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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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From this Side of the Pond

1. February can be a little bit tricky given the weather and the winter and the whatnot. I read a list (here) of things you can do to make your February brighter which included-start planning your next trip, take more baths, make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and exercise in preparation for swimsuit season. Anything on the list you might try? Which suggestion on the list appeals to you most? Tell us something not on the list that helps make your February brighter.

 The thing I like best about a Michigan winter is getting out of Dodge for a few weeks!! We are planning a trip to The Sunshine State, so that is the most appealing one to me. A very close second would be a scrumtrulescent chocolate treat around Valentine’s Day, that makes the world brighter! As for what helps make the month brighter? Let’s say the knowledge that there are most likely only 2 more months of Mitten weather!
2. Tell us about something you’ve seen or done recently that you’d say was ‘super’?

Every time we see this little nugget on the computer she is doing something Super! Our Grandbaby MoonPie is 7 months old and is all about movement!!

Super crawling!

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Pulling up!

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And just all around super cute!

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3. Best thing you ate in a ‘bowl’ last week?

I made a yummy soup for the Super Bowl. I used a recipe for dream cheese chicken chowder and substituted ground beef and eliminated corn for the sake of our Keto diet. It was a nice change and met the need for Mexican and comfort food. Win/win.
4. Something you’re ‘cheering’ for right now?

First up, I WON THE SUPER BOWL THINGY!!!!!! Anyone who knows me can tell you that I.do.not.care. about all things athletic because I am sportally challenged!  I wasn’t even going to fill out my spots but Honey said I had to, This caused me to wrack my brain to make choices about things I have zero/ minimal knowledge of. I would like to point out that Honey and The Peanuts Champ DO care about these things and they had reasons for the answers they chose, while I am there all willy nilly selecting things on the basis of a bunch of random. And WINNING i might add! So YAY Capri K!!!

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I will also be cheering for the good old United States of America in the Olympic games!! And also for Canada, land of Honey’s birth. Hockey can be very complicated and conflicting for him, especially during the finals. I will try and explain his thinking. He roots for the USA to win UNLESS the USA is not in the game, then he cheers for Canada. BUT, if the USA  is in the finals with Canada, then he totally jumps ship and becomes a full fledged Canadian once again and cheers on the Canadians!!! The reason? Because Canada invented hockey and they deserve to win. He is really still standing on guard for thee, wearing a maple leaf touk, with his pea meal bacon sandwich, poutine, butter tarts and Tim Horton coffee.

He’s also the only person I know who actually enjoys and understands curling. So we’ll be cheering!!!!

5. The Winter Olympics begin Friday, February 9th in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being all in and 1 being no interest whatsoever) how interested are you in the games? Which event do you most want to see (you’ll find a list here).

Probably a solid 7-8. I watch events that I would not normally care about because I love the back stories. The games pretty much dominate our regularly scheduled viewing.

Our family has a long history of being fans of the ice skating. In the 90s we used to tape programs when the kids were small and they knew those events forward and backwards! That was the heyday of Kristy Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov, Yuka Sato, Katarina Witt,  Paul Wylie, Tara Lupinski, Michelle Kwan and Nancy Kerrigan. We are not up on the current skaters but we will enjoy watching them nonetheless!

As I said, Honey is all about the hockey. He watches the men and women, morning, noon and night. And DVR.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post. It’s a beauty from around 1993 when The Ab-Cat was around 4 and The Boy was around 2. This picture amuses me so, such a perfect snapshot of their personalities at this age! Abby was fearless and steering that dragon like it was her J.O.B.! The Boy on the other hand is looking mighty scared and not liking this new venture! At all! He grew out of it and gladly joined his sister on all the roller coasters they encountered 🙂

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by! And away we go.

From this Side of the Pond

1. What keeps you blogging?

Blogging has become my memory bank, keeping track of the days of our lives. I have been a spotty blogger the last couple of years, but when I go back and look through what I have posted, I am always so glad I took the time to write down my thoughts. I have tried to be a more intentional blogger lately, hoping I can keep it up!

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-


St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)


Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?

I do like to travel to warm places when The Mitten is inhospitable. We usually take a trip to Florida during the winter. I have not been to a single one of the places listed, but would be more than happy to visit any of them! I will pick Folly Beach, South Carolina because I read a book once that was set there.

3. What’s a song you’re embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

Hmmm, there could be so many! One of my many useless gifts is remembering words to songs from the last 45 years. I heard a song the other day that I remember thinking was very dumb when it came out in 1976, when i was 14. The station was CKLW, one of the few channels my A.M. radio received! I didn’t get a stereo until a few years later, and THEN I was able to listen to all of the fine F.M. stations that Detroit was and is known for.

The song was Muskrat Love by Captain and Tennille. Goodness, that was a dumb song, but I could probably sing along today and even add the stupid muskrat noises!

4. When you were a kid what’s something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you’re an adult you realize it’s not all that fantastic?

Staying up late!!!!! For many years I was a night owl, but that is no longer the case. And I’m ok with that.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

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6. Insert your own random thought here.

I took a screen-shot of these off The Dane’s Instagram. Look who is standing! MoonPie has been working on her skillz!  She seems mighty proud of herself!!! ❤

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On an outing with her Folks, loving her boots! We are thankful for the internet, it’s hard to be far away from your People!

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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.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Happy Thanksgiving week to you all! Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Traditionhow tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma’s, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

I don’t think we have a ton of traditions over here. We have always rotated hosting, parades and football are hit or miss, and we always say we are shooting to eat at a certain time, but no one is going to prison if we miss. We do usually have a similar menu because when you only have a meal once a year, the heart wants what the heart wants!

The only time I can recall that we ever missed a holiday was one unfortunate Thanksgiving when the kids were around 5, 8, and 10, or 7, 10, and 12, or something. The Ab-Cat came down with a vicious stomach bug and was very socially unacceptable. Considering I had spent the previous day with her and had unfortunately drank after her using the same straw, it was highly likely that I would be following down the same path. We were supposed to travel to our Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house, and it was a hard phone call explaining that we could not make it. Because we were planning to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal elsewhere, we did not have much yummy stuff at our house. The best we could manage was dinner from Boston Market, and I have to tell you that our children STILL recall that it was our WORST HOLIDAY MEAL EVER. Seriously, they still bring it up. And as far as I know,  no one has ever ate at Boston Market again.

I never did get sick but poor little Abby had a miserable day 😦  And we all missed our People and all the good food.
2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?

I will usually give things a whirl if I think there is a possibility of doing it myself, but I have ZERO problem asking for help. I am comfortable with everyone being aware that I do not know how to do everything. I think it’s a good thing. Tenacious is one thing, pig headed is another altogether.
3. Abundance…what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?

Tupperware. I think it’s multiplying, like Tribbles.
4. Namethe smallest thing you’re thankful for? the biggest?

Grace and GRACE. Our lessons in Romans this year have been hammering it home. God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Unmerited favor. Everyday grace can be small, but being forgiven a debt that I can’t repay? Huge. Biggest. Best. Priceless.

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I am eternally thankful.
5. Key…What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

A dear friend of mine lost her mother recently. She is struggling mightily with the loss, her grief, and just plain missing her beloved friend, mentor, Mother. I had the good fortune to know her Mom, and she was a treasure. She was a woman who had great sorrows in life, yet lived with joy, laughter, a grateful and positive attitude, and a high view of God. She knew who had saved her and where she was going.

One of the thoughts I’ve heard my friend attribute to her mom several times was something to this effect “you don’t have to look very far in this world to find someone who has it worse than you”. She was right. Self pity is debilitating. Perspective is everything. Gratitude needs to be acknowledged. It shifts your thoughts to what you DO have instead of what you don’t. Suddenly you see the things you are thankful to have and the things you are thankful to have been spared.

I wear a bracelet that has the saying “there is always something to be grateful for” on it. It’s true. Things can always be worse. Look for the good, God’s provision to you.

6. State your own random thought here.

Here’s another small thing I’m thankful for!! MoonPie is almost 4 1/2 months now and getting very animated!IMG-6096

Kicky, pensive, drooly, chatty, more purposeful about getting things from her hand to her mouth!

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Noises are her favorite.

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Hi sweet girl!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

MoonPie’s First Trip to The Mitten!

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Y’All, it’s been a while, but it’s been a heck of a month so far.

On Wednesday November 1, The Boy and The Dane flew in with the grandgirl for a week! It was very nice to see them! Honey and I picked them up from the airport that evening and took turns smooching the baby the rest of the evening!

On Thursday morning at BSF I started to feel…unwell. I KNOW!!!!! Could I have picked a worse time to get sick??!! Sore throat and hacking cough, Halls cough drops were my lifeline. I remained socially unacceptable for the duration, keeping my distance and coughing unproductively into my shirt. I could not possibly have imagined that I would only get to hold sweet MoonPie one time during the entire visit. I did enjoy watching her and all her new sprouts of personality!

On Friday night we served one of The Boy’s favorite meals, Thanksgiving dinner! The Grandpa and Mrs. H were present, as were Beeve, Stacey. I have to say someone manned the camera, but alas, it was not me. The pictures were sparse and there was no evidence that The Grandpa even held the little lady, BOO!

MoonPie was very good about being passed around like a football. Looks like Uncle Beeve enjoyed holding a beebee again!

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Imparting wisdom, I’m sure.

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I totally lifted this from Stacey’s Instagram. Nothing like holding a sleeping baby.

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Evidence that Mrs. H. did indeed hold the nugget!

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Goomba was unfortunately at camp when we had this gathering, so he came over upon return to get his cousin fix!

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It’s not often that he isn’t the youngest human at family gatherings!

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They lovin’.

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I think he liked her 🙂

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I spent a lot of time watching the Little Peanut, who spends most of her time looking to put things into her mouth, smiling, and just all around looking cute.

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She has gotten a lot more kicky, chatty and intentional with her hands since we last saw her in August.

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She is a regular Sphinx on her tummy!

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I really enjoyed watching her interact with her Papa! All his once familiar noises and expressions were on full recall! I think he was her favorite ❤

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They had a conference call from Washington one day and asked if it would be ok if they left her upstairs with us, Honey gamely said sure! When we visited the kids last August, Honey was happy to hold the new Little Miss, but when she fussed he said “Mamaaaaa”, and gave her to me. He could not do it this visit with me having The Plague, so it was The Papa Show until their call was finished!

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He was using all the tricks he knew to keep her happy and content. I mainly helped by making distracting noises, which she is very susceptible to. Can I just say that I loved watching Honey grandparent the same way he fathered, sweet and FUN!

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He basically did a great job and this was how they found her when they came back upstairs, sleeping on her Papa’s shoulder. Double high fives Honey!!!!!

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The Girls both had her on social media.

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The Boy gave her a first lesson in Bothering.

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Her expression shows uncertainty. Possibly fear.

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Before we knew it the week was up and they went back to Washington state, which is very far away for this Grammy who did not get to do even a smidgen of Grandmothering.

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But I sure liked watching that Little MoonPie! ❤ ❤ ❤