I have a post vacation list here.
The seventh of March, well time keeps on slippin’, slippin’ slippin into the future now doesn’t it?
We heard that song when we were in Florida. Since we all have different musical tastes, the station we could all agree on was the classic rock one. I felt the need to share how old I was, or what I was doing, if I had seen that band in concert, if I owned the album or 8 track tape, or some other trivial nugget of information on many of the songs. I don’t think I wore out my welcome doing this.
Don’t judge me on the 8 track. I only had 3 and there was no tape deck in my ultra cool, brown 1972 Hornet.
By the way, the above mentioned song was Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band. It was HUGE in my freshman year of high school and no, I never saw them live.
Our Girls did not know of my extensive knowledge of Led Zeppelin, due to a high school, plus a year or two, relationship with a former boyfriend. I was not aware of their extensive like of the band. Kind of funny really. And no, I never saw them live either. We did have tickets to The Pontiac Silverdome to see their tour in 1980, but that concert tour died with the death of John Bonham. Literally and figuratively.
I have always liked Foreigner. The Ab-Cat thinks they are the cheesiest band EVER. Never saw them.
We all like Journey, saw them!!
We are divided on AC/DC. Never entertained the thought of seeing them.
We all like U2. They were the ones we always wanted to see but never got around to.
I has been under 25 degrees here for the majority of the week, and frequently under 10.
I heard a rumor (from Heiffer Lynn, just sayin’) that we were going to see 58 next week!!!! We are going to have some MELTAGE!!!!!!!
Honey had a truly heinous head cold in Florida. I succumbed next, then Ab-Cat, and finally Mousey fell victim of the plague.
I feel a little better every day. Today I am fully breathing out of one chapped nostril, with limited taste and smell.
The Girls are still in the suffering phase.
Does having a cold mess with the hormonies? I have been flashing all over the place, especially at night! Oh my word, is THIS what you all have been complaining about??? For goodness sake, what a nuisance!!!! You will just be sleeping peacefully and then spontaneously comBUST!
We found out last night that a nearby Bennigan’s is closing its doors on St. Patrick’s Day after 30 years. It made me sad. I am not surprised, but sad nonetheless.
Anyone watching American Idol? Anyone have a favorite?
We are having Caregroup tonight for the first time in a month! I miss those guys!
BSF Bible study has been convicting lately. Well, mostly always. This week was all about wearing the fig leaves of religion but bearing no actual figs. I don’t want to be a lush leafy fig tree with no fruit.
Prayer and fruitfulness are the way to know God, not through ritual.- Joni McCarthy
I need to do what He wants me to do, not what I want to do. Capri K
May your weekend be leafy AND fruitful.
Let’s go back to Florida, no REALLY, let’s! We only had two things on our calendar that week because that’s the way we like it. First up was visiting Girl Cousin Lindsay and her hubby, Rob B., also known as the internationally famed Team Levine!
They had lived in Orlando for several years and last year moved down to Cooper City, which was straight across the state, somewhere near Hollywood. We had never been able to visit them in Orland so we wanted to get over there and see the new place. It was SO nice!
no cage over their swimming pool!
They made us a yummy supper and then we played PEANUTS, because Rob B. was wanting to finally play at HIS house! They had a perfect little permanent Peanuts table, fancy that!
The Girl Cousins.
Plus one Boy.
Thank you Team Levine for a loverly day!
The other thing on the calendar was The Ab-Cat’s birthday on the 25th. Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis joined us at The Cheesecake Factory in Naples. I said everybody smile and this was the look I got from Uncle Bob. What is it about this generation and smiling in pictures??? I said ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
He did better on the next one.
The 25 year old birthday girl!!! She had strawberry shortcake, which has a special place in her heart. Unfortunately, the wait staff sang to her, which does not have a special place in her heart.
Since we basically made Abby go with us, we promised we would curb the shopping, which she does not favor. Mousey and I DO favor the shopping. We managed to get some thrifting in, and Abby managed to scour the book sections. Bargains were found by all. Ab still complained we shopped too much and Mousey and I just shake our heads that our sacrifice was not appreciated!
Honey and The Boy always used to find ugly matching shirts and say they were going to get them for Fitchin’ shirts. Mousey found matching shirts (they weren’t too bad) and said Hey, they can be our fitchin’ shirts! We both tried them on and sadly, we both discarded them. No fitchin’ shirts
I saw this sparkling beauty at the Ft. Myers airport on the way home. Now you all may not know the artist here, but The Capri’s will!! She is Leoma Lovegrove from Matlacha Island, the little town that The Capri’s pass through when visiting Capri Patt’s island of North Captiva.
Leoma is known for her vibrant color and whimsical reflection. I totally lifted that from Goggle. I tried to link to her website but it didn’t come up. I went to her gallery last November with Capri P, it is quite something to see and her gardens were so unique!
She has clothing that looks much the same. I saw a cute dress with the tags still on it at the Goodwill. I would have bought it but it was too big.
That’s it for the pictures from Florida. I may have to sneak some thoughts in if they come to me, but for now, that’s all she wrote. Thanks Honey for another fun get away!
Y’All, we got out of Dodge last week! Mousey had a break from school and we left the frigid, Polar Vortex enshrouded Mitten in search of a warmer state. We found heat in abundance in southern Florida.
Here are my People at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport that is not located in Detroit. Romulus Metropolitan Airport is more accurate, but just like the Detroit Zoo is not in Detroit but Royal Oak, we roll with it.
We were delayed because of thunderstorms somewhere, so that left us with time on our hands. If you know us, that can be dangerous. Mousey posed a question that wasted plenty of time; what if we smiled our best smiles using an under bite? We then practiced all manner of under bite smiles. The friendly under bite smile, the silly under bite smile, surprised underbite smile, the come hither under bite smile. The sexy under bite smile was my personal favorite, go on, try it! H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S.!!!!! We smiled at each other this way on and off for the entire trip. Soopah sexy, said like Heidi Klum.
Several hours later, we arrived at the Ft. Myers airport, which I have to say is one of my favorites because it is so cute and small and light and sunshiny! We got the rental van and hit up Perkins for lunch, hello CHICKEN POT PIE!!!!
We then travelled to our rented house in Cape Coral. I realize this is a horrible picture but it was so sunny!! Such a problem!
Honey had a terrible time finding a place to stay this year. We are not sure why, he started looking in plenty of time. We were not able to stay in Estero, Ft. Myers Beach or Bonita Beach where we had stayed previously. Cape Coral was a ways away from the places we like to frequent, it took about an hour to get from the house to the freeway because of all the traffic. Florida and traffic goes together like peas and carrots, like Forrest and Jenny.
It was a great house! Mousey said it was her favorite of all we have stayed in. I would have agreed if not for that pesky drive to the freeway.
Greeted by a dolphin mosaic!
A dining room we never used.
A very nice kitchen! Lots of counter space. I like that feature!
Good lounging area, also a priority.
Our room. Honey said the bed was too soft. He developed a truly heinous cold a few days into the trip.
Therefore, this became my room in an effort to avoid the plague.
The Ab-Cat’s room was right off the kitchen.
Mousey’s room. It looked like this for about 2 minutes before the scattering began. She scatters quickly, and efficiently. Like a bomb.
As I said, lounging is important to us.
As is sunning. We have decided that we prefer a community pool without the birdcage. But the pool was loverly and warm and a good place for Mousey and I to work on our ice dancing routines.
Honey loved this feature even though we did not use it. We cooked exactly none on this trip. Unless you count warming up leftovers in the microwave as cooking. I do not.
The grill was behind this bar, just waiting to be used by the next guests.
We spent a great deal of time at this comfy table.
Abby had a job on this trip. She had to figure out how to get me hooked up to our public library so I could check out a fake book on the kindle. We had instructions from our local librarian, but still she labored.
I thought she might sail the thing into the pool.
She worked her magic! None of the books I wanted were available but she was able to download Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan for her father. Just watching him laugh hysterically on the couch was good entertainment!!
Honey also got in some fitchin’. He never caught anything, but we saw quite a few jumping. It was a very pretty canal. The iPad says it was Camarin Canal. I did not know I had that feature to locate where I took pictures!
He also enjoys the lounging. Here he is probably waiting for Mousey to get ready to go eat. He is a good waiter. I was liking those built in bookcases. Hmmmm.
The last views on the morning we left. Beautiful pool,
and sun drenched living room!
After another 2 hour delay to return home, we finally flew back into The Mitten to frigid temperatures and 2 to 4 inches of winter. A special, special thank you to The Peanuts Champ for picking us up at the airport! The delay caused us to lose Beeve as our chauffer!
Honey got up and fired up the snow blower.
Some welcome home. And I caught Honey’s cold.
March 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM (Potent Quotable)
Winter bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail. ~Montenegrin Proverb
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
There was a photo booth at the vow renewal for Rae Babe and Jona-fin (he’s the best!). I have to tell you that it is hard to say vow renewal a couple times in a row. Say it. It comes out vowel renewal, vol renewal, vol renale or something of the sort.
Anyway, at the super fun wedding party, they had one of these babies. I have not had the pleasure of the photo booth since Honey and I used to go to Zellers in Canada, oh, about 28 years ago. I see them on the facebook all the time. I am convinced that people practice their looks at home in the mirror first.
I was a little leery of all the community costumes because….eeewwwww. I finally chose a tiara, like Any Farrah Fowler.
One thing has vastly improved concerning the photo booth. Everyone in the group gets a picture! No more one photo to share! They even made an extra copy to put in a book for Rae Babe and Jona-fin. I am sure that is a wild volume.
The Girls went in multiple times with multiple people. Honey and I even did it a second time!
I keep forgetting to do the Thank You God portion of the post. I will try and get my act together.
*****Thank you God for….*****
….the Hostler’s. Quite simply, our families are forever linked.
….Rachel and Jon’s marriage. Celebrating 30 years is an accomplishment these days. And they didn’t do it just somehow, but TRIUMPHANTLY!!!!!!
….blessing their family with faith, love and each other!
I believe i mentioned that we were doing something very, very special last Friday! We went to our dear friends The Hostler’s vow renewal ceremony! They were married thirty years ago and for their anniversary they decided to do it all over again, in a BIG way!
There were many highlights of the evening. This was by FAR the easiest time I have EVER had getting my People ready for an event! We all wore the exact same thing to this wedding as we did to The Boy and The Dane’s wedding! Piece of cake!
Honey and his Girls looked right nice!
I realize this is starting abruptly, but this is where my pictures started, so just jump in with me. The ceremony started with Jona-fin (he’s the best!) standing in front, waiting for his Girls. Which I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Jon has a lot of experience waiting for his Girls! As we can see, they have already joined him, along with their friend Adam, who was the marrying guy.
I need to say here that Rae Babe and Jona-fin have served for many years in many capacities as youth group leaders at their church. They held the ceremony in the youth area called The Underground. They had many friends from this ministry in attendance. As elders (HA!) in this ministry, I would not hesitate to say that they have greatly influenced the many young people they have served along side for lo these many years! Christian character, family, personal relationship with God and people, and serving others, yes, those are all good describing words for this family of four.
Ok, back to the front. As you can see, Jon and Adam have been joined by the daughters, Nurse Lauren and Printing Autumn!
Rae Babe was escorted down the isle by her loverly parents, Pete and Dixie.
The Bride and Groom!
Their Darling Daughters sang a song for them, scripture was read, words were spoken, vows renewed, blessings were given,
and tears were shed in celebration of thirty years of love, devotion, family and memories.
After the ceremony the evening was just beginning! Mr and Mrs Hostler….again!!
Worship Leader Lauren and Put a Ring on it Autumn
Dancers Extraordinaire, Dixie and Pate!!!
There were kind words from friends and their daughters, a video of Jon and Rae’s love story, a slideshow (I know that is not what they are called these days but work with me here) of pictures through the years, which was one of my favorite parts of the evening. They should have called it Hair Through The Ages!!!
There was cake!
There seemed to be some deliberation and warnings to not smash!
And a wedding dance for the Newlyweds.
I LOVED watching Rachel’s parents dance! I can remember her telling me through the years that her parents loved to dance. What a pleasure to see them in action!!
Especially the Electric Slide!!!
This was another line type dance that I thoroughly enjoyed watching!
Dancing Lauren with her Grandfather.
This is how these guys danced the majority of time, in a tight knot!!! I think they were all out there for Beyonce.
It was so fun to celebrate with friends.
Being silly, the way we especially love our Hostlers!
Their family motto is “Not somehow, but TRIUMPHANTLY!!!!”. Thank you Hostler’s for a TRIUMPHANT evening celebrating your marriage, your family and the God who has woven you so tightly together
Here’s to the next thirty!!!