Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


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1. It’s National Waffle Day (August 24th)…what decision are you currently ‘waffling over’? (or share one you’ve recently ‘waffled over’)

I goggled this to be sure I was using it correctly and discovered there were 2 definitions of the word waffling!

NORTH AMERICAN: fail to make up one’s mind.

BRITISH: speak or write, especially at great length, without saying anything important or useful.  

I will go with the North American version because that was what I thought it meant.

Honey and I are waffling all over the place on where we will live when he retires in January of 2018. We currently have 3 options.

1. Move house and hearth to South Carolina, or North Carolina, or Tennessee, or Georgia, you get the idea. Somewhere warmer than The Mitten in wintertime.

2. Stay in our home here and be a snowbird, to Florida or elsewhere, in the heinous winter months.

3. Anything in the whole Anything Kingdom in between!

We clearly have not gotten to the point where we can stick our landing.

2. It’s the middle of August, but I’m already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-
make s’mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe
Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?

I do think we rush our seasons. I am not against thinking ahead, but when there is nary a bathing suit to be found in JULY but you can find a complete fall wardrobe? Seems a little silly. One time I lost a pair of gloves in the winter and I could hardly replace them!

Have already had a s’more, relaxed by a pool, had a couple delightful days at Lake Michigan and watched a couple sunsets, and had a potluck BBQ with our Caregroup.

I would still like to read a novel this summer, and I may get a chance when we go on vacation the beginning of next month, which will also be our last minute summer getaway and opportunity to be a tourist for a day!

 3. Your favorite summertime ‘art’ found in nature?

Sunset on Lake Michigan in South Haven. That God, He’s a Wonderful Maker.

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying ‘We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.’ Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?

I think I judge myself and others by actions. Anyone, myself included, can have the best of intentions but if there is no follow through it seems like like a wasted effort. You can be sitting there all alone with your good intentions and no one would ever know. Plus, how could you even know the intentions of others unless they told you, and then WHY would they do that? Good for you, your intention was fantastic!

This is an area that I can struggle with. Some people see a need or are able to predict a need and just jump right in. I can talk myself right out of my good intentions with thoughts of, they don’t want that, or maybe they need something else. It’s something I discuss with God a LOT. I am trying to be Holy Spirit led, not Capri K led.

5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.

I can go both ways on this one. I have proven myself to be very competent in extreme crisis, but I have also been paralyzed by indecision and overwhelmed in other circumstances. As I think about this more I realize that I was very useful when the crisis involved my kids, I was ON IT! In other areas maybe less so. I guess it’s the Mama Bear syndrome.

6. What’s been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you’ll continue making as the seasons change?

We have had tacos more than usual this summer. Fish tacos and regular tacos. We might continue the trend or might not.

Funny story; when Honey was perfecting his fish tacos we had them a lot with different groups of people, which is often the case over here with a new recipe. It just so happened it was when Mousey’s “friend” The Big Eater started eating over here quite a bit. I actually remember saying to Honey that Big Eater was going to think that was all we ever ate!!!

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?

The Girls got them for Christmas and we have all done a little. I would enjoy it more if I had markers instead of the colored pencils we were using. I think they made me press too hard and that made my hand more tired than I felt necessary. Have I bought any markers to make my coloring experience more enjoyable? I have not. Maybe this Christmas. Clearly not a priority around here, although I do think the activity is somewhat relaxing.

I do have to say though, I was an AWESOME color-er in my youth!!!!!
8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Here is an early Happy Birthday to our dear Mousey who turns 22 on Saturday!!! We are going Way Back When-sday to 1998 when she turned a darling 4 years old!


Oh baby girl, you were and are a delight!

Thanks for stopping by!


3 responses »

  1. I am using pencils too and think I might like the markers better. Giving myself carpal tunnel with those pencils : ) Love that sunset!! Happy birthday to Mousey!


  2. Do you live in South Haven? I have many connections to your city. My grandmother immigrated from England to work as a nanny in one of the old victorian homes near the lakefront. That is where she meet my grandfather. My mother and her high school friends (all in there late 70’s) rent a large house every summer for a weekend reunion in South Haven. I’ve sailed there many times from Indiana. Love your city!


  3. Happy birthday to that sweet and cutie pie girl. She has probably changed quite a bit, but I am guessing the smile and twinkly eyes are still there. Your second paragraph under 4 is what I do sometimes, too.


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