Katie is getting on in years. She is starting to wander. Lately she has been wandering back by the creek, where the wild things are. Big dogs, muskrats, snapping turtles, whistle pigs. Like she is some sort of canine explorer.

It has been warm and dry around these parts of The Mitten. The creek is all but dry, but there is evidently a goodish amount of stinky black mud, and Katie went for a wallow. You can’t tell but her belly was all muddy, along with her dainty mud covered feets.


She ended her expedition with the humiliation of a bath.


I wonder if Lewis and Clark ever had to endure this fate?


Trailwood Garden Walk 2012 Part 2

This was probably my favorite house on the walk. It began in yesterdays post and continues on here. It was neat and tidy with unique little things, but it didn’t seem overly done. She had some beautimous pots, the kind I would love to have. My copying is not always this successful.


The Peanuts Champ scoped out every single bird bath we came across. She likes a more natural look in the garden, therefore she is not drawn to many that are….flamboyant. She has recently decided she wanted her birdbath to have a pop of color. When she saw this one she just kept saying “ oh yes…yes, yes!”


The Peanuts Champ asked the homeowner where she purchased it. She said at a garage sale :(  It had a crack in it and it wouldn’t hold water so she purchased the adorable bowl at Aco Hardware, now it is truly a bathing apparatus for the birds.


I stopped at Aco today to see if they might have another. There were two, neither one nearly as cute as this one. I declined.

They also had a bird cafeteria at this home. A real smorgasbord if you will. Many of the homeowners we spoke with said they were very deliberate with their plants and the locations of birdfeeders, for their personal viewing pleasure. i have observed this with Honey. He likes his hummingbird feeder right outside our door wall, where he can watch them from the dinner table. It is surprising how often they dine together!


I like a good climber, this one was variegated.


The second of The Back Door Neighbor photos of me, as she says, "doing your photo thing….." thanks Tammi TBDN!


Delicious licorice and purple.


This one seems patriotic to me.


Very gentle.


Hanging from their hot tub. Precious.


A water feature. Honey would approve.


Love that sweet little purple bell.


I liked this fellow, made out of a rock.


Next house. This porch was D.E.C.O.R.A.T.E.D.  Loved those pots and their spillage.


A reading area on the front porch.


Yes, yes I do.


This angel was pouty, next to a purty pot.


I liked their edging materials too. Why so interested in the edging this year? We also discussed mulching quite a bit. Some mulched, some were heavy mulchers, some did not mulch at all. To mulch or not to mulch, that is the question. Mulch is an odd word, if you ask me.


I am seriously in like with this sedum. And how cute is it in that clog???


Who doesn’t need a snail?


This gal also had these shiny beads in all of her birdbaths. It looked very nice, but it may have bummed out the birds.


It said in the little feature notes that this gal buys most of her garden doodads from garage sales. She was a heavy garage saler. I didn’t even take pictures of a quarter of her little things! She arranged it nicely.


Colors everywhere.




She was quite fond of frogs.


And turtles. Who wouldn’t love this feller and his purple pansy girlfriends?


Thank you ladies, it was a pleasure walking through gardens with you!


The Trailwood Garden Walk 2012

Are you ready for some more garden pictures? I hope so, because I have 2 posts full!

My fellow garden walkers; The Peanuts Champ (aka Loverly New Shirt Barb!!), Capri K, Four M Mom, and The Back Door Neighbor.

If you recall, we needed to find a name for our previously unnamed friend, Teri. Teri and I agreed that a name had been chosen at the last walk, which was what I had thought, but she could not help me remember what it was. Barb insisted she was not around when this naming occurred. Teri and I firmly believe that she was, and has forgotten. HA! We are all travelers in a big boat named I Can’t Recall.


I was not organized about the homes. I’m not sure where one ends and another begins, so look at them all as The Borg, they have been assimilated into one.

I think Mrs. Schmenkman needs a sign like this. But with her name on it. Loved the kitty window.


Paprika yarrow. Love it. It does not adore me in the same fashion. Schmenky has given me some of hers on a couple occasions, but it does not flourish in my perennial bed. The pink, white and gold variety return, but the paprika is shy.


I have that very same clematis! I hope to have that bee balm. Have I ever mentioned that I love the bee balm? I am pretty sure I have mentioned it. Another thing that is shy over at our place. I bought some at the Garden Club sale, along with the always loverly hyacinth bean plant, that grows and climbs so beautimously.


I really liked the pots at this home. They lived in a fairly shady place, of which our home is lacking. They seemed so cool and calming.


I saw these sweet yellow flowers at the Home Depot one day. I carried them around for my entire visit, and when I was ready to leave the line was too long so I put them back. Regret is bitter in my heart, for I have thought of them wistfully ever since. And here they are, popping up to remind me of my regret. And I don’t even know their name. It’s like a lost love.


I would not do this, but I thought it was cute. This house had a lot of pink and English garden-y type decor. She had made pretty little teacup saucers into bird baths and upside down vases and plates and bowls into other things. She also had a fairy garden for her grandchildren. Because that is not my sort of thing, I did not take many pictures at this house. I now realize that you all might have found them appealing and adorable, and I am once again filled with regret for my lack of blog consideration. I do apologize.


I am always struck by the cute and clever little things tucked here and there into the gardens. I have no eye for this. No vision for potential. I am afraid this is not a learned skill, it is a gift from a creative God. And unfortunately, when God said come forward and get this skill, I was talking in the back and did not hear Him. The story of my life.



I like this tiny white flower. I am pretty sure I could kill it in record time.


The Back Door Neighbor and I spent a goodish amount of time saying how impressed we were with this border. We both took many pictures to show our significant others. Very neat and tidy.


We also spent some time gathered around this purty plant. Jockeying for position, trading spots with each other, unaware we were both trying to take a picture of the exact same flower!


The Back Door Neighbor had a loverly new bag that was very well suited to walking through gardens. I took a picture of her…


…she took a picture of me…


both taking a picture of this perfect specimen of God’s workmanship. We had to laugh at our single mindedness!


Here is a pretty walkway with this spongy green stuff I have never seen before. It didn’t even leave a mark when you stepped on it, it just sprang back into place like no one had ever been there! I kept doing it too, just to test it. Is sprang really a word? It shouldn’t be.


Love the mix of colors.


God’s palette. Schmenky had some of these orange-y rusty beauties on her blob the other day. What are they called Schmenk?


Across the street.



Winner of The Most Patriotic in my book.


My very favorite garden statue!


I am fairly certain that these are spent, but they are very visually interesting none the less.


Like this pot.


I think I would like to have one of these. Plus I heard a rumor that chicks and hens are virtually indestructible!!! I could set them up EVERYWHERE!


Back Door Neighbor and I were struck by the color of this clematis. We were taking many pictures. Oh, it was pretty. The color was exquisite.


It was FAKE!!! An imposter. That ought to be illegal on a garden walk!


At the end of the walk you turned in your ticket that you had stamped at each stop. They were going to have a raffle for these two sparkling beauties.


I am surprising myself with how much I am liking this sort of thing lately. They have never caught my eye before. They have caught BOTH eyes this summer! I saw one I really likes at Lowe’s last week for $12 or $16 dollars. I should go back and get it. There is no more room in my heart for the burning regret I might feel if I don’t.


Another border heavily discussed by The Back Door Neighbor and myself. We grilled the owner extensively. How often do you have to do it? Does it get weedy? Is it hard to do? She said it does not get weedy, it’s easy to care for and it makes a good guide for cutting the lawn too. Unfortunately one persons easy is another persons hard. And I am that person.


She has a daycare at her house, so this was appropriate.


Lots of cute little thingys.


We had a running discussion about the name of this little pink flower. I think we even produced it at one point and then promptly forgot it again. Can anyone help out a group of 4 women rapidly losing brain cells?


So purty.


LOOK! A bee on the bee balm! How appropriate!


I will be back tomorrow for part two!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by. Thanks go out to our hostess Joyce, for gathering us and giving us something to talk about.

1. What do the words ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ mean to you? Does your mind go more in the direction of not being persecuted or discriminated against or does it head in the direction of doing what you please?

I think the first one is more what our Founding Fathers had in mind. Unfortunately, there are those who have not grasped the concept that doing what you please is usually not good for the majority of folk. We can’t all have our own personal code of ethics that conflict in every way possible. There has to be some framework for peaceable living. God’s laws give us a good foundation for this.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God. Micah 6:8

That’s a good place to start.

2. Nathan’s sponsors a hot dog eating contest every 4th of July. Last year over 40,000 people attended the event and almost 2 million watched it on TV. The winner ate over 60 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. How do you like your hot dogs?

I don’t do dogs. Except for about once a year when I am forced to eat a dog at an event or function, or else starve to death. I always say I have a one dog a year limit.

3. If you were going to enter an eating contest what would be on the menu?

I am fairly fond of the kettle chip. Tim Horton donut holes call my name. Loudly.

4. Do you run your house more as a dictatorship or a democracy?

I would say it is a combination of both, if that is possible. There are always things that can be discussed, tweaked, changed, added or discarded.  But again, just like God’s laws, there are also things that are not open for debate. We operate freely within a set of rules. How’s that?

5. Where was your favorite summer place when you were a kid?

We spent a lot of time at my Aunt Nancy’s pool. She was not really our aunt, but a good friend of my Mom’s. I was frequently allowed to bring my best friend and next door neighbor, Tina.

There and the Alfred Noble public library. I loved the smell of that place.

6. Do you have a guest room? Would you want to stay there?

We do and I would. It has a comfy bed with my favorite kind of pillow. It’s in the basement, so it is cool and dark. It has the added bonus of it’s own bathroom. People don’t seem to mind it, it has been booked all summer so far!

7. Next Wednesday America celebrates her independence. Do you have any special plans for the 4th of July? If you live outside the USA when and how does your country celebrate its own patriotic holiday?

We usually head out to my Dad’s. He lives on a lake that has a very nice fireworks display. We will have lunch and make a day of it.

At some point around that time we will also see parts of Independence Day on tv. To miss that would be un-American!


8. Insert your own random thought here.

I went to a second garden walk this week, I will have more pictures later this week. It was delicious!


Can I get an amen?


Love this pot.

Thanks for stopping by, I need to git walking, Keelyody’s waiting!

Some Pretty Yards

Hi Guys!

I feel I have been a spotty blogger lately.  I attribute this to the fact that my calendar has been more full than usual lately. That, and playing Words With Friends on Mousey’s Facebook. I always get a little obsessed when learning a new thing. I don’t win many games, but I am getting better. I think. I am good at making the words, but getting them on a good tile is another story.

I managed to eke out a free afternoon, from my heavy game schedule, to go to a garden walk with The Peanuts Champ and our friend. I am pretty sure we came up with a clever name for Our Friend, but alas, I cannot remember what it was. I will be seeing the same Gals this afternoon, along with another friend, The Back Door Neighbor, because we will be attending another garden walk. Perhaps we can all recall what the name was, or most likely, create another one.

I had never been to this garden walk before, but The Peanuts Champ had. It was in a really cute neighborhood in the town I grew up in, Rosedale Gardens in Livonia. All of the houses were different and so unique in their own ways. Unique would be a good word for Words With Friends on those turns when you are vowel heavy. Sorry, it’s hard to turn it off.

Try and not let my impressive lack of flower knowledge be a turn off. I take pictures of what I like, not what I know.

I had never seen this kind before.


Don’t know the name.



I have a plethora of information on this one! I took this picture because it is in my power to duplicate this pot. I love coleus, zinnia and sweet potato vines. Petunias, not so much, but I could replace the tunia with a million bells or a wave or something. I am always on the lookout for things I can copy. It’s what I do.


More pretties of which I know not their name.


Delicious lily.


Purty spike-y ball thingy.


This house was not on the walk, as many of my pictures feature. It was very lush.


I also liked those square flower boxes on the steps. SO sweet.


No idea, but aren’t these cool?


It looked like it had spoons for petals.


I spent some time monkeying with the macro flower symbol thingy on my camera to get this darling little loner.


There is The Peanuts Champ, also known as Same Shirt as Last Year Barb, with Our Friend, who shall be named after the garden walk today.


Bee balm, love.


I love this house. We just happened to drive by and I had to get out.


  Across the street from a featured house.


They had porch appeal.


I like this walkway.


This house had a lot of interesting thing tucked here and there.


Hydrangeas. My Precious.


I heard the story of this fella. The owners grandfather was in WWI, and after the war he worked at a prison that held German POW’s. He was a friendly sort of man and made friends with some. One German prisoner made him this.


When her grandfather passed away, no one wanted the fisherman because it was broken. Just what she was hoping! She brought him home to live in her yard.


I love a good story like that.

They also made a new sort of planter. They had a lot of ferns at this one. I like the ferns, but I heard a rumor that they like shade. They would not like our house. Drats.


Capri Kel with Our Friend. Our friend who needs a name.


 Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower? -Kathleen Kelly


How cute are these?? I like a cattail! Any kind of cattail!


I like this stone edging.


These two houses were not features, but on our way from where we parked to the featured house. This one was loverly, but smelled of mothballs. Really. Then I saw a big crow swoop down and pick up a little white ball in its beak. It WAS a mothball!!! They had sprinkled them all around! Maybe they were trying to keep rabbits out, but the crows were taking them and their area was stinky. I might rethink that idea. How many mothballs would you have to use to stink up your entire area in the neighborhood??!!


I thoughtfully took this picture for Honey. We have had a discussion about flower boxes. And his building some. Someday.


This deck had a pretty gazing ball and a ramp. We are all about accessibility. And gazing.


Really liked this home.


I am looking to implement this sort of idea. (ie copy.)


Very fond of this, for all kinds of reasons.


I saw this idea at Schmenky’s house in Virginia this spring. I am going to get me some chicks and hens!


They had a very nice setup on their patio. Most welcoming. Inviting. Comfortable.




With a nearby pond to provide ambient nap noise.


This caught my eye immediately. It’s a bowling ball, Capri’s!!! We can copy something like this!!


I think I have even seen these things in Capri Deb’s vast supplies! I have shells and rocks!


I believe this is a sort of sedum. I know I like it.


They had fishes in their pond, but not here.


Another item I have been pondering. My porch things are getting ready to quit me so I am exploring other options.


That is it for this one.

We hit up another today, but I will probably hook up with The Hodgepodge tomorrow, so maybe I will show you some pictures  later in the week.

Potent Quotable

There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together.
Josh Billings

Miss Mousey Passes Her Driving Test!


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Twenty one years ago today, our son took his own sweet time coming into this world.

Due on June 7th, they made him come out on the 20th. He procrastinated until 3:07 the morning of the 21st, when he and his shoulders finally arrived. I will now tell you 21 things about about our Boy.

1. He has a heart for God, His Word and His people.

2. He has a great laugh, and he always has.

3. He is really good with kids.

4. He has rarely met a stranger.

5. He is patient in adversity. I have seen him willingly head off to the hospital for a treatment that he knew would make him sick, all the while maintaining a good attitude, and his ever present sense of humor.

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6. Oh yeah, that sense of humor!

7. He is forgiving. Even when the doctors and nurses were causing his grief and discomfort, he was still his charming self.

8. He is a Red Wings and Tiger fan. Even while living in Chicago. His shirts represent.

9. He likes to stay up late and sleep in.

10. He loves to fish, and is darn good at it.

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11. Having two sisters and the Hostler girls around constantly have made him very comfortable talking to girls.

12. He is very comfortable talking to The Dane.

13. And Skyping several times a day.

14. He can’t wait for her to come and visit from Denmark in August.

15. He likes the way she thinks, and her heart for God.


16. He loves the kitties.

17. He loves music.

18. He loves his sisters.

19. He loves his Daddy.

20. He loves his Mama.


21. He’s a keeper!

Happy Birthday Boy!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by! Thanks, as always, to Joyce for her questions each week.

1. Summer officially rolls in with the Hodgepodge this week, for those of us in the Northern hemisphere anyway. What song says summer 2012 to you?

I don’t listen to the radio so I don’t know any current songs. I never thought I would hear myself say that.

2. What’s your favorite quintessential summer food?

Probably ice cream. I am not even tempted by it any other time of year. Something about going for ice cream seems fun to me.

Maybe it’s because when I was young, my grandparents used to drive over to our house and pick my Mom, and Beeve and me up and we would go on a drive and get ice cream.

Honey has always loved it and so do our kids. Any season will do for them.

3. I’ve spent a lot of time traipsing up and down the NJ Turnpike in recent weeks. Did you know the rest areas on the turnpike are named after people who lived or worked in NJ? Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, James Fenimore Cooper, Molly Pitcher, Joyce Kilmer, Thomas Edison, and Gover Clevland just to name a few. Of those I listed, who would you most like to have known and why?

Probably Thomas Edison, he seemed to be a man of many interests. I would tell him that I have been to his summer home in Fort Myers, and that my husband works for his buddy Henry Ford. I wrote about it here.

4. At what age did you move out of your parent’s house and what prompted the move?

I was 23 years and 1 month and I got married! I not only moved out of the house, I moved out of the country. Honey lived in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. We lived there for 2 years and then we crossed the Ambassador Bridge and moved back to this side of the pond.

5. What’s more satisfying to you-saving time or saving money?

Saving money is more satisfying to me. I am busy, but not so busy I feel I should just blow money.

6. Name something you think brings out the good in people.

I think that the more you study the Bible, and know what God has to say about how we are to conduct ourselves, it naturally brings out the good in us. When you know the truth, it changes you. i know I am better for it.

7. This last question comes to you courtesy of Kathy over at Reflections...will you be taking a vacation or a staycation this summer? If so where will you go? If a staycation is on the calendar have you made any special plans to fill the time?

We have not really taken a vacation in the summer in years. We used to go with our dear friends The Hostlers, and those were some very fun times! Usually Yogi Bear camping in Fremont, Indiana or renting a cottage on Black Lake up north on Onaway, Michigan.

Honey and The Boy have taken a fishing week for years now, so that is a fun vacation for them. We always like to hear their stories when they return from the sea.

While they are gone, the Girls and I have a sort of staycation that we call Girls Week. It usually involves eating, watching some carefully chosen movies or a tv series, little day trips, and of course, a get together with The Hostler Girls!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

For Way Back When-sday we are heading back to 2000. On this trip up to Black Lake, we ventured over the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Penninsula, the first and last time I have ever done so. Honey and The Boy head that way on their annual fishing trip because they cross over into Canada in Sault St. Marie.

We went to Whitefish Bay or Point, or something, on Lake Superior. There was a lighthouse and a maritime museum dedicated to ships lost on Lake Superior. Do you know where you would never want be on a ship in a storm? LAKE SUPERIOR. It’s like a ship graveyard for really bad sinkings. Remember the Edmund Fitzgerald?

Driftwood was plentiful. Probably brought ashore from those really bad storms.



There were all of these really cool flat stones/rocks all over the beach.


Different colors and sizes, but mostly shaped the same.


We gathered a ton. We painted some back at the cottage as souviners of the trip. We brought home bags of them to put in our yard.


Everyone had a pouch of rocks.


The Boy in front of the bell from the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Superior, its said, never gives up it’s dead….


Here we are back at Black Lake, back in The Mitten portion of the state once again.

One of my favorite pictures of The Ab-Cat.



More rocks! The Boy got that dump hat on Mackinac Island, wore it the entire week, and lost it before we got home.


Our dear friends, The Hostlers, and their friend Robin.


That is a lot of girls with the token Boy!


Mousey loved feeding the very tame chipmunks. It would appear the chipmunks loved the Cheeto’s.


One of my favorite family photos.

Black Lake 2000

Goodbye Black Lake, goodbye Dehostwaeler Camp!

P.s. I went out to the backyard to find some of the rocks from that trip.

The paint has almost worn off.


Around the arbor,  evidently adorning some weeds.


We also have a ton around some drains, but they aren’t that exciting to share.

Have a good week and thanks for stopping by!

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