Monthly Archives: June 2015

Potent Quotable


Just like you need to strengthen your core physically with exercise, you also need to strength your core spiritually..

Anne Graham Lotz


The Weekly Sy


Today we focus on Sy’s ears. He has most expressive ears that can be good indicators of mood.

The full on Yoda. Can be a sign of spiciness. Or confusion. Or outright naughtiness.


The resting Yoda.


Full on sleep Yoda.


We get the half Yoda a lot.


This is never a natural look. It is always caused by bothering.


Although one ear can be natural, the direct result of grooming.


Happy ears up! Or he could be curious. Or nosy.


Look what he is sporting around his neck, below his ears. A nice jangly collar to impede his stalking of the other felines. It is not very helpful.

It will be helpful if he ever succeeds in his persistent goal of busting out the door. It has our old cat Indi’s name on it, but the phone number is the same.


Let’s hope he never achieves his goal.

Have a good weekend.

Porch Toad


I have had a back porch toad for several years now. I don’t know if it’s the same fellow, but he makes his summer home in our hose reel.

I have to be very careful getting the hose out, I don’t want to crush him. And I certainly don’t want him to jump out on my foot, because that happened and it was an ugly scene. Honey made fun of me, it’s just a little toad he said. Until he jumped out onto HIS foot, and we had another ugly scene!

The Boy has taken him down to the creek on various occasions, but he always turns back up within a day or two. That’s quite a hike for a toad I’m thinking. Plus up the ramp.

We introduced our porch toad to Goomba when he was over playing. We asked if he wanted to give him a better name than Porch Toad.

He named him Bruno Mars.


As you do.


Hi Bruno, you’re amazing, just the way you are!

I totally lifted these pictures from Mousey and The Ab-Cat’s instagrams.

The Day of the Fathers


Is this three days of posting in a row??Oh my GOODNESS, I hardly know myself!

We celebrated Fathers Day on Sunday with my Dad, Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis, Beeve, Stacey and Goomba. Because our family is always perpetually behind in celebrating birthdays, we stapled Honey’s birthday to the Fathers Day wagon.

I have no pictures of Beeve, Bob and Phyl, because they got out of Dodge before all the weirdness started. Here is The Grandpa with his grandkids!


Goomba and his Mama, his father had already left to take a nap before work.


Weirdness starting. I apologize right now for our sons hair. There is just no excuse in the world for that mess.


Our children and their father.


It got worse. Some pictures could not be used.


There they are!!


These guys had a whole bunch of inappropriate photos,


that I could not bring myself to use.


By far the easiest group to work with!


We had a yummy dinner of Chicken Madeira, mashed potatoes and asparagus, with carrot cake for the birthday boy!

It was my Grandma Hoover’s recipe that I altered with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Unless they were lying right to my face, everyone said it was good!


I had to tell Honey how old he was because he told someone he was 57, when he is actually 58. I get that. I have been 37 AND 47 twice.

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It’s a good thing we have each other, because we are both living with brain fog these days.


There’s my boyfriend, I like his face!!! Happy Birthday/Fathers Day Honey!!!


Wednesday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys! So glad you could Hodgepodge with us! If you would like to join us, click the button below to head over to Joyce’s, our fearless and in between homes, leader!


1. June 23rd is National Pink Day. What’s your favorite something pink?

I do love a pink hydrangea.

From our Girls Getaway to South Haven, Mi in 2011. South Haven must have perfect hydrangea soil, they grow them most beautimously on Lake Michigan.


2. What did you enjoy most about gym class when you were in school? How about the least?

Not too much stands out about gym class.Pretty sure it was not my fave.  I remember climbing the rope day was always exciting. I probably never made it far but it was fun to watch!

I have always hated the dreaded dodgeball. Sure, wheel that hard rubber ball straight at my face, as HARD as you can!
3. What memory is brought to mind by the smell of roses?

My Mom and Grandma both loved roses and grew them, I will go with that memory.
4. Do you prefer to read or write?

I am going to say read. I can read for hours, I could not write for hours.
5. Sam Keen is quoted as saying, ‘Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.’ Would you agree? Is laziness ever respectable? How will you be lazy this summer?

Sometimes it is just so hot that movement seems like too much effort. So long as I am not neglecting anything important, I say bring on the lazy!! Mousey and I were lazy the other night. We watched about 4-5 episodes of Bones. In a ROW.
6. The Florida Keys, Disney World, or a resort somewhere on the Gulf Coast…which Florida destination would you choose (and why) if the trip were today?

We have been to The Keys and hope to never go to Disney World again unless it is with beloved grandchildren. We like many places on the Gulf Coast. Naples, Fort Myers Beach, North Captiva, Venice, Sarasota. We would love to visit any of those again!
7. What question do you hate to answer?

How much do you weigh? Please Lord, just NO!!!!!!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The flowers are coming along! Here are just a few of the favorites.

Pansies are just so dang sweet!


The front porch chair pot is going full speed ahead.


My Precious, the faithful zinnia.


Have a colorful week!

Trying To Throw The Groove Back Into Place


Guys, it’s hard to recapture a thrown groove. What has happened to my blog??? It’s like I forgot I have one!

I am going to blame the hormonies again, because I am shifting all blame there these days anyway.

Since I am NEVER going to catch up, how about a sprawling list to try and encompass some of the doings?

Capri Deb and BFG’s daughter Jaclyn married her Honey on May 30! Deb and BFG put in many hours of work making their already beautiful yard even more beautimous for the reception! And then it started to rain, and rain, and then it rained. And after that it torrentially rained!. You can read about it over at Mrs. Schmenkman’s here and here.

Everyone kept saying that rain on your wedding day was lucky, well, I am hear to tell you that this is THE LUCKIEST couple around!!! Many blessings and much love to Jaclyn and Kevin!!!!

It was wonderful celebrating with Schmenky’s family, we love them to bits!

LOOK, Capri’s, all gathered together!!! Minus Capri Laurie who had already caught an ark home!


Remember these guys? My hyacinth bean project?


They are doing very well! The one little fella on the left has a shoot reaching for a toehold on the trellis! I think next year I will start them growing even sooner than May.


I have no idea how this happened, but there were a few bean volunteers growing in this pot, like it was Tennessee or something. I will switch them soon, maybe I will let them get a little more viney in the pot. Oh hush spellcheck, viney is too a word.


We had some company! Our favorite adopted son Elyk,, who moved to Moline Il. last November to be a youth director, came for a visit with his new friend Pug Mama! It was really good to see this guy again and get caught up on life and such! We miss him hanging around over here!


And Pug Mama was a pleasure to have, come again!


My brother Beeve has been having some health issues lately, his giant heart is marching to its own improper beat. He has had some procedures to try and correct this electrical problem. I toted him to an appointment last week and he took this glamorous selfie that I put on the instagram, for the whole wide world to see. Ahhh, the genes of our father’s people are strong within us. 


Berfore Honey went to work last night he asked me if I could help him put the pool cover on. As he bent over to grab the cover, ploop, his phone fell out of his pocket, right into the pool!


The first thing I did was laugh, because I just kept replaying it over in my mind. PLOOP!

We dried it off and stuck it in rice, which I read somewhere was the correct thing to do. So far, it’s not working. It’s hard to get terribly upset though, that phone has to be about 8 years old and I’m quite sure we can upgrade the poor thing.

Speaking of breaking things, I think I blew the motor on our blender making banana/berry ice cream 😦  Dag nab it.

I feel like I spend the majority of my time bringing food into our home and taking the trash out, weeding and watering the flower pots and beds and cutting the grass, and sweating. I spend 75% of my day feeling like I want to take the Nestea plunge. My heavy schedule of burning up takes up a huge amount of my time.

Wednesday Hodgepodge is tomorrow, Lets see if I can post two days in a row here.

Potent Quotable


I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom. ~Umberto Eco


The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. ~Antoine-François, Abbé Prévost d’Exiles


Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.

Bill Cosby


• “You know how it is with fathers, you never escape the idea that maybe after all they’re right.”
John Updike”


• “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
– Billy Graham


• “Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” — Al Unser


• “Fifth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” — Exodus 20:12


• “A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season”. — Unknown


Happy Fathers Day and Happy Birthday to The Boy!!!