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Wednesday Hodgepodge


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!

Thanks for stopping by!


Why the MIA


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!

Wednesday Hodgepodge


imageHappy March to you all! We are in Florida this week but I still wanted to play along!

1. February ended with an extra 24 hours in 2016. What did you do with your bonus day?

Not too much. We caught some sun in the early afternoon then headed out to Chipotle for dinner then did a bit of shopping. Mousey and I have not had any luck 😢, but The Ab-Cat found a couple options for a wedding we will be attending in a couple weeks.

2. What’s something in your life that’s grown by leaps and bounds in recent days, weeks, months, or years? I’m giving you lots of room to come up with an answer here, so no fair passing on this one.

Feels like my waist has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Very sad faced emoji.

3. Do you read reviews about a film before deciding if you’ll see it? Did you watch The Oscars this year, and if so your thoughts on the program? How many of the Best Picture nominees had you seen prior to the broadcast? (Spotlight, The Martian, The Big Short, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, and Brooklyn) If you watched The Oscars who gets your award for ‘best dressed’?

I did not read any reviews or watch the show. We probably would have watched some of it had we been home. The only two movies I have seen were The Martian and Mad Max, the first I loved and the second, not so much. The Ab-Cat showed me her choices for best dressed and I can’t remember the first one but the second was Sarah Silverstein. No one was more surprised about that than Abby!

4. When did you last have overnight houseguests? Give us your top three tips on being a good houseguest.

We have house guests all the time, it’s usually a pretty casual affair. Mostly people who used to live in our area and have now moved away and need a place to sleep! I give them a key and if they are around at mealtime they are welcome to join us!

I don’t know that I have any tips for being a good houseguest. Maybe don’t trash the joint, keep the noise down after midnight and pick up after yourself? Sounds reasonable.

5. March 2nd is Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Will you be celebrating? If so, would you prefer a home made peanut butter cookie, a Reese’s peanut butter cup, an old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or shall I just hand you a jar and a tablespoon?

We are fans of peanut butter at our house and have been known to enjoy all of these!! When I was young and was STARVING before dinner my Mom used to say we could have a spoonful of peanut butter to tide us over. I think the cookie would be my favorite way to celebrate!

I have to say that Honey is our resident peanut butter lover, he recently had some peanut butter chocolate ice cream in Naples that he was rather pleased with 😀

6. Why is failure important? Or isn’t it?

I think failure is important. Not in the sense that if you make a mistake you ruin everything, but in the sense that we reflect and ruminate over failure in a way we don’t when we are successful. Sometimes we need to take a critical look at ourselves. There are many kinds of failure, physical, emotional, financial, moral and spiritual, and sometimes an epic fail can give you just The perspective to make a needed change. The Bible is full of folks who learned that failure isn’t final, it’s a stepping stone to becoming who God intends us to be.

7. Share with us one fun thing on your March calendar.

We have a wedding to attend the weekend after we get home from vacation! We love this couple and are looking forward to celebrating with them! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.