Potent Quotable

Friendship is a sheltering tree.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.  ~Lois Wyse

Say what you want about aging, it’s still the only way to have old friends.  ~Robert Brault




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Wednesday Hodgepodge

Happy Fall Y’All!!! Thanks for stopping by and my thanks to Joyce for keeping us all on track!

1. The Wednesday Hodgepodge this week falls on John Chapman’s birth date.  He’s more famously known as Johnny Appleseed…what’s your favorite variety of apple?

Most of the time we are a Fuji household, but at certain times of year we jump on the delicious Honeycrisp band wagon!
2.   When did you last say ‘ick’?

Yesterday looking at my poor, after procedure, toes. Let’s hope this does the trick and I never have to talk about my toenails, or lack OF, ever again.
3.   Do you think there’s a generation gap?  Explain.

There probably always is in some ways. Each generation does things their own way, sometimes confounding the previous generation. Sometimes the changes are for the better because of easier access to bigger and better stuff, or technology. But sometimes the changes are not so good, and the previous generation wonders how things have gotten so off course. I imagine my Grandparents generation would have little understanding or patience for the kids coming up now days. The sense of entitlement that saturates our country now would astound them.

All four of my Grandparents grew up in the south, or just about. They all were raised on farms of some sort, whether they grew for others or just supported their own families. They all knew how to work hard and make due without much help from others. Fair, stressed, deserving and rights were probably not big words in their vocabularies. Because of the way that they were raised they wouldn’t understand how people think these days, and that is where the gap comes in.

I think there is even a gap within the last few decades. Not only in work ethic, but in opportunities, personal conduct, what is right and wrong, and most certainly technology.
4.  What’s on your computer screen saver?  Do you leave it alone or change it often?

This is my background page, and it now occurs to me that screen saver is different. We used to have bubbles, but now we have nothing, the screen just goes black.

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Oh well, it’s a cute picture anyway.
5.  If you had the attention of the entire world for two minutes, what would you say?

The only thing worth saying would be to tell them the story of what Jesus has done in my life. And that He can do the same for them.

6.  Four fashion trends to try this fall are-brocade/jacquard (fancy printed fabrics), peplum, lace, and printed pants…which of these four would you be most likely to wear?

Every single one of them would cause me to break out in hives. Seriously.

7.  What can make your bad day better?

Prayer. I know that sounds trite, but it’s true.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We watched this movie last weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Have  a good week!

The Dinner Conversation

Honey had to go to work early last Friday night and he said to not count on him for dinner because someone was bringing in a big sub sandwich. Well, you don’t have to tell me that twice!

The Girls and I then had an in depth discussion on what we were going to do for dinner. Ideas were thrown out, places were vetoed, we almost went without Mousey, because she was being a pill about getting dressed.

Then we had an inspired idea. I called The Peanuts Champ to see what she was doing for dinner, and asked did she and her People want to meet with me and my People? They did! Mousey then decided that she would dress since others were involved.

The Peanuts Champ, along with her son, who used to be known as The Running Boy, which he no longer is, who will will call J-Pos for this post, and our friend Teri, who I am still sorry to say needs a blob name, met us at our friendly, neighborhood Middle Eastern restaurant.

There was much talking about this and that, and then I told them about the conversation we had with Honey before he left for work. He said he had slept well, but he had some vivid dreams. He had been in a spelling bee and had to spell PHYLOCYTES. He asked me if that was a real word because it really seemed like a real word! I goggled it and no, it is not a real word!

Then the dinner conversation veered over to food and I was listening in on Mousey and J-Pos’s conversation about date bread and how it was moist. I said I did not like that word, moist. It sounds icky. J-Pos did not agree, he thought it was a good word. We then discussed words we do not like. Everyone had a disliked word. Here they are.

Mousey-wisps. She doesn’t like that spsps at the end.

J-Pos-meta. He then had to go into GREAT detail to explain to me what that word was, because I had never heard it. I just goggled it because my notes were unintelligible. Here you go:

is a prefix used in English (and other Greek-owing languages) to indicate a concept which is an abstraction from another concept, used to complete or add to the latter.

Yeah, it’s all Greek to me.

Teri-musty. She has allergies and I am sure this had bad connotations!


The Peanuts Champ-tick. She has had Lymes disease, ticks are of the devil.

The Ab-Cat-bra. She is the only modest person in our home, I don’t know why.

Capri Kel-moist. It’s an armpit kind of word.

Someone then decided we should use all of the words we do not like in one sentence. Here goes.

A tick crawled into a moist, musty, bra lying by the side of the road, sending up meta wisps of odor.

And a phylocyte was watching.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

The 50th Cake

We had my birthday dinner on Saturday, just Honey, The Girls, and The Grandpa. Honey made yummy steak, mashed potatoes and mushrooms! The Grandpa made me a cake!! All by his cake baking self!!!! He even decorated it all fancy like.


He told me he used the same cake plate that was shown in the picture featured on the Hodgepodge last Wednesday!

6 year old Capri Kel in 1968.

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50 year old Capri Kel in 2012, with her own personal baker!


Thanks Dad, for being so very thoughtful!

Potent Quotable

All creation is an outstretched finger pointing toward God.-Unknown

A Smattering

Hello my People.

Thank you all again for your birthday wishes! That was a very nice surprise, and I didn’t even troll for comments!

How about a little list?

Capri Deb and Capri Patt and her new precious grandbaby Lia took me out for a birthday lunch yesterday after BSF. That was a very fun present!

Next Thursday Capri Lis (aka as Mrs. Schmenky Schmenkman) will be flying in from her home in Virginia to do some more celebrating! She hits the big 5-0 in October and we will be celebrating Capri style, whatever that means. It most likely involves eating and shopping and talking, you know, the usual.

Honey is spending much time looking to replace The Ab-Cat’s perfectly fine looking, but totaled handicapped accessible van. Poor Honey. He is our Fixer-in-Chief.

Abby is feeling quite….confined without her wheels. I keep telling her that we don’t mind driving her anywhere she wants to go, but she is missing independence.

Mousey has had an offer for a job lifeguarding. WOO HOO and thank you Lord. She just has to take their water safety class, evidently The American Red Cross certificate is not enough for them. She had to swim a 200 and rescue a friend from church from drowning. I guess she passed just fine. She is going to be AquaMouse again!

This morning is the first attempt at walking with Keelyody since I had my toe procedure. Fingers crossed all will go well.

I have the next toe procedure on Monday, so we will again have a lapse.

Man, I hope this all works and I am ready for my sandal close up by next summer. I am sick, sick, SICK of my big toenails!!!!!!!

I have not lost any more weight this week, although I have remained 98% faithful to my eat less/low carb regime.

And now the weekend is looming large and hungry in front of me.

Have an appetite controlled weekend!


haha been there



go taylor

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Oh My Freaking Stars!: Leisure & Hunger

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hey Guys! Thank you so much for all of the loverly Birthday wishes yesterday! They were very appreciated and made my entry into the fifth decade somewhat more tolerable!

I want to send a big Happy Birthday to Joyce, who also celebrated a birthday yesterday. The 18th of September was a very good day!  I also thank her for the time and effort she puts in to make the Wednesday Hodgepodge a success every week!

1. What’s the best and worst thing thing about growing older?
The best things are the relationships. Most get sweeter and more loving as time goes on. I love watching our children grow and mature, and I have heard it takes a long time to grow an old friend :)  I know I love Honey more and more!

The worst thing is the body mutiny. I never worried about my weight, aches or pains, fatigue, or waking at unacceptable hours, toenails, forgetfulness, or a skin care regimen. Sometimes I barely recognize who I am. I try and tell myself it’s all about temple maintenance now.

2.   Autumn arrives this week in the Northern Hemisphere…what one thing do you love most about the fall season?

There is a much to love about a Michigan fall. Only one? Nah, can’t do it! I will try and be brief. Beautiful leaves, cooler temperatures, fall clothes, the smells of apples and pumpkin, the end of the watering season, and I hope we love our new fire pit!

3.  Speaking of fall…pumpkin seems to be flavoring everything these days-are you a fan?   What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored food or beverage?

Totally a fan. Love pumpkin spice tea. I have a great recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins that are SCRUMTRULESCENT! I just looked and I can’t find it anywhere, hmmmm.
4.  Since we’re on the subject of fall…what’s the worst fall you’ve ever taken?
The very first thing that came to mind was at Weekee Watchee in Florida. I was walking down some steps carrying 2 year old Mousey. They had these weird, thin, wide steps and I was really watching them because they were so awkward. My attentiveness did not help one iota, I took a wrong step and fell hard trying to break Mousey’s fall. She was fine, I was a little banged up. I’m sure it was a sight to see though!

5.  If you could own a prop from any film what would you choose?

I would choose Kathleen Kelly’s apartment from You’ve Got Mail, and give it to Abby. She has always loved it and would probably like to live there! I know, that’s a big prop, but size was not specified.
6. What’s the most interesting word you’ve read or learned in the past week?

We had to read Genesis 1 this week for our Bible study and I was again struck by the detail and provision in creation.

11-13 God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
of seed-bearing plants,
Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
And there it was.
Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
all varieties,
And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
God saw that it was good.
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Three.

14-15 God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
Shine in Heaven’s sky!
Separate Day from Night.
Mark seasons and days and years,
Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
And there it was.

26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

29-30 Then God said, “I’ve given you
every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
given them to you for food.
To all animals and all birds,
everything that moves and breathes,
I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
And there it was.

The Message


7. When was the last time you locked yourself out of your house, car, or office?  Was it a big deal?

You know, this is not an area I struggle in. I even went and asked Honey if he could remember me ever doing this and he said he could not. The only time I can remember ever locking myself out of the house was when I was growing up. We moved from that house when I was in 9th grade and I am pretty sure it happened when I was in elementary school. I pried the screen off with something sharp and climbed through the porch window. I think I joophered up the screen a bit, but it couldn’t have been that bad because we never talked about it much after that. You know how those things go down in family history.

Now Honey could tell you a tale or two about locking himself out of cars and misplacing keys and the like!!!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Abby took me to lunch yesterday for my birthday,  because she is a sweetie like that! What I thought was kind of funny? We both had the exact same thought.

We were seated in a booth that had a couple sitting in the booth attached to ours. Right next to us. No isle or anything. They ordered their meal and then never said a single word to each other for the entire meal. Not O.N.E. W.O.R.D. Silence. No convo what so ever. They were probably in their 30s. They didn’t seem mad at each other. It was SO strange. Who does that? Right after they left, Abby leaned across the table and whispered “those people never talked to each other!!!”. I said “I KNOW!”.


Oh well, we gabbed enough for the 4 of us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Five Decades

“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting” The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland

My ears are fine, but my hairs are surely getting white!

Proverbs 16:31

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained by a righteous life.

I am super righteous, according to my hairs.

I am 50 years old today. My lands a living, how did that happen? It seems like I was just 6.

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I can still remember being the ages that our children are right now. At 18 I was a high school graduate starting my first full time job. At 21 I was going to cosmetology school and enjoying a full social life, and at 23 I married Honey, definitely an excellent choice!

Isaiah 46:4

4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

I just got off skype with Mrs. Schmenkman, who is also celebrating the big 5-0 in a couple of weeks, and we agree that we do not know where the years have gone. It seems like yesterday we were 25 and working at the hair salon where we met. We were young, THIN and cool!

There has been much living in the last 25 years. Joy, heartache, growth, contentment, refinement and peace. Bring on the next 25 years!

I know in my heart that it is just a number and I am looking forward to the next half of my life with great anticipation.

Psalms 71:17-18

17 Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, O God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your might to all who are to come.

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