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I thought I was finished being sick when we last spoke, but alas, I was not. The other cold symptoms have left but I am still coughing. It feels like that could go on for a while. While my immune system was waging war with the virus, my ever present kidney infection decided to make its move and overrun the bladder territory. It is being crushed mercilessly by a 5 day course of Cipro.

Anyone else not a fan of the Cipro? I don’t like the way it makes me feel. Weak, headache, heart racing. Plus it came with 4 pages of side effect notes, which is alarming in itself. I guess it’s better than a reaction to Bactrim, but not by much.

Besides coughing, I have done a few things around here. I got a temporary crown. Apparently the second tooth from the back had 3 cracks, that were causing it to feel…insecure… while using it. I was glad the dentist could figure out which one it was because I was unsure if it was that one or its big brother behind it. It has probably had a filling in it for over 40 years, I guess it has fulfilled its purpose. I thank you for your service.

The gals in our house have all had their hairs done. The Ab-Cat is all chemically straightened for another 6 or so months, Mousey is heavily highlighted once again, and I have had my silver lining removed for another 6 weeks. I have one more client today and then I am ON VACATION for 2 weeks!!!!

Honey and I are heading to The Sunshine State for a little R and R, so attention to the blob could be spotty, or not. I make no guarantees in any direction. I have brought the suitcases up from the basement, gone to the library with Abby to check out some reading material, started an area on the kitchen table with things we need and add to it daily, and have a pile of clothing in the bedroom awaiting packing. It’s getting real!

We have had some warmer weather that has melted a goodish amount of Winter Storm Mateo, but I have to say, some of the roads in our town are not going to make it through this winter! I thought Warren was a horror, but Morton Taylor is an ABOMINATION!!!! The people in charge of such things should be ASHAMED of themselves!!!!!!! And don’t give me that garbage about it being the county’s responsibility, get that dumb truck out there with the tar pellets in it and fill in those TRENCHES!!!!!!! Good common sense, its like a war torn country out here!

In good news, I have lost 8 pounds on the Keto diet! I don’t think I will make my goal of 15 before we go on vacation, but HOORAY for 8!!!!! We have decided we will eat normal on our trip, but as Honey said, not go hog wild! I asked what that meant, he said we would not have ice cream twice a day. Not sure that was really a thing, but it must have happened a time or two to stick in his mind! All I can say is chicken pot pie, I’m coming for ya!!!!!!!

We have been watching The Olympics, or should I say DVR-ing them, because OH.MY.WORD. the commercials! So many commercials! We loved the snowboarding and are heavily invested in figure skating at the moment. Abby and I have been using the ever present commercial time to goggle old figure skaters we used to love! A lot of them are fairly active on social media, hi Scott Hamilton, Kristie Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan! Have not heard Honey mention hockey so I’m guessing that is not in high gear yet.

Have a pleasant Monday, I got stuffs to do!


Greetings After Winter Storm Mateo!


The Mitten was officially dumped on over the weekend. We had been hearing a storm was coming, after already receiving several inches earlier in the week. Honey said he was ALREADY sick of plowing snow before Mateo arrived!!!

I started feeling puny last Wednesday, just an annoying cough. When I woke on Thursday I felt considerably worse. I hope I didn’t contaminate anyone in my misguided attendance at BSF, because I deteriorated as the morning went on. I made a couple stops on my way home, to Sam’s to get some essentials, cream, butter and cheese, and to Meijer to find something to ease my distress. By that evening I had a fever, headache, runny nose and velaciraptors in my throat.

Vitamin C, because we were out, NyQuil because Mousey swears by it, Cepacol per recommendation of our BSF treasurer Joyce, Mentholatum, blogger Boo Mama swears by Mentholatum, and the long word with an O came from The Peanuts Champ and Keelyody at birthday club on Tuesday evening. Oh, and not featured, but possibly the hardest workers of all, Advil, Halls cough drops, and Puffs Plus. I can’t say that anything was a miracle worker, but it’s possible that they were helpful. No, I take that back, the Puffs Plus were miracle workers. Puffs and the Mentholatum smeared around the nostrils kept the Rudolph nose away!


I spent the first part of the weekend on the couch coughing and watching Finding Your Roots and Call the Midwife. I alternated the second part of the weekend with more of the same and adding vacuuming (boredom and necessity), helping Honey in his quest of straightening up the den by going through my side of the bookshelf (reorganizing, purging, donating and dusting), coughing, working on my Bible studies, drinking tea and watching the Olympics. And coughing. My family hates it when I cough like this. It’s not sympathy, it’s more like annoyance, because HACKING.

This loser was constantly all up in my business, as he is at this very moment.


Seriously?? And now he’s giving me sassy tail because I am touching him while trying to type!!!! How could I NOT touch his intruding rumpus??!! I told him he could leave if he wasn’t comfortable. He declined. But still the sassy tail slapping my leg.


He got the boot after this.


Wants my food and drink. This is particularly unattractive to see.


So while I coughed and endured the cat sleeping all over me, Honey plowed multiple times, and stayed away from my emanating germs.

My view, since I had not ventured out since Thursday.


On the bright side, we Facetimed with this little nugget! She has a new passion, this jumping thingy!!! When we first saw her in it she was just kicking her legs, occasionally making contact with the floor, but girlfriend has got it ALL going on now!!!!! She is a jumping BEAN!


She also gave cheese a whirl. I think it was successful.


Then pizza crust, I think she’s a foodie!


Evidently a bath lover as well!


Honey went back to work last night after his two week layoff (retirement practice!!!), and I was very sad. Even though her was sick for the beginning of it, it was sure nice having him around!

So here we are on Monday, all dug out, sunshine replacing almost continuous snow, and feeling somewhat better. It’s the coughing!


Have a pleasant Monday.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge



From this Side of the Pond

1. February can be a little bit tricky given the weather and the winter and the whatnot. I read a list (here) of things you can do to make your February brighter which included-start planning your next trip, take more baths, make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and exercise in preparation for swimsuit season. Anything on the list you might try? Which suggestion on the list appeals to you most? Tell us something not on the list that helps make your February brighter.

 The thing I like best about a Michigan winter is getting out of Dodge for a few weeks!! We are planning a trip to The Sunshine State, so that is the most appealing one to me. A very close second would be a scrumtrulescent chocolate treat around Valentine’s Day, that makes the world brighter! As for what helps make the month brighter? Let’s say the knowledge that there are most likely only 2 more months of Mitten weather!
2. Tell us about something you’ve seen or done recently that you’d say was ‘super’?

Every time we see this little nugget on the computer she is doing something Super! Our Grandbaby MoonPie is 7 months old and is all about movement!!

Super crawling!


Pulling up!


And just all around super cute!



3. Best thing you ate in a ‘bowl’ last week?

I made a yummy soup for the Super Bowl. I used a recipe for dream cheese chicken chowder and substituted ground beef and eliminated corn for the sake of our Keto diet. It was a nice change and met the need for Mexican and comfort food. Win/win.
4. Something you’re ‘cheering’ for right now?

First up, I WON THE SUPER BOWL THINGY!!!!!! Anyone who knows me can tell you that about all things athletic because I am sportally challenged!  I wasn’t even going to fill out my spots but Honey said I had to, This caused me to wrack my brain to make choices about things I have zero/ minimal knowledge of. I would like to point out that Honey and The Peanuts Champ DO care about these things and they had reasons for the answers they chose, while I am there all willy nilly selecting things on the basis of a bunch of random. And WINNING i might add! So YAY Capri K!!!


I will also be cheering for the good old United States of America in the Olympic games!! And also for Canada, land of Honey’s birth. Hockey can be very complicated and conflicting for him, especially during the finals. I will try and explain his thinking. He roots for the USA to win UNLESS the USA is not in the game, then he cheers for Canada. BUT, if the USA  is in the finals with Canada, then he totally jumps ship and becomes a full fledged Canadian once again and cheers on the Canadians!!! The reason? Because Canada invented hockey and they deserve to win. He is really still standing on guard for thee, wearing a maple leaf touk, with his pea meal bacon sandwich, poutine, butter tarts and Tim Horton coffee.

He’s also the only person I know who actually enjoys and understands curling. So we’ll be cheering!!!!

5. The Winter Olympics begin Friday, February 9th in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being all in and 1 being no interest whatsoever) how interested are you in the games? Which event do you most want to see (you’ll find a list here).

Probably a solid 7-8. I watch events that I would not normally care about because I love the back stories. The games pretty much dominate our regularly scheduled viewing.

Our family has a long history of being fans of the ice skating. In the 90s we used to tape programs when the kids were small and they knew those events forward and backwards! That was the heyday of Kristy Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov, Yuka Sato, Katarina Witt,  Paul Wylie, Tara Lupinski, Michelle Kwan and Nancy Kerrigan. We are not up on the current skaters but we will enjoy watching them nonetheless!

As I said, Honey is all about the hockey. He watches the men and women, morning, noon and night. And DVR.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post. It’s a beauty from around 1993 when The Ab-Cat was around 4 and The Boy was around 2. This picture amuses me so, such a perfect snapshot of their personalities at this age! Abby was fearless and steering that dragon like it was her J.O.B.! The Boy on the other hand is looking mighty scared and not liking this new venture! At all! He grew out of it and gladly joined his sister on all the roller coasters they encountered 🙂


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Happy Decade of Blogging!!! <3


Guys, the 10 year anniversary of the blog was last month and I completely forgot!!!!! I started blogging at No Whining Allowed in January of 2008, used up all the space there and then started this one! They say that the tenth should be celebrated with tin or aluminum, I searched but there’s not much available. For the creative, recycling bunch;

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a little better.


I love you so much I made you this sparkling beauty!

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I am a little surprised that the little blob has made this milestone!!! I didn’t have longevity goals when I started blogging in 2008. It was a fun little enterprise started with Mrs. Schmenkman, a space to keep up with loved ones and talk about what we had going on. It turned into a lot more than that for me!

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It became a way to record our life and times. It became a repository to hold experiences of joy, humor, wonder, learning, thoughts, occasions and grief. Writing about October 7, a pivotal point in the life of our family, has been especially therapeutic for me. I’m sure that was not even a thought in my mind upon embarking on this journey.

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It’s been a good way for me to reflect on things I love dearly, our family, our memories, the cats, the times of our life, memories unearthed from youth, faith, funny stories, friends, trips, projects and so much more!

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Here is the part you have come to expect over the last DECADE! Trolling for comments! The blog has actually been visited more in the last year, so there must be some newcomers mixed in with the Old Faithfuls.  It has been my pleasure to meet with you in this space and it is my fondest desire to keep it up! So let’s hear some chatter!!! Pop in the comments to say hello, and if it’s your first time doing so, tell me who you are and how you found us!

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Here’s to many more years together!!!!! Much love to you all ❤ ❤ ❤

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by! Here we go.

From this Side of the Pond

1. Speaking of endings….at your wit’s end, at loose ends, a dead end, burn the candle at both ends, all’s well that end’s well, or no end in sight…which ‘end’ phrase might best be applied to your life lately? Explain. 

I am feeling relatively calm at the moment. Nothing causing a flurry of activity or undue stress, so I will choose alls well that ends well. That was what Ma Ingalls was known to quote when things didn’t quite turn out as expected, and that has mostly been the story of my life! Seems like a good philosophy for living because in what kind of life does everything turn out just the way you planned?!

2. What was a must have accessory when you were growing up? Did you own one? If so tell us what you remember about it.

I remember in around 8th or 9th grade, it seemed like all the girls had these super cute white ski parkas with a furry collar or hood. I wanted one so bad!!! But my ever practical Mother nixed the white and bought me a similar one in purple. I was somewhat disappointed at first, because those white coats were sweeeet, but I TOTALLY get it now!!!!
3. Something that made you smile yesterday?

I asked The Boy and The Dane to send us a picture, cause Grammy and Papa need to see how little MoonPie is growing! She is all about moving and making sweet little noises!


And apparently tasting!

4. January 30th is National Croissant Day. Do you like croissants? Sweet or savory? We’re having chicken salad for lunch…would you rather have yours served on a croissant, a wrap, a bagel, bread, or a roll of some sort?

I do like croissants and I would choose to have chicken salad on one. I am an equal opportunity bread lover though, and I would not turn down any of the choices!
5. Sum up your January in fifteen words or less.

COLD, snowy, quiet, dark, snowy, binge watching, cold, keto, hot tea, heavy cream, and did I mention COLD and SNOWY!!??
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

This is our third week of the Keto diet. I have lost 5 lbs and Honey has lost six, so we are not complaining! Surprisingly, it can be difficult to get enough fat in your diet, who would have thunk it? There are all kinds of fat bomb recipes on Pinterest to help you with that, including sweet and savory. Since I have a steady, insistent sweet tooth, I opted for sweet and both Honey and I agreed that this recipe was a winner!



I didn’t make ours in a traditional peanut butter cup, I put the cheesecake part in and just added the chocolate on top, much simpler and quicker. I also made 2 different sizes, some in a silicone mold (small) and some in a mini muffin tin (larger). This was a keeper, so YUMMY! Will definitely venture into the fat bomb territory again!! Our thanks to Keto Mama!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge


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From this Side of the Pond

1. January 24th is National Compliment Day. Is it easy or not so easy for you to accept a compliment? Share a recent compliment you’ve given or received.

I feel I can take a compliment when it’s quick, I can say thank you and move on. But if it goes on past a certain point I’m not sure what to do with it and it almost becomes embarrassing! And of course it’s a very fine line between the two 🙂

Honey had some free time before he left for his Bible study last Saturday, so he used it to wash and gas up my car! He is a big old hunk of honey! We have had a lot of yucky weather up here in The Mitten and our car, Johnny Cash, was a filthy piglet! He was also low on gas because I was waiting for the frigid temperatures to rise before I wanted to get out there to pump. I had heard a rumor that we were having a warmup on the weekend, so I was holding out! I thanked him for taking such good care of me! ❤
2. Ten little things you are loving right now.

1. Since we are trying the Keto diet, I have had my ear to the ground about any new-ish products. Mrs. Schmenkman told me that she had tried Monk Fruit sugar, and in looking for it on Amazon, I found this to go on my yummy Keto pancakes! It is not thick like regular syrup, but it tastes very good.


2. Speaking of the yummy Keto pancakes! I know it says waffles, but we only have a single waffle maker and it takes too long. I double this recipe and keep the rest in the fridge to get me through the week. Loving them.


3. Sugar free “sugared” pecans. Good grief, I can’t keep my hand out of the container!


4.Mousey ordered this book and I don’t think she was aware that Dana Carpender is my favorite author on all things low carb. I have about 4 of her cookbooks and have enjoyed reading her thoughts about the Keto diet and browsing through her new recipes. She makes things so easy to understand and her writing style makes me feel like I am visiting with an old friend. 🙂


5. Mousey gave me a couple of these handy dandy things for Christmas! I always need bags in the car to carry in my purchases from Sam’s. These fold up flat, click open, and carry a TON of stuff!!! Every time I use them I think they are so clever!!

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6. I am always happy to find a good, scent free lotion, and this one works very nicely on my dry claws! The Ab-Cat concurs, because she has sandpaper hands without the benefit of hand cream.


7. Honey is getting laid off for 2 weeks after this weekend, I’M LOVING THAT!!!!! I am calling it retirement practice!!!

8. Always loving this spicy fellow, but he is especially lovey dovey when it’s cold outside. He sticketh closer than a brother in his quest to remain toasty!


9.Speaking of cold, loving my bun warmers in the new car!

10. Loving these 10 precious fingers! Lifted this off her Mama’s Instagram account. Our Grandgirl Moonpie is apparently on the move, her parents probably could use a little of this peacefulness!

3. Would people describe you as a positive person? Do you see yourself that way? I read here a list/description of eight things positive people do differently-
Positive people find something to look forward to every day, they celebrate the small stuff, they’re kind, they stay busy, accept responsibility for their actions, forgive themselves, know when to move on, and resist comparisons

Which action on the list would you say you do regularly? Which action could you add to your life to give you a more positive outlook? If you’re a positive person, what’s something you do regularly that’s not on the list?

I think people would describe me as positive and that is how I see myself. I think I can find something to look forward to every day because I enjoy very eclectic things. I like the days that I have to be up and out in the morning because that means I am probably going walking or to my Bible study, where I will learn new things and see people that I love to be with. I also look forward to days at home where I can have a second cup of tea, go through my routine on the computer, you know, check the blogs I read, look at the news, Instagram and Facebook, dabble in Pinterest and catch up on Words With Friends! Add in days with new adventures!  See? It’s all good, something to look forward to every day!!

I would add being thankful to the list,  Being positive seems to have an element of gratefulness for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t. I try and count my blessings every day and thank the Lord for His provision.
4. Homemade chicken soup, beef stew, or a bowl of chili…what’s your pleasure on a cold winter’s day?

None of those sound particularly enticing to me. Honey does make a yummy Stracciatella, which is more like Italian chicken soup and far superior in my opinion! I do also like chili from a Coney Island, not so much made at home.

5. The best part of my day is….

Talking with my People. The days seem to have a rhythm and there is time for one on one conversation with them all at certain times. I love hearing about their day or something they have learned, and especially when they have a funny story to share.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

It would seem lately that house elves have confiscated our luncheon plates. It’s the only way to rationalize our empty plate spot in the drawer! Have they been mysteriously used elsewhere, or been broken and no one is fessing up to it? So it’s been an ongoing issue for a while now and I have been looking for some replacements. I also need to confess that I threw all of our Tupperware lunch plates in the recycling bin because they were a disaster. You know how sometimes you use something for so long that you don’t really see it? And then one day you take a good look at it and are horrified? Well, that was the story with those.

I have never had Corelle before but have always heard that they are pert near indestructible. Unfortunately, they have never had any colors or patterns that suited our decor. These don’t technically “match”, but because of our immediate need, I am taking a chance that they will “go”. Or that no one will notice. Plus they were on sale and will not end up all chippy, so Corelle for the WIN!


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Wednesday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by! And away we go.

From this Side of the Pond

1. What keeps you blogging?

Blogging has become my memory bank, keeping track of the days of our lives. I have been a spotty blogger the last couple of years, but when I go back and look through what I have posted, I am always so glad I took the time to write down my thoughts. I have tried to be a more intentional blogger lately, hoping I can keep it up!

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?

I do like to travel to warm places when The Mitten is inhospitable. We usually take a trip to Florida during the winter. I have not been to a single one of the places listed, but would be more than happy to visit any of them! I will pick Folly Beach, South Carolina because I read a book once that was set there.

3. What’s a song you’re embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

Hmmm, there could be so many! One of my many useless gifts is remembering words to songs from the last 45 years. I heard a song the other day that I remember thinking was very dumb when it came out in 1976, when i was 14. The station was CKLW, one of the few channels my A.M. radio received! I didn’t get a stereo until a few years later, and THEN I was able to listen to all of the fine F.M. stations that Detroit was and is known for.

The song was Muskrat Love by Captain and Tennille. Goodness, that was a dumb song, but I could probably sing along today and even add the stupid muskrat noises!

4. When you were a kid what’s something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you’re an adult you realize it’s not all that fantastic?

Staying up late!!!!! For many years I was a night owl, but that is no longer the case. And I’m ok with that.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I took a screen-shot of these off The Dane’s Instagram. Look who is standing! MoonPie has been working on her skillz!  She seems mighty proud of herself!!! ❤


On an outing with her Folks, loving her boots! We are thankful for the internet, it’s hard to be far away from your People!



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