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Schnibbles

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I thought I was finished being sick when we last spoke, but alas, I was not. The other cold symptoms have left but I am still coughing. It feels like that could go on for a while. While my immune system was waging war with the virus, my ever present kidney infection decided to make its move and overrun the bladder territory. It is being crushed mercilessly by a 5 day course of Cipro.

Anyone else not a fan of the Cipro? I don’t like the way it makes me feel. Weak, headache, heart racing. Plus it came with 4 pages of side effect notes, which is alarming in itself. I guess it’s better than a reaction to Bactrim, but not by much.

Besides coughing, I have done a few things around here. I got a temporary crown. Apparently the second tooth from the back had 3 cracks, that were causing it to feel…insecure… while using it. I was glad the dentist could figure out which one it was because I was unsure if it was that one or its big brother behind it. It has probably had a filling in it for over 40 years, I guess it has fulfilled its purpose. I thank you for your service.

The gals in our house have all had their hairs done. The Ab-Cat is all chemically straightened for another 6 or so months, Mousey is heavily highlighted once again, and I have had my silver lining removed for another 6 weeks. I have one more client today and then I am ON VACATION for 2 weeks!!!!

Honey and I are heading to The Sunshine State for a little R and R, so attention to the blob could be spotty, or not. I make no guarantees in any direction. I have brought the suitcases up from the basement, gone to the library with Abby to check out some reading material, started an area on the kitchen table with things we need and add to it daily, and have a pile of clothing in the bedroom awaiting packing. It’s getting real!

We have had some warmer weather that has melted a goodish amount of Winter Storm Mateo, but I have to say, some of the roads in our town are not going to make it through this winter! I thought Warren was a horror, but Morton Taylor is an ABOMINATION!!!! The people in charge of such things should be ASHAMED of themselves!!!!!!! And don’t give me that garbage about it being the county’s responsibility, get that dumb truck out there with the tar pellets in it and fill in those TRENCHES!!!!!!! Good common sense, its like a war torn country out here!

In good news, I have lost 8 pounds on the Keto diet! I don’t think I will make my goal of 15 before we go on vacation, but HOORAY for 8!!!!! We have decided we will eat normal on our trip, but as Honey said, not go hog wild! I asked what that meant, he said we would not have ice cream twice a day. Not sure that was really a thing, but it must have happened a time or two to stick in his mind! All I can say is chicken pot pie, I’m coming for ya!!!!!!!

We have been watching The Olympics, or should I say DVR-ing them, because OH.MY.WORD. the commercials! So many commercials! We loved the snowboarding and are heavily invested in figure skating at the moment. Abby and I have been using the ever present commercial time to goggle old figure skaters we used to love! A lot of them are fairly active on social media, hi Scott Hamilton, Kristie Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan! Have not heard Honey mention hockey so I’m guessing that is not in high gear yet.

Have a pleasant Monday, I got stuffs to do!

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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!

Welcome 2018! The Year in Review

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Happy New Year!!!

Honey and I celebrated with lunch at Chip and Dip, binge watching Netflix, and enjoying some yummy Mexican dip and delicious chocolate/caramel apple from Kilwin’s, graciously gifted to us by The Peanuts Champ!! I made it up to midnight, then took my leave about 12;30. Feeling fairly proud of myself, some years I have not made it!

As I was strolling through the last year on the blog, what struck me the most was how little I posted. It made me sad but strengthened my resolution to do better in 2018. I make no promises, but know that it is my hearts desire to do a better job 🙂

Here are 17 of my favorite moments from 2017.

1. This was from our vacation last February. I made it the background for my phone. The funny thing about this picture is the backstory. We had met with a realtor to look at houses and condos, so it was a busy day. We had made plans to meet up with a friend that Honey used to work with and his wife for dinner. We arrived, were seated, and then waited. And waited. No couple. Honey finally texted and discovered that our plans were for the next night!!!!! Welcome to mid life!

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2. This meme never fails to amuse me. It pokes a hole in the social justice warrior nonsense that feels the need to vehemently protest and complain about every.single.thing. so that everything is just a big pot of complaint stew. That is not to say that there are not things to protest about, but if you are outraged over EVERYTHING, people stop listening to ANYTHING you say. #notmygroundhog, still hilarious.

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3. I don’t know why, but I love this one.

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4. The Boy and I decided to correspond, this started his first letter. We so enjoy getting mail from each other!

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5. My favorite snapshot from the previously mentioned vacation in Florida. Art by Mousey.

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6. Father’s Day, Honey and his Girlies! ❤

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7. Moonpie arrives!!! It’s really something to see your baby with their baby ❤

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8. Our first introduction to the new grandbaby! We flew to Seattle in August when she was one month old. Grammy and Papa were christened.

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9. This just makes me smile. Such passion, such angst, such an Angry Anderson!!!!

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10. Labor Day at Gun Lake with our People. ❤ ❤ ❤

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11. She is getting more animated! And more chins!

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12. Nurse Lauren got married!!! Celebration in Pennsylvania!

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13. Happy Halloween from the cutest little kitty cat we know!

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14. Capri’s!!!!!!

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15. Family unit 🙂

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16. Moonpie modeling her new hat, love the tongue!

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And 17. I think this is my verse for the year. I am feeling in need of restoration, not completely sure why. Some hope, peace and joy sounds like a winner to me. I will pray it for you too, everyone could use a little overflowing hope, peace and joy.

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I will include this as one of Honey’s favorite moments of 2017! He has always wanted to be voluntarily bumped off a flight and it finally happened!

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Happy New Year Friends, let’s make it a good one!

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!

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!