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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys, it’s been a looooong time! Life got a little hectic there, but it has all smoothed out now and I am ready to rejoin the Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you would like to link up, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s, she will be glad to have you!

From this Side of the Pond

1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm…
Are you a pack rat? Even if you’re not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what’s yours.

I think there are degrees of pack rat-ism, and unless you are a hard core, black belt packer I think it could probably be classified as a quirk. I guess there is a skill to hiding your tendencies.

I guess I fall into the category of quasi-pack rat. It’s really more that I am sentimental and keep things for that reason. I am a keeper of personal correspondence, pictures, and special things belonging to our children, that I have saved for grandchildren. No one would ever really see these things.

We have lived in our current house for almost 20 years and we have quite a collection of furniture, household items, toys, books for bigs and littles, plus we are currently a holding tank for our grown children. They all have some things set aside that they want to take with them at some future time. We feel like we want to purge, but we have held onto it for this long, we may as well keep it a while longer until the girls move out and The Boy collects his stuff that he didn’t take when he moved out to Washington state last summer. We DO need to get down in our basement and take stock, I’m sure there is a lot we could do without. Maybe when Honey retires next year. Put it on the list.
2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don’t?

I should know how to access new comments on my blog. They have changed the format on WordPress and I can’t figure it out! I can only get there when I get an email notifying me to approve a new comment. I have to say that I hate it when they change things like that, I know that is a strong word, but it is accurate. Their effort to make things more “user friendly” is rarely a help to me! Continuing on the blog topic, I should also be able to figure out how to upload a picture and have it go where I want it to go. Clearly this is asking too much.

There are a lot of things I should know how to do on the ipad, but I just muddle through until someone shows me an easier way.
3. Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.

Unfortunately I do. It was very apparent when I did the Whole 30 diet in March. They acted like the cravings would be gone after 30 days, but I am here to tell you that they did not.

I use Truvia in my tea these days, and have had pretty good success baking with it.

Dessert is not a given when dining out. It’s more of a special occasion thing. I need to return to the one indulgence a week mindset I sported a couple summers ago. I really had to think about what I wanted. It was a good exercise.
4. What’s a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can’t imagine living without?

The iphone. Except for my Dad and one gal I know, Honey and I were the last people we knew to jump on the fancy phone band wagon! I was not, nor am I, super attached to my cell phone. Lots of time it’s in my purse and I can’t even hear it. BUT, I am very glad to finally have one, mainly for the camera, texts, directions, and the ability to check Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram if I am stuck waiting!

How else could I find out important news from Mousey on Snapchat?

Or text Jip the Farm Dog my most recent purchases from our favorite flower place?


Everyone needed to see this sparkling beauty of Mia’s misery on her trip to the vet.


Or sleeping Sy. A good percentage of my photos are Sy related.

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Or our sweet Girlies!

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See? Couldn’t live without it!

5. What’s a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.

I heard Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper the other day and it reminded me of a pre marriage road trip to Florida with my old friend Suzie! We heard a lot of Ms Lauper and The Heart of Rock and Roll and I Want a New Drug by Huey Lewis and the News travelling down I75 on that vacation!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

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

My Mother has been in her heavenly home for 7 years now but she was deeply loved here and fondly remembered last weekend as we celebrated the mothers in our life.


We had a very nice Mothers Day weekend! The Ab-Cat took us to Longhorn’s for dinner on Saturday night.


And then Honey took us to our favorite, Chip and Dip after church on Sunday. I told the girls I wanted a picture, and even though there was groaning, they humored me.


Thanks for stopping by!

The Weekly Sy, a List and Some Thoughts


Hi Guys. Why do weeks keep passing so quickly? Every time I turn around another week has flown by and I barely got in here to blob! In my defense, I did write my ENTIRE Wednesday Hodgepodge post, complete with Way Back When-sday portion, AND IT DISAPPEARED when the computer did a bit of untimely maintenance!!!!! Poof, completely gone. This is not the first time this has happened either. I am going to have to save to draft each and every time I walk away from the computer or I may have to go to prison for doing something unseemly.

BSF started last week!!! It is always so doggone good to see the leaders and the class members! We are studying John this year. It is my third time in this study and I was not particularly looking forward to it for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, third time doing the John study, so there’s that.

Secondly, we were doing John the very first time I went to BSF in 1995. I didn’t get very far because I had a bad car accident in October and had to drop out. I don’t even count that time. We were also in John the year my Mom died. Two very difficult years.

I have repeated the classes enough to know that God finds you in a different place each time you do a study, so I know I can learn something new, and I should have a different perspective after studying Revelation last year.

In the Ladies Bible Study at our church we are studying the life of Peter. That should be interesting, haven’t done that before.

I mentioned earlier in the summer that our church offered a Priscilla Shirer study called Armor of God.

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I went with Jip the Farm Dog and a couple of other gals from BSF and MAN, did we all LOVE it!!! Here was one questions from the lost Hodgepodge:

3. Besides The Bible, what’s a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so? 

I’m going to say that book was pretty life changing. I talked about it and kept telling Honey he needed to read it so much that I convinced him that we should do it for our small group this fall! I think EVERYONE can benefit from this study. It has changed the way I look at and deal with trouble. I might need to read it over and remind myself again every single year, but it was that good and helpful! The enemy is real Friends and he is going down and is looking to distract, divide and destroy as much as he can. He specializes in chaos and LIES. Read the book!!

I haven’t done a Weekly Sy in a while, not sure why because The Ab-Cat sends me lots of adorable Snapchats every week! He may be many unpleasant things, but he remains adorable. And sweet. Sometimes. As always, he is most attractive when asleep and not causing trouble with the elder felines.


We love his paws. Cat paws are everything.


Abby sent me this sparkling beauty of us watching tv. He loves his grandma, I have the makings of a comfy bed.


However I did notice this on closer inspection. What the heck is that on my neck? A goiter? I have never seen that on my neck before!!!


Let’s zero in on this, MUCH cuter!!!!


Here was the Way Back When-sday part of last weeks post. Little Mousey sporting her armor of God. She was rocking that shield of faith, and the Batman cowl, along with the log weapon. As you do.


Have a good Monday!

A Whole Lotta Stuff


Hey Guys, just checking in from the summer of sketchy blogging. I seriously feel like I have forgotten how to do this. There is a way to think bloggaly, and I have lost my way, clearly.

How about a random, hopscotch kind of post? Thanks, because my brain is all random and full of hopscotch. I don’t know if I have ever written the word hopscotch before and here it is 3 times in 1 paragraph. Who made up that word anyway?

It is hot in The Mitten this week. And in celebration, my hot flashes are about an 8. I long for the good old days of shivering in air conditioning.

We went up to my Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Bob’s cottage last weekend, that was FUN! I have pictures to show you, but that will be a post in itself. In the meantime, I leave you with this to sow the seeds of excitement. The earth, sun and the moon aligned and we got a good group picture!!!!!! GLORY BE!!!!!


Saw this on the Facebook. Loved it.


The Little Mister. I was surprised how glad I was to be reunited with this fur face after last weekend. He is an A # 1 pest but I kind of like him. And in his defense, he can be totally sweet, until he’s not.

Here he is lying on the comforter at the foot of Abby’s bed. It kind of reminded me of those posed shots we used to get at the portrait studio. I never liked the dorky library or outside backgrounds, so I always told them up front only blue, white or black for me please.


Pretend like it says Olan Mills 2016 in the lower right hand corner.

This is a pretty from the garden. I heart the coleus SO BAD! Mousey always refers to these as Jurassic Park flowers, I can see the correlation, I really can.


I have been looking for our wire cat brush all summer. Mama Mia and Halle Berry have undercoats, which really just means they have twice as much fur as other cats. Cats with undercoats like a wire brush, while it proves too hurty for single coat cats like Lucy and Sy. I needed to find that brush because we have tumbleweeds of cat fur blowing through our house. We also have had quite a bit of cat hoark, which is natures subtle way of telling me I need to find that cat brush, pronto.


We are supposed to have a meeting with a financial planner this week to talk about Honey’s impending retirement. Can I just tell you that I feel like an imposter at these sort of meetings? When did we come to the age to talk about such adult topics??

Ok. I need to get out there and cut the grass before the heat gets to be an abomination. Have a good weekend, stay cool and drink lots of water.

The Weekly Sy


We haven’t talked about the Little Mister on the blob lately. He is having a good summer. Bird watching, sunbathing, insect patrol. it’s all good.

I typically let the elder felines out in the morning if the air conditioning is not on, because I have to leave the front door open. If I shut the door it causes them all to swarm back to the porch and howl like I am locking them out forever and for always!!! Like I would ever do that.

This morning ritual has been problematic since Seymour’s arrival, mainly because he is untrustworthy. I never worry about the old ladies, They go out on the front porch to roll around and saunter down the walkway a little bit. They might venture to a nearby flower bed or have a nibble of the grass nearest to them. I have actually seen Halle Berry cross the circle drive to check out that grass, but she didn’t look comfortable and she was walking flattened to the ground, to throw off predators. Sometimes a loud car or a neighbor’s lawnmower will cause them to STAMPEDE back into the house like something was dogging their heels! All I have to do to get them in is say “come on Girl’s!”, or pretend like I am closing the door. They are RIGHT.THERE.

At first I took Sy to The Ab-Cat’s room and shut the door. But he’s no dummy, he knew the other cats were doing something fun and he sang the song of his people, LOUDLY, in protest. I finally had the idea to use a previous cats collar and our former dogs leash, with the handle under the front porch chair. He was very happy to join the crowd!!!!

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Just hanging out!


Bird watching. Oh yes, the birds see him and they do not like him at all. I would go out and check on him periodically because he gets tangled around bricks, bushes, hostas and pots. Imagine my HORROR when I went out and found this!


He had gotten free!!! Man, I started praying, he could have been anywhere! I went around one side of the house calling his name. I could see our neighbors big backyard, all the way down to the creek. That was not reassuring, he could already be far away. As I walked back to the front of the house I was asking God to help me find him, please don’t let us lose our kitty, we love him so!!!! As I started around to the other side I saw him walking on the landscape wall, meowing at me! THANK YOU LORD!!!!!!!

He doesn’t usually run away when you try and pick him up but I was afraid he might. I knelt down, called him and scooped him up when he came to me! Oh, I was so thankful I was almost in tears!

He lived to be leashed another day. In a much tighter collar.


Last month my Girl Cousin Lindsay was here with her fur child Ava. I noticed that Ava had a nifty halter get up that didn’t yank on her neck so much. I mentioned to Abby that maybe we should look into that. We tried it out on Independence Day.


All was well until our sprinklers unexpectedly came on and everyone ran for cover, including Sy, who twisted, turned and bolted right out of that harness and right on up to the screen door!!! So now that is tightened up as well.

He is going to equate going outside with wearing shapewear!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Happy July Guys! Hope you had a good Independence Day! If you would like to participate, click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s to link up.

1. How did you welcome the month of July, and tell us one fun thing you did to celebrate the 4th. (or the weekend for any non-USA residents playing along today)

It was pretty low key over here, Honey and I celebrated with the Girls and The Good Eater over dinner on Sunday night.


My brother Beeve and his family came over after and we made smores on the fire pit. Have you ever had a smore with a Reeses peanut butter cup??? Good idea Guys!!!




  Sy got a new harness in hopes that if he jumps off the patio he won’t hang himself. He was looking pretty spiffy! He did well until the sprinklers came on then he did some major contortions trying to get away. Next thing we knew he was at the screen door meowing to be let in, without the harness!!!!! Guess I need to tighten it up!


It wore him out. So much for his independence day! He firmly wanted to be a captive again. Life is good in the house Buddy.


On Monday we washed all the cars, inside and out, so welcome JULY!

2. Right now..what’s your favorite red thing? white thing? blue thing?

The pot of red geraniums on our front porch are shaping up nicely.


I am liking this outfit with the white leggings and blue striped top, wore it to Bible study yesterday!


3. Wave the white flag, raise a red flag, fly your freak flag…which ‘flag’ have you flown most recently? Explain.

How about a flag at half mast?

Half-mast (British English) or half-staff (American English) refers to a flag flying below the summit on a pole. In many countries this is seen as a symbol of respect, mourning, or distress.

We just found out that a dear friend from church has cancer. It does not look good, but we have a Great Physician that specializes in hard things. 

Isaiah 43:2

 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.

The waters are deep and our hearts are heavy for her and their family.

4. According to Cond Nast Traveler these are the seven best places to visit in July-

a boat safari in Botswanna’s Okavango Delta, Riviera Maya Mexico (it’s whale shark season and apparently you can swim with them), Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Pamploma Spain, St. Petersburg Russia, the Fuji Rock Festival at Mount Naeba Japan, the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg Austria

If time and money weren’t factors would you want to see any/all of these? Which would you most like to see and why?

Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons sound the most interesting at the moment. We have plans to go out there some day with Mrs. Schmenkman and Mr C. They seem very majestic. That God is a Wonderful Maker.

5. Grilled cheese, pimento cheese, or mac and cheese…your favorite from the cheesy treats listed?

Probably a grilled cheese. There are so many yummy ways to make it!

6. What makes you sweat?

Life. Seriously, just breathing. At this time in my life I pinball between warm, hot, melting and spontaneous combustion, all sweaty, all the time.

7. Your favorite movie with a ‘patriotic’ theme of some sort?

I will say Independence Day, we just watched some of that the other day.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post, probably from Independence Day 1999 or 2000. I love those little blondies! Even our kitty Indi was blond!


Thanks for stopping by! Have a good July!

Some Sassies


Let’s go back to Virginia for one last post. What would a Memorial Day Extravaganza be without some kitty witties?

This is Poppet, When I am down there, she loves me best. This is how she likes me to sit, and if I move she complains.


This is Casey. He is in love with my hair. Like seriously in love, licking, coco butts, and excessive marking. I have a great video, no idea how to get it from my phone to computer. Sad face.


The Schmenkman’s horse Miracle gets to roam the backyard in the afternoons. Cause she is a beloved pet.


Schmenky was replacing her hay bag. Yes, I learned what a hay bag was this trip. Was not aware there was such a thing.


Schmenky and her girl!


This is my roommate Princess. She has anxiety that prevents her from mixing with the other house kittys, so she lives in the spare bedroom. Quite happily I might add. This was our third time bunking together and I am POSITIVE she remembers me!!!!! I had to work very hard the first year to make friends and gain her trust, now she just plops down next to me.


She is a loud purrer, supreme biscuit maker, and soooo soft!


Have I mentioned we are fans of the Snap Chat? Such utter delicious NONSENSE!!!

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I love her big nose. It really is big.


On the princess pillow.





Thanks for having me once again Schmeky Catherine Schmenkerton!



Until we meet again Virginia!


Flower Day With Jip


My blogging schedule is all joofered up, as a result, we are traveling back to May 17.

At the BSF Sharing Day luncheon Jip and I compared calendars to pick a good time to have flower day. I needed to have time to get them in the pots/ground before I left for Virginia, so the sooner the better for me. We chose Tuesday the 17, and off we went.


There are 2 flower places we like, both have Zs in the name, fancy that! They are on the same road in a town about a half hour away, which is partly why we go together. This year we had a small dilemma. When I drove our full sized, high top van, we had lots of room. When I traded the big van for Juanita the Escape, i no longer drove. Jip had a blue thingy that I do not know the brand of, but I called BCY. Maybe it was an Arcadia? I don’t know why I think that so it is entirely possible it was not. Anyway, she replaced that with an Explorer that is evidently smaller than BCY, so we entertained the thought that we might have to drive 2 cars.  It was not the best nor the funnest option so I asked The Ab-Cat if we could borrow her van, which has LOTS of room. She graciously said sure.

Here’s our haul! With plenty of room to spare I might add.


Just waiting to be planted.


I like to take these before pictures because it makes me appreciate the after shots all the more!


That top pink million bell has already left us. I need to dump the dirt in that pot and root around, I think it has a drainage issue.


The coleus have already stretched and grown in 2 weeks!

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I scored some pansies at Lowe’s a few weeks before I bought all these guys. They are liberally sprinkled throughout the pots this year!


This will be pots full of colorful coleus right quick!


Ahhh, zinnias, my Precious! I will replace the dead fellow up front.



These guys will grow ginormous!


Always one of my favorite areas. Another dead fella. There was one section in the flat that wasn’t getting enough to drink. Thought they might make a comeback. Was wrong.

I spray painted Jasper the bunny! He looks grand! I should have taken a before and after picture, my hindsight is awesome! Take my word for it, he looked….disheveled. And rusty.


Here we are on the flipside. Front porch chair pot looking all beautimous! Yellow pansies cheerfully present. Sy’s leash is getting used daily. He is even doing a better job of not getting himself all tangled up seconds after I put him out!


Speaking of Sy, there’s my buddy! At least he is not hindering me on my lap, as per usual.


Spoke way too soon, 4 and 1/2 minutes later.


Back outside. The other pictures were taken before I left for Virginia, these were taken this morning. They have already taken off! Miracle Grow is certainly that!


The hyacinth bean project is coming along nicely, they can probably go into the boxes by the trellis next week! Hopefully they will be just long enough to get a toehold on the trellis!


I feel like such a farmer! Honey would SO not agree with that statement!


Things are looking lively around here! That God is a wonderful Maker!


I am heading back to the flower store today, alone. I need a few more things. I’ll miss you Jip!