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Wild Turkey Prelude


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Hi Guys! I’m still here but in the middle of a hectic. This is the last week of BSF and that involves a leaders fellowship for 60 on Wednesday, and another Sharing Day lunch for childrens leaders, admin, and staff over here on Thursday. Compound that with all the extra things you like to do when about 25 ladies are coming for lunch, and a BEAUTIFUL weekend where Honey and I have worked ourselves to the nub getting a huge jump start on the yard work, well, that edged out blogging.

Funny thing, whenever I have these gals over there is MUCH talking and laughing. My family has declared that it sounds like a bunch of wild turkeys!!!!  Magnified!!!

So I’ll be back sometime to share all my usual nonsense, hopefully things will calm down around here soon.


The Quest


Right off the bat I am going to tell my Uncle Bob that this post may be slightly less interesting to him than the previous skincare/makeup post from last week. 🙂 LOL! OK, here we go.

I have been on a quest. A search of great proportion. About a year long task, possibly longer. The kind you start keeping your eyes open before you need it, because you are already aware that this hunt could take a while to accomplish. 

I have been looking for a new pocketbook. Or handbag, as the search engines call them. It can be a herculean effort. Or a first world problem. But the struggle is real, we use these things!

I posted about this on the old blob in January of 2008. Seriously, the very first month of my blobbing career I felt the need to out myself about my many issues regarding a functional purse. I have most likely discussed it since, as it has come up several times in the last decade.

I carried this little gem for years! It was all my hopes and dreams, basically a wallet on a string with a tiny little zippered pocket on the back that carried everything I needed at this time in my life. My how the years have changed me.


This was my glowing review on the blog post.


I paid $3.20 for it at the thrift store and paid cash money to have it fixed twice! I finally broke down and retired it after the zipper broke in such a way that it could not be used. The zipper didn’t actually break, the zipper pull broke off in a tragically unfixable way. I was crushed to have to leave it behind. It is actually still in my closet, because I still think that someday someone will be able to repair My Precious. It was the last of its kind and I have moved on to bigger and bigger things. Clearly, I have to carry more necessary items around these days.

There have been several purses in between, some loved and some not so much. This was my last winter purse, the one I was on the prowl to replace the last year or so. It was a good bag and I had no complaints on wear, but I have come to an understanding of myself; I cant work with a pocketbook that is all loosey goosey inside. I need some structure. Ain’t nobody got time to be fishin’ around in there looking for every little thing! I bought a cute little purse organizer, and it helped greatly, but I just tired of the chaos.

I know I have been on the hunt for a replacement since I was in Virginia last Memorial trip. This stands out in my mind because Mrs. Schmenkman was also on the hunt. She is looking to replace her own personal Precious, and she understands the hardship. As far as I know, she has not been successful, so lets all have a moment of silent prayer for Schmenky’s pursuit of the perfect black leather purse with all the organizing system she needs 🙂


I continued my search while in Florida a couple of months ago and was rewarded for all of my effort with this one!!! I kept the tags on for a while after I got home because it’s a commitment you know, and I don’t take purse fealty lightly. It would be my luck to cut the tags and find something I liked even better the very next outing! So far I mostly love it! I wanted the little handles because I often grab my purses in the middle, so why not? I don’t like the two longer handle option known as shoulder bags, because in my experience one of the two always flops down. Just a personal peeve.


Still has to be a crossbody because I can’t be bothered with all the holding at the store. Still needs a zipper top because, theft. And big enough to carry my junk., and also at this new stage in our life, Honey’s stuff also. I get the wallet and glasses on occasion. He has actually told me several times that he was going to have to get himself a new/different wife, one who had a bigger purse to hold his stuff.


Holds the normal stuff AND the sunglasses. I never carried them until I got nifty prescription sunglasses with bifocals several years ago. Which led me to wonder, why so long Loser? They are AMAZING. My ONLY complaint is the crossbody strap could be a little thicker. It’s a little cutty, especially when this thing is loaded for bear. As it occasionally is. See? Room on top for all Honey’s belongings!


Much to Honey’s dismay, shortly after the long sought winter pocketbook was purchased, I got a wild hair about finding a new summer bag. I loved this silver Tiganello, which was my bag before last. I think silver is a perfect neutral, adds a little pop and goes with everything, except possibly if gold is prominent. Which it hardly is in my case. But when I got the above mentioned prescription bifocal sunglasses, the silver bag was out. Couldn’t zip closed. And also the Honey conundrum. I still use this on occasion for things that don’t require the usual junk, just wish it were a schnibble larger.


It was replaced by this Mosey while on our girls getaway to South Haven in 2014. I have loved this bag well! I remember the salesgirl told me that it was somehow made using recycled water bottles (no idea how) and that her boss had owned one for years. She said her boss had even washed it in the washing machine, it was a wash or die situation and therefore worth a shot. She said it came out fine, and I am here to tell you I have done the same thing because fabric gets a little ….dirty.


Loved the little bits of leather and the brushed nickel pulls, made it look nicely finished. Nice wide crossbody strap, not cutty at all!  Holds ALL the junk and has held up extremely well. But sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants, and after 4 years of use, I feel like I want something that can co-share summer duty with Mosey and Tig.


A friend from BSF had a pocketbook I thought was striking, but it had a print, and I sometimes fear that in things I need to use every day. It’s that matching business that I have never really left behind. This quandary kept me hemming and hawing about a decision until I remembered that my dear friend Dorothy gave me a purse this Christmas, I call it my Dorothy purse! It will work nicely on those days that I have on a print that is uncomplimentary with the new bag!!! Small and flat enough to even slide in the suitcase when travelling! It can certainly hold the wallet , chapstick, tissues and gum that are the essentials 🙂


There’s my Dorothy!!! She tells others that I am like a daughter to her, we just have different hair!! <3<3<3


So, when the price dropped to very reasonable, I decided to wade into uncharted print territory. After looking at them for months online at Amazon, I pulled the trigger on this Sakroots.


  It has been …problematic. There is a place on Amazon Prime where you can track your order. It went through the normal process of ordered, shipped, and will be delivered by such and such a time, we were on track for an 8:00 delivery, and then it said refund issued!! It did ask if I wanted to reorder. Yes I did, after all of the mental exercise of decision making, I wanted that dang purse! It came several days later!

With a broken bottom zipper 😦  I asked Mousey what to do next, because she is our Amazon Prime expert. They are emailing a slip so we can return it for free, and mailing another. If something else happens, I am going to assume that God does not want me to rock the Sakroots bag, and I will let it go and wait patiently for another option.


I will drop the defective bag off at the post office, the new bag should arrive by next Wednesday, and we should be all ready for summer!!!!

And if Uncle Bob has read all this until the end, you were forewarned! 🙂 And bless your heart! ❤

Stuff I Am Liking


This post has been in the drafts box for some time, I just keep adding to it. Here are a few things that I am especially liking these days.

I was having a big problem with dry skin earlier this winter, I am prone to this, but it was particularly annoying because my face was so itchy. Abby’s former dermatologist had recommended CeraVe lotion, because she is a Sahara herself. She had a very good response to the lotion, and when she was looking for a new face wash decided to try theirs. When I was complaining about my distress, she let me try her new product, that she was liking a LOT. Within a few days my itchy dry face was gone, and I am now a satisfied customer!


I think I must have read about this or Mousey (my personal cosmetics information guide) told me about it, but wherever it made itself known, I think it has been helpful. I purchased it from Better Health, and the gal who helped me find it said this was a good brand, so I went with it. I put it on my clean, dry, skin after I clean it with the CeraVe and my Clairsonic Mia. Just a light layer under my eyes, and everywhere else, focusing extra around my mouth and chin. Because seriously, where did all those lines come from??!! I’m not kidding, it looks like I have some sort of snake bite scars! I do wash off the excess with a warm wash cloth just before bed so it doesn’t just end up on my pillow case. My skin remains soft and hydrated after.


Here are three more skin related tidbits, to be worn together. For the last few years the majority of my skin care questions to Mousey have been about old skin. This has caused her to have to research, because she is not old.

I have never been a connoisseur of pricey makeup. I don’t think I have ever ventured out of the isles of Meijer, Target or CVS for any cosmetics. Until the last few years, I had never even worn moisturizer on my face. In the summer i wore a little powder, bronzer as blush, eyeliner and mascara. At some point I started recognizing that the old grey mare (literally and figuratively) just ain’t what she used to be. I needed some kind of regimen.

Enter Olay Pro X. Welcome to the family. I think Capri P may have told me about this. I started to feel a little better about my hide. Now I realize that in the scope of products, these are probably reasonable, but having never worn any such stuff, I had a little sticker shock. They have lasted a long time though.


And then Mousey found me this at Ulta, one of her favorite stores. Having already been broken down with the price of the afore mentioned moisture, I just took her advice and grabbed it. We did have a coupon, that made it easier to bear. And I will say that this is the second winter I have used the same tube and there is still a ton left.


The other thing I use to make myself presentable is from Arbonne. I really like their loose powder. It sets the foundation nicely and gives your face a nice glow. That sounds really dumb, but I don’t want to look like matte Hag Barbie. I have also used their bronzer as blush for years now. I buy these products from Mrs. Schmenkman’s darling niece. Funny story, she works at a nearby city hall. When my order arrives she texts me and we arrange a time to meet in her parking lot. She tells me to park by a side door then she comes out and we exchange a check for the goods. I told her feel like we are conducting illicit business!!!!


So there you have it, what it requires for me to look presentable these days!



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!

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! 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!



Thanks for stopping by!

On a Tuesday


I believe I mentioned that The Mitten has been C.O.L.D. lately. And snowy. So I have been IN a lot!

Honey and I have been watching Justified on Amazon Prime. Man, those hillbilly’s down yonder in Kentucky are some bad customers!!!!

Honey had a long weekend off because of Martin Luther King Day. He goes back to work for 4 days and is then laid off for 2 weeks. It’s like practice for when he retires!!!

Speaking of Honey, he has been planning a fishing trip to Alaska next summer with Mrs. Schmenkman’s husband, Mr C!!! Honey has been a couple times before, so he has some ideas about what to do and what to miss. They have been e-mailing, texting and calling each other up a storm, trying to get all the details hammered out. I sent a chat message to Mrs. Schmenkman while playing Words With Friends. I said; “they are so cute planning their trip!!!”, she said “I know!!!!”

Yesterday was my first day on the keto diet. I had keto pancakes with a schnibble of homemade raspberry jam made with Truvia  for brunch, and for dinner I had eggs and sausage. I was alone and Mama don’t cook when there ain’t nobody home. In the literature I received from the natural path dr it mentioned eating in “windows” of time. Such as only eating in a 10 hour window and fasting for 14, or eating in an 8 hour window and fasting for 16. Black belt keto eaters can evidently shrink their windows down further to 6 or 4.  I unintentionally had a 7 hour eating window, so I am pretty happy with that. I wasn’t starving, but I know that some days are hungry days and the heart wants what the heart wants! So long as it’s legal! Honey is starting today because he needed to polish off the remainder of his last hurrah pizza and wings. Mousey has been on it a week or two already and she said she would be glad to welcome us to her eating regimen. She said it was hard and lonely on her own.

I would be happy to loose 10 pounds and ESTATIC to loose 15. I’m not sure what Honey’s goal is.

Sy has been sticking closer than a brother in all of the cold weather. He is all about laps and blankets these days. Seeking warmth from Mousey’s computer?


He sleeps on The Ab-Cat’s desk in front of her computer all.the.time.  He bushed. That paw.


Because it has been majorly wintry, I have been reading The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I like to read about that winter from HE-double hockey sticks whenever I start to feel the least bit sorry for myself. No matter what we’ve got going on, it’s not 7 months of blizzards, up to –40 degrees below zero temperatures and no food, coal or kerosene because the trains were not able to run!!!!!

I’m going to Sam’s today because we are down to 7 sticks of butter and our last pint of cream, HORRORS!!!!!

Enjoy your Tuesday. Stay warm 🙂