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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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So there you have it, what it requires for me to look presentable these days!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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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.

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

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

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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’!

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Thanks for stopping by!