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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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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.

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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!

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

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

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At Kalahari.

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Playing Golf on one of our trips to Florida.

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And the usual rumpus that precedes a photo shoot!

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Happy Fathers Day to the Dads!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

New Girl in Town

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The Boy’s good friend Elyk is a DADDY!!!

Just before I left for Virginia he and his wife, Pug Mama, went into the hospital to coerce their little girl to come out, after her threatening to make an early appearance for a couple months! It was a long day and night, but she finally made her grand entrance on May 23, a 6 pound 15 ounce little peanut with a full head of dark hair, just like her Daddy!

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She was precious at our hospital visit, a perfect little angel baby.

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Of course the girls and I passed her around like a football getting our baby fix!

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She was a little smaller than Mousey was, so hard to believe they are that little right out of the hatch!

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Welcome baby girl, you are loved!

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Congratulations Elyk and Pug Mama, well done!

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It was good practice for our own little granddaughter, expected at the end of the month!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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

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

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

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Or our sweet Girlies!

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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.

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

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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.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Catching Up

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Spring is shaping up nicely in The Mitten. Honey and I actually got out there one day last week and did some yard work, weeding, cutting back grasses and such. Mousey helped me empty our shed of chairs, wind chimes and the pretty shelves and other things that help us enjoy our patio. I was sitting on the front porch yesterday afternoon with the elder felines and young catten and decided that this week needs to be the first grass cutting.

But, I got ahead of myself, we need to go back to Easter weekend. We took a trip over the Ambassador Bridge to see The Canadians! They have been here, but it had been far too long since we had visited the land of Honey’s people!

Queeny B and Paisley!

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Paisley with her big brother Burke!

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Then Turtle, Kim and sons! Parker and Spencer are adorable!

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Finally Krazy Kenny, Honey’s sister Nanny Rachel, and Burke again. We need to do it again soon, those kids are SPROUTING too quick!!!!!

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Our Easter Girlies. I am not sure what animals they are, but I love it!

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We spent Easter Sunday at church and then joined The Grandpa, Beeve, Stacey and Goomba for lunch at a mediterranean restaurant, in a nod to our Savior’s place of origin.

I am hosting the Sharing Day fellowship for BSF admin and children’s leaders again this year. I have set a goal to have my flowers planted and arranged attractively in their places. It will either turn out great or cause me great angst. To help me get a jump on my plan, Jip the Farm Dog and I are heading out to the Favorite Flower Place on Thursday after BSF. She is, of course, buying flowers for her own yard. For some reason we have a great fondness for buying way too many flats and pots and then have to perform something like garden Jenga to get them all in the vehicle. We evidently like a challenge and take great pride in recalling our past successes!

Have a pleasant Monday.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Happy April! Click on the button below if you would like to link up. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. April is Lawn and Garden Month. On a scale of 1-10 what’s the current state of your lawn and/or garden. (10=a showpiece, 1=send in the professionals). Tell us about any lawn or garden plans you have for this month.

Well, it’s a little early to be working in the garden up here in The Mitten. The backyard is still closed up for winter, pots covered, debris to be cleared, furniture in the shed. Heck, Honey’s snow plowing sticks are still in the ground and their services could still be needed! I’m going to say a solid 5, we are no further ahead or behind than usual, just dormant.

We have had a few nice days that caused the day lillies to poke their heads up for a looksee, but that’s about it. Once it looks like spring has sprung, the first thing we usually do is get the chairs and patio pretties out of the shed and start cleaning up the beds, cutting stuff back and distributing the pots back to their homes.

I do need to get on the stick and get my hyacinth bean seeds planted in the house so they can be ready to plant in the ground. They need to have a good head start so they can climb the trellis and have a party at the top! That’s my big plans.
2. “Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.”~Thomas Fuller What does this quote mean to you?This could be love, laughter, friendship and memories. Not sown in dirt the traditional way, but beautiful, lovingly cared for, and treasured all the same. All grown in the garden of life.
3. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?

Creator.

I don’t understand how anyone could think that all the amazing, beautiful, intricate things in our world could have just evolved out of nothing. The human body, our universe and its delicate balance, a mind complicated enough to build a computer, watch, or rocket ship and solve intricate problems. There has to be a Creator.
4. If we were chatting in person, how would I know if you were nervous?

I don’t think you would know unless I told you, I have a pretty good poker face 🙂
5. Do you like the color yellow? Would I find any in your home or wardrobe? Daffodils, tulips, roses, sunflowers, day lily, black eyed susan…which yellow bloom on this list is your favorite?

I like the color yellow, just not on my person. None is represented in my wardrobe or our home, but I love, love, LOVE it in the garden! I have many yellow day lillies and black eyed Susan’s, and have a special place in my heart for the sunflower because it was our oldest daughter’s favorite for many years.

My favorites lately are the cheerfully reliable zinnias!

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And happy million bells. They add so much.

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6. Flip flops or bare feet?

Bare feet or sandals. My flip flop days are long gone, plus that slapping sound annoys me.
7. Tell us about any Easter plans, celebrations, or traditions you’ll carry out this month.

For so many years we were on vacation at Easter, it has only been the last couple of years that we have even been home. I find myself at loose ends and very out of practice! The only things set in stone are we will go to church and we will eat….something! Another tradition would be Easter baskets, I still do that for the girls.

We are studying John this year at BSF and we are almost to the crucifixion. I want to always remember what the Lord suffered so that I could have my sins forgiven and be made righteous. He sacrificed himself so that I could believe in Him and have my sins covered by His blood, and receive the blessing of His Holy Spirit to guide, teach, and refine me.

John 14:25-27

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His death and resurrection prove He has power over the grave and is fully capable of offering forgiveness, salvation, the Holy Spirit and the promise of eternal life with Him in heaven. That is something to celebrate!!!!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is some Way Back When-sday from 2000, SEVENTEEN years ago!!!!! We were in Florida for Easter break. This is when we used to take the kids out of school for an additional week to have a nice long vacation! We are at Islands of Adventure here.

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Eleven year old Ab-Cat, nine year old Boy and six year old Mousey.

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We spent quite a bit of time at Seuss Landing!

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Back at the pool, their happy place!

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Thanks for stopping by, Happy Easter!

Tale End of Vacation-Part 3

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The Boy and The Dane were supposed to leave on Saturday morning, but there was some kind of weather event going on out west and their flight kept getting delayed. While at breakfast The Dane alerted us that all the changes were going to cause them to miss their connecting flight, so the nice employee at Southwest said that spending the night in some airport was too much of a hardship and booked them on another flight the next morning. Thank you for flying Southwest!

FREE DAY!!!!!!!!!!

There was some Bothering at that same breakfast. He learned from The Master. his father.

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That hair. I have no words.

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They lovin’.

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Love this picture of me and my girl baby!

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The middle seat sharers.

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The Boy had this idea that we should draw each other whilst not looking down. It is way harder than it sounds and produced some hilarious pictures! I think this was his drawing of Mousey. Never has our girl looked worse! He dyin’! This happened twice and produced many laughs!

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Mousey offered a family portrait. I love this so bad! I think she was struggling with the humidity there.

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Sibling selfie. Or two-sy, them-my.. I never know what they are called.

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The Ab-Cat wanted to try a Cubano, so Honey did some research and found a joint that was in the top 10 of Ft Myers. Cross another thing off her bucket list, she is on fire!!! I’m sorry but I can’t remember the name of the place. I think it was near-ish to the airport.

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By the second Tuesday all of the offspring had returned to their place of origin and it was just me and my boyfriend. He continued the catching and releasing.

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We also did a large amount of visiting model homes and met with a realtor one day to view some some existing homes in a community we have had our eye on. We are not sure exactly what we want, but we are expanding our list of what we don’t. So….progress.

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We enjoyed eating, as we always do. I think we had ice cream pretty much every day. And twice one day because The Dane had a …..need.

We always love vacationing in Florida, loved spending some time with Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis, and were so happy all of the kids made it down at one time or another! A good trip!

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And it got even better for Honey on the way home! It has always been his desire to get “bumped” from a flight! Unfortunately, the only times it was offered, there were reasons he could not accept. It was his lucky day!!!

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His joy was almost made complete when there was talk of another “bump” at the Indianapolis airport! That one would involve them putting us up in a hotel overnight. I was a little apprehensive, but agreed. It didn’t actually happen and I would be lying if I didn’t confess I was a little relieved. I had no clothes, makeup or even a hairbrush! Honey could have cared less about all that, but I would have felt…. disheveled! In the future, I will be more mindful of my packing on the trip home!

There you have it, our 2017 Spring Vacation, it’s a wrap! Thanks for taking me Honey!!!

Doing Some Things-Vacation Part 2

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The house we rented had several things to do, a pool table, warm swimming pool, dock for sunning and fitchin’, places to read and play games, close walking proximity to the beach and the Cape Coral Pier. We managed.

The Boy, The Dane and I played several games of Bananagrams. I totally cheated and worked this one!

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With everyone coming and going, we only had one full day when everyone was there. We arranged to head across the state to visit with my Girl Cousin Lindsay and her husband Rob B.,also known as Team Levine! They added a new member to their team in November and everyone wanted to get their hands on the beebee!

Mousey with their new little one, another Girl Cousin! I think I am going to need to be around her again to be able to give her a blog name. She has her own name, but it’s probably not my business to put it out there for the whole wide internet! We will call her BeeBee for this post.

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Ab-Cat and the little PINK princess! She already has several tutus.

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Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis were there too, and they made a yummy lunch for us all!

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Finally got my mitts on her!

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We passed her around like a football and she was an Angel Baby!

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Aunt Phyllis and her FIRST grandbaby!

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Girl Cousin Lindsay is so enjoying being a mama!

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One can already sense that Rob B. is completely wrapped around her finger!

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Welcome to the family Little One!

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The new and expanded, Team Levine!

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