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8-Restaurant

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I am thankful for the Mexican place that we go to almost every Wednesday after BSF! Affectionately named Chip and Dip by our children many years ago, I have passed the name on to all of delightful gals who gather around the table to enjoy chips and salsa (dip!), tacos, burritos, and all of the other things we apparently cannot get enough of! You never know who will be able to come, sometimes 2 and sometimes a crowd!

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We have spent hours around these tables discussing life, our families, our lessons, our God and the mighty ways we have seen Him work. There has been much laughter, a few tears, and a lot of love, heart eyes emoji inserted here 🙂

Thank you Lord for Mexican Fiesta, OLE!

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Halle Berry, Survivor

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Before Mousey and I left on our trip to Washington state at the end of July we nearly had a tragedy. Our sweet Halle Berry required an intervention. All of the sudden she became socially unacceptable in the tail end and we noticed she had lost quite a bit of weight. I blame the in and outs of summer for my lack of observation. This all happened days before we left for Washington.. Mousey and I took her in to the vet, where they x-rayed her and determined she had a serious blockage. They sent us home with a stool softener, a mineral oil enema, and strict warnings to keep her in a small room because evidently that stuff is explosive and stains. YIKES. insert a horrified face emoji right here!

Here she is on her car ride in, she would have used the horrified emoji here.

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For the most part she was such a calm, good girl, even throughout her humiliating exam. She still didn’t know what was going to happen when she got home!!!

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Our plan of action was to remove the litter boxes from our coat room to the next door laundry room for the other 3 felines, so we could then put some old sheets and towels on the coat room floor before we began the “procedure”. At this point all of the other nosey parker cats came out of the woodwork to see what was going on because Halle was still contained in the cat carrier and suggesting regularly that she would like to be RELEASED. I found a small litter box in the garage for her to use because we were going to need to check that to see if there were any… deliveries. Then we shooed the gawkers out of the coat room and let Halle out. Her one and only desire then became to get OUT of the coat room. Mousey helped hold her while I squirted the stool softener down her throat and gave her the enema, which I have to say I did not feel qualified to do. We left her alone with some food and water and an old bed, all of which she never touched out of spite. Or fear.

The poor thing was starting to look like a hot mess, sticky stuff all down her chest from the stool softener, some other stuff on her paws that the directions assured she would lick off. She never did. And because she thought she was being punished by being left in the coatroom under mortifying circumstances, she was a very sad kitty. She never ate or drank at all. We did have a little success in the toileting area, but it didn’t seem like it was enough to solve her problem.

I was really getting concerned with the lack of eating and drinking, so the day before I left, Abby and I hauled her back to the vet to check on her progression. Was she dying? Do we need to put her down? Has my massaging her belly helped one iota? They took another x-ray and sure enough she had unplugged!!!! Thank you LORD!!! We brought her home and released her back into free reign of the house!

Mousey and I left the next morning. The day after Honey sent Mousey and I a video of her at the water bowl, delicately dipping her paw in the water and licking it off!! We about cried in relief! Thank you Lord again!!! She has been right as rain since. But I’m pretty sure she used one of her 9 lives.

On a hilarious side note, and not to be gross, but we were having to help Halle through this debacle with some bathing. We call this a bum wash and it requires a tail holder, so it is a two person job.

During this time I was making plans with my good friend Shari, who was going to be in town from her home in Texas the day after I returned home from Washington. On accident Shari received my text to Mousey, making plans around her work schedule!

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OH.MY.WORD. I laughed SO hard when I figured it out!!!!!!!! Every time I read it I laugh all over again!!! I can only imagine Shari reading, then rereading the text!!!

So we are thankful for Halle Berry, the Survivor!

South Haven

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This was our TENTH year of loading up someone’s vehicle and heading across the state to Lake Michigan!!! The roster has changed throughout the years, due to work schedules, life situations and the passing of our friend Jan, we have gone different months, but each summer we gather the available troops and hit the road. This year we went in June, we loaded up our Johnny Cash (The Man in Black 🙂 and lit out. I think we get better at packing lighter each year. Plus we buy our food at Wal-Mart when we get there now, that helps a LOT!

This years group was The Peanuts Champ, Three Good Kids, The Oreo Mom and myself, Capri Kel, aka Shaq and her short friends.

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We could not get into our house until later so we decided to try something new and go to St. Josephs for a little shopping and lunch. We met our great friend Ally who lives over that way, it’s always fun to see her!!!

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There was the usual farmers market in South Haven, shopping in Holland, day at the beach and games!!!

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Such purty flowers over there!

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I think this may have been our worst weather ever!

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This was beach day!!! It never did rain when we were there, but it must have been hazy because I got some sun!

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It rained and drizzled a lot, but we did mostly what we wanted and had a lot of fun.

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We reminisced about our decade of having this Gals trip, I went back on the old blob and screenshot pictures of us all through the years to put on Facebook! Good times, wonderful memories!

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The Peanuts Champ wanted to do something special to celebrate her 50th birthday and now here we are still going strong for a decade!

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And now I just told you how old The Peanuts Champ is!!

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Some years big groups, some smaller, all have their unique charm. We have even laughed that some years pictures feature the same clothes!

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There are always sunsets, lots of laughs and shopping 🙂

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So many hair-dos!!!

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Always signs and words that ring true.

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I am thankful for these gals in my life!

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Until next year Ladies!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Celebrating Trenda!!!

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We celebrated a sweet friend’s birthday last weekend!! Our Class Administrator at BSF is a lovely gal named Trenda. Her friend Marci gathered some of her family and friends from various areas of her life to get together and make some super cutey cute signs!

Here is the birthday girl with her sister, and they must have gotten the memo to wear coral shirts with jean jackets! Trenda is the tall one 🙂  I had not met her sister before and did not know they were related until her sister spoke and then I KNEW! They sound exactly the same!

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And with their Mama!

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I have never been to anything like this before! I did not make anything because you had to sign up in a timely fashion and tell them what you wanted to make so they could have your stencils and wood ready with your words or design. Because our e-mail is hatefully filled with spam and I did not read closely, I ignored the email. When I heard from Jip the Farm Dog what it was all about, registration was already closed. I wished Trenda a Happy Birthday that morning on Facebook, she asked if she was going to see me that day. I gave her my sad tale and she said to come anyway and chat, and I said I would do just that!

I’m not going to lie, it was overwhelming!! The guests had already made their selections as to what they were making, so there was that, but then you had to choose stains and washes and colors and paints and even glitter was available! It was a lot!

Then there was optional distressing with both ends of the hammer and sanding and things got very loud.

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And peeling stencils and getting things exact and using dental picks! Then staining, shading, drying, picking paint colors and peeling stencils off!

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And an air nail gun!! They were BUILDERS!

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Such creativity! Such patience! Such endurance!

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I was going back and forth between the tables, watching and seeing first hand their angst in making decisions and then discovering they were uber creative little sign makers!

Those skinny wood pieces were for their frames, all sanded and stained, ready for their masterpieces!

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With Jip and our new Substitute Teaching Leader, Sparkles! I did not chose that name for her, she came with it 🙂

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Jodi was working hard on a Father’s Day present for her husband.

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I was very impressed with everyone’s skillz!!! They ALL turned out SO good!

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Trenda and her friend Marci, who planned the party.

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Jip and Sparkles did the same Bible verse, but with chose different colors. And of course Sparkles added some glitter to the center of her flowers!

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Well DONE Ladies!!! And Happy Happy Birthday Dear Trenda!

And IF I ever get invited to something like this again, I will know just what to do!

A Beginning of Summer List

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I believe that I mentioned that this was happening, Medium Goomba getting his baseball on!!! His folks sent these.

Striking a pose 🙂

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Lucky number 13!

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Keeping his eye on the ball! GO SOX!!!

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And then THIS happened this weekend! I went to my first dance recital, EVER! Goomba has taken Hip Hop classes for some years now, and I’m here to tell ya,  he is a DANCER!

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Oh yeah, our Friend was bustin’ his moves! No pictures or videos of the actual stuff, that is evidently illegal. I hope he keeps it up because boys are a scarce commodity in the classes. I was telling his folks that my observation is there were a lot of kids doing what they were supposed to be doing, but you can’t teach them how to feel the music and really move, but Goomba is a natural!!! ❤ ❤

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Was very proud of him and his group! They had one very large group that did a pirate-y number, they must have been the highest level dancers and they were really something!!! Maybe he will get in on that someday! How is my Friend getting so big? Quit already.

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He was supposed to have a baseball game after, but it was cancelled due to rain. I don’t think they were that upset to have a Saturday afternoon to themselves. Pretty sure his piano recital was squeezed in there somewhere. Making me tired remembering those crazy days!

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The week before I headed down to Virginia I went to lunch with a couple of my favorite people from high school! Suzanne Suzanna Danna declined to have her picture taken because she says she is “private”, but Deon was a good sport!!! It had been a couple of years since our last meet up.

I don’t have too many memories of the last two tears of high school without this guy in them 🙂 My friend Laurie and I were newbies at the school in 11th grade, and were THRILLED to make his acquaintance! We had SO.MUCH.FUN together!

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And here we are with our old friend Dawn, on what could have been our last day of 12th grade!!! Leaning on my super cool AMC brown Hornet, that sounded like it had a ticking clock under the hood. I think Deon drove a powder blue Maverick and Dawn had a groovy green Scamp. Oh, we were HOT! I’m sorry to say Dawn didn’t get in on this gathering because we thought she was in Scotland, but she hadn’t left yet!! The next one FOR SURE!

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This is how I remember Deon, camera around his neck because you never knew when there might be a yearbook photo opportunity. Oh the laughs we had! And lunch at Mexican Fiesta, our old stomping grounds, was no different! Never a lull in the conversation. Old friends are a kiss on the cheek from God ❤

This is shaping up to be a super busy summer with more travel than expected. All good things though! Next up? Our annual trip over to South Haven with the gals from Caregroup, always a fun time 🙂

Memorial Day Hootenanny 2018!

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Hi Guys, long time, no type! I had a delightful time down in Virginia with The Schmenkmans!! I left Detroit Metro Airport with my carryon packed inside my big suitcase, and landed at Dulles International a mere 53 minutes later. It actually took Schmenky longer to get to the airport from her house!

We began with lunch and a little shopping in Manassas, as we do. We discussed goals, a new black purse for her, shoes for me, as usual. And so it began!!!

One of the first places we ate was Spelunkers, in Front Royal!!! I have missed it so!  Delicious cheeseburgers and fries, get in ma belly!!!! I have got to get Honey there!

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So very juicy!

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The end result!

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We were greeted by Miss Miracle upon arriving on Sassy Cat Hill.

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Schmenky was so committed to finding a new pocketbook to replace her tattered, broken zippered Precious, that she threw it away! There was no choice but to find a new one. A moment of silence for Schmenky’s heavily worn handbag. The hunt was on.

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She brought out a red Tiganello beauty she had purchased thrifting one year, which did an admiral job, but it is red, and it does not go with everything. I am sensing familiar territory here 😉  On the bright side, she also found several super cute tops that she could wear with the red pocketbook! It was all good.

We Sweet Frog-ged around but this one in Warrenton was my favorite, it had my 2 favorite flavors, pomegranate AND Key Lime!!!!!!! With crushed waffle cone available, it was a happy day!

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Here are a few of the sassy cats. This is Kismet (aka the Lion King), who was much friendlier with me than he usually is, and Casey Lee Bumgartner who LOOOOOOVES the back of my head!!! I think he has a powerful attraction to Paul Mitchell hairspray, and he loves me up good!

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Poppet, our Precious, wobbly girl 🙂  She never changes, maybe sleeps a little bit more. She is my ever present lap buddy.

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Bitsey Bee, having a sun room nap.

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Schmenky and I enjoyed Spelunkers so much that we talked Mr C into joining us on Sunday afternoon. It was just as yummy the second go round. We really wanted their frozen custard, but alas, no room.

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Next stop, the new Han Solo movie! We all liked it a lot, I have no idea why the critics are dogging it! Honey and the Ab-Cat saw it in The Mitten and had the same favorable opinion. Not sure about the amount of money they expected to make, but pretty sure it did alright for any other movie that was not Star Wars. Give us a break!

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And then we went back to Spelunkers to have that ice cream!!!! No pictures but I am here to tell you it was heartily enjoyed!!!

This is the view out The Schmenkman’s front door. There is always so much green there, beautimous!

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Schmenk had this in her flower boxes, can’t remember what she called it but I am a fan. Like faincy clover.

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The natural arch down to the backside of their property and the chicken coop.

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All the interesting colored foliage.

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Backyard pond. The koi thought I had something for them besides an iPhone taking pictures!

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We cut hair early in the visit because we were both highly in need. It gave us more time for tweaking 🙂

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BOO for having to wait so long to get a haircut!!!

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Sassy haircuts: check!

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AND A SASSY NEW BLACK PURSE-CHECK!!!!!!!!!!!! She found a new Precious at Gabe’s, it’s a Sak and she was very happy!

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The morning routine, with helpers. Checking the stuff, Facebook, playing Words With Friends, Crushing the Candies, you know, the usual.

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The Schmenkman’s have a new sassy since I was last there, meet George Bailey! He found Schmenky on her walking trail. He is a lucky kitty-witty! He reminds me of our Seymour, a feisty, spicy, trouble causing, young boy catten! He lives to jump the others and just generally disrupt their apple carts. Sounds familiar.

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Personality plus, it is their saving grace.

I forgot my selfie stick, so we had to kick it old school and hold it. Before we knew it it was time to pack up all my purties, bargains, and random purchases and head back to Dulles. We had a great time, but once again faced the harsh reality that we are not the spry, all day shoppers we once were! And we are mostly just fine with the realization ❤

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We are SO glad to have each other! I thank the Lord that she answered an ad to work at Images Salon ALL those 30+ years ago so I could have her to love!!! I have known her longer than my kids!!!

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This was George Bailey’s favorite way to greet me, and it served as our goodbye. Loved meeting him!

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The Schmenkman’s are considering moving from Sassy Cat Hill to Sassy Cat Farm, location to be announced when found! So I felt like there was a very real possibility that I may never be on the Hill again 😦  So Schmenky graciously posed on the front porch of their home of many years. Bittersweet to be sure.

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One of my favorite purchases this year was a sassy cement kitty. It was fairly heavy and I was unsure I would have the room or weight allowance in my suitcase. Schmenk said she would bring it to me sometime when she came. I purchased plenty, but I did have some extra room in my carryon, so I packed it on in! I had also bought a salt rock nightlight for the Florida house, that I needed to take out of its box  for space purposes. I didn’t want it to get crushed, so I wrapped it in a bag and stuck it in the hallow inside of the cement cat, then covered the cat with some clothes for protection, and off we went. I wondered if that dang cat was going to get me searched. I went through security myself, all was well. My carryon went through and the gal spent a good bit of time looking at the X-ray, then pulled my bag off the conveyer. Another gal came and told me they were going to run it through again. I said OK, and thought my next move would be over with them to unzip my bag to be searched! I could tell when my bag was again stopped in the machine. Both gals were there looking and talking and one of them stood up and yelled “do you have a light up cat in there?” I laughed and said pretty close!!! They seemed proud of themselves for solving the mystery and passed me through 🙂

I was super glad they wanted us to check our bags at the gate, I wasn’t looking forward to lifting that cement laden carryon into the overhead compartment!!!!

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There she is! My Virginia Sassy cement kitty!!!!! And my BEE-you-tiful peonies from the bush my Mama gave me ❤

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Thanks for having me for the last 23 years Schmenky Catherine, love youuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!

MIA

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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Mothers Day had me thinking about my Mama.

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And my Grandmas. I come from good stock 🙂

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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.