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Potent Quotable

All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.
J. Hudson Taylor

A List For Friday

I have a list today, which is no surprise, but really all my poor half medicated mind can manage.

I don’t know what it is like in your neck of the woods, but we are not having any spring here in The Mitten.

Not even a little, Michigan did NOT get the spring memo.

The majority of the snow has melted leaving UGLY brown everything. And HUGE pot holes.

Actually, I am campaigning for a little more snow to break a state record from 1880 or something. We only need an inch or something ridiculous like that. COME ON, make this winter count for something!!!!

I have begun to slowly wean myself off the couch and CSI Miami.

I went to BSF on Wednesday, completed my first post surgical haircut and went to Sam’s with Honey. I did not lift anything heavier than the specified 10 pounds. I might have ruined myself when we ran into some old friends and stood around talking for about an hour. My side was a paining me greatly when we left.

But it was SO nice to see the old friends!

I went back to BSF on Thursday and per the don’t lift anything over 10 pounds rule, felt useless. But those loverly gals treated me affectionately, like a well loved pet, present but without expectation.

Jip the Farm Dog chauffeured me both days because, seriously, I am not ready to be unleashed on the roads.

After Jip dropped me back off at home I had a 2 1/2 hour nap. Slept like a stone. I am a preschooler, apparently.

I am happy to say that I was finally able to shave and exfoliate my legs last night. My inner lizard was trying to break out.

Tomorrow is the last ABC’s in the D for the season. They have a fun party for the kids with food and a magician. It is feeling a little bittersweet because Abby and I are both praying about whether or not we will be returning.

The Girls and I finally watched Frozen. The Girls had been saying that their friends had all been raving that it was awesome and better than the Disney movies of their youth. We all agreed that it was very good, but they did not agree that it was better. Mousey said it was no Lion King. Simba, you have set the bar high!

Honey and I saw American Hustle. Hated it. I read about the plot, while watching the stupid thing, and I STILL didn’t know what the heck was going on. Plus, all that yelling, swearing and screaming gets on my last nerve.

Tell me what you all have been up to.

Have a hustle free weekend.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, it’s good to be back hodging, or is it podging? Thanks to Joyce as usual for her faithful leadership!

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far…’throw caution to the wind’, ‘three sheets to the wind’, ‘run like the wind’, or ‘see which way the wind blows’?

I am going to say three sheets to the wind, although I was not drunk. Just stoned on oxycodone, unsteady on my feet, laying around and sleeping it off a lot.  So basically the same thing as a drunk.

I have an observation to make. I hear that oxycodone is a popular abused substance, and I want to know who can take these things and get ANYTHING done? Seriously, I have been completely useless for days. I am now breaking them in half in hopes I can cut down on all the naps and regain my cat like moves. They really do help the pain though 🙂
2. Your favorite green food? Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food?

We are very fond of asparagus over here. Wash and cut off the ends, lay single file on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, remove and scatter shredded Parmesan, pop back in for two shakes of a lambs tail and WAHLAH, delicious asparagus!
3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell!

Honey could tell you some stories on this topic! There are things to be said about me, but not concerning this topic.
4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wasowski (Monsters Inc.)…of the green characters listed, which one’s your favorite and why?

Choose Yoda, I must.  I think anything else would disappoint the kids, Star Wars was HUGE around here.
5. “The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.”~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not?

Maybe some kinds of leaders, but it is not what I naturally think of when I think of qualities of leadership. This sounds like a military leader. When I think of a good leader it is someone who leads by example, who would not expect someone to do what they would not be willing to do themselves. They live with integrity no matter who is watching them. You can lie and keep hope alive with one hand while you are doing all sorts of horrible things with the other. I think I just unknowingly described our government.
6. Share a favorite song with an emotion in it’s title.

Love Shack B52s?  Misery The Beatles?
7. What’s a road trip you’d like to take?

Honey and I have discussed going “Out West” with Mrs. Schmenkman and her husband Mr. C on several occasions. We would need to nail down a few things though, things like the where and the when, other than that I am sure we would have a great time going somewhere, sometime!
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Jip the Farm Dog sent this yesterday. If you have a cat it is hilarious!!!!!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJPJUaZZOss

Thanks for stopping by!

Half Back

Hi Guys. It’s been a long week. Mostly spent in a drug induced haze watching mindless CSI Miami. That Horatio and his crew, they are almost like magic in their skills and knowledge. And in their over acting abilities.

I went in last Monday to have some kidney stones removed. In my mind, this was a procedure, but in reality, I guess it was surgery. I felt like I lost a boxing match.

Y’All, THAT HURT!

I am on the mend, feeling a little better each day, doing a little more each day. Yesterday I put laundry away. Today I went up and down the basement stairs. Tomorrow I am going back to the Admin team at BSF, more as a warm body than an actual working member. No lifting over 10 lbs for 4-6 weeks.

I am discouraged to tell you the doctor told Honey that this is not going to solve my problem. I am not sure what the next step there is.

But for today, the next step is less time on the couch with my Miami Dade buddies, less oxycodone, and doing my Bible study lesson. It’s a start.

Potent Quotable

A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. – "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. – "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. – "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. – "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. – "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. – "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root."
~Author Unknown

Potent Quotable

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.  "Pooh!" he whispered.  "Yes, Piglet?"  "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw.  "I just wanted to be sure of you."  ~A.A. Milne

The Friday List on Thursday

Winter Storm Vulcan deposited 6 1/2 inches of snow and the temperature is currently –4. When is that spring coming?

Where in the Sam Hill is that Malaysian plane? With all the satellites and radar and tracking things, how do you lose a plane??? Those poor families.

Keelyody, the walking buddy has moved!!!!! Six miles down the road to a condo, and who could blame her? She said they have loverly walking paths in her new neighborhood. We will walk again someday, the snow has to melt… eventually.

The Boy and The Dane will be travelling to The Mitten tomorrow morning. They got Megabus tickets for $5.00!!!! The catch is they need to be picked up at 5:30. IN THE MORNING! Piece of cake. Could have done it this morning, as a matter of fact.

I have started reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The Ab-Cat read it on vacation and said it was very good.

Looking forward to lunch today with Jip the Farm Dog, The Heifer and CMB. Always fun to see these girls and catch up on life.

May be out of blogging commission next week. Going in for some temple maintenance on Monday, prayers for good results are appreciated.

Have a good weekend, with no shoveling involved!

*****Thank you God for…*****

memory foam mattress toppers.

heat and throw blankets.

the 136 point word I had in Words With Friends, that was fun!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, glad you stopped by! If you would like to join The Hodgepodge, click the button below and head over to Joyce’s and link up.

1. Do you have an interest in learning about your family’s heritage? Why or why not? If you know a little bit about your roots, share an interesting piece of trivia or a fun fact about someone who goes way back on your family tree.

Funny you should mention this because we just had a conversation about it at Birthday Club last night! I was telling the ladies that I had suggested to my Uncle Bob that he should have a DNA test to see what it could tell us about our ancestry. I know they can’t tell certain things, but according to a show I saw on PBS with Henry Louis Gates Jr., they can give you percentages of ethnicity, such as European, American Indian, African American, Asian or Jewish. Probably more but that’s all I can remember. I was asking about my grandfather, his father, and if anyone else in his family was dark skinned like him. Bob said just my grandfather and his sister, as far as he knew. This is curious to me.

I have been interested in this subject for a long time. I have always wanted to know what nationality we were. Honey knows he is 1/2 Belgian and 1/2 Italian, easy peasy nice and easy. We could be Scottish, English or anything in the anything kingdom on my Mother’s side. My Father’s side can trace their roots back a little further. I wrote about it here a few years ago. It was a SHOCKING revelation, I must say.

It appears that our cousin Stan has traced our people back to the three Huber brothers who left a German speaking part of Switzerland called the Palatinate, and settled in Pennsylvania. Where they were before that, I’m not sure. This was in the Wikipedia, and it confirms all I read about in Cousin Stan’s papers. He knows why we left, but not exactly where we came from.

Here is a tantalizing hint, this could have been me.

 

One of my favorite tv shows is Who Do You Think You Are, for obvious reasons.


2.
Branch Rickey, the baseball exec credited with signing Jackie Robinson, is quoted as saying-

Luck is the residue of design.”

Agree or disagree? Why?

I disagree because I do not believe in luck. Even when things seem random or coincidental, I believe circumstances are directly related to God’s plan for our lives. Good and bad, strange or hilarious. We can plan and strive and coordinate and orchestrate, but if God has other ideas, you have toiled in vain.  
3. In the town where you currently reside, what’s your favorite green space?
I am going to say my own yard. Of course there is not a green blade to be seen right now. Winter Storm Vulcan is bearing down on us and it’s pretty white and nasty out there.

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Ahhh, green and pretty, I barely can remember!!!

4. Who is your favorite comedian?
Oh DEAR, this is a hard one Joyce!!! Humor is very important to the fabric of our family. A lot of comedians are very funny but have too much salt going on for me to feel comfortable watching. So unnecessary. We love Jim Gaffigan! Oh and Bill Cosby! And I always liked Louie Anderson, is he around anymore?

5. March is National Nutrition Month, and almost everyone needs to improve their diet in some way.  What about you? How can you improve your nutrition on a daily basis? Will you try?

I could Just Say No to the treats more often, that’s for sure. I do better on a mostly low carb diet. I just feel better.
6. Which of these green expressions have you ‘experienced’ in recent weeks -green with envy, green thumb, green around the gills, or give the green light? Explain.

I was given the green light by Honey yesterday to buy a memory foam topper for our brand new king mattress. I tried, I really tried, but my lower back was killing me. I liked our new mattress comfort wise, it was just too firm to provide all night comfort. I brought the topper home and rolled it out and it poofed enough to put it on before bedtime. Last night and this morning? NO HURTY BACK! Thank you Lord!!!!
7. Where is one place you don’t mind waiting?

You know, I don’t usually mind waiting. I am a patient girl and if there is even a possibility that I will be waiting, I take a book, or knitting or something to do. For YEARS I had a deck of cards in my purse for this very reason. The kids and I have spent many, many, many hours waiting, in hospitals and out, for doctors and therapy and infusions, plus all the waiting that comes from all of the other things in everyday life. I have rarely ever made a fuss. Now Honey would be another story! Hi Honey 🙂
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

At Birthday Club last night we were discussing our winter and I mentioned that I had heard that we were 9 inches away from breaking a snowfall record that has been in place in Michigan since the late 1800s .We are now in the midst of Winter Storm Vulcan with a predicted 4-10 inches. The kids are using their last sanctioned snow day. I think we should just welcome the 10 inches and break the record so we can at least have SOMETHING to show for enduring this whole ridiculous season! Who is with me???

Be careful out there, it looks terrible.

Skin

I have three things to tell you about that are completely unrelated. Except they are about skin, or the lack thereof. Surprise, surprise.

Thing number 1. I read a lot of blobs whilst partaking in my morning chai. Many of said blobs are written by women of a similar generation and have similar concerns. Aging is a big topic. Aging bodies and skin are huge.

I have noticed a deficit in my own personal skin in the last few years. Lack of moisture and elasticity being the prime culprits. Not so much wrinkling, but I don’t want to look like The Saggy, Baggy, Elephant in my later years.

Therefore, I have been more interested than usual to read what other people around my age are doing. And they are doing a LOT. Creams, lotions, peels, oils, facials and a multitude of other treatments. This is all new for me. I only started wearing moisturizer a couple years ago. I was a wash your face, apply a little makeup and go kind of girl. It has become apparent that I need a little something more. I have listened to what others have said online and in my real life and tried some of their suggestions, because I am a copy cat by nature.

I have heard quite a few bloggers recommend the Clarisonic Mia skin cleanser. They wax poetic on their love of the dang thing! If they could only have one skin care product, this would be it. I asked Mousey if she had ever heard of it, because researching skin care products is a big hobby for her in her elusive search for beautiful skin. She said she had and in her thorough research, decided the Mia two was not worth the extra $50.00 for the features it offered. She said she was going to Ulta that day and I told her to call me and tell me the price. The one I had seen online was $125.00 plus shipping and if the one at Ulta was around that price, we would just save on the shipping. It was the same price, so SCORE!

ClarisonicMia Skin Cleansing System

I have to confess that I have never spent this much money on anything like this in my life. Just goes to show you what a desperate woman will do to try and look decent. All the moisturizer I have ever bought in my life might barely exceed this amount. I figured that it was also an investment. There are three females in this house who regularly complain about their skin, for multiple reasons. We will let you know how things go. I have used it three times and all I can say is it feels really weird when you use it around your nose. If anything, I have had some breakouts. I am willing to concede that the vibration is bringing impurities to the surface. We shall see.

In other news, Mousey, at the age of 19, had her first taco last night! We know, she is pitiful. Since she does not like beef, she never considered eating a taco. I have been aware of the chicken taco, and even enjoyed them myself. I guess the thing is, we rarely have tacos for dinner. That’s what our favorite Mexican restaurant, Chip and Dip, is for.

I took out ground beef yesterday for dinner. When asked what we were having, I said the dreaded goulash, which is an easy go to meal for me that I guess I have gone to too many times for them over the years.

Honey suggested tacos. I thought for a minute because tacos would involve a trip to the grocery for ingredients that we did not have. Ingredients like taco shells and sour cream and salsa. I was just heading out the door with The Ab-Cat to a follow up dermatologist appointment for a recheck on her hives, and I realized there would most likely be a stop at the Target pharmacy in our future. Our Target has the handy dandy grocery section, so yes, we could have tacos!

Mousey was home for dinner last night, which is not always the case, and lamented that we always have food she doesn’t like when she is home. Food like beef. We do not do this on purpose, I just want to clarify. I told her to cook up a frozen, skinless mesquite chicken breast we keep for occasions such as this, and make herself a taco. She did and it was a revelation! She loved the chicken taco!

Speaking of The Ab-Cat’s hives, she has had exactly one hive since she began taking the prescription antihistamines three weeks ago! She was completely out of her medication the day of the appointment and she said she felt itchy, but we saw no hive-al evidence. He prescribed her another two months of meds and said he would start weaning her then. Praying those hives DIE.

I have to tell you that we are expecting snow again this evening. Possibly 6 inches. Really trying not to whine here. Really not succeeding.

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