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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Happy first day of summer! Click on the button below if you would like to link up. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you’d put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?

Going to get ice cream, making smores around the fire pit, eating dinner on the patio, going to my aunt and uncles cottage on Gun Lake, playing cards there, riding bikes, South Haven with the Caregroup gals, family swim day in our pool, dinners with friends, and BBQ!!!. We will try to get it all in!
2. Do you collect seashells when you’re at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What’s your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these ‘best beaches for hunting seashells’ have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?
Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey’s Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas

I do! We like to walk on the beach so for the last few years we have kept our eyes pealed for heart shaped shells and rocks, and other pretty shells. These are some of my finds

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I put these in the bathroom.
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I don’t remember shelling when I went to The Bahamas, but we have done some on Sanibel. I will pick Hawaii because Honey has never been and I would like for him to go.

3. At a snail’s pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which ‘shell’ phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

Probably shell out money, don’t we all? Right now we have 2 cars that need attention, a pool problem and a busted hedge trimmer. Sounds like money shelling out to me.
4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

I’m going to say cutting the grass. It’s not so much the activity I dislike, it’s more the heat and humidity makes me feel like I’m going to spontaneously COMBUST.
5. What’s something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?

On the lighter side, land lines, road maps and letters in the mail. On a sadder more serious side, the art of conversation, children playing outside, common sense, the ability to disagree with someone without screaming long names at them, humility, class, honesty, integrity, comprehending that we sometimes need to focus on what unites us instead of always focusing on what divides us.

It bothers me. A lot.
6. Insert your own random thought here.

As I mentioned above, today is the first day of summer. I know this because 26 years ago today, at 3:07 in the morning, I had our son on the first day of summer! A precious, sweet, boy who brought joy and laughter to our life.

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And noises and mischief!

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And that same Boy is due to have his own baby in 9 days! We have been writing letters and they are full of his excitement to meet his daughter. I told him his life is about to change forever.

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He said he already loves her so much! But like The Grinch, your heart grows three sizes more when you actually meet them!

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He and The Dane called yesterday because they were writing in the baby book and needed some names and dates for the family tree. For a minute I thought they were calling to tell us some news!!!! You never know!

They are so ready to meet their baby girl!

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I also told The Boy that the feeling you have for your baby never goes away. Even when you look at your big grown son you think the words from one of our favorite books;

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.

Happy Birthday Boy, your world is about to change, and you will never want to go back.

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, it’s been a while! If you would like to join us, click on the link below to head over to Joyce’s. Glad to back with you!

From this Side of the Pond

1. The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week, Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country’s flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)

I have never been to any of those places but would be happy to go!

We have a flagpole but it is currently without a flag. We used to have a light shining on it so you could leave it up throughout the night, but electricity was severed when we had The Great Sewer Debacle and Honey has never gotten back around to restoring it. Next year perhaps when he is RETIRED!!!!

Flag Day was also notable as my Grandmother’s birthday. My Uncle Bob texted me last night to tell me she would have been 104 today, unbelievable!!! Even more unbelievable is she has been gone for almost 25 years.

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One of my favorite people ever.

2. Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.

A little of both. The red flags of health issues, the white flags of acceptance or resignation. This Temple Maintenance is a drag sometimes.
3. Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of person? What kind of person is that?

I certainly used to be! I rarely listen to music in the car these days,

I sometimes listen to a Chris Tomlin or Matt Redmon cd while driving to BSF, and I sometimes finish the song in the parking lot before I head in. The odd thing is I always turn it off when I get back in the car after class! I guess I have too much stuff swirling around in my brain and it needs quiet!
4. What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses? In other words, what makes a good dad? What’s an expression you associate with your father?

I think a good dad builds into his children, and there are a lot of ways to accomplish that. You can love your children a lot, but if it doesn’t manifest itself in any practical, emotional or spiritual way, I don’t think success was achieved.

I think Honey was an overachiever in this area. He has always worked a ton of hours, yet he has parented lovingly and intentionally. There have been many years when our family was the only thing extracurricular he had time for! He has fiercely loved, cared for, advocated for, made time for, and intentionally invested in their lives in creative, steady, and fun ways.

He is not a perfect man, but I think all of our children would agree that they knew his love was firm and unshakable, he was committed to helping them in all areas, he faithfully provided for their needs, was able to provide many opportunities that he was never able to experience, and he spent much time trying to instill in them a sense of fun and creativity, a strong work ethic, along with training them in the way that they should go, so that when they are old they will not depart from it. Well done Honey!!
5. What’s one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?

The only thing I can think of at the moment was our Mom would not let us have a house key in our younger years. It probably had something to do with safety or not wanting to have a ton of kids in the house if she wasn’t home, but all I can remember is sitting on the front porch waiting for her to arrive, and having to go to the bathroom!!!!!!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post!

Speaking of good Dads, here is mine with his little Furlings!

Our kids had many happy visits out to my parents lake house, and swimming with this raft probably is one their favorite memories!! It is also one of my favorite pictures because I don’t know who had more fun on it, them or my Dad!!!! I love his face here and can hear his laughing!

I just showed it to him because he spent the night so I can take him to the airport this afternoon. He agreed that it was a fine memory in his museum of recollection!

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All his grandkids on our side. They love him so!

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And pictures of Honey and his kids! In front of The White House.

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At Kalahari.

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Playing Golf on one of our trips to Florida.

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And the usual rumpus that precedes a photo shoot!

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Happy Fathers Day to the Dads!!!!!

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, it’s been a looooong time! Life got a little hectic there, but it has all smoothed out now and I am ready to rejoin the Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you would like to link up, click on the button below to head over to Joyce’s, she will be glad to have you!

From this Side of the Pond

1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm…
Are you a pack rat? Even if you’re not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what’s yours.

I think there are degrees of pack rat-ism, and unless you are a hard core, black belt packer I think it could probably be classified as a quirk. I guess there is a skill to hiding your tendencies.

I guess I fall into the category of quasi-pack rat. It’s really more that I am sentimental and keep things for that reason. I am a keeper of personal correspondence, pictures, and special things belonging to our children, that I have saved for grandchildren. No one would ever really see these things.

We have lived in our current house for almost 20 years and we have quite a collection of furniture, household items, toys, books for bigs and littles, plus we are currently a holding tank for our grown children. They all have some things set aside that they want to take with them at some future time. We feel like we want to purge, but we have held onto it for this long, we may as well keep it a while longer until the girls move out and The Boy collects his stuff that he didn’t take when he moved out to Washington state last summer. We DO need to get down in our basement and take stock, I’m sure there is a lot we could do without. Maybe when Honey retires next year. Put it on the list.
2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don’t?

I should know how to access new comments on my blog. They have changed the format on WordPress and I can’t figure it out! I can only get there when I get an email notifying me to approve a new comment. I have to say that I hate it when they change things like that, I know that is a strong word, but it is accurate. Their effort to make things more “user friendly” is rarely a help to me! Continuing on the blog topic, I should also be able to figure out how to upload a picture and have it go where I want it to go. Clearly this is asking too much.

There are a lot of things I should know how to do on the ipad, but I just muddle through until someone shows me an easier way.
3. Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.

Unfortunately I do. It was very apparent when I did the Whole 30 diet in March. They acted like the cravings would be gone after 30 days, but I am here to tell you that they did not.

I use Truvia in my tea these days, and have had pretty good success baking with it.

Dessert is not a given when dining out. It’s more of a special occasion thing. I need to return to the one indulgence a week mindset I sported a couple summers ago. I really had to think about what I wanted. It was a good exercise.
4. What’s a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can’t imagine living without?

The iphone. Except for my Dad and one gal I know, Honey and I were the last people we knew to jump on the fancy phone band wagon! I was not, nor am I, super attached to my cell phone. Lots of time it’s in my purse and I can’t even hear it. BUT, I am very glad to finally have one, mainly for the camera, texts, directions, and the ability to check Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram if I am stuck waiting!

How else could I find out important news from Mousey on Snapchat?
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Or text Jip the Farm Dog my most recent purchases from our favorite flower place?

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Everyone needed to see this sparkling beauty of Mia’s misery on her trip to the vet.

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Or sleeping Sy. A good percentage of my photos are Sy related.

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Or our sweet Girlies!

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See? Couldn’t live without it!

5. What’s a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.

I heard Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper the other day and it reminded me of a pre marriage road trip to Florida with my old friend Suzie! We heard a lot of Ms Lauper and The Heart of Rock and Roll and I Want a New Drug by Huey Lewis and the News travelling down I75 on that vacation!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

My Mother has been in her heavenly home for 7 years now but she was deeply loved here and fondly remembered last weekend as we celebrated the mothers in our life.

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We had a very nice Mothers Day weekend! The Ab-Cat took us to Longhorn’s for dinner on Saturday night.

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And then Honey took us to our favorite, Chip and Dip after church on Sunday. I told the girls I wanted a picture, and even though there was groaning, they humored me.

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Happy April! Click on the button below if you would like to link up. Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. April is Lawn and Garden Month. On a scale of 1-10 what’s the current state of your lawn and/or garden. (10=a showpiece, 1=send in the professionals). Tell us about any lawn or garden plans you have for this month.

Well, it’s a little early to be working in the garden up here in The Mitten. The backyard is still closed up for winter, pots covered, debris to be cleared, furniture in the shed. Heck, Honey’s snow plowing sticks are still in the ground and their services could still be needed! I’m going to say a solid 5, we are no further ahead or behind than usual, just dormant.

We have had a few nice days that caused the day lillies to poke their heads up for a looksee, but that’s about it. Once it looks like spring has sprung, the first thing we usually do is get the chairs and patio pretties out of the shed and start cleaning up the beds, cutting stuff back and distributing the pots back to their homes.

I do need to get on the stick and get my hyacinth bean seeds planted in the house so they can be ready to plant in the ground. They need to have a good head start so they can climb the trellis and have a party at the top! That’s my big plans.
2. “Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.”~Thomas Fuller What does this quote mean to you?This could be love, laughter, friendship and memories. Not sown in dirt the traditional way, but beautiful, lovingly cared for, and treasured all the same. All grown in the garden of life.
3. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?

Creator.

I don’t understand how anyone could think that all the amazing, beautiful, intricate things in our world could have just evolved out of nothing. The human body, our universe and its delicate balance, a mind complicated enough to build a computer, watch, or rocket ship and solve intricate problems. There has to be a Creator.
4. If we were chatting in person, how would I know if you were nervous?

I don’t think you would know unless I told you, I have a pretty good poker face 🙂
5. Do you like the color yellow? Would I find any in your home or wardrobe? Daffodils, tulips, roses, sunflowers, day lily, black eyed susan…which yellow bloom on this list is your favorite?

I like the color yellow, just not on my person. None is represented in my wardrobe or our home, but I love, love, LOVE it in the garden! I have many yellow day lillies and black eyed Susan’s, and have a special place in my heart for the sunflower because it was our oldest daughter’s favorite for many years.

My favorites lately are the cheerfully reliable zinnias!

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And happy million bells. They add so much.

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6. Flip flops or bare feet?

Bare feet or sandals. My flip flop days are long gone, plus that slapping sound annoys me.
7. Tell us about any Easter plans, celebrations, or traditions you’ll carry out this month.

For so many years we were on vacation at Easter, it has only been the last couple of years that we have even been home. I find myself at loose ends and very out of practice! The only things set in stone are we will go to church and we will eat….something! Another tradition would be Easter baskets, I still do that for the girls.

We are studying John this year at BSF and we are almost to the crucifixion. I want to always remember what the Lord suffered so that I could have my sins forgiven and be made righteous. He sacrificed himself so that I could believe in Him and have my sins covered by His blood, and receive the blessing of His Holy Spirit to guide, teach, and refine me.

John 14:25-27

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His death and resurrection prove He has power over the grave and is fully capable of offering forgiveness, salvation, the Holy Spirit and the promise of eternal life with Him in heaven. That is something to celebrate!!!!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is some Way Back When-sday from 2000, SEVENTEEN years ago!!!!! We were in Florida for Easter break. This is when we used to take the kids out of school for an additional week to have a nice long vacation! We are at Islands of Adventure here.

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Eleven year old Ab-Cat, nine year old Boy and six year old Mousey.

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We spent quite a bit of time at Seuss Landing!

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Back at the pool, their happy place!

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, welcome to the last March Hodgepodge of 2017! If you would like to link up, click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s, our hostess with the most-est!

From this Side of the Pond 

1. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’  What’s something you’ve seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

Mrs. Schmenkman posted this on the Facebook yesterday! They are having full on spring down in Virginia!!!!! Beautiful!

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2. Our culture and beauty…your thoughts?

I think our culture focuses WAY too much on what a person looks like on the outside, and WAY too little attention on developing the inside. There are a lot of ignorant, shallow, crude, unkind, stupid, dishonest, pretty people out there. I remember one year at my Bible study they had a page of verses for developing character over physical traits. That’s what we should be more concerned with, beautiful hearts and souls.
3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep…which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

I would LOVE some beauty sleep! In this ever changing life stage I find myself in, sleep and beauty are becoming hard work.. Sleep seems to be optional, with no rhyme or reason for disruption. As far as looks go, I’m just putting out fires here! Loss of skin elasticity, strange spots, new products designed to restore, repair and revitalize, it’s all Temple Maintenance from here on out!

4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-
alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider.
Which ‘beast’ on the list scares you the most? What is the liklihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

Wow, I think you about nailed all of my animal fears here Joyce! Sharks, alligators and rattle snakes scare me the most and bedbugs and rats creep me out pretty bad. The likelihood of an interaction with any of them is very slim, THANK GOODNESS!!!!

Jaws came out when I was in 7th grade and I have never comfortably swam in the ocean again. I’m ok with that, there are other bitey things in there anyway! I am not a huge fan of swooping birds either and the movie probably has more than a little to do with that. I saw it when I was very young, maybe 5, when we were visiting friends. Way to supervise the kids Folks!

I have never had a real life encounter with any of the above, although a bird did poop on my hand at MGM Grand theme park, that was bad enough.

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

A particularly loud cell phone with a bell ring tone went off during lecture at Bible Study Fellowship last week. It was a little alarming because it took the gal forever to find her phone and turn it off!
6. What’s your favorite carb? How’s that for random?

I am really missing carbs these days. I am one week away from completing The Whole 30, a diet devoid of most carbs and all happiness. Right now my favorite carbs seem to be the cherry chip cupcakes sitting on my island. They are tempting me MIGHTILY, but I have not succumbed. I did put 2 of them and a piece of my Dad’s pineapple upside down birthday cake in the freezer to enjoy after my time of confinement is over. I.Can’t.Wait. I also do love a crunchy kettle chip.
7. Let’s wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

Many kinds of Michigan weather! Freezing cold, 70s, damaging winds and much rain!

Absolutely missing dairy on this diet!!!!!

Remake of Beauty and the Beast. The original was huge around our house back in the day. We quite enjoyed it!

Correspondence with The Boy! We are pen pals!

Hungry, a fitting end.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here’s the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

The Boy and his wife, The Dane, are expecting a baby this summer! As I mentioned, he and I have been writing letters to each other. Michigan and Washington state are far apart and he suggested we should kick it old school and use the U.S. Postal Service to write down some thoughts.

In his previous letter he was saying how excited he is to meet his child and asking me some of my recollections while waiting for my first baby. In my last letter, I sent him a couple pictures of himself as a newborn and a 6 month old, along with a picture of myself, rocking a sweeeeeet Osh Kosh BGosh maternity jumper, at 9 1/2 months pregnant!  They made that boy come out, he was not showing any signs of vacating the premises!

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And here he is at 6 months, precious little Buddy Bear!

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Time flies so quickly!

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, welcome to another edition of Wednesday Hodgepodge. My thanks to Joyce for hosting and giving us something to talk about!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title ‘March Madness’?

I am participating in the Whole 30 diet this month and I’ve got to say it’s madness, or just maddening. I wrote about some of my observations here. I understand why they call it whole 30, as in whole foods, nothing artificial or contraband, but I feel like a more apt title is the Less 30. Mama is cranky. Anyway, I am focusing my laser like attention on April 4th. I will celebrate by putting cream back into my tea. Hallelujah!!

2. What’s a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children’s childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there’s a story behind the origin please share.

Our kids did not typically make up the word, they usually just mispronounced the word. Honey is the word maker upper around here. Things like joofered (which means all screwed up) and ESKATA and SABADASKA, that are usually yelled loudly and can mean several things, surprise, anger, victory. I have heard these words coming out of the mouths of our children as well.

My brother Beeve combined a couple words when he was a young boy. He once indignantly said “Well, evidentually you just don’t know!” I still use that one.

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-
clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don’t get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen ‘quick’ tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

I of do a lot of these things when I notice they have gotten out of hand! All it takes is a bright, sunny day to make me realize that we have very productive spiders in our foyer!

Our windows need to be cleaned but it’s probably too soon to tackle that. April will be a better time.

The other afternoon I was sitting by the window with Mousey having a conversation and  noticed the wood blinds and the window panes behind them were a little ….furry. That probably means that our fans need a little attention as well. In my defense, we have 4 cats, we will never be fur free around here.

I will get to it shortly.:)

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

Easy peasy, You’ve Got Mail, set in New York City.

5. What’s put a spring in your step this month?

Honey says he is officially retiring in one year, let the countdown begin!

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

I am sure I entertained the thought at some point but not enough to put any rubber to the road. I did not particularly enjoy school but I have definitely benefitted from some wonderful teachers, our children as well. The Ab-Cat is currently a para professional at an elementary school and I hear about the challenges the teachers and staff face on a regular basis. There seems to be a lot more dysfunction than I remember, for myself or our kids. Teachers have a difficult job meshing learning, personalities, behavior, and encouraging students to catch the excitement of experiencing new things. My hat is off to them. The naughty kids would do me in.

7.  What’s your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?

I am not a gal who likes a lot of smells around me. No air fresheners, limited candles, rare perfume. Some smells actually give me headaches, and I’m talking to you lady with the heavy handed perfume squirter. I like floral smells in nature, not in food and I don’t drink wine.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

A big Happy Birthday goes out to my Dad this week! Here he is with two year old Ab-Cat, his special girl! My folks were wonderful about helping with our children, but they kept Abby for us two days a week while I was still working, and it created a very strong bond. I showed him this picture when he came to get his haircut earlier this week. He said “Awww, there’s my Little Love!”

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Grandfather extraordinaire! Games, swimming, Barbie’s, you name it, he played it.

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Faithful is a word that comes to mind. In family, in faith and in life.

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Patient applies as well!

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We will celebrate him this weekend with dinner and his favorite, pineapple upside down cake.

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With his best friend, Mrs. H.

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Happy Happy Birthday Dad/Grandpa!! You are VERY loved!!!!!!!

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by. If you would like to join us, click on the button below and head over to Joyce’s, thank her for all she does, and linkup with the rest of the Hodgepodgers!

1. ‘Slow and steady wins the race’…tell us about a time this was true in your own life.

I feel like this IS my life!!! With the challenges and setbacks our family has encountered, we have not been Speedy Gonzales about a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g! BUT, with the Lord’s guidance and intervention and time, we have made much progress! Like Dory says, “just keep swimming”.

I heard someone once say that the Christian life is not a sprint, it is a walk, a journey, and it will take your whole life to get there. Slow and steady is a goal.

2. ‘As slow as molasses’…Do you like molasses? How about maple syrup? Caramel? Butterscotch? What’s your favorite of the slow moving treats mentioned here, and what’s your favorite food made with that sweet treat?

I can’t saw I have much experience with molasses. I have only used it in one low carb cookie recipe, the author thought molasses combined with Splenda was a good brown sugar substitute. It is a pretty good little low carb cookie!

I am not opposed to those flavors, but I don’t seek them out.

3. Your favorite slow song?

I don’t know about a favorite, but there are a lot I like! I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, Your The Inspiration by Chicago, I Will by The Beatles. There’s a few.

4. Your favorite thing to make in a slow cooker or crock pot?

Cream cheese chicken chili, round steak with mushroom gravy, and a yummy Mexican dip with chili, refried beans, enchilada sauce and cheese YUM!

5. ‘You may delay, but time will not.’ ~Benjamin Franklin Are you more a hurrier or a delayer when it comes to unpleasant tasks that need doing? What are you currently either delaying or hurrying to get through this week or month?

I can do both like a boss! I can take things as they come or put several things off and then do them all in a day, so I’m not sure what to make of that. I am currently delaying working on my Bible study, for no good reason. It needs to be ready next Wednesday. Sometimes the more time I have, the less I get cracking.
6. Tell us three things you encounter regularly or even just occasionally that you find to be annoyingly slow.

It doesn’t happen often, but I sometimes get caught by the train going to my Bible study. It wouldn’t be so bad if the church weren’t  right on the other side of the tracks. By the time I turn around and go down another road to get around it, it almost always has finally chugged on by. It’s always a conundrum, sometimes when you decide to wait it out it freaking STOPS and sits there!

7. March is National Craft Month. Are you crafty? Tell us about something crafty you’ll try in the next thirty one days. Or something crafty you’d like to try or wish you had the skill to make happen.

I do tend to like crafty endeavors. I don’t do anything regularly or beautifully, but I try. I am mainly a copier. I don’t have plans to be getting my craft on anytime soon, but anything could happen. I wish I could sew or skillfully do whatever I put my hand to. I have been contemplating painting some furniture with chalk paint. I will find out if there is an art to it or if monkeys could manage it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Last Saturday was The Ab-Cat’s birthday!!! We celebrated her earlier that week in Florida. It was a busy day for her, she celebrated it by going to leaders meeting for her Bible study at 7:30 A.M.!!, attending a baby shower, and picking us up from the airport. Not a super fun 28th birthday, but that’s how it happens sometimes as an adult. We plan to celebrate her again  this weekend with some cake!

Here are some way back When-sday pictures of our sweet, first baby girl! She was probably 7 on the left, 9 or 10 on the right, and a whopping 27 in the cat Snapchat!

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She is loved!

Happy March and thanks for stopping by!