Catching Up

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Oh my People, it’s been a busy summer! I had big intentions to blog, blog, blog, and there was SO much to talk about! But there were 5 trips since the end of May, 6 if you count helping getting Honey get ready for his big fishing trip to Alaska, and I am counting it because even though I didn’t actually go on the trip, I was certainly involved in the discussion of needs and co-packing for the trip. And you all know pre trip prep is important!

Added to the continual packing and unpacking suitcases has been near constant sweating. I saw on the Facebook yesterday that this summer in The Mitten has been the 6th hottest on record since they have been recording temperatures from the 1800s!!! That is far too toasty for me and my post menopausal self!!

In addition to coming and going, perspiring all the way, has been the usual walking with Keelyody and Jip the Farm Dog, the cutting of the grass, the weeding and watering, and the getting swamped by my clients who need their hairs done when there are pockets of free days in between trips.

Mixed in with the mundane have been more pressing issues, like what color am I going to paint our dang walls?? The angst of wondering “when will The Boy and The Dane move back to Michigan?”, “is Honey going to retire this year?”, and “will my right kidney and I ever be able to live in peaceful, bacteria-free harmony?”

All of that was overshadowed by the unwelcome news that some dear Loved Ones are dealing with seriously life threatening situations, requiring many prayers, asking for all manor of intervention. But do you know what I am most thankful for? We have the ability to take everything that concerns us to the One who made us. He knows just what to do, even when we don’t. Thank you Lord.  We will continue to believe that He can use all things for His good.

I wanted to show you the back porch, it has done exceptionally well! I have to give a big shout out to Mousey and Honey for keeping up with the watering while I was flying and driving hither and yon! These pictures were from July, when I thought things were looking very loverly 🙂 Mousey calls these Jurassic Park plants, otherwise known as the beautious coleus.

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See my cutey cute ceramic kitty cat from Virginia? ❤ Probably not it’s permanent home, but that’s where I stuck it when I got home and there it remains.

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And the other side.

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This little fella in the front row is winner of the My Precious award this year! So soft, so lush and reliable, and when you touch it it smells like lime!!! No idea what the name is, but I surely have plans for it next summer!

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This pot was another unexpected favorite. You know how sometimes you have some leftover stuff and you jam it all into one pot and hope for the best? Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I find myself inordinately fond of this combination.

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My lantana has seriously underperformed this year in all pots, but the coleus more than makes up for it here.

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Here we are the end of August, FULL ON Jurassic Park!

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They have met in the middle and completely blocked the unused doorwall to our bedroom!!!

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It’s a jungle out there! I have to say though, I don’t like when they sprout those long things. I used to pinch them off, but this time of year it can be a full time job, and it seems like the bees like the delicate little purple/blue blooms that are on them. So we do what we can to support our local bee population in their efforts to live a successful life.

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Honey will be wanting to close the pool any minute now, so their days are numbered. I would like to keep them until after we have our Caregroup get together, it looks much nicer 🙂

In other news: From The Boy and The Dane!!!!!!!

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SURPRISE BABY!!! The more the merrier ❤ It will be grand to have another little nugget to smooch!

I had planned to begin painting the inside of our house this summer. I did not get around to it. Paint is on sale all over this Labor Day weekend, and it is my intention to get a gallon and paint a wall in the kitchen, foyer and great room, to see what’s what. We have a tri-fold goal of finding something neutral for resale, looking good with our crown molding (that I do NOT want to paint), and if possible, toning down the orangey honey in our honey oak cabinets and wood trim. It’s a LOT to ask, I know. I think we have found a color up to the task. More details to follow at a later date.

Honey has received highly unofficial word that he will pretty sure be laid off several weeks this fall. Most likely. You know that Ford Motor Company, it’s all set in stone, until it isn’t. I think he will be happy to be laid off as he has several things on his plate to attend to. Fairly high on his list is to ferret out two leaks in our basement. One is coming from our shower, the other is a little more problematic and will require the removal of some drywall 😦  We are thankful that he will have some time to address these issues. Because it is a rare task for Honey that only requires one trip to Home Depot. That time will come in handy.

I have much to tell you about our trip to the new place in Florida, my trip out to Seattle with Mousey to see The Boy, The Dane, MoonPie and the gestating Little Dipper, a fun visit to Gun Lake, and Honey’s musings on his Alaska Adventure among other things. Thanks for hanging around! ❤

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South Haven

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This was our TENTH year of loading up someone’s vehicle and heading across the state to Lake Michigan!!! The roster has changed throughout the years, due to work schedules, life situations and the passing of our friend Jan, we have gone different months, but each summer we gather the available troops and hit the road. This year we went in June, we loaded up our Johnny Cash (The Man in Black 🙂 and lit out. I think we get better at packing lighter each year. Plus we buy our food at Wal-Mart when we get there now, that helps a LOT!

This years group was The Peanuts Champ, Three Good Kids, The Oreo Mom and myself, Capri Kel, aka Shaq and her short friends.

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We could not get into our house until later so we decided to try something new and go to St. Josephs for a little shopping and lunch. We met our great friend Ally who lives over that way, it’s always fun to see her!!!

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There was the usual farmers market in South Haven, shopping in Holland, day at the beach and games!!!

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Such purty flowers over there!

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I think this may have been our worst weather ever!

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This was beach day!!! It never did rain when we were there, but it must have been hazy because I got some sun!

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It rained and drizzled a lot, but we did mostly what we wanted and had a lot of fun.

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We reminisced about our decade of having this Gals trip, I went back on the old blob and screenshot pictures of us all through the years to put on Facebook! Good times, wonderful memories!

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The Peanuts Champ wanted to do something special to celebrate her 50th birthday and now here we are still going strong for a decade!

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And now I just told you how old The Peanuts Champ is!!

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Some years big groups, some smaller, all have their unique charm. We have even laughed that some years pictures feature the same clothes!

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There are always sunsets, lots of laughs and shopping 🙂

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So many hair-dos!!!

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Always signs and words that ring true.

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I am thankful for these gals in my life!

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Until next year Ladies!! ❤ ❤ ❤

The Celebration of the Fathers!

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Y’All, this is how far behind I am!!!! I am actually further because when going through my drafts folder I found our BSF Leaders Retreat in Cincinnati, with a ton of pictures already on it, FROM MARCH!!!!!!! I hope I will get around to that some day, but for now let’s just go back to June, before it’s August!

We had a fine Fathers Day! Mousey had to work that day 😦 but she had already given her Dad his present, this absolutely accurate t-shirt. Like it’s his J.O.B. folks!

Honey wanted to make salmon and steak kabobs.

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The kabobs were great, he was not happy with the salmon.

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The rest of the feast.

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The Grandpa is still loving his phone. Showing pictures, asking questions. Looks like Stacey is the tutor here.

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We were happy Mrs. H could join us!

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And Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis!

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Medium Goomba, Stacey and Beeve,

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Along with The Ab-Cat and Honey.

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Always good to get together, and visit and EAT!

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Happy Fathers Day…..a little late!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Long time, no blog!! Glad to be back, here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. What’s something in your house you’d like to get rid of but can’t?

Well, they are not in our house, but just outside. I dislike our brick paver patio and path. The installer did not do a great job in the first place, they have moved a LOT, and I feel one should not have to weed their brick pavers. The reason I can’t get rid of them is simple. Honey does not want to. He clearly does not dislike them as much as I do, but I think he mainly would not like to pay to have more concrete poured. I console myself with the knowledge we will most likely be moving in the next few years.
2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Elaborate.

Yesterday. The girls and I went to a thrift store in our area because we had a half off coo-pin, I always enjoy the music at this store and as we shopped the song Rock and Roll, Hoochie Coo came on and I told the Girls that song always reminded me of a movie they loved when they were younger, What A Girl Wants with Amanda Bynes. We had a laugh remembering her dad Colin Firth squeezing himself into old leather pants from his heyday, jamming out to that song on air guitar. Ah, good times 🙂
3. You’re only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet…which three do you keep?

Facebook, Words With Friends and Pinterest.
4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? What’s the last thing you baked?

I did not know! I do like blueberry muffins and it might be my choice depending on the other choices. It would definitely lose to a homemade pumpkin chocolate chip muffin! The last thing I baked was a coconut pound cake on Father’s Day. It’s one of our family  favorites and it was yummy.
5. What’s the biggest way you’ve changed since you were a child? In what way are you still the same?

I have been sitting here thinking about this for quite a while. At first I though of silly ways I have changed, I no longer suck my thumb, I’m a lot taller! But I think the real answer is more that I was fairly insecure. There was some upset in my younger years that had ripple effects throughout my life. My parents divorced, there were remarriages, new families, old families with different dynamics, confusion with how things worked, uncertainty as to where I fit in, a longing for things to be different, general angst of youth mixed in for good measure. Fast forward about 45 years and I have felt secure for many, many years. I credit my Heavenly Father, and my sweet, wonderful, funny Honey and our family.

And I still love Laura Ingalls Wilder 🙂 Nothing new there!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I think I could be a better blogger if I would just stay home for about 5 minutes! I am leaving on my 4th trip this Saturday since the end of May! Virginia, South Haven, Michigan, Florida and next up, Washington state to see our now ONE YEAR OLD Grandgirl!

MoonPie had a birthday party and her Mama made her a yummy cake that she enjoyed very much!

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She was very willing to share.

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She is reminding me of her Daddy here!

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Happy Birthday Baby Girl, Grammy will see you soon!!!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Celebrating Trenda!!!

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We celebrated a sweet friend’s birthday last weekend!! Our Class Administrator at BSF is a lovely gal named Trenda. Her friend Marci gathered some of her family and friends from various areas of her life to get together and make some super cutey cute signs!

Here is the birthday girl with her sister, and they must have gotten the memo to wear coral shirts with jean jackets! Trenda is the tall one 🙂  I had not met her sister before and did not know they were related until her sister spoke and then I KNEW! They sound exactly the same!

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And with their Mama!

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I have never been to anything like this before! I did not make anything because you had to sign up in a timely fashion and tell them what you wanted to make so they could have your stencils and wood ready with your words or design. Because our e-mail is hatefully filled with spam and I did not read closely, I ignored the email. When I heard from Jip the Farm Dog what it was all about, registration was already closed. I wished Trenda a Happy Birthday that morning on Facebook, she asked if she was going to see me that day. I gave her my sad tale and she said to come anyway and chat, and I said I would do just that!

I’m not going to lie, it was overwhelming!! The guests had already made their selections as to what they were making, so there was that, but then you had to choose stains and washes and colors and paints and even glitter was available! It was a lot!

Then there was optional distressing with both ends of the hammer and sanding and things got very loud.

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And peeling stencils and getting things exact and using dental picks! Then staining, shading, drying, picking paint colors and peeling stencils off!

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And an air nail gun!! They were BUILDERS!

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Such creativity! Such patience! Such endurance!

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I was going back and forth between the tables, watching and seeing first hand their angst in making decisions and then discovering they were uber creative little sign makers!

Those skinny wood pieces were for their frames, all sanded and stained, ready for their masterpieces!

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With Jip and our new Substitute Teaching Leader, Sparkles! I did not chose that name for her, she came with it 🙂

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Jodi was working hard on a Father’s Day present for her husband.

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I was very impressed with everyone’s skillz!!! They ALL turned out SO good!

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Trenda and her friend Marci, who planned the party.

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Jip and Sparkles did the same Bible verse, but with chose different colors. And of course Sparkles added some glitter to the center of her flowers!

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Well DONE Ladies!!! And Happy Happy Birthday Dear Trenda!

And IF I ever get invited to something like this again, I will know just what to do!

A Beginning of Summer List

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I believe that I mentioned that this was happening, Medium Goomba getting his baseball on!!! His folks sent these.

Striking a pose 🙂

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Lucky number 13!

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Keeping his eye on the ball! GO SOX!!!

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And then THIS happened this weekend! I went to my first dance recital, EVER! Goomba has taken Hip Hop classes for some years now, and I’m here to tell ya,  he is a DANCER!

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Oh yeah, our Friend was bustin’ his moves! No pictures or videos of the actual stuff, that is evidently illegal. I hope he keeps it up because boys are a scarce commodity in the classes. I was telling his folks that my observation is there were a lot of kids doing what they were supposed to be doing, but you can’t teach them how to feel the music and really move, but Goomba is a natural!!! ❤ ❤

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Was very proud of him and his group! They had one very large group that did a pirate-y number, they must have been the highest level dancers and they were really something!!! Maybe he will get in on that someday! How is my Friend getting so big? Quit already.

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He was supposed to have a baseball game after, but it was cancelled due to rain. I don’t think they were that upset to have a Saturday afternoon to themselves. Pretty sure his piano recital was squeezed in there somewhere. Making me tired remembering those crazy days!

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The week before I headed down to Virginia I went to lunch with a couple of my favorite people from high school! Suzanne Suzanna Danna declined to have her picture taken because she says she is “private”, but Deon was a good sport!!! It had been a couple of years since our last meet up.

I don’t have too many memories of the last two tears of high school without this guy in them 🙂 My friend Laurie and I were newbies at the school in 11th grade, and were THRILLED to make his acquaintance! We had SO.MUCH.FUN together!

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And here we are with our old friend Dawn, on what could have been our last day of 12th grade!!! Leaning on my super cool AMC brown Hornet, that sounded like it had a ticking clock under the hood. I think Deon drove a powder blue Maverick and Dawn had a groovy green Scamp. Oh, we were HOT! I’m sorry to say Dawn didn’t get in on this gathering because we thought she was in Scotland, but she hadn’t left yet!! The next one FOR SURE!

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This is how I remember Deon, camera around his neck because you never knew when there might be a yearbook photo opportunity. Oh the laughs we had! And lunch at Mexican Fiesta, our old stomping grounds, was no different! Never a lull in the conversation. Old friends are a kiss on the cheek from God ❤

This is shaping up to be a super busy summer with more travel than expected. All good things though! Next up? Our annual trip over to South Haven with the gals from Caregroup, always a fun time 🙂

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Glad to be linking up with the Hodgepodge after way too long! I had a busy spring and blogging was definitely on the back burner. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1.Describe your 30’s in one sentence. If you’re not yet 30 tell us one thing you hope to accomplish once you hit that particular decade.

I was immersed in motherhood, got a couple crash courses in nursing, and learned that Jesus meets us where we are, smack in the middle of our need and gives us new mercies, morning by morning. ❤

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto us.
2. Is it harder for you to exercise or eat healthy?

I am a fairly faithful walker, so I don’t even think about that too much, so I guess eating healthy. Although I can do it for an extended time. I have been doing Keto with pretty good success but have suspended it 3 times now for a vacation, a hectic couple weeks and another trip. I will be reconvening it shortly! It’s not hard when we are home and I am prepared, it’s the eating out, the special occasions and trips. I have to say that I feel much better physically when I am faithful. Carbs = inflammation for me. I do have a higher carb day or two every few weeks with no harm.

3. June 7th is National VCR Day. Huh? Anyway this reminded me of something I saw on Facebook listing household items we no longer have and the VCR was on it. I couldn’t put my hands on that list, but found another list here of 21 items we all had ten years ago, but which are now obsolete-
bookshelves (WHAT!!???), drip coffee makers, alarm clocks, file cabinets, desktop computers, printers, printed phone books, answering machines, fax machines, paper shredders, a Rolodex, CD racks, CD burners, china cabinets, home phones, entertainment consoles, DVD players, calculators, takeout menus, incandescent light bulbs, and cable TV

Your thoughts? How many on the list do you still have? Still use?

These things are obsolete??? We still use everything on the list but a fax machine, Rolodex, and the CD racks and burners!!! Well, maybe the phone book not so much, but we do get one every year. I just Google that stuff. We use the rest of the things regularly, and a lot daily! We old!
4. What’s something you see disappearing in the next ten years?

Landlines. We still have one but, because of caller id, we barely ever answer it. Today one call actually said Illegal Scam!!!!! Who would answer that??!! They may not even make it 10 years.
5. How did you celebrate your birthday this past year? Is that typical?

I seriously have no idea. We are not great birthday celebrators around here. It happens, but often a month or so later, often combined with another occasion.
6. Insert your own random thought here.

I finally got to see our nephew nugget play a game of baseball!!!! Medium Goomba has had a switch of passions from ALL things Super Hero (although he is STILL a fan) to all things BASEBALL!!!! He is enjoying playing on a team and learning some new skillz! Honey and The Ab-Cat were able to take in a game when I was in Virginia, but this was my first excursion. Honey, Mousey, Ab-Cat and I took ourselves out to the ballpark.

Workin’ on that stance! I have to say that the majority of players on bases (on both teams) were due to walks.

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But once he got there, he started stealing those bases!!!!! Stole first and then second with a SLIDE!

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Good job Friend!! 🙂

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We met up ay McDonald’s for an after game ice cream with Goomba and Beeve, a very fun evening! GO SOX!!!!!

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Thanks for stopping by!