Jake Gates is greeted by Onaka, a Friesian filly born this spring to her dam, Duchess. Jake is the son of Matt and Kerri Gates of Wenatchee. Kerri is a horse trainer. She and Matt have two sons, Jake and Samuel, who have grown to love the large horses. The photo was taken by a friend at the Gates’ family ranch on Squilchuck.
Dear Abby: The issue of thank-you notes comes up often in your column. May I share how I learned to write them? When I was young, my mother asked me one day why I was so resistant. I said I hated addressing them and I never knew what to say! It was overwhelming to me.
Dear Abby: I had weight-loss surgery three years ago. I am down 100 pounds and feel great. I’m new in the dating game and wonder if I’m supposed to disclose that I was previously 100 pounds overweight. Is it any of their business, or do I not address the topic?
Yes, the weather has cooled and the days are short. The rain makes me crave hot tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches and begs me to curl up with a book rather than don the rain suit for more gardening.