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1. February can be a little bit tricky given the weather and the winter and the whatnot. I read a list (here) of things you can do to make your February brighter which included-start planning your next trip, take more baths, make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and exercise in preparation for swimsuit season. Anything on the list you might try? Which suggestion on the list appeals to you most? Tell us something not on the list that helps make your February brighter.

 The thing I like best about a Michigan winter is getting out of Dodge for a few weeks!! We are planning a trip to The Sunshine State, so that is the most appealing one to me. A very close second would be a scrumtrulescent chocolate treat around Valentine’s Day, that makes the world brighter! As for what helps make the month brighter? Let’s say the knowledge that there are most likely only 2 more months of Mitten weather!
2. Tell us about something you’ve seen or done recently that you’d say was ‘super’?

Every time we see this little nugget on the computer she is doing something Super! Our Grandbaby MoonPie is 7 months old and is all about movement!!

Super crawling!

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Pulling up!

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And just all around super cute!

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3. Best thing you ate in a ‘bowl’ last week?

I made a yummy soup for the Super Bowl. I used a recipe for dream cheese chicken chowder and substituted ground beef and eliminated corn for the sake of our Keto diet. It was a nice change and met the need for Mexican and comfort food. Win/win.
4. Something you’re ‘cheering’ for right now?

First up, I WON THE SUPER BOWL THINGY!!!!!! Anyone who knows me can tell you that I.do.not.care. about all things athletic because I am sportally challenged!  I wasn’t even going to fill out my spots but Honey said I had to, This caused me to wrack my brain to make choices about things I have zero/ minimal knowledge of. I would like to point out that Honey and The Peanuts Champ DO care about these things and they had reasons for the answers they chose, while I am there all willy nilly selecting things on the basis of a bunch of random. And WINNING i might add! So YAY Capri K!!!

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I will also be cheering for the good old United States of America in the Olympic games!! And also for Canada, land of Honey’s birth. Hockey can be very complicated and conflicting for him, especially during the finals. I will try and explain his thinking. He roots for the USA to win UNLESS the USA is not in the game, then he cheers for Canada. BUT, if the USA  is in the finals with Canada, then he totally jumps ship and becomes a full fledged Canadian once again and cheers on the Canadians!!! The reason? Because Canada invented hockey and they deserve to win. He is really still standing on guard for thee, wearing a maple leaf touk, with his pea meal bacon sandwich, poutine, butter tarts and Tim Horton coffee.

He’s also the only person I know who actually enjoys and understands curling. So we’ll be cheering!!!!

5. The Winter Olympics begin Friday, February 9th in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being all in and 1 being no interest whatsoever) how interested are you in the games? Which event do you most want to see (you’ll find a list here).

Probably a solid 7-8. I watch events that I would not normally care about because I love the back stories. The games pretty much dominate our regularly scheduled viewing.

Our family has a long history of being fans of the ice skating. In the 90s we used to tape programs when the kids were small and they knew those events forward and backwards! That was the heyday of Kristy Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov, Yuka Sato, Katarina Witt,  Paul Wylie, Tara Lupinski, Michelle Kwan and Nancy Kerrigan. We are not up on the current skaters but we will enjoy watching them nonetheless!

As I said, Honey is all about the hockey. He watches the men and women, morning, noon and night. And DVR.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post. It’s a beauty from around 1993 when The Ab-Cat was around 4 and The Boy was around 2. This picture amuses me so, such a perfect snapshot of their personalities at this age! Abby was fearless and steering that dragon like it was her J.O.B.! The Boy on the other hand is looking mighty scared and not liking this new venture! At all! He grew out of it and gladly joined his sister on all the roller coasters they encountered 🙂

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

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From this Side of the Pond

1. What keeps you blogging?

Blogging has become my memory bank, keeping track of the days of our lives. I have been a spotty blogger the last couple of years, but when I go back and look through what I have posted, I am always so glad I took the time to write down my thoughts. I have tried to be a more intentional blogger lately, hoping I can keep it up!

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-


St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)


Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?

I do like to travel to warm places when The Mitten is inhospitable. We usually take a trip to Florida during the winter. I have not been to a single one of the places listed, but would be more than happy to visit any of them! I will pick Folly Beach, South Carolina because I read a book once that was set there.

3. What’s a song you’re embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

Hmmm, there could be so many! One of my many useless gifts is remembering words to songs from the last 45 years. I heard a song the other day that I remember thinking was very dumb when it came out in 1976, when i was 14. The station was CKLW, one of the few channels my A.M. radio received! I didn’t get a stereo until a few years later, and THEN I was able to listen to all of the fine F.M. stations that Detroit was and is known for.

The song was Muskrat Love by Captain and Tennille. Goodness, that was a dumb song, but I could probably sing along today and even add the stupid muskrat noises!

4. When you were a kid what’s something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you’re an adult you realize it’s not all that fantastic?

Staying up late!!!!! For many years I was a night owl, but that is no longer the case. And I’m ok with that.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

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6. Insert your own random thought here.

I took a screen-shot of these off The Dane’s Instagram. Look who is standing! MoonPie has been working on her skillz!  She seems mighty proud of herself!!! ❤

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On an outing with her Folks, loving her boots! We are thankful for the internet, it’s hard to be far away from your People!

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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From this Side of the Pond

1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?

I have had several informal mentors throughout the years; my Mother, Grandmother and my Aunts first and foremost. But then there was my dear friend Vickie who knew my situation and offered wisdom and prayer, while loving and helping me practically; priceless. A former BSF teaching leader was a mentor, even if she did not know it. I learned so much about God, His Word, and how to serve with excellence, passion, humility and a high view of God. I came to BSF as a weary Mama, having come through about 8 years of dealing with our son’s chronic illness and then the awful accident that caused our daughter’s spinal cord injury, with the hard, busy years that followed. The Lord knew I needed a place to land and learn about His promises and how to live with purpose. I learned a ton from Sheila.

I don’t know if I have ever been a mentor to anyone except our daughters. I have had some lovely compliments from people who have told me that they appreciated my words about some things, but I don’t know if that would be considered official mentoring.
2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

Yeah, I don’t get it.

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3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few ‘weird’ things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the ‘weird’ things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more ‘weird’ thing you’d add to the list?

Those are some good things! Finding a good pen is always a treat! Let’s add finding a purse that meets all of your many requirements! The right strap length, color, inside compartmentalization, all your junk fits! It’s like a golden unicorn, pretty sure it’s not out there, so when you find one? Supreme happiness!
4. What’s the last good thing you ate?

I had a good pulled pork sandwich the other night at our Birthday Club gathering. We tried a new place in our town and I tried something with the off putting name of The Porky Pig. The pork and BBQ sauce was good but it was the spicy mayo and slaw that made it even better!
5. Describe life in your 20’s in one sentence.

She started her twenties footloose and fancy free and ended them married with two babies!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

And here was that twenty year old gal with her two babies!! I was 29, sweet little  Ab-Cat was a couple months shy of 3 and our roll-y poly Boy was 6 months, then more from that year.

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Time sure flies when you are having fun!

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1.  What’s something blogging has taught you about yourself?

When I started blogging in January of 2008 I had no idea what I was doing! I’m not even sure why my good friend Mrs. Schmenkman and I wanted to start on this endeavor, but we both began the same week. This was my very first post!

I just asked The Boy what I should say and he asked me “why would you want a blog if you don’t know what to say???” Thanks to The Girl for helping me get this up and running. That would be one thing my friends could tell you about me; I am computer illiterate. Surely I will get better as I go!

I’m not quite sure why I wanted to start this, but hopefully it will be a way for me to keep in better touch with those I want to be in better touch with, and be able to share what I am doing, making, bargains found and very random thoughts! Let the blogging begin! 

I did get better as I went!

I have never been one for keeping a diary or journal and I don’t really consider myself a writer, but I think what blogging has taught me about myself is I do enjoy coming here and writing down my stream of thought. The fact that I have done it faithfully for almost 9 years has shown me that I am committed to preserving these days of our life. When I go back and read a post from years gone by, I am always thankful to have this memory bank, this place of recollection. It’s priceless to me.

 2.  Leftovers…are you in the ‘reheat and eat’ camp or the ‘put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them’ camp? What’s your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide as a leftover?

I usually like leftovers. I think soup is a great leftover and sometimes better the next day! Meat with no gravy is usually a pretty yucky leftover.
3. ‘Me time‘…your thoughts?

“Me time” sounds so self involved. That being said, I am certainly not opposed to being able to do something I want to do! I can remember being a young mom and longing for 30 minutes to myself to read or watch something I wanted on tv!

I guess the phrase “me time” sounds indulgent, expensive and selfish, but maybe others see it as something else.
4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Haircuts or covering their grey, getting the right BSF Bible study lesson if they are going to be gone, helping them remember some random song lyric or other fun fact. I am a fountain of useless information.
5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why.

Bubble gum, Sweet Tarts, Jolly Ranchers, Slow Poke suckers and chlorine. Because we loved nothing better than riding our bikes up to the corner store to buy candy and hanging out at my Aunt Nancy’s pool.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I was in Five Below yesterday and came across this. Who would put this on their Christmas tree?

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Seriously, who is the target customer for this merchandise?

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Happy Thanksgiving week to you all! Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Traditionhow tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma’s, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

I don’t think we have a ton of traditions over here. We have always rotated hosting, parades and football are hit or miss, and we always say we are shooting to eat at a certain time, but no one is going to prison if we miss. We do usually have a similar menu because when you only have a meal once a year, the heart wants what the heart wants!

The only time I can recall that we ever missed a holiday was one unfortunate Thanksgiving when the kids were around 5, 8, and 10, or 7, 10, and 12, or something. The Ab-Cat came down with a vicious stomach bug and was very socially unacceptable. Considering I had spent the previous day with her and had unfortunately drank after her using the same straw, it was highly likely that I would be following down the same path. We were supposed to travel to our Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house, and it was a hard phone call explaining that we could not make it. Because we were planning to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal elsewhere, we did not have much yummy stuff at our house. The best we could manage was dinner from Boston Market, and I have to tell you that our children STILL recall that it was our WORST HOLIDAY MEAL EVER. Seriously, they still bring it up. And as far as I know,  no one has ever ate at Boston Market again.

I never did get sick but poor little Abby had a miserable day 😦  And we all missed our People and all the good food.
2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?

I will usually give things a whirl if I think there is a possibility of doing it myself, but I have ZERO problem asking for help. I am comfortable with everyone being aware that I do not know how to do everything. I think it’s a good thing. Tenacious is one thing, pig headed is another altogether.
3. Abundance…what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?

Tupperware. I think it’s multiplying, like Tribbles.
4. Namethe smallest thing you’re thankful for? the biggest?

Grace and GRACE. Our lessons in Romans this year have been hammering it home. God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Unmerited favor. Everyday grace can be small, but being forgiven a debt that I can’t repay? Huge. Biggest. Best. Priceless.

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I am eternally thankful.
5. Key…What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?

A dear friend of mine lost her mother recently. She is struggling mightily with the loss, her grief, and just plain missing her beloved friend, mentor, Mother. I had the good fortune to know her Mom, and she was a treasure. She was a woman who had great sorrows in life, yet lived with joy, laughter, a grateful and positive attitude, and a high view of God. She knew who had saved her and where she was going.

One of the thoughts I’ve heard my friend attribute to her mom several times was something to this effect “you don’t have to look very far in this world to find someone who has it worse than you”. She was right. Self pity is debilitating. Perspective is everything. Gratitude needs to be acknowledged. It shifts your thoughts to what you DO have instead of what you don’t. Suddenly you see the things you are thankful to have and the things you are thankful to have been spared.

I wear a bracelet that has the saying “there is always something to be grateful for” on it. It’s true. Things can always be worse. Look for the good, God’s provision to you.

6. State your own random thought here.

Here’s another small thing I’m thankful for!! MoonPie is almost 4 1/2 months now and getting very animated!IMG-6096

Kicky, pensive, drooly, chatty, more purposeful about getting things from her hand to her mouth!

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Noises are her favorite.

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Hi sweet girl!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

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1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of synch, off balance, out of touch…which saying best fits some area of your life currently (or recently)? Explain.

I’m going to say out of synch. I came down with a sore throat last Thursday that morphed into a hacking cough. None of that would be noteworthy EXCEPT our grandbaby and her parents flew in for a visit last Wednesday and I have had to keep my mitts off her in hopes of not spreading the plague!!!!! I am hardly ever sick and this is the poorest timing of an illness that I can recall! Yes, Grammy is OUT OF SYNCH!!!!!!!
2. What is it about somebody else’s style of work (coworker/employee/shared volunteer project/household chore) that makes you crazy? Why?

I am not a micro manager of the work of others, just usually glad to see the job get done. HOWEVER, inefficiency is never appreciated. I never want to be intentionally inefficient, and some people are just plain inefficient. I totally get that sometimes you think of something after the fact, but sometimes people don’t use their time wisely, are either lazy or work carelessly, even rudely, not really concerned that they are just making messes that others have to clean up or redo. Don’t let the chaos of your life, or poor time management, overflow into how you do the task, thereby causing spillage into mine because you can’t be bothered to do a good job.
3. What’s a tradition that always makes you feel at home?

In our family we like to play cards and sit around and visit, so I’m glad that is a portable tradition that we can manage where ever we happen to be. Visiting is home-y ❤
4. A favorite song with a girl’s name in the title or lyrics? Any reason why this is a particular favorite?

Favorite would be a stretch, but the first one that came to mind was Valerie by The Monkee’s. The Monkee’s are a fond recollection from my little girl memories and I could never hear them on the radio enough. I mainly watched their tv show in the afternoon.
5. Share a favorite quote, verse, or saying relating to gratitude or thanksgiving.

I have found this to be true. Sometimes you need a change of perspective, but its there.

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6. Insert your own random thought here.

As I mentioned above, our grandgirl has been visiting this week with her parents. It has been hard to keep my socially unacceptable self away from her, but I am very thankful that I have contained the outbreak. Glad my incessant hand washing and coughing into my shirt has amounted to success in that arena.

It was a beautiful day in The Mitten yesterday, so The Dane and The Boy bundled Moonpie up and we went for a walk

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It flat wore her out.

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They are heading back to Seattle tonight. I won’t be able to hold her, as much as I would like to, I am continuing to hack up a lung. I’m glad I got to watch her and get to know her more.

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

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1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn’t have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy?

Halloween is a fairly low key event over here. We used to always have my folks and brother and SIL over for hot chocolate and cut out pumpkin cookies, and to see the kids all duded up in their Halloween finery, but the last few years we have mostly been on vacation on this date. We were home last year and had about 10-15 kids tops. Our subdivision connects with another sub that has more houses and they are closer together, hence a better cost to benefit ratio over there, or less walking for your candy, however you want to put it.

The last few pumpkins I purchased went uncarved and I finally took them to the field out back as a treat for the critters that live there. Honey and I have not gone to a Halloween party in YEARS, but we have collaborated on many a costume for the kids over the years. This year The Ab-Cat was the only one partying and she went as a hippie. As is often the case, we used a lot of what we had and I made a peace sign out of cardboard and aluminum foil for a necklace. She looked adorable!

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For many years I baked the afore mentioned pumpkin cut out cookies, but not lately. Mostly because having a whole bunch of cookies present assures that we will eat way too many of them! We may save that recipe for Christmas and make them again with our nephew, Medium Goomba.

I always poll the family about what we would like to give out for Halloween because having so few Trick or Treaters guarantees that we will have leftovers. The last few years they have requested the variety bags of chips and we always have Snickers because they are our favorites and this is the only time I buy them. They were purchased on Monday, so let the festivities begin!!!

2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate

Hmmm, I can think of several things, but mainly I’m waiting for this little peanut and her folks to fly in tonight from Seattle for a visit!!!!! She will be 4 months old on Thursday, a whole 3 months older than she was when we last saw her!

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It seems like she changes every week!

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It sounds like she is getting quite smiley and chatty, and we can’t wait to get to know her better!

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Hurry up and get here Moonpie, Grammie and Papa can’t wait to smooch you!

3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain.

I will say more creative. I run with a very talented, creative pack, and while I can copy like a BOSS, I do not have the eye, creative spark, or whatever inspiration you need to actually create something out of nothing. But I sure admire those who have the gene!
4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper?

I am a do-it-yourselfer painter and I find it a very satisfying venture! Nothing gives you more bang for your buck than painting a room. My dear friend Capri P helped me paint the entire main floor of our house about 15 years ago. I had never really done more than some cutting for Honey before, and I have now successfully repainted a few rooms on my own. Funny this question should come up because Capri P and I have been discussing paint colors lately. I really need to repaint and I am looking a little towards a more neutral resale color. I still like the color we have, but realize that it may be gold-er than trend dictates. We are in the market for something a little more greige, it will blend my warmer tones without going to the grey side. I have nothing against grey for others, but I have been there, done that, and I’m not going back. I think the last room we painted was The Ab-Cat’s bedroom, about 4 years ago.

The great room, kitchen, foyer and hallways are next up for a coat of paint. It will be a big job but I can do it! Except for the stairwell to the basement. I am going to have to get Honey on board for that,it’s tricky.

I like some wallpaper, but not all over . Our dining room is the only wallpapered room in our house and it’s one of my favorite rooms. We also have a border in our kitchen that is coming down the next time we paint. It’s served its purpose.
5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October?

I am grateful for the blessing of old, good, friends! My good friend Mrs. Schmenkman came to town for her niece and nephew’s baby shower and we had a Capri reunion! The Capri’s are a group of gals, related by blood and marriage, and they graciously invited me to join them many years ago in spite of the fact that I have my own blood and marriage. From the left we have Capri D, Capri A, Capri P, Capri L, and me, Capri K

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Love you girlies!!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is our favorite little trick or treater!! Moonpie was a sweet little kitty cat!

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And for the Way Back When-sday part of the post we head back to 1970! My brother Beeve and I on one of our favorite nights of the year!!! I was an 8 year old hippie with plastic flowers sewn on my skirt and my Mom’s groovy necklace, but for me it was all about getting makeup on! Pretty bold eyebrow statement there Mom! Little Beeve was a 4 year old Frankenstein monster, complete with scars and a dashing moustache and goatee!

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The very first thing we did when we returned home was DUMP our bags and the trading began! Good memories!

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