Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. When I look at the sky I feel________________________________________.
Small in comparison. That God has created a really big world. Our God is a wonderful Maker.

2. If you had to run for political office, which one would you run for? Do you have any real desire to actually do this?

I would never in a million years ever want to do that!!!!!
3. What scent makes you think of home?

Of the home I grew up in or my home now?

I would say coffee reminds me of the home I grew up in. My Mother liked to entertain, so coffee reminds me of company.

I think our home smells like…

4. How often do you take a step back to think about where you’re headed in life? Do you need more or less self-reflection?

I don’t think I mull this incessantly, but it does come up in thought. Especially now that we are coming up on Honey’s retirement. I don’t really like a lot of change and it feels like we are coming up on some. 
5. July is National Ice Cream Month…besides a cone, what’s your favorite food item to top with ice cream?
Strawberries in sauce. Or Sanders Hot Fudge sauce.

6. What might your autobiography be called?

 I Didn’t See That Coming. Story of my life.
7. Your least favorite mode of transportation? Why?

In the backseat of a small car. Because I am a tall girl, and Ugghhh, not comfortable!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We had a fun weekend! Since we didn’t travel to Chicago to visit The Boy and The Dane, they traveled up to The Mitten by train. That was a first for them and they said they liked it, except for the delays. I think if we were to travel to Chicago, other than driving ourselves, we might choose the train. I feel like I might be able to read on a train, as opposed to not being able to read on a bus or car.

We made egg rolls, homemade ice cream ( black licorice, which sounds truly heinous to me but they LOVED, and strawberry), saw the new Planet of the Apes movie (good), went to a Tigers game (lost), ate out, played some cards, did a little shopping, went to church, made chicken cordon bleu, watched some Netflix, and hit up The Value World with a handy dandy 50% off entire order coo-pin.

The Tiger game was a mixed bag. I don’t mind the Tigers or baseball. BUT, it drizzled almost the entire game and it was a very unexciting game. I usually try and stay away from the Tigers because I am bad juju for them. I have been banished from the room because they start to lose when I arrive. Sorry Boys. I had the thought several times of what am I doing at a sporting event in the rain??? I spent a lot of the game formulating a plan for if I ever went to another game. I would wear my hair up so I wouldn’t have to deal with wet bangs or felting hair, I would have a hat to keep raindrops off the glasses, and I would remember an umbrella. The whole day was damp.

It was the first time I had ever been to Comerica Park. I had previously only caused them to lose at the old Tiger Stadium. This stadium was a much bigger deal than that stadium. Mousey had a bachelorette party to go to so Elyk joined us for the day.


It was fun to people watch. I am a little bit amazed at what some folk consider baseball appropriate attire, but mostly it was a sea of navy and orange. All of our people represented. While I did not have a shirt promoting the Tigers, it was the right color orange, so I felt ok about that.

These two looked like Tiger fans.



I think the next time we gals will let the guys go it on their own. Except for The Ab-Cat, she will want to go, she is a big fan certain Tigers!

Thanks for stopping by!

Staycation Complete

The Staycation was a success! I will share more later.


The Chicago Two are back at home with their son, who was ever so glad to see them!

No More Hedge of Death

I believe I have mentioned a time or two that we had a really bad winter up here in The Mitten. The Polar Vortex pretty much made our beautimous 180 foot hedge look like a mangy dog. It did try and regroup, but in the end, it was a lost cause.


The one end looked spotty.


The middle looked choppy.

And the far end just looked dead.


Honey hired a company to come and whack it down to meet the new growth, around a couple feet. They came Saturday before we left for the Tiger game.


It looks strange out there!


We are looking at way more field than we are used to, but it is a welcome change. We were tired of looking at all the ugly.


The Chicago two go home tonight so we are still staycationing. Talk to you later!

Potent Quotable

After God created the world, He made man and woman.  Then, to keep the whole thing from collapsing, He invented humor.  ~Bill Kelly, "Mordillo"

The Weekly Sy




A List For Your Viewing Pleasure

Hi Guys! How about a little list before I go offline for a little staycation? That’s the plan anyway.

Honey is off for the next 4 days, WOO to the HOOTY HOO!!!!!!! He surely could use the break! He has been working 7 days for a sweet forever and 10 to 12 hours for the majority of them.

That dang 2015 Ford Mustang just won’t launch itself.

Because we were supposed to go to Chicago to visit the kids, we are not supposed to be home. Therefore we will not be doing chore/maintenance type things, because we are not supposed to be here.

Did you follow that?

I am going to twist Honey’s tail if he gets off track too. Twist it right good.

Honey might be able to a little chore/maintenance type things today though because the kids do not arrive until tonight, so free day!

The Boy and The Dane arrive tonight from Chicago, on the train. This is a new mode of transportation for them.

They will be just like Laura Ingalls and Mary and Carrie and Ma, going across the country to meet up with Pa.

Kind of, but not really at all.

They are getting frisky with their transportation options.

For the past two years, they arrived on the Megabus, a straight shot from Chicago. The last few times, due to cheaper tickets, they travelled on Greyhound, which they said they liked better! More comfortable and with a single stop in Kalamazoo.

We shall see what they think of train travel, it could be the best option of all!

Or the worst, or the second best. Has to be one of the three.

Anyway, back to the staycation. We are discussing food options, dessert options and activity options. I will let you know how it all goes down.

In other news, I have been on Pinterest a lot.

Really, a LOT.

I have had the thing for about a year but always forgot to go on for some reason.

Before I had my own, my friend CMB used to sign into her account on my computer when she was over getting her hairs cut. It would remain signed in as her for a long time and I would occasionally look around on her pins.

Mainly for blog related purposes.

I feel I need to tell you that she was completely aware of this.

So now I have my own and she no longer needs to share her Pinterest with me.

Oh.My.Goodness is Pinterest a time sucker!!!!!!!

You are not even aware of the passage, it’s just G.O.N.E.

Keelyody sent me this. True dat.

this is true!!!

I am especially interested in the recipes, organization things, and the things to make.

Because i like the idea of cooking, being organized and creative. We will see if any of this translates to actual usage.

I find Capri Deb’s pin boards to be stimulating, like catnip. She is an arty one!

CMB has a lot of good recipes and ideas as well.

The Heifer is just all around time consuming.

I am still getting around to seeing what others have pinned.

Let me know if you participate so I can stalk/follow your boards too!

Because I evidently have nothing but time!

I know my heavy Words With Friends schedule has suffered.

No one but my Aunt Phyllis has probably even noticed.

Phyl would notice because we have about 12 games going.

In other news, the backyard coleus are growing big and loverly!

This is my favorite.


No, maybe these fine specimens.


Or perhaps this big boy.


Or maybe these guys. They are all my friends.


Gratuitous picture of Mousey at Gun Lake, 2000.



Ok, that’s it for today. I will be back for The Weekly Sy tomorrow because they have already sent the grandcat pictures and we wouldn’t want to waste those!

Have a great weekend!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Can you believe it is the middle of July?? Where is this summer getting to? Thanks for Hodgepodging with us and thanks to Joyce for giving us something to talk about!

1. The month of July was named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. He’s quoted as saying, ‘Experience is the teacher of all things." So what has experience taught you lately?

This summer I have been reflecting a lot on where I was last summer and have realized how thankful I am to a really good God. I had a very heavy soul last year for several reasons, and some of the heaviness seemed permanent and unsolvable. Some situations were well beyond my control or pay grade, adding weight to my already dragging heart.

I spent a lot of time praying, thinking, marinating and having conversations in my mind. I know that God is in control of all things, that He has a plan for our future, that He loves us with an everlasting love, that all things work together for our good, but it didn’t feel good. It felt like the opposite of good.

Throughout my life I have gathered extensive experience dealing with unexpected things that you don’t want, but this time it felt like I was covering all new ground. God decided to work in my heart and mind in new, unexplored ways. I learned a new kind of dependence on Him. I realized, yet again, that His plan for my life is best despite all my turmoil. He took me to task in some areas and justified me in others. He helped me to walk with others around craters in blown up roads. Reminded me over and over that nothing was too hard for Him.

Time and time again He showed me many things in His Word. On time Bible study lessons to prick my spirit or calm my heart. He sent good friends to listen and pray and comfort, and assure me I had not lost my mind.

This year in BSF we studied the book of Matthew. This was one of my favorite verses.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I was weary, I was burdened, I longed for rest for my soul and for the souls of dearly loved ones. With all my thrashing, it was hard to get the yoke on, but God is an excellent partner to pull with. I have much to learn from His gentle and humble heart.

I am not going to say that every sadness is gone, that every loose string has been neatly tired up, that I don’t ever struggle with the hurt, memory and residue of last year, but the experience has taught me much.

2. Where did you last ‘roam’?

I roamed around Target and Kohl’s by myself on Monday night! It was rather pleasant!
3. Speaking of ‘Rome’…pizza, pasta, gelato…you can only pick one, which would you choose?

Probably pizza because I can’t imagine a world without it. I do like gelato though, like The Barone’s.
4. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, ‘All roads lead to Rome’, ‘When in Rome…’ which ‘Roman’ idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

Rome wasn’t built in a day describes my whole life. Everything is always in fits and starts, wait, wait, wait, HURRY HURRY HURRY! You feel like you are making progress, then things stop and you wait patiently for the next move, or you are all jammed up at the end. I just go with the flow, do what I am able. Progress is good!

A good illustration of this exact thing is our backyard patio/deck situation. We had plans to paint the concrete patio right off the doorway, then Honey needed to replace some boards on the deck and do some general repair before we sanded and re-stained the almost nekkid wood. We did repair and paint the patio on Father’s Day (which we are really liking!) and Honey got as far as buying the wood for the deck repairs. But then his work schedule got all weird and inconveniently stole any scrap of free time he might have. Someone asked me how he was the other day and I said he doesn’t really live here right now, he only sleeps here. In the meantime, I have been watering and walking around the stacked boards now residing under the covered part of the patio. So, do you see what I mean about Rome? We will finish…..someday.
5. What’s a movie you’ve seen or a book you’ve read, that makes you want to book a trip to Italy?

I saw Letters To Juliet with the Girls a few years ago and it had a lot of pretty views of Italy. Vineyards, cobblestone streets, kind of how I had pictured it.
6.  Walt’s original Disneyland opened almost sixty years ago, on July 17, 1955  Have you ever been to the California park? How about any of the other Disney parks around the world? What’s your favorite amusement park ride or attraction?

I evidently have been to Disneyland, but I was an infant, so there is no recollection.
I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida several times, and retain some of the recollections from there! When I was a girl, my favorite attraction was The Carousel of Progress.

 Disney - Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

I loved seeing all of the ages, especially the future one. I don’t think they even have it anymore, we have probably already passed up that technology!


7. It’s that time of year…when were you last bitten or stung?

I have never been stung in my life! I have been bitten by mosquitoes, but they don’t like me that much. I don’t even know that I have been bitten this year.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The Ab-Cat was 4, The Boy was 2. This was pre Mousey.

Love Abby laughing and The Boy rocking his Genie shirt and mandals!


Little Abby in Cinderella’s castle.


Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your Wednesday!


Every year around this time our favorite friendly, nearby thrift store has some big old half off your entire purchase coo-pins. They show up in various publications and Honey graciously collects them for us. Thanks Honey! We have, or had, six. Half to be used from July 7 thru the 24th, and the other half to be used from August 4th thru the 31st.

I say had because Mousey and I had a thrift hankering and used one on Saturday. When The Boy and The Dane were home a couple weekends ago and I mentioned that we had them, they were excited! Well, The Boy was excited, The Dane is ambivalent about the Value World. She usually finds good stuff, but until her last visit had not looked much for herself. She said it felt too overwhelming.  After looking a little for herself, she usually went and joined The Boy and helped him shop for his clothes, some that she eventually permanently borrowed from him! I think she finally crossed the line of true acceptance on her last visit. By that I mean she had almost as much for herself in the cart as The Boy had!


As I said, Mousey and I had a hankering and used a coo-pin. I really needed to go to Sam’s for some ground beef and we were thisclose to Value World. Well, really a few miles but SO WHAT? I found a couple tops for myself and a pair of capris, but my favorite things were for The Ab-Cat. It must be nice to have your own personal shopper. I would like to have my own personal shopper.

Since spring, I have set my sites on a new library bag and a new Bible Study bag for The Ab-Cat. Her green library bag was previously thrifted and just worn and sad. Her thrifted BSF bag is still good, but a little small. I do still like that bag though! Both of these bags together didn’t cost $5.00.


I bought her a new Life is Good library bag for $9.99 in Virginia. I should have waited, but I was not informed that all of The Mitten would be donating their unused bags to thrift stores! Still a darling summer bag.


Then I found this brand new, cute Roxy bag at the last Value World outing for $4.10.


Along with this brand new Chico’s bag for whoever needs it for $5.40. It seemed like a good travel/airport bag to me and Mousey.


Add this handsome new one to the collection, a brand new aeropostale bag she can use for whatever she would like.


For $2.30 because of the magic 1/2 off coo-pin!!!!! Never been used! Love that! Ok, I promise, I won’t even LOOK at the bags for the rest of the year.


I also found her this cute Land’s End top that I knew she would like. It has regular sleeves. She is not a fan of the half, or cap, sleeve. She is a full, past the armpit kind of sleeve girl. It also has really cute stitching and a darling pocket on the sleeve that didn’t photograph very well.


The sleep pants were my favorite! Abby is a fan of our Tigers, now she can represent!!!!!


This was a really cute little mirror for $2.92. I may paint it, but I do like it the way it is.


I was just thinking about this Nora Ephron book the other day! It’s called I Feel Bad About My Neck and I had thrifted it several years ago and read it on vacation. It was very funny! I was thinking I would like to read it again because she had been talking about some things relating to a particular age of women and I had not yet arrived at that age. I have now arrived and I thought I would enjoy taking a second look! But Lo and behold, I must have loaned it to someone and it was not returned. But I found another for about .50 American cents, can’t beat that!

Mousey, as usual, scored several things to round out her wardrobe, or just add to her collection. Or as Honey would say, dump in her hoarders lair.

We will be heading back to value the world next weekend to further deplete our supply of coop-ins when the Chicago Two are next here. I just made that name up for The Boy and The Dane. Just now, right here.

We had planned to go to The Windy City to visit them next weekend, but due to hotel distance from their apartment, TRAFFIC, Mousey hosting a bachelorette party at our house on Saturday, and city TRAFFIC, it seemed like a better option to just bring them here. We have the beds, the pool, the Tigers, the Slows BBQ, the new Planet of the Apes movie (for a LOT LESS money I might add!), and the space to lounge right here. We will get down there some time.

Anyone score any good deals anywhere? Doesn’t have to be thrifted!

Potent Quotable

My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
Psalm 62:5-6

Faith is a gift from God. It allows us to perceive the truth, even if it is unseen. It persuades our emotions to embrace the truth and then moves our will to act upon it. When God promised Abraham and his descendants a land of their own, Abraham could have pretended to believe but chosen not to leave the safety of his home. Instead, Abraham accepted the unseen reality of God’s word: he packed his possessions and left home. Abraham knew that God’s promises were more reliable than his own perceptions.

Joseph had a prophetic dream. Despite being sold into slavery, with no rights or power, he conducted himself with integrity. Instead of giving up or cursing God, Joseph had faith. After years of waiting he became Pharaoh’s right hand man. The prophetic dream was fulfilled when Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers. He generously forgave them for selling him into slavery because his faith enabled him to see that God had worked every circumstance in his life for good.

David Jeremiah

Faith changes our perspective, attitude, and actions. We can be filled with peace because God’s promises are more reliable than what we can perceive or know.

David Jeremiah

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr.

The Weekly Sy

The Dane sent this after they returned from Michigan last weekend. Seymour was showing his displeasure at being left with a babysitter for three days by tipping over his water bowl. Three times. The look of guilt on his face is perfect.


Posing on the toilet tank.


He enjoys a good bag.


Oh, yes he does.


In or out.


All was forgiven.


Have a relaxing weekend.

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