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Nurse Lauren Got Married!!!!

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At 8:30 a.m. on October 14 Honey, the Girls and I loaded into Johnny Cash, travelled an hour to get out of The Mitten, headed across Ohio and went about two inches into Pennsylvania, to attend the wedding put on by our Dear Friends, The Hostlers!  Armed with the necessary items to beautify ourselves, including, but not limited to, party clothing, shoes, makeup, jewelry and all of the other ingredients needed to look presentable! Because at 4:00, NURSE LAUREN WAS GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!

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Our hotel room about 5 seconds after arrival. Mousey makes her presence known.

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Oh yes she does.

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We did all the beautifying and loaded back into The Man in Black, which I have to say performed admirably and was most comfortable! It was a beautiful day, perfect for a much anticipated wedding!

We had a little time after arriving so Honey and I worked on our selfie taking, we are getting incrementally better.

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Mousey and I were armed with the program and our tissues.

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First down the aisle were Rae-Babe’s lovely parents, Pete and Dixie, looking grand in their finery!

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Then Rae Babe and Jon-a-fin. Parents of the bride, looking good and holding it together!

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Awesome Autumn, living up to her moniker!

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And there she is! Nurse Lauren and her Daddy-o, looking beautimous!

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Lauren and her William, only God could have arranged their love story! He’s from Minnesota, she’s from Michigan, they met through her vlog, and now they are getting hitched! One of their favorite hash tags was #iloveus, you can’t tell at all 🙂

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It was her dream to get married by the same pastor who married her parents in the same church, and she did!

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They wrote their own vows and I loved what they said.

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The way the pastor clasped their hands spoke to me.

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Almost finished!

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Oh yeah, first married kiss ❤

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Mr and Mrs Brown!

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This was one of my favorite pictures! Well done!

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While the wedding party took their pictures indoors, we took some of our own outdoors. You never want to miss an opportunity when folks are looking all fine and fancy! Love our Girlies!

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A proud Honey and his daughters.

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Then we welcomed the new married couple to the reception! Another fave!

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Awesome Autumn gave a wonderful maid of honor speech! Touching, funny, delightful. As did Jon-a-fin and the groom’s father.

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There they are, The DeHostwaeler Girls!!!

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There was popcorn, candy and pop in bottles!

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We rang the little bells to make them kiss, it worked well!

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They had a lot of sweet touches. You were supposed to take a Polaroid and tape it into a scrap book and write words of wisdom. We did that and then took another as a keepsake! They also had a Bible with lined margins that you could underline a favorite verse and write them a little note.

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They had a sparkler sendoff!

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On their way to Bahamas!

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It was a wonderful day and God was at the front and center. Our best wishes, much love and many happy years together for the newlyweds!

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An Excursion To Ohio

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I believe I mentioned a few weeks ago that Honey sold The ABCAB, our high top conversion van that had safely taken our family on much ordinary life and many fun adventures. I was sad, it seemed like an end to an era, plus it was the most comfortable vehicle we owned. He decided that it was in our best interest to sell the van, trade in Honey’s super sexy silver sable, and purchase another vehicle that could cart us around in comfort.

We left her with her new people in a church parking lot. My heart hurt.

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Juanita, our 2006 Escape, has been my most favorite car to drive EVER, but heaven knows she is not a good option for a long car ride! We learned this first hand when Honey, Mousey and I took a spring trip down to Tennessee about 4 years ago to look at prospective colleges. We were surprised just how uncomfortable she was, something we had never noticed while driving her around town. We apparently forgot this fact when we decided to drive her down to Iowa for Elyk’s wedding to The Pug Mama a couple years ago. It came back to us very quickly and that is when I declared that I would not drive a long distance in Juanita EVER AGAIN.

So Honey began his research. As he does. He likes to be prepared when making a purchase. He looks at E.V.E.R.Y. thing he needs to make a well informed decision. His pursuit of a good deal is legendary! He asked my opinion about what my preference would be, and I had a couple of things on my wish list; a bun warmer, something to tell me the outside temperature (which the ABCAB had, and I sorely missed in Juanita), and 4 wheel drive, because one of my favorite things about the Escape was I felt safe driving in winter. Oh, and I said my color preferences were white, champagne and silver.

Honey’s wish list included a great price, low mileage, a navigation system and a hitch, to pull his as yet unpurchased fishing boat. After much discussion of our size and comfort needs he mainly focused in on Ford Explorers, and after a drive around to several dealers to look at other makes and models, we decided that was the way we were going.

Armed with our wants and needs, he went to work. He is systematic in his hunt, thorough in his scouring the local and acceptable distances, tireless in his tenacity! He showed me a couple that I rejected out of hand; I did not want another red car (our Mazda was reddish/burgundy) and no, I did not want a blue one because Jip the Farm Dog has a blue Explorer and I did not want to be a copycat, or a sycophant. 

He then started showing me white, champagne and silver Explorers. We went to downtown Detroit to look at a white one that had everything except a hitch, but also had a smaller cylinder engine that seemed a little loud (don’t I sound like I know what I’m talking about? Totally don’t), and the seats were semi comfortable but somewhat, for lack of a better word, tippy. Ultimately the lack of hitch and the lack of sufficient funds for a trade in on the super sexy silver sable, the white Explorer did not make the cut.

One Friday Honey asked if I wanted to take a drive to see a car. To Ohio, about an hour and a half away. He showed me the car. It was black and it didn’t have 4 wheel drive. He thought it would be a good choice for us. Now I have known Honey for a good many years and I am aware of his extensive, thrill of the hunt skills, and if he said this was a good deal for us, it most probably was. But it was black and didn’t have 4 wheel drive.

When I woke up that morning I told Honey that I had a bad dream. We drove all the way to see the car and it smelled AWFUL!!! Seriously stinky, like a combination of an old gym bag, mixed with dog and cigarettes. So far, not so good. On the drive down I felt like the Lord gave me good idea. If the weather was bad and I had to be out, I could STILL drive Juanita! I mentioned this to Honey and he agreed that that was a good solution to the lack of 4 wheel drive. So onward HO to Ohio, to see the 2016 Explorer with 16,000 miles and a hitch, that was also by the way, still black.

I figured, baring some unfortunate circumstance, we would be purchasing this car. We arrived, met the seriously nice salesman who had come in on his day off to show us the vehicle. It was a very nice car. It had more cylinders (still don’t know what I’m talking about), therefore was not as loud, we marveled at how quiet it was! The seats were comfy, not tippy at all. It had bun warmers, a temperature gauge, a hitch and many other awesome features. And it DID NOT STINK!!!! It unfortunately did not have a navigational system, 4 wheel drive and it remained black.

There was a little haggling, no pressure, and we almost went home in the super sexy silver sable, but then they came up with the offer Honey was looking for. Honey asked me what I thought, because 1/2 my wish list needs were unmet. Since the Lord had already dropped the winter weather advisory / Juanita solution into my mind, there was still the pesky fact that the car was black. I chose the other colors because they look the least dirty when in fact they might be dirty. I extracted the promises from Honey that next time we purchase a vehicle, I can get the color I want, and until then, I don’t want to hear him complaining that my car is DIRTY!!!!!  He agreed. Besides, he knows the way to the carwash. Plus he is retiring next year and will need something to fill his time!!  😉 Honey ❤

On the way home in our new to us black Explorer, I asked Honey what he wanted to name it. He said since it was black inside and outside, he liked the name Johnny Cash. I asked if he was sure the car was a boy? I think of all cars as girls. He was sure. Here he is, The Man in Black, otherwise known as MIB.

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It really is a great car, comfortable and full of gadgets, I learn something new every day!! We are thankful to have him, and will be taking him out on his maiden voyage this weekend! We are road tripping to Pennsylvania, to attend the wedding of Nurse Lauren, daughter of our Dear Friends The Hostler’s!! 

Thanks Honey for all of your hard work!!!!!

Labor Day at Gun Lake 2017

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Hi Y’All! We had a fun time up at Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ cottage over Labor Day weekend! Gun Lake is one of our favorite summer destinations and this year was full of all of the things we love best; laughing, visiting, eating, relaxing and cards!

Mousey had to work this year and we were all sad 😦 Aunt Phyllis even wrote her a note lamenting her absence.

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We arrived on Friday night and the visiting began.

A couple of weeks ago The Grandpa got himself a new FANCY phone!! He asked for a little help in setting up some things like texting, adding phone numbers, choosing notification sounds. Unfortunately he asked these yahoos! They had the best time “customizing” Grandpa’s phone!!!! Adding a photo so he could see who was calling, sparkling beauties I’m sure.

This actually is a video, but here it is just a picture, so you can get a small smackeral of the pretty faces they were saving.

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It kept them entertained for some time.

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They were laughing so hard there were wheezes and tears.

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These three are cut from the same cloth.

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Stacey thought Beeve might need a time out!

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They got into the cake the very first night. The evening up began in earnest. That baby was G.O.N.E. by Sunday morning.

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Goomba had the time of his life playing with the neighbor boys next door, but was around to play monkey in the middle with Honey and the monkey, Ummel Bob!

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He’s a good sport. And spry!

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There was GOOD eating ALL weekend!!! Marinated flank steal with yummy Pinterest potatoes (so you know they were cute!) and green and fruit salad, Beeve smoked a pork butt and there was pulled pork on a pretzel roll or on a loaded baked potato, Asian cabbage salad, corn on the cob. And the cake, coconut cookies and an entire pan of frosted brownies!

The guys had an adventure and went on a rescue mission!!! Goomba had been having a high time with the boys next door and Beeve and Stacey had been exchanging pictures with the other parents. They had invited Goomba to go with them to get ice cream across the lake on the boat. He was game for that!!! We were playing cards when Beeve got a call from an unknown number, but he recognized it from earlier in the day when exchanging the pictures. He answered and heard that the other family was having engine trouble and needed a tow home! So all the men folk loaded into Bob’s boat with rope, flashlights and blankets and headed out across the lake. Man, it was DARK! And COLD! They finally made it back just before it began to rain in earnest! A little adventure!

The card games of the weekend were Seven and 31. I had never played Seven before, it’s good to learn new things and keep the dendrites in the brain fluffed!!!!!

These two.

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They speak a similar language  ❤

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The gentleman’s club on the back porch.

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Tough hombres.

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Honey, Beeve and Goomba drowned some worms.

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A chilly boat ride.

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Goomba and his Mama.

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No one enjoys each others company more than these two.

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Stacey’s pretty sunset.

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I forgot the selfie stick so we had nothing to help take a picture until a neighbor gal happened to walk outside and we roped her into the job! She was very gracious!

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She quit just in time, it was getting dicey!

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The next day sent Goomba and The Ab-Cat back to school, and BSF workshops for Honey and I. And so it begins.

But it was a wonderful weekend!

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!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by on the last Hodgepodge of August. If you feel like joining in, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s and follow the instructions. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Can you believe we’re rolling in to the Labor Day weekend? What’s a project you’ll labor over this fall?

This is hard, I have no immediate answer. We have no BIG agenda, just the usual, winterizing the outside, doing some purging/reorganizing in the basement. Certainly nothing exciting.
2. Tell us about the best perks you ever had in a job?

This is an easy one! I am a hairdresser by trade and one of the greatest perks of working in a salon is having people available to give you haircuts, color, perms, at your fingertips! Of course there could be scheduling conflicts because you have to wait until both parties have free time, or come in early or stay after work.

A much easier thing to have done regularly was something we called “bouffing”. That was when an available stylist would fluff, tease, restyle, or just freshen your hairdo. As this was the 80s, it usually involved copious amounts of Paul Mitchell Sculpting Spray or Freeze and Shine. Ah, those were the days! Bouf me!!!

3. August 31st is National South Carolina Day. Have you ever been to SC? Any desire to go? According to Southern Living, these are the top ten things to do in South Carolina…
Explore Charleston, bike, golf or relax on Hilton Head Island, see the beach and the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach, visit the state museum in the capital city Columbia, observe the wildlife and natural beauty of the Ace Basin, take a walk or hop on a trolley and check out Greenville’s charming main street, visit Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, stroll through Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in Bishopville leaving time to check out The Button Museum, also in Bishopville, see Morgan Island (also known as Monkey Island)-home to nearly 4000 Rhesus monkeys.

Which is most appealing to you today? If you’re a SC native, resident, or frequent visitor what would you add to the list?

Honey and I visited South Carolina last September to see if it could be somewhere we might like to retire to. I wrote about our trip here.  Honey has a great desire to live on a lake so he can fish all the live long day. We saw many beautiful homes, plus my most favorite house of all time. I wish I could plop that house down wherever we do land, it was perfect for us! ❤

I would be more than happy to return and do some sightseeing, which is something we did not do last year. One fun thing I did do there was meet our hostess with the mostest Joyce for lunch! I have never met a bloggy friend before and we had a lovely lunch and she even gave Honey and I a tour of her almost completed new home! IMG_3901 (1)

4. Beef, pork, country-style, barbecued, baby back, spare or short…your favorite kind of rib? What’s a dish you enjoy that really ‘sticks to your ribs‘?

I am not really a rib person,but I do love the ribs at Bricktops in Naples, Florida! Their fries and coleslaw are also YUMMY!

Chicken pot pie really sticks to my ribs. Comfort food plus all that crust=sticking to ribs!!!
5. What’s one important skill you think every person should have? Why?

I think everyone needs to know how to have a civil conversation. Conversing seems to be a lost or dying art. Texting and social media also seem to be contributing to this lack of social skills. We seem to have lost the ability to listen politely, ask intelligent questions, and be thoughtful in our answers, all part of good civil conversations.

So much interrupting, shouting down and mindless, repetitive, screaming hissy fits. My Grandma and Mom called it “spouting off”, and it seems that is all a great majority of people are capable of, and we see it at all levels of society. You convince NO ONE of your cause when you cannot have an honest, respectful conversation.   

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TRUTH.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is some Way Back When-sday!

It was Miss Mousey Ann’s 23rd birthday last weekend!!

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Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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’!

 

Seattle

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The Boy and The Dane had an all day retreat they needed to attend for their jobs, so Honey and I decided to take in the sights. We did something we have never done before, called an Uber!

We agreed to share a ride so we were picked up almost immediately by a very pleasant driver and her gentleman passenger and were off. We told her we were newbies and she welcomed us and continued to chat all the way into town with tidbits of info. She dropped us off at The Space Needle and the touring began.

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I like his face. ❤

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I had to go through his phone pictures, my phone pictures and pictures from the big camera to round up all the shots for  this post!

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It was cloudy and looked like we might experience some of that famous Seattle weather, but it kept it to itself and turned out beautiful! But at 9:00, this is the look it was sporting.

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Honey’s experiments with the panoramic picture.

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The Space Needle opened for The World Fair in 1962, the year I was born. We old.

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They had taken pictures of everyone as we were waiting in line for the elevator to the top. When you pulled it up on their kiosk, you could choose between several backgrounds. So natural looking !!

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There is the elusive Mt. Ranier!!!

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We then joined a Emerald City trolley tour where you could hop on/hop off at any and all stops for as long as you liked. Until 6;00, because that’s when they close, and where ever you are, that’s where you will be. You have hopped your last.

We had a nice young man as our guide who gave us lots of fun facts about the city. I always appreciate that, this sort of info tends to stick in my mind better that a whole boatload of official stuff.

I guess Bruce Lee moved to Seattle when he was 18 and started teaching martial arts there. This bakery was the location of his dojo. Don’t I sound like I know what I’m talking about?! Honey took this picture to show The Boy because they share a fondness for Bruce Lee and deep love of all bad kung fu/martial arts movies. Mr. Lee is also buried somewhere above the city.

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Just before I left Michigan my Uncle Bob let me in on the fun fact that his former company, UPS, has started out in Seattle. When the guide mentioned this I took a picture of the building to send along to its former employee :). It’s a bad trolley photo and I’m not even sure if the company still operates out of there anymore.

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Honey wanted to go here for breakfast because he is a fan of the biscuit and gravy. The name was off putting to me and he decided it wasn’t that great of a place. But it was a carb-aholic’s dream and we didn’t eat again until 10 that night, so it sustained us mightily. We had to walk a bit to get there and OH MY WORD!!!! It is a little STEEP in Seattle!!!!! Honey said the next day his calves hurt!

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After we ate we walked down to Pike’s Place Market, as you do when in the city.

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Lots of pretty flowers, fruits and stinky fish. Also a whole bunch of people! Bunches and bunches!

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We did see a little fish throwing and Honey caught it on video. This is where it would be nice to post a video, but Windows Live Writer does not allow me to do that anymore for some reason 😦

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We didn’t stay too long in that crowd.

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Honey wanted to walk down by the waterfront, so we took a winding staircase down.

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That’s The Seattle Great Wheel in the background. They couldn’t call it a Ferris wheel because it has a copywrite, so they made up their own name.

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This is an educational bore worm to cleverly show people why there is all kinds of work being done to repair the eroding sea wall. They are evidently wreaking havoc, along with the tides, but there’s not too much can be done about that. Kids were climbing on this little fella.

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It turned out to be a beautiful day! Sunny and breezy, not too hot!

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We did not go on the wheel, but Honey is thorough in documenting the sights.

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We are getting better at the selfie!

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There was a Red Robin on the waterfront, it seemed a good time for refreshment and boat watching.

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Watched them load up and shove off.

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My treat. Dipped in raspberry sauce, YUM! Honey helped. He’s accommodating like that.

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We hopped back on the trolley after this for the rest of the tour and heard how after the great Seattle fire of 1889 they rebuilt the city 2 stories higher, and not out of all wood. This also solved the problem of flooding in high tide. I guess there are tours of the old city but we did not go. While we were waiting for the trolley we struck up a conversation with a woman also waiting. After talking for a bit I asked her where she was from, she said Wayne, Michigan! Hello Neighbor!

I was posting some pictures of the day on Facebook and noticed that a gal who was in our wedding had arrived in Seattle that very day! We were both at the Space Needle, but at different times. Small world!

There were some interesting street musicians, including a blind singer/guitarist when you first walked into Pike’s Place.

There was also a darker aspect with a lot of homeless, this was sad. Many tents on the side of the roads under overpasses and you could see others living on the grass above the walls on the freeways. Lots of panhandlers, probably the result of serious drug problems.

We ended the tour back at the Space Needle and amused ourselves while waiting for our second Uber by taking more selfies. The second driver was night and day different! Fine, but barely spoke a word! 

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I have never seen a more hilly, steeper city in my life! I don’t think The Ab-Cat would be able to navigate a lot of it!

We enjoyed our day and were glad to be back in our AirBnb rental!