I Went Through The Desert With An Owl With No Name

Meet our new friend. He has a deep attention span and a swiveling head.

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There are high hopes for this fellow. We have an amorous woodpecker in these parts. At least that is what Capri Patt thinks. She said he is making noise to attract a girlfriend. I am pretty sure I am not his target audience.

I told you about our previous solution here. It did not work. Honey tried to get me to do it again this year, but I balked, It wasn’t effective in the first place, and in the second place, it required a vigilance on my part that I just don’t have in me.

We now have another little problem on the roof where we hear geese squawking overhead, followed by the loud thud of their landing, and then the slap, slap of their walking around. It’s unnerving I tell you! Honey did a little research and  discovered that an owl could possibly keep all of the winged things off our roof. Hence our new friend.

He will have to somehow be secured up here.

Pray for Honey.

Any ideas for a name for our new pet?

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Cats, Burgers, and Bobcat Pretzel

This morning I was woke by a cat, with a very large girth, chasing her tail. REPEATEDLY. At 6a.m. What the heck Mia? She only does that on days when I don’t need to be up at 6. She is like my own personal alarm clock.

I set a goal for myself on Saturday. To Windex the kitchen door wall. Set and met Baby! And then I completely topped myself by vacuuming. After that kind of day, I could not manage dinner so we headed over to a neighboring town for a burger. This placed boasted of stuffed burgers, stuffed with mashed potatoes, mushrooms, bacon, feta, mac and cheese, among other things. Honey and Ab-Cat chose cheddar, bacon and mushroom stuffing. I chose no stuffing, because they looked too big, and there had been mention of ice cream. Mousey had a chicken sandwich, because she is opposed to beef. Honey and Ab said they would go again and try and take The Boy because he is all for stuffed food. I would decline, as they had seasoned ground beef and I am strictly a salt and pepper hamburger girl. Mousey could probably be swayed. The fries were good though!

Sometime this weekend we watched The Impossible. Possibly the most uncomfortable movie I have encountered since the one about the climber who cut off his own hand. This was about the tsunami in Thailand and was heartbreakingly sad and good at the same time. If you can watch it sitting still, you are better than me. It was hard to dodge all that debris, just saying.

This is Mousey’s last week of her first year of college! I took her picture because she looked so cute, and this may have been the first time all year that she wasn’t wearing sweat pants! She cannot believe how FAST the year went! Please forgive the bad staging.

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And another with her girl Lucy. Who whined and carried on because NONE of out cats are willing to be held. EVER.

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She left us in a huff, leaving behind anger fur all over Mousey’s top.

At some point over the weekend, we Girls watched Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. We had seen it years before and liked it both times. I have one other thing to say; Bobcat pretzel.

After Saturday’s glorious, warm and sunny day, we had to have some yucky to be fair. Michigan is nothing if not fair. It rained cats and dogs and antelope all day yesterday and it made for a perfect laundry day. Honey dozed on the couch like a cat while I lay on the heating pad and  kept up with my heavy schedule of Words With Friends. People, I tell you it’s like a job! It’s like we are 93 years old.

Today is reserved for doing my BSF lesson and running errands. Of which I must GIT to.

Have a productive Monday.

Potent Quotable

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.  ~Proverb

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.  ~Hal Borland

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
~Robert Frost

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.  ~Henry Van Dyke

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.  ~Virgil A. Kraft

The Fine Girl List

After another week of all over the board weather, today looks promising! It’s 9:00 and already 46 degrees, very promising, considering we had undecided snow/rain on Wednesday.

Onward ho, to the Friday List!

American Idol is getting hard. I think all of those girls could be the winner, and that is not something that can always be said at his point in the competition.They all are consistently good and they all consistently do too many vocal runs for my tastes, so they are all neck and neck. If I’m being honest with myself, I think my favorite is Candice Glover.

She’s a fine girl.

Keelyody, the walking buddy, had to go up to Michigan State for a couple days. Her oldest son is graduating very soon and they were having a special day that I cannot remember the name of. She asked if Mousey and I could watch her only daughter.

I went over to visit with her while she had breakfast bones and a belly rub.

Meet Carole Junior.

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Otherwise known as C.J.

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I forgot how sweet poochi-doos can be!

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She is a fine girl.

I had a very nice lunch with Capri Deb yesterday after BSF. As usual, we talked much and solved many world problems, and she gave me this;

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an invitation to her Artist of the Month show in May!!!!! She is a wonderful artist and she and her multi-talented husband, BFG, are showing their wares before God and all mankind from May 1 until June26 at Two Twelve Arts Center in Saline, Michigan. You’re ALL invited!!!!!

She has shown some of her other work on her own blob here.

She’s a fine girl!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hey Y’All, thanks for stopping by! Head on over to Joyce’s and join the fun, there is always room for more!

1. April showers bring May flowers…what have you been showered with this month?

That reminds me of the old church song Showers of Blessings, an oldie but a goodie. Well, we have been showered with rain showers!

I am going to say I have been showered with restoration. I had a situation that was causing all manner of grief, worry and sleeplessness. A perfect storm of misunderstanding that watered seeds of sadness, anger, hurt feelings and mistrust. But God sent me the exact words to set me on the path of right thinking. This was in our BSF notes, just when I needed them. Do we not serve an on time God?

…Satan inserts thoughts, conclusions and misunderstandings in our minds about others. These can seem so true, proven and reasonable that we often do not take them to God. Instead we react according to what we imagine people are like. This begins a chain of events that leads to divisions and disasters in relationships. Abraham was wrong, perhaps you are wrong too. The remedy is to use the words of 2 Corinthians 10:5, taking every thought “captive to make it obedient to Christ.” Bringing these thoughts to God is the divine power that demolishes Satan’s mental strongholds, and God then transforms the Christian’s imaginations and misunderstandings before they move us into wrong action.

God used these words to give me pause, to realign my attitude, to consider that things were not exactly as I saw them to be. And then He graciously allowed open, honest discussion that brought resolution and healing. Restoration, it’s a beautiful word.
2. What is the nature of compassion?  Is it learned or innate?  Can compassion be learned?  If you’re a parent is this something you’ve purposely sought to instill in your children, and if so how?

I think this is a hard question. Honey is very compassionate by nature, and he has passed that gene down to all three of our children. I, on the other hand, do not think of myself as compassionate, and Honey jokingly calls me Hard Hearted Hannah. But the more I thought about it, and after a conversation with Honey, I decided that I can be compassionate. He said I am intolerant of stupidity, and judgmental about the drama people can create and call a real problem, and I agree. As a parent, I tried to encourage our children to think of others and to try and be helpful and caring.  I think I have learned over the years from Honey’s example. I can be fairly unobservant.
3. Do you prefer to watch romantic comedy or romantic drama…or are you rolling your eyes saying bring on the action flicks?
Probably romantic comedy, followed by an action flick. Romantic dramas usually seem a little self important.

4.  It’s April which means baseball season is officially upon us here in the US of A. Humphrey Bogart is quoted as saying "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." Agree or Disagree?
Disagree, I don’t do dogs.

5. What’s something in your community or city that needs fixing or improving?

Our roads are an abomination!!! The last few years have been terrible, our city has really dropped the ball. And I don’t want to hear about hard times and budget cuts. Everyone uses the roads, cut something else!
6. Share a song you enjoy that mentions flowers or a specific flower in its title.

Build Me Up Buttercup, ba-da-da!!!

7. April 22nd is Earth Day…do you believe there’s life on other planets?  That wasn’t the question you were expecting was it?

I was not expecting that! It is not a question I spend much time thinking about, but I am going to say that God made a HUGE universe up there and He might have another bunch of people somewhere. Probably NOT Klingons, Yoda and Vulcans though.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I had the best answer ever when Honey asked me if I had gotten the mail yesterday. It’s kind of a long story.

When I left to go walking with Keelyody yesterday morning, I noticed a couple pieces of something in the driveway. I was pretty sure the something had once been a living thing. When we walked by the house later, I took a quick gander and thought it was a bird head. We have a field behind us with owls and hawks and it is not uncommon to have dead things from time to time. On closer inspection after arriving home, it turned out to be a baby bunny head and there was sadness in the land. I mentioned it to both Girls so they wouldn’t run over it on their way out. I thought about getting it off the driveway, but then I didn’t, because EWWW, dead baby bunny.

After Honey woke up, hours later, I mentioned the murder victim in the driveway. He asked if I got rid of it and I gave him my well thought out answer;  I thought about getting it off the driveway, but then I didn’t. I then had to listen to him asking what was I waiting for, someone to run over it?

So I then went out with a shovel and scooped the bunny head and it’s leg up and took it back behind the hedge and committed it to the field.

When Honey was leaving for work last night he asked if I had gotten the mail when I was out. I said no, and he asked why not? I said because i was picking up a bunny head with a shovel. THEN he asked why I didn’t get the mail while I was out there, I said because I was carrying a shovel….. FULL OF BUNNY HEAD!!!!!

Those who don’t know us well will think this whole story is highly inappropriate, but we laughed SO hard! I needed to record the memory, because I know I will have forgotten it by next week. Yes, we are inappropriate. I just laughed all over again.

Have a good day and I will try and straighten up.

List’O Stuff

I am going to list you again. It’s what I do.

Yesterday was very springy! My heart remains guarded though, it could snow again and ruin the whole “spring” thing. It’s for the best.

It seems like there are featured songs on the radio when we travel. You know, particular ones that keep popping up on every channel in every state. We listened to some country on the way to and from Tennessee, which was wise, because it was prominent People.

Mousey also figured that she should get used to it if she was going to spend the next 4 years in the south.

This years featured song was Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert.

Go and fix your make up, girl, it’s just a break up
Run and hide your crazy and start actin’ like a lady
‘Cause I raised you better, gotta keep it together
Even when you fall apart
But this ain’t my mama’s broken heart

It quite tickled me! Very catchy.

Mousey and I made a list of other humorous things while on our trip. She typed them out and stored them all safe and sound in her iPod. She is sleeping and I have no idea how to get them out of said iPod. I guess that valuable information is for another day.

The Ab-Cat is very excited to be going to a Tiger game with friends tonight! Go Tiger’s!

Personally, I like my Tiger’s on tv. Yes, I am just that boring.

Capri P is home from her winter home in Florida, WOO HOO!!!!! We are always glad to welcome her back to The Mitten! And hug her neck!

Capri D and I were discussing how we are glad to have her back for other reasons as well. She is our decorator, and we have some needs.

I need her input on several rooms before I can make a move. I am paralyzed without her skillz.

I did casually mention to Honey not to switch some money out of the checking account. I am going to need it.

Carpet, furniture, blinds, in the family room and paint, and a new counter in Abby’s bathroom. We are going to part with some coinage.

There is only one more month of BSF before we break for summer. Always bittersweet to be sure.

Genesis has been….illuminating. Next up; Matthew.

I have to go meet Keelyody so we can get our walk on.

What have you been up to?

Trip to the Volunteer State

Hey Y’All, we are back from Tennessee! We certainly heard all manner of accents while there, and many y’alls. Mousey feels absolutely sure she will adopt a southern accent within a week or two of school.

We arrived home well after midnight, but not quite morning yesterday, and all promptly fell into bed. It had been a long drive, starting about 5 on Saturday night.

We arrived in Jackson on Thursday night to 83 degrees and full on spring!! My lands, it was purty down there. We barely have any buds up here in The Mitten and they had LEAVES, and FLOWERS. It was delicious. Later that evening the rains came. And came. And some places had some right wicked weather, but not right where we were. But the rain? It snatched up all the warm weather and left us with a lot of grey, temps around 40/50, and a bracing wind, and you know we were out walking in that about every 15 minutes, traipsing all over campus.

We started our day at Union University.

They had a lovely campus, everything seemed very new. Mousey told us after the visit that she had read there had been a tornado go through there in 2008 and basically flattened the place, and then I read that they had been hit by another tornado previous to that one. Hmmmm.

The campus was great, about 4000 students, which was in the right target area. Mousey wanted to go to a college that was smaller than her high school of about 7000. The surrounding area had pretty much everything one might need, stores, restaurants. The nursing program looked very interesting, but she is still uncertain about her major. Dorms were suite style, but not connected by hallways, each were independent in the same building. Our tour guide was a very sweet girl who said UM a LOT and very loudly. We couldn’t help but notice. If one were playing a drinking game every time it came out of her mouth, one would be drunk. I don’t tell you this as any sort of condemnation of her, just an amusing event of the day. She also told us that the unofficial school motto was “A ring by spring!” She was a junior and I did notice that there was no ring on her finger. Think what you will.

There was much to like about this university, but Mousey said she could not see herself there. On to number 2, Bryan University in Dayton, Tennessee. It was about 4 hours east of Jackson. Go Lions.

We spent the night in Spring Hill, because Dayton? She is a itty bitty little place. This was a very small college. Much smaller than we had anticipated. The site we were looking at told us 1200, but one of the faculty we spoke with said around 900. That is a little more than the size of Mousey’s graduating high school class! It also had a very nice campus. I was very impressed with the faculty there, they seemed very involved with the students. I sat in on a class with Mousey while Honey sat through the financial aid/scholarship portion of the show.

Our tour guide, Luke, was formerly from Michigan, but most recently from North Carolina. He was a real nice fellow, very personable, with a good sense of humor. When a very large bug landed on his shirt, he helpfully said to not be afraid. He named the really big mosquito-y thing and said he would have been scared too, but he had learned in class what its name was and that it was harmless. So cute! People down there all had the same reaction when we said where we were from. Oh, that’s FAR! Unfortunately, this school was crossed off Mousey’s list due to size.

The 2 previous schools were having events for prospective students. I can’t remember what they are called. I will name them Come and See days. The third school was not, but since we were in the area they graciously allowed us to come and gave us a private tour, which was right nice of them!

Lee University was about 45 minutes away in Cleveland, Tennessee. I feel I need to say Tennessee each time so you don’t think we have moved on up to Ohio. The states share many, many cities!

This was such a cute town! Just darling, everything you might expect in a small southern town. Our tour guide Clay said he had just come from a picnic. Mousey thought he was a good representative, I believe her word was beautiful! He did have very nice eyes. Loverly campus, nicely landscaped (a fun fact for Schmenky), of course they had not had tornados ripping through there recently. About 4400 students, so the size was right. Because we were not with the usual herd of Come and See people we did not get to see a classroom or hear from any faculty. When we left, Mousey said it was a possibility.

While talking on the way home, she told us she had pretty much decided to keep looking, and possibly expand her search into Kentucky and Georgia. While waiting, she would take another semester of community college, because she is about 4 credits shy of being a transfer student. She has also decided to retake her ACT test in hopes of raising it 2 points, that would qualify her for quite a bit more scholarship money.

And there you have our whirlwind, weekend to Tennessee, home of my Mother’s People.

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We are heading down to Tennessee this weekend to look at some colleges for Miss Mousey.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! Pop on over to Joyce’s to join the fun with the other Hodgepodgers!

1. April 15th is the deadline for Americans to file their state and federal income tax returns.  What’s a job you do on a regular basis that could be described as ‘taxing’?

I think yard work can be taxing. Of course I only do that 5 months of the year. No wait, CLEANING THE SHOWER! I HATE that job.

2. I’m participating in the April A-Z blog challenge, and the Hodgepodge happens to fall on Day O this week. In keeping with that theme…olives, onions, oysters, okra…of the foods mentioned, what’s your favorite O food?

Oh dear, I guess I am not a huge fan of O food. I am not super familiar with okra. I guess I will say onions, but I don’t like them raw. Sorry to be such a fussy pants. 3.  What is something memorable you experienced as a child that your own children (or future children/nieces/nephews) will not get to experience?

Picking someone up from the gate at the airport. It was so exciting to see your loved one come from the plane, and also to see the reunions around you. I saw some sweet, tear filled, gate reunions. It’s not quite the same down at baggage pickup.
4. Term limits for our elected officials…your thoughts?
I think the 2 terms we have for president should be enough for everyone. I guess they could run again after 4 years if they felt like it. Eight years is MORE than enough for some officials.

5. On April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere made his famous ‘midnight ride’…when did you last make a midnight ride?  Perhaps the fate of a nation wasn’t hanging in the balance, but tell us where you were headed anyway.

I really can’t remember being out and about a midnight since…..forever! I certainly wasn’t doing anything noteworthy.
6.  What would freak you out more…a mouse running across your floor or a big fat hairy spider?
A mouse. 1. because they’re creepy and 2. because I would live in fear they brought their friends and family with them, and finally 3. then I would have to burn my house down! Who do you think kills spiders around here anyway?

7. I love it when people ask me________________________?

Can I scratch your back? Give you a massage? Carry your groceries from the car? Would you like this sweet little black kitten who happens to be a lap cat? Now if someone would only ask me!!!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I don’t understand why some people think we will be persuaded to care about their cause by blowing up innocent people. No matter what your point of view is, WE NOW CARE EVEN LESS.

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