Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, welcome back to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! Joyce needed a break last week and we were happy to oblige our faithful leader!

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way?

 I am inspired by God’s creation, how beautiful, how intricately designed, how awesome, diverse and vast. He’s a wonderful Maker.
2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth…which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

I like down to earth folks, they are my favorite breed of people. They represent the majority of souls that I choose to associate with. There is something about knowing that the person has their feet firmly planted, not wishy washy like this world tends to be. No pretension, no drama, no respecter of persons, just faithful, goodhearted, salt of the earth types. Looky there, I used TWO idioms! 
3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.

Admit when you’re wrong, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill and remember that you will laugh about it someday.
4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?

This is an area that Honey and I do not have the best track record. We have hired some who turned out to be awful workers, like the yahoos who put in our new water heater last October. Honey knew more that they did!! He hired them to save himself some time but he should of just done it himself. The fellow who came in to fix the yahoos work was great though, so now we know who to call if we need a plumber again.

The last people we hired were carpet installers. Or rather, Home Depot hired them. They were also good workers.
5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?

I would say that most every day of my life involves some small talk. I can pretty much talk to anyone. My children and Honey can vouch for this. I do seem to attract people who want to talk. When someone strikes up a conversation with me in line at a store, or waiting for something, or on an airport, I figure that God put me there for a reason and I always think pleasant small talk must be what that person needs at that time. When the person is elderly I sometimes think they must be lonely to want to talk to a perfect stranger. I tell the kids that it may be that you are the only person they have talked to all day.

I think I must have gotten this trait from my mother, who was very friendly. I think I have passed the gene down to our children as well, they seem well versed in small talk skills.
6.  What was the last historic place you visited?

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. LOTS of history there!
7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.

loved the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and mind and loved our neighbor as our self.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Keelyody and I started the 2014 walking season yesterday!!! I am not lame today!!!!! Thank you Lord!!!!!!!

An After Easter List=Ea-st

Happy post Resurrection Day!

We had a very nice weekend! Honey was off since Thursday evening, returning to Ford Motor Company last night. We had a nice relaxing weekend.

Honey did have to replace the sump pump. That was unexpected.

We watched The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and Philomena, both very good in very different ways. Both included bravery.

I think I forgot to mention that last weekend we went to the big movies and saw Noah and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

There was much discussion on the former about a variety of inconsistencies.  I am thinking that perhaps the makers of the movie have not actually read the Bible. Just an observation.

The thing that the film makers did get right was how evil man had become.

Yikes, those pre flood folks were SCARY!!!!!!!

Our observation about Captain America was mainly shallow and involved how nice looking Chris Evans was. We liked it!

There has been a LOT of eating and desserting going on the last few days.

So much for Honey’s diet.

We had a delicious Easter dinner up at my Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house.

Speaking of diets, more than half the conversation revolved around the diet subject.

My aunt and uncle have been on a low carb diet since returning from Florida a couple weeks ago. They have both lost some lbs and are doing well.

Seriously spell check? You don’t recognize carb as a real word???

Their son is getting married the end of next month and his bride to be is starting her pre wedding diet today.

Our family friend Kari was also in attendance, and she is also dieting. Low carb and sugar free. Maybe no gluten either.

And of course Honey will be re-upping today, and I will be joining him because I feel like I did a good job of insulating myself against the winter cold with a layer of blubber, like an Eskimo.

There was discussion about 2 books, Wheat Belly and Grain Brain.

I don’t remember ever reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder, or anyone in her books, ever needing to go on a diet. Maybe we should farm.

Is farming the answer?

I heard once again that turmeric is very good for inflammation. I will be looking into that today for both Honey and I.

Good news!!! The 2014 walking season with Keelyody starts tomorrow morning!!! We have a very full agenda with all of the solving the world problems, not to mention personal stuff.

Our bikes are down from above the garage. Now we have to look into some new tires and new bike seats.

Bike seats for middle aged folks. With a wider seating area and gel cushion involvement.

In other words, seats for big-butted Americano’s.

I am getting very close to switching out the winter clothes.

You know how after a certain point, no matter how un-springy it is outside, you just can’t go back to wearing the winter clothing?

We are almost at that tipping point.

Capri Patt came home from her winter residence in Florida yesterday!!!!

It will be good to see her soon and hug her neck!

Both Patt and Capri Deb are grandmas now. Their attention is riveted on precious little pumpkins. It is fun to see!

Ok, time to greet the day, have a swell Monday!

Potent Quotable

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" — Jesus Christ – John 11:25, 26

“The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence. Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” — Clarence W. Hall

Truth For Good Friday

“You Alone Can Rescue”

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

You, oh Lord, have made a way
The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

Matt Redman

Broken Record

Ya’All, WE DID IT!!!!!!!

We shattered the snowfall record from the winter of 1880-1881!!  Shattered was their word on the news.

I was not the only one hoping for this outcome, as evidenced by the Google search this morning.

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We only needed 1.3 inches and we got 3.1. How’s that for a transposition??

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The snow is only on stuff, not even the cement.  It looks purty out there. After the weekend temperatures in the 70s, 22 degrees feels brisk. They are predicting it will be gone in two shakes of a lambs tail.

In two shakes of a lamb’s tail

Fig. in a very short time; very quickly.

The phrase, ‘two shakes of a lamb’s tail’ is a term used to state an action will be quick, since lambs shake their tails fast. It is thought to have originated in the United States.

You’re welcome.

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I don’t know what is going on there in the pool cover. Crop circles?

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Ok, now the snow can get the heck out of Michigan. Bring on the spring!!!!!!!

A Gusty Start to the Week

Oh my GOODNESS, it’s SO windy this morning!!!!!!!

We have three trash cans in our yard and none of them belong to us! I had to go next door and snag ours. At least it is a balmy 68 degrees out there. The forecast is predicting 1-2 inches of snow tomorrow. Ok Michigan, this is your LAST chance to break the snowfall record from the 1880s. Pretty please, just break it so we can move on and have the memory of this record breaking winter behind us.

There are now 4 neighbors outside collecting their garbage cans. One is not having any luck and my next door neighbor is pointing to the side yard between our houses. Our house seems to be a little bit of a catch all for the neighborhood. We gather a lot of BBQ covers, garbage lids, recyclable garbage. Kind of like those places in the Indian Ocean where debris and flotsam collect. But not airplane parts, apparently.

Honey has been planning to go on a diet, with today being D Day. We were just talking about our dining menu this morning. He is having a couple of days off this weekend and he has already said there could be cheating going on. All that to say we will have three days of regulation, then three days of carnage.

I wore sandals and no coat yesterday to church. Honey said we should put the coats away. I reminded him about the snow tomorrow. We might want a coat for that.

Why are there birds flying in this wind?? They are going to splat on our windows.

Our three old lady fat cats can be found looking out the windows these days. Watching for interlopers like rabbits and squirrels.

Interlopers sounds like it could be an animal.

I graciously open the door and offer to let them out, but they run away. They need the pane of protection.

I guess it is clear by now that I don’t really have anything to say today.

I bid you a pleasant Monday.

Potent Quotable

If Christ was not raised, His death was in vain, your faith in Him would be
pointless, and your sins would still be counted against you with no hope of spiritual
life."

John MacArthur

List and a Rant

It is Friday, therefore we have a list. With a rant at the end.

We are having a tentative spring here in The Mitten.

It was 69 yesterday!!! I wore sandals!!! I saw something GREEN poking up in the yard!!!

Our lawn no longer looks like a herd of wildebeests wintered there. All the flatness is starting to rise.

We have lost some bushes, that is apparent.

I am beginning to see work out there. Cutting back the decorative grasses, gathering the pesky, remaining leaves. Moving pots around. Bare patches of dirt needing flowers.

I am not ready to physically do any of said work yet. Hopefully soon.

I have come to the conclusion that I am a fan of the Mia Clarisonic Skin Cleanser. The Ab-Cat is as well. She would say that her skin condition is much better because of less breakouts, but I would say she has a healthy glow that she didn’t have before. Maybe exfoliating is the key.

I think they should make one for feet, I could benefit from such a tool. Oh, I guess there is always a power sander.

I used a recipe for baked fish that I saw on a blog. It was truly heinous. Honey kindly said maybe it just needed to be a little more crispy. I said unfortunately that would not help the TASTE.

We had birthday club last Tuesday. As we were leaving Keelody commented that everyone is in the midst of big changes. She is right, it must be our age and life phase.

We don’t really like all the change.

We would like to start walking, that would be a nice change. I am not quite ready to physically do this yet. Hopefully soon.

There are world problems and personal things to solve. We might even find that dang Malaysian plane if we put our minds to it. Might could.

Why are the phones of the passengers still ringing? This plagues me.

Anyone watching American Idol? I am not sure who is the frontrunner or who I would like to win. 

I am sure that the one guy Caleb looks exactly like a young Meatloaf. That’s what we call him, Young Meatloaf.

There are two gals from the Detroit area, that would be fun if one of them won!

Honey always calls the African American fellow Jasper. Consistently, for some unknown reason. His name is C.J.

I read online this morning that a group of parents of autistic children are suing Walt Disney World over their new line waiting policy, supposedly put into place to stop line jumpers. Here is a quote from the article:

“The change in policy follows several cases of where guests were paying for disabled guides or using fraudulent GAC cards to get on rides without the wait.”

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is a cop out on the part of the Disney people.

Things have changed in this particular aspect since our days of going to theme and amusement parks. When we started, you could go to the exit of rides and shows (where there were no stairs but they had ramps) and they would just take you in. AWESOME PERK!

They would even let you ride twice in a row because of the difficulty getting on and off a ride.

At some point in our travels, they started with the pass thingy that gives you a set time so you can come back and not have to wait in line in the hot sun for extended periods of time.

I guess able bodies riders were upset about all those disabled, and their families, just cutting in front of everyone.

In their case, autistic children have limited ability to wait for long periods. In the case of the physically handicapped, it is more often the risk of dehydration, sunburn, or inability for a multitude of other reasons.

I can remember telling Abby that the perks of Disney World might just be the very best thing about being handicapped. Seriously, if people knew the ins and outs of travelling disabled, the disappointments of not being able to do so many things, the indignities of the rudeness and carelessness of others, just the logistics of getting around, there should be NO grudges held about a little first class service.

And if you think that the families of the disabled are somehow not entitled to the perks? Cry me a river, because those people have their entire lives disrupted plenty, they don’t need to be separated from their own people all day, waiting in lines at the happiest place on earth. We are family, we are doing this together!

I am not sure when we noticed that they were clamping down, but we did start to notice that large groups of people, with park rented chairs and minimally handicapped guests, might have started causing them to change all the rules.

I am not saying that there are not reasons for people to use park rented wheelchairs. The elderly, broken legs, recovering folks are just as deserving. You can’t always determine the health of someone at a glance. But I do think some were just renting the chairs for the pass and the perks that came with it. Disney obviously did too.

I believe that is called taking advantage. Or playing the system.

I have long maintained that if you arrive at the park in your own, custom made wheelchair, you are really handicapped, and not just trying to get out of waiting in line.

I am sure the parents of the autistic children would be glad to bring you a note from their doctors saying the exact same thing.

All that to say, don’t put more rules in place for the handicapped, GO AFTER THE LINEJUMPERS AND ABUSERS OF THE PASSES!!!!!!!

That is the end of the list and I will now, thankfully, step down from my soapbox.

Have a good weekend.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by! Joyce is taking a spring break next week so Wednesday Hodgepodge will be off as well. I thank her for her faithful dedication to all the Hodgepodgers out there!

1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last ‘shower’ attention on someone or have attention ‘showered’ on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm?

Lots of attention is always unnerving to me, so let’s just not.
2. Share a favorite ‘spring break’ memory. Not talking about just the ‘college spring break’ thing, but any favorite spring break memory you’d like to share. Keep it family friendly please!

All of my memories of spring break are fun! We always went to Florida with the kids for two weeks. Such good memories. We visited my folks some, went to Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, Sea World and more. My favorite parts were playing games back at the rented house or condo. Just talking and hanging around with my People.
3. It’s National Pecan Month…are you a fan? If so, what’s your favorite dish that calls for pecans?
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pecans and pecan pie please!!!!!

4.  ‘Put all your eggs in one basket’, ‘egg on your face’, ‘rotten egg’, ‘walk on eggshells’, or ‘a good egg’…which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life?

I have a situation in my life that feels like walking on eggshells.
5.  In my experience___________________________________.

…walking on eggshells is hard and I am not a fan.

6. What’s a  favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics?

Singing in the Rain. Such a good movie too!

7. What does the word hope mean to you?

I think hope is a very important word. But even more important is in whom you put your hope. People are always looking for someone they hope can fix their situation. Some people pride themselves on being fixers. Misplaced hope can be heartbreaking, devastating or deadly. The only hope I have found worth having in this word is hope in Jesus. Hope in Him is not a wistful, maybe, I wish kind of thing. It’s the assurance that there is more to this life. His work on the cross and the resurrection made a way for eternal life, the forever life, not this temporary, hard, afflicted life we have now.

Like the old hymn, My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back portion of the post. This trip was April of 2002. We usually stayed with my folks for a few days before we headed over to whatever we rented. The kids loved visiting and especially loved their giant pool!! Mousey was just asking the other night if I remembered the French toast Grandma always made when we were in Florida.

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At that cool pool! One of my favorite pictures of Ab-Cat and The Boy together.

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The Boy and I playing 5 State Rummy. We played a lot of cards and games.

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Mousey and Ab-Cat.

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At Jurassic Park.

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Mousey and The Boy.

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Another one of The Boy, cause I miss this rascal.

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Honey with his friends.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a hopeful week!

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We had a celebration yesterday, The Grandpa’s 76th birthday! He told the freshly turned 25 Ab-Cat that together they were 101 years old! Beeve and Stacey served a yummy steak dinner and we visited all afternoon.

Here is The Grandpa with his Young Furlings. They love their old Grandpa!

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In other BIG news, Look who lost a tooth!

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Goomba is rocking a sweet jack-o-lantern  look these days. That second tooth is hanging on by a thread! Just call him Billy Bob. Or Cletus the Redneck!

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The Ab-Cat had watched him a couple weeks before and they read two cute books together that she told him to be sure to show me. He did, and they were cute! Courtesy of the Scholastic Book Fair.

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We had much conversation about the pages.

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Many times he had to stop and take the book over and show Uncle Honey a page he thought he would particularly like.

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There was a lot of “could you imagine?!”

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His favorite page. He liked that the shark child was making bank from The Tooth Fairy. Probably had something to do with his current tooth status.

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My favorite page, like that zebra do!

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Mousey had the camera for most of the afternoon, this was the only other picture fit to show you. My People are….inappropriate, and apparently, un-photogenic.

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I guess Beeve and Stacey were busy getting dinner ready in the kitchen, we have no photographic evidence of their attendance! It was a good day with good food and good people, a fine Sunday!

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