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Greetings After Winter Storm Mateo!

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The Mitten was officially dumped on over the weekend. We had been hearing a storm was coming, after already receiving several inches earlier in the week. Honey said he was ALREADY sick of plowing snow before Mateo arrived!!!

I started feeling puny last Wednesday, just an annoying cough. When I woke on Thursday I felt considerably worse. I hope I didn’t contaminate anyone in my misguided attendance at BSF, because I deteriorated as the morning went on. I made a couple stops on my way home, to Sam’s to get some essentials, cream, butter and cheese, and to Meijer to find something to ease my distress. By that evening I had a fever, headache, runny nose and velaciraptors in my throat.

Vitamin C, because we were out, NyQuil because Mousey swears by it, Cepacol per recommendation of our BSF treasurer Joyce, Mentholatum, blogger Boo Mama swears by Mentholatum, and the long word with an O came from The Peanuts Champ and Keelyody at birthday club on Tuesday evening. Oh, and not featured, but possibly the hardest workers of all, Advil, Halls cough drops, and Puffs Plus. I can’t say that anything was a miracle worker, but it’s possible that they were helpful. No, I take that back, the Puffs Plus were miracle workers. Puffs and the Mentholatum smeared around the nostrils kept the Rudolph nose away!

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I spent the first part of the weekend on the couch coughing and watching Finding Your Roots and Call the Midwife. I alternated the second part of the weekend with more of the same and adding vacuuming (boredom and necessity), helping Honey in his quest of straightening up the den by going through my side of the bookshelf (reorganizing, purging, donating and dusting), coughing, working on my Bible studies, drinking tea and watching the Olympics. And coughing. My family hates it when I cough like this. It’s not sympathy, it’s more like annoyance, because HACKING.

This loser was constantly all up in my business, as he is at this very moment.

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Seriously?? And now he’s giving me sassy tail because I am touching him while trying to type!!!! How could I NOT touch his intruding rumpus??!! I told him he could leave if he wasn’t comfortable. He declined. But still the sassy tail slapping my leg.

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He got the boot after this.

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Wants my food and drink. This is particularly unattractive to see.

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So while I coughed and endured the cat sleeping all over me, Honey plowed multiple times, and stayed away from my emanating germs.

My view, since I had not ventured out since Thursday.

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On the bright side, we Facetimed with this little nugget! She has a new passion, this jumping thingy!!! When we first saw her in it she was just kicking her legs, occasionally making contact with the floor, but girlfriend has got it ALL going on now!!!!! She is a jumping BEAN!

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She also gave cheese a whirl. I think it was successful.

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Then pizza crust, I think she’s a foodie!

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Evidently a bath lover as well!

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Honey went back to work last night after his two week layoff (retirement practice!!!), and I was very sad. Even though he was sick for the beginning of it, it was sure nice having him around!

So here we are on Monday, all dug out, sunshine replacing almost continuous snow, and feeling somewhat better. It’s the coughing!

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Have a pleasant Monday.

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by! Here we go.

From this Side of the Pond

1. Speaking of endings….at your wit’s end, at loose ends, a dead end, burn the candle at both ends, all’s well that end’s well, or no end in sight…which ‘end’ phrase might best be applied to your life lately? Explain. 

I am feeling relatively calm at the moment. Nothing causing a flurry of activity or undue stress, so I will choose alls well that ends well. That was what Ma Ingalls was known to quote when things didn’t quite turn out as expected, and that has mostly been the story of my life! Seems like a good philosophy for living because in what kind of life does everything turn out just the way you planned?!

2. What was a must have accessory when you were growing up? Did you own one? If so tell us what you remember about it.

I remember in around 8th or 9th grade, it seemed like all the girls had these super cute white ski parkas with a furry collar or hood. I wanted one so bad!!! But my ever practical Mother nixed the white and bought me a similar one in purple. I was somewhat disappointed at first, because those white coats were sweeeet, but I TOTALLY get it now!!!!
3. Something that made you smile yesterday?

I asked The Boy and The Dane to send us a picture, cause Grammy and Papa need to see how little MoonPie is growing! She is all about moving and making sweet little noises!

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And apparently tasting!

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4. January 30th is National Croissant Day. Do you like croissants? Sweet or savory? We’re having chicken salad for lunch…would you rather have yours served on a croissant, a wrap, a bagel, bread, or a roll of some sort?

I do like croissants and I would choose to have chicken salad on one. I am an equal opportunity bread lover though, and I would not turn down any of the choices!
5. Sum up your January in fifteen words or less.

COLD, snowy, quiet, dark, snowy, binge watching, cold, keto, hot tea, heavy cream, and did I mention COLD and SNOWY!!??
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

This is our third week of the Keto diet. I have lost 5 lbs and Honey has lost six, so we are not complaining! Surprisingly, it can be difficult to get enough fat in your diet, who would have thunk it? There are all kinds of fat bomb recipes on Pinterest to help you with that, including sweet and savory. Since I have a steady, insistent sweet tooth, I opted for sweet and both Honey and I agreed that this recipe was a winner!

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I didn’t make ours in a traditional peanut butter cup, I put the cheesecake part in and just added the chocolate on top, much simpler and quicker. I also made 2 different sizes, some in a silicone mold (small) and some in a mini muffin tin (larger). This was a keeper, so YUMMY! Will definitely venture into the fat bomb territory again!! Our thanks to Keto Mama!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by, if you would like to link up, click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s. She’ll tell you what to do! Let’s go.

From this Side of the Pond

1. January 24th is National Compliment Day. Is it easy or not so easy for you to accept a compliment? Share a recent compliment you’ve given or received.

I feel I can take a compliment when it’s quick, I can say thank you and move on. But if it goes on past a certain point I’m not sure what to do with it and it almost becomes embarrassing! And of course it’s a very fine line between the two 🙂

Honey had some free time before he left for his Bible study last Saturday, so he used it to wash and gas up my car! He is a big old hunk of honey! We have had a lot of yucky weather up here in The Mitten and our car, Johnny Cash, was a filthy piglet! He was also low on gas because I was waiting for the frigid temperatures to rise before I wanted to get out there to pump. I had heard a rumor that we were having a warmup on the weekend, so I was holding out! I thanked him for taking such good care of me! ❤
2. Ten little things you are loving right now.

1. Since we are trying the Keto diet, I have had my ear to the ground about any new-ish products. Mrs. Schmenkman told me that she had tried Monk Fruit sugar, and in looking for it on Amazon, I found this to go on my yummy Keto pancakes! It is not thick like regular syrup, but it tastes very good.

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2. Speaking of the yummy Keto pancakes! I know it says waffles, but we only have a single waffle maker and it takes too long. I double this recipe and keep the rest in the fridge to get me through the week. Loving them.

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3. Sugar free “sugared” pecans. Good grief, I can’t keep my hand out of the container!

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4.Mousey ordered this book and I don’t think she was aware that Dana Carpender is my favorite author on all things low carb. I have about 4 of her cookbooks and have enjoyed reading her thoughts about the Keto diet and browsing through her new recipes. She makes things so easy to understand and her writing style makes me feel like I am visiting with an old friend. 🙂

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5. Mousey gave me a couple of these handy dandy things for Christmas! I always need bags in the car to carry in my purchases from Sam’s. These fold up flat, click open, and carry a TON of stuff!!! Every time I use them I think they are so clever!!

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6. I am always happy to find a good, scent free lotion, and this one works very nicely on my dry claws! The Ab-Cat concurs, because she has sandpaper hands without the benefit of hand cream.

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7. Honey is getting laid off for 2 weeks after this weekend, I’M LOVING THAT!!!!! I am calling it retirement practice!!!

8. Always loving this spicy fellow, but he is especially lovey dovey when it’s cold outside. He sticketh closer than a brother in his quest to remain toasty!

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9.Speaking of cold, loving my bun warmers in the new car!

10. Loving these 10 precious fingers! Lifted this off her Mama’s Instagram account. Our Grandgirl Moonpie is apparently on the move, her parents probably could use a little of this peacefulness!

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3. Would people describe you as a positive person? Do you see yourself that way? I read here a list/description of eight things positive people do differently-
Positive people find something to look forward to every day, they celebrate the small stuff, they’re kind, they stay busy, accept responsibility for their actions, forgive themselves, know when to move on, and resist comparisons

Which action on the list would you say you do regularly? Which action could you add to your life to give you a more positive outlook? If you’re a positive person, what’s something you do regularly that’s not on the list?

I think people would describe me as positive and that is how I see myself. I think I can find something to look forward to every day because I enjoy very eclectic things. I like the days that I have to be up and out in the morning because that means I am probably going walking or to my Bible study, where I will learn new things and see people that I love to be with. I also look forward to days at home where I can have a second cup of tea, go through my routine on the computer, you know, check the blogs I read, look at the news, Instagram and Facebook, dabble in Pinterest and catch up on Words With Friends! Add in days with new adventures!  See? It’s all good, something to look forward to every day!!

I would add being thankful to the list,  Being positive seems to have an element of gratefulness for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t. I try and count my blessings every day and thank the Lord for His provision.
4. Homemade chicken soup, beef stew, or a bowl of chili…what’s your pleasure on a cold winter’s day?

None of those sound particularly enticing to me. Honey does make a yummy Stracciatella, which is more like Italian chicken soup and far superior in my opinion! I do also like chili from a Coney Island, not so much made at home.

5. The best part of my day is….

Talking with my People. The days seem to have a rhythm and there is time for one on one conversation with them all at certain times. I love hearing about their day or something they have learned, and especially when they have a funny story to share.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

It would seem lately that house elves have confiscated our luncheon plates. It’s the only way to rationalize our empty plate spot in the drawer! Have they been mysteriously used elsewhere, or been broken and no one is fessing up to it? So it’s been an ongoing issue for a while now and I have been looking for some replacements. I also need to confess that I threw all of our Tupperware lunch plates in the recycling bin because they were a disaster. You know how sometimes you use something for so long that you don’t really see it? And then one day you take a good look at it and are horrified? Well, that was the story with those.

I have never had Corelle before but have always heard that they are pert near indestructible. Unfortunately, they have never had any colors or patterns that suited our decor. These don’t technically “match”, but because of our immediate need, I am taking a chance that they will “go”. Or that no one will notice. Plus they were on sale and will not end up all chippy, so Corelle for the WIN!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Welcome back to the Hodgepodge! Things got a little hectic last month but I am trying to make a better effort blogging in this here New Year. If you would like to link up, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s. She will take it from there. Here we go, first Hodgepodge of 2018!

From this Side of the Pond

1. It’s that time of year again…time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words (or phrases) they’d like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, or genera uselessness) in 2018. You can read more about the decision making process and word meaning here, but this year’s top vote getters are-
unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned, onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you this, impactful, Cofefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot water doesn’t need to be heated), and gig economy

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you’d like to add?

As usual, I have heard very few of these expressions. Let’s lose cofefe because it’s not really a word as much as a typo. Let’s add cultural appropriation, because I don’t believe that’s really a thing. This world has been inventing, laying aside, and rediscovering everything since time began. I read somewhere that there is nothing new under the sun 😉

2. What’s something you need to get rid of in the new year?

How about 15 pounds!!! We are all going to try the keto diet around here soon. Mousey has already given it a whirl with very good results.
3. Where do you feel stuck?

In my mind. I have had some unproductive thoughts rolling around in my head, living rent free and taking up too much space. I have been asking the Lord for help because I know I can’t solve these problems on my own. Our BSF study of Romans this year has told me that that the enemy is waging war in my mind (Romans 7:23) trying to make me a prisoner, The battle is real Y’Al, I feel it!!  But the next week I was reminded;

Romans 8:5-6 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Since I am a Believer I do not have to live according to the flesh, I have been set free from that. The question is why would I return to that kind of thinking? As my Dear Friend Diana calls it, “stinkin’ thinkin’”!

Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.

So I am praying that the Spirit, and NOT Capri K, governs my mind, because I desire the life and peace that is available when I set my mind on what the Spirit desires. Sounds easy, but is SO not. Until I give up this earthly body there will be a struggle with sin. Sometimes I handle it better than others, but it is good to have a mental reset to recognize exactly what is going on and who is behind the upset. And to know that the only way of being rescued from the “stinkin’ thinkin’” is through Holy Spirit intervention. #goodtoknow

4. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup? Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter’s day?

We have soup quite a lot around here. Mediterranean minestrone, cream cheese chicken chili, cheesy vegetable chowder, loaded baked potato, Italian escarole. We don’t eat canned soup as soup, but we do use cream of mushroom in other things. I do have a good recipe from Jip the Farm Dog’s mom that is called 7 canned soup, or something like that. I have altered it a little. It’s a good, quick dinner and I usually have all the ingredients in the pantry. That’s as close to canned soup as we get 🙂

My favorite is probably the cream cheese chicken chili. Creamy goodness with the Rotel tomatoes, enchilada sauce can warm you up in no time!
5. Tell us one thing you’re looking forward to in 2018.

Honey is planning on retiring in the spring!!!!! We are most certainly looking forward to that! He had his 30 year anniversary at Ford in November and he is ready to GO. He has worked so hard for us all these years and I am so happy for him to be able to do what he he would like. I suspect he will want to do some fishing, golfing and traveling, and that’s ok by me!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here are MoonPie’s belated five month pictures taken by her Mama! She is a chunky, chatty, wiggly little gal! She is currently in Denmark with her parents and getting introduced to all of her Mama’s favorite people.

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Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi guys, linking up again from sunny Florida! Thank you to Joyce for hosting and giving us questions to answer!


1. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven’t been fishing is that something you’d like to try?

I have been with Honey when he fished! He has almost always thrown them back when I was around, but when he has fished with The Boy, they have eaten their catches.

I don’t have much desire to fish, but I’m glad Honey loves it so much.

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, fish or cut bait…which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?

Hmm, maybe fish or cut bait. We have been looking at real estate while vacationing in Florida. There are MANY beautiful homes in MANY nice communities, but we really just need to decide if we are going to buy a second home. We go back and forth between buying and renting down here. We have looked at so many properties that they are all running together. We need to decide what we are going to do. Fish or cut bait.

2. What’s something you’re always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?

Chapstick in my purse, it falls out of its designated pocket.

3. Your favorite fish tale or movie?

Finding Nemo is a fine fish tale!

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.

i usually rise early and get stuff done in daylight. I am not much good after 6. I don’t know how I ever did things at night, it’s not happening now!

5. What’s the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?

I have a mid length jacket, reversible, blue and white knit on one side, red windbreaker on the other. I wore it regularly when the kids were little. It hung in the closet for a long time until I started wearing it to walk in cold weather. It’s lightweight but keeps out the cold. I wouldn’t be caught wearing it any other time though, not my best look!

6. We’ve got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What’s been the best and worst part of your winter so far?

We are on vacation right now! It’s been beautiful in southwest Florida these last two weeks.

I cant complain about winter too much this year, though that is not always the case with Michigan. We have had some snow and some pretty cold temperatures, but nothing beastly! They had almost 70 degrees last week, an anomaly for February!

BUT, I have lived in The Mitten long enough to know that spring is just a suggestion. We can have snow in April and cold temperatures in May.

Best part? Getting out of it for two weeks with all of our kids. Worst part? We have had a steady diet of rain, sleet and snow, and my car Juanita has been a filthy piglet!

7. The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day…will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what’s your favorite JB tune?

We are going out to dinner, but not in celebration of the margarita. I can’t say I have ever had one, and I don’t know any Jimmy Buffet songs except Margaritaville.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

A couple photos from our trip, Honey fitchin’ off the dock and the two of us! 31 years and I still like him!

I’m shocked the iPad let me put these pictures somewhat where I wanted them!

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Why the MIA

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Hi Guys. We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our big computer in the office. The one I blog at. It is declining to connect with our internet. We have had the WOW internet guy out, and he was everything we could have hoped for, but it now appears that we have a Dell problem, not an internet problem. We did get a new modem and faster internet along with a new clicker for the tv, so not a complete waste of a visit!

I kept hoping things would be resolved and I could pick up blogging in the herky jerky way to which I have become accustomed, but now I am not sure when this will be resolved. Considering it is Christmas week, the computer and its HATEFUL self are low on the list of things to do before December 25th.

Good news! The spiteful puter is still under warranty, so Honey will investigate where we need to take it to be stabbed and or dissected in its faithless heart/hard drive.

Both of my Bible studies are done for 2016, so I am going to try and participate in the Hodgepodge on Wednesday, but I make no guarantees. I am somewhat behind in shopping and I have no good reason. Just feel more disorganized than usual, but Christmas will come, and it will be what it is.

Ok,  I feel better knowing I have checked in here and gave you the scoop. I can blob words here, but pictures are not an option. They may be for someone else, but it makes me want to snatch myself bald to try and get a picture in the right place on the iPad!

Go forth and conquer Monday!