Way Back When-sday-Honey and His Siblings

Honey’s Older Sister, otherwise known as Linda, posted this picture on Facebook this week and we thought it was SO CUTE!!!

All five of the children in Honey’s family together in one picture!

Linda is the oldest and she is smack dab in the middle, Top left is Donna, right is Rachel, bottom left is Danny and Honey is on the bottom right.

I e-mailed her to see if it was ok if I lifted it off her page and she gave the go ahead. These were her thoughts;

Donna found it and was telling me about it.   I don’t see why you can’t put it on your blog.   I just don’t understand why we aren’t smiling.   Donna seemed to think (because I can not remember) that the photographer used to come to our house to take the pictures of us and I do have a vague nudge on that.    This had to be the picture that mom chose because like most photographers I imagine he would have taken several and then my mom would have chosen just the one because she couldn’t have afforded more.  I think it was taken around Easter because I recognize that baby blue suit.

I LOVE this picture! I think it should be in a frame!

Thanks Linda, it’s a keeper!


The Ab-Cat’s Room Makeover-Part Two

I know I told you a week or so ago that I would show you The Ab-Cat’s redone room, and I fully intended to, I have not been stringing you along! We were waiting for the chair to come in, then waiting for Honey to put it together, and then I only thought about it in the morning when she was sleeping . And like I said, I have been told that taking pictures in ones room when one is sleeping is creepy.

Here was her old room, minus the posters and junk she had hanging since high school. I wasn’t quick thinking enough to get the before, before shot. Nasty, breaking vertical blind, old carpet, worn out comforter and entirely too much BLUE.

August-September 2013 (7)

Capri Patt helped with the un-bluing. Bring on the Hazelnut Cream!


Her room had the honor of being the first to have the carpet ripped out! She was rolling loud in there!


And then TA-DA, new carpet! And new curtains!


Old headquarters of the room.

August-September 2013 (6)

New central nerve center! Ignore that stuff between the dresser and desk. It is a failing cat bed experiment. It is Abby’s deepest desire to lure the cats into her room. After a decade of living with her pupper-dog Katie, the cats considered her room OFF LIMITS.


They have been wandering in, and Mama Mia even stayed for a nap on the bed one day, but they are not committing to a snooze in the cat bed. She is a patient girl and still has hopes that they will get bolder!


I made her the letters for Christmas last year. We put that sign where she can see it multiple times a day, as encouragement to be the wonderful girl that she is.


The blue is back, it scared me!

August-September 2013 (5) 

LOVE.THIS.PICTURE!!!!! She is a fan of Ansel Adams’ work.


She chose the comforter and the green as her pop of color. I am LOVING the curtains. They will be SO much easier for her to manage.


She bought a new chair! It’s from the Christopher Knight Collection on Overstock.com. Who would have ever thought that we would have a chair designed by Peter Brady in our home?? She can read or watch tv, reclining.


MORE blue.

August-September 2013 (4)

Hazelnut and Audrey.


And there you have it, Ab’s new living space! She LOVES it!

Thanks Capri Patt for your expertise!!!!

Potent Quotable

Don’t be discouraged.  It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.  ~Author Unknown


Since I am up early and have a little time, how about a list?

I won’t have time tomorrow because I am meeting Capri Patt to try and find a couple of couches before she leaves for her winter home the beginning of next month.

And maybe pick out some new blinds as well, because ours are an abomination and coming apart.

I am basically trying to extract all of the decorating advice out her I can before she ditches The Mitten for six months.

She will arrive in Florida a shell of her former decorating self, completely exhausted and depleted by my neediness.

See yesterdays post to see what I think about needy people. I sincerely hope she doesn’t feel that way about me!!!!

We are on a roll over here and I would like to keep the momentum going.

Honey and I checked out the new Menards in a neighboring town last night.

We bought him some work in the form of a new ceiling fan for The Ab-Cat’s bedroom.

Her old one quit her late August.

She hasn’t needed it lately.

Something has arrived up here. The heat finally kicked on last night and the thermometer reads a brisk 29 this morning.

I put the sandals away 😦

I still need to switch my clothes. Things are looking a little off.

I am very close to showing you Abby’s bedroom makeover. She ordered a new chair, so I will wait and show you the completed look.

We are also ordering a new bed set for our comfy new king sized bed. Also to be shown.

It’s a good thing Honey has been working zipple time for the last few months.

In all actuality, we have been trying to do the majority of these things for years. We have been fully funded for quite some time.

We were waiting for certain things to happen. Things like our aging dog passing away, TIME, my hurty elbow to straighten up, TIME.

Even so, it feels like there is a hemorrhage going on.

It’s nice to spend on things you can see and enjoy.

We do enjoy our new sewer line, in a practical, unseen, non back-up sort of way.

You know what I mean.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! Welcome to another Wednesday Hodgepodge, hosted by our friend Joyce From This Side of the Pond. Click on the button to visit her blog and join us.

1. When it comes to good manners, what two top your list of most important?

I don’t know that I think this is most important, but it came to mind.

I always find it rude when you speak to someone and they don’t answer. I know some will say they are shy or young or whatever, but my Mama always said to answer when spoken too. I guess I inherited her pet peeve.

I give you an example. Keelyody and I walk the same path between our neighborhoods three times a week. We pass a couple bus stops and at one stop there is a mother and her very young daughter. THREE TIMES A WEEK. Keelyody and I always say hello or good morning to them both. The daughter always just looks at us. The mother can barely give a hello. It seems like her mouth makes some sort of movement, but I have never heard her. She may be shy but come on,  we are hardly scary and she could try and be brave as an example for her daughter. She gets the opportunity THREE TIMES A WEEK! She seems so rude. There is a grandma at the same stop who speaks broken English, she always says hello! She is probably glad to see us and not be presented with the back of Un-Chatty Cathy!
2. Let’s open a proverbial can of worms…Common Core.  Are you familiar with the term (talking education reform in the USA)?  If so, care to share your thoughts? In your opinion, what is one of the biggest issues schools (in your home country) face today?

I have never heard of Common Core so I can’t say what I think about it.
3. Name a celebrity whose fashion sense you admire and share why.

I don’t like a real foofy. overdone look. I think that Sandra Bullock usually looks nice. Likewise Reese Witherspoon. Kate Middleton looks very loverly.
4. How are you affected by the changing seasons?

Not by allergies, thank the Lord. I usually feel like I am more tired in the fall and winter months because it gets dark so early. I suppose I feel a little nesty in the fall because I know we will spend the majority of the next 6 months in our home. Not like the Ingalls family who had to prepare for The Long Winter or DIE of STARVATION, but make sure things are presentable and comfy for the duration of a Mitten winter.  I like all of the seasons and it’s a darn good thing, Michigan is very seasonal!
5. Scariest book you’ve ever read?
I read Stephen King’s It about 26 years ago and I remember snapping it shut at night and deciding to read it during the day! Stephen King comes up with some scary stuff! I haven’t read him in a long time.

6. What time of day are you most hungry? What’s your go-to snack?

Somewhere between lunch and dinner. I usually grab a handful of nuts. Or potato chips. 🙂
7. Do you lean more towards being too needy or too independent? Which do you find harder to deal with in others?
I lean independent by nature. Everyone has moments or seasons of needy, myself included, and that is ok. Friends and family can be very good to help you through rough and shifting times. The Lord is our firm foundation.

I find those who live in a perpetually needy state to be draining and I am sorry to say, distasteful. You can’t expect others to always be filling you up because you are a complete wreck. That needs to be the Lord’s work. Some people can’t seem to manage a regular life without teetering on the brink of hysteria. It’s drama and I am not a fan. I find I don’t deal with them much, I avoid them. That probably sounds harsh, but I have found that needy people are usually kind of fine being needy. They seem to run in packs too. I don’t get them.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We had a nice visit with The Boy and The Dane. They bussed back to Chicago last night and had to jump back into school with both feet today. It sounds like they have a hectic semester. I did not take any pictures because The Dane was struggling with a cold most of the weekend, and it seemed mean to make her pose with kleenex and her poor little red nose!

Have a good week!


Hi Guys. I was going to show some pictures of the doings around here but I did not have the forethought to take pictures of the rooms, and now people are sleeping in the rooms, and I have heard that people frown upon getting their picture taken while sleeping.

How about a list then?

Detroit is officially the trifecta of loss. Tigers, Red Wings, and finally, the Lions. There was much angst and the weeping and gnashing of teeth over here.

The Boy and The Dane arrived Friday afternoon. It has been very low key. Just eating, watching movies, and talking.

The Dane came down with a nasty head cold and it is throwing off her groove.

Today is appointment day for The Boy. Eye doctor and getting his fangs cleaned.

The last mountain of old, ripped up, neatly rolled carpet was taken by the garbage men this morning. It was the third week in a row and we were afeared of a mutiny.

Is it ok to call them garbage men? Is there another name they prefer? Like sanitation collection engineers? Magic Men? Trash Reductionists?

Our new mattress came on Wednesday. We are LOVING it!!!!!

The cats like it too, as they enjoy all beds.

Speaking of the cats, they are finally starting to believe that there are no more strange men making noise in our house.

They were very concerned about this. And very skittish.

They made themselves INVISIBLE for 2 days. Lucy is still doing the belly crawl when exposed in the open.

We are L.O.V.I.N.G. the new carpet!

The Mitten has turned down right cold. I had to wear real shoes. Twice!

The throw blankets are scattered hither and yon.

The Ab-Cat and I began the tutoring season at ABC’s in the D on Saturday. We were assigned brothers and the head honcho knew ahead of time that they were not going to be there that day. I am going out on a limb saying that my child was a brother because it said he was a female, but the name was Antwon. I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

He gave us new kids that came for the first time. They were both girls. Abby said her girl was Autumn and was very nice. I don’t know if she will stay with her original assigned child or not. My little peanut was a 5 years old named Leah and we had some instant like! I told the head honcho man I WANT HER! He said he thought I might! She’s a keeper.

Capri P is coming over today to help us with the final stage of the carpet installation, the rearranging of the rooms! We have moved some furniture from one room to another and gotten rid of some altogether. Then there is the picture/stuff hanging. That part could be on the light side, I don’t have too much on hand.

We still need to replace the blinds and couches, but it may have to wait until she returns in the spring. I don’t make decisions well without her. I am pretty sure you knew that already though.

I found our shoes!!!! They were in The Boy’s window seat cupboard, where i so cleverly put them.

Have a good Monday!

Potent Quotable

Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.  ~Vivian Komori

Pants of the Father

As I have mentioned, we have been in a bit of a flux over here. Moving things hither and yon in preparation for the new carpeting. I was working in Honey’s closet, clearing his floor. I am sad to say that I still have not found his shoes. Or my boots. But I did make some sense of his 1000 t-shirts that lay waiting their turn to become work undershirts. The majority are hand me downs from his son, which is why his shirts read things like “some multi task, I multi slack” and “Peg Leg Bill’s shark repellant”, and “Everything I need to know I learned from Star Wars”.

As I was putting everything from the bottom closet rung up onto the top, I came across Honey’s old leather pants. I can actually remember the season of life where these were a regularly featured garment in his wardrobe. He wore them with a dress shirt and a very skinny black leather tie and looked most darling!

Many years ago The Boy found them and tried them on. We should have taken a picture because seeing his booty-licious, be-donk-a-donk in those tight black pants was nothing short of H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S. He is not built like his father and he had to pull the leather pants WAY past his preferred half mast position to get the things buttoned. His buns looked like bowling balls! Just thinking about the memory causes much laughter!

Mousey, on the other hand, fit into those leather pants like they were made for her!


Like a dream, like buttah, like a glove.


She is very concerned about what this says about her figure!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, we have had a lot of home improvements going on over here so I wasn’t able to join the Hodgepodgers last week. It’s good to be back in the swing of things! Many thanks to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for hosting us all. If you would like to add your two cents, head on over to her place to join up.

1. What was your biggest worry five years ago?  Is it still a worry?

What came to mind was the presidential election. It was a big concern then, and five years later the same administration is an even bigger concern now. 
2. Yesterday (October 15th) was National Grouch Day…what makes you grouchy? What cheers you up when you’re feeling grouchy?

 Being hungry makes me EXTREMELY grouchy. If you want to cheer me up? Feed me!
3.  In one word, how does it feel to be photographed?

Crapshoot. I goggled it to see what the definition was and it said a risky enterprise. I stand by my word.
4. Besides your parents, who would you say had the greatest influence on you in choosing your life path?  Explain.

 I don’t know that I ever consciously chose a life path. I guess I would have to say Honey.  We have probably influenced each other as to the paths we have chosen to take with our family.
5. The crisp days of autumn are here …what’s something you like to eat, but only if it’s crisp?
An apple. No soft, soggy, mealy apples please.

6. What’s the most useless object you own?

I have several things I am not using at the moment, but the winner today is Mousey’s hamster cage. Because we are NEVER getting another hamster. It is a cute little home for a rodent and I keep thinking a grandchild might want it someday. I personally think Mousey’s child should have it, and then she would have to clean it for her child as I did for mine. #paybacks #hamstersstink
7.  Share a favorite fall memory.

I am lacking in energy to go down and rummage through pictures to remind myself of a favorite memory.

I am going to say we made a new favorite memory yesterday! We have been wanting new carpeting for a looooong time! the bad, old stuff is in the past now. Well, almost in the past. There is still a bunch of it, neatly rolled and tied with twine, hogging my side of the garage.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

There is barely a square inch of our home that is not a disaster and in need of being put back together. The beds are back up and furniture is in its correct room. The carpet is mostly installed, but the guys are coming back today to do the basement stairs. Our new KING SIZED MATTRESS! will also be delivered today and THEN we can return everything to its place. I will have pictures soon!

Have a good week!

Goomba at 6

Guess who had a birthday over the weekend?


This big ole kindergartner who has already lost a tooth did!


Happy Birthday Medium Goomba!!! No more Little.


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