And a Partridge on a Mug Tree

Now all you Bird People are going to tell me that is not a partridge. That may well be true. All I can say about that, is I wouldn’t know a partridge from any other bird in the whole avian kingdom. Except a robin. I can identify a robin because it is the official Bird of Michigan!!!!! And our flower is the apple blossom, our tree is the pine, or maybe the evergreen. Our animal is the wolverine. And a hearty thank you to my first grade teacher, Mrs. Horton, for those important lessons!

Many, many, moons ago, my Aunt Ava and Uncle Frank gave us a mug tree with Christmas mugs as a gift. Over the years, the mug tree has not fared well. It was getting pretty wobbly. Last year, we gave it permission to rest in peace. After I unpacked the mugs this year, they were just  sitting on the counter, waiting and lonely. This was the only mug tree I saw in the whole Homegoods. Good thing I liked it, I loved it!

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After dinner last night, I had a hankering. And I had some apples. See how these things dovetailed nicely? Mmmmm, apple crisp.

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I have to go the chiropractor this morning. It’s either that, or I am going to personally cut the nerve that runs down my thigh to my knee. With a chain saw.

The last time I was there, the doctor fixed it nicely and the pain has been absent for about a month, maybe two. But, it is back, with a vengeance. He says it is a pinched nerve. Do I need that nerve? Can it be removed? Or would it affect important things, like walking?

Well, the jury is still out on the tree skirt. So far it is an even 2 for 2. Schmenky and her sister Laurie gave it a thumbs down, and Capri’s Deb and Patt gave it a thumbs up. They do have a slight advantage, having actually eyeballed it in person. I could use a few more opinions please.

After cutting Deb and Patt’s hairs yesterday, we went to lunch at Chip and Dip, and I continued on alone to Homegoods to peruse their tree skirts. They did not have any others that I seriously considered.

Ok Guy’s, seriously, how bout that tree skirt? I need some more input.

Weekend Doings

Mousey is always one to try something new in her quest to have soft, loverly, blemish free, skin. Products, gelatin and masks made from all sorts of common kitchen ingredients. I came home from shopping to this one. YIKES! She had called me at the store to ask if we had nutmeg and cinnamon. Afterward, she said she smelled like pie. The jury is still out as to effectiveness.

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I ran up to Marshall’s to use my FREE, $10.00 off coo-pin. I heart those coo-pins!

I have been perusing the tree skirts for the last few years. I made ours years ago, and it is fine, but sometimes you want a new little somethin’, somethin. My other one was definitely in the red family, not exactly matching our decor. They seemed to have oodles of brick-y red ones this year, ones that match our color palate better.

It’s a little foofy, but the other ones were foofier. I knew the kids would not be fans of the cheetah print, as they all call animal spots. Personally, that is my favorite part. I am still thinking about it.

My personal decorator, aka Capri Patt, is coming by this afternoon to get her hairs cut. Perhaps she will help me with my indecisiveness.

I am happy to say that our tree is UP and the lights are on. But, it is totally ornament free at the moment.I will get around to it. I am only one person.

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Mama Mia seems to be giving it the paws up. She found it a suitable place for bathing.

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What do you all think. Be honest, I can take it. I am not afraid of the return line. Yet.

Potent Quotable

Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.
Kevin James

 

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

52@47 PIZZA!

I never did dress yesterday. But I did wash my face and brush my fangs.

I decided to nap, so I would be fresh for our Introduction To Christmas Movie later that evening. We did watch The Grinch, and it was fabulous! There are so many funny one liners in that movie, and Jim Carey makes us laugh.

While I was sleeping, which is another fine Christmas movie, Honey went out and hunter/gathered some supplies for our supper. Because he was out anyway, getting new tires for his distinguished Grandpa Grey Taurus. He had a hankering for pizza pie. I knew he would be hankering for something.

A brief back story. When we were in Florida, Honey became reacquainted with his fondness for thin crust, coal fired, pizza. We had it twice, and he has been mentioning it.

We bought this bread at Gordon Food Services on Wednesday. I had done all of my necessary holiday food shopping on Tuesday, to avoid the crowds. Which was, by the way, not successful. It would appear that that same thought had occurred to everyone else in our town as well.

As I was making the cheese ball, I discovered, to my horror, that I was out of dried parsley. That is not an ingredient that you can just forgo. I decided that of my shopping choices, Gordon’s was likely to be the least horrifically busy. I chose…..wisely. We were in and out.

But, since we were there, Honey and I perused the aisles, because we don’t shop there but a handful of times a year. We are more Sam’s Club folk. We saw this bread, and Honey was inspired to make some hummus. Then yesterday, he was re-inspired to use the bread for thin crust pizza. It was a very good inspiration!

We normally buy dough from Trader Joe’s, which is very good, but the whole dough thing is kind of messy, and it takes much longer to bake. These pizza’s only needed to be in the oven until the cheese melted. Maybe 10 minutes to say, 20-25 minutes. Eating sooner is always a worthy goal.

It had a very nice taste as well, not just dry, card-boardy pita flavor. Who knew that Naan, the authentic taste of India, would make such a tasty Italian pizza?

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Because the memory card on my camera told me it was FULL,  I was super busy with deleting superfluous blob photos in hopes of refilling it with more good pictures, that I would need to keep. That’s what I do. I save the memory card when it is full. I am a little leery of reusing the memory cards. I like to protect myself from all tech errors. Usually caused by me. My own personal insurance plan.

So anyway, all that to say, Honey did the dicing and the slicing.

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When discussing making the pizza earlier, Honey said he wanted to get real pepperoni, not that plastic stuff we usually get. This was the first I had heard about the plasticity of our previous pepperoni, but whatever, I am not one to quibble about food. Food is very important to Honey. Me? Not so much.

The pepperoni he chose looked very old. Evidently, that is the look you are going for when you want non-plastic pepperoni.

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The Ab-Cat at work. Notice Katie sniffing around, eyes peeled for the refreshments.

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Another bonus of the Naan, official taste of India, they were smaller, and everyone’s pizza fit on our two pizza stones. No one had to wait for the additional 20-25 minutes of dough pizza. Always a plus.

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This was mine. I thought I had a lot of mushrooms, but I could have used more. There was shrinkage. The kids were experimenting with using feta on their pizza. They loved it. I think it was fine, but in all honesty, maybe a little salty. Everyone was glad to try the new, non-plastic, pepperoni. I got one, but that is ok. I have been known to share mine with Katie anyway. It was very good! And much more expensive than our usual plastic pepperoni, therefore, much too good for dogs.

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Honey’s masterpiece. He was the only one who partook of the tomatoes.

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He also provided us with treats from the Italian market, where he shopped. He liked his tuxedo thingy on the top left. The baklava was good, Ab liked her cupcake, but the lemon thing? It was just plain ODD. It was not tart at all. It was WIERD. Mousey said it tasted like smarties. Not Canadian Smarties, which are really M&M’s, but Halloween Smarties. Honey tasted it and agreed it was strange, but he couldn’t place the flavor. Then it hit me. It tasted like Johnson’s baby aspirin. Oh yes, it did. Sadly, it was not eaten.

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Then we watched The Grinch. And laughed.

It has gotten cold here in The Mitten. 24 this morning. Bare naked trees and grey skies. Hello, winter.

Tonight: steak and homemade French fries!!!

Post Thanksgiving Post

We were all sure we would never eat again. And then we did.

It was a delicious day, full of family, good food and some laughter and games. Just the way we like it.

I do have some bad news though. The batteries in my camera died less than halfway through. And the extra batteries that were in my camera case? Dead. Why did I keep them? I was not happy about this, but what can be done about it today?

Here are the few that were taken. Most in attendance were not represented at all. And remember my dream of having the opportunity to get a Thanksgiving Christmas picture taken? It remains a dream.

There was a cheese ball contest going on. There was never a clear cut chosen winner. Evidently, the key was having the correct cracker with its correct dip. Both were declared worthy.

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“Dinner is prepared”, what movie is that from? I’m guessing Tammy will know!

Turkey, ham, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, broccoli salad, special tossed salad, cranberry relish, and rolls.

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I never did get a picture of the dessert area. Pecan pie, lemon curd cheesecake, pumpkin chiffon, brownies, and The Boy insisted that I make pumpkin sugar cookies since I was not here to make them at Halloween. He said I ruined Halloween for him, because that is the only thing about Halloween that he looks forward to anymore. I couldn’t live with that on my conscience. We also made some darling mittens. Love the blue Target sprinkles! I took this picture just now. With my new batteries.

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The Boy and Mike had their “Most Plates Eaten” contest.

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Mike was the clear winner with 3 and 1/2. They Boy is gearing up for the Christmas edition. He hopes to reclaim the crown.

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Cousin Lindsay has a fur child, Ava the Pomeranian. Katie always get’s into her business. Her food, her bones. In all the years we have owned Kate, she has never been a chewer. She barely chews her food. We could not believe the reaction she had to Ava’s bone! Crazy, snorting, growling and gnawing ensued. Just a fun fact, Kate has about FOUR teeth! Honey and Mousey had MUCH fun aggravating her.

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And Mousey wasted my precious camera batteries on about 13 pictures of shots like this.

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She would not let it go. Would not.drop.the.bone. And then Honey, fearing she would cause her poor toothless mouth to start bleeding, took it away. After that, the bone was dead to her. After several attempts to entice her, she never looked at the bone again. She did, however, eat all of Ava’s dinner. She is a well known hog. And a very poor house guest.

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Ava’s mother, Lindsay. She would only play Apples to Apples. She did not participate in playing cards. She said she ate too much.

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There you have the Thanksgiving Twenty Ten pictures. Sad isn’t it?

My Uncle Bob said some very touching words about his sister, my Mom. He really is an iron covered marshmallow. We were missing her.

I guess we have officially entered the Christmas season. I have not gotten into the holiday spirit just yet, but I feel it nibbling at the edges.

As for today, Black Friday, I am not feeling it.

The Boy has already left for his cushy retail job. He was not looking forward to all the pushy, cranky, demanding people that will be arriving at The Family Christian Bookstore where he toils. I am always surprised by the actions of some of characters, who show such poor behavior while buying Bibles and other Christian merchandise. Don’t you swear at my Boy while you are holding GOD’S WORD in your paws! It’s a little odd.

Of course, they are not all like that. Sometimes he tells me stories of loverly folks, and regular customers that have become very friendly and dear to him.

The Ab-Cat has invited anyone who cares to go to accompany her to Target. When she wakes up. So probably at the crack of noon. I am undecided. I don’t have a need there, so I’m not sure if I can be persuaded to change out of my sleep pants. She would also like to make a trip to the library for the on hold movies that she so graciously provides for us.

We have all decided that our Introduction To Christmas Movie this year is going to be The Grinch. The real one, not the cartoon. Last year it was Elf. Which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Maybe we will watch that when the Boy returns home from helping the Black Friday shoppers.

Since we did not host the holiday, we have no leftovers. I am sure Honey will have a hankering for something. It will involve either, A. a trip to the grocery, and I will have to get dressed, or B. I will have to get dressed to go to a restaurant.

It looks like I may have to dress anyway. Maybe I’ll just go to Target with Ab then.

What are you doing today? And what will be your Introduction To Christmas Movie this year? Or, just plain what is your favorite Christmas movie?

Thankfulness List for Twenty Ten

I have been thinking about what I am thankful for lately.  Tis the season, you know.

So, how about a list?

1. I am thankful for my family’s health. I know this sounds like a no brainer and it’s on everyone’s list, but seriously, I AM THANKFUL FOR MY FAMILY’S HEALTH! We have experienced occasions where we did not have this blessing, and we are giving thanks to the Lord for it.

2. I am thankful for the many, many, ways that the Lord has brought my Mom to mind over the last 9 months. I have laughed and cried and pondered these things, and confirmed a fact: I am glad she was my Mom.

3. I am very thankful that my Dad is doing well. He is still trying to find his new normal, but he is filling his time with new and wonderful things that he was not able to do before. He is a F.R.O.G., fully relying on God.

4. I am thankful to still be blobbing! I was telling Capri Deb last week, that since my Mom passed away, I have felt off. Boring, and struggling to find something to say. But then I remembered the original reasons that I wanted to blog. To keep in touch with friends and family, and have a little journal of our life. I have come to the conclusion that that those who care about me don’t seem to mind my lack of motivation and loss of groove, and this IS my life this year. I can’t make it something it’s not, nor would I want too. It’s our life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Hopefully without whining, because you all know how I feel about that.

5. Still thankful for chai 🙂 Not so thankful that I only got to bring home 4 out of the 15 bottles we found in Florida, but I have arrived at a sort of acceptance of it.

6. Thankful that a Goodwill will be opening in our city VERY soon!!! Like maybe before Christmas!

7. I am grateful for BSF and my BSF community. I have learned more about God and his word there, than in all of the other years of my life combined. I have been involved for 11 years now, and I have met such lovely, loving, servants of God. It has been my pleasure to serve along side them. And the ones I hang out with are very good to pray for you AND laugh with you.  Or at you, whichever the case may be.

8. I am thankful our sewer line is installed and we are on our way to having the front yard returned to its previous state. Mostly I am thankful that God is helping us accept the fact that our builder will not be held responsible for his negligence. I would be lying if I said we didn’t have our moments of wishing hateful stuff on him, but we are moving towards letting the shock and anger leak out. And soak into the newly spread dirt of our settling front yard. Maybe it will cause the new landscaping to flourish. I am glad to see it go. I don’t want it growing bitterness in our hearts.

9. I am thankful for our kids. Another one that seems like a given. I’ll rephrase it; I am thankful that we enjoy our kids. They are not perfect, we see the areas that need to be polished up, or gutted and rebuilt. But they are good kids. And fun kids! Turning into good adults, and thinking about what the Lord might have planned for them. This is the family I always hoped I’d have. Thankful, thankful, thankful!

10. Honey. I’m always thankful for Honey. Once again, we are not perfect people, but with the Lord as the glue that holds us together, we are perfectly capable of living this life He has given us. I wuv him.

This is not in ANY WAY a complete list of gratitude! Just a small smackeral.

Tell me something you are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Way Back When-sday

I am not going to beat around the bush. I am missing my Mom.

It’s not just the holidays. That has intensified the longing, but it has been there all along. Hovering, just below the surface. But lately, it has been bubbling up and over.

Nothing in particular, and everything in general.

Let me say that I consider it a privilege to miss her. I am glad to be missing her. I would feel way worse if I was not. Thinking about her and reminiscing about the past is a blessing.  I recognize that I was very fortunate to have had her for 47 years. I know this. I have friends that have not had that pleasure.

I do not miss her as one who has no hope. I believe that she is with her Maker. The One who knew the number of her days when He created her, even if we did not. She has been renewed in every way possible. Body, soul and mind. It is a comfort to know that. She is with Jesus in heaven, not wishing that she could come back to this hard world.

But, I am missing her nonetheless.

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Things I Am Loving

I mentioned that I did a little reading on our vacation. I had been hearing about this book for a while. Back in the summer, my friend Marlene gave it to me to read, but I never seemed to get around to it. I was more than happy to finally get around to it!

Can I just say that I loved it? I really did. I wasn’t ready for it to end. I cared so much for Abilene that I wanted to know if she was ok for the rest of her life. I wanted to know how Skeeter’s life unfolded. I was hoping to hear, in detail, how Hilly could live with herself for the rest of her born days! I could have just cried at several parts. It was all of the things that I love in a book. I have a line waiting for it. Jip the Farm Dog has it, she will pass it on to The Heifer, and then The Ab-Cat gets it. Anyone else?

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On Friday afternoon, we were Secret Squirrels and pulled Mousey out of school early for a special trip! Honey, Ab, The Boy and I were all available and we decided to go see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1. We liked it! I even liked it and I have not read since book 4. Honey and I had a lot of questions, but our own 3 Potter-heads were more than happy to fill us in. We are all looking forward to the final movie next summer.

Those kids sure have grown up. When the first movie came out, Harry and the gang were 11 and so was Abby. It’s like they have all grown up together. I read the first four books aloud to Ab and Boy, Mousey never wanted any part of them. Until last summer when she devoured them one after another. And thoroughly enjoyed them.

From left to right, British actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint pose for the photographers as they attend the world premiere of their latest film' Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows', at a cinema in central London, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. (AP / Lefteris Pitarakis)

We recently watched a movie on TV that we had seen before called Freedom Writers. I forgot how good this movie was. It shows the difference one person can make in the lives of others, even when the odds are against you. And as one character said, she was not a hero, it was the right thing to do.

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Things are all joofered up this week because BSF is today and tomorrow due to the holiday. We’ll manage, we always do, but man, that was a quick turn around!

What have you been reading and watching? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Potent Quotable

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
Oprah Winfrey

52@46-Random Remnants of the Florida Trip of Twenty-Ten

The rest of the pictures I want to show you are an eclectic bunch. Let’s get to it, shall we?

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Honey does love his papers. News, real estate, flyers, just about any kind you print.

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I had heard about The Isles of Capri, and on our way over to the gulf side, I called Capri Patt to get more info. She said to wait while she Goggled it. We happened to be down that way, so we swung by. I was hoping to purchase some sort of Capri merchandise, but it was really just a small community with no stores. Therefore, I have no Capri merchandise to share with my fellow Capri’s. I personally have a Capri necklace, mug and tote bag, while the original Capri’s do not. I was hoping to even it up a bit. Sorry Girls.

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When we went to Outback for my birthday in September, they gave everyone a scratch off card that offered a FREE dessert in October/November. Just a little carrot to lure you back in. Well, it worked for us.

The first time we went, we had a ginormous sampler plate that had cheesecake, carrot cake, and this made in heaven tasty thing, Chocolate Thunder from Down Under. Since we ate at Outback THREE times, we used THREE coo-pins for THREE desserts. After the sampler on the first visit, we just stuck with this.  Oh.My.Goodness. The YUM factor was off the chart. I highly recommend it.

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We tried again to catch a sunset on our last night there. Too many clouds though. It was getting chilly too!

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Here is where a nice man on the beach was taking pictures for others.

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There were lots of shells at Fort Myers Beach. A carpet of shells.

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Honey calls this “Rays of God”. It does look like heaven shining through.

I believe that is it for pictures of the twenty fifth anniversary trip. Thank you very much Honey, you are my favorite traveling partner!

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