Monthly Archives: July 2015

Pot Death and New Life!


I came home from Virginia on Wednesday afternoon. The Ab-Cat picked me up, she is getting to be a professional airport shuttle.

It was hot as blazes in Virginia and it wasn’t any cooler upon arrival in The Mitten. Even though it looked like rain, the first thing I did when we got home was water my plants. My people assured me they watered, but things looked pretty parched.

Remember my beautimous hanging pot?


Nothing but a pot of death now.


In their defense, those pots require daily water and it had been boiling lava hot the whole week. Still, sad face, sniff, sniff.

The other losses were minimal and not very happy even before my trip.

I went to Lowes to see if they had any replacements for the 3 1/2 deaths we suffered. They did not have anything for the pots but I found these babies! Sombrero Salsa Red Coneflowers for $3 each!!!! Very happy with that purchase!


Remember our poison ivy?


The spray finally worked! Now I just have to carefully remove it, so that’s ALL good!!!


I have a couple posts from Mrs. Schmenkman’s house in the works, will hopefully be ready next week. There is always some readjustment after reentry. Errands, unpacking, laundry and such. I must go and plant my coneflowers before it gets too hot and I can’t recover!


Wednesday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys! I am posting this from HOT, HUMID, Virginia. I have been visiting with Mrs. Schmenkman for the week and will be flying back to The Mitten this afternoon. We have been discussing this weeks questions, and having quite a good time doing so! Here we go.

1. I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-

Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?

Schmenky and I both agree that facing and overcoming fears is our greatest struggle. She mentioned her fear of heights and we both agreed that facing change can be a bear. I would say that I don’t meet changes head on, more like sideways, with a hand partially covering my eyes.

I have no problem relaxing and resetting, no problem whatsoever!

2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?

I think I would take my people out for ice cream! Key Lime on a waffle cone please!

3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet…which ‘trip’ have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain.

Round trip! I flew into Washington Dulles last Wednesday, was picked up by Mrs. Schmenkman, driven to Sassy Cat Hill for a wonderful week of talking, eating and shopping, and tomorrow she will haul me back to the airport so I can fly home to Detroit Metro airport, full circle baby!

4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?

Schmenky said welding for metal sculptures or working a lathe to turn wooden bowls. She is decisive like that.

I am meandering through the many things I wish I were proficient at. Things like gardening or photography, sewing, or furniture restoration. I am a jack of a few trades, master of none.

But ultimately the skill I would choose to physically master would be cooking. Because I hate to physically cook. I would use the skill to feed my family because they all like to eat very much. I wish I enjoyed cooking and it would be such a pleasure to be able to whip up delicious things with ease. Maybe in Heaven, because SURELY there will be food in Heaven!!!

5. As July draws to a close, let’s take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you…been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book? Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?

I have been IN the pool, but I don’t know if you would consider that swimming. Have enjoyed many ice cream cones! I think the last blockbuster I saw was The Avengers Age of Ultron, but that was in May, so I’m guessing it doesn’t count. Have not camped, but have had corn on the cob multiple times. Have gardened a goodish amount, watched a ballgame on TV, and read several books. Have NOT deliberately unplugged or picked fruit off any vines. I WILL be going on a road trip in mid August with the gals from Birthday Club!

6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What’s your question?

Ugggg politics, the election year hasn’t even arrived and I am weary of some of the conversations. Schmenky and I discussed this one quite a bit, our question is a little broad but we want to know what issues would be their priorities. What do they think needs to be tackled first and how would they go about it. That would be a good way to determine who we would even consider in the running. Some candidates seem more interested in telling you what is wrong with the other fellows ideas than explaining their own. This election is very important, we have very serious issues that we need to get a handle on. The herd needs to be thinned.

7. What’s your most listened to song so far this summer?

I don’t listen to the radio in my car anymore but Mrs. Schmenkman does, so I have heard more songs this week than I have all year practically! She bought Ed Sheeran’s cd X and we have listened to that multiple times. And when I think about it, our girls were talking about him when we were on vacation in March. He has such a nice voice and is clearly is very talented.

Thinking Out Loud is a pretty, sweet little song, I will say that.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This has been the 20th year that I have come to visit Schmenk. It’s been a wonderful time for us to visit and get caught up on each other’s lives. It seems like a long time ago (24!!) that we worked side by side at the hair salon! I am SO thankful that we have been able to remain dear friends!

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Thomas Aquinas

She is a kiss on the cheek from a really good God! Thanks for the visit Schmenky!

Have a good week.



Just a few things on this beautiful Monday morning, after a truly heinous few days of heat and humidity.

Pinterest often sends me pins that it thinks I may enjoy, based on previous things I have pinned. Sometimes I quite like their suggestions. When they fail, they really fail.

Really Pinterest? When? How? Why? You don’t know me at all. Maybe if that dress was above the knee and we scrapped the pants and boots. Sheesh.


Look who got a new collar!


Little Mister has been wearing a collar this summer because he seems overly interested in the outside, and often lays in wait for an opportunity to barge past unsuspecting inners and outers. We had an old brown one that our last boy cat, Indi, used to wear. It had a deteriorating end that made it a pain to get on and off of him, and if one spends too much time bothering Sy around his neck he gets a little bitey.

On the last cat food run I picked up a new one. It’s a dog collar in a handsome shade of green that matches his Mama’s bedroom. Easy on and off with a click! The cat collars are all too stretchy, which I understand is a protection for them so they don’t end up getting strangled in a tree or something, but the stretchy would not be helpful if one was talking him out in the backyard for a tour of the grounds. The stretchy would be off the first time he resisted the leash and then where would we be?

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Unfortunately, he is wearing our dead cat’s jingle id and angel kitty charm. So if you see him skirting around the neighborhood, he may not answer to Indi (not that he answers to Seymour), but my name and phone number are still applicable,

The Boy took this selfie. Or is it an US-ie? Or a TWO-ie? He was looking all snazzy in his new Wayne’s World t-shirt. He spent the weekend at home, trying to grow some platelets. His hematologist added some steroids to his chemo pill to try and get things herded in that direction. He went early this morning for a blood draw to see if he needs some IVIG. Hopefully his platelets will be on the rise.


I am going to go down and get my suitcases from the basement later on today in preparation for my visit to Mrs. Schmenkman’s in Virginia! I leave at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday and arrive at 9:20 a.m., that gives us a full day to do whatever the heck we want!!!!! Have I mentioned that this is the 20th anniversary of our Extravaganza?! That is practically Mousey’s entire life!

The Ab-Cat and I watched a really good movie over the weekend called Woman In Gold. Based on a true story and we highly recommend it.

Ok, must git.

Several Things You Might Not Need To Know


I can’t believe it is the middle of July! What’s going on here? Said just like Timon from Lion King.

I realized yesterday that I will be at Mrs. Schmenkman’s house in Virginia in ONE WEEK!!! As my Grandma Georgia used to say. “My lands a living’!!!”

Which makes me a little bit excited for all of the shopping, eating, talking and relaxing that will be going on.

Ok, a LOT excited!

I even told my natural path doctor yesterday that I might not be participating in her food journal that week. She eyed me suspiciously and said that I could try and make better choices. Well, I could, but will I is more the question.

Because HELLO, Schmenky makes the worlds best smoothies and they have one of my faves, Sweet Frog frozen yogurt popping up all over her area! For goodness sake, they even have one in her small town.

For the love of all that is decent, please don’t come to my town!

Speaking of the natural doctor, her assistant gave me this last week.


There are only a few joyful things on that list. The rest is just pure sadness.

I believe I mentioned that the Dr asked me to limit white sugar to one indulgence a week. Now I know why. When you first arrive at the office you check in and sit in a waiting room that has a television showing recordings of the lectures they offer for free. As I sat down last week the person was talking about eliminating sugar from your diet. I know the majority of this information since I have followed a low carb lifestyle for many years with, varying degrees of success at certain times. I feel I must admit this fact. As I listened to the lecture with half an ear, I realized that the voice sounded familiar and made the connection that my dr was teaching the class. Ahhhh, that explains it. I got the no sugar doctor!

I usually go to lunch with my friend Marilyn from BSF on the days I go to The Nutritional Health Center because she lives nearby. We have spent many enjoyable hours eating and chatting and she has mentioned that she would like to learn how to bead and scrapbook, which I know how to do!!!!

I brought one of my partially completed scrapbooks yesterday to show her how I like to scrap. Because if she hated my book, I might not be an effective teacher for her, you know. She seemed to like it right fine so when I return from Schmenky’s in a week or so, she is going to come my way because our town has a Hobby Lobby and she said she is a huge fan of The Hobo Lobo!!!!

As I was looking at my book last night I realized how much I love creating them AND paging through them! A page for your viewing pleasure.



Such fun memories of a fun day at Discovery Cove in Florida!

Ok. Going to cut that dang grass that just keeps growing. It’s like a weekly haircut.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Hi guys! Glad you could stop by. If you would like to join us, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s and link up.

1.July 15th is National Give Something Away Day. What can you give away? Will you?

I have 8 bags of clothing, shoes and bedding in the dining room right now, patiently waiting to be driven over to the church where we have BSF and given away. They have a clothes closet to support their community.

Honey is always trying to give away one of our cats. Bad Honey!

2. Do you have a mantra? Please share with the class if you feel comfortable doing so.

It seems like I frequently have a new mantra. Usually something that was repeated or just stuck in my brain from Bible study.

One year it was Ephesians 3:20, Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine””…” I like immeasurably more.

It seemed like the mantra in BSF this last year was Deuteronomy 7:22 The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. Little by little is encouraging when you have a lot going on, and it popped up quite a bit!

But my personal mantra has been Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? Or another variation, Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Or it’s snappy younger sibling, Matthew 19:26 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

These verses have meant a great deal to me over the last few years when dealing with hard and thorny issues. Issues not uncommon to the human condition, but crushing none the less.. Death, hurt, anger, disappointment, ill health and sorrow for ourselves and dear family and friends. All trying experiences and I found it good to remind myself that no matter how big the problem, God is bigger still. Even if I can’t see how things will work out, God knows, and nothing is to hard or impossible for Him.

3. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? How many times a week do you shop? Do you make a list or pray for inspiration in the produce aisle?

I do the majority and Honey comes occasionally. Oh goodness, sometimes I feel as if I am there every day! I try and go to Sam’s once a week, but sometimes go twice, or if I am ridiculous, THREE times. I need to go to Meijer at least every couple of weeks to get the other things I don’t want to get in big sizes, like vegetables, fruit, and the yogurt I like. Lately I have been going there every week too, with the occasional run in for something forgotten or needed. Ok, let’s just say I am getting groceries an inordinate amount of time!!!

Sometimes I have a list and sometimes I wing it.
4. Is there a TV show you’re embarrassed to say you watch? You’re going to tell us what it is, right?

I am not really embarrassed but the girls say I should be! Honey and I watch American Idol.
5. A recent article listed fifteen words we should eliminate from our (written) vocabulary in order to sound smarter-
that, went, honestly, absolutely, very, really, amazing, always, never, literally, just, maybe, stuff, things, and irregardless
Of the fifteen, which word is your most overused?

Irregardless isn’t a word, right?

Many of those words are perfectly fine descriptive words and it seems silly to eliminate them. Amazing seems like an overused word to describe things that are really not all that amazing, lets go with that until amazing is restored to it’s former glory.

I use the word thing or more commonly thingy, far too much because I can’t remember the name of something in a timely fashion. Like the iPad. Its official name is The Thingy.
6. So apparently dying your hair gray (in your youth!) is a thing right now. It’s called ‘The Granny Hair’ trend. Your thoughts?

 Seriously, that’s a thing now??? That is so dumb. Don’t they realize they will be there soon enough??? I wish I didn’t have to cover my Granny Grey every 4 weeks!!!!!

7. A while back Buzz Feed asked members to share the most beautiful sentence they’ve read in a piece of literature. A hard thing to narrow down, at least for me, but let’s try. What’s one of the most beautiful sentences you’ve ever read in a piece of literature?

Revelations 21:4

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Sounds like heaven to me.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Now for the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

Speaking of Heaven, there’s my pretty Mama with Ab-Cat!


I miss her.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week!



From Priscilla Shirer’s book Gideon, Your Weakness, God’s Strength.



One thing on my list was cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. Honey and I were just talking last night about how many dishes, pots and pans dinner generates. And then the storing of any leftovers!

As I read this it reminded me that we have a job to provide our needs, food to prepare, a comfortable kitchen to make it in, an overabundance of food, and a hungry family to feed. That is a LOT of blessing from my one mundane task!!! Perspective changed.

I need to take a closer look at everything underneath my umbrella. He is a good God, and I need to think about that more often. His blessings are a kiss on my cheek, every day.

What’s under your umbrella?

Many Words Lobbed


I had a busy week! Doctors appointments, working, yard work, and my heavy schedule of bringing food into our house kept me hopping. Oh, and I started a new Bible study at church with The Dane.

That Pricilla Shirer? She is a wonderful speaker and writer! You can listen to her talks here.


Honey is enjoying his new toy! A backpack blower, his birthday/Fathers Day present from his spawn.


Ar ar ar, just like Tim “The Toolman” Taylor! A lot easier than holding one! There’s my boyfriend. I like his face.


My Uncle Bob loaned me this. He said it was a good read before our study of Revelations starts this fall. Everything about Revelations sort of makes me feel uncertain. And a little creeped out. I have been reading it through this summer and I DON’T GET THE HALF OF IT!!!!!!! Bowls and ladies and seals and weird animals. I will be blessed for reading it, I will be blessed for reading it, I will be blessed for reading it…….


This has been the weirdest watering season evah!!!! As in I have barely watered! We have had so much rain that instead of growing like gangbusters, the plants are just crabby in their soggy pots. These guys are happy though! They are under the porch. Brown nosers.


Speaking of crabby, the natural path doctor that I have been seeing asked me to eliminate sugar from my diet because I seem to have a lot of inflammation. This was the week before July 4th. I said I would, forgetting that we were going to be up at my aunt and uncle’s cottage. The natural doctor also asks me to keep a food journal. I was good for the entire week before the holiday, and good the week after, but for the weekend in between I just wrote “YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW”.

I was glad she understood the dilemma. She said she had forgotten that it was the holiday. She asked me to keep it up at the last appt. I whined a little and she said I could have 1 indulgence a week. I also clarified what she meant by NO sugar, and she said she was referring to white sugar, saying I could have small amounts of honey and maple syrup, like in Paleo..

I will now be scouring Pinterest for paleo recipes that I can have to keep myself in check. The honey and maple syrup do not mesh with the low carb lifestyle, but possibly can be included in Paleo because we all know cavemen were good at desserts.

We had ice cream cones last night. There goes my indulgence.

She is also working on my weak thyroid. All I notice about the attention to my thyroid is I am having MORE hot flashes. She said this can be normal as we are flushing “junk” out of my weak, ill functioning thyroid. Lord, please work quickly! 

I chemically straightened The Ab-Cat’s hair last week. She was WAY overdue and was as nappy as all get out. She said last night that it feels SO smooth and she has to keep running her hand over it marveling that there are no bumps! It takes about 3 hours to straighten her massive amount of hairs.

I also highlighted The Dane’s hair last week. She was also WAY overdue and also has massive amounts of hair to foil, and it also takes about 3 hours. They are the two longest procedures that I do and I knocked them out the same week!

I was in a quandary last month. My new chiropractor left the office where he was and moved somewhere else, and I didn’t know where!

A texted my friend Sue, who had recommended me to him, and she said she had not heard this sad news. She texted a few weeks later and said she had gotten a postcard and gave me his new number. Just in the nick of time because I developed a hurty thing in my right hip that is nagging me nigh unto death. I went and saw him at his fancy new place!

At the old place they had a typical traction bed, which consists of a flat bed with a roller ball thingy that rolls up and down your spine with a heated pad underneath it. It is supposed to help you adjust easier. I was always put on it as I have been told that I am a tough nut to crack. At the new place they have big old massaging chairs! OH.MY.GOODNESS!!!! I need to get me one of those!

It even gives you an awesome foot and leg massage. It also gives your bum a massage, which if I am being honest was slightly unnerving at first. I managed..

Our internet was out ALL DAY yesterday. It’s like we were cave people. Left to find our own entertainment.

That is probably enough words lobbed at you today. Go forth and do Monday.