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MIA

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Whew, that was a busy few weeks! Look!!! It’s finally spring! We had some bea-u-tiful weather a few weekends ago and Honey and I took full advantage of it. I was SO sore the whole next week. What the heck? Seriously, in agony. But we got a big jump start on the yard work and it is looking pretty good!

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Hey Y’All, I got my purse!! No broken zipper this time! This was my concern though. I didn’t even realize it until I got out of the car at BSF. That’s a LOT of print going on! Print Palooza!

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I did much better the next week! We were waiting to be let in at the church where we met for Sharing Day, it was a tad bit nippy out! I am liking it a lot, it could stand a bit of rearranging and tweaking though. Schmenky I am in need of a haircut!

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After Sharing Day about 27 ladies came over here for lunch. This was one of the reasons I was in the midst of a hectic. You know, you need to do some spring cleaning, and we have the worlds most prolific spiders, 4 continuously shedding felines and a winters worth of debris outside. We definitely needed to get the patio table set up and make some sense of the back yard.

I also wanted to go to the Favorite Flower Place to pick up a few things to make the front and back porches look a little purty. Jip the Farm Dog accompanied me on the jaunt for a light load, with full intentions of heading down there again the next week.

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It looks like a lot, but we have squeezed WAY more into a car than that!!!

This little guy has been a needy catten, not that he isn’t usually a lap hog, but especially sticking closerthanabrother.

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My pajamas set off his eyes and fur most beauteously, don’t you think?!

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Mothers Day had me thinking about my Mama.

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And my Grandmas. I come from good stock 🙂

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I am heading down to Virginia on Wednesday for the 23 annual Memorial Day Hootenanny Getaway!!! I am so looking forward to spending time with Mrs Schmenkman, Mr C and their kitty-wittys!!!

My apologies for being an absent blobber, and it is my dearest desire to do better henceforth. If we don’t speak, have a thankful Memorial Day.

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The Beginning

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In keeping with my desire to blog more regularly, I took to Pinterest for some help. Isn’t that what what we do?! Where did we look for things before Pinterest? I goggled January blog prompts and scrolled through until I found three that I can work with. Because you know I need to keep my options open and none of these is a perfect selection, but they do have some interesting ideas that I can shuffle around, or I can go completely off the reservation to talk about what I want. Either way, I should be able to cobble together 31 topics for the month of January.

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Today I will share some pictures taken over the holiday, which I have to say, my photographing was extremely sparse. I texted Beeve and Stacey to see if they had any, so there could be a few others at another time.

We went to church on Christmas Eve morning then met our Dear Friends The Hostler’s at one of our OLD stomping grounds, Eastside Mario’s, for lunch. While we were dining it snowed about 2 inches!!!! After a slow drive back home, we reconvened at our house to visit and play games!

The Newlyweds, Nurse Lauren and her William, were in from Minnesota and gave us a couple games to play before we got around to playing one of my old favorites, Heads Up. This one was like Pictionary, but with cat poses, so much fun!

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Our annual picture! It got much better when I handed the selfie stick over to Awesome Autumn!

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After the festivities we opened presents. Sy was the Garbage Elf..

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Clearly he had a night of fun.

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On to Christmas Day! Since we had a traditional Thanksgiving meal in November when The Boy and The Dane were here, we decided to do what we did last year, called Non-traditional Christmas Dinner. I think everyone was pretty excited about it! There was tabouli for an appetizer, and steak, garlic mushrooms, Honey’s mac and cheese, broccoli, fatoosh salad and garlic bread. A Christmas Feast!

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Mousey had decided that she wanted to make a banana pudding. We put it in her Grandma’s glass bowl 🙂  Yummy!

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The Ab-Cat tried a new recipe; Key Lime cookies, they did not disappoint! I had made some chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow thingies, some Star Wars cookies from The Hostler’s that I thought Goomba would like and Stacey brought the traditional Happy Birthday Jesus cake. No one went hungry!

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Honey had given us this game the night before. Oh.My.Goodness!!!!!!! You put a plastic thing in your mouth that makes you UNABLE to say certain letters, then everyone has to guess what you are saying. We laughed SO HARD!!!

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I was trying to not get people in full on plastic mouth pose, harder than you might think 🙂

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There was some drooling.

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So funny to not be able to say what you want to say!

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And so funny what people hear!

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Feels good to get the appliance OUT and be understood again! I highly recommend it!

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This may have been the only picture I knowingly took, as he was walking out the door! We don’t have many pictures together, trying to remedy that.

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A few days after Christmas we headed over to the town where Honey grew up, Leamington, Ontario, Canada. We went to visit his Uncle Don, who is his Dad’s brother, and his lovely wife, Aunt Solange. They seem to never change! Oh, a few years older and a few more health issues, but doing well and still loving life.

Rocking the plaid.

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Still having fun after almost 60 years!

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Looking good Family!

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We were so glad we were able to visit with The Girls.

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Hopefully it will not be so long before we visit again!

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On the way home we stopped in Windsor at Hi-Ho’s so Honey could get the “hot hamburger” he had been craving. It was not exactly what he hoped for, he said the one of his youth had no top and he scraped off the onions because they were too sweet. But fries with gravy? He sure enjoyed that!

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And there are all of the pictures that were taken during the season. My goal next year should be to actually take some!

A List of Things

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Hi Guys. It has taken about 3 weeks to get over The Plague. I did most things that people suggested in an effort to reduce my misery including but not limited to; Emergent-C, a T of honey and a T of apple cider vinegar, TRULY HEINOUS!!!! Folks kept telling me I needed a Hot Toddy, and they had old family recipes, certain liquors and other ingredients they thought worked best. It said online that whiskey was the best thing to help you sleep, so SIGN ME UP.

Honey graciously brought me this. Maybe as an homage to his Canadian roots. Fun Fact: when we lived in Windsor, Ontario, we regularly passed by the place that made this! All I have to say is I will never be an alcoholic. I had to drink that Hot Toddy holding my nose. I did sleep a wee bit better that night. The next night I decided to not prolong my misery of drinking an entire mug of nasty, I just drank the 2 ounces as a shot. The Ab-Cat said she had to see this and proceeded to laugh when I held my nose and threw it back, because I was gagging!

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I just put the bottle in the cupboard above the fridge and called the experiment a dismal failure. But in other news, Honey has contracted some other kind of plague and he had his own Toddy this morning. There was no unpleasant gagging I’m happy to report.

In other news!

THIS is happening!!!! We have lived in our home about 18 years and there has always been an empty field behind us. Our builder told us that a church owned the property, but other than a once a month appointment with a giant machine to cut the grass/weeds, there was never any activity back there. The only time I ever went back there was to stealthily scatter leaves, weeds and other garden debris that caused the bush hog guy no trouble, So basically the point behind our house was a compost area.

We started hearing rumors that the church wanted to sell the property. This caused us mild concern, only because we did not fancy a gas station or something like that back there. We soon heard that another church bought the land, and I actually knew some people who went to that church! My good friend CMB’s parents are in attendance as is the mother of my old friend Suzanne Suzanna Danna, along with others from the church where we all grew up.

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There were starts and delays, rumors of trouble with the city and the county, a sign was posted and then one day there was a fence around the entire property! Then the heavy equipment moved in and now we have a HUGE hole on the other side of our hedge! Since we are getting the retention pond back there, we can only assume that has something to do with the digging.They have been struggling with a lot of rain, so work has been in fits and starts

I don’t know that you can tell, but it’s about a 15 foot hole back there! Honey has been using the noise machine when he sleeps because they are Johnny on the spot at 7 in the morning and don’t knock off until 6. They have holes to dig and dirt to move and as of one day last week, cables to cut!!!!

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We noticed our internet was out, but it is not unheard of to have occasional interruptions over here. When it continued and we did a little investigation, we discovered we had no TV or landline. That seemed fishy. After a conversation with Wowway, it was determined that we, and our neighbor to the south, had no service. They did not call to report it because they conveniently do not live there anymore. The nice Wow guy came out and ran a temporary line until they could bury a line and we were happy to welcome the distraction of cable back into our lives.

This is probably around the time the line was cut, they are mighty close to our box.

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One whole day without internet, tv and phone and I have to say this is how we felt. Thanks Oklahoma Tammy, very timely I must say!!!!!

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Because of Thanksgiving, our BSF class moved to Monday, with an abbreviated leaders meeting earlier than usual and then class right after. It’s a full day, but it works for us. I have been participating in the 7 day, black and white challenge on Instagram, no words, no people and no explanation. This was one of my offerings. As BSFfers, we are known for our ability to make very nice circles. I’m pretty sure it might say that in the Bible. “They were known for their love, and ability to make a great circle”. Or something like that. 😉 Miss May’s circle in the sanctuary.IMG-6079

When the weather turns, this young catten gets very cuddly and needy. He just needs to be touching you. We don’t mind. It’s just a good thing he is so sweet, because he is about 50% trouble. Some days 75.

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Because of the holiday, schedules are all joophered up, in a good way! Plus we are not hosting Thanksgiving, we’re OFF!!!! Therefore, I have a little more time to blob!!!! Planning to be back tomorrow with The Hodgepodge.

An October List

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Keelyody and I didn’t walk today because it was raining cats and dogs, so I have a little extra time to tell you all of these unnecessary things.

I got my hairs cut a few weeks ago.

Mrs. Schmenkman cut it when I was in Virginia in May, and it grew out beautifully! She will be in town at the end of the month, but we have a wedding next weekend and I was unfortunately becoming unsightly. I am glad she is coming for many reasons, but one reason is because it could use a little “tweaking”. I don’t know how all of you nonprofessionals do it, Schmenky and I always have to TWEAK! But all in all, I can make it work.

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Honey and The Boy enjoy these Bear Paw slippers. They are actually rather particular about them. I first found them for a bargain price at a TJ Maxx or a Marshalls and bought 2 pair. Honey immediately loved them but The Boy said he didn’t need them, so I returned his. He then realized the error of his ways and wore Honey’s when he could. They are evidently very comfy.

When The Boy went away to college, Honey gave him his old ones, as he was on his second pair. Which, by the way, I never could find again at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for a bargain price, and had to resort to paying bigger dollars for them at Famous Footwear.

When The Boy came home for visits, he brought the Bear Paws, which by then were being held together by duct tape. I think he even said he was wearing them outside the home. So for Christmas several years ago they both received a new pair of the Paws. I don’t know The Boy’s slipper situation at the moment, but I have made the decision for Honey that it’s time to break down and use the newbies. Mainly because he is unknowingly leaving pieces of cracked sole all over the house. I call it an executive decision, because he keeps saying his old ones are FINE. They will be relegated to outside use only, where he can litter sole pieces without judgment.

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Well worn, well loved. What the heck is coming out of the back end of those puppies??? RIP beloved Paws.

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Honey was laid off the week before last! I KNOW!!!! WE couldn’t believe it either! We were so excited! Unfortunately his back was also laid off and he didn’t get to 3/4 of what he would have liked to accomplish. But towards the end of the week, after some loving attention from massage therapist Mousey, he arose and went outside to help put the outside stuff away in preparation for winter. Goodbye summer friends. The pool has been closed over a month, so the watering had been sporadic, it was time.

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Even though it has been flat out HOT up here in The Mitten for a sweet FOREVER, I am hopeful that fall is coming. Sometime. So I swapped the spring wreath off the front door for the autumn and hauled up some decorations in a show of good faith that it would actually happen this month. Seymour loves a little redecorating, he was all over it.

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I should git, we are having a small group kick off dinner tonight and every single thing needs to be done in preparation. Have a fine fall weekend. Even if you are sweating.

Catching Up

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Hope you all had a fine holiday! We did not do much, but Honey did have several days off and that is always most welcome!

I believe I have mentioned that Honey is Canadian by birth, and one of his favorite things from the Mother Land is fries with gravy, also known as poutine. Honey and The Girls had been having a hankering to check this place out for some time, so we headed over to Ann Arbor to give it a whirl. Unfortunately for Mousey, poutine is not legal on her keto diet at the moment, so she opted out of a big basket of temptation. Sad face emoji 😦

They had many, many different toppings for the basic fries.

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I had my fries with gravy and cheese curds with pulled pork, Honey and The Ab-Cat were purists, strictly fries, gravy and cheese. While I enjoyed it, I don’t feel like a meal of fries contributes to my best self. It was pretty heavy and would have been a better side dish. Was a fun experience though!

Honey spent a good chunk of his time tweaking with the pool while I maintained the grass and weeds until this happened.

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SHEESH!! I was standing in our raised bed, WITH NO SHOES ON, reached out and down to grab a handful of weeds and looked between the greenery and saw a black black snake a couple feet away. If I am not mistaken (or shall I say missnakin’!) this snake, or a relative, has lived in our back garden for some time. We have met before and have both slowly and respectfully gone about our business when both parties discovered one another, and that is what happened here.

The other snake startled me, and when I looked over the retaining wall to get a better look it raised straight up out of the bed at me!! The nerve of that little light colored hussy!!!!! Honey said maybe it was protecting babies. NOT HELPING HONEY!!! So there you have it, why I can never garden in our snake infested garden again.

Since they made fireworks legal several years ago in The Mitten, The Fourth has been a very colorful, very loud night. They are now sold in parking lots all across the state, no Meijer’s or O’Reilly’s left behind is their motto. Our next door neighbors have always had a display for their friends and family, even before they were so readily available. In years past we have learned to roll up our solar pool cover to prevent the burning embers from melting holes, and sure enough, at about 10:05, I asked Mousey to lend a hand with the rolling. After the rolling had commenced, the Girls and I stood on the deck and watched and listened to all the festivities going on all around us in various subdivisions. Mousey stated that this is what a war zone must sound like!

Meanwhile, in the house we had our Fearless Defender.

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He wishes you a Happy Independence Day. Weenie. The elder felines were all holed up in our bedroom, as they always are. They make no claims to being tough guys though, and therein lies the difference.

Honey had this past weekend off as well and we worked like rented mules. He trimmed the miles long hedge in the back and I raked, scooped and bagged the clippings. The next day we tackled the front yard, which I am sad to say we could not even remember how long it had been since it had seen the blade of a clipper. The burning bushes have a big comeback to make. They were taller than the windows, and are now sticks with sparse vegetation. If there is anything we learned from The Polar Vortex fiasco a few years back, is if you cut bushes WAY BACK, they will rebound. They should anyway. Well, fingers crossed.

The Boy and The Dane have been very good to send regular pictures of the new grandbaby! It helps immensely since we will not meet her until August. She is settling in very nicely! I think they are in love!

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Lots of snuggling going on.

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in most of the pictures she was sweetly sleeping. As all newborns do. Not.

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There she is! All bright eyed and bushy tailed!!!

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Precious little Moon Pie!

Have a good Monday.

Thoughts For The Week

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How has a week gone by and I have not posted a thing??? I guess I am rustier than I thought. I don’t intentionally drop the ball. It’s like the old Steve Miller song, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin, into the future.

Well, here I am with some random thoughts.

Hey!!! It’s already February! Sheesh, January flew by. The 28th would have been my Father’s 82nd birthday. I was strolling through photos, looking for shots of him with the kids to put on the Facebook, when I came across this sparkling beauty. Here he is sampling Honey’s homemade dill pickles. This picture is a perfect little snapshot of my Father and one of his primary interests; good food! If he were still alive this could be a throwaway shot, but I am keeping it now as an insight of what he enjoyed! And I think he majorly enjoyed everything he ate over here! Just look at him, totally engrossed in his pickle tasting!

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This is what I believe. WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME PLANE PEOPLE!

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This amuses me endlessly!!!

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Oh Seymour, it’s the little moments such as this that cause us love you so! The stalking, creepy, naughty moments? Not so much.

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I can’t remember if I mentioned that The Boy suggested that we become pen pals. He found a box in the basement this summer that contained a lot of my correspondence from 35-40 years ago. You may be wondering why I still have all that, and I would say I am sentimental about letters and notes, they would land in the top 5 category of meaningful things I save. Little did I know that one of my children would find them interesting decades later!

The box contained concert ticket stubs, Beatle’s books, my high school sports letters, other memorabilia and letters from my Grandma Georgia and Grandma Hoover, random other folks, then a whole slew from my friend Dawn! I have taken that box to my room to read at my leisure about the things we thought important enough to talk about between classes in 11th and 12th grade! Also amusing to me were a whole bunch of inter office communication from when Dawn, our friend Suzanne Suzanna Danna, and I worked at Michigan National Bank!!! Those letters where we pretended we were married to our favorite celebrity at the time! Good grief, if any bank official ever opened those gems! I read The Boy a few and he thought they were hilarious!

So he decided we should write letters, kick it old school, record our conversations so maybe his children will find them decades later, in a box in his basement. I got my first letter this week.

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We have begun to give our imaginary public what they want! It’s the least we can do.

A Bunch of Pictures From November and December Because I am Super With It!

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I’m not sure why I did not post these pictures from when The Boy and The Dane were in town at Thanksgiving, but I want to install them here because this has become my memory bank.

The Boy, trying to pass down the skill of Bothering to Goomba, as taught to him by his Uncle Beeve. It’s the Circle of Life my friends.

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That’s a good looking group of guys right there!

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Now to add some womenfolk.

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The Grandpa has taught some skills as well! Mostly love and kindness!

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Mousey Snapchat-ted this sparkling beauty! I am thankful for her color application ALL YEAR LONG!

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Here are 3 Weekly Sy’s for you, because he IS the world famous Internet/Instagram/Snapchat star of OUR universe!!!!!

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How can we resist chronicling his every nap and waking moment?

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We love his furry self!

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We had Goomba over to decorate cookies, some were Wookie cookies!!! There were also some pretzels dipped in chocolate and a couple games of Skip-Bo going on. Come again Friend!

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Did I mention that Honey gave me some chai??!! I decided to have a little contraband Splenda in my life. Not daily, but occasionally. Ironically, the natural path doctor mentioned that I should go on the Whole 30 challenge later in January.

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Have you heard of it? Some new fresh hell they have concocted. No dairy, grains, sweetener (natural or unnatural) of any kind, no preservatives. Just eggs, meat, nuts and seeds, vegetables and fruit. It is supposed to detoxify your toxic self, so when you slowly reintroduce things back into your diet you should know if one of the above was causing you trouble. She suggested it because I seem to produce inflammation and aches and pains. I am pondering it. I should be able to do it for a month. The no sweetener thing makes me want to cry though, which leads me to believe that I should probably give it a whirl. I have always just replaced sugar with Splenda or Truvia. Maybe it is ALL of the devil! Hoping this is not the case!

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I will never know if I do not try. We shall see, still pondering.

As we prepare to wrap up 2016 and usher in 2017, I have to say that I have missed blogging regularly and having this journal of our lives. Many things have not been recorded and it seems weird to realize that I will not be able to look back and figure out timelines and see recorded evidence of happenings.I think what happened was I felt short of time and resorted to quick posts or lists, I felt like I wasn’t making time to do better, and instead of doing better, I stayed away. What I have realized is I am more grateful to have a little nonsense as opposed to none. My New Years resolution is to return to my previous mindset, continue documenting our life for myself, our family and friends. And all you anonymous lurkers 😉  It will be a challenge, I have gotten lazy, my mind has fallen away from thinking blog-ally, but i am going to try. Thanks for reading along. Here’s to bringing back the nonsense! It sounds like the name of a tour!

Happy New Year. Welcome 2017!