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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!

Tuesday List

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I don’t know about you guys but I am hearing a lot about Himalayan salt lamps. Calming, air cleaning, basically magical properties dressed up as an attractive night light. While I would be totally fine experiencing all of the bonus extras, it mostly meets my need for a cute little light to help the Girls get to the hall at night without turning on all the lights along the way. It really has a nice, glowing, pleasant quality about it, with the added benefit of looking very nice complimenting our decor. I am pleased with my purchase!

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Nothing says summer like the BLT! Because Mousey is trying to stick to a low carb/keto diet, she had hers on Romaine lettuce, and because I am a copycat, i did too. It was so yummy I may never go back to bread! There are tomatoes on there, just hiding under the bacon. We also made a worthy stuffed mushroom to go along with and declared it a restaurant quality meal!

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It’s hard t believe, but little Moon Pie is already ONE MONTH OLD!!!!  Her Mama took these adorable pictures. She is a creative gal, so I imagine we will all benefit from her skillz!

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This pose is full on Mousey! So relaxed.

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Nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby!

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Baby bum!

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She is starting to get a little chunk on those thighs, we love the chunk!

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So precious!

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Hoping to be back tomorrow for the Hodgepodge. There was no edition last week because our hostess Joyce was on vacation to meet HER new grandbaby, who coincidentally also lives in Washington state!

Enjoy your Tuesday.

Ninth Annual Girls Getaway to South Haven!

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We arrived home from Lake Michigan on Thursday evening after adding another chapter of memories to the South Haven recollection book! But first, back to the beginning.

Four of us left The Corn Capital of Michigan (so I am told, but we have no corn anymore) on Monday morning in The Oreo Mom’s comfy Escape, marveling at our ability to pack lighter this year!!!!! Just look at all that space!!! It’s never happened before!

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Here we are, standing TALL from the left:Capri K (aka Shaq), The Oreo Mom, Three Good Kids and The Peanuts Champ, ready for adventure, fun, good conversation, shopping and food!

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We talked all the way across The Mitten with nary a lull, we even missed our usual exit for lunch at our usual place, but managed to find a new place and squeezed in a little Steinmart excursion. We decided that our trip last year was a little later in August, and therefore it did not have the rock bottom deals that we remembered from the previous year. I did notice that this particular store did not have my beloved Bandolino pull on skinny jeans, and it makes me want to RACE over to the one in Ann Arbor to buy some more in case they are discontinuing them!!!! They are My Precious!

We had decided to do our food shopping on arrival, hence all the extra room in the car! It worked out perfect! Shortly after we arrived in South Haven we added one more to the party, our dear friend Ally, one half of the famously loved team of Sammon and Ally! here she is on the left, another short friend!

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Since we find the restaurants in the area to be not our cup of tea, we ate dinners in. Yummy chicken with roasted potatoes and asparagus and Ally’s beef stew in the crockpot, which we had on beach day, INGENIUS!!!!!

We were able to watch three sunsets and the first one was the best.

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You know what’s hard to do? Take a picture of a sunset with your phone, because it never looks like what is in front of your eyes. So you try and bring it in closer and …..no, it’s never right.

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The first day we hung out at the beach and I probably made everyone happy by NOT taking or posting any pictures. Because I know I am not keen on a bathing suit photo shoot, that ship sailed DECADES ago.

The next day we went to the farmers market in South Haven before heading up to Holland for some shopping. I was loving their pretty flower pots and shop displays!

As you know I am a huge fan of the coleus, and I don’t know what that pretty little edged yellow flower was, but it was lovely.

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Beautimous!

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Heart this!

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Now this one, I am adoring the green with the dark sweet potato vine.

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This is actually my favorite sweet potato vine and I love those grasses with tails, so swoon!

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Yes please.

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We played a couple of games that night, Farkle and Heads Up on my phone, both were fun!

This was our last sunset. We didn’t stand at the top and watch, we travelled down some stairs we had never discovered before, right onto the beach. Our surroundings were beautiful, much better than the actual sunset.

Three Good Kids and The Peanuts Champ in the purty tall grasses.

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Old friends are a kiss on the cheek from God.

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We put that old selfie stick to good use on this trip!

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Started out grand. Love the waves rolling in.

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Lighthouse in the distance.

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Trying to be artistic and get sun, lighthouse, water, sand and grasses IN the frame, and get the folks frolicking on the beach OUT of the frame.

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Shortly after this the sun slipped behind the clouds and that was it.

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Still loverly though.

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South Haven, land of fantabulous hydrangeas!!!!!! They must have the perfect soil!

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We passed this pretty spot in our to-ing and fro-ing the beach.

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I told Honey that we should rent a house and haul our crew over there some year. Or up North. Or to the mountains in Tennessee. So many pretty places to go!

My haul from Holland. We have decided that we may make this a regular feature of the week, it’s not so far, around a half an hour. We were SO SAD that one of our favorite stores in South Haven was closing! Just My Bag had a moving sign in the window and was never open when we were there, sad face emoji! I guess the owner was retiring and moving to Arizona or something. We were so disappointed but of course completely understand.

I bought the word stones and rocks to put some in my leaf on the front porch, which I have apparently not shown on the blob. I will remedy that soon and show you the befores and afters. They always have cute jewelry there and I partook.

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This was my favorite purchase. I can wear this with multiple bracelets, as I often like to do. It was made with the ends of SPOONS! I did pick the least spoon-iest, because my goal was to have the comments be, “oh what a darling silver bracelet!”, instead of “why has that girl got spoons wrapped around her wrist?” I think it may be my must wear thing this fall!

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Thank you Ladies for another year of fun and friendship!!!

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Next year will be a decade!!!! Ten tears is traditionally celebrated with tin or aluminum, put your thinking caps on Girlies!!!!

Monday Thoughts

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Hi Guys! The busy summer just keeps hurtling forward! Just a few things before I take off for Lake Michigan with some girlfriends on our annual South Haven Getaway.

A sweet friend from BSF sent me this present! It is my desire to pray for our new grandbaby, along with future grandchildren, so hopefully this will be a well used book! She chose the letters book because she knows that The Boy and I are corresponding through the U.S. Mail, how cute is that??!! Love them both but especially love her thoughtfulness, she was a kiss on the cheek from God!

Also, kitty feets are the best, and Halle Berry’s milk dipped toes are precious.

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Honey and I did a bit of rearranging in the basement and we found this ancient catalogue. Get a load of that movie camera and cell phone, hot technology from 1988, the year before The Ab-Cat was BORN!!!!!

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And you think you pay a lot for your little hand held computers now that can make calls, take pictures AND make movies, plus keep you connected to everyone you ever met via social media!!!!!!!! Holey Moley!

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Yes, yes I do.

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The coleus are coming on strong on the patio! I enjoy the riot of colors, shapes and designs. That God, He’s a wonderful Maker.

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Ok, need to scoot, The Peanut’s Champ will be picking me up soon! I may be around on Wednesday for a group participation Wednesday Hodgepodge. Have a great week!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi All! We had a little tech difficulty last week where our computer declined to open the internet. At All. But Honey did something and we are now back in business! Here we go with The Hodgepodge.

From this Side of the Pond

1. We’ve reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? Is that typical? On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what’s your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM?

I was driving on the freeway, and that’s not what I typically do at that precise time of day. My energy level is pretty good at that time, not as fresh as the morning but a solid 6. If I were going to run out of steam, it probably would have happened earlier than that. I try not to nap after 2, it interferes with sleeping at night. And I believe that sentence is officially the most old lady thing I have ever expressed on the blog!!!!!
2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball…which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? Elaborate.

I’m sorry, but I can’t make any of these fit! The thing that has been thrown at me lately is WORK! This is the busiest summer I have had in a really long time! Call that a curveball if you would like. I have started keeping a constant running list on my counter of appointments so I don’t forget anyone, which is a very real possibility in these days of forgetfulness!
3. What are three things that would help you right now. Tell us how or why.

A transporter, like on Star Trek, would come in handy so we could pop over to Washington state and see our new granddaughter! We will go on August 11, in a regular old plane.

A housekeeper would always be a wonderful extravagance, to combat the above mentioned work/activity schedule/tiredness! it would ensure that there would be no debris or cat fur on our hardwood floors, fur or dust on the window blinds, and de-cobweb the work that our evidently super busy house spiders do! And clean the dang shower, man I hate that job!

Some professional landscapers to rework a few areas of our yard that are currently bugging me. They would get done in TWO DAYS what it would take me all summer to accomplish!
4. Do you think you’re strong? Why or why not? What makes you strong?

I think I am fairly strong both emotionally and physically. Emotionally because we have had unusual trials in our family and experienced firsthand that the Lord is a firm foundation when lashed by the storms of this life.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

When you know He is reliable in times of trouble, it helps you endure the next time crisis or hardship comes flooding your way. I think that makes you strong emotionally. Some of our torrents had the very real potential to dash us against the rocks and break us into a million pieces. I also think that I come from emotionally strong women. Life did not always turn out the way my Mother or Grandmother planned, but they modeled what to do. You get up, work hard, don’t wallow in your misfortune, take care of your people, depend on the Lord and live with joy. You just get on with it. I had good examples 🙂

I think I am fairly physically strong because I am a pretty tall girl and can haul a lot of stuff!!!!
5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What’s your favorite book set sometime in the past?

I do, from all sorts of time periods! I love to get a little historical learnin’ whilst enjoying a good fictional story! The first favorite that came to mind was A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. You would not think that a book set in 70 A.D., just after the fall of Jerusalem to the Roman Empire, would be a great read, but you would be wrong! It follows the story of captured young Jewish Christian Hadassah as she is forced into slavery. I learned much about how things were in that time period and of the persecution of  the early Christians. I know Hadassah was a fictional character, but I want to be her when I grow up! Her simple faith, prayer life, dependence on the Lord, and example of serving in love were so inspiring. There is a sequel too, even BETTER!!!!!! 
6. Insert your own random thought here.

Our random thoughts these days revolve around getting our daily pictures of our granddaughter Moon Pie! The kids have been good to send pictures and little videos of her making super sweet little noises and movements! It helps a LOT when we are so far away!

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week!

Baby Business and Other Schtuff

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Things have been busy around here this summer. I can’t always say exactly why, but the fact remains. I have worked quite a bit, watered a LOT, and vacuumed less than I should have. Honey and I have accomplished quite a bit, including hedge and bush trimming detail, garage cleaning, and we made a small, but valuable dent, in our basement. 

We had the second week of our summer Bible study on Wednesday night. There are a whole slew of past and present BSFers in attendance!!! I am really liking the study, Discerning The Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. This week was about the Holy Spirit and being still, both mysterious things for me. I know that The Holy Spirit lives inside me and guides me in all things, but the hard part for me is being still to intentionally hear His still small voice. Nothing puts my ADD on full display like trying to sit still and concentrate! It’s like I physically NEED to do something else at the same time! Such as pray AND drive, work on my Bible study WHILE flipping through my Bible, pray AS I fold laundry or cut the grass. When I try to just sit I end up having to telling the Lord I am sorry to have left Him hanging while I lily pad jumped through about 37 thoughts, and got up to do 7 things I thought of, things that have nothing to do with anything! I have concluded that He made me and knows all about my deficits, He does speak to me, guides me, convicts me, and I do feel His presence, all without sitting still and focusing. He loves me and has shown His hand in my life and revealed His thoughts in other ways, and I am grateful.   

I am especially happy that The Ab-Cat has been coming. I’m not quite sure what she thinks about us all, she did say we were very LOUD!

I am trying not to inundate you all with beebee pictures, but this blog is my memory bank and it needs to be done.

Since we have not yet met the little punkin’, I have totally used pictures that The Boy and The Dane have texted, lifted some off of their Instagram and Facebook accounts and graciously had some sent to us by The Dane’s mama, Jeanette.

It sounds like everyone is doing well despite some early struggles. I think all new mamas and daddies can agree that this newborn stage is a bear to navigate, can I get an AMEN? Little Moon Pie looks to be a sweet lil’ puddin’ who is peacefully sleeping the majority of the time, according to pictures!

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They have sent a funny video of them trying to wake her and she is obliviously smiling , yawning, and making hilarious old man faces!

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It sounds like she is a good little eater and they seem to be enjoying her immensely!

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What’s not to love there??!!

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They are clearly smitten. We can’t wait to meet her!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to join the Hodgepodgers just click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s, she will guide you from there!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

I was very close with my Mom’s parents all of their lives. My brother and I spent a lot of time at their house and we even had friends in their neighborhood. My Grandpa passed away when I was about 15. I was especially close with my Grandma until she passed away at 79 when I was around 30. I benefitted greatly from having a strong relationship with such a loving, fun, wise, positive and godly woman. She modeled faith, kindness to others, acceptance of the hardships of life with grace, a never ending desire to learn, thoughtfulness, and living life with a happy disposition and good humor. I will miss her for the rest of my life.

Two things I remember about my Grandpa are kind of funny. He had a raging sweet tooth and could always be counted on to take us to Cloverdale’s for ice cream, Ward’s candy counter to pick out a little bulk candy (usually candy corn for him!), Burger King for a milk shake or Dunkin Donuts for a jelly filled treat! Thing number two was for the majority of my childhood I thought his name was Horse. That’s what everyone called him. I remember being ABSOLUTELY shocked to discover his name was Horace! And the way southern people say that is Harse, hence Horse 🙂

I remember a lot of things my Grandmother said, and many of those things shaped my views. I have two that come to mind at the moment. My Grandma came from very humble beginnings in Tennessee. Her father was a sharecropper and she remembered working very hard and having to pick cotton. She worked hard all her life and always remembered where she came from and that she was not above anyone. When I was a child in the 60s, there was a lot of unrest in the neighboring city of Detroit. A lot of the kids I went to school with were from Detroit, and their families had moved out to the suburbs in what became known as  White Flight. They had some harsh words for the city and it’s residents. I can’t remember how we were on the subject, whether something on the news or a conversation, but it was something negative about blacks. I remember her saying “they’re just people, good people, trying to do the best they can for their families too”. It made an impression on my elementary school aged mind.

There was another thing I have recalled over the years. In her older years she spent her winters in Florida, so when she was in Michigan she always tried to see as many friends as she could. She was meeting a bunch of her “widda’s” (widows) for lunch and she wanted me to come and bring our first born so she could show her off! I was driving and we were a little late I’m sure, and she must have thought I was driving a little too fast. I remember her saying to slow down, “we have precious cargo”. I have remembered that until this day!

My other Grandparents were loved but lived in Florida for most of my earlier years. My Grandma and I wrote letters for much of that time. We saw them when they came to Michigan once a year and sometimes when we vacationed in Florida. After my Grandpa’s stroke in 1991, they moved about 4 hours north of us, so I saw them a little more. I tried to be intentional about taking the kids up to visit them, and by then long distance phone calls were a little more affordable 🙂

The two memories of my Grandpa were he liked to work crossword puzzles (as do I!) and he came from a large family (8 kids) and with the exception of a brother who passed away young and a sister who moved to Indiana, they all lived in the Detroit area and seemed very close. Holidays were lively!!!!

My Grandma and I were much closer after she returned to Michigan. One of the things I remember was from her house in Detroit, when I was growing up. She had this plaque hanging in her kitchen and I did not understand it then, but I do now!

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I found this on the internet and it is exactly the same one! A friend said his grandma had the exact same one in her kitchen! Must have been a grandma thing!

The other much more meaningful thing I learned from her was it doesn’t matter how many years have gone by, it’s never too late to ask for forgiveness. She had a lot of time to ponder in her later years and on reflection she realized she had hurt another with her words and actions. I didn’t hear her give the words of apology, but I saw how much the words meant to the receiver, and it made me love and respect her even more.

2. What’s an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I was very attached to my cool, metallic blue bike, with the sassy high handles and sissy bar, and the silver sparkly banana seat!!! It kicked around in our garage for many years after I stopped using it and I don’t really know what happened to it. Hopefully it found its way to the Salvation Army and a new life with another little girl who loved it!

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

Literally we look out to a creek line behind our house. There is a field between us for now, but there is supposed to be a church breaking ground this summer. The church will be located closer to the road and according to the plans we saw. We will be having a retention pond back by us. So we are not sure what this will look like next summer, but there is a good sized easement all around the creek and the homes, so this area might remain the same. I hope so, it is pretty in all seasons.

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Figuratively, I am usually a big picture thinker.

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the ‘sour’ foods listed below would you say is your favorite?grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What’s your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?

I am not really a hard candy kind of gal, sour or otherwise. Of those listed, I would probably say grapefruit would probably be my favorite, with lemon running a close second. I have never tried a kumquat before, and I’m not even sure what they look like!

I typically just eat grapefruit plain, but there are many lemon things I love; lemon meringue pie, lemoncello cake, Mediterranean salad dressing. YUM!

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it’s going so far.

Summer fleeting, good weather, sweet new Grandbaby here and going to visit in August!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

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

Here is a baby Capri K with her Grandpa “Horse” and her Grandma Georgia! My parents lived in California when I was born, while both sets of grandparents and all of their family was back home in Michigan. A little like our situation now with The Boy and The Dane and the new Grandbaby living out in Washington! This picture was taken during a visit because we did not move back to The Mitten until I was over two years old.

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These are my Father’s parents, Grandma and Grandpa Hoover. I remember hearing from I believe my Girl Cousin Vickie, that my Grandfather worked for American Blower and his bosses commented on what a good worker he was and did he have any more like him at home? He said he did and I think he might have brought all his brothers!!!!

My Grandma also came from a large farm family. She said her mother taught her to cook at a very young age and said that my Grandma’s pies were as good, if not better than hers, so that became her job. I think she said she was 9 years old!!! I can’t even! She passed away 10 years ago this summer at the grand old age of 97.

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I was blessed to have a loving extended family, and I hope to continue that tradition with our children and grandchildren.

Thanks for stopping by!