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Schnibbles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a pleasant Monday, I got stuffs to do!

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Happy Decade of Blogging!!! <3

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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.

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

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Kudos!

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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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So HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG!!!!!!!

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

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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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.

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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!!! ❤

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

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Thanks for stopping by!

On a Tuesday

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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?

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

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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 🙂

The Weekend That Was

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We had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. Honey was still recuperating from his Plague, so not much was done. He did have a small to do list, and as far as I know, he accomplished it.

Every year we like to watch a movie that has something to do with Christmas as our Introduction to the Christmas Season movie.. Sometimes it’s a full on Christmas movie, sometimes Christmas is just in it. Such as Die Hard, which takes place on Christmas Eve, or You’ve Got Mail, that has a couple holiday scenes. The Ab-Cat is still protesting that one, but we quite enjoyed it!

This year we decided on an oldie but a goodie, While You Were Sleeping from 1995. It takes place over Christmas and New Years, and is a sweet romantic comedy.

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When we were at a restaurant, googling prospective movie choices, two popped up that interested me. The first had a very high rating and was called Holiday Inn. I have to say that I have never heard of it!

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And Miracle on 43th Street, which I am sorry to say, I have never seen! I don’t know how I missed the original OR the remake, which was from our children’s generation, but alas, I have. Of course, I guess it’s not that unusual considering I never saw It’s a Wonderful Life until I was a full grown person!

I know Natalie Wood was the little girl here.

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And Mara Wilson, otherwise forever known in our family as Matilda, was the child in this one.

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We may catch them as well!

Mousey and I did watch White Christmas, which we have seen a couple of times before. I know it is much beloved, but have to say the corn level is HIGH. Some of those song and dance numbers? Sheesh! We were mesmerized by the thin sister and her arm-like, deer legs! Or horrified.

I did a small smackeral of decorating, it gets less and less every year. I am ok with that.

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The lighted garland is new and I am loving it!

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While I was out looking for the pre-lit garland, I took the opportunity to gather a few little things, Christmas gifts for my BSF Admin gals. The last class day, December 14, will be here in a wink, and I don’t want to be caught unawares!

We spent the rest of the time getting up to date with our Bible study lessons and catching up on some lost sleep. Oh, and Honey and I tried out a new show on Netflix called Longmire. We are only 2 episodes in, so too soon to tell if it will be a keeper.

And that was the weekend that was.

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 Excursion To Ohio

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I believe I mentioned a few weeks ago that Honey sold The ABCAB, our high top conversion van that had safely taken our family on much ordinary life and many fun adventures. I was sad, it seemed like an end to an era, plus it was the most comfortable vehicle we owned. He decided that it was in our best interest to sell the van, trade in Honey’s super sexy silver sable, and purchase another vehicle that could cart us around in comfort.

We left her with her new people in a church parking lot. My heart hurt.

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Juanita, our 2006 Escape, has been my most favorite car to drive EVER, but heaven knows she is not a good option for a long car ride! We learned this first hand when Honey, Mousey and I took a spring trip down to Tennessee about 4 years ago to look at prospective colleges. We were surprised just how uncomfortable she was, something we had never noticed while driving her around town. We apparently forgot this fact when we decided to drive her down to Iowa for Elyk’s wedding to The Pug Mama a couple years ago. It came back to us very quickly and that is when I declared that I would not drive a long distance in Juanita EVER AGAIN.

So Honey began his research. As he does. He likes to be prepared when making a purchase. He looks at E.V.E.R.Y. thing he needs to make a well informed decision. His pursuit of a good deal is legendary! He asked my opinion about what my preference would be, and I had a couple of things on my wish list; a bun warmer, something to tell me the outside temperature (which the ABCAB had, and I sorely missed in Juanita), and 4 wheel drive, because one of my favorite things about the Escape was I felt safe driving in winter. Oh, and I said my color preferences were white, champagne and silver.

Honey’s wish list included a great price, low mileage, a navigation system and a hitch, to pull his as yet unpurchased fishing boat. After much discussion of our size and comfort needs he mainly focused in on Ford Explorers, and after a drive around to several dealers to look at other makes and models, we decided that was the way we were going.

Armed with our wants and needs, he went to work. He is systematic in his hunt, thorough in his scouring the local and acceptable distances, tireless in his tenacity! He showed me a couple that I rejected out of hand; I did not want another red car (our Mazda was reddish/burgundy) and no, I did not want a blue one because Jip the Farm Dog has a blue Explorer and I did not want to be a copycat, or a sycophant. 

He then started showing me white, champagne and silver Explorers. We went to downtown Detroit to look at a white one that had everything except a hitch, but also had a smaller cylinder engine that seemed a little loud (don’t I sound like I know what I’m talking about? Totally don’t), and the seats were semi comfortable but somewhat, for lack of a better word, tippy. Ultimately the lack of hitch and the lack of sufficient funds for a trade in on the super sexy silver sable, the white Explorer did not make the cut.

One Friday Honey asked if I wanted to take a drive to see a car. To Ohio, about an hour and a half away. He showed me the car. It was black and it didn’t have 4 wheel drive. He thought it would be a good choice for us. Now I have known Honey for a good many years and I am aware of his extensive, thrill of the hunt skills, and if he said this was a good deal for us, it most probably was. But it was black and didn’t have 4 wheel drive.

When I woke up that morning I told Honey that I had a bad dream. We drove all the way to see the car and it smelled AWFUL!!! Seriously stinky, like a combination of an old gym bag, mixed with dog and cigarettes. So far, not so good. On the drive down I felt like the Lord gave me good idea. If the weather was bad and I had to be out, I could STILL drive Juanita! I mentioned this to Honey and he agreed that that was a good solution to the lack of 4 wheel drive. So onward HO to Ohio, to see the 2016 Explorer with 16,000 miles and a hitch, that was also by the way, still black.

I figured, baring some unfortunate circumstance, we would be purchasing this car. We arrived, met the seriously nice salesman who had come in on his day off to show us the vehicle. It was a very nice car. It had more cylinders (still don’t know what I’m talking about), therefore was not as loud, we marveled at how quiet it was! The seats were comfy, not tippy at all. It had bun warmers, a temperature gauge, a hitch and many other awesome features. And it DID NOT STINK!!!! It unfortunately did not have a navigational system, 4 wheel drive and it remained black.

There was a little haggling, no pressure, and we almost went home in the super sexy silver sable, but then they came up with the offer Honey was looking for. Honey asked me what I thought, because 1/2 my wish list needs were unmet. Since the Lord had already dropped the winter weather advisory / Juanita solution into my mind, there was still the pesky fact that the car was black. I chose the other colors because they look the least dirty when in fact they might be dirty. I extracted the promises from Honey that next time we purchase a vehicle, I can get the color I want, and until then, I don’t want to hear him complaining that my car is DIRTY!!!!!  He agreed. Besides, he knows the way to the carwash. Plus he is retiring next year and will need something to fill his time!!  😉 Honey ❤

On the way home in our new to us black Explorer, I asked Honey what he wanted to name it. He said since it was black inside and outside, he liked the name Johnny Cash. I asked if he was sure the car was a boy? I think of all cars as girls. He was sure. Here he is, The Man in Black, otherwise known as MIB.

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It really is a great car, comfortable and full of gadgets, I learn something new every day!! We are thankful to have him, and will be taking him out on his maiden voyage this weekend! We are road tripping to Pennsylvania, to attend the wedding of Nurse Lauren, daughter of our Dear Friends The Hostler’s!! 

Thanks Honey for all of your hard work!!!!!