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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.

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!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Can you believe we are almost half way through July???!!! This summer is whizzing by! If you would like to link up, click on the button below and head over to our hostess Joyce’s blog, she will guide you along!

From this Side of the Pond

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

We chat with neighbors as the opportunity arises. We hardly see a living soul in the winter months, but come spring we all come out of hibernation and are glad to see each other. The last two conversations I had were with our neighbors on each side. Our neighbor on the left was taking a walk while her youngest little guy rode his bike. She told me they were moving in the fall, to a ranch so it would be easier for her aging in-laws to get around. I gave her a hug and told her I was sorry to see them go! She and her husband bought their home from his sister (also a sweet neighbor!) and they were young marrieds when they came. They now have 2 sweet little boys that we have watched grow, we will miss them!

The gal on the other side is closer to our age and we talked about the usual things that people in our age bracket speak of, health, aging, children, grandchildren and retirement and beyond! I pray for our neighbors when I cut the lawn so it’s good to catch up and learn how I can pray more specifically.
2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall…which one are you most like and why?

I probably have more experience on a lake. My aunt and uncle have owned a cottage on Gun Lake since I was in high school and we have always loved visiting them! Life is different on a lake, so peaceful without all the hustle and bustle of every day life.

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I think this will be our eighth annual getaway with the gals from our Caregroup. We head over to South Haven on Lake Michigan, and that is always a fun time! Once again, I think of a lake as a break from my usual life so there is more free time to lounge, talk, beach, shop and eat with loved ones!

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I don’t mind the ocean but I don’t like to go in anymore. Jaws came out at a formative time in my life and I have never swam comfortably in the sea AGAIN!!!!!
3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called ‘the first state’ because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What’s your state’s nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

I don’t believe I have ever been to Delaware. Our state, Michigan, is commonly called The Mitten State and The Wolverine State. The former because of our unique shape, and that is how I refer to it on the blog. The Wolverine State is a little trickier. I learned this fun fact in Mrs. Horton’s first grade classroom, so it is linked inextricably in my mind, but I am here to tell you I have never in my life seen a loose wolverine, nor has anyone I know!

Our state motto is “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.“, which has spawned the wonderful Tim Allen (native son!) ads calling it Pure Michigan, I think this is very appropriate! Our state is beautiful in all seasons, but especially in fall and summer. I was not as impressed with this when younger, but I surely do appreciate the beauty we Michiganders are exposed to regularly!
4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

The last pot luck  I attended was our end of year BSF lunch and I brought Sinful Saltines. They are a yummy little sweet and salty dessert a former BSF-fer used to bring, and when she was no longer in leadership I asked her for the recipe because the ladies were all really missing them!!! I also take them when I serve at funeral luncheons and someone almost always asks me for the recipe! It’s not that I am a scrumptious baker, it’s more they are so easy monkeys could make them!!! And I always have the ingredients on hand.

Another go-to pot luck recipe is cheesy potatoes. They are always so good with practically everything and there are hardly ever any leftovers. I have a really good cheese ball recipe that has come in handy for an appetizer.
5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Ah, funny you should ask! Our son and daughter-in-law just had their first baby a week and a half ago and they have been having a few new parent struggles. I believe my advice was that this is a hard time but it will pass.

And I am praying it passes in a timely fashion 🙂
6. Insert your own random thought here.

There’s our new little Moon Pie! She has already changed a bunch since she arrived!

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A sleeping angel baby.

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Here she is all bright eyed and bushy tailed!

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On her first ferry ride out to Whidbey Island in Washington state. The Dane said this was her first wrap experience and the baby was SO content and very comfy! A tiny marsupial in her very own pouch!

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Hopefully the new family is getting a little shut eye, always a challenge in the first months.

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Hi sweet little bay-bee! ❤

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I totally lifted a couple of these from their Instagram accounts.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your July!

Catching Up

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Hope you all had a fine holiday! We did not do much, but Honey did have several days off and that is always most welcome!

I believe I have mentioned that Honey is Canadian by birth, and one of his favorite things from the Mother Land is fries with gravy, also known as poutine. Honey and The Girls had been having a hankering to check this place out for some time, so we headed over to Ann Arbor to give it a whirl. Unfortunately for Mousey, poutine is not legal on her keto diet at the moment, so she opted out of a big basket of temptation. Sad face emoji 😦

They had many, many different toppings for the basic fries.

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I had my fries with gravy and cheese curds with pulled pork, Honey and The Ab-Cat were purists, strictly fries, gravy and cheese. While I enjoyed it, I don’t feel like a meal of fries contributes to my best self. It was pretty heavy and would have been a better side dish. Was a fun experience though!

Honey spent a good chunk of his time tweaking with the pool while I maintained the grass and weeds until this happened.

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SHEESH!! I was standing in our raised bed, WITH NO SHOES ON, reached out and down to grab a handful of weeds and looked between the greenery and saw a black black snake a couple feet away. If I am not mistaken (or shall I say missnakin’!) this snake, or a relative, has lived in our back garden for some time. We have met before and have both slowly and respectfully gone about our business when both parties discovered one another, and that is what happened here.

The other snake startled me, and when I looked over the retaining wall to get a better look it raised straight up out of the bed at me!! The nerve of that little light colored hussy!!!!! Honey said maybe it was protecting babies. NOT HELPING HONEY!!! So there you have it, why I can never garden in our snake infested garden again.

Since they made fireworks legal several years ago in The Mitten, The Fourth has been a very colorful, very loud night. They are now sold in parking lots all across the state, no Meijer’s or O’Reilly’s left behind is their motto. Our next door neighbors have always had a display for their friends and family, even before they were so readily available. In years past we have learned to roll up our solar pool cover to prevent the burning embers from melting holes, and sure enough, at about 10:05, I asked Mousey to lend a hand with the rolling. After the rolling had commenced, the Girls and I stood on the deck and watched and listened to all the festivities going on all around us in various subdivisions. Mousey stated that this is what a war zone must sound like!

Meanwhile, in the house we had our Fearless Defender.

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He wishes you a Happy Independence Day. Weenie. The elder felines were all holed up in our bedroom, as they always are. They make no claims to being tough guys though, and therein lies the difference.

Honey had this past weekend off as well and we worked like rented mules. He trimmed the miles long hedge in the back and I raked, scooped and bagged the clippings. The next day we tackled the front yard, which I am sad to say we could not even remember how long it had been since it had seen the blade of a clipper. The burning bushes have a big comeback to make. They were taller than the windows, and are now sticks with sparse vegetation. If there is anything we learned from The Polar Vortex fiasco a few years back, is if you cut bushes WAY BACK, they will rebound. They should anyway. Well, fingers crossed.

The Boy and The Dane have been very good to send regular pictures of the new grandbaby! It helps immensely since we will not meet her until August. She is settling in very nicely! I think they are in love!

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Lots of snuggling going on.

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in most of the pictures she was sweetly sleeping. As all newborns do. Not.

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There she is! All bright eyed and bushy tailed!!!

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Precious little Moon Pie!

Have a good Monday.

The Doings

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The summer is moving right along and we are filling the days. Some days more filled with import than others 🙂

First off, Miss Mousey got herself a J.O.B.! We are so thankful for her opportunity to grow in her skills!

My friend CMB recommended this BBC PBS series called The Paradise. For any who were fans of Downton Abbey, this would be right up your alley! I am liking it a lot and the saddest part is they only made two seasons. I have been getting the discs from the library. There are commercials for other BBC PBS shows and I also rented another called Last Tango in Halifax. Have not gotten around to that one yet. Another friend, Nan C, has mentioned several times on the Facebook that Poldark is a worthy show. The Ab-Cat also liked that one.

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So between these shows and watching The Great British Baking Show, also on PBS, I feel supremely steeped in all things British and proper!

WE FINALLY got around to straightening The Ab-Cats nappy hairs!!! Between the extreme heat of her last weeks of school and the potential to have a water balloon busted over her head in the end of school festivities, she was in her own words, a hot mess! We need to get off the twice a year schedule and into a thrice a year schedule. In addition, we need to get away from having to do the 3-4 hour process during the Christmas holidays, because ain’t nobody got time for that with Santa breathing down your neck and all!

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She was in ….need.

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Oh.Yes.She.Was

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All better now!!!!

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We did a fun thing last night! Elyk and Pug Mama were occupied helping at VBS and asked if we could watch their new little peanut! Of course we could!!!!! She was a little angel baby!

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Such a good girl and looks just like her daddy! The Boy calls her Baby Elyk, so now we do too!

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Good practice for my new role as Grammie. Or Grandma. Still not sure!

Need to git walking with Jip the Farm Dog. Last day for a week as both she and Keelody are leaving on trips. Have a good holiday weekend!

First List of Summer

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Whew, had a little bit of the hectic going on the last couple of weeks. Mainly working. I told Honey that about everyone of my clients needed their hair done in a three week span! I had people stuck all over the place! Add that to all the bits and pieces and life was a little full. How about a little catch up list?

Honey is having one of those months where everything he touches breaks or is already malfunctioning. I despise these times! He already has so little extra time and having multiple things that need his immediate attention is stressful and annoying for him. I’m praying that God expands his time and gives him uncommon wisdom. Two cars are acting up, our pool has air in the lines that cause it to gurgle like the worst intestinal trouble ever, all the live long day, and worst case scenario would need lines replaced which involves breaking concrete and we do NOT want to go there!

Before any of this new stuff sprouted he was working on his dang hedge clippers that will.not.start. despite all of his vast mechanical abilities. In the meantime our bushes and hedges just grow higher and higher. There is probably more, but these are the most consuming at the moment.

The Grandpa went to Philadelphia to visit his son Larry and look what they did!!! Not too shabby for 79 years of age! Here they are in front of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. I know that because of the movie National Treasure, which I HIGHLY recommend! On a segue way, just like Job Bluth, amazing! He had a great trip!

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The Ab-Cat’s van is one that is needing attention, so I was dropping her off and picking her up from school on her last week before summer vacation. On the last day she asked if I wanted to come in and meet her “teachers”, the 3 teachers she goes between with her overage hours. It was wonderful to meet them and they said such kind and encouraging things about our girl! I loved walking through the halls with her and hearing the choruses of “Hi Miss Abby!!!”.

On the day I was coming into the school, she texted that I should get buzzed in, go to the office to sign in, and the ladies in there would tell me where to go.  When I arrived I said I was Abby’s mom and she was with Mrs. M. The woman said she could take me down there. When we got to the classroom the students were at gym, so only Abby and the teacher were in the room, I overheard Ab say “oh, there’s my Mom!”. The woman who had walked me from the office said “oh, you’re ABBY’S mom! I should have noticed that right away, you two look so much alike!!”. At that point I told the woman she was my favorite person of the day/ month/year for thinking that I could have been the mom of a second grader!!!!!

Jip the Farm Dog’s son Daniel Tiger plays baseball for Central Michigan University. Fire up Chips! In a very exciting turn of events he was drafted by The Colorado Rockies!!!!! Now, I am not well versed in sportal things, but even I know this is a BIG DEAL!!!! Someone created this scene for him to celebrate the news!

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Well done Daniel Tiger!!!!! And because Mom has been there every second of the journey, well done Jip the Farm Dog!!!!!

A bunch of past and present BSFers are going to do a Priscilla Shirer study this summer at our church. It’s called Discerning the Voice of God and I am really looking forward to it. Last years Armor of God was probably the most helpful study I have ever done, and if this one is even 1/2 as good I will be thrilled!

I spoke with The Boy and The Dane on the phone the other evening and they are both WAY ready to meet their new baby girl! The Dane had been to the dr that day and not much was happening. She is officially due on June 30, but she would be happy to go earlier! Her folks are coming from Denmark for the first 3 weeks of July and I’m guessing they would rather spend 3 weeks with the baby OUTSIDE of The Dane!!!!!

I still can’t decide if I should be Grammie or Grandma. Still pondering.

Ok, enough for now, enjoy your Thursday!