Yesterday someone accused me of "making up" the phrase "the squeaky wheel gets the grease/oil" and this was a pretty intelligent person and it caught me off guard because I have been using that phrase for many years, almost to the point of cliche, and nobody had ever called me out on it. So suddenly I started to wonder if this was a twice up the barrel, once down the side situation where I have just used this so confidently that nobody ever thought to question me on it. So I took the Stranger Facebook page for some backup. And you guys backed it up, fanatically. (You can go read those responses here). And I just want to say that I'm grateful for social media because how else could we find such instant validation AND completely ridicule another human being en masse?

One more thing, the other day, Stranger Sandy Cook left a very helpful comment on Stranger explaining how to calculate your "middle age." So please take a moment and do this, if you haven't already.

And now, your Pictures & Distractions:

Craft Lake City, Year 3.

My cosy little back yard is getting closer to what I want. 

Mr. Pants texted me this picture while I was in Alaska to tell me he missed me. 

With Cathie on the Titanic. 

Momma and sisters.

Victoria, Canada. 

Ketchikan, Alaska. 

Cathie kickin' it at a glacier.

Easy, breezy, beautiful cover dog.

*****Stranger Picture of the Week

Thanks, Logan, for helping me make my lifelong dream come true.

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

Chicken wearing pants. Thanks, Christie.

Some of the greatest Olympic coverage ever. Thanks, Brittany.

25 amazing facts about Ukraine. Thanks, Krishelle.

For you Anne of Green Gables fans. Thanks, Krishelle.

Created Equal photo project. Thanks, Krishelle.

NASA image of Earth reignites North Pole is hollow conspiracy. Thanks, Paul.

The 10 weirdest cartoons from the 90s. Thanks, Zac.

PETA wants chicken memorial in Turlock. Thanks, Kristal.

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