Category Archives: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Glad you stopped by! A big thank you to Joyce for gathering us together and giving us things to talk about.

1. March is National Women’s History Month. In that vein, who are three women who’ve been influential in your life? How so?

I have had the blessing of many influential women in my life but I think I will say my Mother, her mother, my Grandma Georgia, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I think I have always been aware that I was influenced by my Mom, but I realize it even more the older I get. She has been gone for 6 years now but I still hear her in my mind. I remember her wisdom, advice and perseverance when life life is hard. I would dearly love to be able to talk with her and get her perspective again. I guess I would say she taught me how to be.

My Grandma Georgia was a real treasure. She was kind, loving, no respecter of persons, a prayer warrior and a super fun gal! She also knew a thing or twenty about persevering when life was difficult. I guess I come from women who could live with joy in the unexpected trials of life.

Even though I didn’t know Laura, I felt like I did! She influenced my love of reading and gave me a look into how life was very different not so long ago. I loved reading about her adventures, her simple love and loyalty for her family, how they did things in her lifetime and even their  hardships and disappointments were presented as something one could overcome. I was a better person for knowing her. 

2. In what ways do you think women have it easier than men?

Strictly speaking for myself, I have it easier than Honey because I can’t fix things like he can. He has had to take care of some pretty hard/ nasty/ complicated problems. And for that I am very thankful!!!!!!

3. What do you need most right now: faith, love, hope, or peace?

This Presidential election has me feeling a little hopeless and anything but peaceful. I’ll have some hope and peace please.

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4. Do you have a collection? If so, what do you collect and why?

Not in the usual sense, but I do look for shells and rocks that are heart shaped. It started many years ago when one of the kids gave me a little heart shaped rock they had found., I kept it on my ring holder. So I guess I have a little collection going there!

5. Plaids, checks, polka dots, stripes…your favorite?

I guess polka dots would be my fave but I don’t wear them much. They seem happy, don’t you think?

I do seem to have some stripes as well, see picture above.

6. In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?

I still love the kitties, just like I always did! Still love to be caught up reading a good book, listening to the musical soundtrack of my youth, and I continue to have a soft spot for the Star Trek franchise.

7. You’re a contestant on the TV game show Jeopardy. What category will you ace? 

Well,  I am pretty unbeatable playing the pink entertainment category on Trivia Crack.  I am a fountain of useless information. I would do pretty well in a Beatle’s category as well.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Let’s go Way Back to the late 1980s to see my influential Mom and Grandma! It looks like they are heading off to church, it could possibly be Easter Sunday, in Englewood Florida.

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I love these ladies, they are my People. I like to imagine they are probably gardening together in heaven for their Lord.

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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1.  Speaking of skating…when did you last ‘skate on thin ice’, ‘skate over the details’, ‘encounter a cheapskate’, or just plain skate?

I could not tell you the last time I ice skated!  It would be a pretty dangerous proposition for me at this age, I fall a LOT harder than I used to!

I was evidently skating on thin ice last week when my cars battery died after I arrived at my Bible study. Ignorance was bliss!

2. What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?

There are so many! Weight, menopause, eyesight, health, energy, poor sleep and MEMORY! Let’s say energy because if I had that I might be more equipped to handle some of the others.

3. What’s your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?

I am going to say my silver Capri bell that I wear every day on a necklace. It was given to me by my friend The Oreo Mom when she and her husband traveled to Capri Italy several years ago.

She knew that I run with a group of gals and we call ourselves The Capri’s. They are all related by blood or marriage, sisters Capri L, who is also known as Mrs. Schmenkman, Capri P, and Capri Laurie and  their sister in laws Capri D and Capri A. They graciously have allowed me to crash their family party because I have my own blood and marriage!

They are also jealous of my Capri stuff. My Aunt Phyllis gave me this Capri tote bag.

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And here is the little bell from Deb The Oreo Mom! I love nifty necklaces on others but I am not a fan of them on myself. I pretty much wear this everyday, along with my wedding ring and watch and a nifty bracelet. I feel very comfortable in my favorite accessory! I think the other Capri’s may be a tad jealous of my Capri-wear!

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4. January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day. Are you a lover of cheese? What’s your favorite dish made with cheese? Last thing you ate that contained some kind of cheese?

I AM a lover of cheese! Lots of kinds too! Grilled chicken on a fatoosh with feta, Tuna melt, patty melt, Honey’s spaghetti sauce with Parmesan, cream cheese on an Asiago bagel, sharp cheddar on crackers, Honey’s mac and cheese, and many more yummy things! The last cheese I had was on my burger last night at Birthday Club.

5. What’s something guaranteed to make you roll your eyes?

Another one with multiple answers. I roll my eyes when people whine about their extreme busyness, without taking responsibility for the fact that they are the ones cramming their schedule. There are seasons of life that are naturally busy but a lot of the issue is poor planning and an inability to be reasonable. Who is in control of you? Sometimes you need to say no thank you.

6. Your favorite book series?

I am going to have to go with the Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House series. I have read that series so many times, as a child and several times with my own children or by myself. I heart them so. I hope little girls and boys are still reading them, I know they meant a great deal to me. It was wonderful to have a glimpse of life in another era.

7. Why did you choose your profession?

I don’t think it was a lifelong dream to be a hairdresser but the skill surfaced in my teens. I always liked to do my own, and often others hair. My poor brother was a total guinea pig in so many areas!

I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted to pursue, so after working full time at other things for several years I decided to give it a whirl.  It has been a good job for me. Except for the couple times, when our kids were having severe health issues, I have always worked, some years more than others. It was very flexible/ working from home,  so I could schedule dr appointments, therapy, school volunteering and field trips and Bible studies around all of the beautification! 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Here I am with my brother Beeve in 1969! We had a couple of sweeeeeet rides!

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A List and The Weekly Sy

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Hi Y’All. It was not my intention to have a blob break but I guess that is what I did. I was just texting Heifer Lynn this morning and she asked about it. I responded that i have yet to get into the swing of things since my life picked up this fall. I usually post in the morning and if I don’t get my act together to write ahead of time, no post magically appears.

If I am being honest, I was also in a bit of a funk. My usual October funk. This year was the 20th marking of the day of the car accident that resulted in Abby’s spinal cord injury. I don’t discount that I will talk about it in the future but I couldn’t get my thoughts gathered the way I wanted to. I had an entire post written that I deleted because it came off as… not what I was trying to say. Maybe another time.

It was a beautimous fall week for walking up here in The Mitten!!!!! GLORIOUS! Keelyody and I just kept pointing and saying “look at that one!”.

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Speaking of outdoors, Honey, Mousey and I got a massive jump start on the outside work last Thursday before we headed down to Iowa! Mousey and I emptied all of the pots, moved them to their winter homes, took all the moveable stuff to the shed, cut back the day lillies and hauled MONSTROUSLY heavy loads of plant life in varying shades of life or death back to the field.

I felt a little like the Ingalls family preparing for winter. Without the urgent need to chop tons of firewood so we wouldn’t freeze to death, or gather all of the food we would need to have for the coming winter or else we would DIE of starvation. But you know, sorta kinda.

Except for cutting the grass today and the ONE LEAF RAKING a year we give Honey as an act of love, I should be done out there!!!! Hallelujah and thank you Lord!

I have a confession to make. I did something I don’t think I have ever done before. I put some groceries from Sam’s in the keep cold bag and I forgot about them!!!!!  I discovered them a few days later and was mortified! A package of salami, a container of fresh mushrooms and a pint of half and half. I may as well have lit $20 on fire and watched it burn. I guess it could have been worse. It can always be worse.

I GOT MY HAIRS CUT!!!!!!! Always a welcome thing. Does my top look familiar Schmenky?

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I have a new favorite nail polish color. Got the Blues For Red from OPI. Not my hand below.

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Mousey boarded a Greyhound to Chicago for the weekend. She is spending time with The Boy and The Dane, evidently shopping and drinking coffee. I snagged this off of her instagram.

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I was texting her last night and sent her this picture of her cat, Lucy, looking like a complete CRAB. As she does. Goiter kitty.Her heart is full of hate.

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I then moved on to Sy who is getting cuddlier as the weather grows colder. So I guess he is just a blanket groupie..

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He slept between me and The Ab-Cat all night long on a down throw while I watched HGTV and saw people buying log houses, with fire places, where he would have been coozied up like a heat seeking missile.

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And then he got spicy and tried to bite my feet as they were trying to warm themselves beneath him. Some people!

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If he was the Boss of the World he would be The Heat Miser. From The Year Without A Santa Claus? I bet there is thunderous silence on that reference! It’s not a huge favorite like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer or Santa Claus is Coming to Town, which were pure deliciousness in my book.

The Heat Miser.

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His brother The Snow Miser.

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Fabulous, I know.

Trying to jog your memory here.

Anyway, if The Snow Miser was in charge, Sy would be ok as long as he had his people and fluffy blankets around. We like him better this way too, he is WAY more loving.

Have a good weekend!

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Should be required reading in all schools. Number 1 because it’s so good, and number 2 because after reading it we should NEVER EVER complain about our winter again. #everythingineedtoknowilearnedfromtheingalls #mouseywouldhavedied

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I sent this to Mrs. Schmenkman earlier this week because she has oodles of kitties. I then realized that this applies to me as well. #perspective #felinepride

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The only kind I am interested in seeing. #mynearfuture

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This looks SO yummy. Supposed to be dieting over here. #lovetheoneyourewith

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Michigan this week. It bears asking. #why? #-20

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In honor of the Saturday Night Live 40th year anniversary, I MUST SAY!!!!!! #edgrimleyforever

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Where I am. #puremichigan  #devilsicebox

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Where we are going. Ahhhhhhhh. #beachbliss #vacation #honeygetsoutofdodge

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Maybe what I will do there! #getmycrafton #rocklivesmatter

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Have a pin-worthy day!

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Y’All, it is –10 degrees out there.

Not whining, just an information update. Mousey will do the actual whining.

I told her she is dangerously close to being labeled a complainer. But, she is cute, so we will change that to Grumble Bunny.

Our BSF lesson this week was about complaining. God doesn’t like it. I think we all know that, but it was a good reminder.

Complaining can be contagious. I think we all know that too.

I complain on occasion. I think we all know that.

So the moral of the story? Don’t be a Grumble Bunny.

I keep telling myself that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived through a worse winter than this.

I got new glasses. I don’t like them. It is my way.

Mousey and Ab-Cat did too. Mousey is enjoying seeing for the first time in five years. Vanity, thy name is Mouselina.

She is also trying contacts. They are not going quite as well. At first they really bothered her eyes. The next pair are WAY more comfortable, but she unfortunately cannot see out of one eye. As you can imagine, there has been some back and forth to the eye doctor.

The Ab-Cat has also been back and forth with the fit of her glasses and her darling new sunglasses. What is wrong with us?

I downloaded BooMama’s A Little Salty To Cut The Sweet and BigMama’s The Antelope In My Living Room for ZERO American dollars on my Kindle last week!!!!! Happy Valentines Day to ME!

I just looked and it’s not available anymore 😦   I am so sorry I did not let you know sooner.

Because it is negative degrees outside, that means I have multiple errands to run today, that’s how I roll.

But Honey, my friend CMB and our cats will thank me, so there’s that incentive.

Also my back.

Did I mention I have a new chiropractor? I like him a lot. He has helped my neck and headaches a whole bunch. He is now working on this hurty shoulder attached to the chicken wing, rib cage, bra strap area. He calls it something about the rotator, rib tip something or other. I had this problem once before and it took a sweet forever to go away on its own.

Y’All, he is about KILLING me but I have to admit it is feeling some better. I have to go see him again today before he leaves for vacation so he can mangle me again.

I had to pick a new picture for my avatar on the new blob. I chose this one.

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Unfortunately, I had to crop my brother Beeve out of it, but I will show you guys the whole thing. I like his face.

Ok, gotta git. Enjoy your day!

Mitten in the Snow

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Y’All, we are socked in up here in The Mitten. Honey said he just read we had over 16 inches out at the airport. They cancelled schools last night, which was right nice of them to let everyone know so early!

We watched the Superbowl with The Peanuts Champ and according to the complicated betting chart, three out of 4 were happy the Patriots won.

Abby said she was for the Seahawks, but I think she really only picked them because no one else did and she felt sorry for them. Anyway, there were no tears shed when they lost.

I did not bet, I’m only here for the food.

Anyone know what movie that is from? Come on Oklahoma Tammy, you may be my only hope!

Which sounds a lot like “help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope”, and if you don’t know what movie that is from you are barely an American. Or a resident of EARTH!

We made personal pizzas, had some yummy Mexican dip, salsa, grapes, Chicago popcorn, and ice cream sundaes. Oh, and doughnuts, Honey brought home the sin in a box from Tasty Boy. We were stuffed.

On one of the shoveling expeditions I took Seymour outside. Snow he no likey. His tail poofed to raccoon size.

Really spellcheck? Poofed is not a word? Go on with your bad self.

If we have poof and poofy, how can we not have poofed? Oh, we do not have poofy I guess. I beg to differ.

I have both poofed and poofy in my vocabulary, how about you?

Honey has plowed for the fourth and last time. It’s clear and sunny today and rather pretty.

I don’t imagine I will venture out. I have no needs, we have plenty of butter and cream and we have no cows to milk. Poor Pa Ingalls, even in the blizzards he had work to do.

Have a good second day of February!