Way Back When-sday

I did not get my act together to participate in The Wednesday Hodgepodge this week so I offer you a way back picture from April 1998 instead. Sixteen years can make a big difference, in size, location, furniture and pets.

There is so much I love about this shot. I love our little ones lounging on our old couch in the family room at our old house. I love that my brother Beeve is there, and most likely came over to see our new, at that time, kitty Indi. I love how Indi is passed out on his shoulder, all 10 pink little toe pads up! Love Mousey sucking her thumb, The Boy chilling with his curly hair and cut off shorts, and Ab-Cat “standing” in back with her WWJD bracelet on. I think I look very happy here.


It’s a keeper.


At Least We Can Laugh About It

On Monday nights Honey and The Ab-Cat go out for dinner before they head off to their BSF classes. It’s kind of been their thing all year and I think it is a great way for them to relax and have a little chat, just the two of them. On occasion they have asked me and Mousey to join them, and on occasion we have.

As they were making their plans, because they had also made a decision earlier in the year to not eat at the same place twice, Mousey asked me if I would like to go out to eat with her, her treat. Well, who can say no to that?

She chose Chili’s because she and Abby had been talking about their chicken crispers the day before. I guess that lit a chicken crisper fire in her belly. We had a delightful time, discussing this and that, laughing, and sharing a Molten Chocolate Cake.

Oh.My.Word. I needed that like I need a hole in my head, and we can’t wait to have it again!!!!! It was even way gooier than it is in this picture, help me Rhonda.

Molten Chocolate Cake

Mousey put her leftover crispers in a to go box and we headed out. When we got into the car I asked her if she wouldn’t mind running in to Kohl’s, I needed to look at a couple of things and I had a handy dandy 20% off coo-pin. I asked her to help me to remember to look through the flyer before we went in so I could remember what I was there for. She said she would. We all ask for help remembering at our house, it’s like there is something in the water, leeching our memory.

As we travelled approximately two miles down the road, we resumed chatting about random this and that. As we pulled into the Kohl’s parking lot, I reminded myself to look through the flyer! Congratulations to ME! Mousey just laughed and said she had already forgotten we were going to Kohl’s!

She then reminded me of something that happened several months, or a year ago, that I said I was going to put on the blob. It describes our mental state perfectly. We were down the basement organizing some totes full of my Mom’s stuff that we had brought home when my Dad was moving last summer. One of the light bulbs in the room had burned out and the dimness was hindering me greatly. Mousey was taping lists of what was inside the totes and lamenting her need for a Sharpie marker.

I finally couldn’t take the annoying dimness for another second and said I was going upstairs to get a light bulb. She yelled up the stairs for me to get her a Sharpie too.

As I was rummaging in the linen closet for a light bulb I remembered that the light in the family room was also down one bulb. I got two and proceeded to replace the one in the family room before heading back downstairs. On arrival, Mousey asked if I had brought a Sharpie? No. No I had not. She struggled valiantly for another few minutes then said she couldn’t take it anymore and went back upstairs to get a Sharpie. I yelled up the stairs for her to bring me a sweatshirt.

Many minutes went by and down came Mousey, carrying a Sharpie but sans a sweatshirt. She had forgotten in the hunt for a Sharpie. Oh, we laughed.

Back to present day. After being home for about 10 minutes, Mousey went to the refrigerator to get her to go box of leftover chicken crispers and fries. It wasn’t there. She asked me if I brought it in, I said I had not. She went out and rooted around in the car. No chicken crispers. She guessed she left it on the table at the restaurant.

What is going to become of us?

Polar Vortex Aftermath

As I may have mentioned a time or fourteen, we had a long, hard winter up here in The Mitten. Bitter, lingering cold and a plethora of snow. While I may have spent much time wishing it would end, I did not really think about what it could be doing to the living things in our yard. We typically do not have winter fall out in the shrub, bush, tree department.

I fear we may have experienced some loss of life after the Polar Vortex Winter of 2014.

Honey planted these golden privet hedges within a year or two of moving here 15 years ago. Around 180 feet of loverly green, a dividing line between us and the field that runs along behind the first 5 houses in our subdivision.

Honey labored mightily to plant them. Our town is known for their rock hard, clay soil. When he rented the machine to prepare the soil, he stood out there for SO long wrestling with it that he finally asked me to bring him a step stool so he could sit and just let the thing grind away for minutes at a time before moving on to the next patch to be chewed up.

Once planted, it grew nicely everywhere except for this one area. We called it The Divot. He tried many things to encourage growth in this one small area and it finally filled in about two summers ago.

There we go, no divot!!!! It could actually be trimmed like it’s growing neighbors!


And then came The Polar Vortex. Guys, the hedge may be gone. I walked the length of the whole thing and I found only one small green proof of life.



It was especially lush at this end.


Not any more. It is usually sprouting greenery by now.


Honey took a branch in to our local nursery to get their opinion. She thinks there still could be some hope. She said everything is coming back really slow. Her advice was to wait, don’t fertilize and trim back the dead branches if it revives. We can do that. I’m pretty positive we are in no hurry to get on the task of ripping them all out anyway.

I’m not sure about this friend either.


Looking scary.


The only evidence of new growth is way at the bottom.


It seems like these guys should be on their way too, but nothing doing.


The Rose of Sharon’s could be renamed Sticks of Sharon.


Our weeping cherry in the front yard is starkly bare.


Some azalea and wiegelia in the back are nekkid, though the weeds are nice and green.


A couple of front yard hedges are yellow or orange-ish.


Even Concrete Katie took a hit.


Looks like we may have some work to do.

And then there is this guy. I hate this runty, diseased, spiky little mutant. He is out there greening up like nobody’s business.


Of course he is.

Potent Quotable

“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
    "Winter is dead.”
A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

Friday List

I have a list because it’s Friday. Seems like a good enough reason.

Keelyody and I started walking on Tuesday.

I felt fine that day.

The next day, whole ‘nother story! I felt like I had been beaten like a rented mule.

It was subsiding a little by yesterday. We are going again this morning, I am uncertain what to expect.

I guess I should have done something over the winter. The Old Gray Mare? She ain’t what she used to be.

Really spell check? You don’t recognize ain’t as a word?

On Wednesday I went for a follow up appointment with the Dr. who did my kidney stone removal surgery.

Let’s just call it what it was. NOT a procedure. I think I had convinced myself that it was a minor stone retrieval, after all they only made about a two inch incision.

I did not know they were sending in a wrecking crew to root around in there, crush up the boulder, then vacuum up the debris. I felt like my kidney was liposuctioned. Have you ever seen that procedure on tv? They are rougher than seems necessary.

I like my doctor a lot, he does not appear to be a person who would intentionally do me great bodily harm. I choose to believe he had my best interests at heart.

Anyway, he had good news and uncertain news.

Good news first. The very large kidney stones were NOT infected!!!!!!! This is very good because that would have been an unsolvable problem.

Because there were many more stones where they came from and he said he could not get to them because they were in very complicated places.

I am taking this as very good news. I am attached to this right kidney, literally and figuratively. It is not a pretty kidney but it works, therefore I am glad for it’s presence.

The uncertain news is we are now back to square one.

I will continue to take the antibiotic for six months. I asked him if anyone had ever have this problem just resolve and he said surprisingly, yes.

He ordered an MRI to investigate another possibility.

So I am back to waiting.

But I am very thankful to not have infected kidney stones inside my body, because that seems gross.

I am pretty sure God knows what is going on.



Challenge accepted

Hahahahaha right?!

That bear is smiling. Hilarious.


Caption reads

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, welcome back to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! Joyce needed a break last week and we were happy to oblige our faithful leader!

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way?

 I am inspired by God’s creation, how beautiful, how intricately designed, how awesome, diverse and vast. He’s a wonderful Maker.
2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth…which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

I like down to earth folks, they are my favorite breed of people. They represent the majority of souls that I choose to associate with. There is something about knowing that the person has their feet firmly planted, not wishy washy like this world tends to be. No pretension, no drama, no respecter of persons, just faithful, goodhearted, salt of the earth types. Looky there, I used TWO idioms! 
3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.

Admit when you’re wrong, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill and remember that you will laugh about it someday.
4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?

This is an area that Honey and I do not have the best track record. We have hired some who turned out to be awful workers, like the yahoos who put in our new water heater last October. Honey knew more that they did!! He hired them to save himself some time but he should of just done it himself. The fellow who came in to fix the yahoos work was great though, so now we know who to call if we need a plumber again.

The last people we hired were carpet installers. Or rather, Home Depot hired them. They were also good workers.
5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?

I would say that most every day of my life involves some small talk. I can pretty much talk to anyone. My children and Honey can vouch for this. I do seem to attract people who want to talk. When someone strikes up a conversation with me in line at a store, or waiting for something, or on an airport, I figure that God put me there for a reason and I always think pleasant small talk must be what that person needs at that time. When the person is elderly I sometimes think they must be lonely to want to talk to a perfect stranger. I tell the kids that it may be that you are the only person they have talked to all day.

I think I must have gotten this trait from my mother, who was very friendly. I think I have passed the gene down to our children as well, they seem well versed in small talk skills.
6.  What was the last historic place you visited?

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. LOTS of history there!
7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.

loved the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and mind and loved our neighbor as our self.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Keelyody and I started the 2014 walking season yesterday!!! I am not lame today!!!!! Thank you Lord!!!!!!!

An After Easter List=Ea-st

Happy post Resurrection Day!

We had a very nice weekend! Honey was off since Thursday evening, returning to Ford Motor Company last night. We had a nice relaxing weekend.

Honey did have to replace the sump pump. That was unexpected.

We watched The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and Philomena, both very good in very different ways. Both included bravery.

I think I forgot to mention that last weekend we went to the big movies and saw Noah and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

There was much discussion on the former about a variety of inconsistencies.  I am thinking that perhaps the makers of the movie have not actually read the Bible. Just an observation.

The thing that the film makers did get right was how evil man had become.

Yikes, those pre flood folks were SCARY!!!!!!!

Our observation about Captain America was mainly shallow and involved how nice looking Chris Evans was. We liked it!

There has been a LOT of eating and desserting going on the last few days.

So much for Honey’s diet.

We had a delicious Easter dinner up at my Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ house.

Speaking of diets, more than half the conversation revolved around the diet subject.

My aunt and uncle have been on a low carb diet since returning from Florida a couple weeks ago. They have both lost some lbs and are doing well.

Seriously spell check? You don’t recognize carb as a real word???

Their son is getting married the end of next month and his bride to be is starting her pre wedding diet today.

Our family friend Kari was also in attendance, and she is also dieting. Low carb and sugar free. Maybe no gluten either.

And of course Honey will be re-upping today, and I will be joining him because I feel like I did a good job of insulating myself against the winter cold with a layer of blubber, like an Eskimo.

There was discussion about 2 books, Wheat Belly and Grain Brain.

I don’t remember ever reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder, or anyone in her books, ever needing to go on a diet. Maybe we should farm.

Is farming the answer?

I heard once again that turmeric is very good for inflammation. I will be looking into that today for both Honey and I.

Good news!!! The 2014 walking season with Keelyody starts tomorrow morning!!! We have a very full agenda with all of the solving the world problems, not to mention personal stuff.

Our bikes are down from above the garage. Now we have to look into some new tires and new bike seats.

Bike seats for middle aged folks. With a wider seating area and gel cushion involvement.

In other words, seats for big-butted Americano’s.

I am getting very close to switching out the winter clothes.

You know how after a certain point, no matter how un-springy it is outside, you just can’t go back to wearing the winter clothing?

We are almost at that tipping point.

Capri Patt came home from her winter residence in Florida yesterday!!!!

It will be good to see her soon and hug her neck!

Both Patt and Capri Deb are grandmas now. Their attention is riveted on precious little pumpkins. It is fun to see!

Ok, time to greet the day, have a swell Monday!

Potent Quotable

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" — Jesus Christ – John 11:25, 26

“The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence. Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” — Clarence W. Hall

Truth For Good Friday

“You Alone Can Rescue”

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

You, oh Lord, have made a way
The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

Matt Redman

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