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Missed Moments of 2017

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Hi Guys, have some dribbles of stuff to document for today. Cause that is what this here blog is, documentation of our life.

The Mitten is currently bracing for an unnamed storm that could produce 1 or 12 inches of snow and ice. I heard wild tales earlier in the week, but things were significantly downgraded by yesterday. So really, it could be anything in the whole anything kingdom. It has been a strange week, starting in the negative temperatures last Friday to 57 degrees yesterday. That’s what we natives like to call Pure Michigan. Just like our state slogan proclaims.

Let’s go back to last fall when we had kinder, gentler temperatures. Our neighbor Karen texted this picture of a most beautimous rainbow directly over our house! The trees were in fine form I must say!

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When The Boy and The Dane were in town last November, they got together with Elyk and The Boy’s former small group leader Mike, from when they were in middle school! All of them have married in the last few years and in a twist of fate, all of them became fathers this year! Just a fun fact here, in the picture they are standing in order of their baby’s birth, with Mike and Jen going first in March, with Elyk and Pug Mama taking second in May, and The Boy and The Dane bringing up the rear in July. What is amusing to me is that they married in the exact opposite order. Of course Elyk’s position remained the same, smack in the middle!

Here the guys are with their offspring!

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When we bought our two new couches, some 3 years ago, we stuck our old ones down the basement in case one of the kids needed them upon setting up their own homesteads. Many parts of our basement contain many similar items kept for the same reason. The Boy and The Dane already have two couches, so they were unlikely to need a third, plus it was not their colors. Mousey claimed one because she is needy and she knows how comfortable they are!

I was telling The Peanuts Champ that a friend’s son was looking for a replacement couch for his that broke. I took pictures and sent them to her with the warning that they were heavy and her son would need to bring help to get it out of the basement. Because Honey is old and tired and while on flat land I can be helpful, I am not a useful engine moving things up a flight of stairs.  The Peanut’s Champ said if things did not work out there, her son Josh might be interested as he was moving out and also needy. The other friend’s son found a couch elsewhere, so Josh came and got ours!

We told him the same thing, bring friends; it’s heavy, so he brought these charming fellows. We also told him how comfy it was, and a great napping couch! The reason I tell you this whole tale is because of the next part, which was so darn cute and resourceful!!

Josh was renting the second floor of a house, and his friends lived on the first floor. He is a math major, so he brought his measuring tape and paper to do math stuff to figure out if they could navigate the couch around a tight turn in the stairway, where it would be hanging over the railing a large percentage! According to their calculations they felt confident they could do it! They sent this picture when they got it in!!!

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Josh is on the right and it was such a pleasure to help him out on his new adventure! He was Mousey’s first best friend as preschoolers and has grown into a fine young man. On a funny note, he did not have a bed for the first little bit after moving in so he slept on the couch. He agreed that it was a good sleeping couch!!! Best of luck Friend! ❤

One of our jobs on the Admin team at BSF is to show the love to our group and children’s leaders. Our normal once a month fellowships are sack lunch affairs, but twice a year, at Christmas and end of year, we do things a little fancier. Our Class Administrator, Trenda, decided we should decorate a little different. I feel the need to insert here that there was not one person on the whole team that felt decorating was their love language!!!!! I was looking on Pinterest for new ideas, and most of them included wooden rounds. The first place I remembered seeing those was at Nurse Lauren’s wedding last fall.

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When I called Rae-Babe to ask about how she put hers together, she graciously offered to let us borrow hers!!! The rounds AND the hurricane globes!!!

I met with Trenda at Michael’s and we picked out a garland that we cut up to use on our 8 tables. She produced evergreen clippings and actual cranberries, I found candles at IKEA and there was a group leader who arrived early who said she LOVED to decorate!!! Thank you Lord, it looked loverly!!! Thanks Rae-Babe for the use of your stuff!

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Enjoy your weekend, I am hunkered down for who knows what!

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A List of Things

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Hi Guys. It has taken about 3 weeks to get over The Plague. I did most things that people suggested in an effort to reduce my misery including but not limited to; Emergent-C, a T of honey and a T of apple cider vinegar, TRULY HEINOUS!!!! Folks kept telling me I needed a Hot Toddy, and they had old family recipes, certain liquors and other ingredients they thought worked best. It said online that whiskey was the best thing to help you sleep, so SIGN ME UP.

Honey graciously brought me this. Maybe as an homage to his Canadian roots. Fun Fact: when we lived in Windsor, Ontario, we regularly passed by the place that made this! All I have to say is I will never be an alcoholic. I had to drink that Hot Toddy holding my nose. I did sleep a wee bit better that night. The next night I decided to not prolong my misery of drinking an entire mug of nasty, I just drank the 2 ounces as a shot. The Ab-Cat said she had to see this and proceeded to laugh when I held my nose and threw it back, because I was gagging!

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I just put the bottle in the cupboard above the fridge and called the experiment a dismal failure. But in other news, Honey has contracted some other kind of plague and he had his own Toddy this morning. There was no unpleasant gagging I’m happy to report.

In other news!

THIS is happening!!!! We have lived in our home about 18 years and there has always been an empty field behind us. Our builder told us that a church owned the property, but other than a once a month appointment with a giant machine to cut the grass/weeds, there was never any activity back there. The only time I ever went back there was to stealthily scatter leaves, weeds and other garden debris that caused the bush hog guy no trouble, So basically the point behind our house was a compost area.

We started hearing rumors that the church wanted to sell the property. This caused us mild concern, only because we did not fancy a gas station or something like that back there. We soon heard that another church bought the land, and I actually knew some people who went to that church! My good friend CMB’s parents are in attendance as is the mother of my old friend Suzanne Suzanna Danna, along with others from the church where we all grew up.

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There were starts and delays, rumors of trouble with the city and the county, a sign was posted and then one day there was a fence around the entire property! Then the heavy equipment moved in and now we have a HUGE hole on the other side of our hedge! Since we are getting the retention pond back there, we can only assume that has something to do with the digging.They have been struggling with a lot of rain, so work has been in fits and starts

I don’t know that you can tell, but it’s about a 15 foot hole back there! Honey has been using the noise machine when he sleeps because they are Johnny on the spot at 7 in the morning and don’t knock off until 6. They have holes to dig and dirt to move and as of one day last week, cables to cut!!!!

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We noticed our internet was out, but it is not unheard of to have occasional interruptions over here. When it continued and we did a little investigation, we discovered we had no TV or landline. That seemed fishy. After a conversation with Wowway, it was determined that we, and our neighbor to the south, had no service. They did not call to report it because they conveniently do not live there anymore. The nice Wow guy came out and ran a temporary line until they could bury a line and we were happy to welcome the distraction of cable back into our lives.

This is probably around the time the line was cut, they are mighty close to our box.

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One whole day without internet, tv and phone and I have to say this is how we felt. Thanks Oklahoma Tammy, very timely I must say!!!!!

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Because of Thanksgiving, our BSF class moved to Monday, with an abbreviated leaders meeting earlier than usual and then class right after. It’s a full day, but it works for us. I have been participating in the 7 day, black and white challenge on Instagram, no words, no people and no explanation. This was one of my offerings. As BSFfers, we are known for our ability to make very nice circles. I’m pretty sure it might say that in the Bible. “They were known for their love, and ability to make a great circle”. Or something like that. 😉 Miss May’s circle in the sanctuary.IMG-6079

When the weather turns, this young catten gets very cuddly and needy. He just needs to be touching you. We don’t mind. It’s just a good thing he is so sweet, because he is about 50% trouble. Some days 75.

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Because of the holiday, schedules are all joophered up, in a good way! Plus we are not hosting Thanksgiving, we’re OFF!!!! Therefore, I have a little more time to blob!!!! Planning to be back tomorrow with The Hodgepodge.

An October List

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Keelyody and I didn’t walk today because it was raining cats and dogs, so I have a little extra time to tell you all of these unnecessary things.

I got my hairs cut a few weeks ago.

Mrs. Schmenkman cut it when I was in Virginia in May, and it grew out beautifully! She will be in town at the end of the month, but we have a wedding next weekend and I was unfortunately becoming unsightly. I am glad she is coming for many reasons, but one reason is because it could use a little “tweaking”. I don’t know how all of you nonprofessionals do it, Schmenky and I always have to TWEAK! But all in all, I can make it work.

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Honey and The Boy enjoy these Bear Paw slippers. They are actually rather particular about them. I first found them for a bargain price at a TJ Maxx or a Marshalls and bought 2 pair. Honey immediately loved them but The Boy said he didn’t need them, so I returned his. He then realized the error of his ways and wore Honey’s when he could. They are evidently very comfy.

When The Boy went away to college, Honey gave him his old ones, as he was on his second pair. Which, by the way, I never could find again at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for a bargain price, and had to resort to paying bigger dollars for them at Famous Footwear.

When The Boy came home for visits, he brought the Bear Paws, which by then were being held together by duct tape. I think he even said he was wearing them outside the home. So for Christmas several years ago they both received a new pair of the Paws. I don’t know The Boy’s slipper situation at the moment, but I have made the decision for Honey that it’s time to break down and use the newbies. Mainly because he is unknowingly leaving pieces of cracked sole all over the house. I call it an executive decision, because he keeps saying his old ones are FINE. They will be relegated to outside use only, where he can litter sole pieces without judgment.

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Well worn, well loved. What the heck is coming out of the back end of those puppies??? RIP beloved Paws.

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Honey was laid off the week before last! I KNOW!!!! WE couldn’t believe it either! We were so excited! Unfortunately his back was also laid off and he didn’t get to 3/4 of what he would have liked to accomplish. But towards the end of the week, after some loving attention from massage therapist Mousey, he arose and went outside to help put the outside stuff away in preparation for winter. Goodbye summer friends. The pool has been closed over a month, so the watering had been sporadic, it was time.

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Even though it has been flat out HOT up here in The Mitten for a sweet FOREVER, I am hopeful that fall is coming. Sometime. So I swapped the spring wreath off the front door for the autumn and hauled up some decorations in a show of good faith that it would actually happen this month. Seymour loves a little redecorating, he was all over it.

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I should git, we are having a small group kick off dinner tonight and every single thing needs to be done in preparation. Have a fine fall weekend. Even if you are sweating.

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.

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!

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!