Category Archives: Honey

First List of Summer

Standard

Whew, had a little bit of the hectic going on the last couple of weeks. Mainly working. I told Honey that about everyone of my clients needed their hair done in a three week span! I had people stuck all over the place! Add that to all the bits and pieces and life was a little full. How about a little catch up list?

Honey is having one of those months where everything he touches breaks or is already malfunctioning. I despise these times! He already has so little extra time and having multiple things that need his immediate attention is stressful and annoying for him. I’m praying that God expands his time and gives him uncommon wisdom. Two cars are acting up, our pool has air in the lines that cause it to gurgle like the worst intestinal trouble ever, all the live long day, and worst case scenario would need lines replaced which involves breaking concrete and we do NOT want to go there!

Before any of this new stuff sprouted he was working on his dang hedge clippers that will.not.start. despite all of his vast mechanical abilities. In the meantime our bushes and hedges just grow higher and higher. There is probably more, but these are the most consuming at the moment.

The Grandpa went to Philadelphia to visit his son Larry and look what they did!!! Not too shabby for 79 years of age! Here they are in front of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. I know that because of the movie National Treasure, which I HIGHLY recommend! On a segue way, just like Job Bluth, amazing! He had a great trip!

IMG_5202

The Ab-Cat’s van is one that is needing attention, so I was dropping her off and picking her up from school on her last week before summer vacation. On the last day she asked if I wanted to come in and meet her “teachers”, the 3 teachers she goes between with her overage hours. It was wonderful to meet them and they said such kind and encouraging things about our girl! I loved walking through the halls with her and hearing the choruses of “Hi Miss Abby!!!”.

On the day I was coming into the school, she texted that I should get buzzed in, go to the office to sign in, and the ladies in there would tell me where to go.  When I arrived I said I was Abby’s mom and she was with Mrs. M. The woman said she could take me down there. When we got to the classroom the students were at gym, so only Abby and the teacher were in the room, I overheard Ab say “oh, there’s my Mom!”. The woman who had walked me from the office said “oh, you’re ABBY’S mom! I should have noticed that right away, you two look so much alike!!”. At that point I told the woman she was my favorite person of the day/ month/year for thinking that I could have been the mom of a second grader!!!!!

Jip the Farm Dog’s son Daniel Tiger plays baseball for Central Michigan University. Fire up Chips! In a very exciting turn of events he was drafted by The Colorado Rockies!!!!! Now, I am not well versed in sportal things, but even I know this is a BIG DEAL!!!! Someone created this scene for him to celebrate the news!

IMG_5200

IMG_5201

Well done Daniel Tiger!!!!! And because Mom has been there every second of the journey, well done Jip the Farm Dog!!!!!

A bunch of past and present BSFers are going to do a Priscilla Shirer study this summer at our church. It’s called Discerning the Voice of God and I am really looking forward to it. Last years Armor of God was probably the most helpful study I have ever done, and if this one is even 1/2 as good I will be thrilled!

I spoke with The Boy and The Dane on the phone the other evening and they are both WAY ready to meet their new baby girl! The Dane had been to the dr that day and not much was happening. She is officially due on June 30, but she would be happy to go earlier! Her folks are coming from Denmark for the first 3 weeks of July and I’m guessing they would rather spend 3 weeks with the baby OUTSIDE of The Dane!!!!!

I still can’t decide if I should be Grammie or Grandma. Still pondering.

Ok, enough for now, enjoy your Thursday!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Standard

Happy first day of summer! Click on the button below if you would like to link up. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you’d put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?

Going to get ice cream, making smores around the fire pit, eating dinner on the patio, going to my aunt and uncles cottage on Gun Lake, playing cards there, riding bikes, South Haven with the Caregroup gals, family swim day in our pool, dinners with friends, and BBQ!!!. We will try to get it all in!
2. Do you collect seashells when you’re at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What’s your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these ‘best beaches for hunting seashells’ have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?
Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey’s Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas

I do! We like to walk on the beach so for the last few years we have kept our eyes pealed for heart shaped shells and rocks, and other pretty shells. These are some of my finds

IMG_5011

I put these in the bathroom.
IMG_5278

I don’t remember shelling when I went to The Bahamas, but we have done some on Sanibel. I will pick Hawaii because Honey has never been and I would like for him to go.

3. At a snail’s pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which ‘shell’ phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

Probably shell out money, don’t we all? Right now we have 2 cars that need attention, a pool problem and a busted hedge trimmer. Sounds like money shelling out to me.
4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

I’m going to say cutting the grass. It’s not so much the activity I dislike, it’s more the heat and humidity makes me feel like I’m going to spontaneously COMBUST.
5. What’s something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?

On the lighter side, land lines, road maps and letters in the mail. On a sadder more serious side, the art of conversation, children playing outside, common sense, the ability to disagree with someone without screaming long names at them, humility, class, honesty, integrity, comprehending that we sometimes need to focus on what unites us instead of always focusing on what divides us.

It bothers me. A lot.
6. Insert your own random thought here.

As I mentioned above, today is the first day of summer. I know this because 26 years ago today, at 3:07 in the morning, I had our son on the first day of summer! A precious, sweet, boy who brought joy and laughter to our life.

IMG_5281

And noises and mischief!

IMG_2034

And that same Boy is due to have his own baby in 9 days! We have been writing letters and they are full of his excitement to meet his daughter. I told him his life is about to change forever.

IMG_5020

He said he already loves her so much! But like The Grinch, your heart grows three sizes more when you actually meet them!

IMG_5012

He and The Dane called yesterday because they were writing in the baby book and needed some names and dates for the family tree. For a minute I thought they were calling to tell us some news!!!! You never know!

They are so ready to meet their baby girl!

IMG_5015

I also told The Boy that the feeling you have for your baby never goes away. Even when you look at your big grown son you think the words from one of our favorite books;

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.

Happy Birthday Boy, your world is about to change, and you will never want to go back.

IMG_0260

Thanks for stopping by.

The Celebration of the Fathers 2017

Standard

Hi Guys! Hope your Fathers Day celebrations were lovely!

We had a fine time, Beeve smoked a brisket! I totally lifted this picture from SIL Stacey’s Instagram, it was a worthy hunk of meat! It required planning, timing and patience, but it was yummy and worth it!

IMG_5276

We also had some birthday carrot cake in honor of Honey, who actually was birthed the end of May.

IMG_4127

Birthdays are rarely celebrated on time around here, it is our way. But he IS loved, and I hope he knows it!!!!

IMG_4125

It was a very strange weather day, it looked like it was going to rain, then it was sunny, then it POURED for about 3 minutes just when we were going to eat on the patio, then it turned nice again, then it cooled down and the humidity lifted and on and on and on.

IMG_5269

Medium Goomba is a horsey petunia!

IMG_5266

It’s always a good day when Honey gets some horizontal time, and golf was on.

IMG_5210

Beeve and Goomba christened the 2017 pool season! That water HAD to have been cold! The solar cover had only been on for 2 days!

IMG_5211

They didn’t seem to mind!

IMG_5212

The Fathers!!!!

IMG_5239

So thankful for this guy and his love and care!

 IMG_5214

The glider was the impromptu site of the majority of our picture taking.

IMG_5219

Honey and his favorite girls!

IMG_5224

Heart, Heart, Heart!

IMG_5230 (1)

Beeve, Stacey and Goomba, ready for their close up.

IMG_5257

Goomba showing us his Dads shirt, which I have to tell you I had not noticed. Observant much Capri K?

IMG_5262

He thought it was H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S.! I love his face here!!!

IMG_5264

Silly boys.

IMG_5265

Our Dad.

IMG_5245 (1)

My one and only brother. Sibling, period.

IMG_5238

Other poses because they were all so cute and I couldn’t choose and it’s my blog.

IMG_5233

IMG_5245

IMG_5241

Happy Fathers Day to the Dads!!!!

IMG_5251

Potent Quotable-Fathers Day

Standard

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain

IMG_5005

IMG_5006

IMG_4992

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Standard

Hi Guys, it’s been a while! If you would like to join us, click on the link below to head over to Joyce’s. Glad to back with you!

From this Side of the Pond

1. The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week, Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country’s flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)

I have never been to any of those places but would be happy to go!

We have a flagpole but it is currently without a flag. We used to have a light shining on it so you could leave it up throughout the night, but electricity was severed when we had The Great Sewer Debacle and Honey has never gotten back around to restoring it. Next year perhaps when he is RETIRED!!!!

Flag Day was also notable as my Grandmother’s birthday. My Uncle Bob texted me last night to tell me she would have been 104 today, unbelievable!!! Even more unbelievable is she has been gone for almost 25 years.

IMG_5199

One of my favorite people ever.

2. Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.

A little of both. The red flags of health issues, the white flags of acceptance or resignation. This Temple Maintenance is a drag sometimes.
3. Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of person? What kind of person is that?

I certainly used to be! I rarely listen to music in the car these days,

I sometimes listen to a Chris Tomlin or Matt Redmon cd while driving to BSF, and I sometimes finish the song in the parking lot before I head in. The odd thing is I always turn it off when I get back in the car after class! I guess I have too much stuff swirling around in my brain and it needs quiet!
4. What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses? In other words, what makes a good dad? What’s an expression you associate with your father?

I think a good dad builds into his children, and there are a lot of ways to accomplish that. You can love your children a lot, but if it doesn’t manifest itself in any practical, emotional or spiritual way, I don’t think success was achieved.

I think Honey was an overachiever in this area. He has always worked a ton of hours, yet he has parented lovingly and intentionally. There have been many years when our family was the only thing extracurricular he had time for! He has fiercely loved, cared for, advocated for, made time for, and intentionally invested in their lives in creative, steady, and fun ways.

He is not a perfect man, but I think all of our children would agree that they knew his love was firm and unshakable, he was committed to helping them in all areas, he faithfully provided for their needs, was able to provide many opportunities that he was never able to experience, and he spent much time trying to instill in them a sense of fun and creativity, a strong work ethic, along with training them in the way that they should go, so that when they are old they will not depart from it. Well done Honey!!
5. What’s one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?

The only thing I can think of at the moment was our Mom would not let us have a house key in our younger years. It probably had something to do with safety or not wanting to have a ton of kids in the house if she wasn’t home, but all I can remember is sitting on the front porch waiting for her to arrive, and having to go to the bathroom!!!!!!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post!

Speaking of good Dads, here is mine with his little Furlings!

Our kids had many happy visits out to my parents lake house, and swimming with this raft probably is one their favorite memories!! It is also one of my favorite pictures because I don’t know who had more fun on it, them or my Dad!!!! I love his face here and can hear his laughing!

I just showed it to him because he spent the night so I can take him to the airport this afternoon. He agreed that it was a fine memory in his museum of recollection!

IMG_2400

All his grandkids on our side. They love him so!

IMG_4983

And pictures of Honey and his kids! In front of The White House.

 IMG_2208

At Kalahari.

IMG_2396

Playing Golf on one of our trips to Florida.

IMG_2204

And the usual rumpus that precedes a photo shoot!

IMG_2412

IMG_2411

IMG_2415

IMG_2417

Happy Fathers Day to the Dads!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ann Arbor Garden Walk Part 1

Standard

The Peanuts Champ, The Back Door Neighbor and I did something fun on Saturday, we hit up the 27th annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk! We went early because they were predicting some melting temps.

IMG_3222

Love that succulent.

IMG_4042

The first house had all these beautiful rock walls! The terrain in Ann Arbor seems to be somewhat steep. Probably not everywhere, but certainly most of the homes on the garden walk! Possibly to show the creativity of the gardeners! This house was steep in the front, hence the rock walls.

IMG_4031

Loved these steps!

IMG_4021

Children or perhaps grandchildren names woven into the grout, plus faithful pooch-i-doo’s paw prints.

IMG_4022

We have decided that we all have the boring kind of hosta and would like to branch out with these giant beauties!

IMG_4023

I have a few shepherd hooks that I don’t want to hang a pot on, it never occurred to me to hang something else!

IMG_4024

When I was walking with Mrs. Schmenkman on her favorite path last month, there was a pretty little tree that I just loved, some sort of variegated pink beech. This house had a huge glorious one! Heart emoji!!

IMG_4028

I love how they used this small sedum in this small space.

IMG_4029

I took several pictures of the second house because it had an awesome front porch and The Ab-Cat does love a good front porch!

IMG_4053 

The owner said it was a great place to watch a rain storm!

IMG_4034

So FUN!

IMG_4035

I am also a fan of a stone pathway.

IMG_4036

This picture was for Honey, an add on with a granite top for your BBQ-ing needs. A possible option on his post retirement list of things to do!

IMG_4037

This house also had a screened in back porch, additionally delightful!

IMG_4038

Don’t mind me, just being NOSEY!

IMG_4040

And a swell patio. Lots of room to visit at this house!

IMG_4039

This house had a definitely challenging, sloping backyard.

IMG_4045

Heart this!

IMG_4047

Their yard abruptly ended here, backing up to a cemetery. Very quiet neighbors out back!

IMG_4049

They made good use of their space, very lush and green.

IMG_4051

Purty pot.

IMG_4052

This house did not slope.

IMG_4055

Another nice porch for Ab.

IMG_4057

We noticed several interesting things about this home. I am guessing these stones helped with a drainage situation. I like this because we also have a drainage situation in our back. I can copy like a BOSS!

IMG_4059

They had a small back deck,

IMG_4061

surrounded by this pretty scene.

IMG_4062

And then a much lesser slope down to this pretty patio.

IMG_4063

I took this picture to send to my SIL Karen who sells succulents. A bowlful of pretty!

IMG_4065

They had considerable shade so their fancy hosta were very content.

IMG_4064

Still content.

IMG_4067

This was along the side of the house next to the driveway. I actually have one of these pots, given to me by my friend Teri. I could use it as a herb pot!!!!! How cute is that??!

IMG_4068

This was a great idea. Cute little decorative area.

IMG_4069

Hiding the dumb hose on the other side!!! Pretty meets function, my favorite! This house was number one for me in the idea department.

IMG_4071

The Peanuts Champ pointed this out to us. It never fails, people work their tails off to have a beautiful yard and garden and the neighbors still have a Halloween decoration out!!! Good for a laugh!

IMG_4073

That’s it for part one, tune in tomorrow!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Standard

Hi Guys, it’s been a looooong time! Life got a little hectic there, but it has all smoothed out now and I am ready to rejoin the Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you would like to link up, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s, she will be glad to have you!

From this Side of the Pond

1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm…
Are you a pack rat? Even if you’re not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what’s yours.

I think there are degrees of pack rat-ism, and unless you are a hard core, black belt packer I think it could probably be classified as a quirk. I guess there is a skill to hiding your tendencies.

I guess I fall into the category of quasi-pack rat. It’s really more that I am sentimental and keep things for that reason. I am a keeper of personal correspondence, pictures, and special things belonging to our children, that I have saved for grandchildren. No one would ever really see these things.

We have lived in our current house for almost 20 years and we have quite a collection of furniture, household items, toys, books for bigs and littles, plus we are currently a holding tank for our grown children. They all have some things set aside that they want to take with them at some future time. We feel like we want to purge, but we have held onto it for this long, we may as well keep it a while longer until the girls move out and The Boy collects his stuff that he didn’t take when he moved out to Washington state last summer. We DO need to get down in our basement and take stock, I’m sure there is a lot we could do without. Maybe when Honey retires next year. Put it on the list.
2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don’t?

I should know how to access new comments on my blog. They have changed the format on WordPress and I can’t figure it out! I can only get there when I get an email notifying me to approve a new comment. I have to say that I hate it when they change things like that, I know that is a strong word, but it is accurate. Their effort to make things more “user friendly” is rarely a help to me! Continuing on the blog topic, I should also be able to figure out how to upload a picture and have it go where I want it to go. Clearly this is asking too much.

There are a lot of things I should know how to do on the ipad, but I just muddle through until someone shows me an easier way.
3. Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.

Unfortunately I do. It was very apparent when I did the Whole 30 diet in March. They acted like the cravings would be gone after 30 days, but I am here to tell you that they did not.

I use Truvia in my tea these days, and have had pretty good success baking with it.

Dessert is not a given when dining out. It’s more of a special occasion thing. I need to return to the one indulgence a week mindset I sported a couple summers ago. I really had to think about what I wanted. It was a good exercise.
4. What’s a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can’t imagine living without?

The iphone. Except for my Dad and one gal I know, Honey and I were the last people we knew to jump on the fancy phone band wagon! I was not, nor am I, super attached to my cell phone. Lots of time it’s in my purse and I can’t even hear it. BUT, I am very glad to finally have one, mainly for the camera, texts, directions, and the ability to check Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram if I am stuck waiting!

How else could I find out important news from Mousey on Snapchat?
IMG_4719

Or text Jip the Farm Dog my most recent purchases from our favorite flower place?

IMG_4712

Everyone needed to see this sparkling beauty of Mia’s misery on her trip to the vet.

IMG_4718

Or sleeping Sy. A good percentage of my photos are Sy related.

FullSizeRender (96)

Or our sweet Girlies!

IMG_4685 (1)

See? Couldn’t live without it!

5. What’s a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.

I heard Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper the other day and it reminded me of a pre marriage road trip to Florida with my old friend Suzie! We heard a lot of Ms Lauper and The Heart of Rock and Roll and I Want a New Drug by Huey Lewis and the News travelling down I75 on that vacation!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

My Mother has been in her heavenly home for 7 years now but she was deeply loved here and fondly remembered last weekend as we celebrated the mothers in our life.

IMG_4847

We had a very nice Mothers Day weekend! The Ab-Cat took us to Longhorn’s for dinner on Saturday night.

IMG_4725

And then Honey took us to our favorite, Chip and Dip after church on Sunday. I told the girls I wanted a picture, and even though there was groaning, they humored me.

IMG_5048

Thanks for stopping by!