HIM IF HE WANTED TO SWIM IN THE POOL. WOW!!! DID HE EVER!!! AND HE EXPECTED TO DO SO! AFTER SHE LEFT, ALL THE REST OF THE DAY HE BUGGED ME TO GO OUT IN THE POURING RAIN AND SWIM. HE WOULD GO OUT AND STAND AT THE EDGE OF THE POOL AND LOOK DOWN AT THE POOL AND THEN LOOK AT ME AND BACK AT THE POOL. ALL   DAY   LONG   .

SO MANY ARCHIE STORIES, SO PRECIOUS A LITTLE DOG.

DIANE WAS VERY BUSY AND SO WAS I. SHE DID NOT COME TO SEE US VERY OFTEN. ARCHIE WAS ALWAYS SO GLAD TO SEE HER. SHE INVITED ME TO HER HOME WHERE WE WOULD VISIT WHILE SHE COOKED DINNER AND SHE AND TIFFANY WOULD HAVE VERBAL CONFLICT. THEY ENJOYED THIS SO MUCH. TIFFANY WAS SMART ENOUGH TO DO ANYTHING SHE WANTED TO.

SHE FOLLOWED IN HER MOM’S FOOTSTEPS. TIFFANY IS NOW THE UNDERWRITER OVER AT THE COAST IN MORROW BAY. IN REAL ESTATE A UNWRITER IS god. LITTLE G, OF COURSE.

THEN THERE WAS KEVIN, SUCH A SMART ADORABLE LITTLE BOY. HE WAS AMAZAYED THAT WHEN WE WENT ANY PLACE ARCHIE COULD HAVE ENOUGH — TO MARK EVERY BUSH. SO CUTE.

MORE ABOUT DIANE LATER.

PATRICIA

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