Moved On Down the Road

It’s finally happened. After 7 years of blogging, I have used up all the space allowed in this spot.

Last night Mousey helped me to start a new space, one that will feature all the same sort of nonsense you have come to expect here.

Ironically, this is all happening two days shy of the blobs 7th anniversary, otherwise known to the regular readers as the day I shamelessly troll for comments!

This blog will remain here as it is, an extension of my memory, a seven year slice of our life, a beloved member of my family. Well, beloved by me anyway!

Here is your invitation to see the new place, Capri Deb graciously allowed me to use her background because she said she was getting the urge to redecorate anyway. I don’t have everything unpacked and in its place yet, but it’s up and running.

Hope to see you soon at
Come on by tomorrow and have a piece of virtual cake!  It would make my heart happy if EVERYONE would leave us a birthday wish, even you strong silent types. Come on, let’s hear some chatter!

A List For Your Monday Viewing

I have a variety of unrelated things to share. Sounds like a list.

The Girls and I went on a girl outing. To the eye doctor and then over to Sears to pick out some new frames. We are super fun.

Mousey has decided to get contacts, but she still needed some glasses because she is basically driving around town like Mrs. Magoo. Pure road hazard.

The Ab-Cat chose a cute new pair for everyday and also a super cute new pair of sunglasses! There was another cute option that she discarded because they were the Kardashian brand. She said in no way was she supporting them. I get that.

I always need other people to come with me when I get new spectacles. It’s hard to choose wisely when you can’t see what you are doing.

I think I chose a flattering pair, but it has been my experience that I never like the new pair when I get them home. There is great angst and gnashing of teeth and severe doubt about how I could have picked so poorly, so I resort to wearing my old pair until they break and then I am forced to wear the new pair. 

It’s a complicated process. I have been doing it for over 40 years now.

We gals also had a Friday Night Lights marathon. Honey asked me how I could enjoy  watching what I had already seen? I told him it has been a couple years since I had been immersed in Dillon, Texas, and I had forgotten entire story lines! So it was basically almost all brand new!

Had a loverly Skype session with Mrs. Schmenkman yesterday afternoon. I like her face.

We were discussing our annual Memorial Day Extravaganza visit. I moved it last year because we had a family wedding. She needs to move it this year because she has a family wedding and will be here in The Mitten!!! We may move it to later in the summer.

Two years of not having The Memorial Day Hootenanny on Memorial Day. We are so flexible I don’t even know who we are anymore.

Just so long as we gather, that’s our new motto.

We thought The Boy’s new steroid was helping, but then it wasn’t. He had IVIG last week and is in the throes of some very bad side effects. Prayers are welcome.

Oh my goodness. Those cats are fighting down the hall like junior high school girls.

Seymour is a punk.

When I picked up some cat food I also purchased a new laser pointer. They think it’s the BOMB!!! Even the elder ladies are getting a workout!

Have a productive Monday.

Potent Quotable

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt

The Weekly Sy

Peeking a boo.


Why is it?

Why is it you wake up at 4 when you don’t need to get up, and on days when you really need to get up you sleep until the alarm?

Why is it when I have time to read blobs in the morning, no one has posted?

Why is it the worst things happen to the nicest people?

Why is it I need to run errands on the coldest, bluster-iest days?

Why is it our three old lady cats are so….hefty, when they don’t eat NEAR as much as the new catten Sy?

Why is it our back counter in the laundry room is always a disaster? It’s an honest question.

Why is it I can overlook such disasters for a long time before I really see them?

Why is it some people are so much more likeable than other people? I could talk and laugh with some all the live long day, and others? Like pulling teeth. Awkward and painful. Awkward is a weird word if you look at it too long.

Why is it you can wear an outfit for a good long time, feel comfortable and confident, and then all the sudden you hate it and think you look awful in it and CAN’T BELIEVE YOU EVER WORE IT???? What changed? Seriously, I need to know?

Why is it I am so much more critical of the sins I see in others, yet so complacent with my own? In our BSF lesson this week we saw that God struck down Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu on the very first day of their service as consecrated priests of the Lord because they offered “unauthorized fire”. The VERY FIRST DAY. They basically did not do things “as the Lord commanded”. Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and toasted them. I am pretty sure if not for the permanent sacrifice of Jesus Christ covering all my many sins I would be toasted daily. Crispy. God cares about how we do things.

Why is it when my neck feels better, my lower back is of the devil? Can’t we all just get along?

Why is it I had FIVE servings of chocolate yesterday? I know better than that.

Why is it when I want to pet and cuddle with Sy he is all spicy?

Why is it that I look so completely different in pictures than I feel I look in my everyday life? Do I really LOOK that bad? Really, we are friends, you would tell me, right? Good Grief!

Why is it when I have really good letters for Words With Friends there is no place to put them?

How about you guys?

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! It’s the first Hodgepodge of 2015! It’s nice to get back in the swing of things and many thanks to our fearless leader Joyce. She keeps the swing swinging!

1. What’s your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I’m asking for a friend.

When things aren’t going as planned, tell yourself you  are making a memory and you will hopefully laugh about it later.

Admit when you are wrong. Apologize. It will be their turn next.

Be gracious when they apologize. It will be your turn next.

I cannot stress enough that laughing together is so important. In this world you will have trouble. It’s not an option, it’s a guarantee. The laughter helps.
2. Before we’re too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined As Silver, so everyone go say hi.
Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?"and "Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"

We were at a Small Group New Years party wondering if all heck was going to break loose or  nothing was going to happen! After the ball dropped we went back to playing cards!

I put some extra water and non perishables in the basement. I figured if things got joophered up and it took a while to sort them out we would at least have some pasta, green beans and peanut butter to tide us over.

3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn’t a word. It’s the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that’s not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014?

Nothing is coming to mind. That’s kind of sad. Or kind of good that the whole year was not consumed by one thing. Take your pick.

4. Speaking of words, it’s that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they’d like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year’s top vote getters are-
bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix).
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you’d like to add?

I thought cra-cra was a stoopid word if used seriously. Sort of like presh and adorbs. If you are mocking? Then by all means, go ahead.

I was not aware bae was a word. It ranks up there with cra-cra.

I DID use Polar Vortex because we DID live through that mess.

5.  January is National Hot Tea month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day?

I am a fan! My favorite tea is Da Vinci sugar free chai tea concentrate. I realize that is not tea in a traditional sense. I like tea bags too. Vanilla Chai, Raspberry, regular. I like most tea with cream and all tea with Splenda. I have 3 favorite mugs.

There is a particular size of mug that works well with my chai ratio. Can’t be too big or small.


Mousey has a friend from Pakistan and she said she is going to let Mousey try some of her loose chai. I guess it comes from Canada and is WAY better than store bought tea bags. I look forward to trying it.

6. Whatever happened to___Amanda Byne_____________________________?

Such talent, such promise, so many problems.

7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter?

Unbroken. Abby says I must. I did think the movie was very good.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It is –1 degree this morning and I am wearing the warm and toasty socks knit by The Dane’s Grandmother! The happy colors help to get through the winter. Heaven knows we need something to get through. Evidently The Dane’s Grandmother knew just what we needed Smile


Thanks for stopping by!

The Shell Game

I believe I mentioned that I focused my laser like attention on finding heart shaped shells/rocks while on vacation last fall in Florida. I was surprised by how many I found!

They needed a vehicle to attractively display them in all their glory. Enter Little Nemo.

I first saw Nemo at my Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ new place in Naples. They had him on a little table on their lanai, full of colorful shells they have picked up on their beach wanderings. He was so stinkin’ cute!

Over the holidays I was in Homegoods and lo and behold, there was Nemo! I brought him home and told Honey I had purchased our first item for retirement! I knew just what to put in him, the heart shell/rocks!

Mia likes fish. In a chrome atmosphere. Was not aware the iPad had such capabilities.


Sy was also a fan. Glad to see he is assimilating like the other felines, everyone wants to be in the picture.


Still debating if I should spray paint some in silver or some other color so they will not look so…rock-y. What do Y’All think?


I heart them. And Little Nemo.

Second Best

Mousey teaches swim lessons to children. She frequently comes home and tells us the funny things they say. Last week she said she had a girl who looked at her and said something along the lines of “You are the second prettiest girl I have ever seen.”. Mousey thanked her and asked who was the prettiest girl she had ever seen, assuming it would be her mother. She said her art teacher.

This is for you Mousey.


You go Girl.

*****I stand corrected, she said Mousey was the second most beautiful- est girl in the world. An important distinction!*****

Potent Quotable

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

The Weekly Sy

He is a swaddler.



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