The Library

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I am still pursuing my quest to be a better blogger. Instead of trying to go back and catch up, I’m just starting where I am and moving forward, and if I get around to it, reaching back to tell something from the past year.

I have been wanting to take MoonPie to our local library. The library stands out as one of my fondest childhood memories. I loved going to my Webster Elementary School library, with our super calm librarian, Mrs. LaMont, who I heard later became an elementary school principal, how cool is that! I loved being able to choose the books I wanted to take home, to pore over them until I learned all the words, the story and analyzed all the pictures. The library is where Mrs. LaMont introduced me to Laura Ingalls, and many other childhood friends. As I grew older, my Mom took us to the Alfred Noble Public Library over summer vacation. Oh the joy of being able to check out an unlimited number of books!! It was then I realized that I loved the smell of books, both libraries even smelled the same! I also enjoyed the library at our church, where I was first introduced to Christian fiction; Joy Spartan, Penny and Glenny in Rhodesia.

Our town is known for having a great library, our children sure have made good use of it! They have excellent selections of books, music, movies, computer games to take home, along with the fun things to do when you are actually there. Computers with educational games, puppets, a fish tank and many other things to touch, try and see. Plus all the BOOKS to look at!

MoonPie spent the most time here, at the fish tank. It was raised with a seat all the way around it. She just kept walking around and around, shouting out the colors of the fish!

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It’s the simple things in life ❤

She enjoyed the other things it had to offer, but Grammy decided that a half an hour was a good first visit! I forgot to bring the library bag (it’s been a while) so the librarian put a bunch of rubber bands around our selection of new Pete The Cat books with a few others thrown in for fun. We have read them all many times and she is having some extra lessons in being nice to books, books are our friends, we have to be gentle, they don’t belong to us, but she is getting the hang of it 🙂

Maybe we can go back next week when The Ab-Cat is on summer break from school, because she is one to enjoy a trip to one of her favorite places too. Also, two would be better than one when the grandgirl starts to run around! And Grammy will for sure remember to bring the library bag.

Here’s to the next generation of booklovers ❤

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Still Here

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WOW! I guess I took a little break there! I am having such a hard time getting back into the blogging groove. Some might say I should just quit. But Y’all, I LOVE my blog! I really do have the desire to do it, but I have lost the bloggal mentality. I only remember a long time after that HEY, I should have posted about that! And then it seems like ancient history, and I am so behind, and so forget it. I tried to do that November thingy to get back into the habit of blogging regularly, and we all know how that worked out.

I need to just do it, come in here to our big computer and write down some thoughts or post some pictures. I am going to try folks. It’s been busy around here with our full house, but BSF is on summer hiatus, and I don’t have 7000 trips planned this summer, so fingers crossed, jumping in!

We have had The Sickness around here for the last several months, all were hit hard, all were hacking, and some are having a second go round 😦

The Dane and The Boy took the kids back to the pediatrician today and found out MoonPie has a double ear infection, and Little Dipper has the RSV virus. Well, that explains a lot. Hopefully they will be on the road to recovery right quick!

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This is one of my favorite pictures of MoonPie recently, and it tells you a little about her mood lately.

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Girlfriend’s had a short fuse these days and this makes me laugh out loud!

There have been some dicey moments with this little peanut too, but he has been sick and was busy growing some teeth, so we will let that slide 🙂

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I have been trying to make progress eating keto, but things keep happening, like vacations, birthdays, weddings, lunch with friends, you know, LIFE. I am down 9 pounds from when I originally started, so I’m choosing to celebrate that. Here are two of my  favorite recipes of late. I took both with me down to Virginia to visit Mrs. Schmenkman for the 24th annual Memorial Day Extravaganza!! I think she was a fan. ❤ Here we are, celebrating 24 years of The Hootenanny, and over 30 years of friendship!!!

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I’m not sure if I mentioned that I never really lost much weight until I added fat bombs to my diet. They have been great to help me get in the extra fat, in addition to helping me satisfy my raging sweet tooth. So WIN/WIN in my book. Schmenky used a little scoop to make little balls, but I just eat spoonfuls out of the container. No one eats it besides me, so don’t be alarmed! I probably have 1 to 4 spoonfuls a day, because some days the heart wants what the heart wants.

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Now this is a great little recipe! I have made them many times and I just keep running out! MoonPie likes to share mine and even The Dane said she liked them, so that gives you an idea about their normal taste and texture. The first time I made them I did use the garlic powder, and they were good for a more savory, dinner type of biscuit, but I have not used it since.

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I make them in a muffin tin and I saw somewhere that they have about 1.8 gram of carb each. I usually have 3, sliced with butter and my homemade Truvia jam for breakfast and it keeps me full for a good long time. Like today, I ate at about 11 and it’s now after 5 and I am not sniffing for food. Amazing!

Well, I have given it a shot today, and hopefully I will remember to come in here tomorrow!

Florida!

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We thought we were going to be spending a couple months in Florida this winter, but that guy I married? Yeah, still not retired. He thought last year was going to be his last. He now says he will be done on or before January 1, 2020. It will happen some time, so I am just continuing on with our life, knowing that it will be a nice surprise when it finally arrives 😉

We did get down to our home in Estero for a couple of weeks though. I was a little bossy about the weeks, I knew the other Capri’s were planning on being at Capri P’s place on North Captiva Island the last week of February, so our trip needed to begin or end with that week.

We had a little trouble getting out of The Mitten due to an untimely bomb cyclone and Frontier Airlines cancelling our flight after we were already at the airport. By the way Frontier, still waiting for that notification!!! We were fortunate that Spirit Airlines had a flight to Ft Myers just a little later and were able to accommodate a lot of us disgruntled Frontier fliers. The two airlines had a difference of opinion on checked baggage weight, so we had a hurried rearranging of 10 pounds from my to be checked bag to our carry ons. Good thing we had room there! And off we went!

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We had planned to pick up our rental car and then stop for dinner, but our Spirit flight arrived a some later so we just went to our friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart, did some shopping and had our first vacation meal at our place 🙂

Hello Cheeto’s, my vacation friend! Sourdough ham, cheese and egg sandwiches, YUM.

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We heavily used that Wal-Mart. Good grief, sometimes twice a day! Until we get our place situated, we seem to have many needs.

The weather was B-eautiful!!! One of the reasons we loved this community so much was it had a lovely pool and clubhouse. The last time we drove through with our realtor, we discovered there was a satellite pool at the other end of our street! I am here to tell you we have still never been to that big, beautiful main pool, we love this one, and it’s plenty big.

This was our “spot” for two weeks. There were never more than a handful of folks there at any given time. The constants were Elvis and Priscilla, 12-2, like clockwork 🙂

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On Wednesday we drove to Capri P’s marina and were picked up by Capri’s L and D and their honeys, Mr C and BFG!!! They shuttled us over to her island in style! Honey made us fresh fish and shrimp tacos and then the guys went fitchin’ and we gals talked and Schmenky and I cut hairs, because we wuz shaggy! The island was beautimous, as usual and old friends are even more so.

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We left a little early due to a possible weather event, but they dropped us off and got home safely.

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So glad we were able to visit!

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The Ab-Cat had been sending us the news from home. She had a needy cattan who couldn’t seem to get close enough to satisfy his need for attention.

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Snap chats with MoonPie!

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There’s our girls ❤

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On Saturday we drove back out to Capri P’s marina to pick up Mrs Schmenkman and Mr C, who had a super early flight the next morning and needed a lift to the airport. They became our first official overnight guests!

After being down a week, we finally got together with Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Bob. They had been over on the other side of the state grandparenting their littles 🙂

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And later that night we picked up Miss Mousey-Ann from the airport!! She is our vacation buddy 🙂

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Her idea of a great vaca is logging many hours soaking up the sun at the pool. She fit right in with Elvis and Priscilla! She swam and read her World War 2 book. She is eclectic. One day it was a little chilly, early 60s. We packed up to go to the pool as usual, knowing that the pool area is fairly protected from the wind and the sunshine was warm, and I kid you not, we passed residents walking their dogs in FULL ON coats!!! They were probably thinking we were crazy tourists.

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Honey slid right into that retirement mode. Puttering around the house, lounging at the pool,

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fitchin’ in the ditch behind the pool. He did not catch any but some big birds caught a few!

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We then proceeded to eat and shop and visit with Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis.

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Selfies are always a trial for us.

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Don’t remember what caused this fracas!

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Thanks for taking me on vacation Honey!

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We tried it again outside. It’s debatable which group shot is best, although Honey commented on this one his eye was doing that strange Marty Feldman thing that it did one time when we had a family picture taken for our church directory!!! It’s never happened before or since!

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Now both eyes are looking straight on!

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Way too soon it was time to go. We love our place.

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We gave it one last try at the airport, It’ll do pig, it’ll do.

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Florida 2019 is in the books and on the blog!

Pictures From the Winter

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Our house has been busy this winter! The addition of The Boy, The Dane, MoonPie and Little Dipper have revived lots of words that we have not used on a regular basis. Words like nap, diapers, baby gate, paci, car seat, patty cake. Little words for little people ❤ Oh yes, and the words Elmo and whale are pretty big too.

Here are some pictures from the last couple months. We are enjoying watching the babies grow and reach new milestones. I am particularly loving watching Honey and remembering what a good Daddy he was to our little Furlings 🙂 Papa is MoonPie’s favorite and she is very happy when he wakes up!

SNOW! Kind of a new thing for her! It was SO DANG COLD shortly after they all arrived in January! Winter made such a scene the first couple weeks they were here!

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Fresh air and sunshine, does a body good.

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Trying on bunny ears at Target, as you do.

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Reading with her Papa. That Go Dog Go story was not like any one I read!!!

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❤ melted 🙂

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The Boy and Dane took the youth group on a trip to their old stomping grounds, Chicago! They took Little Dipper with them and we had a fine time with this little homemaker!

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She was good to ALL in her care too.

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She is one to enjoy a good snap chat session.

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Little Dipper is growing like a weed! He has been enjoying a mat on the floor while trying his level best to capture the dangly things that are there enticing him! He has become very adept at rolling from his tummy to his back, but I’m pretty sure it has not once been intentional 🙂 This was on his road trip to Chi Town, where he was quite the little trooper!

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We are so enjoying having this time to get to know them and love on their little selves! If you need us we will be right here jiggling babies, reading all manner of books and singing many songs, and loving every minute.

Juanita vs Deer= No Escape

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We had a traumatic morning last month.

Honey discovered that Juanita, our Escape, was making a truly heinous clunking noise on her back right wheel area. Like it sounded like something was perilously close to coming loose, or breaking off. After some investigation, Honey ascertained that something had rusted through. After a little more research, he found out that it was a super common ailment for Escapes of Juanita’s generation. He decided he wanted to take it to a body shop near where he works in Flat Rock. He took my car, Johnny Cash, to work the night before and I was going to meet him at the body shop the next morning.

I knew which exit to get off of, but wasn’t quite sure about the rest, so I called him and told him to talk me there. I had been praying the WHOLE way there for safety, because the noise was a little fearsome and I don’t fancy being on the freeway and having the wheel dislodge from the car body!! It was still dark and Honey was telling me I was coming up on the first railroad track to cross, crossed it with no problem and then there was a whole deer, RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME and we hit!

I was so shocked and rattled and said I JUST HIT A DEER!!!!! The car did not lose control or go skidding anywhere, so i just kept rolling at about 20 mph. Honey said to pull over and he would come to me. I drove over to the side and then decided that it was not the safest spot to be, pretty close to the white line, but when I got back on the road there were a lot of cars flashing their lights at me, that’s when I realized I had no lights. I pulled over again and waited. And cried, because I was pretty sure I had just taken a life. That’s what I wailed to the policeman when he tapped on my window. Both he and Honey seemed to want to know how far back the…meeting had occurred. I am sorry to say I was not helpful in that area. I could not gauge how far I drove after, They could not find the victim.

We waited for the State Trooper to come, I guess that is why the police officer needed to know the location, because it was not his county, or district, or whatever.

While we were waiting for Mousey to take a picture of our registration and proof of insurance, which Honey had taken out when he removed his junk before taking it in for repairs, we took some sad pictures of our poor girl.

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She was steaming, leaking and all around having the worst day of her car life. 😦 

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Deer fur 😦

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I hit the whole deer and nothing but the deer.

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After Mousey texted the pertinent information, the Trooper texted it to himself and he finished all his business, we waited for the tow truck to take Juanita to a body shop where Beeve’s friend works. Then Honey took me to breakfast. I had been reassuring Mousey that I was ok and sending her some pictures. It wasn’t long before the jokes started coming. It is our way of dealing with stress.

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I thanked Honey for breakfast and told him I was sorry for wrecking his car. He said he has been driving that road to work for 31 years and never hit a deer and I drive it once and BOOM.

We felt in need of a little comfort food, and our favorite donut place just happened to be right there.

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It helped.

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After all the police and Honey grilling about where the scene of the accident was, Honey and I decided to really look now that it was daylight. I asked Honey why they were so concerned about where the deer was? He said maybe they were going to put it out of it’s misery. I said I didn’t think it was alive because…pieces flying and all. The State Trooper tried to convince me that he probably ran away, deer are hardier than you might think. Not too far down we came to the scene of the crime and Honey assured me that that deer did not run away and on the good side, it was quick for her. He agreed that the Trooper was trying to make me feel better. I still feel sad about killing her and Juanita.

Not surprisingly, they totaled the car. We had cleaned her out as best we could on the side of the road, but felt we needed to give her a more thorough sweep in daylight, and I wanted to say goodbye to one of my favorite cars ever. The Lord protected me from harm that morning and I am very thankful that I was not hurt or did not lose control of the car and hurt others.

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Goodbye Juanita, thank you for being such a good car to us. ❤

Babies in the House

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Guys, we have a FULL house! The Boy and The Dane flew in for the last time from Seattle, Washington with their two children and lots of stuff on January 25! They all arrived sick and oh so weary. It was quite the feat getting themselves packed, their shipping container loaded, and I do mean loaded, apartment cleaned and their car shipped, all while wrangling a 1 1/2 year old, tending a newborn, and wiping noses and bottoms and possibly tears. 

Since they have been here, Mitten weather has been on full display. Snow days galore, some due to freezing temperatures where the wind chill was estimated at –50. There have been thaws, sunny days and then 2 ice storms. Pure Michigan.

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Honey was laid off for about three weeks in a row, one planned, the others unexpected due to a strike in Mexico leaving his plant with no parts. BUT, someone got their wall built! He wanted to give the kids a little more privacy in the basement, where they now all live. They put MoonPie in the spare bedroom, in hopes that she would sleep better without hearing Little Dipper’s nocturnal waking. They had planned on just setting up their bed and area in the tv side of our basement, but Honey decided to go big and attach a wall to the ceiling. It can all come down with no harm to the walls! It’s as sturdy as can be and has the added bonus of being warmer and more soundproof, a win/win! They Boy was so surprised! We call their new space Shangri-La 🙂    The picture looks like it’s metal, but it is some kind of insulation.

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It will be way better for all concerned when I have to go downstairs to work, somehow I don’t think they would want to wake up seeing me and my clients parading by!

We finally got to meet this little darling ❤  He probably had the easiest move of all.

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We spent all week passing that boy around like a football 🙂

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And were we ever glad to SQWUNCH our little MoonPie!!! She seems a little happy to have so many people looking at her and thinking everything she says is adorable!

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Back to the baby passing. Papa is an old pro.

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The Ab-Cat picked it up pretty quick! It’s been about 11 years since we had Little Goomba at this age!

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And here Mousey was snuggling one beebee and giving comfort to our big baby who is feeling a little out of sorts because of the loss of laps.

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I ❤ those faces.

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How do you spell mujj, muzshe? Kiss it!

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The Usher is around quite a bit and he has a little fan.

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This amuses me, The Boy puts MoonPie in her pajamas backwards, so she cannot unsnap them and get naked!

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They have her in many layers because our house is ….brisk. We have been turning it up a couple degrees for the children.

Abby is loving being an Aunt.

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This REALLY amused me. We received these alerts on our phones on the 2 coldest days. We typically keep our heat at 64, so we should probably turn it up!!!

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I have had the thought a few times that I should get in here and do a little blobbing, but I have been protecting our animals from poking fingers, reading books about animals and playing with plastic animals and giving a little gal stuffed animals. We will do what we can ❤