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Old 06-27-2020, 07:40 AM
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I heard from her (I have shared milkweed seeds and sent her some pennies for her backsplash). She gave me permission to copy and paste this update.
She also sent pictures of her backsplash which I will try to post. Be patient. I am not that great at that kind of thing
Here is what she has to say.........


We voluntarily surrendered our backcountry permits for the rim to rim hike across the Grand Canyon. Hoping we can go next May. The National Parks Service is giving us preferential treatment, so we are basically guaranteed the same permit itinerary and dates next year. The Canyon will be there--she abides.

During shut down, we dug out the sod lawn in the front yard, changed the sprinklers to drip lines, and replaced it with a pollinator garden. It is wild and wonderful and I love it. We planted the milkweed seeds you sent, but we are not sure what it looks like. So we are hesitant to pull unfamiliar "weeds." We scatted about 28374374366 packets of wildflower seeds among the actual plants and the 8 foot tall sunflowers..... wild is the best word for it. We have so many bees, butterflies, moths, birds, dragonflies. I wish we had done this years ago!

Your picture didn't come through! And I REALLY need to see your milkweed!

We are getting new stucco, so that's a mess. We tore down a 40 year old pergola--holy cow, it was rotting. We are working on design options to replace it. I want a solid roof, to protect the painted patio and the hot tub. That's another ongoing mess, lol.

My son is a rising senior and working FT from shut down until school starts in the fall. He plans to get an associates degree with a certificate in welding--he can do half of it as a senior. He is working at a welding shop and loving it and loving his paychecks!

My college daughter hates online classes...she is thinking of sitting next year out. She is still engaged in activism--her group is working with BLM and other social justice groups.

Thank you so much for sending me pennies. I still have your card with the return address. I was going to send pix through the mail, but with the shut down, I don't have a printer! I love how it turned out and I super love all the folks who helped me gather pennies for it. THANK YOU!

h0kie told me many wanted to see how the backsplash turned out and an update on my life so far, haha. Feel free to post the bolded part of this email and the pix to PT. I do miss that community very very much. xoxoxo


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Old 06-27-2020, 07:44 AM
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Thanks for sharing her newest adventures. No reason why she isnít posting any more?
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:50 AM
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because I couldnít figure out any other way
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:52 AM
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:58 AM
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Thanks for sharing, Cat woman. I always loved reading about Zia's adventures. The backsplash is beautiful! Wishing her the best!
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Old 06-27-2020, 08:01 AM
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Thanks for the update and pictures. Hope she has time to post once in awhile- I miss her positive posts and beautiful pictures. Iíd love to see her wildflower yard!
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Old 06-27-2020, 08:21 AM
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What an awesome backsplash! The color scheme is perfect. Thank you for sharing!
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Old 06-27-2020, 08:24 AM
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Dear Zia,

The pennies backsplash looks fabulous! The hood is pretty darned fabulous, too, and together they are stunning. I so admire your creativity and vision.

We sure do miss you at PT and hope you choose to return when it works for you.

Love,
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Old 06-27-2020, 08:46 AM
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Thank you for the update! That penny backsplash is amazing! I'm curious how many hours it took......probably a whole lot!


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Old 06-27-2020, 09:17 AM
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i love it!!!

i'm sure she's already thought of this...but perhaps she could sign up with a different username?
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:42 AM
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Cat Woman, thank you for the update on Zia. I'm happy to hear she is doing well. The backsplash is amazing!
I'm also glad that she mentioned the Grand Canyon backcountry permits. We had the same issue with the John Muir Trail permits for late summer this year, but we get the same guarantee for next year.
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:54 AM
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I love that backsplash! Zia has gotten so much done on her home.I'm sure that garden is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing the pictures
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:57 AM
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The penny backsplash is amazing. Thanks for sending all the update info from Zia.
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Old 06-27-2020, 10:02 AM
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It's so good to read Zia's update. It looks like she's continuing to live life to the fullest.
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Old 06-27-2020, 10:22 AM
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I'm glad Zia is well. Those are beautiful pictures!
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Old 06-27-2020, 10:32 AM
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I miss her posts, and hope she returns. What a neat backsplash!
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Old 06-27-2020, 10:48 AM
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Thank you, Cat Woman, for posting Zia's update and photos of the penny backsplash. It looks amazing! I love the way the pennies are all different shades of copper, and they all look beautiful together. If it's possible, it would be great to see photos of Zia's new pollinator garden.

Note to Zia: I miss you and your upbeat, cheerful, adventurous posts on PT!
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Old 06-27-2020, 10:50 AM
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It is good to hear the update. Why is she no longer here? I remember someone saying that she is not coming back. I miss her posts.
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Old 06-27-2020, 10:59 AM
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The penny backsplash is amazing. The hood looks awesome with the backsplash. Love them both. Nice Job!
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Old 06-27-2020, 11:45 AM
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for the great update! It's wonderful to catch up with her, her family and projects. I miss Zia! She always had great ideas and advice!
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Old 06-27-2020, 03:21 PM
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Thank you so much for posting her update and the photos! I am so glad she is doing well. I am now super curious about her pollinator wild yard. I am itching to get rid of all my grass in the back yard. Tell her we would love some yard pictures.
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Old 06-27-2020, 04:01 PM
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Good to have an update and see her backsplash. That is quite the statement piece! Looks beautiful with the oven hood!
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Old 06-27-2020, 04:37 PM
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Beautiful and creative backsplash! Good to hear from Zia. Like others have said - she is missed and we are ready to welcome her back.
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Old 06-27-2020, 04:42 PM
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Thanks for updating us on Zia and sharing her pics! That penny backsplash is super cool!

I hope to see her back here SOON! Please tell her we miss her!

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Old 06-27-2020, 08:24 PM
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I'm also in contact with her, and have told her how much she is missed and that there have been some threads about her lately. She does miss everyone here! But someone crossed the line in a really horrible way and she won't be back.
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Highly creative!
Old 06-28-2020, 07:17 AM
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So many lucky pennies!

I enjoyed the update and photos. Thanks!
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Old 06-28-2020, 03:48 PM
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Thank you for the update. I love the back splash using pennies was such a cool idea. I am glad that Zia and her family are doing well.
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:52 PM
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I love the pennies backsplash! What a creative idea!
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