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The Weekend That Was


We had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. Honey was still recuperating from his Plague, so not much was done. He did have a small to do list, and as far as I know, he accomplished it.

Every year we like to watch a movie that has something to do with Christmas as our Introduction to the Christmas Season movie.. Sometimes it’s a full on Christmas movie, sometimes Christmas is just in it. Such as Die Hard, which takes place on Christmas Eve, or You’ve Got Mail, that has a couple holiday scenes. The Ab-Cat is still protesting that one, but we quite enjoyed it!

This year we decided on an oldie but a goodie, While You Were Sleeping from 1995. It takes place over Christmas and New Years, and is a sweet romantic comedy.


When we were at a restaurant, googling prospective movie choices, two popped up that interested me. The first had a very high rating and was called Holiday Inn. I have to say that I have never heard of it!


And Miracle on 43th Street, which I am sorry to say, I have never seen! I don’t know how I missed the original OR the remake, which was from our children’s generation, but alas, I have. Of course, I guess it’s not that unusual considering I never saw It’s a Wonderful Life until I was a full grown person!

I know Natalie Wood was the little girl here.


And Mara Wilson, otherwise forever known in our family as Matilda, was the child in this one.


We may catch them as well!

Mousey and I did watch White Christmas, which we have seen a couple of times before. I know it is much beloved, but have to say the corn level is HIGH. Some of those song and dance numbers? Sheesh! We were mesmerized by the thin sister and her arm-like, deer legs! Or horrified.

I did a small smackeral of decorating, it gets less and less every year. I am ok with that.


The lighted garland is new and I am loving it!


While I was out looking for the pre-lit garland, I took the opportunity to gather a few little things, Christmas gifts for my BSF Admin gals. The last class day, December 14, will be here in a wink, and I don’t want to be caught unawares!

We spent the rest of the time getting up to date with our Bible study lessons and catching up on some lost sleep. Oh, and Honey and I tried out a new show on Netflix called Longmire. We are only 2 episodes in, so too soon to tell if it will be a keeper.

And that was the weekend that was.


Around Bellevue


With the exception of our day trip to Seattle, we did not do much sightseeing. We did however eat at several places in and around Bellevue, all were pretty good and I had an especially yummy pear and cheese salad at Gilbert’s that I would like to duplicate!

One of the nice things we experienced was meeting the young men who live in the home where The Boy and The Dane are house parents. There were three when we arrived, but one had graduated in June and he moved out the week we were there. Honey wanted to make them dinner one night and he and The Boy decided on Coney dogs, homemade french fries and a fattoosh salad with banana splits for dessert. We also taught the guys and a friend how to play Peanuts and Golf, because eating and cards are a family thing. It was really nice to put names with faces and glean a little of their personalities, it makes it easier to pray for them!

Another fun thing we did was go to one of The Boy’s favorite bookstores! They were having a super duper deal of whatever you could pack into a bag for $20!!! You know, the kind of bag you buy at a grocery store for .99, with handles??!! He was in his glory and I enjoyed it very much! We kept saying that The Ab-Cat would have LOVED it there! The Boy filled up his bag and I set my books on top of his and that puppy was full up to the handles!!!! All for $20 American bucks!!!!! I realize now that I should have taken pictures of this event. And also documented that this was in the steepest neighborhood that I have EVER seen/walked!!!!!

We went for ice cream. As we do.


Honey found this place online, saw the sandwiches, and sent the link on to The Boy saying we HAD to try this place! They loved it and The Boy said they would definitely be going back there! It was Goldman’s, or Goldfine’s, or Gottleib’s or something. It was in the mall where they had a Nordstrom Rack and T.J. Maxx, where I found a cute pair of shoes for fall. Good find!

Look at those sandwiches and massive onion rings!!!


Last year I reconnected with a friend from 10th grade on the Facebook!!!! She somehow saw that the kids lived in Washington and said if we were ever out to look her up. It turns out she is very close and she picked me up and took me to lunch!!! We sat there so long that the place closed after lunch and were preparing for their dinner crowd!! So nice to get caught up on families, lives and old friends that we used to know!

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The Boy and The Dane introduced us to a funny tv show that was on Netflix called Life In Pieces. It was pretty funny and we finished the season after we arrived home. Tom Hanks son Colin was in it and OH MY WORD does he remind us of his Pop!!!!!

The week passed quickly and soon it was time for The Boy to take us back to the airport. We loved visiting with them, meeting our sweet little Moonpie, and seeing them at work, building into the lives of young men

For some reason I can’t recall, we flew home on Alaska Airlines in first class, Honey was overjoyed!!! We arrived early, went to the lounge and had breakfast, boarded the plane and marveled how comfy the seats were!!! They served hot cloths to wash your hands, breakfast again, cookies, warm nuts, beverages, an ipad with games and movies and probably other things I have already forgotten! It was fun!. And best of all it only took under 4 hours to get home, instead of what seemed like a whole day! Sent this on Snapchat to The Girls.


It was all a nice distraction since we were leaving a little muggins behind.


They are coming home this fall for a visit. so we will just be here, waiting patiently for another chance to smooch her up!

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!