Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, I am very late to the party, it’s a little hectic over here this week! Thanks as always to Joyce for gathering us every Wednesday to discuss,

1. What’s the biggest change since your childhood in the way people think or act?

For all the talk about kindness and not bullying and tolerance and political correctness, we sure have become an obnoxious breed of people. People act terrible and they seem almost proud of themselves. Maybe it has always been this way and I am just noticing it more.

I also don’t think we thought we were so entitled to everything. Even watching American Idol and hearing some of the contestants say that they have worked hard, they deserve to be on the show. Wow, I’m sorry, forgive me for not immediately recognizing how special you are!
2. The Olympic Biathlon involves cross country skiing broken up with either two or four rounds of target shooting. Which part of that would stress you out more? Or would you love them both equally?

Both would stress me out and I would prefer to cheer from the stands thank you!
3. February is National Canned Food Month…what is your most often purchased canned food item?  What was in the last can you opened?
We use a lot of cans. Canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms, the occasional cream of mushroom soup, enchilada sauce and black beans.  I think the last item was the most recently opened.

4. What river (anywhere in the world) would you most like to cruise?

With all of the sickness on cruises these days I am not very interested in this type of vacation.
5. It’s the middle of the night and you can’t sleep…what do you do? Count sheep? Toss and turn? Watch television? Or do you get up and do something productive?

I hate when that happens! I have done all of the above and then some. I start with praying, then maybe turn the tv on. On rare occasions I will get up and go on the computer for a bit the go back to bed. If it’s after 3:30 or 4 I just get up and do what I do. Blog, clean, get ready.
6. How important is keeping your cool?

I think it is important. I am not saying that I have never lost my cool, but I think I am a fairly even tempered person with a long fuse. If I lost my cool it was a long time coming!

I am going to go out on a limb here and say it is a sign of immaturity when people regularly lose it. Is there not some other way to express your feelings than having a big old hissy fit? Do you really think you are so correct in your opinions and thoughts that EVERYONE must be on the same page as you or else they are idiots? Are you so impatient that what you are doing is so much more important than what others are doing? Are you that self centered to think that behaving in an obnoxious way will get you what you think you deserve? Get over yourself.
7. I’ve got white stuff on the brain so why not run with it? White lie, wave the white flag, white knuckle it, white wash a situation, or white as a sheet…which phrase could most recently apply to your own life in some way?

I need to wave the white flag about something I have been struggling with for quite some time. Just surrender it to God. I do for a time, but then I go and collect the hurt back to marinate it some more. How ironic that we sang I Surrender All this morning at BSF leaders meeting. Or not.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Our new replacement mattress came last night. We couldn’t sleep on it because it was as hard as a brick! It was supposed to be delivered last Friday but I had to cancel because it never occurred to me that they would want to come at night and we had plans to go to our dear friends The Hostler’s VOW RENEWAL ceremony. We rescheduled for last night because we had no plans to be anywhere, which is usually the case. It could have been in the delivery truck since Friday! I am pleased to report that it has softened up after being in the house all night. I will let you know how sleeping on it goes. It HAS to be better than sleeping in a trough with a hill in the middle!

Have a comfortable week!


The Photo Booth

There was a photo booth at the vow renewal for Rae Babe and Jona-fin (he’s the best!). I have to tell you that it is hard to say vow renewal a couple times in a row. Say it. It comes out vowel renewal, vol renewal, vol renale or something of the sort.

Anyway, at the super fun wedding party, they had one of these babies. I have not had the pleasure of the photo booth since Honey and I used to go to Zellers in Canada, oh, about 28 years ago. I see them on the facebook all the time. I am convinced that people practice their looks at home in the mirror first.

I was a little leery of all the community costumes because….eeewwwww. I finally chose a tiara, like Any Farrah Fowler.

One thing has vastly improved concerning the photo booth. Everyone in the group gets a picture! No more one photo to share! They even made an extra copy to put in a book for Rae Babe and Jona-fin. I am sure that is a wild volume.


The Girls went in multiple times with multiple people. Honey and I even did it a second time!


I keep forgetting to do the Thank You God portion of the post. I will try and get my act together.

*****Thank you God for….*****

….the Hostler’s. Quite simply, our families are forever linked.

….Rachel and Jon’s marriage. Celebrating 30 years is an accomplishment these days. And they didn’t do it just somehow, but TRIUMPHANTLY!!!!!!

….blessing their family with faith, love and each other!

The Renewing of a Vow

I believe i mentioned that we were doing something very, very special last Friday! We went to our dear friends The Hostler’s vow renewal ceremony! They were married thirty years ago and for their anniversary they decided to do it all over again, in a BIG way!



There were many highlights of the evening. This was by FAR the easiest time I have EVER had getting my People ready for an event! We all wore the exact same thing to this wedding as we did to The Boy and The Dane’s wedding! Piece of cake!


Honey and his Girls looked right nice!


I realize this is starting abruptly, but this is where my pictures started, so just jump in with me. The ceremony started with Jona-fin (he’s the best!) standing in front, waiting for his Girls. Which I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Jon has a lot of experience waiting for his Girls! As we can see, they have already joined him, along with their friend Adam, who was the marrying guy.

I need to say here that Rae Babe and Jona-fin have served for many years in many capacities as youth group leaders at their church. They held the ceremony in the youth area  called The Underground. They had many friends from this ministry in attendance. As elders (HA!) in this ministry, I would not hesitate to say that they have greatly influenced the many young people they have served along side for lo these many years! Christian character, family, personal relationship with God and people, and serving others, yes, those are all good describing words for this family of four.

Ok, back to the front. As you can see, Jon and Adam have been joined by the daughters, Nurse Lauren and Printing Autumn!


Rae Babe was escorted down the isle by her loverly parents, Pete and Dixie.


The Bride and Groom!


Their Darling Daughters sang a song for them, scripture was read, words were spoken, vows renewed, blessings were given,


and tears were shed in celebration of thirty years of love, devotion, family and memories.


After the ceremony the evening was just beginning! Mr and Mrs Hostler….again!!


Worship Leader Lauren and Put a Ring on it Autumn


Dancers Extraordinaire, Dixie and Pate!!!


There were kind words from friends and their daughters, a video of Jon and Rae’s love story, a slideshow (I know that is not what they are called these days but work with me here) of pictures through the years, which was one of my favorite parts of the evening. They should have called it Hair Through The Ages!!!


There was cake!


There seemed to be some deliberation and warnings to not smash!


And a wedding dance for the Newlyweds.


I LOVED watching Rachel’s parents dance! I can remember her telling me through the years that her parents loved to dance. What a pleasure to see them in action!!


Especially the Electric Slide!!!


This was another line type dance that I thoroughly enjoyed watching!


Dancing Lauren with her Grandfather.


This is how these guys danced the majority of time, in a tight knot!!! I think they were all out there for Beyonce.


It was so fun to celebrate with friends.


Being silly, the way we especially love our Hostlers!



Their family motto is “Not somehow, but TRIUMPHANTLY!!!!”. Thank you Hostler’s for a TRIUMPHANT evening celebrating your marriage, your family and the God who has woven you so tightly together


Here’s to the next thirty!!!

Potent Quotable

Speaking of…..

Let’s talk about mattresses again.

Did you know they make beds that cost over $10,000.00 dollars???? I did not know this!

We laid on this, and I have got to tell you, this must be what we will all sleep on in heaven. Pure deliciousness.

Enough dreaming. We went back to the store where we purchased our first king sized mattress last fall, to REselect a new mattress. The first selected mattress, also known as the mattress that I hate, will be picked up this morning and a new one delivered in its place.

We laid on a lot of mattresses, talked with the knowledgeable salesman, Mr. Riblett, and chose a Beautyrest Alexandria plush. At this point, if you have heard bad things about this brand, PLEASE DON’T TELL US. I think this is as good as it gets for this particular purchase.

So long as there is no trough and hill in the middle I think we can work with it. I am not opposed to buying another Sam’s Club memory foam topper to throw on it if it seems to be lacking in comfort.

But if Honey ever wins the lottery, I will be stampeding over to get an Aireloom hand made mattress.

Speaking of winning the lottery, I promised Mrs. Schmenkman, YEARS ago, if I ever won the lottery I would get her liposuction. I can still remember sitting outside, on the bench in front of our salon, in the sunshine, making this promise. What did you promise me Schmenk? I have no recollection. Only the remembrance of my own obligation!

Speaking of Mrs. Schmenkman, the last I heard from her they had already received 20 something, and counting, inches of snow in Virginia! I am so glad we dodged that bullet!

We have been happy campers up here in The Mitten this week, driving on mostly clear roads. All the sunshine made me so frisky I even had the car washed! It was a filthy little salted piglet.

Speaking of weather, there are rumors that we will see the forties next week! And then we will all be complaining about meltage and flooding. We are impossible to please.

Speaking of impossible to please, we are having a situation over here. The Ab-Cat wants The Boy’s cat back. If you will recall, we had him first while he was waiting to catch his ride to Chicago with Jip the Farm Dog and her son, Daniel Tiger. The kitty witty, Seymour, spent a lot of time with The Ab-Cat and she is missing him dreadfully.  She told The Boy that Seymour loved us first and she wants to regain custody.

This was his response.


He’s a mean Boy.

Today is Valentines Day and we are doing something very, very special tonight! You will just have to wait until Monday to see the pictures!

Have a sweet weekend.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Happy Valentines week! If you would like to join up with the Hodgepodgers, click on the square below and head over to Joyce’s to link up.

1.What makes love last?
Faith in the Father, fun, family, faithfulness, friendship and a lot of grace. Oh heck, I don’t know. I have some loved ones who are now alone and I am sure they thought they had all that. I am just thankful that Honey and I still like each other. We have been through a lot of trials during our marriage and the odds were not always in our favor. The statistics for weathering a marriage when there are seriously ill or disabled children involved are staggering. I take no credit, it was all God’s mercy and grace. Plus we can make each other laugh, I can’t stress that enough.

2 The Beatles made their US debut fifty years ago this week. Are you a fan? If so, what’s your favorite Beatles tune?

I used to be a raging Beatlemaniac in high school with my friend Suzanne Suzanna Danna. Her favorite was John, mine was George. I still have WAY too many Beatle facts and information stored in my brain. I could really use the space for other things now. While I no longer regularly listen to them, I will always be nostalgic about The Fab Four. They are my favorite category in Quiz Up. I have earned the level The Walrus. Goo goo ga joob.

I have many favorites but they would not be the ones typically heard on the radio. Some include Blackbird, Abbey Road side 2, Dear Prudence, Mother Nature’s Son, Two of Us, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and I sing I Will to all babies I rock.

3. Valentine’s Day-your thoughts? Do you celebrate in any way? Do anything special for the people you love? Expect anything special from the people who love you?

Honey and I don’t usually celebrate. I do usually get the kids a little something. I have some ideas already! I am not expecting anything.
4. Steak or burger…you have to choose. Now that that’s settled, how do you like it?

Steak please, medium.
5. The Hodgepodge lands on the birthdate (February 12th) of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America. Lincoln is quoted as saying, ‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test his character give him power.‘  Do you agree? Why or why not?

Some folks can’t manage either. It is probably a good test of integrity to see if power changes a person. They start thinking they are all suchy muchy. I guess everyone has to stand adversity, but some do it with more grace than others.
6. Honest Abe’s image is featured on the US penny (1 cent coin) so I’m wondering…what do you do with your pennies (or your country’s equivalent)?  It’s been suggested the US stop making the penny, and two bills have been introduced proposing just that, but neither were approved. What say you?

I usually put pennies in the laundry room. Stored in a pottery cup painted by Mousey when she was about 3 or 4. I guess if we had a ton we could take them up to Krogers and throw them in Coinstar. I have no hard opinion about the penny.
7.  Do you think pop culture deserves serious study?
Oh I don’t know. Our pop culture has become a sad state of affairs. It seems like the majority of pop figures don’t really have anything meaningful to say. Sometimes you feel stupider after listening to them! I guess we could study them to find out what went wrong.

8. Insert your own random thought here

I don’t know about you guys but I am glad they made Bob Costas step away from the world wide, Olympic camera! The first time we were watching I was all what is up with Bob’s eye? And my People were all, what’s wrong with his eye? They then decided that, oh yeah, there is something going on with his eye. It was becoming painful to watch and then the OTHER eye starting to look all joofered up It was making my eyes water just looking at him!

I have heard pink eye tossed around but I don’t know. I have three children and extensive experience with pink eye and it never lasted this long!

God bless Matt Lauer for stepping in and saving us all from another evening of squinting and rubbing our eyes. And God bless Bob and I am saying a prayer for healing right now!

Have a clear eyed week.

Love Story

Canadian two time Olympic gold moguls skier Alex Bilodeau. Favorite story of the Olympics so far.


Alex and Frederic.

Throw Another Log On The Fire

Greetings from The Arctic Mitten.

You know, I have lived here for the majority of my life and while I don’t love winter, I endure it. What is the point of complaining for half the year about something that will be back in half a year?

But PEOPLE, this is a lot of winter!

For goodness sake. The Girls and I were conversing at lunch after church, and marveling at the fact that we were so happy when the thermometer hit 30 degrees. Which was not, by the way, this weekend. No, it was –5 on Friday night and struggled valiantly to hit the 20s yesterday. The sun was out though!

Things we are not taking for granted: our gas fireplace, throw blankets, GLOVES, clear roads, clean cars, fixed potholes. That last one is on the wish list. This is Michigan, they don’t fix no stinkin’ potholes.

Capri Deb and her honey BFG just came back from a delightful Florida vacation on Friday. They did not bring any decent weather with them. We are expecting to be back in the deep freeze all week and that is a rude way to welcome them home Michigan.

In other news, The Ab-Cat started her new and improved medication containing more antihistamines than can be purchased over the counter and has seen nary a hive since!

In other news, her body has decided that she shall never sleep again. I have heard rumors that antihistamines cause people to be sleepy. She is not one of those people.

I have a hectic evening schedule this week.

Tonight I am getting multiple things done to my hair in an effort to relieve myself of myself of my seemingly continual skunk stripe. Things involving hi-lights, a powwow at the beauty supply with my friend Connie, and a new, lighter, semi permanent color with 10 volume peroxide that she has had great success with before on others. Redken Shades EQ has been very, very good to me but it has kicked me to the curb and left me with few options, not to mention exposed grey.

On Tuesday night there is Birthday Club! What is not to love about not cooking dinner and chatting with loverly women?

And then the rest of the evenings are consumed by our grueling Olympics schedule. Also known as the event that comes every four years when Honey burns the candle at both ends even more than usual.

In a word: HOCKEY.

In two words: men AND women.

In another two words: Canada AND USA.

Like it’s his second J.O.B.

For some reason he also watches curling.

It’s like every four years he removes the blue from his flag and returns to his Mother Country.

O Canada, he stands on guard for THEE.

It’s kind of cute actually.

Did anyone else think that USA’s opening ceremony sweaters were a bit….much?

Potent Quotable

It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you.”
-Timothy Keller

Cat Hotel

That’s what Honey calls our room.


The Girls have made their reservations and claimed our bed for the winter. They are considerate, they will share. With each other and us.

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