Monthly Archives: September 2015

Way Back-whensday Hodgepodge


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1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?

We have a vacation coming in October, that can always bring a smile! Two weeks in Bonita Springs will cure what ails you 🙂 I am always glad to get Honey out of Dodge. He is so chronically busy and tired that it takes a few days for him to catch up on sleep and relax. By the end of the first week I always think “oh, I remember you!!!”
2. Food for the soul or music for the soul…which camp are you in? Tell us why.

I think I may have to straddle both camps. Food is not as important to me as it is to my people, but I have to say that we do a lot of gathering and visiting over the food, thereby making it more important than it otherwise might be. For example, last weekend we went out for dinner at Outback. The food was good, but I enjoyed the conversations with Honey and the Girls far more!

Music has its finer points though. I sometimes tell the kids my recollections or age when I hear an oldie but goodie song and that is always a conversation starter. A good worship song can feed the soul like almost nothing else. Sometimes I hear a song and I’m sure we will sing that in heaven before the King!

3. What are two or three things you’ve learned recently as the result of an online search?

I did not know Siberia, Russia was so close to Alaska! I just finished a book that was partly based in Leningrad, Russia and ended in Alaska. I wondered how close they were together. Turns out they are not close at all but Siberia is. I was mentioning this all to Honey and I asked him how did we get Alaska and Canada didn’t? It’s attached to Canada for goodness sake! He then told me to Google Seward’s Folly and read up on how the U.S purchased Alaska from Russia for about 7 million dollars. He then told me to Google Churchill, Manitoba, polar bears. I did not know there were polar bears in Canada! I guess I did a little learning!

I don’t know how we ever used to watch tv without the ipad. We are constantly asking a question and then looking it up. CONSTANTLY.

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe.

I do not have a game day recipe, I feel a little un American saying that. 

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?

Wake up at a respectable time (NOT 3 in the morning!), pray a little before my feet hit the floor, have a delicious cup of chai, engage in a little iPad-ing, go for a walk in cooler temperatures. Sounds good to me!
6. What small thing have you taken note of today?

While Keelyody and I were walking yesterday we noticed a lot of leaves already turning. She went up to northern Michigan last weekend to see the color and she said we have way more down here!
7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.

Garage cleaned, BSF started, bring on fall!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Now for Way Back When-sday part of the post

This was us in 2010, our 25th anniversary! Standing before the RAYS OF GOD in the Gulf of Mexico. This year is our 30th, we will try and recreate the shot, hope we can capture the RAYS OF GOD again. Honey says that loudly whenever he sees them! Maybe next year, if Honey retires at the end of this year, we will take that Mediterranean cruise!

There’s my guy, I like his face!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the start of October. And the finish. The middle too.




I am going through one of those seasons when I have no idea what to post about. It happens occasionally. I feel boring. There is not much notable happening.. What did I ever talk about? Is there a way to think blog-ally and sometimes I forget how? Sometimes there are tons of ideas and they wait in the draft box patiently until you can get to them. Other times, such as this morning, I am at a loss. Maybe that is why lists appeal to me. I always have a thought or two, they just don’t always string together in an orderly fashion.

Therefore, I offer you thoughts.

Last night at dinner I was mentioning how our fall schedule was going to fly by, marked with certain activities and trips, and by the time things settled down it would be the week before Thanksgiving!!!!!

Mousey said every time she turns around it’s Christmas!!!!!

I don’t remember time flying when I was her age. It passed at an appropriate speed. Why is time passing so quickly for everyone??

I thought it was an aging thing but evidently not. Are our lives busier? Is there something in the water?Thoughts please.

Speaking of fall, I found three wreaths I liked at JoAnne’s to bring home to try. The Peanut’s Champ was over and she helped me choose the winner. Loving it!


Since I wanted to put the wreath up I needed to do something with he summery front porch flowers. They now live on the back porch.

Was anyone able to see the big old faincy moon last night? We had all clouds, all the time 😦

20 Mule Team Borax does an excellent job cleaning glass shower doors! It’s not amazing on the floor though. Sufficient, but not amazing.

I just had to go squirt Sy. He was being a thug to poor, sweet Halle Berry. He has no manners.

We went out for dinner last night. We thought they were a little stingy with the butter.


Really? For a whole loaf?? Could you spare a dollop more? Oh well, was worth a laugh.

Sometimes you read a phrase and you immediately understand it. “Wading ankle deep in toy stew”. What mother doesn’t get that?

That reminds me of one of my favorites from The Pioneer Woman, “I am a violent cyclone of indecision”.Perfect, right?

The garage door is not working again. On my side again. Why are we doing this again?

We are kicking off our small group this Saturday! We are a little late because we are evidently a group with many plans to coordinate. Five are still unavailable on Saturday but we figured we should start anyway or else we will only meet once before Honey and I are on vacation and then meet again and it’s Thanksgiving, and then it’s Christmas and New Years and we will have BARELY met at all!!!!!

I have now come full circle and am once again struck by the realization that the holidays are already breathing down my neck! It’s not even October!!!

I quite enjoyed the back and forth commenting on the emoji post. Keep up the good work!!!

Any thoughts? Do tell.

Potent Quotable-Teddy Roosevelt


A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.

Theodore Roosevelt

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.

Theodore Roosevelt

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Theodore Roosevelt

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Theodore Roosevelt

Emojis, or the lack thereof


While walking, Jip the Farm Dog and I had a conversation. As we do.

It was a somewhat in depth, animated discussion about emojis. We had a lot of thoughts. And questions.

Like why do they have so many for dumb things, yet have none for things we might want to emoji about?

Who uses all of those animal emojis?

Why, for the love of all that is good and decent, are they so stinkin’ SMALL? You can’t see them anyway!

We don’t think that is because of our failing eyesight either.

Why all the fruit?

I’m sure there is an answer, but what are all these? When might they be appropriate?


Do we really need all these color choices for books and then only have like 4 emojis for birthday or celebration????


Why July 17? Does this mean something I am not aware of?

Where is the emoji for need a nap?


When would one find it useful to use the second row from left, top emoji?

What could the one under it possibly be? It’s not like you can enlarge these things.

We have those sparkling beauties and yet none for my needs???

We are in agreement, they need to have emojis for the middle aged woman.

Since the majority of my readers are in this category, what would be your contribution to the emoji catalogue?

Don’t leave me hanging, there is no emoji for THAT, leave your answer in the comments.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


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1. What have you ‘fallen for’ recently?

I have recently fallen for a yummy, low carb fudge recipe I found on Pinterest! It is so good that it helps me to feel not quite as deprived since the natural doctor asked me to give up sugar! Even The Ab-Cat likes it and NO child of mine has ever enjoyed a low carb treat! Just knowing it is in the fridge gives me strength.
2. What’s something you’re ‘squirreling away‘ for later?

I have squirreled away some of our kids toys for our future grandchildren. Books, legos, trains, American Girl and other dolls and paraphernalia, kitchen, dishes and play food, favorite stuffed friends and other stuff. There will be a lot to do over at Paisan and Grandma’s place!
3. How do you like your apples? Sweet? Tart? Crisp? Cooked? Apples are one of the superfoods for fall…how often do you eat an apple either plain or as part of a favorite recipe? What’s your favorite variety?

Cooked apples remind me of my Mom, she made yummy ones! As far as just eating an apple? Just can’t be mushy or have a tough, bitter skin. My favorites are Honeycrisp but I like Fuji, Granny Smith, and Golden too. Apple pie is worthy but I rarely make one.

4. According to Fodor’s the ten best fall foliage trips in the US of A are-Aspen Colorado, The Catskills New York, The Berkshires Massachusetts, Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Green Mountain Byway Vermont, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway New Mexico, Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake of the Ozarks Missouri, and Glacier National Park Montana. Which would you most like to visit this fall and why?

You don’t have to go all the way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see beautiful fall foliage!!! The Mitten can certainly hold its own there!!! Our state motto is “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”. The whole of Michigan is glorious in the fall.

Of the places mentioned I will choose The Smokey Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. Honey has a hankering to live down that way, it would be nice to go on a scouting mission 🙂

5. The topic of legalizing marijuana was raised in the most recent televised political debate so let’s wade in too. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states have legalize marijuana for recreational use. Your thoughts?

I am not a fan of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. I am wondering if the states who have already done so are having fall out. The potential for abuse is high, and the studies have shown that it is not good for the brains of young people.  I know there are those who compare it to alcohol and don’t see the difference, but I have seen what addiction to a substance can do to an individual and a family.

I would not have a problem legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. There are plenty of prescription drugs that try and relieve the same symptoms, and some of them are far worse for you and more addicting.  It is an interesting subject to explore.

I saw all three of Sanjay Gupta’s specials called Weed on CNN. The fact that they can increase or decrease certain levels of THC and CBD to help with particular symptoms is a medical marvel. This ain’t your 70s hippie pot!

6. Are you okay to watch a movie already in progress or do you need to always see it from the beginning? How about jumping into a TV series somewhere in the middle? Is that okay?

 I would prefer to get in on the beginning, but I have come in late and enjoyed a program. Friday Night Lights is a perfect example. I think we finally jumped on that bandwagon in season 4 of 5. We did go back and catch up in the off season though!

7. Thursday (September 24) is National Punctuation Day. What rule of punctuation trips you up most often? What rule of punctuation, when broken by someone else, bugs you the most?

I know this is a huge problem for some folks, I am not one of them. I use punctuation to the best of my ability and I am most likely unaware if I have used it incorrectly. I try not to get all up in others punctuation either. I can overlook a lot if I like the writing.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back part of the post.

I ran across this sweet picture of a 3 year old Mousey recently.  She has it ALL going on here! Every girl needs a crown. And mittens. And 101 Dalmatian panties. And your sparkly shoes! You GO Girl!!!!


Thanks for stopping by!

Spending Time With Goomba


The Goomba spent some time over here this summer under the watchful eye of The Ab-Cat. She made it a personal goal to introduce him to things she particularly liked when she was a young’un. Movies, games, activities. He pretty much liked them all! For his part, he reintroduced her to The Disney Channel. This had mixed results and one day she cried on my shoulder because she could not get the catchy, annoying theme song from Austin and Allie out of her mind, Make it stop Mama!

One of his faves was Memory, he was pretty darn good too!


But Abby is good too and Aunt Kelly cleaned his clock a time or four!

They were concentrating.


We then moved on to Skip Bo. Our kids played a LOT of Skip Bo with their Great Grandma Hoover and Great Aunt Adalene. I had a lightening bolt realization that WE are Great Grandma and Aunt Adalene now!!!! That is a whole lotta fives.


He’s not Little Goomba any more. He’s barely even Medium Goomba. More like Old Goomba now. That kid is going to be 8 years old!!!!!


Just quit already boy!

Come again Friend!

The Weekly Sy


It appears we have some new furniture in the foyer. Very ugly furniture.

These work horses have been kicking around since Labor Day weekend. We had high hopes to clean, paint and organize the garage and paint the front doors and polish up the brass. Clearly we overestimated our capabilities.

Sy is loving the new addition. It’s like his own personal perch, high above the other felines. He sleeps up there, lies in wait up there, drops down on unsuspecting victims from up there.


The Peanuts Champ was over this morning and she helped me get some pictures of the little mister, as well as give invaluable assistance in helping me choose a new wreath for the still unpainted front doors. There were three options, all purchased earlier in the week from Joanne’s. It’s good to have choices and also good to have friends with a good eye!

He loves his new spot so much. He was marking it as his. I tied up his mousey in an effort to deter him from harassing the elder felines.


He loves it and it gets a lot of attention.


But there is nothing like the thrill of the hunt in stalking a real live, hissing old lady cat, even if it gets him drenched with the spray bottle for all his prowess.


He always comes back to say he is sorry, he wants reconciliation.


He is damp, and he is repentant.


Ok Buddy, failure isn’t final.



Today is my 53rd birthday. I have had many years to ponder the world and my life. Some things have become clearer over the years while some remain as difficult and uncertain as ever.

I like words. Sometimes things are said in such a way that it cannot be improved upon, or they exactly express the sentiment. I decided to share some words that I believe. Some because I know them to be true, some I need to aspire to, and others to remind myself, because sometimes I need reminding. Tell me if any speak to you as well.








From Big Mama’s book. This I know is true.






Here’s to another year of learning and remembering. Thank you for your part in my life.

The Labor of the Year


I have been mentioning that our garage has needed a makeover for a few years now. As I go back and look at previous fall posts there was a strong desire, NAY need, to take our abomination of a garage in hand. Unfortunately, Honey’s work schedule has not allowed this task. There are a lot of things I can do by myself, this was NOT one of them. I can no more organize his stuff than I can do higher math. It is not happening.

This Labor Day it looked like he was going to have some time off. It has been dangled in front of us before, only to have it retracted. There was no retraction this year. In fact, there was another day added. Something about contracts and if he didn’t take it he would lose it forever and ever. The moon and the stars were aligning, and then  paint was on sale at Home Depot. That was a thumbs up from God if I ever saw one.

In preparation of the arduous task, Honey listed our old fridge on Craigslist. It had been out there since we moved into this house, some 17 years ago. It went quick!


As you can see, there was much stuff around the fridge. Disorganized shelves to the right, on the left carpet squares bought last year to line the ramp leading into the back door. A small smackerel of the work to be done.

I was going to take a before picture but Honey asked did I really want to do that? Turns out, I didn’t. Suffice to say that three years of neglect was three years too many.

The first thing we did was paint. That sounds simple enough. But it was about 90 something degrees outside and for a while we painted with the doors shut because it was a teensy bit cooler that way. At least when we opened them there was a slight, oven blast of a breeze. I think I sweated more that weekend than I did all summer and that is saying something!

We were a little disappointed in the color. We thought it was a grey, to go with the carpet and reduce smudges, but for some reason it looked blue-ish or even slightly purple. Whatever it is, it’s a whole lot better than it was before!

To finish the job we had to empty those shelves and haul them out to be hosed off. Our garage is tall so the paint job required about a thousand trips up and down the ladder. I jest, but you know what I mean. I had 19,000 steps on the Fitbit one day and it was ALL in the garage!


We had an old UVL  (under the van lift) sitting under that oval window for over a decade. It was from the first van we had after the accident. That van had the lift, complete with wheelchair tie downs, but it turned out that Abby preferred to sit in a regular van seat so we just manually put the wheelchair in the back. Those under the van lifts can be problematic to care for so knowing what we knew, we never put it on the new van. We offered it to everyone we could think of and Honey even called around to a few places but he had no takers.

It was a beast of a thing, but Honey and I scooted it out. He said to keep an eye out for the guy who comes around every week, on the night before trash day, looking for aluminum and other junk. Sure enough, there came our guy, walking up the drive! Only problem? He was 75 years old. So Honey, with a tiny bit of help from me and the older gentleman, wrassled that bear into the back of his van. Thank you Lord, it was a win for everyone involved!


I’m sure the neighbors were wondering what was going on over here. It doesn’t usually take people 3 SOLID days to clean the garage! We finished painting, went through everything on the shelves, had a give away pile and carted a whole bunch of junk to the curb.


Honey found an old pair of The Boy’s boots! Size 13, from when he really WAS a Boy!!! They must have fallen behind something. How cute!


Honey was finally able to put together a tool bench that the Girls gave him last year for his birthday. He was a little bit excited to finally have that so he could get himself organized tool wise out there!!! He would say “I know I have a _____, but I can’t find it!!!!”

Speaking of having and can’t finding, Honey had 6 cans of wasp spray stashed in various locations. In his defense, some years we need 6 cans! This was clearly a have but can’t find scenario. It made me laugh! We are prepared for next summer!


Sometime on the third day the mess started abating. It was nice to see a little success showing!

Each shelving unit had its own category; automotive, garden, wasp spray (haha Honey!) and misc., and pool. I was very glad to have the coolers down off of the top shelf. Getting those down was risky business!


The carpet squares Honey laid are SUCH an improvement from the old runners!


It makes a BIG difference in the winter to stop the wheelchair from tracking in yuck.


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The day after we finished putting everything back into its place we returned some unused wood to Lowe’s, the leftover boxes of carpet squares to Menards, and dropped off several boxes to The Salvation Army. Honey spent the last half of the day basking in his accomplishment on the couch. Virtual high five Honey!!!!! The hardest we worked ALL summer.