Category Archives: The Boy

Rescued Treasure

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I believe I have mentioned that the neighborhood I walk in with Keelody and Jip the Farm Dog are some of the the most wasteful streets I have ever experienced! Those people apparently just cannot be bothered to take anything to the Salvation Army, so they throw out perfectly good stuff that would be sorely appreciated by others less fortunate. And before you say “oh, they probably put it out so others can take it”, well, bless your heart for being so kind, that is not the case. I have taken 7-10 bikes, unused baby crib bumper pads, a vast amount of cardboard building blocks, multiple strollers, book shelves, and Keelyody found some great bar stools, all rescued hours-minutes before the garbage truck claimed them. These things are in NO WAY garbage, but barely used. I take the majority of the findings to the Community Closet at the church where I attend BSF, they have a wonderful ministry that provides clothing and other needs to their surrounding neighborhoods. I have kept a few things and pressed them back into useful service.

When I first started noticing all the bikes, I called the church secretary and asked if they would be interested in that sort of thing, she said YES, and they even had a church member who could fix them up if they needed a little attention. The last few weeks have yielded 2 bed rails, the slide under the mattress kind that keep your toddler from rolling out of their new big kid bed, a trail bike that Honey said was a GREAT bike, and a toddler tricycle. All hopefully living to see another chapter of usefullness.

I found this stash last month in a box that said FREE BOOKS. I put them in these bags that I had in the car for groceries because I could not even lift the heavy box!!! Let me tell you, the children in that house were NOT readers! Barely any looked like the pages had even been turned! There were quite a few duplicates of Magic Tree House books and all things dinosaur, a whole bag of board books for toddlers, hard covers, soft covers, many were popular when our kids were young and some were classics. Who would throw out a perfectly good, unused Good Night Moon???!!! There was even a children’s picture dictionary in French. I am going to pass that one along to my Aunt Phyllis because she is French in her heart and she can teach her grandbaby to share her passion.

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Since I already have a library of all sorts of books that I kept from our kids, I encouraged Mousey to go through them to see if she wanted any for her someday beebee’s. I will let The Boy and The Dane go through them for Moonpie when they come to visit next month. The remaining can either go to elementary school with The Ab-Cat, all the classrooms have their own little libraries and she knew quite a few of the titles from there, or the rest can find new homes with the Community Closet at Crosspointe Church.

I considered it a major SCORE and I am thankful the books did not end up in a one way trip to the landfill. Books are FUNdamental!!! Some of my fondest memories are of reading to our children.

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Around Bellevue

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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

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

Moon 2

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Back to Bellevue! We toted that baby everywhere we went, restaurants, shopping, church, as you do. She was mostly an angel baby!

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She is filling out, as are her cheeks.

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There is not much sweeter than holding a sleeping baby.

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Her Mama likes her pretty well ❤

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And her Grammie. ❤

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And her Grandpa/Papa, he hasn’t said definitively named himself yet. We know for certain it will not be his rap name!!!

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The Dane takes such nice pictures on her Instagram, treasures for sure!

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And The Boy is supplying us as well!

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It’s hard to believe it has been over a week since we smooched that little punkin’!

 

The Visit to Bellevue, Washington

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The working title of this post was Moon 1. You didn’t need to know that, but I found it amusing 🙂  I suspect there will be many more Moon posts!

On August 11 we left The Mitten to visit with a new little family!

We flew Frontier Airlines (hardest seats I have ever experienced, but we were in the emergency row so YAY for extra leg room!!!!!) to Denver International Airport in Colorado, where we had a 2 hour layover that enabled us time to take a selfie, eat a quick bite and get Honey a coffee. because he was running out of gas after working the night before.

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We then flew into SeaTac in Washington state, where The Boy picked us up! It all took a sweet forever when we were anxiously awaiting our introduction to this little nugget!

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It’s really something to meet your Baby’s baby!

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They are lovely and patient parents, clearly over the moon with their new baby girl!

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This is a sight I had not imagined in any configuration, but he is a PRO!

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This made me laugh, six weeks old and a plethora of hair accessories.

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We just came to visit so life went on as usual all around us. Eating. Sleeping. Bathing.

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Just love that sweet little head.

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Nothing like a clean baby!

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She was pensive, chatty, snuggly, smiley,

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and hangry, at all different intervals!!! I know I posted this before but it’s one of my very favorites! Angry Anderson!

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She is getting very good at holding her own head, but sometimes a little help is appreciated.

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Clearly besotted.

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As was this one. Until she fussed, then she was all mine.

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I think she liked her Papa 🙂

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It was nice to see him with a babe in arms again.

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It has been almost 10 years since Goomba was born, and with the exception of babysitting Elyk’s daughter a few times last month, I have not done much caring for an infant, but I discovered it’s like riding a bike. It all comes back to you.

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The rocking, the swaying, the jiggling,

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the talking, peeking a boo, the kissing.

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The looking for clues of their personality, the familiar resemblances, the figuring out what they enjoy and dislike.

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All the things that make her known,

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and make us remember who we were, a long time ago.

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Such a precious time. Nice to meet you Moonpie ❤

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! It’s good to be back! We have been on vacation to see our new grandbaby so it’s been pretty quiet on the blog front lately. If you would like to join The Hodgepodge, just click on the pretty button below and head over to Joyce’s to link up!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Did you watch the solar eclipse? Your thoughts? Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar…what’s your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?

We DID! As I said above, we have been out of town, so my main goal on Monday was to git to the store because we were Mother Hubbard-ing it over here. After walking with Keelyody and weeding our backyard (what the heck weeds!!!! We were only gone a week!), I headed down to Sam’s Club for essentials, which necessitated another trip to Meijers, and a stop at their gas station because the one I currently visit at is under heavy construction.

When I walked out of Meijer a little after 1 the skies did look darker, but it really just looked like it might storm, not an eclipse-y darkness. I arrived home to extra cars in the driveway and extra people in the backyard! With lots of homemade shoe box/cereal box viewing thingies!

Our friend The Peanuts Champ joined us!

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And my brother Beeve and his family! I knew Beeve, Stacey and Goomba were coming to swim, they had the idea that it would be fun to be swimming when it was dark during the day!

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Goomba was SO excited!!

So was The Ab-Cat!

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We did see The Happening, but it never really did get that dark so Goomba was a little disappointed. It was also pretty cloudy but as soon as it was over the sun came out in full force. Dang nature. It was fun to be a part of the once in a lifetime ECLIPSE!

Of those treats I will choose Sun Chips, and a Diet Coke please, YUM!

I saw a meme on Facebook that I quite liked, but of course can’t find now, about how Monday everyone was united over the eclipse instead of divided over racism, politics, gender and so on. Good idea.
2. What are you ‘over the moon‘ about these days? What’s something you enjoy doing every ‘once in a blue moon‘?

Just the new Grandbaby!!! Little Moonpie was 6 weeks old at our introduction!

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We had a fine time getting to know her and visiting with her parents!

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She was sweet and snuggly.

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Our first, how GRAND!

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3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

I have an interest in stem cell and gene therapies, as it concerns the health of two of our children.

Twenty two years ago when our daughter was 6 and still hospitalized after a spinal cord injury, one of her doctors had said that because she was so young,  there could be major developments in her lifetime. While this does not affect her living life at the moment, it is exciting to think that stem cell therapies could someday help her!

Our son was diagnosed at 19 months with the autoimmune blood platelet disorder called ITP. He has been in remission twice before, but has been out for the last 3 1/2 years. He is managing better at the moment, but as with all autoimmune things, you never really know what causes a flare up. It would be wonderful if future progress in gene therapies could produce something to offset whatever it is that causes his body to produce the antigen that coats his platelets with such efficiency!

I mainly do reading about the new progress science is making in these areas. When I recognize how intricately our bodies are made and how difficult it is to fix certain things, it causes me to reflect yet again on how we are fearfully and wonderfully made by an infinitely detailed Heavenly Father.

4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

The main thing I remember is getting new shoes!!! That seemed to be a big deal to me. Most years were fine but I do remember one year when I felt I needed to get the exact same shoes as my next door neighbor and best friend Tina. Oh my, they were the most uncomfortable shoes I had ever had! Some kind of black patent leather loafer (fake alligator skin I believe!) with a trio buckle of squares, with the tightest elastic underneath!!!! A misery! They did not make it through the year, I can tell you that! Probably just wore my old tennis shoes the entire rest of the year.

I also remember feeling like having the right folders was somewhat important to me. And choosing what you wore on the first day back was a delight!
5. I’ve seen several versions of this around the net so let’s make one of our own…share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

I have not seen anything about this so this is my best guess. I like words!

Creation– When I look at the beauty of creation it points me to The Creator, which causes me to be thankful to our Creative God for being such a Wonderful Maker. Which then causes me to praise Him for His involvement in my life. Imagine, the Creator of everything in our universe wants to have fellowship with us individually. Mind blown.

Family– My most cherished thing on this earth.

Friendship– One of God’s finest kisses on the cheek to us! True friendship is an unbelievable blessing and the Lord has showered me with this.

Laughter– My most favorite thing to do with the above two groups! It knits hearts, joins unlikelies, and creates wonderful memories. Good for the soul.

Peace– This has been elusive at certain times in my life, and that makes it all the more precious. This summer a group of friends joined the ladies in our church to do Priscilla Shirer’s study, Discerning The Voice of God. Priscilla says peace is a gift that accompanied our salvation.I don’t think I had thought of it quite that way before and I like it. I like it a lot.

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Yes please.

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This is solid truth right here. It’s those dang external circumstances! I need to remind myself of this as needed. Peace is a deep longing for many in our world, and the Lord’s peace is irreplaceable.

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6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I put this picture on Facebook with the caption “My Grammie and Papa left me!!” It had actually occurred a few days before and I’m pretty sure she has not noticed that we have gone. I guess it may have been more how Honey and I felt!

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But leave we did, at the crack of dawn on Saturday, after a good week of visiting The Boy and The Dane and snuggling with the next generation. Thankful for my People and missing them already.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Baby Business and Other Schtuff

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Things have been busy around here this summer. I can’t always say exactly why, but the fact remains. I have worked quite a bit, watered a LOT, and vacuumed less than I should have. Honey and I have accomplished quite a bit, including hedge and bush trimming detail, garage cleaning, and we made a small, but valuable dent, in our basement. 

We had the second week of our summer Bible study on Wednesday night. There are a whole slew of past and present BSFers in attendance!!! I am really liking the study, Discerning The Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer. This week was about the Holy Spirit and being still, both mysterious things for me. I know that The Holy Spirit lives inside me and guides me in all things, but the hard part for me is being still to intentionally hear His still small voice. Nothing puts my ADD on full display like trying to sit still and concentrate! It’s like I physically NEED to do something else at the same time! Such as pray AND drive, work on my Bible study WHILE flipping through my Bible, pray AS I fold laundry or cut the grass. When I try to just sit I end up having to telling the Lord I am sorry to have left Him hanging while I lily pad jumped through about 37 thoughts, and got up to do 7 things I thought of, things that have nothing to do with anything! I have concluded that He made me and knows all about my deficits, He does speak to me, guides me, convicts me, and I do feel His presence, all without sitting still and focusing. He loves me and has shown His hand in my life and revealed His thoughts in other ways, and I am grateful.   

I am especially happy that The Ab-Cat has been coming. I’m not quite sure what she thinks about us all, she did say we were very LOUD!

I am trying not to inundate you all with beebee pictures, but this blog is my memory bank and it needs to be done.

Since we have not yet met the little punkin’, I have totally used pictures that The Boy and The Dane have texted, lifted some off of their Instagram and Facebook accounts and graciously had some sent to us by The Dane’s mama, Jeanette.

It sounds like everyone is doing well despite some early struggles. I think all new mamas and daddies can agree that this newborn stage is a bear to navigate, can I get an AMEN? Little Moon Pie looks to be a sweet lil’ puddin’ who is peacefully sleeping the majority of the time, according to pictures!

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They have sent a funny video of them trying to wake her and she is obliviously smiling , yawning, and making hilarious old man faces!

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It sounds like she is a good little eater and they seem to be enjoying her immensely!

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What’s not to love there??!!

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They are clearly smitten. We can’t wait to meet her!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to join the Hodgepodgers just click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s, she will guide you from there!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

I was very close with my Mom’s parents all of their lives. My brother and I spent a lot of time at their house and we even had friends in their neighborhood. My Grandpa passed away when I was about 15. I was especially close with my Grandma until she passed away at 79 when I was around 30. I benefitted greatly from having a strong relationship with such a loving, fun, wise, positive and godly woman. She modeled faith, kindness to others, acceptance of the hardships of life with grace, a never ending desire to learn, thoughtfulness, and living life with a happy disposition and good humor. I will miss her for the rest of my life.

Two things I remember about my Grandpa are kind of funny. He had a raging sweet tooth and could always be counted on to take us to Cloverdale’s for ice cream, Ward’s candy counter to pick out a little bulk candy (usually candy corn for him!), Burger King for a milk shake or Dunkin Donuts for a jelly filled treat! Thing number two was for the majority of my childhood I thought his name was Horse. That’s what everyone called him. I remember being ABSOLUTELY shocked to discover his name was Horace! And the way southern people say that is Harse, hence Horse 🙂

I remember a lot of things my Grandmother said, and many of those things shaped my views. I have two that come to mind at the moment. My Grandma came from very humble beginnings in Tennessee. Her father was a sharecropper and she remembered working very hard and having to pick cotton. She worked hard all her life and always remembered where she came from and that she was not above anyone. When I was a child in the 60s, there was a lot of unrest in the neighboring city of Detroit. A lot of the kids I went to school with were from Detroit, and their families had moved out to the suburbs in what became known as  White Flight. They had some harsh words for the city and it’s residents. I can’t remember how we were on the subject, whether something on the news or a conversation, but it was something negative about blacks. I remember her saying “they’re just people, good people, trying to do the best they can for their families too”. It made an impression on my elementary school aged mind.

There was another thing I have recalled over the years. In her older years she spent her winters in Florida, so when she was in Michigan she always tried to see as many friends as she could. She was meeting a bunch of her “widda’s” (widows) for lunch and she wanted me to come and bring our first born so she could show her off! I was driving and we were a little late I’m sure, and she must have thought I was driving a little too fast. I remember her saying to slow down, “we have precious cargo”. I have remembered that until this day!

My other Grandparents were loved but lived in Florida for most of my earlier years. My Grandma and I wrote letters for much of that time. We saw them when they came to Michigan once a year and sometimes when we vacationed in Florida. After my Grandpa’s stroke in 1991, they moved about 4 hours north of us, so I saw them a little more. I tried to be intentional about taking the kids up to visit them, and by then long distance phone calls were a little more affordable 🙂

The two memories of my Grandpa were he liked to work crossword puzzles (as do I!) and he came from a large family (8 kids) and with the exception of a brother who passed away young and a sister who moved to Indiana, they all lived in the Detroit area and seemed very close. Holidays were lively!!!!

My Grandma and I were much closer after she returned to Michigan. One of the things I remember was from her house in Detroit, when I was growing up. She had this plaque hanging in her kitchen and I did not understand it then, but I do now!

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I found this on the internet and it is exactly the same one! A friend said his grandma had the exact same one in her kitchen! Must have been a grandma thing!

The other much more meaningful thing I learned from her was it doesn’t matter how many years have gone by, it’s never too late to ask for forgiveness. She had a lot of time to ponder in her later years and on reflection she realized she had hurt another with her words and actions. I didn’t hear her give the words of apology, but I saw how much the words meant to the receiver, and it made me love and respect her even more.

2. What’s an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I was very attached to my cool, metallic blue bike, with the sassy high handles and sissy bar, and the silver sparkly banana seat!!! It kicked around in our garage for many years after I stopped using it and I don’t really know what happened to it. Hopefully it found its way to the Salvation Army and a new life with another little girl who loved it!

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

Literally we look out to a creek line behind our house. There is a field between us for now, but there is supposed to be a church breaking ground this summer. The church will be located closer to the road and according to the plans we saw. We will be having a retention pond back by us. So we are not sure what this will look like next summer, but there is a good sized easement all around the creek and the homes, so this area might remain the same. I hope so, it is pretty in all seasons.

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Figuratively, I am usually a big picture thinker.

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the ‘sour’ foods listed below would you say is your favorite?grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What’s your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?

I am not really a hard candy kind of gal, sour or otherwise. Of those listed, I would probably say grapefruit would probably be my favorite, with lemon running a close second. I have never tried a kumquat before, and I’m not even sure what they look like!

I typically just eat grapefruit plain, but there are many lemon things I love; lemon meringue pie, lemoncello cake, Mediterranean salad dressing. YUM!

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it’s going so far.

Summer fleeting, good weather, sweet new Grandbaby here and going to visit in August!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

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

Here is a baby Capri K with her Grandpa “Horse” and her Grandma Georgia! My parents lived in California when I was born, while both sets of grandparents and all of their family was back home in Michigan. A little like our situation now with The Boy and The Dane and the new Grandbaby living out in Washington! This picture was taken during a visit because we did not move back to The Mitten until I was over two years old.

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These are my Father’s parents, Grandma and Grandpa Hoover. I remember hearing from I believe my Girl Cousin Vickie, that my Grandfather worked for American Blower and his bosses commented on what a good worker he was and did he have any more like him at home? He said he did and I think he might have brought all his brothers!!!!

My Grandma also came from a large farm family. She said her mother taught her to cook at a very young age and said that my Grandma’s pies were as good, if not better than hers, so that became her job. I think she said she was 9 years old!!! I can’t even! She passed away 10 years ago this summer at the grand old age of 97.

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I was blessed to have a loving extended family, and I hope to continue that tradition with our children and grandchildren.

Thanks for stopping by!