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An October List

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Keelyody and I didn’t walk today because it was raining cats and dogs, so I have a little extra time to tell you all of these unnecessary things.

I got my hairs cut a few weeks ago.

Mrs. Schmenkman cut it when I was in Virginia in May, and it grew out beautifully! She will be in town at the end of the month, but we have a wedding next weekend and I was unfortunately becoming unsightly. I am glad she is coming for many reasons, but one reason is because it could use a little “tweaking”. I don’t know how all of you nonprofessionals do it, Schmenky and I always have to TWEAK! But all in all, I can make it work.

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Honey and The Boy enjoy these Bear Paw slippers. They are actually rather particular about them. I first found them for a bargain price at a TJ Maxx or a Marshalls and bought 2 pair. Honey immediately loved them but The Boy said he didn’t need them, so I returned his. He then realized the error of his ways and wore Honey’s when he could. They are evidently very comfy.

When The Boy went away to college, Honey gave him his old ones, as he was on his second pair. Which, by the way, I never could find again at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for a bargain price, and had to resort to paying bigger dollars for them at Famous Footwear.

When The Boy came home for visits, he brought the Bear Paws, which by then were being held together by duct tape. I think he even said he was wearing them outside the home. So for Christmas several years ago they both received a new pair of the Paws. I don’t know The Boy’s slipper situation at the moment, but I have made the decision for Honey that it’s time to break down and use the newbies. Mainly because he is unknowingly leaving pieces of cracked sole all over the house. I call it an executive decision, because he keeps saying his old ones are FINE. They will be relegated to outside use only, where he can litter sole pieces without judgment.

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Well worn, well loved. What the heck is coming out of the back end of those puppies??? RIP beloved Paws.

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Honey was laid off the week before last! I KNOW!!!! WE couldn’t believe it either! We were so excited! Unfortunately his back was also laid off and he didn’t get to 3/4 of what he would have liked to accomplish. But towards the end of the week, after some loving attention from massage therapist Mousey, he arose and went outside to help put the outside stuff away in preparation for winter. Goodbye summer friends. The pool has been closed over a month, so the watering had been sporadic, it was time.

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Even though it has been flat out HOT up here in The Mitten for a sweet FOREVER, I am hopeful that fall is coming. Sometime. So I swapped the spring wreath off the front door for the autumn and hauled up some decorations in a show of good faith that it would actually happen this month. Seymour loves a little redecorating, he was all over it.

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I should git, we are having a small group kick off dinner tonight and every single thing needs to be done in preparation. Have a fine fall weekend. Even if you are sweating.

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First List of Fall

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It’s been a bit nippy walking in the mornings, 50 and up this week, and some 40s last week. It’s coming!

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Despite reading on Facebook yesterday that they a predicting a warmer than usual fall. It’s shaping up to be a purty one!

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Honey had the pool closed last week so that means I’m about done watering down there. This was my favorite this season.

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I was not as happy with my stuff this year as in years past. And I even had my plants in early this year because of hosting the end of year BSF luncheon the second week of May! They just hemmed and hawed and didn’t do much until almost July.

My zinnias were one of the biggest disappointments. I somehow got 3 different varieties, and one bunch was ALL yellow. I prefer a riot of color, not a riot of all yellow pom poms. I’m sorry to be a snob, but I think of this kind as a lesser zinnia, the short squatty one.

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I quite like these, and these are the usual kind I get. Even they were not riotously colorful this year

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I don’t think I have ever had these super tall, leggy babes before!

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Plenty colorful up next to the always reliable Black Eyed Susans.

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But unfortunately you cannot tell which kind you have when they are all a couple inches tall and my half circle of zinnias looked mighty stoopid sporting all of the different heights!!!!! Not to mention the tall ones completely obscured the half circle of day lilys and wasted them.

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Try as I might to separate the colors, I was not very successful, which also contributed to my dissatisfaction.

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This side was a little better, but they did not grow like they usually do.

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The front looked ok but I still have complaints. Not enough color in the side pots,

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and too many petunias!! There were so many other pretty things in that pot when purchased, but those petunias HOGGED the whole pot!!!

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Big sigh, oh well, there’s always next year.

I was happy with the things in this little bastion of visual interest! I copied the idea from my sweet friend Sarah, who had a similar one from the South Haven farmers market on her front porch. I plopped some of my heart shaped shells and rocks, collected on Florida trips, along with words that inspire. Heart it!

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Oklahoma Tammy asked about a product I had mentioned last week, this is what it looks like. I buy it at Gordon’s, but I saw this at the regular grocery. It is good for breading and batters, looks like flour. I dredge my sliced chicken breasts in it and fry in peanut oil, YUM!

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Was certainly praying this for all of our loved ones in the wake of Hurricane Irma. So far everyone is fine but haven’t heard about all the damage to the homes. It could have been SO.MUCH.WORSE! Thank you Lord!!!!!!!

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And finally a sweet picture of our little Moonpie! Who is getting chunky, smiley and chatty!! Hi Bay-Be!

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Have a pleasant Tuesday.

Around Bellevue

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With the exception of our day trip to Seattle, we did not do much sightseeing. We did however eat at several places in and around Bellevue, all were pretty good and I had an especially yummy pear and cheese salad at Gilbert’s that I would like to duplicate!

One of the nice things we experienced was meeting the young men who live in the home where The Boy and The Dane are house parents. There were three when we arrived, but one had graduated in June and he moved out the week we were there. Honey wanted to make them dinner one night and he and The Boy decided on Coney dogs, homemade french fries and a fattoosh salad with banana splits for dessert. We also taught the guys and a friend how to play Peanuts and Golf, because eating and cards are a family thing. It was really nice to put names with faces and glean a little of their personalities, it makes it easier to pray for them!

Another fun thing we did was go to one of The Boy’s favorite bookstores! They were having a super duper deal of whatever you could pack into a bag for $20!!! You know, the kind of bag you buy at a grocery store for .99, with handles??!! He was in his glory and I enjoyed it very much! We kept saying that The Ab-Cat would have LOVED it there! The Boy filled up his bag and I set my books on top of his and that puppy was full up to the handles!!!! All for $20 American bucks!!!!! I realize now that I should have taken pictures of this event. And also documented that this was in the steepest neighborhood that I have EVER seen/walked!!!!!

We went for ice cream. As we do.

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Honey found this place online, saw the sandwiches, and sent the link on to The Boy saying we HAD to try this place! They loved it and The Boy said they would definitely be going back there! It was Goldman’s, or Goldfine’s, or Gottleib’s or something. It was in the mall where they had a Nordstrom Rack and T.J. Maxx, where I found a cute pair of shoes for fall. Good find!

Look at those sandwiches and massive onion rings!!!

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Last year I reconnected with a friend from 10th grade on the Facebook!!!! She somehow saw that the kids lived in Washington and said if we were ever out to look her up. It turns out she is very close and she picked me up and took me to lunch!!! We sat there so long that the place closed after lunch and were preparing for their dinner crowd!! So nice to get caught up on families, lives and old friends that we used to know!

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The Boy and The Dane introduced us to a funny tv show that was on Netflix called Life In Pieces. It was pretty funny and we finished the season after we arrived home. Tom Hanks son Colin was in it and OH MY WORD does he remind us of his Pop!!!!!

The week passed quickly and soon it was time for The Boy to take us back to the airport. We loved visiting with them, meeting our sweet little Moonpie, and seeing them at work, building into the lives of young men

For some reason I can’t recall, we flew home on Alaska Airlines in first class, Honey was overjoyed!!! We arrived early, went to the lounge and had breakfast, boarded the plane and marveled how comfy the seats were!!! They served hot cloths to wash your hands, breakfast again, cookies, warm nuts, beverages, an ipad with games and movies and probably other things I have already forgotten! It was fun!. And best of all it only took under 4 hours to get home, instead of what seemed like a whole day! Sent this on Snapchat to The Girls.

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It was all a nice distraction since we were leaving a little muggins behind.

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They are coming home this fall for a visit. so we will just be here, waiting patiently for another chance to smooch her up!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by on the last Hodgepodge of August. If you feel like joining in, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s and follow the instructions. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Can you believe we’re rolling in to the Labor Day weekend? What’s a project you’ll labor over this fall?

This is hard, I have no immediate answer. We have no BIG agenda, just the usual, winterizing the outside, doing some purging/reorganizing in the basement. Certainly nothing exciting.
2. Tell us about the best perks you ever had in a job?

This is an easy one! I am a hairdresser by trade and one of the greatest perks of working in a salon is having people available to give you haircuts, color, perms, at your fingertips! Of course there could be scheduling conflicts because you have to wait until both parties have free time, or come in early or stay after work.

A much easier thing to have done regularly was something we called “bouffing”. That was when an available stylist would fluff, tease, restyle, or just freshen your hairdo. As this was the 80s, it usually involved copious amounts of Paul Mitchell Sculpting Spray or Freeze and Shine. Ah, those were the days! Bouf me!!!

3. August 31st is National South Carolina Day. Have you ever been to SC? Any desire to go? According to Southern Living, these are the top ten things to do in South Carolina…
Explore Charleston, bike, golf or relax on Hilton Head Island, see the beach and the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach, visit the state museum in the capital city Columbia, observe the wildlife and natural beauty of the Ace Basin, take a walk or hop on a trolley and check out Greenville’s charming main street, visit Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, stroll through Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in Bishopville leaving time to check out The Button Museum, also in Bishopville, see Morgan Island (also known as Monkey Island)-home to nearly 4000 Rhesus monkeys.

Which is most appealing to you today? If you’re a SC native, resident, or frequent visitor what would you add to the list?

Honey and I visited South Carolina last September to see if it could be somewhere we might like to retire to. I wrote about our trip here.  Honey has a great desire to live on a lake so he can fish all the live long day. We saw many beautiful homes, plus my most favorite house of all time. I wish I could plop that house down wherever we do land, it was perfect for us! ❤

I would be more than happy to return and do some sightseeing, which is something we did not do last year. One fun thing I did do there was meet our hostess with the mostest Joyce for lunch! I have never met a bloggy friend before and we had a lovely lunch and she even gave Honey and I a tour of her almost completed new home! IMG_3901 (1)

4. Beef, pork, country-style, barbecued, baby back, spare or short…your favorite kind of rib? What’s a dish you enjoy that really ‘sticks to your ribs‘?

I am not really a rib person,but I do love the ribs at Bricktops in Naples, Florida! Their fries and coleslaw are also YUMMY!

Chicken pot pie really sticks to my ribs. Comfort food plus all that crust=sticking to ribs!!!
5. What’s one important skill you think every person should have? Why?

I think everyone needs to know how to have a civil conversation. Conversing seems to be a lost or dying art. Texting and social media also seem to be contributing to this lack of social skills. We seem to have lost the ability to listen politely, ask intelligent questions, and be thoughtful in our answers, all part of good civil conversations.

So much interrupting, shouting down and mindless, repetitive, screaming hissy fits. My Grandma and Mom called it “spouting off”, and it seems that is all a great majority of people are capable of, and we see it at all levels of society. You convince NO ONE of your cause when you cannot have an honest, respectful conversation.   

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TRUTH.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is some Way Back When-sday!

It was Miss Mousey Ann’s 23rd birthday last weekend!!

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Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! It’s good to be back! We have been on vacation to see our new grandbaby so it’s been pretty quiet on the blog front lately. If you would like to join The Hodgepodge, just click on the pretty button below and head over to Joyce’s to link up!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Did you watch the solar eclipse? Your thoughts? Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar…what’s your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?

We DID! As I said above, we have been out of town, so my main goal on Monday was to git to the store because we were Mother Hubbard-ing it over here. After walking with Keelyody and weeding our backyard (what the heck weeds!!!! We were only gone a week!), I headed down to Sam’s Club for essentials, which necessitated another trip to Meijers, and a stop at their gas station because the one I currently visit at is under heavy construction.

When I walked out of Meijer a little after 1 the skies did look darker, but it really just looked like it might storm, not an eclipse-y darkness. I arrived home to extra cars in the driveway and extra people in the backyard! With lots of homemade shoe box/cereal box viewing thingies!

Our friend The Peanuts Champ joined us!

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And my brother Beeve and his family! I knew Beeve, Stacey and Goomba were coming to swim, they had the idea that it would be fun to be swimming when it was dark during the day!

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Goomba was SO excited!!

So was The Ab-Cat!

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We did see The Happening, but it never really did get that dark so Goomba was a little disappointed. It was also pretty cloudy but as soon as it was over the sun came out in full force. Dang nature. It was fun to be a part of the once in a lifetime ECLIPSE!

Of those treats I will choose Sun Chips, and a Diet Coke please, YUM!

I saw a meme on Facebook that I quite liked, but of course can’t find now, about how Monday everyone was united over the eclipse instead of divided over racism, politics, gender and so on. Good idea.
2. What are you ‘over the moon‘ about these days? What’s something you enjoy doing every ‘once in a blue moon‘?

Just the new Grandbaby!!! Little Moonpie was 6 weeks old at our introduction!

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We had a fine time getting to know her and visiting with her parents!

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She was sweet and snuggly.

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Our first, how GRAND!

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3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

I have an interest in stem cell and gene therapies, as it concerns the health of two of our children.

Twenty two years ago when our daughter was 6 and still hospitalized after a spinal cord injury, one of her doctors had said that because she was so young,  there could be major developments in her lifetime. While this does not affect her living life at the moment, it is exciting to think that stem cell therapies could someday help her!

Our son was diagnosed at 19 months with the autoimmune blood platelet disorder called ITP. He has been in remission twice before, but has been out for the last 3 1/2 years. He is managing better at the moment, but as with all autoimmune things, you never really know what causes a flare up. It would be wonderful if future progress in gene therapies could produce something to offset whatever it is that causes his body to produce the antigen that coats his platelets with such efficiency!

I mainly do reading about the new progress science is making in these areas. When I recognize how intricately our bodies are made and how difficult it is to fix certain things, it causes me to reflect yet again on how we are fearfully and wonderfully made by an infinitely detailed Heavenly Father.

4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

The main thing I remember is getting new shoes!!! That seemed to be a big deal to me. Most years were fine but I do remember one year when I felt I needed to get the exact same shoes as my next door neighbor and best friend Tina. Oh my, they were the most uncomfortable shoes I had ever had! Some kind of black patent leather loafer (fake alligator skin I believe!) with a trio buckle of squares, with the tightest elastic underneath!!!! A misery! They did not make it through the year, I can tell you that! Probably just wore my old tennis shoes the entire rest of the year.

I also remember feeling like having the right folders was somewhat important to me. And choosing what you wore on the first day back was a delight!
5. I’ve seen several versions of this around the net so let’s make one of our own…share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

I have not seen anything about this so this is my best guess. I like words!

Creation– When I look at the beauty of creation it points me to The Creator, which causes me to be thankful to our Creative God for being such a Wonderful Maker. Which then causes me to praise Him for His involvement in my life. Imagine, the Creator of everything in our universe wants to have fellowship with us individually. Mind blown.

Family– My most cherished thing on this earth.

Friendship– One of God’s finest kisses on the cheek to us! True friendship is an unbelievable blessing and the Lord has showered me with this.

Laughter– My most favorite thing to do with the above two groups! It knits hearts, joins unlikelies, and creates wonderful memories. Good for the soul.

Peace– This has been elusive at certain times in my life, and that makes it all the more precious. This summer a group of friends joined the ladies in our church to do Priscilla Shirer’s study, Discerning The Voice of God. Priscilla says peace is a gift that accompanied our salvation.I don’t think I had thought of it quite that way before and I like it. I like it a lot.

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Yes please.

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This is solid truth right here. It’s those dang external circumstances! I need to remind myself of this as needed. Peace is a deep longing for many in our world, and the Lord’s peace is irreplaceable.

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6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I put this picture on Facebook with the caption “My Grammie and Papa left me!!” It had actually occurred a few days before and I’m pretty sure she has not noticed that we have gone. I guess it may have been more how Honey and I felt!

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But leave we did, at the crack of dawn on Saturday, after a good week of visiting The Boy and The Dane and snuggling with the next generation. Thankful for my People and missing them already.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, it’s good to be back! If you would like to join us, click on the link below to head over to Joyce’s and follow the instructions.

From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.

i am going to say no because that sounds more organized than I am! It’s not that I don’t ever consider my time, but rules sounds very concrete and finite and I am way more flexible with myself!                                                                                                              
2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person-
Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggys Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)
When you’ve been away, what’s your ‘lighthouse’ telling you you’re on the right road home?

I would be happy to visit any of these lighthouses. I seriously can’t recall if I have ever been inside one or way up close and personal, it seems like I have though. I have seen this lighthouse many times over the years but have never been inside. It’s in South Haven, Michigan and we were there last week! It’s waaaayyy in the distance!

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There aren’t too many landmarks in our suburban town that signal we are on the right road home so I will say our exit off the highway! Whether coming off a road trip or returning from the airport, when we hit our exit I know we are almost there!
3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?

Blogging has been very spotty this year!!! I was just mentioning to Honey yesterday that I have no good reason either. I think there is a bloggy way of thinking and I have just have to retrain myself how to do it. I can remember having lots of things to share, posts started in the drafts folder, pictures waiting for words to go with them. And yet here I am, just like the old Steve Miller song, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future, and I have only posted once or not at all

Definitely need to pick back up! 
4. We’ve had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.

I spent 4 days last week in South Haven, Michigan with these lovely gals! We left in July but returned in August, so it counts!

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The house we rent is only a short walk to see a beautiful sunset on Lake Michigan.

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It was GRAND!
5. Tell us one song you love with the word ‘baby’ in the title.

I have baby songs on my mind! We are leaving this week for Washington state to see our son, daughter-in-law and meet their new baby girl! This was a favorite book of our children and I created a tune for the much repeated lines that our children could probably still sing to this day!

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I love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be. I’m going to love singing it again. 🙂

And for a real song, Baby Love by the Supremes.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

And speaking of our new grandbaby, here is our sweet little Moon Pie, celebrating one month! So hard to believe!

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Pretty pictures by The Dane.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ninth Annual Girls Getaway to South Haven!

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We arrived home from Lake Michigan on Thursday evening after adding another chapter of memories to the South Haven recollection book! But first, back to the beginning.

Four of us left The Corn Capital of Michigan (so I am told, but we have no corn anymore) on Monday morning in The Oreo Mom’s comfy Escape, marveling at our ability to pack lighter this year!!!!! Just look at all that space!!! It’s never happened before!

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Here we are, standing TALL from the left:Capri K (aka Shaq), The Oreo Mom, Three Good Kids and The Peanuts Champ, ready for adventure, fun, good conversation, shopping and food!

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We talked all the way across The Mitten with nary a lull, we even missed our usual exit for lunch at our usual place, but managed to find a new place and squeezed in a little Steinmart excursion. We decided that our trip last year was a little later in August, and therefore it did not have the rock bottom deals that we remembered from the previous year. I did notice that this particular store did not have my beloved Bandolino pull on skinny jeans, and it makes me want to RACE over to the one in Ann Arbor to buy some more in case they are discontinuing them!!!! They are My Precious!

We had decided to do our food shopping on arrival, hence all the extra room in the car! It worked out perfect! Shortly after we arrived in South Haven we added one more to the party, our dear friend Ally, one half of the famously loved team of Sammon and Ally! here she is on the left, another short friend!

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Since we find the restaurants in the area to be not our cup of tea, we ate dinners in. Yummy chicken with roasted potatoes and asparagus and Ally’s beef stew in the crockpot, which we had on beach day, INGENIUS!!!!!

We were able to watch three sunsets and the first one was the best.

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You know what’s hard to do? Take a picture of a sunset with your phone, because it never looks like what is in front of your eyes. So you try and bring it in closer and …..no, it’s never right.

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The first day we hung out at the beach and I probably made everyone happy by NOT taking or posting any pictures. Because I know I am not keen on a bathing suit photo shoot, that ship sailed DECADES ago.

The next day we went to the farmers market in South Haven before heading up to Holland for some shopping. I was loving their pretty flower pots and shop displays!

As you know I am a huge fan of the coleus, and I don’t know what that pretty little edged yellow flower was, but it was lovely.

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Beautimous!

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Heart this!

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Now this one, I am adoring the green with the dark sweet potato vine.

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This is actually my favorite sweet potato vine and I love those grasses with tails, so swoon!

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Yes please.

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We played a couple of games that night, Farkle and Heads Up on my phone, both were fun!

This was our last sunset. We didn’t stand at the top and watch, we travelled down some stairs we had never discovered before, right onto the beach. Our surroundings were beautiful, much better than the actual sunset.

Three Good Kids and The Peanuts Champ in the purty tall grasses.

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Old friends are a kiss on the cheek from God.

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We put that old selfie stick to good use on this trip!

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Started out grand. Love the waves rolling in.

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Lighthouse in the distance.

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Trying to be artistic and get sun, lighthouse, water, sand and grasses IN the frame, and get the folks frolicking on the beach OUT of the frame.

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Shortly after this the sun slipped behind the clouds and that was it.

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Still loverly though.

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South Haven, land of fantabulous hydrangeas!!!!!! They must have the perfect soil!

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We passed this pretty spot in our to-ing and fro-ing the beach.

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I told Honey that we should rent a house and haul our crew over there some year. Or up North. Or to the mountains in Tennessee. So many pretty places to go!

My haul from Holland. We have decided that we may make this a regular feature of the week, it’s not so far, around a half an hour. We were SO SAD that one of our favorite stores in South Haven was closing! Just My Bag had a moving sign in the window and was never open when we were there, sad face emoji! I guess the owner was retiring and moving to Arizona or something. We were so disappointed but of course completely understand.

I bought the word stones and rocks to put some in my leaf on the front porch, which I have apparently not shown on the blob. I will remedy that soon and show you the befores and afters. They always have cute jewelry there and I partook.

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This was my favorite purchase. I can wear this with multiple bracelets, as I often like to do. It was made with the ends of SPOONS! I did pick the least spoon-iest, because my goal was to have the comments be, “oh what a darling silver bracelet!”, instead of “why has that girl got spoons wrapped around her wrist?” I think it may be my must wear thing this fall!

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Thank you Ladies for another year of fun and friendship!!!

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Next year will be a decade!!!! Ten tears is traditionally celebrated with tin or aluminum, put your thinking caps on Girlies!!!!