Monthly Archives: March 2016

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Here we are at the last Hodgepodge of March, where did this month go??!! If you would like to link up, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s.

1. What are two or three expectations you have of yourself?

It is my desired expectation to finish this life strong. To continue growing in the Lord, being transformed and having my mind renewed. Our study in Revelation last week was about sanctification.

***The generic meaning of sanctification is “the state of proper functioning.” To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer. A pen is “sanctified” when used to write. Eyeglasses are “sanctified” when used to improve sight. In the theological sense, things are sanctified when they are used for the purpose God intends. A human being is sanctified, therefore, when he or she lives according to God’s design and purpose.***

That’s it, I want to be used for the purpose God intends, and I am expecting He will help me accomplish it.

2. In what way does your outdoor space need sprucing up this spring?

Oh goodness, I have mentioned a time or seven that we need to do something with our deck. We keep going back and forth between repairing and painting it or a complete teardown and rebuild with a Trex like product. As of right now the plan is to repair and repaint. Our house could be on the market in the next several years and the new owners might not need the ramps. We will let them decide what they want to do.

3. According to this site (Roadtrippers), six of North America’s most wondrous waterfalls are-Webster’s Falls in Ontario, Upper Whitewater Falls in North Carolina, Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, Multnomah Falls in Oregon, The Lower Yellowstone Falls, and Niagara.  Have you seen any on the list? Which one on the list would you most like to visit? Prettiest waterfall not on the list that you’ve seen in person?

Have only been to Niagara Falls. I would be more than happy to visit any of them!

4. Looking back, what’s something you wish you’d done as a teenager?

Learned how to cook? My Mom and Grandma were good cooks and I could have learned a thing or two but I was not inclined. I came into marriage with the skills I picked up from my junior high HomEc classes. Scary, I know.

5. Ham…yes please or no thank you? If you said yes please which of the following do you like best-baked ham with all the trimmings, a ham and cheese sandwich, prosciutto with melon, a ham biscuit, a bowl of split pea and ham soup, or a slice of pizza topped with ham and pineapple?

I do like ham. Probably would enjoy it with all the trimmings the best. I waffled between that and the pizza, but I think I just have a hankering for pizza!
6. Are you typical of your generation? How so?

I think this is a hard question, I don’t really know what is typical of my generation. I seem to be typical of a lot of people I know. We have families, homes, are involved in serving the Lord at church and elsewhere, are coming up on retirement,  are not happy with our weight. I guess I am typical!

7. April rolls in at the end of the week, and in keeping with that theme…’act the fool’, ‘nobody’s fool’ ‘a fool’s errand’, ‘could have fooled me’…which foolish idiom most recently applies to you?

I frequently get involved in a fool’s errand. Sometimes because of my own forgetfulness, usually because the place I went doesn’t have what I need, which results in looking all over the place, and sometimes returning home empty handed. Fools errand, starring me as Fool.

 8.  Insert your own random thought here.

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

April 1 would have been my parents 45th wedding anniversary. Look at that hair, on both of them!!!! My Mom’s was seriously teased and my Dad’s was so black and there!!!! I just cut his hair this weekend and I can tell you he would dearly LOVE to have that head of hair now!!!!

I was 9 and my brother Beeve was 5. I remember my Mother’s icy blue dress and that’s about it. In hindsight, it was a pretty good day, we got Dad!

My Mom’s been gone for 6 years now but I will always remember the date as their day.


As an afterthought, did anyone else have that giant fork and spoon adorning their walls in the 70s? It was a very common thing when I was growing up!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Still Snapping


Still enjoying the Snapchat. I sometimes feel sorry for Honey, Mousey and the Capri’s L and D.



Snapsterpiece, that’s a great word!

Introduced it to my Dad yesterday.


He’s a fox.


For some reason I couldn’t forward the picture from Honey’s phone like I did with mine.. But as my Grandma and Mom used to say, there is more than one way to skin a cat, I took a picture of Honey’s screen with my phone and sent it along. By the way, that skin a cat saying is awful! Why are people skinning cats??? Ewww.

So many chins.


Quite possibly my all time favorite.


So far!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Happy Spring! If you would like to link up click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s. You can also see what others have to say!

1. Has spring sprung in your little corner of the world? Other than the calendar how would I know? What’s your favorite thing about spring?

We’ve got nothing going on at our house but as I was leaving my Bible study at church last week I saw this!!

It’s coming!!!

My favorite thing about spring is the flowering trees. They are beautiful and they also mean that the long, cold Michigan winter is OVER!!!!!!!

2. Besides the weather, what’s put a spring in your step recently?

I got my hairs cut last weekend when Mrs. Schmenkman was here, that always makes me feel springy!!!

3. How does Easter impact you?

I remember my friend NanC always saying that we as Christians should make a bigger deal of Easter than Christmas! She is right.

Central to our faith is the fact that Jesus willingly went to the cross and had all the sins of the world poured on Him. Mine included. He took our place and that is still something that is hard to get my head around. There had to be payment for our sins, and He paid it.

The celebration of Jesus rising from the grave after the crucifixion shows us that death has been defeated, our debt is cancelled, we can have new life in Him.

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” — Jesus Christ – John 11:25, 26

“The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence. Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” — Clarence W. Hall

“You Alone Can Rescue”

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

You, oh Lord, have made a way
The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

Matt Redman

I have been impacted. Thank you Lord!!!!!!!

4. I saw this somewhere on Facebook and thought it would make a fun Hodgepodge question. Which of the following would you find most disappointing…

a just stuffed taco shell breaking open and spilling out before you take the first bite? dropping a just-purchased Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts coffee? opening the peanut butter jar and finding it empty? upending onto the sidewalk a just-purchased ice cream cone? a burnt bagel popping up in your toaster when you’re rushing breakfast? or cutting into an avocado and finding out it’s rotten?

The most disappointing would be the burnt bagel when you are in a hurry. The saddest would be the lost ice cream cone.

5. What’s something held together with tape at your house? Or a paper clip? Or a wing and a prayer?

Sometimes this is a very common thing at our house! Honey is really good at keeping things working until they can be replaced but I can’t think of anything at the moment.

Oh, just thought of one, a few months ago he fixed something in my car with a zip tie, I guess that will do.

6. Do you feel underappreciated? In what way?

I have felt underappreciated at times in my life but it is not a regular thing. When I feel that way I try and ask myself why I am doing something in the first place. If I am doing the right thing for the right reasons, I shouldn’t have to hear someone’s appreciation of my efforts. Of course it’s nice, but it’s not essential. God sees.

Now if someone was taking advantage? That might be another story.

7. What’s something you’d build if you knew how?

I have been trying to get Honey to build something that could clean off the wheels of Abby’s wheelchair before she came into the house. I keep trying to convince him that it could be his million dollar, great idea!!!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Let’s go alllll the Way Back to 1989, The Ab-Cat’s first Easter! She was one month and one day old! Here she is wearing the little yellow dress her Grandma bought her, lying on a white blanket crocheted by her Great Grandma Georgia!

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It was her first Sunday in church and she was an angel baby!

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A special bonus; Uncle Beeve was home on leave from the Marines for Easter! Semper Fi.

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Thanks for stopping by. Happy Spring, Blessed Easter!

Schmenky Comes To Town


I believe I mentioned that Mrs. Schmenkman was coming to The Mitten for a visit. The visit was duel pronged, business and pleasure. Schmenky is a wildlife rehabilitator in Virginia, where she lives with her husband Mr. C and their many critters on Sassy Cat Hill. As of last week she was also hosting FOUR beavers of various ages That is a lot.

Beav’s are a 2 year commitment for a rehabilitator, that’s how long they need to stay with their mothers to have a successful beavery life. It involves months of bottle feeding, snuggling, water care and general food and cage maintenance. It takes a big chunk of time, energy and money to raise the youngsters and keep them comfy, housed and fed until they can be released back into the wild.

At the moment she has 2 one year old babies, a two year old slated to be released this spring and she had Matilda, not sure how old, who had been found injured and was a special needs beav. Schmenk had been contacted by the Howell Nature Center in Michigan to see if she could bring her handicapped beav to live with their handicapped beav, Woppy, who had been shot and was also unreleasable. So Matilda went to live in a group home with him!!!!

The drive up from Virginia was uneventful _thank you Lord!) and the transfer went smoothly! The person in charge of the facility texted Schmenk the next day and said when she left the night before they had been snuggling and she knew Matilda had eaten because all of the food was gone the next morning, and Woppy typically does not eat all of his dinner. It sounds like a match made in heaven.

After the animal re-homing, it was time to visit!

Here are half of The Capri’s! Capri K, Capri D and Capri L, also known as Mrs. Schmenkman! We were missing Capri’s P, Laurie, and A, as we always do!

Here I am showing them Honey’s Christmas present, the selfie stick!

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The gals came over Friday morning and everyone got their hairs done, which was greatly appreciated by ALL! We then went to Ikea, Kirkland’s and to Wayne to visit a new store owned by one of Schmenky’s former high school classmates. It was a lovely little place called Helium Studio and we wish them much success! Handmade, interesting art, and lots of Michigan stuff! They even teach some classes.

I didn’t take any pictures because that seemed creepy and stalkerish, but I did get this one in the hall, where no one could see me.

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Striking resemblance.

Everyone reconvened back at our place for dinner, fish tacos! This time Honey and Deb’s honey, BFG, joined us.

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Showing BFG the selfie stick. He is a big old hunk of honey!

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Back to US!!!!

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We were having a fine time!

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Sy could not figure out what was going on. He almost seemed worried.

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One of the first things Schmenk mentioned on arrival was how did we take those funny pictures she had been seeing on the blog? She wanted IN. In order to use the filters, you have to be on Snapchat.

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Unfortunately for The Ab-Cat she was home and available, hence she was the unlucky one who had to sign us all up for Snapchat!!!! Oh she hates instructing us elders on the technology! What’s not to love about 4 old people firing questions at you all at once????? It was an ordeal for her.

What is this for? How do you get there? How do you friend? WHERE IS THE WALL???? How can you go back? How, H.O.W., HOW???????? Rapid fire machine gun style.

Bless her heart real good, we Capri’s and Honey are now all participating members of the Snapchat community! She was not pleased and would not accept our friend request. Her monumental loss, she misses out on gems like this.


Or this sparkling beauty.


You know we had to try all of the filters.


Oh yes, we did.


Lest you think it was only us amusing ourselves, Mousey and her “friend”, who needs to choose a blob name, were right there in the thick of it with us.

I feel safe posting this on the blob because they posted it on Facebook for the whole world to see.


I love how his nose and lips fit perfectly in her cheek!


She’s so purty!

AND back to us! We were laughing SO hard with this stuff!!! I think BFG thought we were nuts. Honey knows we are.


This could quite possibly be Honey’s favorite thing EVER.


Looks like the Dad from The Incredibles!


Even Sy got in on it. I call this rat cat with crimped whiskers.


He was very done with us at this point, slapping that phone away.


I snapped this to them after they left. A sweet parting memory.


Ah. It was a fun night. Look out world, we are unleashed!!!



Beeve called last week and asked if I might want to go and see Goomba get an award at school. Of COURSE I would!!!

Medium Goomba goes to a local charter school and he was nominated Student of the Month for encouragement by his teacher!

Eight years old and in second grade, rocking a new hair-do and his fancy school hoodie!

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His parents were just a little proud!

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Goomba said when he saw his Dad and I there he thought something might be up!

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I know he’s my favorite Puma!!! Good job Goomba!

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A Few More


Mousey sent me a couple of her pictures from the fun wedding last weekend!


That’s our purty Mousey!


And then there are these two. Lord have mercy.


We have certainly enjoyed the heck out of this filter business.


I have a video that I dearly wish I could show you but I haven’t a clue how to get it on here.

In COMPLETELY other news,

Guess what??? Mrs. Schmenkman is coming for a visit on Thursday!!!!!!! In the words of Mousey, “I am so essited!!!”

Mike and Jen Got Married!!!!!!!


There was a celebration in Detroit this weekend!

We gathered at the Belle Isle Casino for the wedding of this fine couple and it was a very joyous occasion!

This is Mike and Jen. Mike was The Boy and Elyk’s junior high small group leader. They met Mike when they were 11, isn’t that funny?! They have all remained friends and Mike has graciously mentored these two knuckleheads way longer than duty called for.

When Mike met Jen it was pretty apparent he had found the one his heart longed for. Everyone loved her and we were all just waiting to attend the wedding!

The top picture was from The Boy and The Dane’s wedding, bottom one from Elyk and Ailsse’s wedding.


I haven’t been to Bell Isle in many, many years, and then only to the aquarium and petting zoo. This was the casino, which wasn’t a casino at all but a lovely old building with much charm.


The Boy and Elyk, among others, were groomsmen. There’s our handsome Boy.


And the love birds! There were tears…


and smiles, and kisses!


They were SO happy!!!!


I totally lifted this from The Ab-Cat’s instagram because I do a terrible job at taking pictures of anything but people. And sometimes not so good of even them.


The Bride’s sister made the beautiful cookies AND the yummy wedding cake. That I have no picture of, see above.


They are one of the finest young couples I know.


Even though everyone in our party looked fetching, our photographs were not always so swell.


One of my faves, I heart those faces!


Elyk and his October Bride Alisse came in from Illinois.


The Groom’s mom, our friend Teri, was looking most loverly!


Alisse was our seat saver, she had to be there super early. It was an important job.


The Dane, The Boy, Mousey got their groove on.


I personally thought The Ab-Cat was absolutely adorable! Mousey did her makeup and I loved it!!!!!

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Another one of pretty Teri!


Doing that thing they do. Snap chat 4-ever.


Our little Mousey was not feeling her best, she had been feverish the night before but she was a trooper.


We were seated at a different table than The Boy and The Dane, on the other side of the room, so we didn’t see a ton of them.

It was a wonderful night and we are SO thankful God brought Mike and Jen together!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys! Glad you stopped by! A big thank you to Joyce for gathering us together and giving us things to talk about.

1. March is National Women’s History Month. In that vein, who are three women who’ve been influential in your life? How so?

I have had the blessing of many influential women in my life but I think I will say my Mother, her mother, my Grandma Georgia, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I think I have always been aware that I was influenced by my Mom, but I realize it even more the older I get. She has been gone for 6 years now but I still hear her in my mind. I remember her wisdom, advice and perseverance when life life is hard. I would dearly love to be able to talk with her and get her perspective again. I guess I would say she taught me how to be.

My Grandma Georgia was a real treasure. She was kind, loving, no respecter of persons, a prayer warrior and a super fun gal! She also knew a thing or twenty about persevering when life was difficult. I guess I come from women who could live with joy in the unexpected trials of life.

Even though I didn’t know Laura, I felt like I did! She influenced my love of reading and gave me a look into how life was very different not so long ago. I loved reading about her adventures, her simple love and loyalty for her family, how they did things in her lifetime and even their  hardships and disappointments were presented as something one could overcome. I was a better person for knowing her. 

2. In what ways do you think women have it easier than men?

Strictly speaking for myself, I have it easier than Honey because I can’t fix things like he can. He has had to take care of some pretty hard/ nasty/ complicated problems. And for that I am very thankful!!!!!!

3. What do you need most right now: faith, love, hope, or peace?

This Presidential election has me feeling a little hopeless and anything but peaceful. I’ll have some hope and peace please.


4. Do you have a collection? If so, what do you collect and why?

Not in the usual sense, but I do look for shells and rocks that are heart shaped. It started many years ago when one of the kids gave me a little heart shaped rock they had found., I kept it on my ring holder. So I guess I have a little collection going there!

5. Plaids, checks, polka dots, stripes…your favorite?

I guess polka dots would be my fave but I don’t wear them much. They seem happy, don’t you think?

I do seem to have some stripes as well, see picture above.

6. In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?

I still love the kitties, just like I always did! Still love to be caught up reading a good book, listening to the musical soundtrack of my youth, and I continue to have a soft spot for the Star Trek franchise.

7. You’re a contestant on the TV game show Jeopardy. What category will you ace? 

Well,  I am pretty unbeatable playing the pink entertainment category on Trivia Crack.  I am a fountain of useless information. I would do pretty well in a Beatle’s category as well.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Let’s go Way Back to the late 1980s to see my influential Mom and Grandma! It looks like they are heading off to church, it could possibly be Easter Sunday, in Englewood Florida.


I love these ladies, they are my People. I like to imagine they are probably gardening together in heaven for their Lord.

Thanks for stopping by.