Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Thanks to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for being our hostess!

1. Share a favorite song lyric.

I better not see ‘I can’t think of one’ on anybody’s paper. That’s an automatic F in the Wednesday Hodgepodge you know.

“It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife” from Alanis Morrissette’s song Ironic is a good one.

2. When was the last time someone yelled at you?

I couldn’t think of a time, so Abby just offered to yell at me.

3. Money, fame, happiness…are they mutually exclusive?

It would appear that they are. It seems to me that those type of people are never content, and if you don’t have contentment, you probably aren’t really happy. But then what do I know, having never been famous.

4. What is your favorite dish to prepare for family and friends that doesn’t require turning on the stove, oven or an outdoor grill?

Well Joyce, you have really limited us here! I am going to say my cheese ball. Which is not really a dish, but an appetizer. It’s a winner!

5. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week. What is one thing you could do this week to simplify your life? Will you do it?

I would have said earlier in the week that I should grocery shop more frequently. It’s hard to feed people when you are Old Mother Hubbard. It would be simpler to actually have some ingredients. I have already rectified this problem by shopping at 3 places this week. Chow down, People!

6. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being 100% and 1 being not at all) how tuned in are you to your country’s national political scene?

I think I used to be a 6, but I am now around a 3 or 4. I used to be a Fox News watcher, but I rarely watch the news anymore. Our political landscape is so disheartening and disgusting. Most of our politicians are despicable and should be ashamed of themselves. I also find it unsettling that our country can be so completely polarized about serious, important issues. It’s like we are from different planets.

7. What are your final parting words to the month of July?

July, take your almost 100 degree heat, everyday, and GIT!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

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

When I was young, my Father’s parents lived in Detroit. I have some fine memories of that house on Stout, playing with cousins, holiday dinners, playing Kiddles and restaurant with Girl Cousin Kay. One of the things I really liked to do was sit on the swing on their big back porch. We would get it swinging real high. High enough for their cranky next door neighbor to come flying out of her house yelling that we were going to end up in her back yard. 

When I was still fairly young, maybe under 8, they retired to a mobile home park in Dunedin, Florida, and that was the end of the porch swing. I have no pictures of the swing from that time period, it lives only in my memory. I wonder if anyone else in the family does? I will have to ask Girl Cousin Kay. She has our Uncle Ivo’s slides, evidently Uncle Ivo’s slide taking was prolific.

In 1991, a few weeks after The Boy was born, my Grandfather had a stroke while visiting his daughter’s family up here in The Mitten. They were never able to return to live in Florida. My aunt and uncle had a home built for them across the street from their house. Their new home had a front porch, and they hung the swing again! I really don’t know where it had been for 20 some odd years, but I was glad to see it! Our children were quite fond of the swing as well.

This is one of my favorite pictures of The Boy. Look at his sweet little hand. My Grandpa never changed much. This is how I always remember him looking, even when I was a girl.

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This is SUCH a Grandpa face. Grandma too.

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By this time, Grandpa lived in the nursing home. We took trips up to visit in August. Many times we were accompanied by Aunt Adalene. She was my Grandpa’s brother Bill’s wife. She and my Grandma were SIL and good friends.

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 Cousins! Here are The Boy and Ab-Cat  swinging with Girl Cousin Kay’s daughter, Carol. The circle has been completed!

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This was after Grandpa’s funeral. As best as I can recollect, it was 2000 or 2001.

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And finally, just before Grandma went to live in assisted living. She passed away in 2007 at the fine age of 97.

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I assume the swing is still out on her front porch, her house is still for sale up North. I am going to miss that swing, just like I miss its owners.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Joyce said,

    August 3, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    Kiddles! Oh my sister and I played with them for hours at a time. I’m surprised they have not made a comback. I still remember Babe with the little yellow sports car and Lola with her sailboat. Ha-okay, maybe this wasn’t the point of your post but I am easily sidetracked!

  2. Joyce said,

    August 3, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    ‘comEback’ I detest typos : )

  3. Thena said,

    August 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    I think we all agree we’re tired of the hot weather. I just wonder how many will complain that it’s too cold this winter. Not me.

  4. August 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    I am so happy that you stopped watching Fox News! Better no news than Fox News!

    • caprik said,

      August 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      Oh, I still watch Fox and CNN, I just don’t watch all the time. I don’t consider MSNBC news.
      I don’t like the RABID extremism on either side.

  5. Cindy Stratton said,

    August 3, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Those are great pics of Uncle Bob and Aunt Esther – I kind of remember the swing being on Stout. The question about the song lyric – this is the first thing that popped in my head OOP THERE IT IS! Oh and I have already told my niece Krista (Jennae’s daughter) that I want that song played at my funeral – she has promised me that she will make it happen!

  6. zoanna said,

    August 3, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Sweet memories. Swings are such great places to make memories.
    There is a striking family resemblance in these pictures!!

  7. auburnchick said,

    August 3, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    That swing story is so precious!!! You are fortunate to have such wonderful memories. Your grandparents sound like they were wonderful, loving people.

  8. caprilis said,

    August 3, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Your grandpa looks like he is straight out of Norman Rockwell painting. Someone from your family should really have that swing.

  9. Marlene said,

    August 3, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Stout St. in Detroit-I know where that is. Love the porch swing story. Perfect summer time “Way Back Wednesday.” Wow these Hodgepodge questions are hard. Lots of thinking.

  10. Amiee said,

    August 3, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Such sweet pictures! I love porch swings too 🙂

  11. caprik said,

    August 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM


    I missed reading that post but just went back and found it. I have something to add…that swing (the one on the porch in Comins) belonged to my mom and dad. When we moved from Salem to Curtis, we didn’t have a porch to hang it. We kept it in our basement for a very long time and then Mom gave it to your grandmother after they built the house in Comins. So, now you know the rest of the story.

    I’m going to be in Livonia next week. Come and see us if you have the time.


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