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A Thanksgiving Gem

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I believe I mentioned that we celebrated Thanksgiving at my Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house. They have recently moved into a condo, and I’m assuming this letter from 1962 was unearthed in said move. It was a note he wrote to my Grandparents, his parents, when he was in the last days of his service in the Marine Corp. In it, he thanks them for informing him of his unclehood, my birth.

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He said he was surprised I was a girl, and he guessed that a little girl is not too bad. He wishes my Grandma a real nice trip, and hopes she enjoys her first grandchild, while telling her he wouldn’t mind going himself (how sweet!). He says he didn’t send me anything but planned to give me $1000 on my 21st birthday!!!!! HA! We all had quite a laugh reading it!!!!!

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He also was dating my Aunt Phyllis at the time and said he had planned on having her do a lot of the cooking for him and his Dad while his Mom was gone, he said it would be her “acid test”, and if she failed she would “get the boot, right Dad?”!!!!

This is also hilarious for a couple of reasons, firstly, Phyllis is an awesome cook and secondly, we guessed she passed as they have been married for 55 YEARS!

What a treasure to read! I’m so glad he kept it 🙂

Now about that $1000 on my 21st birthday……..

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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.

Thanksgiving 2017

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We celebrated Thanksgiving at our Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house this year, it was grand! The last several years they have been in Florida and were sorely missed! We also were excited to see their new condo. I had seen it last summer, but they are more fully moved in now. I love the kitchen, especially the island. I have island envy. Can the island ever be too big? I think not.

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Phyllis says they love the new place, so that is high praise! Still getting used to the new and improved Uncle Bob since he had his cataracts removed and now only wears cheaters on top of his head. It’s taking a while, since he has worn glasses ever since I have known him!

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We were very thankful to have Honey in attendance. His cold/flu/cough symptoms have made him very socially unacceptable this week. He kindly refused all handshakes and offered the fist bump instead. Still trying to perfect our selfie, still only marginal.

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The Grandpa and I gave it a whirl too! I am thankful for this guy! He is going to be visiting his kids in Florida for Christmas and I am already feeling sad.

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The featured presentation of the day was this little angel baby, BaileyBean! She is having her first birthday this week and has already gotten walking down pat!

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Here she is with her Parental Units, Rob B. and Girl Cousin Lindsay, also known internationally as Team Levine!

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We had a fine day of eating, visiting, and relaxing.

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AND watching Miss BaileyBean have her very first birthday cupcake EVER!!!! She was very ladylike and tentative at first. My favorite part of this picture is her sibling dog Ava, patiently waiting for a drop!

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Her Mama helped her out a little.

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Oh yeah, she got the hang of it!!!!

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Her after cupcake attire. Nothing cuter than a baby in a diaper 🙂

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Her Grammy Toni was loads of fun! Gitting her!

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She likey.

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Our Girlies and their newest cousin.

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All children like to ride on The Ab-Cab, this little peanut was no exception.

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This was taken after she had an unfortunate run in with a chair leg. Birthday Bop. She recovered quickly and continued cruising around, her new found skill.

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Matching jammies!!!!!

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We chatted, played cards, ate again, desserted again, cleaned up again, and then everything was done except for more visiting.He is telling some kind of story, I can tell. He was intentionally not looking at me either.

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Still not cooperating, but I don’t care, IT’S GOING ON THE BLOB!!!!!

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The Girls did look at me but gave me their “I don’t want my picture taken” face. Ah, I know it well.

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We headed on home in Johnny Cash, our new Explorer, where Honey commandeered the radio. Sly and the Family Stone on the way up. Cat Stevens on the way home. It was as good as you are imagining.

It was a fine day!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Happy Thanksgiving week to you all! Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Traditionhow tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma’s, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

I don’t think we have a ton of traditions over here. We have always rotated hosting, parades and football are hit or miss, and we always say we are shooting to eat at a certain time, but no one is going to prison if we miss. We do usually have a similar menu because when you only have a meal once a year, the heart wants what the heart wants!

The only time I can recall that we ever missed a holiday was one unfortunate Thanksgiving when the kids were around 5, 8, and 10, or 7, 10, and 12, or something. The Ab-Cat came down with a vicious stomach bug and was very socially unacceptable. Considering I had spent the previous day with her and had unfortunately drank after her using the same straw, it was highly likely that I would be following down the same path. We were supposed to travel to our Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house, and it was a hard phone call explaining that we could not make it. Because we were planning to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal elsewhere, we did not have much yummy stuff at our house. The best we could manage was dinner from Boston Market, and I have to tell you that our children STILL recall that it was our WORST HOLIDAY MEAL EVER. Seriously, they still bring it up. And as far as I know,  no one has ever ate at Boston Market again.

I never did get sick but poor little Abby had a miserable day 😦  And we all missed our People and all the good food.
2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?

I will usually give things a whirl if I think there is a possibility of doing it myself, but I have ZERO problem asking for help. I am comfortable with everyone being aware that I do not know how to do everything. I think it’s a good thing. Tenacious is one thing, pig headed is another altogether.
3. Abundance…what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?

Tupperware. I think it’s multiplying, like Tribbles.
4. Namethe smallest thing you’re thankful for? the biggest?

Grace and GRACE. Our lessons in Romans this year have been hammering it home. God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Unmerited favor. Everyday grace can be small, but being forgiven a debt that I can’t repay? Huge. Biggest. Best. Priceless.

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I am eternally thankful.
5. Key…What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

A dear friend of mine lost her mother recently. She is struggling mightily with the loss, her grief, and just plain missing her beloved friend, mentor, Mother. I had the good fortune to know her Mom, and she was a treasure. She was a woman who had great sorrows in life, yet lived with joy, laughter, a grateful and positive attitude, and a high view of God. She knew who had saved her and where she was going.

One of the thoughts I’ve heard my friend attribute to her mom several times was something to this effect “you don’t have to look very far in this world to find someone who has it worse than you”. She was right. Self pity is debilitating. Perspective is everything. Gratitude needs to be acknowledged. It shifts your thoughts to what you DO have instead of what you don’t. Suddenly you see the things you are thankful to have and the things you are thankful to have been spared.

I wear a bracelet that has the saying “there is always something to be grateful for” on it. It’s true. Things can always be worse. Look for the good, God’s provision to you.

6. State your own random thought here.

Here’s another small thing I’m thankful for!! MoonPie is almost 4 1/2 months now and getting very animated!IMG-6096

Kicky, pensive, drooly, chatty, more purposeful about getting things from her hand to her mouth!

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Noises are her favorite.

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Hi sweet girl!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

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.

MoonPie’s First Trip to The Mitten!

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Y’All, it’s been a while, but it’s been a heck of a month so far.

On Wednesday November 1, The Boy and The Dane flew in with the grandgirl for a week! It was very nice to see them! Honey and I picked them up from the airport that evening and took turns smooching the baby the rest of the evening!

On Thursday morning at BSF I started to feel…unwell. I KNOW!!!!! Could I have picked a worse time to get sick??!! Sore throat and hacking cough, Halls cough drops were my lifeline. I remained socially unacceptable for the duration, keeping my distance and coughing unproductively into my shirt. I could not possibly have imagined that I would only get to hold sweet MoonPie one time during the entire visit. I did enjoy watching her and all her new sprouts of personality!

On Friday night we served one of The Boy’s favorite meals, Thanksgiving dinner! The Grandpa and Mrs. H were present, as were Beeve, Stacey. I have to say someone manned the camera, but alas, it was not me. The pictures were sparse and there was no evidence that The Grandpa even held the little lady, BOO!

MoonPie was very good about being passed around like a football. Looks like Uncle Beeve enjoyed holding a beebee again!

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Imparting wisdom, I’m sure.

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I totally lifted this from Stacey’s Instagram. Nothing like holding a sleeping baby.

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Evidence that Mrs. H. did indeed hold the nugget!

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Goomba was unfortunately at camp when we had this gathering, so he came over upon return to get his cousin fix!

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It’s not often that he isn’t the youngest human at family gatherings!

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They lovin’.

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I think he liked her 🙂

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I spent a lot of time watching the Little Peanut, who spends most of her time looking to put things into her mouth, smiling, and just all around looking cute.

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She has gotten a lot more kicky, chatty and intentional with her hands since we last saw her in August.

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She is a regular Sphinx on her tummy!

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I really enjoyed watching her interact with her Papa! All his once familiar noises and expressions were on full recall! I think he was her favorite ❤

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They had a conference call from Washington one day and asked if it would be ok if they left her upstairs with us, Honey gamely said sure! When we visited the kids last August, Honey was happy to hold the new Little Miss, but when she fussed he said “Mamaaaaa”, and gave her to me. He could not do it this visit with me having The Plague, so it was The Papa Show until their call was finished!

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He was using all the tricks he knew to keep her happy and content. I mainly helped by making distracting noises, which she is very susceptible to. Can I just say that I loved watching Honey grandparent the same way he fathered, sweet and FUN!

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He basically did a great job and this was how they found her when they came back upstairs, sleeping on her Papa’s shoulder. Double high fives Honey!!!!!

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The Girls both had her on social media.

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The Boy gave her a first lesson in Bothering.

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Her expression shows uncertainty. Possibly fear.

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Before we knew it the week was up and they went back to Washington state, which is very far away for this Grammy who did not get to do even a smidgen of Grandmothering.

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But I sure liked watching that Little MoonPie! ❤ ❤ ❤

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Welcome back to The Wednesday Hodgepodge, if you would like to join the crowd, click on the link below and head over to Joyce’s, she will take it from there.

From this Side of the Pond

1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off balance, out of touch…which saying best fits some area of your life currently (or recently)? Explain.

I’m going to say out of synch. I came down with a sore throat last Thursday that morphed into a hacking cough. None of that would be noteworthy EXCEPT our grandbaby and her parents flew in for a visit last Wednesday and I have had to keep my mitts off her in hopes of not spreading the plague!!!!! I am hardly ever sick and this is the poorest timing of an illness that I can recall! Yes, Grammy is OUT OF SYNCH!!!!!!!
2. What is it about somebody else’s style of work (coworker/employee/shared volunteer project/household chore) that makes you crazy? Why?

I am not a micro manager of the work of others, just usually glad to see the job get done. HOWEVER, inefficiency is never appreciated. I never want to be intentionally inefficient, and some people are just plain inefficient. I totally get that sometimes you think of something after the fact, but sometimes people don’t use their time wisely, are either lazy or work carelessly, even rudely, not really concerned that they are just making messes that others have to clean up or redo. Don’t let the chaos of your life, or poor time management, overflow into how you do the task, thereby causing spillage into mine because you can’t be bothered to do a good job.
3. What’s a tradition that always makes you feel at home?

In our family we like to play cards and sit around and visit, so I’m glad that is a portable tradition that we can manage where ever we happen to be. Visiting is home-y ❤
4. A favorite song with a girl’s name in the title or lyrics? Any reason why this is a particular favorite?

Favorite would be a stretch, but the first one that came to mind was Valerie by The Monkee’s. The Monkee’s are a fond recollection from my little girl memories and I could never hear them on the radio enough. I mainly watched their tv show in the afternoon.
5. Share a favorite quote, verse, or saying relating to gratitude or thanksgiving.

I have found this to be true. Sometimes you need a change of perspective, but its there.

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6. Insert your own random thought here.

As I mentioned above, our grandgirl has been visiting this week with her parents. It has been hard to keep my socially unacceptable self away from her, but I am very thankful that I have contained the outbreak. Glad my incessant hand washing and coughing into my shirt has amounted to success in that arena.

It was a beautiful day in The Mitten yesterday, so The Dane and The Boy bundled Moonpie up and we went for a walk

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It flat wore her out.

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They are heading back to Seattle tonight. I won’t be able to hold her, as much as I would like to, I am continuing to hack up a lung. I’m glad I got to watch her and get to know her more.

Thanks for stopping by!