Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! Honey was able to fix the computer! Better late to the party than never, right?

Thanks for hosting the gaggle of us Joyce.

1. Do you think the world became a more dangerous place on September 11, 2001 or did we just become more aware of the danger? How has your own life changed as a result of that day?

I really think we became more aware of it. The world has always had evil people doing hateful things, but this was a direct attack on and in our country. I don’t think there had ever been anything like it in my lifetime. I imagine it was how people felt after Pearl Harbor. I still cannot get my mind around how people could do something like that in the name of their god. Their god commands them to kill us, but our God commands us to love them. Our God wins.

The only physical change I have experienced is when I fly. I guess my inconvenience is a fair tradeoff for safer travel.

2. Did you think your parents were too strict when you were growing up? How about in hindsight?

No, they weren’t very strict. And Honey’s parents weren’t strict at all. When I think of all the gallivanting around the Detroit Metro area that Suzanne Suzanna Danna, Dawn (who SERIOUSLY still needs a blob name) and I did, it was by the grace of GOD that we never had any problems! We went to concerts and shopping all over the place, went to Canada to dance in bars, hung out with people we hardly knew. In our slight defense, it was a much different world back then. 

We have been much stricter with our kids. Especially Honey. Makes me wonder what he was up to back then. He is very closemouthed about the majority of his youth!

3. Share one random but candid fact about yourself.

If you smell bad or wear too much perfume, I cannot be your friend. Seriously, my head would explode. Maybe we could be phone friends.

4. Would your nearest and dearest describe you as simple or far too complicated?

I asked this question at dinner last night. Mousey said I was simple and I agreed. Honey said I was complicated because we had a complication during the placement of the hedge this week! I believe I was a complicated thorn in his side.

5. What is your favorite stadium or carnival food?

I do not go to stadiums or carnivals, so I respectfully decline to answer this one.

6. Tornado, hurricane, earthquake…how many of these natural disasters have you experienced? Which event do you think would be the scariest?

I have not knowingly experienced any of them. Come up to The Mitten, relatively free of natural disasters! We do have the occasional tornado, but I could not even tell you the last time we heard the tornado siren and had to go to the basement. It could be our new state slogan; Come To Michigan, Low Incident Living!

Of all of them, the easiest to avoid seems to be the hurricane. If they tell you to evacuate, PEOPLE, get out of Dodge!!!!!!!

A tornado gives you a little bit of a heads up with the sirens, so I guess I would say the scariest would be an earthquake. No warning, can’t run away efficiently, and unless you happen to be in a huge field, things can fall on you.

7. Labor Day weekend is approaching so a work related question seems appropriate. Growing up, did your parents assign you regular chores? Were you paid for doing those chores? If you’re a parent do you assign chores to your own children? Why or why not?

I don’t remember doing things regularly when I was a child. I know I was responsible for my room, and picking up my toys, where ever I had been playing.  And I did things as asked. I do remember asking my Mom if I could straighten up the linen closet and her drawers, and we had a big cupboard in the kitchen I liked to organize. I guess I liked to do things like that. I‘m sure I don’t know how helpful it was though!

When I was older I did things like dishes, vacuumed and dusted, cleaned the bathrooms. I don’t remember if I was paid a certain amount of allowance, but I know she gave me money when I needed it.

This is an area that I wished I had done better with our kids. I have friends who have done really well at this.

I should have been more organized about assigning things. They will usually help out when asked, but rarely do things on their own. The Boy and Mousey do their own laundry, but I suspect that was more because they were so lazy about getting it to me when I was doing it. They are not good about keeping their rooms straight, or their bathrooms cleaned. The girls do the dishes if I ask them.

I have no good excuse for why they don’t. I don’t do it for them though. All I can say is they are going to have a rude awakening when they move out, unless they don’t mind living in squalor. Mousey is a pretty good worker, she might survive.

 8. Insert your own random thought here.

A Way Back picture from 2004. We were at Islands of Adventure. Mousey/Spider Girl 10, Ab-Cat 15, and The Boy was 13. I miss our young Furlings!

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Thanks for stopping by!



I am on The Boy laptop this morning.

There is some dumb pretend Google thing blocking our computer. Man, I hope its not another virus.

Just waiting for Honey, our tech guy, to take a closer look when he gets home from work.

My Wednesday Hodgepodge post is sitting in the Windows Live Writer, all ready to go too. Really big sigh.

A Tale of Two Nurseries

Honey and I spent some time at a couple of nurseries yesterday. We were looking for grasses and a tree.

We went to a big, beautiful, expensive nursery to look at grasses and get ourselves edjamacated. I had previously looked at our usual, cheaper nursery and had come away unsure. They don’t always have things clearly labeled, they don’t always have what I am pretty sure I want.

I wanted fountain grass, with tails. I had been at the cheaper nursery last week, so I knew they had a couple, a tall one with no name, and one was dwarf. Did I want dwarf? I was not sure. I wanted the ones that Jip the Farm Dog has in her yard. Fortunately, the big expensive nursery had them in their landscaping, so I was able to point and say I want that one. It was a dwarf and they were on sale for 25% off!


We bought 3 tailed fountain grasses, and 4 more Carl something or others that look like they have wheat growing out of the top, for the backyard. To go where we ripped out the red twig, ant infested bushes. And we bought some ant killer that is supposed to last a year. Hopefully, that should be long enough for the colony to relocate.

We then traveled over yonder to the cheaper nursery to get a tree. We liked the tree that had lived there previously, some sort of crabapple, and were not opposed to getting another. But Honey has had a hankering for a Japanese Maple. What we did not realize is there are 4007 different breeds of Japanese Maple. Some were just too much dang money. Some were too low and poofy. One was a very strange, bright color of green. We narrowed our choice to 1 crabapple and 1 Japanese Maple. Ta da!

Behold, the Crimson Prince Japanese Maple! And the rumor is it turns a glorious red in fall. This makes me happy, because I love a good red fall tree.


I also picked up a couple of these Stonecrop Munstead dark red sedum, which I adore. They are tall.


All in all, a very good day!


See you tomorrow for the Hodgepodge.

Hoopty To Humpty

All the Kings horses and all the Kings men have been working hard over here. Contrary to Humpty, we are getting it all back together.


We even did some planting, which makes everything seem better.


Its nice to see progress. We are tired of being that house.


Potent Quotable

One may go a long way after one is tired.  ~French Proverb

Happy Birthday Gloria Spooty!

She is our baby. Our final dear child. She has many names. She has many wonderful qualities.

She was a perfect last addition. Easy, content, loving, snuggly. God knew we needed that.

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She was a baby during a period of time that our life was hard. She brought nothing but joy.

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She loves kitties.

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She loved animals.

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Is her Mama’s girl.

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A gleam in her eye.

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Knows what she wants.

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Knows how to fly by the seat of her pants.

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Knows how to go with the flow.

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Loves kids. Wants to be a Mama someday. Practicing here on Cousin Burkie.

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She is a patient girl. Reasonable and kind.  A hard worker. A good friend.

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A sporty girl.


Loves her Daddy.


We love our Muggins Q. Mouse, our Young Sky Walker, our Gloria Spooty.


Happy seventeenth Birthday Miss Mousey!!! We LOVE you!

Friday News

I have nothing exciting to tell, only random bites of information. How about a list?

1. Abby and her friends just left for Cedar Pointe in Ohio. Yesterday was the last day of her internship, which went very well, and this is pretty much the first and last thing she is doing this summer. Her classes start up again next Wednesday. Have FUN Girlies!

2. The Boy and I have a date with the wheel barrel today. He also has an excursion with the lawnmower. He is a two timer.

3. The Cement Guy said he is coming back in three weeks to pour the cement around the pool, the area we affectionately refer to as Where The Arborvitae Used To Be. Can I get a HALLELUJAH??!!

4. It has been mercifully cooler these days up here in The Mitten. Me and my hot self are thankful. It has made all the working outside more bearable.

5. Mousey’s letter jacket has been at the shop forEVER getting lacrosse added to its back. There was concern that it might not fit, because we did not know when she added her first sport, that she would be adding 2 more. Because seriously? Who would have thought we would have had a child who lettered in THREE sports??? They did a good job, it doesn’t look bunchy at all. NOW she can get her senior pictures taken.



Her 17th birthday is tomorrow. I wish she would just stop with all the growing up!

Have a good weekend!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Howdy All! It’s another Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge, my thanks to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for her weekly hosting!

1. What is something that bothers you if it’s not done perfectly?

I like a well loaded dish washer. My goal is to fit it ALL in. Not just jam it in all will nilly, but fit it in WELL. Like a puzzle. I have been known to remove some things that others have added, to do it over again to suit me. I have tricks up my sleeve, and I know how to get my moneys worth out of each load I run. It can be a work of art. Sometimes I congratulate myself on my own prowess. Even Honey has admitted I am THE QUEEN. Guys like a girl with skills.
2. Do you think a 6th sense exists? Explain.

Sure. Some people just know things. I have seen it happen. I can’t explain why, so I will just say they must know how to use a different part of their brain. Or it could just be God given discernment in operation.

3. Do you say your goodbyes slowly, quickly, or not at all?

Somewhere in between slowly and quickly. I’m not a bolter, but I don’t linger forever either.

4. On a scale of 1-10, with ten being hot hot hot, what level of spice do you like in your food? What’s your favorite ‘spicy’ dish?
Probably a 4. I am not opposed to spicy, but I am not a fan of heat. As opposed to Honey and The Boy, who are happiest when their eyes are watering, smoke is coming out their ears, and their hair is on FIRE. I am more garlicky spicy.

5. What is one of your all time favorite commercial jingles?
As a kid, we spent much time singing the McDonalds jingle. Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce , cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun!

6. Plane, train, boat or auto…your preferred method of travel?
Lately, I have liked flying. It gets you far, faster. I don’t mind driving when there is time.

7. What is something you take for granted?

Unfortunately, I have to say Honey. I have been with him over half my life and I rely on him for SO much. He is SO good at SO many things, and I just let him do it. If I had to do all of the things he does, I would lie down and die. So I do take him for granted because he has always taken such good care of me and our children, but I have always appreciated all he does. So I will say it again, here in front of God and the world wide internet. THANK YOU HONEY for ALL that you do!!!!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Do you see this little girl? This precious little Muggins Q. Mouse?

My baby went to her last high school registration this week. She picked up her last schedule, last text books, ordered her last yearbook. She turns 17 this weekend. HOW.CAN.THIS.BE?????

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week!

Gloria Sends Her Regards

HI Guys!

We used our last 50% off the entire purchase coo-pin at The Value World yesterday. We has ourselves a van load of folk, and a high time! The Boy, Mousey, and her friends, sisters Chip and Dale. They shopped for hours, and had full carts by the time we exited, minutes before closing.

Mousey was looking for jeans. She said she grew herself some hips this summer and her old jeans were too small. She found about 5 or 6 pair, and I even recognized some of the brands. American Eagle, Delia’s. Not too shabby for 2, 3, or 4 American dollars!

As soon as I started taking pictures, the Wild Rumpus began. With this big rump-us. Mama Mia was trying to disembowel my shirts. As you do when you find shirts on the floor.


She wants my vest. Oh yes, she does. It would go nicely with her purty blue eyes.


I looked at everything in the store and they weren’t done. Then I looked at everything again. Then I started looking for places to sit and wait for them to be finished. The Boy had long since retired to read in the van.

Handy white sweater, cute Michigan hoodie, comfy pair of flowered Hue sleep capris, and printed top to wear with previously purchased Value World sleep capris. They match splendidly. The most expensive item here was $3.80, but then cut that in half!


The disemboweled shirt and the terribly posed vest that so attracted Mia. The vest was the big money purchase. $5.20, then cut it in HALF!


On the way home, The Girls entertained me. I was tired, but amused in between my yawns.

They told me about the new names they had chosen for themselves. Well, Mousey and Chip did. Dale declined to choose.

Chip chose Eunice Cycle.

And Mousey chose Gloria Spooty.

It still makes me laugh!

Weekend Snapshot

We worked outside this weekend. I feel like a broken record.


I also did some laundry, not in itself worth mentioning, unless you knew that the washer had a visit from the repair man last week. It had its second new water pump installed in less than 4 years. The first guy just replaced it, after it started leaking on the floor. It still made the rattling noise that it had made for a long time.

The second repairman said the rattling noise was some pennies rolling around, and that caused the water pump to break again. And bless his heart, he actually removed the pennies. As you can imagine, we have banned money in our pockets. For LIFE.

Two of my favorite pots. I love the coleus so much, I should marry it. It’s my favorite.


These are the zinnias that I bought through the lacrosse fundraiser. I call them the Lacrosse Zinnias. Because I am original and fancy. They were supposed to be multi colored. They are all, each and every bud of them, ORANGE. If they were not so lush and beautimous, I might be put out. They have done so well in this particular area, they may well be my forever favorite choice.


I am always amazed when I happen to take a picture that is clear in front, and blurry in back. It looks SO cool, and I have no idea how to do it. It’s my favorite.


I think of these guys as The Triplets. They are my favorites. My hyacinth bean is going like gangbusters! That sentence reminds me of my Mom. She liked to say that. I understand what it means, but it makes no sense.


My favorite impatiens. This year.


Back to my groovy hyacinth bean. I adore its leaf. It’s my favorite.


The yellow creeping Susan. My first foray into the yellow, I have always had orange. They are my favorites.


Have a good day Guys! You are my favorites!

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