Monthly Archives: August 2017

Around Bellevue

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With the exception of our day trip to Seattle, we did not do much sightseeing. We did however eat at several places in and around Bellevue, all were pretty good and I had an especially yummy pear and cheese salad at Gilbert’s that I would like to duplicate!

One of the nice things we experienced was meeting the young men who live in the home where The Boy and The Dane are house parents. There were three when we arrived, but one had graduated in June and he moved out the week we were there. Honey wanted to make them dinner one night and he and The Boy decided on Coney dogs, homemade french fries and a fattoosh salad with banana splits for dessert. We also taught the guys and a friend how to play Peanuts and Golf, because eating and cards are a family thing. It was really nice to put names with faces and glean a little of their personalities, it makes it easier to pray for them!

Another fun thing we did was go to one of The Boy’s favorite bookstores! They were having a super duper deal of whatever you could pack into a bag for $20!!! You know, the kind of bag you buy at a grocery store for .99, with handles??!! He was in his glory and I enjoyed it very much! We kept saying that The Ab-Cat would have LOVED it there! The Boy filled up his bag and I set my books on top of his and that puppy was full up to the handles!!!! All for $20 American bucks!!!!! I realize now that I should have taken pictures of this event. And also documented that this was in the steepest neighborhood that I have EVER seen/walked!!!!!

We went for ice cream. As we do.

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Honey found this place online, saw the sandwiches, and sent the link on to The Boy saying we HAD to try this place! They loved it and The Boy said they would definitely be going back there! It was Goldman’s, or Goldfine’s, or Gottleib’s or something. It was in the mall where they had a Nordstrom Rack and T.J. Maxx, where I found a cute pair of shoes for fall. Good find!

Look at those sandwiches and massive onion rings!!!

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Last year I reconnected with a friend from 10th grade on the Facebook!!!! She somehow saw that the kids lived in Washington and said if we were ever out to look her up. It turns out she is very close and she picked me up and took me to lunch!!! We sat there so long that the place closed after lunch and were preparing for their dinner crowd!! So nice to get caught up on families, lives and old friends that we used to know!

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The Boy and The Dane introduced us to a funny tv show that was on Netflix called Life In Pieces. It was pretty funny and we finished the season after we arrived home. Tom Hanks son Colin was in it and OH MY WORD does he remind us of his Pop!!!!!

The week passed quickly and soon it was time for The Boy to take us back to the airport. We loved visiting with them, meeting our sweet little Moonpie, and seeing them at work, building into the lives of young men

For some reason I can’t recall, we flew home on Alaska Airlines in first class, Honey was overjoyed!!! We arrived early, went to the lounge and had breakfast, boarded the plane and marveled how comfy the seats were!!! They served hot cloths to wash your hands, breakfast again, cookies, warm nuts, beverages, an ipad with games and movies and probably other things I have already forgotten! It was fun!. And best of all it only took under 4 hours to get home, instead of what seemed like a whole day! Sent this on Snapchat to The Girls.

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It was all a nice distraction since we were leaving a little muggins behind.

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They are coming home this fall for a visit. so we will just be here, waiting patiently for another chance to smooch her up!

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by on the last Hodgepodge of August. If you feel like joining in, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s and follow the instructions. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Can you believe we’re rolling in to the Labor Day weekend? What’s a project you’ll labor over this fall?

This is hard, I have no immediate answer. We have no BIG agenda, just the usual, winterizing the outside, doing some purging/reorganizing in the basement. Certainly nothing exciting.
2. Tell us about the best perks you ever had in a job?

This is an easy one! I am a hairdresser by trade and one of the greatest perks of working in a salon is having people available to give you haircuts, color, perms, at your fingertips! Of course there could be scheduling conflicts because you have to wait until both parties have free time, or come in early or stay after work.

A much easier thing to have done regularly was something we called “bouffing”. That was when an available stylist would fluff, tease, restyle, or just freshen your hairdo. As this was the 80s, it usually involved copious amounts of Paul Mitchell Sculpting Spray or Freeze and Shine. Ah, those were the days! Bouf me!!!

3. August 31st is National South Carolina Day. Have you ever been to SC? Any desire to go? According to Southern Living, these are the top ten things to do in South Carolina…
Explore Charleston, bike, golf or relax on Hilton Head Island, see the beach and the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach, visit the state museum in the capital city Columbia, observe the wildlife and natural beauty of the Ace Basin, take a walk or hop on a trolley and check out Greenville’s charming main street, visit Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, stroll through Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in Bishopville leaving time to check out The Button Museum, also in Bishopville, see Morgan Island (also known as Monkey Island)-home to nearly 4000 Rhesus monkeys.

Which is most appealing to you today? If you’re a SC native, resident, or frequent visitor what would you add to the list?

Honey and I visited South Carolina last September to see if it could be somewhere we might like to retire to. I wrote about our trip here.  Honey has a great desire to live on a lake so he can fish all the live long day. We saw many beautiful homes, plus my most favorite house of all time. I wish I could plop that house down wherever we do land, it was perfect for us! ❤

I would be more than happy to return and do some sightseeing, which is something we did not do last year. One fun thing I did do there was meet our hostess with the mostest Joyce for lunch! I have never met a bloggy friend before and we had a lovely lunch and she even gave Honey and I a tour of her almost completed new home! IMG_3901 (1)

4. Beef, pork, country-style, barbecued, baby back, spare or short…your favorite kind of rib? What’s a dish you enjoy that really ‘sticks to your ribs‘?

I am not really a rib person,but I do love the ribs at Bricktops in Naples, Florida! Their fries and coleslaw are also YUMMY!

Chicken pot pie really sticks to my ribs. Comfort food plus all that crust=sticking to ribs!!!
5. What’s one important skill you think every person should have? Why?

I think everyone needs to know how to have a civil conversation. Conversing seems to be a lost or dying art. Texting and social media also seem to be contributing to this lack of social skills. We seem to have lost the ability to listen politely, ask intelligent questions, and be thoughtful in our answers, all part of good civil conversations.

So much interrupting, shouting down and mindless, repetitive, screaming hissy fits. My Grandma and Mom called it “spouting off”, and it seems that is all a great majority of people are capable of, and we see it at all levels of society. You convince NO ONE of your cause when you cannot have an honest, respectful conversation.   

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TRUTH.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is some Way Back When-sday!

It was Miss Mousey Ann’s 23rd birthday last weekend!!

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Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Moon 2

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Back to Bellevue! We toted that baby everywhere we went, restaurants, shopping, church, as you do. She was mostly an angel baby!

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She is filling out, as are her cheeks.

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There is not much sweeter than holding a sleeping baby.

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Her Mama likes her pretty well ❤

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And her Grammie. ❤

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And her Grandpa/Papa, he hasn’t said definitively named himself yet. We know for certain it will not be his rap name!!!

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The Dane takes such nice pictures on her Instagram, treasures for sure!

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And The Boy is supplying us as well!

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It’s hard to believe it has been over a week since we smooched that little punkin’!

 

Seattle

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The Boy and The Dane had an all day retreat they needed to attend for their jobs, so Honey and I decided to take in the sights. We did something we have never done before, called an Uber!

We agreed to share a ride so we were picked up almost immediately by a very pleasant driver and her gentleman passenger and were off. We told her we were newbies and she welcomed us and continued to chat all the way into town with tidbits of info. She dropped us off at The Space Needle and the touring began.

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I like his face. ❤

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I had to go through his phone pictures, my phone pictures and pictures from the big camera to round up all the shots for  this post!

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It was cloudy and looked like we might experience some of that famous Seattle weather, but it kept it to itself and turned out beautiful! But at 9:00, this is the look it was sporting.

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Honey’s experiments with the panoramic picture.

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The Space Needle opened for The World Fair in 1962, the year I was born. We old.

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They had taken pictures of everyone as we were waiting in line for the elevator to the top. When you pulled it up on their kiosk, you could choose between several backgrounds. So natural looking !!

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There is the elusive Mt. Ranier!!!

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We then joined a Emerald City trolley tour where you could hop on/hop off at any and all stops for as long as you liked. Until 6;00, because that’s when they close, and where ever you are, that’s where you will be. You have hopped your last.

We had a nice young man as our guide who gave us lots of fun facts about the city. I always appreciate that, this sort of info tends to stick in my mind better that a whole boatload of official stuff.

I guess Bruce Lee moved to Seattle when he was 18 and started teaching martial arts there. This bakery was the location of his dojo. Don’t I sound like I know what I’m talking about?! Honey took this picture to show The Boy because they share a fondness for Bruce Lee and deep love of all bad kung fu/martial arts movies. Mr. Lee is also buried somewhere above the city.

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Just before I left Michigan my Uncle Bob let me in on the fun fact that his former company, UPS, has started out in Seattle. When the guide mentioned this I took a picture of the building to send along to its former employee :). It’s a bad trolley photo and I’m not even sure if the company still operates out of there anymore.

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Honey wanted to go here for breakfast because he is a fan of the biscuit and gravy. The name was off putting to me and he decided it wasn’t that great of a place. But it was a carb-aholic’s dream and we didn’t eat again until 10 that night, so it sustained us mightily. We had to walk a bit to get there and OH MY WORD!!!! It is a little STEEP in Seattle!!!!! Honey said the next day his calves hurt!

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After we ate we walked down to Pike’s Place Market, as you do when in the city.

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Lots of pretty flowers, fruits and stinky fish. Also a whole bunch of people! Bunches and bunches!

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We did see a little fish throwing and Honey caught it on video. This is where it would be nice to post a video, but Windows Live Writer does not allow me to do that anymore for some reason 😦

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We didn’t stay too long in that crowd.

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Honey wanted to walk down by the waterfront, so we took a winding staircase down.

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That’s The Seattle Great Wheel in the background. They couldn’t call it a Ferris wheel because it has a copywrite, so they made up their own name.

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This is an educational bore worm to cleverly show people why there is all kinds of work being done to repair the eroding sea wall. They are evidently wreaking havoc, along with the tides, but there’s not too much can be done about that. Kids were climbing on this little fella.

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It turned out to be a beautiful day! Sunny and breezy, not too hot!

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We did not go on the wheel, but Honey is thorough in documenting the sights.

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We are getting better at the selfie!

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There was a Red Robin on the waterfront, it seemed a good time for refreshment and boat watching.

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Watched them load up and shove off.

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My treat. Dipped in raspberry sauce, YUM! Honey helped. He’s accommodating like that.

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We hopped back on the trolley after this for the rest of the tour and heard how after the great Seattle fire of 1889 they rebuilt the city 2 stories higher, and not out of all wood. This also solved the problem of flooding in high tide. I guess there are tours of the old city but we did not go. While we were waiting for the trolley we struck up a conversation with a woman also waiting. After talking for a bit I asked her where she was from, she said Wayne, Michigan! Hello Neighbor!

I was posting some pictures of the day on Facebook and noticed that a gal who was in our wedding had arrived in Seattle that very day! We were both at the Space Needle, but at different times. Small world!

There were some interesting street musicians, including a blind singer/guitarist when you first walked into Pike’s Place.

There was also a darker aspect with a lot of homeless, this was sad. Many tents on the side of the roads under overpasses and you could see others living on the grass above the walls on the freeways. Lots of panhandlers, probably the result of serious drug problems.

We ended the tour back at the Space Needle and amused ourselves while waiting for our second Uber by taking more selfies. The second driver was night and day different! Fine, but barely spoke a word! 

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I have never seen a more hilly, steeper city in my life! I don’t think The Ab-Cat would be able to navigate a lot of it!

We enjoyed our day and were glad to be back in our AirBnb rental!

The Visit to Bellevue, Washington

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The working title of this post was Moon 1. You didn’t need to know that, but I found it amusing 🙂  I suspect there will be many more Moon posts!

On August 11 we left The Mitten to visit with a new little family!

We flew Frontier Airlines (hardest seats I have ever experienced, but we were in the emergency row so YAY for extra leg room!!!!!) to Denver International Airport in Colorado, where we had a 2 hour layover that enabled us time to take a selfie, eat a quick bite and get Honey a coffee. because he was running out of gas after working the night before.

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We then flew into SeaTac in Washington state, where The Boy picked us up! It all took a sweet forever when we were anxiously awaiting our introduction to this little nugget!

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It’s really something to meet your Baby’s baby!

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They are lovely and patient parents, clearly over the moon with their new baby girl!

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This is a sight I had not imagined in any configuration, but he is a PRO!

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This made me laugh, six weeks old and a plethora of hair accessories.

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We just came to visit so life went on as usual all around us. Eating. Sleeping. Bathing.

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Just love that sweet little head.

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Nothing like a clean baby!

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She was pensive, chatty, snuggly, smiley,

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and hangry, at all different intervals!!! I know I posted this before but it’s one of my very favorites! Angry Anderson!

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She is getting very good at holding her own head, but sometimes a little help is appreciated.

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Clearly besotted.

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As was this one. Until she fussed, then she was all mine.

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I think she liked her Papa 🙂

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It was nice to see him with a babe in arms again.

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It has been almost 10 years since Goomba was born, and with the exception of babysitting Elyk’s daughter a few times last month, I have not done much caring for an infant, but I discovered it’s like riding a bike. It all comes back to you.

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The rocking, the swaying, the jiggling,

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the talking, peeking a boo, the kissing.

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The looking for clues of their personality, the familiar resemblances, the figuring out what they enjoy and dislike.

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All the things that make her known,

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and make us remember who we were, a long time ago.

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Such a precious time. Nice to meet you Moonpie ❤

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! It’s good to be back! We have been on vacation to see our new grandbaby so it’s been pretty quiet on the blog front lately. If you would like to join The Hodgepodge, just click on the pretty button below and head over to Joyce’s to link up!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Did you watch the solar eclipse? Your thoughts? Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar…what’s your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?

We DID! As I said above, we have been out of town, so my main goal on Monday was to git to the store because we were Mother Hubbard-ing it over here. After walking with Keelyody and weeding our backyard (what the heck weeds!!!! We were only gone a week!), I headed down to Sam’s Club for essentials, which necessitated another trip to Meijers, and a stop at their gas station because the one I currently visit at is under heavy construction.

When I walked out of Meijer a little after 1 the skies did look darker, but it really just looked like it might storm, not an eclipse-y darkness. I arrived home to extra cars in the driveway and extra people in the backyard! With lots of homemade shoe box/cereal box viewing thingies!

Our friend The Peanuts Champ joined us!

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And my brother Beeve and his family! I knew Beeve, Stacey and Goomba were coming to swim, they had the idea that it would be fun to be swimming when it was dark during the day!

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Goomba was SO excited!!

So was The Ab-Cat!

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We did see The Happening, but it never really did get that dark so Goomba was a little disappointed. It was also pretty cloudy but as soon as it was over the sun came out in full force. Dang nature. It was fun to be a part of the once in a lifetime ECLIPSE!

Of those treats I will choose Sun Chips, and a Diet Coke please, YUM!

I saw a meme on Facebook that I quite liked, but of course can’t find now, about how Monday everyone was united over the eclipse instead of divided over racism, politics, gender and so on. Good idea.
2. What are you ‘over the moon‘ about these days? What’s something you enjoy doing every ‘once in a blue moon‘?

Just the new Grandbaby!!! Little Moonpie was 6 weeks old at our introduction!

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We had a fine time getting to know her and visiting with her parents!

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She was sweet and snuggly.

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Our first, how GRAND!

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3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

I have an interest in stem cell and gene therapies, as it concerns the health of two of our children.

Twenty two years ago when our daughter was 6 and still hospitalized after a spinal cord injury, one of her doctors had said that because she was so young,  there could be major developments in her lifetime. While this does not affect her living life at the moment, it is exciting to think that stem cell therapies could someday help her!

Our son was diagnosed at 19 months with the autoimmune blood platelet disorder called ITP. He has been in remission twice before, but has been out for the last 3 1/2 years. He is managing better at the moment, but as with all autoimmune things, you never really know what causes a flare up. It would be wonderful if future progress in gene therapies could produce something to offset whatever it is that causes his body to produce the antigen that coats his platelets with such efficiency!

I mainly do reading about the new progress science is making in these areas. When I recognize how intricately our bodies are made and how difficult it is to fix certain things, it causes me to reflect yet again on how we are fearfully and wonderfully made by an infinitely detailed Heavenly Father.

4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

The main thing I remember is getting new shoes!!! That seemed to be a big deal to me. Most years were fine but I do remember one year when I felt I needed to get the exact same shoes as my next door neighbor and best friend Tina. Oh my, they were the most uncomfortable shoes I had ever had! Some kind of black patent leather loafer (fake alligator skin I believe!) with a trio buckle of squares, with the tightest elastic underneath!!!! A misery! They did not make it through the year, I can tell you that! Probably just wore my old tennis shoes the entire rest of the year.

I also remember feeling like having the right folders was somewhat important to me. And choosing what you wore on the first day back was a delight!
5. I’ve seen several versions of this around the net so let’s make one of our own…share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

I have not seen anything about this so this is my best guess. I like words!

Creation– When I look at the beauty of creation it points me to The Creator, which causes me to be thankful to our Creative God for being such a Wonderful Maker. Which then causes me to praise Him for His involvement in my life. Imagine, the Creator of everything in our universe wants to have fellowship with us individually. Mind blown.

Family– My most cherished thing on this earth.

Friendship– One of God’s finest kisses on the cheek to us! True friendship is an unbelievable blessing and the Lord has showered me with this.

Laughter– My most favorite thing to do with the above two groups! It knits hearts, joins unlikelies, and creates wonderful memories. Good for the soul.

Peace– This has been elusive at certain times in my life, and that makes it all the more precious. This summer a group of friends joined the ladies in our church to do Priscilla Shirer’s study, Discerning The Voice of God. Priscilla says peace is a gift that accompanied our salvation.I don’t think I had thought of it quite that way before and I like it. I like it a lot.

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Yes please.

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This is solid truth right here. It’s those dang external circumstances! I need to remind myself of this as needed. Peace is a deep longing for many in our world, and the Lord’s peace is irreplaceable.

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6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I put this picture on Facebook with the caption “My Grammie and Papa left me!!” It had actually occurred a few days before and I’m pretty sure she has not noticed that we have gone. I guess it may have been more how Honey and I felt!

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But leave we did, at the crack of dawn on Saturday, after a good week of visiting The Boy and The Dane and snuggling with the next generation. Thankful for my People and missing them already.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, it’s good to be back! If you would like to join us, click on the link below to head over to Joyce’s and follow the instructions.

From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.

i am going to say no because that sounds more organized than I am! It’s not that I don’t ever consider my time, but rules sounds very concrete and finite and I am way more flexible with myself!                                                                                                              
2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person-
Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggys Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)
When you’ve been away, what’s your ‘lighthouse’ telling you you’re on the right road home?

I would be happy to visit any of these lighthouses. I seriously can’t recall if I have ever been inside one or way up close and personal, it seems like I have though. I have seen this lighthouse many times over the years but have never been inside. It’s in South Haven, Michigan and we were there last week! It’s waaaayyy in the distance!

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There aren’t too many landmarks in our suburban town that signal we are on the right road home so I will say our exit off the highway! Whether coming off a road trip or returning from the airport, when we hit our exit I know we are almost there!
3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?

Blogging has been very spotty this year!!! I was just mentioning to Honey yesterday that I have no good reason either. I think there is a bloggy way of thinking and I have just have to retrain myself how to do it. I can remember having lots of things to share, posts started in the drafts folder, pictures waiting for words to go with them. And yet here I am, just like the old Steve Miller song, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future, and I have only posted once or not at all

Definitely need to pick back up! 
4. We’ve had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.

I spent 4 days last week in South Haven, Michigan with these lovely gals! We left in July but returned in August, so it counts!

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The house we rent is only a short walk to see a beautiful sunset on Lake Michigan.

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It was GRAND!
5. Tell us one song you love with the word ‘baby’ in the title.

I have baby songs on my mind! We are leaving this week for Washington state to see our son, daughter-in-law and meet their new baby girl! This was a favorite book of our children and I created a tune for the much repeated lines that our children could probably still sing to this day!

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I love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be. I’m going to love singing it again. 🙂

And for a real song, Baby Love by the Supremes.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

And speaking of our new grandbaby, here is our sweet little Moon Pie, celebrating one month! So hard to believe!

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Pretty pictures by The Dane.

Thanks for stopping by!