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A List!


Now that the vacation memories have been posted I feel like I have odds and ends to share. Smells like a list to me.

It was evidently beautiful and warm in The Mitten while we were in Florida. It has only been cold, snowy and rainy since our return. There has been sunshine, but it has been nippy. I have observed a lot of chirpy, happy, spring is coming type posts on Facebook, but I have lived in Michigan long enough to know that the spring date is merely a suggestion.

I have been doing a little shredding for Honey. He has rigged up a contraption to make the job easier.


We have already filled up one whole bag with stuff from the late 80s and 90s! I have been shredding a lot of returned checks, remember when they returned them? Because I can only do 2 or 3 at a time I find myself looking at who they were made out to, and that has been rather interesting! And sad. I have come across a lot made out to my Mom and to our friend Michelle, who passed away last fall. She was a Creative Memories consultant and I made good use of her services. There are also lots of checks to the kids school and Scholastic for book orders, and about a gajillion to Meijer and Target. A little snapshot of our life. I also shredded a lot of financial papers and was reminded that Honey started putting away money for savings and the kids education from the start! I am so thankful for Honey and his skills!


In our study of John at BSF we have been learning more about The Holy Spirit. I love learning about this. The Holy Spirit and His conviction is one of the things I am most thankful for in life. I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was a young girl and spent the next 20 or so years having doubts I did it “right”. As I intentionally started walking with the Lord, I realized that the still, small voice that I heard and felt was guiding me in life and causing me to recognize when I was not doing the right thing. It gave me such assurance! I know the enemy is not convicting me of my failings to bring me to repentance and restoration, he only wants me to suffer from guilt and condemnation. I know the enemy does not give me true direction and joy, he only lives to create disaster, dissention and division.


I am God’s child!!! This is how I can be sure! The enemy is NOT testifying with my spirit that I belong to God, I’ll tell you that!

We are in the dog days of winter and I find I have no gumption to do much of anything. I am ‘in a relationship’ with Netflix. I seem to be slightly obsessed with watching Bones and The Great British Bakeoff. I know, what a combination.

Bones reminds me somewhat of my previous obsession with CSI Miami. Mindlessly watching others figure out crimes and cleverly solving murders. It has its place.

The Great British Bakeoff is an education of a different sort! Probably not the best thing to be watching in my current state of dietary incarceration (more about that tomorrow!)

These are the hosts, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. I love listening to them talk about food, it’s almost hypnotic! They use words I don’t know, the contestants cook things I have never heard of, and yet I am oddly fascinated.


The contestants are usually darling and so sweet and generally helpful to each other. One of my favorite things at the moment.

Ok, I need to scoot, be back tomorrow with the diet post.

Schnibbles of Stuff, Wishing I Had Some Emojis!


Hi Guys. I am feeling better after Honey so graciously shared his cold with me. All congestion was in the head, but now both nostrils are open and breathing with my mouth closed has resumed. Came down with it on Thursday evening, so it was pretty quick actually. Trenda, a friend from BSF, told me to take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it!) mixed with a little water, it was nasty, but if it cut the sickness down by some days it was worth it! I couldn’t taste much anyway! One eye open, other closed, tongue out emoji!!!

I have had a very needy young catten on my lap all morning. What up Sy?


I keep gently placing him down on comfy blankets and couches, and before I know it he is back on my lap. Smiling emoji!!!

In early January, before school and work and BSF started back up, I had lunch with these fine gals! CMB, Jip the Farm Dog and Heifer Lynn! Always good to get caught up on each others lives and laugh a little!  Cat with star eyes emoji!!!!!

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Oh yes it is!

My Bible study this morning was cancelled because of ice. I guess a lot of school districts around us are closed. Not ours mind you. It’s amazing how fast I fell out of paying attention to school closings now that I no longer have children attending! BUT! I guess The Ab-Cat IS once again a participating member of our district!!!!! So I guess I need to change my previous statement! Heart emoji!!!

Honey and I binge watched a couple things over the holidays. First was Stranger Things, which we polished off in a day! The second took a lot longer. Man in the High Castle had 2 seasons, so we watched quite a bit on New Years Eve and Day and have watched it here and there in the weeks since. It is based on the idea that the Germans and Japanese won WW2 and share occupation of America. We finally finished season 2 and I saw that it was approved for a third. I wondered when that might be, since we are now invested in the lives of Juliana, Joe, Frank and Ed, Obergruppenführer Smith and the Trade Minister. In my looking I found out the second season was only released in December of 2016!!! We are going to have to wait a looooooong time!!! Crying emoji!!!!

See you tomorrow. Fingers making an OK emoji!!!

First Wednesday Hodgepodge of the New Year!!


Happy New Year! We are back for another year of Hodge Podging! Many thanks to our leader Joyce, who gives us the questions and the place to gather!!! Onward HO!

1. Share one favorite moment/memory from your Christmas holiday.

Since The Boy and The Dane were with us at Thanksgiving, they remained in Washington state for Christmas. One of my favorite moments of the holiday was when they Facetimed us on Christmas Eve and we shared our traditional 2 things we are thankful for and 1 thing we hope for, together. Even though they were far away, it seemed like they were closer. I have another thing to add to my thankful list; technology.

2. What was the best thing you ate over the holidays? Was it homemade or store bought? If it was homemade did you make it?

Hmmmm, we had a LOT of good food over the holidays, this is too hard! We went to a Japanese steakhouse on Christmas Eve and that was super yummy. Our non traditional dinner of steak, Honey’s mac and cheese, garlic mushrooms and fatoosh salad were also delish! I made a stellar batch of peanut butter fudge that I supremely enjoyed. Then there were the Payday bars that I made for the birthday party of our friends that we ate our weight in. Most everything was homemade. That is almost always better, in my opinion!

3. What was one of the most beautiful things you saw over the holidays?

Drawing a complete blank here and that seems just sad! We didn’t go anywhere and see anything, and that seems like it would be the most probable answer. I guess I will say the faces of my People, which sounds cheesy, but I love them and they are beautiful to me.

4. What does fresh start mean to you?

A decision to change course, try something new, gather the gumption to recognize you want different. I feel this urge several times a year; at the start of the school year and now. Not big things mind you, usually just small realignments 🙂

I had this on Facebook and I quite like it. I have intentions of being a better blogger, so it literally applies.

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5. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being very positive and 1 being not so great) how would you rate 2016 in terms of personal achievement and well being? Explain.

A solid 5. Which seems to have been my life for a few years now. I don’t know if this is middle age, menopause or my own personal funk, but I feel a little like a place holder. Maintaining, but not moving. On pause. Maybe it is because of Honey’s impending retirement and the uncertainty surrounding future plans. Life is still good, just…..waiting.

6. Every January 1st since 1976 Lake Superior University has published a list of words they’d like to see banished from the Queen’s English. Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse, or just general uselessness. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen or, if you’re like me, to find out what in the world the word or phrase even means or the context in which it’s used. There were quite a few on this year’s list I’d never heard before.
Here’s the 2017 list of banished words-
You, Sir-focus-Bete Noire-Town Hall Meeting-Post Truth-guesstimate-831-historic-manicured-echo chamber-on fleek-bigly-ghost-Dadbod-listicle-get your dander up-selfie drone-frankenfruit-disruption

Which word on the list would you most like to see banished in 2017? What word or phrase would you add to the list?

This question every year reminds me how out of touch I am with pop culture! Some of those words seem normal to me! I have heard “on fleek” from Mousey. She learned it from the high schoolers at work, one of them said her eyebrows were on fleek! Bigly is a dumb word, let’s ban that.

There are so many words I could live my life without ever hearing again. Let’s say “safe space” on a college campus, in word and location.

7. Large or small, light or deep, share with us one goal you have for the new year.

I haven’t decided how I will implement it, but I would like to devote less time to the ipad in 2017. It’s a real time sucker. I am not one to ban something because it’s really more of a self control thing. The places I visit are not bad, each has their place, but I guess I need to set some limits for myself. Hopefully it will leave me more time for blogging and reading, two other goals.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Honey had some time off during the holidays and we spent a goodish amount of it emptying our DVR, watching some movies and binge watching Stranger Things and the first season of Man in the High Castle. We enjoyed everything so much! Any other ideas out there for future binges?

Thanks for stopping by for the first Hodgepodge of the year, here’s to many more in 2017!

This and That


Hi Guys, another unexpected blobbing break. Seriously, it is nothing more than busy mornings and poor planning on my part. It seems like every morning I walk with either Keelyody or Jip the Farm Dog, hurry home to get my sweaty self in the shower so I can get to wherever I have to be! Between working and Bible study (which I am LOVING!), and what have you, I am having a busy summer. How about a list?

We are a little immersed in the Olympics over here!!! These are our faves.



My only complaint is it runs so late into the night! I am having to watch it the next day because Mama can’t stay up that late anymore.

I needed to buy some more plants to replace some of the death. Not much death, but it was a little prominent. therefore, needed to be vamoosed. These are called sun patients. I don’t believe I have ever had them before. They are supposed to be sun hardy, which is called for in their desired location.


I also stuck them around where I had some pansy death. They seem to be acclimating well and playing nice with others. I chose orange because the million bells that mass expired were a loverly orangy color. There is one more pot, but I couldn’t manage it in one shot. Notice our hay field, formerly known as our lawn. Have I mentioned that it has been hotter than the face of the SUN up here in The Mitten? It feels like it has been forever. Also as dry as a bugs hull. Honey has finally figured how to make it rain, just run the sprinklers. As you can imagine, he is torn. I don’t think double watering will even be able to bring the green back. On the upside, I haven’t had to cut the hay every week! And when I do, there are sections that I don’t bother with because it is an exercise in futility. The weeds are still managing to spawn, why you do me like that weeds?!


I bought some of these mini lavender plants for the front to try and break the iron grip the wild geranium has out there. They are getting a little wild and inviting too many friends to the party. The yellow things are $1 experiments. They are in pretty rough shape. I don’t even know their names, and that doesn’t bode well.


The lavender seems quite pleased with its new digs, hopefully it will hold its own against the bullying wild geranium.


I am loving this Armor of God Bible study this summer! #priscillashirer #suitup! I thought this was very good. Faith is an A.C.T.I.O.N. word!

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Priscilla quoted her Dad, Tony Evans, a week or so ago. A good reminder.


I got together with some Girl Cousins last week!!! Girl Cousin Vickie (on right) was in town from Indiana and she got the Michigan contingent to gather at her sister Joyce’s house for Hudson’s Maurice salad and healthy chocolate cake, made with zucchini and lots of chocolate chips!

We had a good visit, updating each other, laughing, all the stuff you do when family gets together. We even got to see Girl Cousin Joyce’s two older grandchildren before they went out on an adventure with their Granddad.

I knew I wanted to get a picture so I stuck the selfie stick in my bag! A good first try, a little far away. From the left; Girl Cousins Capri K, Joyce, Kay and Vickie. Daughters and granddaughters of brothers Bob and Bill.


Closer is better! We’re getting the hang of this!


No idea what was so funny but this is my favorite!


Aww, love these Girlies!!!


Ok, I will try and get back here for The Hodgepodge. I make no guarantees. Enjoy your week!

List O Stuff


Y’All, it’s been a little busy around here. I just keep thinking that things will calm down “next week”, but that has not been the case….since MAY! Mostly good stuff, plus all that temple maintenance business. There have been things to do, places to go, visitors in our house and out.

How about a list of some stuff?

Some of us BSF-fers met up at Chip and Dip for a luncheon! It was so nice to see the gals and we even met Dear Sandra’s little grandson Asher, who we passed around like a football and was a sweet little angel baby!!!


The very next week there were more BSF-fers, again at Chip and Dip, to visit with our dear friend Miss Mattie who was visiting The Mitten from her new home in Texas!!! Oh was it good to hug her neck and catch up!


Another gathering was held at The Chip and Dip yesterday with Jip the Farm Dog, Heifer Lynn and CMB. I have no picture to show you, I am so sorry. There has been a LOT of catching up lately.

The Ab-Cat and I have been thoroughly enjoying this on Netflix. I had heard of it but never knew what it was about. There was the vague idea that it was sleazy and not something I would be interested in. I’m not sure why we decided to give it a whirl, but I am here to tell you that we are liking it very much! I won’t say it is completely wholesome, but Jane is adorable and it is a lot sweeter than most stuff on tv these days.


Abby and I saw this on opening weekend because she could not wait. She read me some of the reviews, which were not very good, and I am here to tell you it was fine. We have been BIG fans of the original over the years and were excited to see what they would do with a sequel. It was NOT nearly as good as the first, but it was another decent, end of civilization as we know it thrill ride! I don’t know what all those negative Nellie’s were expecting, the humans WIN!


Has anyone seen this? Those two can be hilarious! It’s rather like Saturday Night Live, some stuff is funny, some not so much, there are fun guest stars, but it’s not as raunchy as SNL is now. Maya Rudolph and Martin Short can be hilarious! And two words, Jiminy Glick. Oh dear!


The Boy turned 25 on the first day of summer!!!! How has that happened??


Mrs Schmenkman has a BABY RACCOON!!!!!!! Oh my goodness is he a cutie!!!! I met him on Skype and I want to kiss his adorable nose! He is about 5 weeks old and she assures me he doesn’t stink.. I’m not sure what his name is but I’m pretty sure she didn’t name him what she planned to after our girls said it was slang for something unmentionable.


I have about 6 posts languishing in the drafts file, so clearly I have some things to say. I will be back for The Hodgepodge tomorrow, be there or be []. Be rectangle, that didn’t work out like I thought!

Tuesday Niblets


Y’All, it was 10 degrees when I got up this morning. Pure Michigan.

The walking season with Keelyody is finally over. We walked the Monday after Christmas and we have NEVER ever walked that far into December before!!! The ground is still walkable but the air is just too cold. All that arctic winter blasting you full on the forehead is glacial. My glasses felt like they were freezing to my face. We are ok with the break, I say WELL DONE to us!!!!!

The Ab-Cat is on her way to a job interview at a nearby hospital. I woke up with butterflies in my stomach. I can’t decide if they are excited butterflies or nervous butterflies. At any rate, they are flying. As are the prayers.

I have been perusing Pinterest lately, looking for some new recipes. Honey finally replaced the battery in our bathroom scale and it is apparent I need some attention. Or an intervention. Not as bad as it could have been though, due to the fact that I did not bake, at all.

Except for the Mrs. Davis’ coconut pound cake that we took on Christmas Day. It was schnibbled to a slow glorious death in the following days. Thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We had a fondue on New Years Day with Mousey’s new “friend”. It was a nice time of eating and getting to know him better. We try very hard not to grill, but, you know how that is.

At the recommendation of Rae Babe, Honey and I watched a show on Netflix called The Great British Baking Show! Amateur bakers, baking all sorts of things we had never heard of! Rae Babe had mentioned that what struck her was how nice they all were to each other, none of the mean spirited sniping stuff that we see in our reality shows on this side of the pond. Even  their one on one interviews with the cameras were sweet, and they were even helpful to each other. We liked it a lot. There was only one season on Netflix, perhaps there will be another soon.

I also got caught up on my DVR’d Code Black series. I was getting so far behind I was thinking about dropping it. I have mentioned before it is hard for me to watch a show that no one else in our house watches. I just don’t sit down to watch tv by myself. But I am glad I binge watched it over a couple days. It reminds me a lot of ER, which was one of my all time favorite shows.

BSF starts back up this week! Almost finished with my lesson and looking forward to seeing all of the ladies!

Lets meet back here tomorrow for the Hodgepodge, okay?

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge


Hi Guys, I am super late to the party today. I wrote my entire post last night and was all ready to go this morning when I discovered the computer did a bit of housekeeping and BOOM, cleaned my post right up. I will see if I can duplicate it 😦

Thank you to Joyce for giving us something to chat about every week!

1. Did you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special Monday night? Who’s your favorite Peanuts character and why?

I didn’t but I have seen it many, many times before. I am always surprised that I can recall so many of the lines! This is no small feat because back in my day those Christmas programs only came on once a year, no repeats, no VCR or DVR or DVD. I know, we were practically cave men. But OH, we were SO excited to watch those shows once a year!!!!

I think I have always had a soft spot for Charlie Brown. He was kind of pathetic and probably needed a friend.

“Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind.”~Linus 
Would you agree?

I agree, we could all use a little pondering in a quiet pumpkin patch. We have a lot of troubled minds in our society and bit of reflection and critical examination never hurt anyone.

2. Describe a sound from your childhood. What does this sound bring to mind?

The theme songs to Lost in Space, here and here. Man did we LOVE that show!!! It brings to mind watching and rewatching it in reruns, and my brother and I playing it endlessly in the basement. We were really, really good at throwing ourselves around in pretend earthquakes or space turbulence!!!! What can I say, we liked peril!

I heard that the series is being rebooted on Netflix, be still my heart!!! I predict that Beeve and I will be all over that one!!!!

3. You’ve won a trip to a winter wonderland…would that excite you? Which one of the following would you most want to experience (or which one would you dislike the least)-see the Aurora Borealis in Norway, stay in Sweden’s Ice Hotel, go dogsledding in Lapland Finland, take a winter wildlife safari in Yellowstone or celebrate Winter Carnival in Quebec?

Woo Hoo, a trip!!! I think I might pick the winter wildlife safari in Yellowstone. The guides probably know where to take you to see real, live ani-mules and we could ride in a heated van, sounds like a winner to me! Plus the scenery must be breathtaking!

I am thinking I would not like to go dogsledding. Probably too brisk for me!

4. Who or what keeps you humble?

That is the Lord’s work. I pray for humility and for Him to convict me of things in my life that don’t please Him, and He does. I  have lived long enough to know that on my own I am not so suchy muchy.

5. What part of preparing for Christmas do you like the most? Explain.

I like to do a little decorating, baking, shopping and wrapping, I just don’t like it when it becomes all consuming. That hasn’t happened since the kids were small, I jettisoned a lot of that hustle and bustle a long time ago and we are the better for it.

What I would like to do is prepare my heart. I don’t have much experience with Advent but I have been reading about it in the blog world for a few years now and I think I would like to try it. I picked this up today. Here goes.

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6. Gingerbread-yay or nay? Is making a gingerbread house part of your family holiday tradition?

  I am not opposed but I do not make it. I think we have made a house or two but that activity was mainly done at school. It sounds like a fun thing to try with grandchildren!

7. What’s one thing you want to start, do, or complete before the calendar rolls into a new year?

  How about the above mentioned Advent thingy.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

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

Yesterday was my brother Beeve’s 49th birthday! WOW!!!!!

It’s just the two of us. I can’t remember life without him and he has never lived life without me.

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I am thankful that we have always lived near each other, except for the 4 years he was a U.S. Marine. Oh my goodness, he looks like a child!

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He is a lot of fun to be around. His laugh is like our Grandma Hoovers, when he giggles I hear her!

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He has had many different types of hair styles and facial fur. I do the hair, he does the fur. As a matter of fact I have been doing things to his hair since before I even went to cosmetology school! He was my first guinea pig!

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He is a great uncle and our kids adore him!

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Their squirt gun fights are the stuff of legends. If only in our family 🙂

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He is a very kind man and he has never met a stranger. We both can talk to just about anyone, we get it from our Mama.

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Loved his Mother and his Grandma. Here are the twin gigglers.

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He loves the Lord, his wife Stacey and his son Goomba.

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We are connected. We share a bond and strong family genes. I am thankful to have him.

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He’s a keeper!

Thanks for stopping by!