Monthly Archives: November 2016

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Howdy all! Welcome to the last November Hodgepodge of 2016! If you would like to link up, click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s, she will be glad to have you!

1. Give us three rhyming words that say something about your Thanksgiving holiday (or your most recent holiday gathering if you didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving).

Greeting, eating and fleeting!!!
2. When did you last say, ‘the more the merrier’? Did you mean it?

On Thanksgiving day. The Boy’s good friend Elyk texted and asked if we had room for him and his wife, Pug Mama. They were supposed to have gone to Iowa to be with her family in the days before the holiday, but Elyk had come down with a cold that would have made him a socially unacceptable guest. He was feeling much better by Thursday so they joined us, and the more was merrier indeed!
3. What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is your same age?

I don’t know what to say to this. I usually give information to my friends who are a little younger because I feel like someone should benefit from my pain/ misfortune, and if it can help others be aware, proactive, or not feel like they are losing their minds, than I consider that a win!

People my own age are usually struggling with the same junk, and we are all flocking to our slightly older friends for their advice!!!
4. You’re ordering a veggie plate, what four veggies are on it?

Asparagus, cauliflower, mushroom and potato. I would surely be missing the protein though!
5. Shop til you drop! Did you? Have you ever? Will you between now and Christmas?

Many, many, many times. Mrs. Schmenkman and I have shopped til we dropped a good deal in our younger years! Honey and I shopped til we dropped in North Carolina looking for furniture about 17 years ago.

I probably won’t anytime before Christmas. Honey and I usually only go out a couple of times for specific things and that does not equal shopping til dropping. We do a lot online anymore.
6. What’s your favorite chair in your house, and why is it a favorite?

I usually sit on the couch, but I blog in this chair so that makes it a favorite spot. Many streams of thought have been captured while sitting here.


7. Share an early memory of faith, religion, or spirituality.

I went to Sunday School every week when I was young. Some lovely, dedicated women and men faithfully taught wiggly little boys and girls about God and His plan of salvation. I remember loving flannel boards with exotic scenery, stories about Adam and Eve, Joseph and his coat of many colors, Baby Moses and then his parting the Red Sea, Jonah and the fish, and Jesus’ life, His disciples, and His death and resurrection. I am thankful for that early education from God’s Word.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post along with the November 29 thankfulness.

Here I am with The Boy around 1997 or 98.


November 29th, we were so thankful that The Boy and The Dane were able to come home for Thanksgiving!!! I dropped them off at the airport at 4:30 yesterday morning and they are back in Washington state, safe and sound. It was a good visit and we will see them again in Florida in February!


Thanks for stopping by!


Thankful 19-26


Whoa, I got WAY behind there!!! It’s been a busy, busy week! Back to the thankfulness!

November 19

Thankful for what IS there; faith, family, friendship and home and hope.

FullSizeRender (65)

November 20

I am thankful for words of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She filled my childhood with the joy of reading, a window into the past, and a love of the simple life. #lauraingallsismyspiritanimal

FullSizeRender (66)

November 21

I am thankful to be able to study God’s Word at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and for all the ladies!!! Since our class day is normally on Thursday, we switched to Monday and had an abbreviated leaders meeting at 7:30 before our class. It made for a long, full day, but it’s God’s class and He worked it out! One of our former children’s leaders was visiting for the holiday. She not only filled in as a teacher in our classroom, she also was able to meet for lunch! BSF knits hearts Y’All!!!

FullSizeRender (67)

Photo credit Lisa Bell!

November 22

The Boy and The Dane made it in from Washington state at 8 p.m., safe and sound!!!! Had to stop at Coney Island on the way home!

November 23

Thankful for all our People under one roof again!!!!

November 24

A full house at Thanksgiving!! We were joined by The Grandpa, Elyk and Pug Mama, and our dear friends The Hostler’s! The “Badults” were outnumbered this year so the kids got the dining room!


We did alright!


The Boy’s favorite meal of the year, it’s all about that dressing.


Honey felt his turkey carving skills were stellar this year!


Awesome Autumn was wanting to hold a kitty-witty, Sy obliged her and took a nap on her lap.


Ab-Cat and The Grandpa. He got both of the drumsticks! He didn’t eat them both, he took one home!


Rae Babe and Jona-fin.


They like each other.


We played a game I love called Heads Up!! I have GOT to get it on my phone! Lots of food, fun and laughs, a very good day!

November 25

I am WAY thankful the dishes are all washed!!!!! OYE!

November 26

Thankful that Honey took us all out for dinner at Black Rock Grill, where we cooked our own steaks on a 750 degree hot lava stone!! The dessert was sparkly!


We came home after and played Peanuts and Golf, and Honey booked flights for us to go to Florida in February!


Will catch up on the rest another day!

15, 17, 18


I have gotten myself a little joofered up on the thankfulness posting due to participating in the Hodgepodge. I will go back and then leap abruptly forward. Just like how I operate in real life.

November 15

I am super thankful we have a brand spanking new T.J. Maxx in our town!!!!!!! It opened last Sunday and Abby and I drove by thinking we might drop in and take a gander, but NO, it was a freaking madhouse! So we went on Monday and enjoyed the excursion very much! I went back with my friend Marilyn on Wednesday, because she is one to appreciate a pretty new store as well. This could be dangerous, just saying. After both visits I wondered why I did not think to take a picture, I feel this post needs a picture.

November 17

I am thankful for the glorious fall we have had! I heard a rumor that things are going to change this weekend though. Honey was the bearer of this news, and on Wednesday he suggested we take advantage of of the fine weather to do a little leaf raking, lawn mowing and other things outside that one does not like to engage in when the temperatures drop into the 20s and 30s. Much was accomplished!

November 18

Which brings me up to date and leaves me thankful for back medication!!!! We are both feeling our age and complaining our backs are killing us!

Enjoy your weekend!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys! The Hodgepodge has been on a break while our fearless leader Joyce moved into her new home and reconnected with the internet! If you would like to link up click on the button below.


1. Let’s all think happy thoughts…share one of yours here.

Let’s go Way Back When-sday now, around the early 2000s.

Well, there are these little nuggets! At Joni Earackson Tada’s Family Retreat in Indiana.


They can certainly trigger a happy thought! At Grandma and Grandpa’s pool in Lakeland, Florida.


2. There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “If you want happiness for an hour take a nap, if you want happiness for a day-go fishing….” What say you? If you want happiness for a day _____________.

Have lunch with an old, dear friend! Thanks Rae Babe!

3. Where do you go to decompress from the world around you?

BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is a good place for that. Man, I love those women. When our world is a big ball of divided discontent there is nothing better than to be surrounded by a group of Believers where we focus on what unites us instead of what divides us.

4. What song never fails to make you happy?

Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake was my happy song this summer!

5. Wednesday is National Fast Food Day. Should that be a thing? Apparently it is, so tell us what’s the last ‘fast food’ you consumed? If you were putting together your own version of a ‘happy meal’ what would you include?

Sure, it can be a thing, we celebrate most anything these days! I don’t usually eat fast food but we did go through the McDonald’s drive though last weekend for ice cream. Any happy meal of mine would probably contain some kind of dessert.

6. In a few sentences tell us why you blog.

The main reason I blog anymore is I use this space as my memory bank! Secondary reasons are it helps maintain some long distance relationships and gives me a creative outlet to get some thoughts out. I have always considered it a slice of our life, preserved for our family. I know I would have loved to have such a journal of my grandparents lives.

7. List seven things you’re feeling especially grateful for today.

Reflection, conviction, mercy, grace, forgiveness, restoration, fresh starts. The Lord doesn’t leave us in our failure, and I am grateful for that.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The moon was still out and living large yesterday on our morning walk at around 7:45!



Have a good week!

Three More


This posting every day is not going so well for me, how did I ever do it??? How about three things I am thankful for and then I will be all caught up!!! Some will be more important than others, but sometimes the little things make life joyful!

Thankful number one.

On Friday night our church had a ladies event. Dinner, encouraging speaker and capped off with shopping for hand crafted things, it was a great success!!!!


Dinner was served by the men in our church, you can see them in the background looking all spiffy in their white shirts and ties! I went with my sister in law Stacey and my friends CMB and Beth. We did not know the lovely women who were also seated at our table, but we had a nice time with them! We were encouraged to take a table picture and post them on social media with the hash tags.


We knew that all the money raised on this night was going to World Orphans, where our church is personally involved with three orphanages; in Kenya, Ethiopia and Haiti. Stacey told me that ALL the money raised went to the cause, not just a portion. They told us in church yesterday that they raised almost $12,000 dollars!!!! That goes a long way in helping these homes with their yearly budgets! I am so thankful for the way our church supports and takes part in the spreading of God’s love and care to others that live far away. I will admit that ladies events are not my cup of tea, but I was happy to be a very small part of the night.

Thankful number two.

We like to eat out in our family. Well, I like to eat out possibly the most, due to my ambivalence about cooking. I tried to explain it to my Mom once, because I am pretty sure she thought we ate out too much. What I told her was it was a time that we could all visit. No one had to prepare the meal, clean up after it, everyone can choose what they would like, always a bonus for finicky children, all around just a nice time to sit and talk and catch up, all things our family sincerely enjoys doing. We can do the same thing at home when we cook, but sometimes it’s nice to just plan to all be together and dine out.

We had such an evening on Saturday night. Outback had some sort of special with never ending shrimp and The Ab-Cat volunteered to take us out because she is a fan of the unending shrimp experience. She takes us out quite frequently, although sometimes only Honey and I are available. On Saturday Mousey and The Good Eater were on board as well. We arrived before 5, we agreed that we all prefer to eat with our elderly population. I just don’t like to eat late at night, going to bed on such a full stomach is unappealing, and if you don’t eat early in our town you are going to have a lengthy wait. Mousey and I have a small window of feeling peckish to full on HANGRY. It is wise not to anger us! We had a very nice, enjoyable evening! Thank you Abby!!!

All that to say, I am thankful to be able to dine out with my family.

Thankful number three.

Speaking of The Ab-Cat, I am so, so SO thankful for her new job!!!!!!! That is 7 exclamation points because 7 is God’s number! It has been such a joy to see how happy she has been! She has a sparkle I haven’t seen in a long time. She goes in each day glad for the opportunity to be helpful and useful to the teacher and the children. I ask her to tell me something funny that a child said and she has something to tell!!!

I saw her principal at the ladies event and we both agreed that God has been involved in this every step of the way. That is a very cool thing to see AND acknowledge. She has been the answer to a great many prayers over the years and it was good to hear her side of the story!

All caught up! I am very sad to see that NONE of you have anything to be thankful for, or at least nothing you are willing to share in the comments! 😉

Post Election Thankfulness


I am three days behind in saying what I am thankful for. Not that I haven’t been thankful. I have just been busy with life and watching more news coverage than usual. Our country is in the throes of a stunning upset and I am curious to hear the perspectives of how this has happened, how things will move forward, and what needs to be learned. There are a lot of people, as my Grandma Georgia used to say, spouting off. Some are worth listening to and others are not.

The first thing I am thankful for is the ability to have an election. Free to have the privilege to cast a vote every 4 years. Some years I have been happy with the outcome, other years I have been sad. I have been on both sides of the election coin, which is probably a good thing to experience.

I am thankful that we are allowed free speech and opinion in our country. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of us do not have the same freedom to disagree with you. Or be ashamed of you.              


To the college students walking down the hall of their school carrying a Trump sign chanting “white power”, you are awful examples of the human race.

To the protester saying “people have to die, there will be casualties on both sides”, you are also an awful example of the human race.

It’s their right to say it and it’s our right to dismiss them.

The third thing I am thankful for is the resiliency of our country. This is not the first time we have been divided. Not the last time there will be an upset. The pendulum swings, course corrects and swings again, it is our way. We are extremely divided on many things, but we should all be able to agree that we want a safe, prosperous country. We don’t agree how to achieve it and this will most likely be our greatest challenge. Our country has had trials before and learned to resolve their differences. We need to remember how to do it. This election has exposed our ugly underbelly. There is work to be done on both sides.

I don’t know it it can be done, but it’s a nice thought. Have a good weekend.

Two Thankfuls For Election Day


Well, today is the day we have been waiting for. Thank goodness this election will be over.

Unfortunately we will still be as divided as ever tomorrow morning. Half the country will be seriously heartbroken and depressed, and the other half will be joyous, obnoxious, in your face, poor winners. Our country is broken and we are not in any kind of agreement about how to fix things. I don’t even think there is a consensus on what is wrong. But BOY, are people self righteous and indignant that they are in the right and have the moral high ground!

We have two seriously flawed humans as candidates, and both sides are right about that. I have been amazed with what people are willing to discount and sweep under the rug, ON BOTH SIDES. We have very different views about what are the greatest concerns we face. And just because your concerns are not my concerns, and vice versa, that doesn’t mean you are right and I am wrong, and vice versa.

I think the biggest surprise of the election is how wrong the political analysts have been. They seem to have misread the cues, misunderstood the momentum of a dissatisfied country, misjudged what so many of the people have been trying to say. WE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH OUR GOVERNMENT! 

I have looked at the platforms of the parties and made the decision of who I will support at the polls. I am not voting for the candidate I think is the most godly person, i don’t think that candidate is running. I am voting for the platform that I feel aligns closest to my beliefs. You might wonder how I can do that, but I am wondering the exact same thing about you and your opposite choice. I have prayed about this and asked the Lord for guidance, because no candidate is appealing.

Michigan is a swing state this year, and that hasn’t seriously happened for a long time, possibly since the first election I voted in 1980. Our phone has been ringing off the hook and the inbox of the answering machine has been full of campaign ads asking for our vote for this one and that one. Our mailbox has multiple flyers every day. There are signs stuck in grass all around our town showing who the resident is supporting. Oddly, the signs are mostly local, it’s like no one is proud enough of their presidential candidate to proclaim it on their lawn.

I posted this on Sunday and I am sharing it again today. This is what I believe, and this is how I want to live. No matter who is elected, God is unaffected, though you and I might be. He can use either candidate for His purposes, and ultimately He will. Whether that has a good outcome for our country or not.


All that to say that I am thankful for the opportunity to vote, and that for the love of all that is good and decent, the phone calls will STOP.

Thankful For The Weekly Sy


I am usually thankful for my Grandcat Seymour.

Even though he can be a major pain in the behind, he can be the cuddliest, sweetest, softest, most personable cat in our home. There is no match for his cuteness when asleep. It goes a long way to offset his truly heinous stalking of the elder felines.


A very long way.

IMG_4076 (1)

While time has helped and reduced his trips to the woodshed to several times a week, down from several times a day.                                           


The Old Ladies usually tolerate him in wary acceptance and hiss unattractively when he wanders too close to them. He still sometimes gets squirted until he is a damp, spikey, repentant cattan, at least he then has to expend his abundant energy cleaning himself. Then he naps, and we have sweet peace. This actually just happened, no joke.


But there is still the chance that he will pounce unexpectedly and they will have to fight for their dignity. He does now sport a scar on his ear, and I give them kudos for that small victory.


For the most part I am thankful though. He can be quite charming, until he’s not.



Got behind again!

November 3

I believe I have mentioned before that I like to stock up on things I don’t ever want to run out of. Things like butter, cream, toothpaste, ect. Add toilet paper to that list. This is what I like to see!!!!!!! I am thankful for essentials!


November 4

I am thankful for Honey’s sauce! We call it liquid gold and he made some yesterday in preparation for The Good Eater’s birthday dinner of lasagna. We are going to have to make another pot so we can freeze it for winter enjoyment, the supply is running low.


Be back tomorrow with more things I am thankful for!