Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Weekly Sy and Some Other Thoughts

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Good Friday to you all. It is a brisk 28 here in The Mitten, but we are not living with 40 inches of plowed snow so it’s all good.

The monotony of winter has settled in. Rise in the dark, retire in the dark. Many gloomy days with grey skies broken up by the occasional brilliant sunny day that has you blinking like a bat. We had it all yesterday, sunshine, windy grey, then flurries with huge flakes that never really landed.  I don’t know about you, but it seems like the weather is on its worst behavior when I need to run errands or get gas. Pure Michigan.

I watched a little bit of the Republican debate last night before I went to bed. When I had my increasingly customary nocturnal awakening around 1:30 (no, I did NOT have to tinkle), I turned the tv on and caught a little bit more. I was happy to see that it was a part I hadn’t already watched. Because normally I would have tuned in to the exact part I had already seen. It is my gift. I have to say that I enjoyed Donald Trump NOT being there. I can’t tell you who I am for, only who I am sure I don’t want. No help here.

Switching subjects abruptly, as I am known to do here and in my real life, I have been hearing stories from others about Christian people behaving in truly heinous, un-Christian like ways. Pastors, pastors wives, children, leaders, and regular Joes. As our BSF lesson said this week in Revelation 12, satan “leads the whole world astray”, he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for those he can devour,  a big ball of rage trying to deter unbelievers from accepting that they can be saved from their sin by the blood sacrifice of Jesus, but also by really getting in there to muck up the lives of believers with lies, deceit, pride, accusation, and sowing the seeds of  dissent and destruction. As believers in Jesus we are sealed for eternity, but we are not exempt from satan’s evil meddling. We are secure in knowing that God wins in the end, but the devil knows his time is short, he is going down and he is trying to take as many as he can with him, and destroy as many lives as he is able. What lie is he whispering in your ear? If you belong to Jesus Christ you are eternally secure, and we should live like it. To quote my dear friend Diana, “the devil is a LIAR!!!”

I feel I need to clarify here that I am not talking about our pastor and his wife, they are lovely, God fearing folks!!!!!!!

I have been taking some supplements to help with the inflammation that my body seems to produce in abundance. Tumeric with 95% Curcumin, Bromelain and Magnesium Lactate, it is either one of them or a combination of all 3. Whatever it is, I am going to continue.

Yesterday would have been my Father’s 81st birthday. Another passage in this year of firsts. Here is around 1990 with The Ab-Cat. I think they liked each other!

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And now we come to Sy. Really big sigh. He has been on a naughty tear this week. There has been shouting, squirting, and banishment to the small bathroom where there is nothing to do but contemplate his wicked ways. He has been relentless in his pursuit of Halle Berry. I really can’t decide if he wants her to be his girlfriend or he is just a psychopath looking for easy prey. Not kidding. This is his new sleep spot, The Tatooine Hut.

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I see he has brought a recent kill with him, the feathered fish with the crinkly belly. We are always glad to see him in there, it is a guaranteed several hour respite from his compulsively, pathological behavior. Thank goodness.

Have a good weekend.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, glad you stopped by! If you would like to link up, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s place and follow the instructions.

1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.

I remember playing outside in the snow for WAY too long and then having it take a sweet forever to peel yourself out of your snow pants and all of the other layers you had on!!! it was a given that your fingers were so cold they barely worked and you probably had to go to the bathroom!

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren’t blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?

 I was starting up this new blog after using up all of the space on my last WordPress blog! I was also Hodgepodging and I saw that our hostess Joyce was digging out from yet another east coast snowstorm over in New Jersey. Good times, right Joyce?!

3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, ‘We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.’
Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?

I actually think the start of the school year feels like more of a new start. Old habits die hard I guess.

I think I am basically optimistic by nature so I will say I see potential. There are always plenty of flaws in life, I don’t think you need to walk around looking for them.

We are dealing with some thorny issues over here and I am addressing them with prayer. Pretty sure that is the best possible way to deal with things anyway. I am hopeful that the Lord will let us know how to proceed because we are at a total loss, There is always potential for resolution if God is in it.
4. Who’s an athlete you admire or respect and why?

I am not typically aware of many athletes, so I don’t know that I am qualified to answer this question. It seems like the ones I hear the most about are mainly due to poor behavior.

5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?

I like all of those things except I don’t think I have ever experienced clotted cream. I’m hungry right now so I think I will say a baked potato with butter and sour cream.
6. Where were you last kept waiting for ‘hours on end’? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?

The last time I waited for hours on end was last month when my Dad was having surgery to remove a kidney stone. They took him at around 5 in the evening and said it would be around 2 hours. Over 4 1/2 hours later they finally brought him back! I coped very well though, I went and ate at Einstein Bagels, texted a bit, played Free cell, and read a book I had brought. If there is one thing I have learned in my life,  hospital time is not our time!
7. Believe it or not, when next week’s Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.

February is one month closer to spring!!!!!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

Back in the spring my Dad brought over a big box of pictures. I have been meaning to go through them ever since, but you know, sometimes you just don’t get around to things. I went through and did a rough sorting and it was so fun to see some of the pictures my Mom had gathered over the years! I know there are a lot more somewhere because these were mostly our kids from the early 90s with a strange assortment of all other ages sprinkled in, not really any from when Beeve and I were little. Plus a lot belonged to my Dad, so now he has a box to take home and go through!

This one is of me and the back says 9/64, so I would have been 2. I think I remember my Mother telling me one time that my surprised look was because I saw a picture of myself!

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This is Beeve and I with our Grandma Georgia. She was a great gal and I will miss her and her wisdom for the rest of my life. We were so tan! It says April1980 in the corner but I am suspicious. It was more likely from the summer of 1979 and my Mom had them developed in April of 80! We could not have been that tan by April already!

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I think this was taken by one of my sister in laws, Linda or Rachel, at The Anderdon (think that was the name) in Windsor or Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada when Honey and I were first dating! It may have been the first time I ever met them! Any thoughts Linda?? It was 1984.

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Awww, there is our first Baby Girl playing patty cake with her Grandpa!! The Ab-Cat was 3 months old here according to my Mom’s writing on the back.

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The Boy, enjoying his spaghetti dinner at 16 months.

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And Little Mousey Girl at her first birthday party!

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Old pictures are such a treasure!

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Happy Birthday to the BLOB!

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Guys, I almost forgot!!!!!

Today is the blobs 8th birthday! How can that be?

Eight years ago today Mrs. Schmenkman and I took a leap and started blogs. I am happy to say we are still plugging along!

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I blogged so much at No Whining Allowed that I ran out of space and had to start blogging over here! So its a double birthday, 7 years there,1 year here and 8 years total!

I still love my blog, still so glad to have this record of our life, and very glad to have a connection with all of you!

Sometimes Honey asks me if I can remember some event or time frame. I usually can’t remember precisely, but I usually say I can probably figure it out on the blog. And I can!

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My biggest regret is not starting sooner, so I could have had a better journal when the kids were younger.

This date totally snuck up on me. Mrs. Schmenkman and I just had a conversation on the phone this morning, we chatted a little about our blobs (as we do) and then moved on to other news, like how she is in high gear preparing for the mighty Blizzard of 2016. They are right in the center of the purple Cone of Concern and are expecting anywhere from 24 to 50 inches of Devil’s Dandruff! Let us hope she does not preemptively kill her neighbor!! Which may be a bigger concern than you realize!

And now, what you long time readers have come to expect at this time of year, I will shamelessly troll for comments. It would be a very fine birthday present indeed if you would click on the comment button below and leave a few words. Known readers, new readers and mystery readers, all are welcome!

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Most of all I would like to thank you for joining me, I love this little corner of my life and having you all along makes it even more fun! OK everybody, let’s comment!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, glad you dropped by! If you would like to link up, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s.

1.  Speaking of skating…when did you last ‘skate on thin ice’, ‘skate over the details’, ‘encounter a cheapskate’, or just plain skate?

I could not tell you the last time I ice skated!  It would be a pretty dangerous proposition for me at this age, I fall a LOT harder than I used to!

I was evidently skating on thin ice last week when my cars battery died after I arrived at my Bible study. Ignorance was bliss!

2. What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?

There are so many! Weight, menopause, eyesight, health, energy, poor sleep and MEMORY! Let’s say energy because if I had that I might be more equipped to handle some of the others.

3. What’s your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?

I am going to say my silver Capri bell that I wear every day on a necklace. It was given to me by my friend The Oreo Mom when she and her husband traveled to Capri Italy several years ago.

She knew that I run with a group of gals and we call ourselves The Capri’s. They are all related by blood or marriage, sisters Capri L, who is also known as Mrs. Schmenkman, Capri P, and Capri Laurie and  their sister in laws Capri D and Capri A. They graciously have allowed me to crash their family party because I have my own blood and marriage!

They are also jealous of my Capri stuff. My Aunt Phyllis gave me this Capri tote bag.

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And here is the little bell from Deb The Oreo Mom! I love nifty necklaces on others but I am not a fan of them on myself. I pretty much wear this everyday, along with my wedding ring and watch and a nifty bracelet. I feel very comfortable in my favorite accessory! I think the other Capri’s may be a tad jealous of my Capri-wear!

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4. January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day. Are you a lover of cheese? What’s your favorite dish made with cheese? Last thing you ate that contained some kind of cheese?

I AM a lover of cheese! Lots of kinds too! Grilled chicken on a fatoosh with feta, Tuna melt, patty melt, Honey’s spaghetti sauce with Parmesan, cream cheese on an Asiago bagel, sharp cheddar on crackers, Honey’s mac and cheese, and many more yummy things! The last cheese I had was on my burger last night at Birthday Club.

5. What’s something guaranteed to make you roll your eyes?

Another one with multiple answers. I roll my eyes when people whine about their extreme busyness, without taking responsibility for the fact that they are the ones cramming their schedule. There are seasons of life that are naturally busy but a lot of the issue is poor planning and an inability to be reasonable. Who is in control of you? Sometimes you need to say no thank you.

6. Your favorite book series?

I am going to have to go with the Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House series. I have read that series so many times, as a child and several times with my own children or by myself. I heart them so. I hope little girls and boys are still reading them, I know they meant a great deal to me. It was wonderful to have a glimpse of life in another era.

7. Why did you choose your profession?

I don’t think it was a lifelong dream to be a hairdresser but the skill surfaced in my teens. I always liked to do my own, and often others hair. My poor brother was a total guinea pig in so many areas!

I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted to pursue, so after working full time at other things for several years I decided to give it a whirl.  It has been a good job for me. Except for the couple times, when our kids were having severe health issues, I have always worked, some years more than others. It was very flexible/ working from home,  so I could schedule dr appointments, therapy, school volunteering and field trips and Bible studies around all of the beautification! 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Here I am with my brother Beeve in 1969! We had a couple of sweeeeeet rides!

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Howdy! Glad you stopped by! My thanks to Joyce for gathering us all together and giving us something to talk about!

1. Share one thing that really makes your day.

A good conversation with Honey or the kids can be a bright spot! Connection and laughter are my favorites.

2. Lots of these kinds of lists out there, but one found here says the fifteen most colorful places on earth are:

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy~Burano, Italy~Havana, Cuba~Rio de Janiero, Brazil~Chefchaouen, Morocco~Balat, Istanbul, Turkey~Menton, France~Jodhpur, India~La Baca, Buenos Aires, Argentina~Guanajuato, Mexico~Capetown, South Africa~Valparaiso, Chile~Wroclaw, Poland~San Francisco, California~and Pelourhino, Salvador, Brazil. 

Of those listed which would you most like to see up close and in person? Of all the places you’ve seen or traveled in your own life, what would you say was one of the most colorful?

I don’t have a huge desire to go to some of those places, such as Turkey, at the moment. Let’s say Italy because we have been wanting to visit the land of Honey’s people anyway.

3.“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Jack Canfield  In general, would you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?

I do not agree. I don’t even really understand it. The things I want are not on the other side of fear. Is this supposed to be advice to people fearful of going after a dream or goal? Bravely pushing through to your desired achievement? Some people are just fraidy cats, so maybe everything they want is on the other side of fear.

The Lord tells me not to fear.

Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

I would be lying if I said I had no fears, because of course I do. Some are unrealistic and some are the reality of my life. Sharks, quicksand, poisonous snakes and velociraptors are unlikely to be a deterrent to my happiness. Issues with safety, accidents, fears of brutality against my loved ones, these are real fears, but I don’t think they rule my life. They don’t keep me from what I want, and I don’t feel I need to push through them. They are concerns that I regularly take to the Lord.

  I have learned through experience in the darkest hours of my life, when there was great cause for fear, the Lord is faithful, was holding our hands and helping us, and will indeed be our firm foundation.

4. Imagine you’re stranded on a desert island and dessert appears…what do you hope it is? Do you ever struggle to remember which spelling is desert and which is dessert?

I think I used to have that struggle, but not in a long time  🙂

Hmmmm, i am not known to have a set in stone favorite dessert, I like to say that I am an equal opportunity dessert eater. But the last few years I have really enjoyed Mrs. Davis’ coconut pound cake an inordinate amount!


5. What song almost always makes you cry?

I used to cry every time I heard I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and then it just stopped! There Goes My Life by Kenny Chesney can get me sometimes.. Some worship songs are particularly emotional depending on what is going on in my life.

6. January is National Soup Month.  Everything from soup to nuts, in the soup, thick as pea soup, souped up…which saying most recently applies to your life in some way? Explain.

We have had some fog and snow lately that have been as thick as pea soup!
7. Write a two word note to your younger self. What does it say?

Buy Microsoft!!!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.

On this Way Back When-sday we go back to when little Mousey girl fell asleep on her Mama! Heart, heart, H.E.A.R.T.!

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Some Day…

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As of last October, The Ab-Cat has been in a wheelchair for 20 years. She was 6 years old when she sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident. She drives her own accessibly adapted mini van. complete with hand controls and under van lift. You know those handicapped parking places that have the extra room next to them with the blue lines through them? Those are the parking places she requires. On occasion she isn’t able to get one and has to use a regular handicapped parking space, which are wider on average usually. When she has to use that kind, she needs to park as close to the left blue line as she can so she will be able to have enough room for the ramp to come out.

On occasion she has parked successfully only to return and find someone else has parked poorly and made it impossible for her to get the ramp out. Life happens, and what are you going to do? Because she is an independent and resourceful girl, she opens the sliding door, transfers herself in and then pulls the wheelchair up and in, without the aid of her ramp. She then pulls herself up and into her seat and is on her way. A LOT more exertion on her part, but no one goes to prison for parking poorly.

Handicap parking is one of the nicer things about being disabled, a perk if you will. In no way, shape or form does it make up for the many indignities, disadvantages, difficulties, or general unfairness that go with the label. I know there are people who misuse the blue placard, I have probably observed a few in my lifetime, but I also know that not all disabilities are seen with the eye. I don’t judge who uses the parking space, that’s not my job.

But apparently not everyone feels the same. They do feel it’s their job to chastise, even if it is in complete ignorance, and by GOLLY, they are going to call you O.U.T.!

Abby was going to an appointment and the parking lot had only 2 handicapped spots. one van accessible with the blue lines and one without. She said someone was standing in the one she needed, talking on their cell phone. Because she is an non-confrontational, not demanding her rights kind of girl, she opted to park in the other spot, trying to stay to the left to give her a tad more room. She parked her ramp accessible mini van with the handicapped sticker on her license plate and proceeded to her appointment. She came out to find a note on her windshield.

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At first she was upset. No one likes to be accused of something completely unfounded. Mousey and I convinced her that it was hilariously ABSURD! And then we all LAUGHED!! Oh, did we laugh! In particular at the Some Day and the chipper Have a nice day!!, and everything in general!

Some people is dumb.