Monthly Archives: May 2016

Way Back When-sday-One Year


May 19 was the one year marking of my Father’s passing.

Here he is young and handsome, serving his country in the Army.

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I remember these days! Playing on the floor with Girl Cousins Lynn and Kay!

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I don’t know what this is from, but it has always been one of my favorites. I had it in a frame for many years.

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We gathered in the town where he lived. His granddaughter Leslie had a great idea and was the planner. She is the smiling gal at the top, and Medium Goomba is on her left.. On the bottom is his daughter in law Karen, me, my brother Beeve and Dad’s son in law Mark.


This is what happens when your phone leaves your hand, it gets attached to your selfie stick and comes back with many pictures you have no knowledge of!

Grandson Michael, son Beeve, Goomba, grandson Eric and granddaughter Leslie!


Awww, I know those guys!!!! The Ab-Cat, Goomba, Beeve, Mousey and The Good Eater!


Dad’s wife Marilyn, son Beeve, daughter me, and son Mark.


Nana getting loves from the grands.


The Good Eater got a new camera and it is pretty fine! This was the best picture of the night!


Not everyone was able to attend, but there was enough family and love to properly remember Dennis/Dad/Papa!

Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life. ~Albert Einstein

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His stone of remembrance near the Livonia Police Station.

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Happy Birthday to Honey!


It was a big day last Saturday, Honey turned 59!!!!! #59isfine!!!!!


There are many, many wonderful things to say about Honey, but I will stick with the last number of his age and give you 9 reasons why I love him so, along with some of the ultra sexy snap chats he regularly sends me. Lucky y’all!

1. He has always, a.l.w.a.y.s., ALWAYS worked his tail off for his family! And that cord behind him in this picture looks like a tail! It has always been very important to him to provide for us and he has certainly excelled. He has given us a wonderful life.


2. He has a generous, kind heart. To us, to others, to ministries furthering God’s kingdom.


3. He brings us apple fritters from our favorite bakery on special occasions, YUM! Even when he was on a diet and could not partake himself!!!!!


4. He handles insurance car stuff, because he knows I hate it and am not capable.


5. The Ab-Cat says he is caring and thoughtful to help her when she needs it. Whether it is computer help, job application help, or fixing glitches in her tv or car. And he is funny! I am here to tell you that no one makes her laugh like her Dad!


6. Mousey says he is goofy, and she likes that quality in a Dad. He is also thoughtful and sweet, like when he makes her a special breakfast before she leaves for school. She also likes a weeper, so he has secured a soft spot in her heart forever.


7. I am also going to claim funny. I saw something on Pinterest that said something along the lines of;

Manners matter. Good looks are a bonus. Humor is a must. I TOTALLY agree!!!!!!! He makes me laugh 🙂

8. I like how his mind works! Beeve was coming over the other day to help him carry our new patio table to the back. It is slate and HEAVY and I proved less than useless in the endeavor. Beeve asked how it was going to happen and I said I didn’t know, but that Honey was probably already working on a plan in his head. Sure enough, when Honey woke up that day, the first thing he said was, I figured out how we are going to move that table! And so they did!

He’s also a handy fixer AND doer!

And last but not least, number 9. He loves his people. Very simply put, there is not much he would not do for us. We love him back and are blessed to have him in our lives!

I asked him several times what he wanted to do for his birthday and he was not very helpful. He finally decided that he had a hankering to try and make kebabs, so that is what we did. Marinated chicken and steak, mushrooms, zucchini, orange pepper (because that was all they had, how weird), onion, cherry tomato and cloves of garlic. 

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Mousey also made tabbouli, have I ever mentioned that she and Honey make the best tabbouli? Well they DO!


We christened the new patio table! The Good Eater joined us for dinner and Honey’s requested dessert, peanut butter cookies.

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It was a noble first effort! There was much discussion about what worked (flavors, marinade, good degree of cooking on vegetables) what didn’t (garlic clove, Mousey didn’t like the cherry tomatoes, and the meat pieces could have been bigger) and how we could do things differently in the future, cause there will be a repeat!

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Happy Birthday to my favorite guy!


We are SO glad you were born!!!!!!!


Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


It’s good to be back with The Hodgepodge!

1. Tell us about a time you found yourself ‘in the middle of nowhere’. Was this deliberate?

I can’t recall but you can be sure it was NOT deliberate!!!

2. What’s something you’re ‘in the middle of’ today or this week? 

Goodness, I have been in the middle of a hectic month!!! I hosted a BSF get together for our end of year Sharing Day last Thursday, and it gave me a reason to do a few things that needed doing. You know how that is, one thing leads to another. Spring cleaning, yard work and deck painting ensued. It’s always good to have a deadline, right?? And then for some reason I scheduled nearly all my temple maintenance appointments for this week, attended two funerals, and bought a car full of flowers that need to get planted.. In addition I have also done much hair because I am heading down to Virginia to see Mrs. Schmenkman next week for our annual Memorial Day Extravaganza, and everyone including my brother wants to catch me before I go! I will be sliding into Dulles International Airport like Kramer on Seinfeld!

3. At what age do you think ‘middle age’ begins? What does it mean to be ‘middle aged’? 

My first thought was 40s, but then I decided that the 50s seemed more appropriate for us. It’s a transition from the daily parenting of children, launching them, and the realization that we will be retired in a year or so. There are a lot of possibilities and many decisions, it’s fun to talk and ponder about this next stage!  

4. Ravioli, stuffed peppers, samosas, deviled eggs, steamed dumplings, pierogis, or a jelly donut…your favorite food (from this list!) with something yummy in the middle. Your favorite not on the list? 

If I am being honest? A jelly doughnut. I am a fan of a delicious doughnut.

5. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ”In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.’ Would you agree? Have you found this to be true in your own life? Feel free to elaborate. 

Agreed. We have experienced many difficulties in our life, some common to man, while others had the potential to break our children, family and our marriage. The weights of this world can crush you if you don’t have a firm foundation. I don’t know why God chose for us the life we have had, but I do know that in all of our trials He gave us the opportunity to learn something about life, ourselves and Him. We have had the opportunity to see Him work in our lives, big picture and small. To feel His hand of comfort and provision, through ordinary, providential and extraordinary means. Not everyone has been blessed, as we were, to see how the body of Christ can come along side and lift up its broken members, and be the hands and feet of Jesus. If not for the difficulties, we would have missed those opportunities, To have gone through the difficulties and chosen not to see the opportunities would have been the biggest waste of suffering ever.

6. What’s a song you remember loving from your middle school years? Do you love it still? 

Funny you should ask this question! I heard a song while driving this week that took me back to junior high! Does anyone remember when Peter Frampton came alive!!! Oh, that album was HUGE in Michigan! I heard Do You Feel Like We Do and could remember every word, guitar solo and talk box solo!!

7. May 18th is National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate? Which relative would you visit if time, distance, and expense were not considered. 

I am going to see a whole bunch of relatives tomorrow when our family gathers to mark the first year of my Father’s passing. It will be a celebration of his life.

If I could visit anyone, I would choose my Aunt Ava and Uncle Frank. They live in Tampa and we did visit them last October, but it’s not the same as being able to drop by and visit any time we would like. Ava is my Father’s sister and she has a lot of stories and facts stored in her brain. I like visiting with them!


Here we are with my Girl Cousin Lynn. We had her Mama, my Aunt Ava, take our picture and we about died laughing when we discovered that she took a burst of 80 pictures!!!!


8. Insert your own random thought here. 

This Way Back When-sday is from last year.

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my Father’s passing away from pulmonary fibrosis.. I spent the last night with him in his hospice room. He was there exactly one day. No one expected him to pass that quickly. I was thankful to have that time with him. We talked about many things, love, regrets, heaven. It seems like yesterday.


Thank you for stopping by, enjoy your week.

Deck Painting Party!


I hope you all had a Happy Mothers Day!!

Here are my favorite Mamas! I do believe there is grey hair in my future! Actually, I already know, the future is now.


We had ourselves a fine day of deck painting! Our decks were last stained 8 years ago when we hosted our family reunion. 8 long and grueling winters ago and the decks showed every single one of them.

The last few years we have gone back and forth and back and forth about painting or replacing them. We finally decided to make some much needed repairs and then paint them with Behr Deck Over. Then in a couple years, when Honey is retired, we will either Trex them both or maybe even take the ramp down completely. Abby can get to the backyard from the garage, it’s not like she would be barred from the pool area. As we think about resale we realize that not everyone needs a long ramp down to the pool. We would then have to cement the area underneath and then maybe I can talk Honey into ditching our smaller brick paver patio. I will never choose to have those things EVER again. We should not have to weed our brick pavers.


Goodbye orangy stain and bare floor boards!! Good riddance.

Honey replaced some boards that were becoming safety hazards.


Where the heck did the dryer vent get to?


It was rather unsightly.


I am having some ladies over on Thursday after our BSF sharing Day. Nothing like having a gathering to light a fire under you to accomplish some things that really need to happen anyway!! I asked Honey if he thought we might be able to knock it out before Thursday, he thought we could! So for Mothers Day I asked my people to all lend a hand!

They predicted rain all weekend but it never came. At one point it looked foreboding, I asked the Lord to please hold back the rain, and He did!!!!


Sy wanted to get in on the action. He made such a fuss moaning and yowling when he was inside at the screen door that we leashed him and brought him out. He was a total nuisance though, and when he realized that he wasn’t missing out on anything fun, he gladly went back in and slept the rest of the day.


We painted ALL the live long day. There are a LOT of spindles. Very tedious.


But we had each other to visit with and 94.7 WCSX, Detroit’s finest classic rock radio station, to help pass the time. I feel like I need to brag a little here. Every year we go to Florida and we look for a good classic rock station, because that is the only music we all can agree on. They have a couple but they either play classic rock that is NOT classic, OR they play things that should NEVER be considered on a classic rock station. I’m looking at you Human League. In what world is Don’t You Want Me Baby? a classic rock song? It’s a perfectly fine song but it has no business pretending to be classic rock. All that to say that Detroit classic rock is a superior choice. Except for the Billy Joel selections. He has no business being their either, IMHO.

It was a bummer hearing a couple of the commercials though. Hearing repeatedly about getting Trex decking so you NEVER have to paint or stain your decks again was particularly harsh. And then there was the odd one giving away tickets to see Australian Pink Floyd. Why did they always say Australian? What does that even mean anyway? Aren’t they from England?


There we go, looking SO much better!!!!!


Good bye orangy stain, I can’t even remember what you looked like!


We are ever so pleased! There is still a bit of walking around looking for places to touch up, as there always is. We used this Behr Deck Over on our patio a couple of summers ago and have no complaints, hopefully it works as well on decks as it does on concrete. We are sold so far!!!


We were all so sore after crawling around and painting all day! I am very thankful to my people for a fine Mothers Day present!!!

I just looked at the weather forecast for Thursday, it said thunder storms. Oh well, I am so glad to have it finished anyway!!! I could ask the Lord for another favor….. 🙂

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys! Welcome to the first Hodgepodge of May, if you would like to join up, click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s! Special thanks to Joyce for hosting when she is on vacation!

1. What’s something fun you’re looking forward to on your May calendar?

I will be heading down to Virginia to visit my dear friend Mrs. Schmenkman for our annual Memorial Day Extravaganza!!! It is always a fine time of shopping, eating, and visiting, with the added bonus of doing each others hair and having frozen yogurt, ice cream, dessert or smoothies at least once a day. At least. Plus she has a lot of kitty cats, critters and pretty gardens!

This will be our 21st year of the Hootenanny! Here we are in 2012, when I was blonder and Schmenky was darker, it’s usually the other way around!!


2. What are some images that come to mind when you hear the word mother?

Pretty smile, soft skin, ready laugh, loving heart, that’s my Mother. 2009, our last Mother’s Day together.


 3. What’s something beautiful you own or have seen that’s made of glass?

The group I run with is called The Capri’s, and they are a talented bunch! Capri L (aka Mrs. Schmenkman) and Capri D are especially fond of mosaicing and they do beautimous work! It just so happens that I am showing you roosters, but they both do SO much more than roosters!!!! They can do wonderful things with glass, and they are my faves!

Deb’s guy, named Fin, because he is FIN-ISHED!!! I love his feets!

And Schmenky’s fine fellow! They both have their own distinct flavor!

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4. Was today typical? If not what made it unusual?

I was doing a bit of spring cleaning, so not exactly typical. I also helped Honey replace the cushion and canopy for our outside swing, which we have never had to do before, so definitely unusual. It was a bear to get on, grrrr. 

5. What is a quality you wish you could have more of?

Hmmmm, there are so many.

I have often wished I were more thoughtful. It’s a hard one though, you can’t make yourself BE more thoughtful because you just don’t THINK to BE thoughtful. Conundrum.

6. What’s the next major purchase you need to make? Will it happen in the month of May?

Kitchen faucet, patio table and gallons of Deck Over. Most likely.

7. What responsibility/job/work did you dislike while growing up but has proved helpful to you as an adult?

I cleaned the house for my Mom when I was growing up and I’m quite sure I groaned and complained while vacuuming, dusting, doing dishes and cleaning bathrooms. I have to say it has totally come in handy.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

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

My brother Beeve and I with our Mom on Mother’s Day, maybe around early 2000s. My Mom sure had tall children!

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Beeve sent me this last night. She is always walking right beside us, in our hearts.


And me with our babies, probably 1996. Precious memories.


Thanks for stopping by!