Easter Potent Quotable

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.  ~Martin Luther

Hello Estero!

Hi Guys!

We arrived safe and sound to sunshine and warmth! It’s glorious to see palm trees and flowers!

Our condo is very nice, we have checked out both pools and decided on the one right by the park library, where the internet is.

We are lounging like lizards today.

We have already chosen where we are going to dine later this afternoon, and Mousey would like to commence with some shopping! She has already commented on the plethora of stores she would like to check out. I, as usual, am in the hunt for six bottles of chai. Two for each checked bag we have. I have HIGH hopes, considering how many I found down here in the fall. Fingers crossed!

Honey already has a major complaint with the condo television. There are no sports channels. Not even basic cable sports channels. Now Honey is not a sports fanatic, but it is hockey playoff season. He could not find the hockey game anywhere! And the owners of this condo are CANADIAN!!!  Come on People!

Ok, gotta get out in the sun, enjoy your Thursday!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, one last post before we get out of Dodge.

My thanks, as always, to Joyce From this Side of the Pond for hosting!

1. What are your plans for Easter Day/weekend?

Since we will be in Florida, things will not be normal. Maybe we will find a church to attend. We have done it on occasion in the past, but it can be chaotic. It was  very difficult when the kids were little, unless we were at my Folk’s house, then we went to church with them. I do feel bad about missing church on Easter, but I have told myself that it is our lifestyle all year long, so God knows our heart. Plus, I am also aware, all year long, that we serve the RISEN King!!!

It will most likely be very low key. I do know we will go out to eat.

2. Besides Jesus, what one person from The Bible would you most like to meet and why?

Mary, mother of Jesus. I’ll bet she has SO many stories! I can’t imagine what her life must have been like. Talk about being unsure of yourself raising a special child!!!! She must have received an extra blessing for her parenting. It would be so cool to talk with her about Jesus’ life. It would be the next best thing to meeting Him.

3. What is one modern day convenience you didn’t have as a child that was easy to live without?

Well, I guess it was easy to live without a cell phone and a computer, because we didn’t know any better. But I sure can’t imagine living without them now! I have often thought that the cell phone has to be the greatest invention for the parent/child relationship. I know I have been thankful for them!

On the other hand, computers can be huge time wasters for kids. We had to find other ways to occupy ourselves.

But I love them both so!

4. Are you more right brained or left brained? If you don’t know what that means there is an interesting little quiz here.

Thank you for taking the Creativity Test. The results show your brain dominance as being:

Left Brain
Right Brain

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You are more right-brained than left-brained. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the "whole" picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the "whole" picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

Right brained, that is what I suspected. I found it ironic they suggested the occupation I have! Although, I don’t like to refer to myself as a beautician. It sounds like I do roller sets all day.

5. What is something you intended to do today but didn’t? Why?

I had intended to get over to Goomba’s house yesterday to give him his Easter basket. But he wasn’t home when I was available. Then he came home and I was not available any more. He is ALL about the super heroes lately. Hope he likes this!

The Incredibles!

Ab-Cat and The Boy will have to take it over to him later this week.

6. Cadbury Creme Eggs or Reeses peanut butter?

Reeses peanut butter please.

7. Who was your favorite cartoon character when you were a child?

Probably Bugs Bunny and all of his friends. I can still remember so many episodes! Where he barbers Elmer Fudd, Chip and Dale, Marc Anthony the dog, in charge of watching the kitten, Foghorn Leghorn and Miss Prissy with Boy, I say, BOY!!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This is who I am leaving my Fur Children with. King Bother-er

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I will blog again when I get myself situated in The Sunshine State!

Now I will make like the Genie from Aladdin. “I am outta here!!!”

Doings From Yesterday

On April 18, 2011, The Mitten was treated to…

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snow. Oh yes we were. That is just wrong.

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On April 18, 2011, Honey, Mousey, The Boy and I went to the Value World to use the last 50% off coo-pin. I am sad to see them go. A moment of silence for the last coo-pin.

Honey needed some sort of a raincoat for his fishing trip with The Boy next month. He has a rain suit, but it quit on him last year. He is going to spray the pants with some kind of water repelling spray, but he felt he needed an actual raincoat to brave the cold, possibly rainy, spring of The Great White North. The fellow from the lodge where they are staying said it is not uncommon to have ice still hanging around in late May. Guess who is glad they are not going fishing up in Canada in late May? Guess who is just glad she never has to fish, anywhere? Guess who is SICK of the winter of 2010/2011? How about EVERYONE in The Mitten.

I believe that I may have mentioned Mousey’s stinky, cat pee smelling cleats that her friend loaned her. Evidently, she has another friend, who has the exact same cleats, and they are stinky as well! Honey suggested she take a gander at Value World for some replacements. You never know, stranger things have happened.

Look what she found! Brand new!

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Never been worn! For 1/2 off of $5.90!! Extra special bonus? No stinky cat pee smell! Yet.

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This is my bargain of the month, because I have actually paid full price for one of these before. We use our food chopper all the time. The one I actually paid full price for has just about had it. I just looked on The Pampered Chef website, and the cost for this little darling is $31.00. We paid just under $2.00!!!! I don’t think it had been used either. Old Eagle Eye Honey found it.

Here comes Mama Mia, making sure it is safe to let the food chopper in the house.

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Another treasure for The Future Grandchild Book Shelf. A favorite of  all of our children, and one I remember from my elementary school years as well.

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This was their favorite page, DOG PARTY!!!!

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You can’t beat a classic for 40 cents!

The total of our bill, after using the 50% off coo-pin, was $28.00, so obviously we bought other things. The Guys each bought jackets to wear fishing. To spare the jackets they already own from getting fish guts on them. The Boy found some flannel shirts, I know that is surprising. Mousey chose a few things, but most notably, a black bikini top from Lands End to wear while sunbathing. And also surprisingly, I found a pair of capri sleep pants, that had cats on them. I hope I love them!

The rest of the day was spent packing for Florida! And being sad that my hindquarters are now larger than the last time I wore my summer capris. I am really looking forward to discontinuing the hormone I have been taking. The hormone that so helpfully says in the side effect panel, may cause INCREASED APPETITE. Thank you. Thank you SO much. Why doesn’t it just say “may cause you to be able to consume an ENTIRE bear, without salt, at one sitting”? Since they were being so helpful and all.

We leave 36 degree Michigan tomorrow morning, and we will have lunch in warm, sunny, Florida! I hope they have bear on the menu, where ever we choose to dine.

Every One A Chance To Hear

Our church has joined forces with about 350-400 local churches in the Metro Detroit area. The reason we have all joined together is E.A.C.H. Everyone A Chance To Hear.

Our small group has been doing a 6 week training booklet. Their stated goal?  Training our people to be ambassadors for Christ in their world. In our world. In the place where we live. However that looks for each of us.

Maybe it’s the conversations with others where you work, or where you go to school, possibly talking to the cashier that you see every week at Meijer, interacting with the parents you come in contact with at all sorts of parentally attended of events. Your neighbors, friends, relatives, someone who has recently entered your orbit.

I took this from the website:

Mission Statement: Working together as a body of believers, we will give everyone in the Metropolitan Detroit area a chance to take the next step in their journey toward Jesus.

The title of the workbook is The (Second) Greatest Story Ever Told. On the back it asks the question what IS the second greatest story ever told? And the answer is: YOURS.

The training is to get you to share your faith. To be yourself and be intentional about asking folks about their story, and sharing your story with them. Building relationships and having conversations. Learning about each other.

I like this approach. It seems conversational, relational. Natural.

When I was growing up, they had something called “calling “ every Monday night at our church. “Calling” was a few people going to “call on” someone who had visited Sunday school the previous Sunday. Kind of a personal welcome committee. You usually went with an adult and a couple kids your own age. It was literally a way to get your foot in the door to talk about salvation.

In my experience, this was always an awkward situation. It felt staged. It felt like an ambush. It felt unnatural. Sometimes, it felt unsafe. I don’t think I ever saw it achieve the desired, well intentioned, effect. No one was ever glad to see us coming, the kids wished they were somewhere else, I could not wait to get out of there.

After Honey and I were married, we shopped around for a home church. Some of those churches had “calling”. I can still remember turning out the lights, sitting in the semi-dark, and pretending we weren’t home until after “calling “ would be over!!! We just wanted to visit the church! It got to the point where we wouldn’t fill out any cards when we visited. No address, or phone numbers allowed.

I know that all these things were meant to further the kingdom of God. To make folks feel welcome, to save souls, but even as a kid, I felt there had to be a better way.

For many years, sharing my faith was not on my radar. It just wasn’t where I was, spiritually. Plus, I had that really bad taste in my mouth from the “calling” years. I felt there had to another way, but I hadn’t been introduced to it yet.

Eventually, Honey and I learned another way. A way that seemed doable. It was simple. It was relational.  Just share what Jesus has done for you, in your life.

Then He gave us plenty of circumstances to put it in action. And He gave those who knew us the opportunity to put their faith in action.

The Boy’s diagnosis, treatment, and resolution of his chronic ITP put us into contact with many people who were struggling with diagnoses of their own. Many doctors, nurses, all sorts of people in our every day lives that had many questions for us on how we were handling this sudden turn of events. God provided the people, and He provided the words to share. Words of hope, and comfort, how He was using the hands and feet of other Believers to help us in the journey. How we had the assurance that He was watching over The Boy, endearing him to those whose care he was under. It was easy to share about the good things God was doing in our lives.

Then came the car accident. It was a bleak, hard time in our lives. Unimaginable heartache and pain, for Abby to endure, and for us to manage. But from the very beginning, God was there. Every minute, every step, every encounter had God’s fingerprints clearly imprinted. When I look back, there is a thread of faithfulness running all through that terrible time. God’s faithfulness, His care and compassion on us. And once again, we had opportunity to share. With neighbors, parents and staff from school, doctors, nurses, and therapists, friends and family. All we had to do was confess that we could not have managed this on our own. Turning it over to the Lord was the easier way. Bearing that burden alone would have been the end of us. Once again, He sent people to help us, to lift us up in prayer. To carry us when we could not do for ourselves.

Not all of our stories are so dramatic. Some are practical, some are easy, and some are funny. It’s always easy to share about what God is doing in your life right now. While it’s fresh in your mind. In my mind, fresh is good!

That is what EACH is about. Just sharing YOUR story of faith and hope with people, through your words and your deeds. With the people God brings across your path. You don’t even have to go calling!

Potent Quotable

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.  ~Henry Van Dyke

 

You can’t see Canada across lake Erie, but you know it’s there.  It’s the same with spring.  You have to have faith, especially in Cleveland.  ~Paul Fleischman

Our Own Friday Night Lights. Sort Of. Without The Football.

Honey, The Boy and I went to another Quidditch/Lacrosse game last night.

And we were prepared.

We brought our king sized, cheetah print, camping comforter. To sit on, and cover up with.

When we arrived, it did not seem as cold as the last game I went to. The one where I was frozen from my spinal cord out. But then the wind started whipping down the plain, and our teeth started chattering.

The cheetah blanket kept our bums warm. The Boy and Honey used the king sized comforter to their advantage and covered their legs. I was in the middle and it didn’t reach that far. I was ok with that, because what was really cold for me was my head and face. Due to all the whipping wind. Oh, and my hands, because I was texting Jip the Farm Dog. The Boy was also texting Jip, and calling her things like Babe, and Sweet Cheeks. Names that I never call her. It turns out he was unknowingly receiving replies from her son. They deserve each other, hijacking their mother’s phones like that!

Jip and I continued to text, as I continued to remind her that we were going home to watch the season premier of Friday Night Lights, and she, unfortunately , was not. Her son had a late game.

Back to the Quidditch game. I have decided I am a fan of the colored socks Mousey had on! It made it way easier to find her in the sea of black and white uniforms.

Look at that stride!

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Look at that form! I have no idea what I am talking about!

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This is where I wish I knew how to put arrows on a picture. LOOK! She has the ball!!!!! She made an assist!!!!!

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And her feet are BOTH off the ground!! I believe that is called catching air!!!

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Her game face!!!

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Can you see where the aqua socks could be helpful?

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They won 10 to 3. I think. It was by a lot. The Boy also gave her a new nickname. Because her number is 32, as was a certain cold blooded killer’s, he began calling her The Juice.

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By the time they won, the whipping wind was beating us. Honey and I left The Boy and Miss Mouse-tine with the king sized cheetah blanket, so they could stay and watch Button’s varsity game.

After we had been home about 20 minutes, we had a phone call asking to pick up one tired, cold Mouse. It was then raining, and she wanted to be done with the night. The Boy dutifully stayed and watched Button’s game. Because he is in like. And she is leaving today for Florida, so they needed to say goodbye and all.

Then we came home, turned on the fireplace, and watched Friday Night Lights. It was warm in Dillon!

Five For Friday

Hi Guys!

How about a list?

1. We found out the reason for the building EMERGENCY!! yesterday, as I knew we would.

One employee threatened another employee. We do not know what was threatened, or who was threatened. They waited until the one who threatened showed up at school, then promptly arrested him.

Unfortunately, we do have a connection with the one who threatened. He was The Ab-Cat’s military history teacher, and she said he was a really nice guy. He once told her, when she was turning in her work, that if he and his wife ever had a daughter, he hoped she would be like Abby. Awwwww, that doesn’t sound threatening at all! She is sad for him.

We are hoping that someone was being overly dramatic, or there was some kind of misunderstanding. Unless of course, if the one who threatened actually did threaten, then he will have to face the consequences of his threatening actions.

2. A nurse from the doctors office called with the results of my MRI. She said the doctor said it looked “pretty good”. Unfortunately, I have lost ALL respect for this doctor and don’t believe a word she says anymore. The nurse said to keep taking the medicine and doing the stretches. I told her that I could already tell her that line of attack wasn’t working. She agreed, as 2 weeks had already passed since the MRI. She mentioned that perhaps the doctor would send me to physical therapy. I said she already had. I also mentioned that I had been having this problem for TWENTY TWO YEARS and it was getting worse. My back hurts EVERY day. I was not going to to slink quietly away. I did not tell her that last part. She said she would talk to the doctor and see what she wanted me to do. I said that would be great.

The nurse called back yesterday to tell me that the doctor wants me to go and see the PM&R department of a local hospital. WOO HOO!!!! That is exactly where my physical therapist told me I need to go!! She said they try and figure out why you have pain, instead of just giving you medication to relieve the pain you have. Which is what they have been doing for me for TWENTY TWO YEARS.

I am a happy girl!

3. About a month ago, The Boy asked if I would be willing to contribute to his shoe fund. Which is his way of asking would I pay half. I was willing, because I had noticed that his shoes were a little…..hobo-ish.

But, as you may recall, he tends to like the hobo fashion.

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I did not take these pictures. I don’t know who took these pictures. Why would anyone take pictures of these catastrophes?

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These are ridiculous. Not even worth keeping to cut the grass in.

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His new, sparkling beauties. I guess he knows his brand.

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4. I have been looking for 2 new pots to adorn our front porch. I have looked for at least 4 years. I look every year, find some I like, and then don’t buy them because it seems like too much money to spend for adorning our front porch. We have been trying to keep the ones we have looking decent, but it is getting harder, and they are just plain deteriorating in front of our eyes.

They could have a couple more years of life in them. Out in the back yard. Far from eyes that can see what they have become.

This year, I found these at Sam’s. The price did not cause my toes to curl. In fact, I was very pleased with the price! $22.00 each! And they are BIG!

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I bought two colors, because you know how I need options. I had fully intended to get the lighter ones, that are very similar to the ones we presently have. But then I saw the rusty colored ones. Of course, they were in the middle of a large stack of pots, and I had to work very hard to get at them. Maybe that is why they hold a special place in my heart. Their true color is somewhere in between the darker picture above, and the too light picture below.

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When I arrived home, I thought the lighter ones looked suspiciously yellow beside our house. The rusty ones complimented the bricks nicely. Plus, they have the added bonus of being completely different than the ones we already have.

When Honey saw them, he automatically said he liked the lighter ones. I then told him my sad story involving yellow, and he said to do what I want. But I need to show him how yellow they look, so he can agree with me about the yellowness, and I have not had the opportunity to do so yet.

I will let you know the outcome of this life altering decision. Or just show you a picture of The Chosen Ones when planted with loverly flowers.

5. Look what Mousey and I brought up! That’s how close we are getting to our Florida trip!

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Have a fabulous Friday!

Building EMERGENCY!!

Mousey has missed the bus two times this week. Since today is only the fourth day of the week, that means she missed the bus two out of three days. And you know how much I love it when she misses the bus on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when I have to get up and out of the house myself for BSF related purposes. Yes, she totally throws off my groove. That is what she did yesterday.

TODAY, in gratitude for my Wednesday sacrifice of driving her to school, little Mousey got herself up and was well on her way to readiness when the phone rang at 5:58 in the a.m.  I thought it must have been Honey calling to tell me something, because he knows that I would always be up by 6:00, and usually earlier. Because that is what I do now. Any time after 3 a.m. is fair game. Three is my personal cutoff line. Anytime before that is considered night in my book, that is what I tell myself anyway. You need to have some guidelines. Yesterday I was up at 4. Just like a grandma.

Back to Mousey. The phone rang at 5:58. It was an automated call from her school cancelling classes for the day because of a building EMERGENCY!! Why do they do us like that? Just tell us what the problem is. You KNOW we are going to find out, so cut the mystery.

No school is a wonderful thing, but remember I said the call came in at 5:58? Mousey catches her bus, down at the end of our hoopty driveway at 6:24. Clearly, you can see the annoyance there. All dressed, ready to greet the day, and suddenly, no where to go. At 5:58 in the morning.

I suggested she use her time wisely and clean her room. Because Honey says the wing of the house where she and The Boy reside looks like an episode of Hoarders, Buried Alive.

She went back to bed.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge!

Hi Guys! I am able to combine 2 fun things again! Thank you, as always, to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for hosting!

Here are her list of questions for this second week of April.

1. Would you rather talk to everyone at a crowded party for a short time or have a significant conversation with two people?

Can we combine the two? I would rather have nice conversations with many people at a party. I don’t need to zero in on two and spend the rest of the evening solving all the world’s problems, nor do I want to have completely superficial chats with everyone in the room. I would like to settle somewhere in the middle, if that is alright with everyone.

2. What objects do you remember from your parent’s living room?

What I remember about the living room was: DON’T PLAY IN THERE! All objects were breakables and dustables. In our second house there was a piano. Beeve was the only one who took lessons and it would be my guess that he would be hard pressed to play anything now.

3. Do you hog the bed? Steal the covers? Snore?

Well, to be perfectly honest, I might be guilty of all 3. Honey and I are both major bed hogs, due to the fact that we only sleep together on the weekends and vacations. He works at night, so we are ships that pass in the morning. All well and good until we have to actually sleep together. That is where the problems begin. We are each used to having the queen sized bed all to ourselves. Bed-hogging and cover stealing are the results of such an arrangement. As far as snoring. I don’t think I do, but I have been told otherwise. It is my goal to get a king sized bed.

4. Speaking of Easter dinner….what is your favorite way to cook/eat lamb? Or does just the thought of that make you squeamish? If you’re not cooking lamb what will be your entree du jour on Easter Sunday?

I have never cooked lamb, and the only time I have knowingly eaten it was at Olga’s. I wouldn’t say it would be something I would ever eat without the yummy pita and scrumtrulescent Olga sauce. I also rarely cook Easter dinner because we are almost always in Florida. I did cook last year and I don’t even remember what we had. So much for that memory!

5. Let’s throw some politics into this week’s mix-oooohhh…Do you know the whereabouts of your birth certificate and when was the last time you had to produce it to prove you’re you?

I DO! Honey has a folder with all of our birth certificates in it. This used to be very important because whenever we would go and visit Honey’s People in Canada, we had to have the records of our birth. They can get a little testy at the boarder these days. BUT, since we jumped through the many, many hoops to get our passports a couple years ago, we just use those. That was probably the last time I used my birth certificate too.

6. As a child, how did people describe you?

Wow, that is a hard one. I have no idea. I think I will throw that one out to the few Readers who knew me as a child. The word that comes to my mind would be uncertain. Uncertain of my place, what I should be doing, what I wanted, what I thought. That’s how I always felt. I am sure a lot of that was the result of ADD. It’s hard to know what you should be doing when it’s even harder to pay attention. I think that’s why I became such a good follower. If I didn’t catch the directions, I just went with the flow.

7. What do you complain about the most?

FINALLY, an easy one!!!  I complain THE most about people that don’t have the sense God gave a goose. I seriously don’t understand how some folks get by. All that whining, complaining, no common sense, and making continual dumb choices gets on my last nerve. But in fairness Guys, what do you think I complain about the most?

8. Insert your own random thought here

Here is the Way Back When-sday part.

Heading way back to 1998, our annual vacation in Florida! I think this was the very last year we stayed in a hotel. I think this was in Old Town or Kissimmee.  After that, Honey found us much more comfy houses or condos to rent. We LOVED the room to spread out, and they just seemed so much…..cleaner.

We are playing Little Mermaid cards. That poor Boy, he is well trained to be a part of a home with many girls. Well versed in The Disney Princesses? Check. Has seen the majority of chick flicks? Check. Can handle himself in a sea of Barbie’s and dress up clothes? Check, check. A very good sport.

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The Boy was 7, Mousey was 4, and The Ab-Cat was 9. Honey was 41, just in case you wanted to know.

This picture reminds me that we will be heading down to Florida very soon! It will just be Honey, Mousey and myself, but we are very excited! Maybe we can find those Little Mermaid cards. Hmmmm….

I love these People!

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