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Whew, that was a busy few weeks! Look!!! It’s finally spring! We had some bea-u-tiful weather a few weekends ago and Honey and I took full advantage of it. I was SO sore the whole next week. What the heck? Seriously, in agony. But we got a big jump start on the yard work and it is looking pretty good!


Hey Y’All, I got my purse!! No broken zipper this time! This was my concern though. I didn’t even realize it until I got out of the car at BSF. That’s a LOT of print going on! Print Palooza!


I did much better the next week! We were waiting to be let in at the church where we met for Sharing Day, it was a tad bit nippy out! I am liking it a lot, it could stand a bit of rearranging and tweaking though. Schmenky I am in need of a haircut!


After Sharing Day about 27 ladies came over here for lunch. This was one of the reasons I was in the midst of a hectic. You know, you need to do some spring cleaning, and we have the worlds most prolific spiders, 4 continuously shedding felines and a winters worth of debris outside. We definitely needed to get the patio table set up and make some sense of the back yard.

I also wanted to go to the Favorite Flower Place to pick up a few things to make the front and back porches look a little purty. Jip the Farm Dog accompanied me on the jaunt for a light load, with full intentions of heading down there again the next week.




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It looks like a lot, but we have squeezed WAY more into a car than that!!!

This little guy has been a needy catten, not that he isn’t usually a lap hog, but especially sticking closerthanabrother.


My pajamas set off his eyes and fur most beauteously, don’t you think?!


Mothers Day had me thinking about my Mama.

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And my Grandmas. I come from good stock 🙂


I am heading down to Virginia on Wednesday for the 23 annual Memorial Day Hootenanny Getaway!!! I am so looking forward to spending time with Mrs Schmenkman, Mr C and their kitty-wittys!!!

My apologies for being an absent blobber, and it is my dearest desire to do better henceforth. If we don’t speak, have a thankful Memorial Day.


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.

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!

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys, it’s good to be back, here we go!!

From this Side of the Pond

1. April is National Jazz Appreciation Month. Are you a fan? If so what’s a favorite you’d recommend to someone new to jazz listening?

I am not a fan of jazz, sorry.

2. Mandolin, ukulele, harp, accordion or banjo…which would you be most interested in learning to play? Or do you already play one of the instruments listed?

Hmmm, no desire to play any of those.
3. Do you judge a book by it’s cover? Elaborate. You may answer in either/both the literal or figurative sense of the word.

Literally, I probably do! I have been known to put a book back on the library shelf if it looked too …cheesy. I have also recently discovered that I don’t want to read a big, heavy, hard cover book. I had the hardest time holding onto one of Ken Follett’s newer books! It was so big and bulky I eventually downloaded it onto the Kindle. So I’m a little judgey on the gigantic hard cover. I also prefer to take a certain size and thickness of a book on vacation. I have judged some too tall, too thick, and believe it or not, too small. Not a fan of the small, many paged paperback either. Whoa, I sound very hard to please!

In the figurative sense, if I’m being honest, I probably do somewhat. I try and be friendly and kind to everyone, but I have silently judged some parents who had absolutely wretchedly behaved children. I may have even whispered judgment to whomever was with me. I judge pushy and rude folks also. Some people act like they were raised by wolves.
4. According to a recent study the ten most nutritious foods are-almonds, cherimoya (supposed to taste like a cross between a pineapple/banana), ocean perch, flatfish (such as flounder and halibut), chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard, pork fat (shocking! but I don’t think they mean bacon), beet greens, and red snapper. Are any of these foods a regular part of your diet? Any you’ve never ever tasted? Which would you be most inclined to add to your diet?

I regularly have almonds, and occasionally have chia seeds, pumpkin seeds. We love halibut, but it’s pricey, so we don’t have it as often as we would like. Honey is going fishing in Alaska this summer and we are hoping he brings home a BUNCH!

I am not surprised about the pork fat. I grew up in the low fat era and just about everything they preached has turned out to be garbage. I remember our family switching from butter to margarine, from lard to Crisco. We have now come full circle back to butter and lard.

I would love to try the cherimoya! Have never even heard of that one.
5. Besides a major holiday what is the most recent thing you’ve celebrated with your people? Tell us how.

We celebrated my Dad’s 80th birthday last weekend!!!!!!! I blogged about it here.


His best friend Mrs. H had us all over for a lovely dinner and dessert!


Happy Birthday to The Grandpa!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤


6. Insert your own random thought here.

Our Michigan weather has been all over the board lately!!!! We have had warm days, in the 20s, snow, all in a 24-48 hour span! We call that “Pure Michigan”, like The Mittens slogan!

There is a rumor that it will be in the 60s today and tomorrow, with some 70s on Friday! I’m trying not to get too excited though, they are predicting flurries over the weekend. We are just trying to do the best we can up here!

BUT, I did see proof of life on Sunday! The Bradford pear is tryin’!


Thanks for stopping by!

The Octogenarian!


We had a BIG celebration last weekend! The Grandpa’s eightieth birthday party!!! We all gathered over at his best Friend’s house, and Mrs. H entertained us in style! Yummy dinner, delicious cakes and much love ❤ I discarded my keto diet for the day and enjoyed every bite!


We all thought this water pitcher was the cutest thing. We feasted on lasagna, ham, salad, breadsticks, and devilled eggs, YUM.


There was cake and Texas sheet cake, ice cream and a scrumtrulescent cherry sauce. Pretty sure everyone was stuffed to the gills.


Goomba was a fan 🙂


It was so sweet of Mrs. H to host us all! And here is the Birthday Boy! Or Birthday Octogenarian!


He chose to blow them individually.


I will now tell you 8 things that I love about my Dad, because 80 would be cumbersome, for you and me 😉

1. He is a faithful man. He was a faithful husband. One of my favorite things about him was how he tenderly and lovingly cared for my Mother in her last years. She always said she had a great nurse. He is a faithful father and grandfather. Our children have wonderful memories of special times with him, from playing, experiences, and that white raft at the lake! I still don’t know who had more fun! He was a faithful United States Mail carrier, a faithful servant at his church, and a faithful friend.

2. The man is HANDY!! When we were growing up we knew he could build, create, or fix anything! For goodness sake, he built his previous home! He is very generous with his skills. His church calls on him regularly, he generously helps friends and family, he has built a stairway to the basement for a woman in need that he didn’t even know, has travelled out of state to drywall for the glory of the Lord. And So.Much.More!


3. He is a lifelong student. Firstly of the Bible. He still likes to talk about what he has learned. In his 70s he took up the violin and became a student of music. He has to be an avid learner to know how to keep up with his many hobbies and activities!

4. Speaking of his many hobbies, he is an Enthusiast! Cars, trains, boat Captain, genealogy, history and the bits of paraphernalia it produces! I’m sure all of his many interests help to keep his mind sharp! He has recently gotten a smart phone and is currently frustrating himself trying to learn how to use all of its many options!



With Mrs. H and The Butterfield’s. They are his grandson’s wife’s parents, got that? His grandson’s family was on Spring Break in Mexico and unable to attend. Whenever my Mom mentioned the Butterfield’s, she always added how much fun their extended family was! Lovely folks.

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5. He is a kind, friendly person. He can talk to anyone, and frequently does! He even talks to telemarketers, and always asks if they know Jesus. He is good to visit friends in nursing homes and unfortunately, going to the funerals of those who have been important in his life has become a part time job.

6. He is a talented fellow. Besides the ones mentioned above, he is a painter of pictures, ceramics, walls and houses. A fixer of cars, lawnmowers, boats and just about anything else, a builder of bathrooms, a remodeler of kitchens and basements, a dry waller of family rooms, a builder of retaining walls, a gardener, an upholsterer of chairs and anything else you might need. He put an ice cream parlor in his basement, had a complete train village set up in its own room, and knew just how to entertain 3 rowdy littles with Barbies, picking strawberries and worms, involving them in his many interests and that above mentioned white raft that had them all laughing hysterically!

With his Girlies.

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He is Medium Goomba’s P-Paw.


7. He is a patient man. He loved my Mom and got Beeve and I in the deal.  He had the unpleasant task of living with me in my ugly rebellious years, and it probably required the patience of a saint. My Mom used to say that if she lived through my 15th year, she could do anything. We all came out on the other side. There is nothing but love, respect and genuine affection now.

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8. He is a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. He would be the first to tell you that he needed a Savior, and he would be just as quick to tell you that you did too. He has lived his life with devotion and gratitude to Christ, who saved him from perishing in this life and the next.

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He is muchly loved.


Thank you SO much for having us Mrs. H!


Happy Birthday Dad, here’s to being a nonagenarian!!!

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys, it’s been a looong time since I have been able to meet up with you all!!! It feels good to be back! If you would like to link up, click on the button below . Here we go.

From this Side of the Pond

1. What’s a word that describes your life? A word you wish described your life?

Comfortable and Grammy with her grandbaby nearby.
2. Back in my day we___________________________________?

did not eat Tide pods!
3. When it comes to takeout are you more likely to opt for Italian, Mexican, or Chinese food? Does a typical week at your house include takeout?

None of the above, we typically get Mediterranean for carry out. Sometimes pizza, so I guess that would be Italian. We usually go out but sometimes you just can’t get everyone on board. Or dressed. So we get takeout at least once every couple weeks, and sometimes more. We had takeout Five Guys last weekend and it was Da-Licious!

My People tend to get Chinese when I am not around, as I am not a big fan, and we would rather have Mexican at the restaurant, HOT chips and salsa are the best!!!!

4. Think about the people you most respect. What is it about them that earned your respect?

There are so many things!

I respect people who have a steadfast relationship with the Lord. They live their lives with purpose, serving others, caring for their families, practicing humility, generosity and helpfulness. Loving and gracious and kind.

I also respect common sense, people who don’t whine, hard work, and folks who see a need and meet it.
5. What’s something your friends might see and say is ‘so you’?

Chai tea, something with the word Capri on it, cute longer tops that cover the bottom, jegging jeans that don’t have a zipper (pure heaven!) pretty pots of coleus, anything pertaining to the kitty-wittys, dessert. 🙂  Thanks for the help Jip! ❤
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I posted last week about how practically everyone I know has been taking these Enneagram tests and discussing their personality types! Some are spot on, others have wings that help them make sense of their number, and others, like myself, have rejected the number they initially received (because it was HALF wrong!) for another that they came up a couple times in different tests. The friend who originally told me about the whole thing recommended this book. It has a Christian focus and I have enjoyed reading it. I am getting educated on all of the numbers of my friends and family members! I have also had some insights into my own self and why I tend to be the way that I am.

Take the test and see if you see yourself in the description!


Thanks for stopping by!




Hello my People! Honey and I were gone to Cincinnati last weekend at a BSF Leaders Retreat and it was AWESOME!!!!!

I need to ponder all I have heard and learned so that’s a post for another day, but this post requires your participation!

When I was at my Tuesday Bible study last week the gals were talking about Enneagram personality tests, which I have never ever heard of. They were amazed at the reliability of them, the ability to show you parts of yourself that had you saying “WOW, that is me!”. Numbers and numbers with wings, what numbers you are when emotionally healthy, and when you aren’t so emotionally healthy, who your best companions are. My head was spinning! It was fascinating! I went home and took a quick version of the test here and turned up a 6, also called The Loyalist. Not everything was perfect, but some of it was shockingly accurate, like a window into my soul. I guess that you can be one number but have other traits that are the wings. These other number wings can help with the things that don’t really describe you from your original number.

After I took mine I had Mousey do hers, she said it was freaky correct, she is a firm 5. I want Honey and The Ab-Cat to do it as well but they BOTH keep telling me they don’t have time. Evasive little scamps!!!

As I mulled my results over in my mind I had an epiphany in my car! I saw the reason for why I could not resolve a problem that I have been struggling with for some time! It was so clear and I just thanked God for the insight. I’m still not sure how to solve the problem, but understanding the struggle was helpful, so will continue to pray for resolution.

So the next morning at BSF leaders meeting, I started telling my People that they HAVE to take this test! As it turns out, my Admin buddy Sarah had taken this test and another one that reminds me of Braxton Hicks, but is not, YEARS ago and is a veritable EXPERT on the subject! She says she even likes to figure out what other people are on her own! She says it helps her figure out people that she is different from.  After our meeting we went to lunch and made our buddy Marilyn take the test and it was SPOT ON!

In the meantime, Jip the Farm Dog was not able to join us for lunch because she had a staff meeting. She must have mentioned to our pal Melissa that I told her she had to take a personality test, and guess what? Melissa is another little baby genius about the test! She messaged me thru Facebook that we were going to have to discuss all of it, so guess what we did all the way down to Cincinnati on the bus? Tested anyone near us and DISCUSSED everyone’s types!!!

I still don’t have a good understanding about the wings and I’m going to have to read up about it in one of the evidently hundreds of books on the subject. Sarah and Melissa both said that there were books with a Christian focus, so I would probably gravitate to those.

So this is what I would like you all to do, and I know it will be a challenge for Y’All because I know you are all comment shy for some unknown reason, but take the test and post your results in the comments. Also say if you think it’s correct or if you think you must have a wing of some sort.

Ready? GO!