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On a Tuesday

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I believe I mentioned that The Mitten has been C.O.L.D. lately. And snowy. So I have been IN a lot!

Honey and I have been watching Justified on Amazon Prime. Man, those hillbilly’s down yonder in Kentucky are some bad customers!!!!

Honey had a long weekend off because of Martin Luther King Day. He goes back to work for 4 days and is then laid off for 2 weeks. It’s like practice for when he retires!!!

Speaking of Honey, he has been planning a fishing trip to Alaska next summer with Mrs. Schmenkman’s husband, Mr C!!! Honey has been a couple times before, so he has some ideas about what to do and what to miss. They have been e-mailing, texting and calling each other up a storm, trying to get all the details hammered out. I sent a chat message to Mrs. Schmenkman while playing Words With Friends. I said; “they are so cute planning their trip!!!”, she said “I know!!!!”

Yesterday was my first day on the keto diet. I had keto pancakes with a schnibble of homemade raspberry jam made with Truvia  for brunch, and for dinner I had eggs and sausage. I was alone and Mama don’t cook when there ain’t nobody home. In the literature I received from the natural path dr it mentioned eating in “windows” of time. Such as only eating in a 10 hour window and fasting for 14, or eating in an 8 hour window and fasting for 16. Black belt keto eaters can evidently shrink their windows down further to 6 or 4.  I unintentionally had a 7 hour eating window, so I am pretty happy with that. I wasn’t starving, but I know that some days are hungry days and the heart wants what the heart wants! So long as it’s legal! Honey is starting today because he needed to polish off the remainder of his last hurrah pizza and wings. Mousey has been on it a week or two already and she said she would be glad to welcome us to her eating regimen. She said it was hard and lonely on her own.

I would be happy to loose 10 pounds and ESTATIC to loose 15. I’m not sure what Honey’s goal is.

Sy has been sticking closer than a brother in all of the cold weather. He is all about laps and blankets these days. Seeking warmth from Mousey’s computer?

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

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Because it has been majorly wintry, I have been reading The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I like to read about that winter from HE-double hockey sticks whenever I start to feel the least bit sorry for myself. No matter what we’ve got going on, it’s not 7 months of blizzards, up to –40 degrees below zero temperatures and no food, coal or kerosene because the trains were not able to run!!!!!

I’m going to Sam’s today because we are down to 7 sticks of butter and our last pint of cream, HORRORS!!!!!

Enjoy your Tuesday. Stay warm 🙂

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Missed Moments of 2017

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Hi Guys, have some dribbles of stuff to document for today. Cause that is what this here blog is, documentation of our life.

The Mitten is currently bracing for an unnamed storm that could produce 1 or 12 inches of snow and ice. I heard wild tales earlier in the week, but things were significantly downgraded by yesterday. So really, it could be anything in the whole anything kingdom. It has been a strange week, starting in the negative temperatures last Friday to 57 degrees yesterday. That’s what we natives like to call Pure Michigan. Just like our state slogan proclaims.

Let’s go back to last fall when we had kinder, gentler temperatures. Our neighbor Karen texted this picture of a most beautimous rainbow directly over our house! The trees were in fine form I must say!

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When The Boy and The Dane were in town last November, they got together with Elyk and The Boy’s former small group leader Mike, from when they were in middle school! All of them have married in the last few years and in a twist of fate, all of them became fathers this year! Just a fun fact here, in the picture they are standing in order of their baby’s birth, with Mike and Jen going first in March, with Elyk and Pug Mama taking second in May, and The Boy and The Dane bringing up the rear in July. What is amusing to me is that they married in the exact opposite order. Of course Elyk’s position remained the same, smack in the middle!

Here the guys are with their offspring!

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When we bought our two new couches, some 3 years ago, we stuck our old ones down the basement in case one of the kids needed them upon setting up their own homesteads. Many parts of our basement contain many similar items kept for the same reason. The Boy and The Dane already have two couches, so they were unlikely to need a third, plus it was not their colors. Mousey claimed one because she is needy and she knows how comfortable they are!

I was telling The Peanuts Champ that a friend’s son was looking for a replacement couch for his that broke. I took pictures and sent them to her with the warning that they were heavy and her son would need to bring help to get it out of the basement. Because Honey is old and tired and while on flat land I can be helpful, I am not a useful engine moving things up a flight of stairs.  The Peanut’s Champ said if things did not work out there, her son Josh might be interested as he was moving out and also needy. The other friend’s son found a couch elsewhere, so Josh came and got ours!

We told him the same thing, bring friends; it’s heavy, so he brought these charming fellows. We also told him how comfy it was, and a great napping couch! The reason I tell you this whole tale is because of the next part, which was so darn cute and resourceful!!

Josh was renting the second floor of a house, and his friends lived on the first floor. He is a math major, so he brought his measuring tape and paper to do math stuff to figure out if they could navigate the couch around a tight turn in the stairway, where it would be hanging over the railing a large percentage! According to their calculations they felt confident they could do it! They sent this picture when they got it in!!!

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Josh is on the right and it was such a pleasure to help him out on his new adventure! He was Mousey’s first best friend as preschoolers and has grown into a fine young man. On a funny note, he did not have a bed for the first little bit after moving in so he slept on the couch. He agreed that it was a good sleeping couch!!! Best of luck Friend! ❤

One of our jobs on the Admin team at BSF is to show the love to our group and children’s leaders. Our normal once a month fellowships are sack lunch affairs, but twice a year, at Christmas and end of year, we do things a little fancier. Our Class Administrator, Trenda, decided we should decorate a little different. I feel the need to insert here that there was not one person on the whole team that felt decorating was their love language!!!!! I was looking on Pinterest for new ideas, and most of them included wooden rounds. The first place I remembered seeing those was at Nurse Lauren’s wedding last fall.

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When I called Rae-Babe to ask about how she put hers together, she graciously offered to let us borrow hers!!! The rounds AND the hurricane globes!!!

I met with Trenda at Michael’s and we picked out a garland that we cut up to use on our 8 tables. She produced evergreen clippings and actual cranberries, I found candles at IKEA and there was a group leader who arrived early who said she LOVED to decorate!!! Thank you Lord, it looked loverly!!! Thanks Rae-Babe for the use of your stuff!

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Enjoy your weekend, I am hunkered down for who knows what!

Makes Me Happy <3

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The prompt today is “Makes me happy”.

This popped up in my Facebook feed from 2 years ago, it was very appropriate for today!

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This was my Tribe today at Chip and Dip! Heifer Ann (aka Capri K!), Jip the Farm Dog, CMB and Heifer Lynn met up for our annual Christmas/New Year lunch. There is a lot to be said for old, dear friends, and even more to be said when you have spent time serving the Lord together. It knits hearts Y’All.

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Heifer Lynn gave us a sweet gift!

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I know I have mentioned many times that I have no sisters, but I have also acknowledged many times that God has graciously given me dear, dear friends that have filled this void in my heart. Good friends are a kiss on the cheek from a really good God!!!

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Thank goodness for come-along-side friends. Love you Girlies!!!

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So Friends make me happy ❤

Welcome 2018! The Year in Review

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Happy New Year!!!

Honey and I celebrated with lunch at Chip and Dip, binge watching Netflix, and enjoying some yummy Mexican dip and delicious chocolate/caramel apple from Kilwin’s, graciously gifted to us by The Peanuts Champ!! I made it up to midnight, then took my leave about 12;30. Feeling fairly proud of myself, some years I have not made it!

As I was strolling through the last year on the blog, what struck me the most was how little I posted. It made me sad but strengthened my resolution to do better in 2018. I make no promises, but know that it is my hearts desire to do a better job 🙂

Here are 17 of my favorite moments from 2017.

1. This was from our vacation last February. I made it the background for my phone. The funny thing about this picture is the backstory. We had met with a realtor to look at houses and condos, so it was a busy day. We had made plans to meet up with a friend that Honey used to work with and his wife for dinner. We arrived, were seated, and then waited. And waited. No couple. Honey finally texted and discovered that our plans were for the next night!!!!! Welcome to mid life!

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2. This meme never fails to amuse me. It pokes a hole in the social justice warrior nonsense that feels the need to vehemently protest and complain about every.single.thing. so that everything is just a big pot of complaint stew. That is not to say that there are not things to protest about, but if you are outraged over EVERYTHING, people stop listening to ANYTHING you say. #notmygroundhog, still hilarious.

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3. I don’t know why, but I love this one.

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4. The Boy and I decided to correspond, this started his first letter. We so enjoy getting mail from each other!

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5. My favorite snapshot from the previously mentioned vacation in Florida. Art by Mousey.

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6. Father’s Day, Honey and his Girlies! ❤

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7. Moonpie arrives!!! It’s really something to see your baby with their baby ❤

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8. Our first introduction to the new grandbaby! We flew to Seattle in August when she was one month old. Grammy and Papa were christened.

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9. This just makes me smile. Such passion, such angst, such an Angry Anderson!!!!

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10. Labor Day at Gun Lake with our People. ❤ ❤ ❤

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11. She is getting more animated! And more chins!

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12. Nurse Lauren got married!!! Celebration in Pennsylvania!

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13. Happy Halloween from the cutest little kitty cat we know!

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14. Capri’s!!!!!!

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15. Family unit 🙂

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16. Moonpie modeling her new hat, love the tongue!

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And 17. I think this is my verse for the year. I am feeling in need of restoration, not completely sure why. Some hope, peace and joy sounds like a winner to me. I will pray it for you too, everyone could use a little overflowing hope, peace and joy.

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I will include this as one of Honey’s favorite moments of 2017! He has always wanted to be voluntarily bumped off a flight and it finally happened!

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Happy New Year Friends, let’s make it a good one!

Last List of 2017

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We are almost ready for Christmas here in The Mitten! December has been a busy month, hence the lack of activity in this space. Last night was Honey’s last evening at work for the year, still waiting for the last few presents to arrive by mail, there will be at least a couple stops at the grocery to get the rest of the ingredients for our “non-traditional” Christmas dinner. We are having Beeve’s steak, Honey’s mac and cheese, garlic mushrooms and feta fatoosh salad. The Ab-Cat is trying out a new recipe for Key Lime cookies and Mousey wants an old standard, banana pudding.

I took The Grandpa to the airport last Monday, where he boarded a plane for Florida to visit his kids. It is their first Christmas together in many, many years and I am praying they have a wonderful time!

This is Abby’s second year of working at the elementary school and she said the kids have been SQUIRRELLY this week!!!! So much excitement bottled up in one building! Every day she comes home laden with presents from co-workers and little students who love her ❤

Our BSF luncheon for 60 went off nicely last week, and our Admin celebration yesterday at Chip and Dip was most enjoyable! I serve with truly lovely gals and I am so thankful for them all!

Ab sent this from her Young Fives class, it surely does look like my best Girl, Mama Mia!

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The Boy and The Dane will be traveling to Denmark on Christmas day to see her People. Praying that their trip will be uneventful and smooth with the addition of this Peanut. I’m sure they will enjoy her and her sweet noises immensely!!!

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Nothing like a sleeping baby.

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She reminds me of her Daddy here.

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Rocking her new hat! Love that tongue ❤

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We will miss all of our loved ones who will not be with us.

I saw this verse on a friend’s blog, it is our wish for ourselves and for you during this Christmas season.

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Merry Christmas Friends.

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.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, long time no see! Glad to be back with The Hodgepodgers after a busy few weeks! If you would like to join in, click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s and follow the directions. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn’t have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy?

Halloween is a fairly low key event over here. We used to always have my folks and brother and SIL over for hot chocolate and cut out pumpkin cookies, and to see the kids all duded up in their Halloween finery, but the last few years we have mostly been on vacation on this date. We were home last year and had about 10-15 kids tops. Our subdivision connects with another sub that has more houses and they are closer together, hence a better cost to benefit ratio over there, or less walking for your candy, however you want to put it.

The last few pumpkins I purchased went uncarved and I finally took them to the field out back as a treat for the critters that live there. Honey and I have not gone to a Halloween party in YEARS, but we have collaborated on many a costume for the kids over the years. This year The Ab-Cat was the only one partying and she went as a hippie. As is often the case, we used a lot of what we had and I made a peace sign out of cardboard and aluminum foil for a necklace. She looked adorable!

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For many years I baked the afore mentioned pumpkin cut out cookies, but not lately. Mostly because having a whole bunch of cookies present assures that we will eat way too many of them! We may save that recipe for Christmas and make them again with our nephew, Medium Goomba.

I always poll the family about what we would like to give out for Halloween because having so few Trick or Treaters guarantees that we will have leftovers. The last few years they have requested the variety bags of chips and we always have Snickers because they are our favorites and this is the only time I buy them. They were purchased on Monday, so let the festivities begin!!!

2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate

Hmmm, I can think of several things, but mainly I’m waiting for this little peanut and her folks to fly in tonight from Seattle for a visit!!!!! She will be 4 months old on Thursday, a whole 3 months older than she was when we last saw her!

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It seems like she changes every week!

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It sounds like she is getting quite smiley and chatty, and we can’t wait to get to know her better!

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Hurry up and get here Moonpie, Grammie and Papa can’t wait to smooch you!

3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain.

I will say more creative. I run with a very talented, creative pack, and while I can copy like a BOSS, I do not have the eye, creative spark, or whatever inspiration you need to actually create something out of nothing. But I sure admire those who have the gene!
4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper?

I am a do-it-yourselfer painter and I find it a very satisfying venture! Nothing gives you more bang for your buck than painting a room. My dear friend Capri P helped me paint the entire main floor of our house about 15 years ago. I had never really done more than some cutting for Honey before, and I have now successfully repainted a few rooms on my own. Funny this question should come up because Capri P and I have been discussing paint colors lately. I really need to repaint and I am looking a little towards a more neutral resale color. I still like the color we have, but realize that it may be gold-er than trend dictates. We are in the market for something a little more greige, it will blend my warmer tones without going to the grey side. I have nothing against grey for others, but I have been there, done that, and I’m not going back. I think the last room we painted was The Ab-Cat’s bedroom, about 4 years ago.

The great room, kitchen, foyer and hallways are next up for a coat of paint. It will be a big job but I can do it! Except for the stairwell to the basement. I am going to have to get Honey on board for that,it’s tricky.

I like some wallpaper, but not all over . Our dining room is the only wallpapered room in our house and it’s one of my favorite rooms. We also have a border in our kitchen that is coming down the next time we paint. It’s served its purpose.
5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October?

I am grateful for the blessing of old, good, friends! My good friend Mrs. Schmenkman came to town for her niece and nephew’s baby shower and we had a Capri reunion! The Capri’s are a group of gals, related by blood and marriage, and they graciously invited me to join them many years ago in spite of the fact that I have my own blood and marriage. From the left we have Capri D, Capri A, Capri P, Capri L, and me, Capri K

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Love you girlies!!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is our favorite little trick or treater!! Moonpie was a sweet little kitty cat!

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And for the Way Back When-sday part of the post we head back to 1970! My brother Beeve and I on one of our favorite nights of the year!!! I was an 8 year old hippie with plastic flowers sewn on my skirt and my Mom’s groovy necklace, but for me it was all about getting makeup on! Pretty bold eyebrow statement there Mom! Little Beeve was a 4 year old Frankenstein monster, complete with scars and a dashing moustache and goatee!

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The very first thing we did when we returned home was DUMP our bags and the trading began! Good memories!

Thanks for stopping by!