Potent Quotable

Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.
Margaret Walker

On My Way to Sassy Cat Hill

Hi Guys! I am heading down to Schmenky’s in Virginia for our annual Memorial Day Hootenanny!

The Boy is dropping me off at the airport at dark thirty, and Mrs. Schmenkman will pick me up around 10. Just in time to get to one of our favorite troughs for lunch!

There are bargains to be found, clothes to try on, good things to eat, lounging to be done, conversations to be had and kitties to snuggle. Oh yeah, and a baby  beaver to meet!

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Have a wonderful Memorial Day and a big hug and thank you to our veterans.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hello People! Time for The Hodgepodge. Thanks, as always, to Joyce From the Other Side of the Pond for hosting this gala!

1. What is something about living in this country that you value? ‘This country’ is whatever country you call home.

One thing that I value, but has not always been evident lately, is the ability to pull together for a common good. The expression “united we stand, divided we fall” is very appropriate. It was very apparent during WW2, and has poked it’s head up on many occasions since.

Doing the right thing for the right reason has always been an important aspect  for our nation. Unfortunately, over many years, people and their agendas have caused division. Self sacrifice is not in fashion. We do what is best for us and don’t give thought to how it could harm others. While some would say that change is good, much has not been good. It takes an event, or a catastrophe to make us come together and put aside our differences. When it does happen, it’s a beautiful thing!

2. What is a favorite something you own that is red, white, and/or blue?

I am sorry, but I can’t think of one thing. I will say my blue jeans, and that’s kind of lame.

3. Do you fly a flag at your house on patriotic holidays?

Usually, we have a lovely flag flying in the front yard. I love it!

Unfortunately, the flag pole has been lying in pieces by the side of the house since the Sewer Debacle of 2010. Soon my Friends, very soon, she will be flying again.

4. What ingredients do you think should be included in a great picnic basket?

Honey and I were telling The Girls that the closest thing we ever came to a picnic was when we went to the drive-in when we used to live in Windsor, Ontario. It was called Dusk to Dawn and they had them over holiday weekends.

We had very specific things that we needed to eat. Egg rolls from Chan’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Twix bars, chips, licorice for Honey, and Diet Coke. I’m sure there were other things, but that is all I’m remembering. Sort of like a picnic…in the car!

The Kids and I also had picnics out in the backyard all the time too. Their favorite was eating on top of the playscape. It was standard lunch fare. PB&J.

5. What is one interesting piece of trivia you know? Interesting is of course a relative term.

I am the QUEEN of useless information! If you play a trivia type game, you are going to want me on your team!

I can tell you almost anything you might want to know about The Beatles, as a group OR individually. I don’t know why I can remember all of those facts, but cannot remember something REALLY IMPORTANT I was supposed to do yesterday!

Since Mrs. Schmenkman is currently raising another baby beaver, I will share a lesser known tidbit that I learned while she was parenting her last baby beaver. Baby beavers can only go potty when in the water. You are welcome.

6. Wednesday, May 24th is National Escargot day…have you ever tried them? Eww or ooh?

No thank you, I have an unadventurous palate.

7. What is one thing you know for sure?

Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version)

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And for that, I am thankful.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I mentioned last week that Honey jumped through some pretty big hoops to be able to come and live in the United States in 1987. He became a citizen on April 20, 1995. He had to take a big test beforehand. I learned a few things while helping him study! All Americans ought to be able to answer those questions!

It was the day after the Oklahoma City bombing, and getting into the city county building was our first experience with the sort of screening you might undergo at airports today. Metal detectors, pat downs, x-ray machines looking into purses and bags, taking everything out of your pockets. I remember my Dad had his usual Swiss Army knife in his pocket, he had to run it back out to the car. It was a hint of what was to come after 9-11.

Here is Honey being sworn in, with a little Ab-Cat in the corner.

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I dressed the kids in red, white and blue, so THEY are my favorite things in those colors!! I’m pretty sure Honey dressed himself.

Abby was 6, The Boy was 3 1/2, Mousey was 8 months, and Honey was then a 38 year old AMERICAN!!!!!!!

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Happy Memorial Day!

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I finally got my Mother’s Day picture!


I leave for Virginia in TWO days!! To see Mrs. Schmenkman and Mr. C and all of the living things down yonder!!!

I am going to pack the little suitcase, put it inside the big suitcase, all the while anticipating the bargains we will find!

The dog is going to be the death of me.

She wants to go out approximately every 12 minutes to do important things like get in the mud, not come when called, stare face down at bugs no one else can see, and eat unsavory things left by geese. She is my least favorite pet right now. Absolutely revolting.

I got myself some new walking shoes. The first time I wore them, they gave me a massive blister on one pinky toe. I had read if you put a baggie inside the shoe, fill it with water, and freeze the whole thing, it could stretch the shoe out as it freezes. I did that over the weekend, but then forgot to take the shoe out of the freezer, and could not get the frozen foot shaped baggie OUT of the shoe. It’s out now, I’ll let you know if the shoe stretched.  Wow, I’m almost like a scientist!!

It’s time to go walking.

Furs A-Flyin’

We are overrun by FUR around here lately. It’s everywhere.

One little 5 minute session with the brush.


How is this one not bald?


Potent Quotable

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
W. Somerset Maugham


Here Comes the Sun

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s alright


Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

George Harrison


The sun came out for Honey’s birthday!

Itsy Bitsy Listy

Just a little bitty list?

1. Will anyone else be ready get past the end of the Oprah show? It seems like it has been ending forEVER . I’m sure she is a lovely woman, but enough already.

2. Can I just say that I miss The Discovery Health Channel? OWN is not doing it for me.

3. How much do I love taking a nap with 2 fat cats sleeping with/on me? A whole lot!

4. All done with the hormone pills! WOO HOO! Maybe now the hot flashes and extra poundage will GET OUT OF DODGE.

5. What does “my lands a livin’” mean? I have heard it all my life, understand the context, but cannot figure it out! It was a favorite expression of my Grandma Georgia’s. She had many isms.

Have a good weekend People!


Jip the Farm Dog and I hit up our favorite flower place on Tuesday. It did not disappoint.

Now it will need to quit raining long enough for us to actually stick those flowers in the ground. On the upside? The ground should be nice and soft.

Here is my haul. Waiting patiently on the back porch. Languishing in their little containers.


A lot of my usual, with a couple newbies. There is some sort of purple viney thing that I have very high hopes for. I was feeling all frisky and chose a yellow Black Eyed Susan vine instead of my usual orange one.


This could be my new precious. It’s called a Million Kisses geranium and it is delicious! It is sort of orangy, hence the yellow Susan. I hope it knocks my socks off. If I were wearing socks.


The front porch chair. This was an intense discussion between Jip and myself. At first we narrowed down the kind I liked, and for a change, I was consistent. Then we had a choice of 3 of the same kind, there’s the choice thing rearing it’s ugly head. We then agreed this was the best specimen.


Grow baby GROW!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! Thanks to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for thinking up some more questions for us to all answer!

1. What reveals more about a woman-her refrigerator or her purse?

I am going to say the purse. I put everything into my purse, so it all meets some particular need for me. Everyone at our house is in the fridge, and some things are specific for them. Therefore, I think what is in my purse is more revealing about me. It reveals that I always have gum, dental floss, my credit card, cash and license, kleenex, Burt’s Bees, and a barrette. I stand revealed before you!

2. When was the last time you went to the zoo? Where? What’s your favorite zoo animal?

2007 at The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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We participated in the Walk For Wishes for the Make A Wish Foundation.

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The Boy was nominated by his hematologist, Dr. Boxer, to be a recipient of a Wish and carried a sign at the start of the walk. It said “Granting Wishes One Step at a Time”.

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He was getting feisty. There was one thing that was hilarious that day. We were all together, waiting for the ribbon to be cut and the walk to start. They were gathering all of the Wish Recipients to the front. They kept trying to get Abby to go up to the front because they assumed she was the Wish Recipient. She kept pointing to The Boy and saying “it’s him, NOT ME!”. We laughed about that for a long time.

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Our favorite animal exhibit that day was the prairie dogs, because they are so darn cute and busy! But I have no picture.

3. What social issue fires you up?

Illegal immigration.

Honey is a Canadian by birth and became a resident alien in 1987. He had to jump through MANY hoops to be able to live in this country, even though we had been married for 2 years.  My Mom had to sponsor Honey and sign a legal document declaring he could NEVER go on public assistance of any sort, she would have to support him. There was even the huge catch 22 of not being able to come over here until he already had a job, and not being able to be hired until he had residency. Lucky for my Mom, Honey has never been unemployed since we moved here. So I guess he has been a good risk. He became a proud American citizen in 1995.

We spent many hundreds of dollars, made many trips to Toronto and Detroit, and paid countless fees for all of the documents they require. I don’t resent all that we did to bring him over here, we did it because that was what you have to do. It is the law.  I don’t understand how people can illegally come here and receive all of the benefits that they do, complain about what they feel they are entitled to and not getting, and work illegally and get away with it for years. And I don’t care what nationality they are. Laws are there for a reason, and if one has to abide, ALL should abide. So I don’t have much sympathy for the illegal alien, where ever they came from. They are ILLEGAL.

4. Are you a coupon clipper? If so, are you extreme?

Not really. I love those prescription coo-pins from Target for $10, and every now and then I might use one for deodorant or shampoo, but I find I don’t usually buy the kind of things they have coo-pins for. Not the food anyway. We do use restaurant coo-pins though.

5. What is one of your favorite souvenirs brought back from your travels?

The shells we bring back from Florida. They just remind me of the fun we had. I don’t usually buy a souvenir.

6. Lemon meringue or key lime?

I am going to say lemon meringue. YUM.

7. What is the most beautiful word you know in any language?


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the post.

I mentioned in question 2 that The Boy  was a recipient of a wish from Make A Wish. He decided that he wanted to go fishing in Alaska with his Dad. They went in August 2007, when he was 16, and his chronic ITP had been in remission for a year.

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Make a Wish arranged a wonderful trip. He and Honey had a GREAT time!!!

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They caught many fish,

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in many different ways.

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They talk about going back some day.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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