Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Can you believe we are almost half way through July???!!! This summer is whizzing by! If you would like to link up, click on the button below and head over to our hostess Joyce’s blog, she will guide you along!

From this Side of the Pond

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

We chat with neighbors as the opportunity arises. We hardly see a living soul in the winter months, but come spring we all come out of hibernation and are glad to see each other. The last two conversations I had were with our neighbors on each side. Our neighbor on the left was taking a walk while her youngest little guy rode his bike. She told me they were moving in the fall, to a ranch so it would be easier for her aging in-laws to get around. I gave her a hug and told her I was sorry to see them go! She and her husband bought their home from his sister (also a sweet neighbor!) and they were young marrieds when they came. They now have 2 sweet little boys that we have watched grow, we will miss them!

The gal on the other side is closer to our age and we talked about the usual things that people in our age bracket speak of, health, aging, children, grandchildren and retirement and beyond! I pray for our neighbors when I cut the lawn so it’s good to catch up and learn how I can pray more specifically.
2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall…which one are you most like and why?

I probably have more experience on a lake. My aunt and uncle have owned a cottage on Gun Lake since I was in high school and we have always loved visiting them! Life is different on a lake, so peaceful without all the hustle and bustle of every day life.

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I think this will be our eighth annual getaway with the gals from our Caregroup. We head over to South Haven on Lake Michigan, and that is always a fun time! Once again, I think of a lake as a break from my usual life so there is more free time to lounge, talk, beach, shop and eat with loved ones!

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I don’t mind the ocean but I don’t like to go in anymore. Jaws came out at a formative time in my life and I have never swam comfortably in the sea AGAIN!!!!!
3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called ‘the first state’ because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What’s your state’s nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

I don’t believe I have ever been to Delaware. Our state, Michigan, is commonly called The Mitten State and The Wolverine State. The former because of our unique shape, and that is how I refer to it on the blog. The Wolverine State is a little trickier. I learned this fun fact in Mrs. Horton’s first grade classroom, so it is linked inextricably in my mind, but I am here to tell you I have never in my life seen a loose wolverine, nor has anyone I know!

Our state motto is “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.“, which has spawned the wonderful Tim Allen (native son!) ads calling it Pure Michigan, I think this is very appropriate! Our state is beautiful in all seasons, but especially in fall and summer. I was not as impressed with this when younger, but I surely do appreciate the beauty we Michiganders are exposed to regularly!
4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

The last pot luck  I attended was our end of year BSF lunch and I brought Sinful Saltines. They are a yummy little sweet and salty dessert a former BSF-fer used to bring, and when she was no longer in leadership I asked her for the recipe because the ladies were all really missing them!!! I also take them when I serve at funeral luncheons and someone almost always asks me for the recipe! It’s not that I am a scrumptious baker, it’s more they are so easy monkeys could make them!!! And I always have the ingredients on hand.

Another go-to pot luck recipe is cheesy potatoes. They are always so good with practically everything and there are hardly ever any leftovers. I have a really good cheese ball recipe that has come in handy for an appetizer.
5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Ah, funny you should ask! Our son and daughter-in-law just had their first baby a week and a half ago and they have been having a few new parent struggles. I believe my advice was that this is a hard time but it will pass.

And I am praying it passes in a timely fashion 🙂
6. Insert your own random thought here.

There’s our new little Moon Pie! She has already changed a bunch since she arrived!

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A sleeping angel baby.

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Here she is all bright eyed and bushy tailed!

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On her first ferry ride out to Whidbey Island in Washington state. The Dane said this was her first wrap experience and the baby was SO content and very comfy! A tiny marsupial in her very own pouch!

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Hopefully the new family is getting a little shut eye, always a challenge in the first months.

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Hi sweet little bay-bee! ❤

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I totally lifted a couple of these from their Instagram accounts.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your July!

Catching Up

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Hope you all had a fine holiday! We did not do much, but Honey did have several days off and that is always most welcome!

I believe I have mentioned that Honey is Canadian by birth, and one of his favorite things from the Mother Land is fries with gravy, also known as poutine. Honey and The Girls had been having a hankering to check this place out for some time, so we headed over to Ann Arbor to give it a whirl. Unfortunately for Mousey, poutine is not legal on her keto diet at the moment, so she opted out of a big basket of temptation. Sad face emoji 😦

They had many, many different toppings for the basic fries.

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I had my fries with gravy and cheese curds with pulled pork, Honey and The Ab-Cat were purists, strictly fries, gravy and cheese. While I enjoyed it, I don’t feel like a meal of fries contributes to my best self. It was pretty heavy and would have been a better side dish. Was a fun experience though!

Honey spent a good chunk of his time tweaking with the pool while I maintained the grass and weeds until this happened.

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SHEESH!! I was standing in our raised bed, WITH NO SHOES ON, reached out and down to grab a handful of weeds and looked between the greenery and saw a black black snake a couple feet away. If I am not mistaken (or shall I say missnakin’!) this snake, or a relative, has lived in our back garden for some time. We have met before and have both slowly and respectfully gone about our business when both parties discovered one another, and that is what happened here.

The other snake startled me, and when I looked over the retaining wall to get a better look it raised straight up out of the bed at me!! The nerve of that little light colored hussy!!!!! Honey said maybe it was protecting babies. NOT HELPING HONEY!!! So there you have it, why I can never garden in our snake infested garden again.

Since they made fireworks legal several years ago in The Mitten, The Fourth has been a very colorful, very loud night. They are now sold in parking lots all across the state, no Meijer’s or O’Reilly’s left behind is their motto. Our next door neighbors have always had a display for their friends and family, even before they were so readily available. In years past we have learned to roll up our solar pool cover to prevent the burning embers from melting holes, and sure enough, at about 10:05, I asked Mousey to lend a hand with the rolling. After the rolling had commenced, the Girls and I stood on the deck and watched and listened to all the festivities going on all around us in various subdivisions. Mousey stated that this is what a war zone must sound like!

Meanwhile, in the house we had our Fearless Defender.

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He wishes you a Happy Independence Day. Weenie. The elder felines were all holed up in our bedroom, as they always are. They make no claims to being tough guys though, and therein lies the difference.

Honey had this past weekend off as well and we worked like rented mules. He trimmed the miles long hedge in the back and I raked, scooped and bagged the clippings. The next day we tackled the front yard, which I am sad to say we could not even remember how long it had been since it had seen the blade of a clipper. The burning bushes have a big comeback to make. They were taller than the windows, and are now sticks with sparse vegetation. If there is anything we learned from The Polar Vortex fiasco a few years back, is if you cut bushes WAY BACK, they will rebound. They should anyway. Well, fingers crossed.

The Boy and The Dane have been very good to send regular pictures of the new grandbaby! It helps immensely since we will not meet her until August. She is settling in very nicely! I think they are in love!

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Lots of snuggling going on.

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in most of the pictures she was sweetly sleeping. As all newborns do. Not.

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There she is! All bright eyed and bushy tailed!!!

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Precious little Moon Pie!

Have a good Monday.

Way Back When-sday/She’s Heeeere!

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The Boy and The Dane have been anxiously awaiting June 30 for 9 months! Well, it came and went, but not without a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. The Dane’s folks arrived from Denmark on July first and this little peanut decided July 2 was the perfect day to be born! 7 pounds 8 ounces, 20 inches long with a little bit of dark hair.

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Already sucking her finger, so sweet!

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The Dane looked wonderful after a couple nights of lost sleep and labor! She is very glad to have her on the outside!

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Hi Babee!

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Little Moon Pie ❤ There has been much speculation over who she resembles. I can see both of them at different times. I also see a small smackeral of Little Mousey. She is changing with every day so I will reserve judgment for a little while!

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This was one of my favorites. When you see your baby holding his baby. Surreal!

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So let’s go way back to June 21, 1991 when our Baby Boy was born! Heading home!

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With his Daddy.

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Sharing deep thoughts.

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Here is The Boy with his Grandma. He and The Dane used her name, Ruth, as their little girls middle name. Love, LOVE, L.O.V.E!!! She was truly, madly, deeply in love with all her grandbabies ❤

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Big “Wister” Ab-Cat, who lovingly called him The Young Prince, after her flavor of the month Disney movie, Bambi. The young prince is here! Her first comment was she wanted to see his bottom! True, we have it on video!

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We were all glad to make his acquaintance, he was 2 weeks late when they MADE him come out.

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Back to the present. Of course you probably knew that given the quality of the picture! One of the saddest things I now realize is we should have invested in a good camera when the kids were born. Of course, we didn’t know any better, it was all we had! Our movie camera was a behemoth too! This generation will never know the trauma of carrying those things around, they just whip out their tiny little phones!!!!!!!

I see some resemblance in his new baby, but I see her Mama as well. Looking forward to watching this little miss grow!!

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She has an iron grip on her Daddy’s finger. Hold on Little Girl, never let go!

The Doings

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The summer is moving right along and we are filling the days. Some days more filled with import than others 🙂

First off, Miss Mousey got herself a J.O.B.! We are so thankful for her opportunity to grow in her skills!

My friend CMB recommended this BBC PBS series called The Paradise. For any who were fans of Downton Abbey, this would be right up your alley! I am liking it a lot and the saddest part is they only made two seasons. I have been getting the discs from the library. There are commercials for other BBC PBS shows and I also rented another called Last Tango in Halifax. Have not gotten around to that one yet. Another friend, Nan C, has mentioned several times on the Facebook that Poldark is a worthy show. The Ab-Cat also liked that one.

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So between these shows and watching The Great British Baking Show, also on PBS, I feel supremely steeped in all things British and proper!

WE FINALLY got around to straightening The Ab-Cats nappy hairs!!! Between the extreme heat of her last weeks of school and the potential to have a water balloon busted over her head in the end of school festivities, she was in her own words, a hot mess! We need to get off the twice a year schedule and into a thrice a year schedule. In addition, we need to get away from having to do the 3-4 hour process during the Christmas holidays, because ain’t nobody got time for that with Santa breathing down your neck and all!

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She was in ….need.

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Oh.Yes.She.Was

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All better now!!!!

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We did a fun thing last night! Elyk and Pug Mama were occupied helping at VBS and asked if we could watch their new little peanut! Of course we could!!!!! She was a little angel baby!

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Such a good girl and looks just like her daddy! The Boy calls her Baby Elyk, so now we do too!

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Good practice for my new role as Grammie. Or Grandma. Still not sure!

Need to git walking with Jip the Farm Dog. Last day for a week as both she and Keelody are leaving on trips. Have a good holiday weekend!

First List of Summer

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Whew, had a little bit of the hectic going on the last couple of weeks. Mainly working. I told Honey that about everyone of my clients needed their hair done in a three week span! I had people stuck all over the place! Add that to all the bits and pieces and life was a little full. How about a little catch up list?

Honey is having one of those months where everything he touches breaks or is already malfunctioning. I despise these times! He already has so little extra time and having multiple things that need his immediate attention is stressful and annoying for him. I’m praying that God expands his time and gives him uncommon wisdom. Two cars are acting up, our pool has air in the lines that cause it to gurgle like the worst intestinal trouble ever, all the live long day, and worst case scenario would need lines replaced which involves breaking concrete and we do NOT want to go there!

Before any of this new stuff sprouted he was working on his dang hedge clippers that will.not.start. despite all of his vast mechanical abilities. In the meantime our bushes and hedges just grow higher and higher. There is probably more, but these are the most consuming at the moment.

The Grandpa went to Philadelphia to visit his son Larry and look what they did!!! Not too shabby for 79 years of age! Here they are in front of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. I know that because of the movie National Treasure, which I HIGHLY recommend! On a segue way, just like Job Bluth, amazing! He had a great trip!

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The Ab-Cat’s van is one that is needing attention, so I was dropping her off and picking her up from school on her last week before summer vacation. On the last day she asked if I wanted to come in and meet her “teachers”, the 3 teachers she goes between with her overage hours. It was wonderful to meet them and they said such kind and encouraging things about our girl! I loved walking through the halls with her and hearing the choruses of “Hi Miss Abby!!!”.

On the day I was coming into the school, she texted that I should get buzzed in, go to the office to sign in, and the ladies in there would tell me where to go.  When I arrived I said I was Abby’s mom and she was with Mrs. M. The woman said she could take me down there. When we got to the classroom the students were at gym, so only Abby and the teacher were in the room, I overheard Ab say “oh, there’s my Mom!”. The woman who had walked me from the office said “oh, you’re ABBY’S mom! I should have noticed that right away, you two look so much alike!!”. At that point I told the woman she was my favorite person of the day/ month/year for thinking that I could have been the mom of a second grader!!!!!

Jip the Farm Dog’s son Daniel Tiger plays baseball for Central Michigan University. Fire up Chips! In a very exciting turn of events he was drafted by The Colorado Rockies!!!!! Now, I am not well versed in sportal things, but even I know this is a BIG DEAL!!!! Someone created this scene for him to celebrate the news!

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Well done Daniel Tiger!!!!! And because Mom has been there every second of the journey, well done Jip the Farm Dog!!!!!

A bunch of past and present BSFers are going to do a Priscilla Shirer study this summer at our church. It’s called Discerning the Voice of God and I am really looking forward to it. Last years Armor of God was probably the most helpful study I have ever done, and if this one is even 1/2 as good I will be thrilled!

I spoke with The Boy and The Dane on the phone the other evening and they are both WAY ready to meet their new baby girl! The Dane had been to the dr that day and not much was happening. She is officially due on June 30, but she would be happy to go earlier! Her folks are coming from Denmark for the first 3 weeks of July and I’m guessing they would rather spend 3 weeks with the baby OUTSIDE of The Dane!!!!!

I still can’t decide if I should be Grammie or Grandma. Still pondering.

Ok, enough for now, enjoy your Thursday!

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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Thanks for stopping by.