Last Wednesday Hodgepodge of 2014!

I had hoped to get my post ready last night, but a late night cookie frosting/decorating session with the kids knocked my train off its tracks. When I awoke I thought I probably wouldn’t participate. But then I went over and read our hostess Joyce’s answers and I got all nostalgic and thought I should do it anyway. And here we are. Special, special thanks to Joyce for herding us cats all year long, but especially this year when she has her daughters WEDDING next week!!! She has a lot going on right now, if she can post, I can post!

1. Share a favorite moment from your Christmas holiday celebration.

It was nice having all of our People under one roof. I know not everyone can say that so I am thankful.

2. What would you say has been the biggest news event during your life so far?

I would say 9/11 because it was the biggest national tragedy I have lived through in my lifetime, but also because the media coverage was so much better than say Pearl Harbor or the Great Depression or the sinking of the Titanic. Can you imagine if all of the first space stuff was on TV now? They would have to have their own channel!

9/11 was so huge and right in our living rooms. We had much more information so much faster than any tragedy in previous years. It changed our country.

3. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala. What say you-like or no like? Would I find this color anywhere in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade to either?

I L.O.V.E. this color!!!!!!! It is well represented in our home AND in my wardrobe. It’s a perfect warm shade and goes so well with the gold, greens, varying shades of browns, the darker brick red color that could be it’s bolder, older sister, and a spicy autumnal pumpkin-y sort of color already featured in the majority of our rooms. It also pairs nicely with black, grey and some favorite blue jeans. It’s a winner.

4. Would you rather meet your ancestors or your great grandchildren? Explain why.

Both sound intriguing, but I am going to go with ancestors because genealogy has always interested me so much. I think it’s because there is nothing known about our heritage on my Mother’s side. My Father’s side was unknown to me when I was younger, though it has now been traced back to the Mennonite folks who first arrived in America. When I was growing up, it seemed people could immediately say where their people were from. Like Honey, his Father is from Belgium, his Mother’s people are directly from Italy. He is half and half, easy peasy. I guess I kind of longed to have a connection to something beyond our southern heritage.

5. Share one life lesson learned in 2014?

I will say it has been relearned. “We could all be 5 minutes from disaster”, to quote Honey many years ago, describing our life changing car accident.

I heard from Jip the Farm Dog that one of the leaders in our Bible study circle lost her husband on Monday. Completely unexpected. She is a lovely, funny, faithful Christian gal, not too much older than we are. Her husband had not yet retired. I could tell by the way she spoke of him that they were very close. That might sound strange because married people are supposed to be close, but some are more in synch. You know the kind, the peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, bread and butter, chai and cream kind.

We are heartbroken for her. I can’t stop thinking about how when we all said our fond goodbyes after the BSF luncheon, she had no idea what she was walking into, how upside down her world was going to become, how her 2015 has started as a nightmare she can’t wake up from.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, she knows she will see him again. It’s the rest of her life here, without her soul mate, that is the really difficult part. The most unimaginable, gut wrenching, unfathomable, heartbreaking part. A life lesson I don’t want to learn. I have been through trials in my life, but WITH Honey. I can’t imagine going through that kind of loss without him

“We could all be 5 minutes from disaster”, live your life accordingly.

6. What was your best or favorite purchase made in 2014?

Well, Honey brought me a NEW COMPUTER for Christmas so WOO TO THE HOOTY HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not hooked up yet, but seeing as I have waited years to replace our ancient nag, a little while longer is doable! Have I mentioned that the Old Grey Mare won’t even allow me to access the blob anymore? Or other blogs, or Amazon? That’s how it rolls, both random and vindictive.

7. What is one thing you’re looking forward to in the new year?

See the above answer Smile

We are going to Florida with the Girls in February, that is exciting to think about since The Mitten just got a little frigid.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Since 2014 is going out on a sad note, I find myself pensive. Just like Mary K was not aware of the fork in her road, we don’t know what our future holds. I am once again reminded that I want to finish strong, where ever my finish line might be. The Lord has given us a blueprint of how to live and I am thankful for the reminder.

Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Happy New Year Friends.

Mouse on Mouse

Mousey’s new ‘”swippers”.

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Last Monday of the Year

Really BIG sighhhhhhhhhhh.  Oh my, I have washed a LOT of dishes since we have last spoken!

We had a fine Christmas! Good company, good food, good presents. I am sure I will have more to say on the events as they come to mind.

I have an all over the place list for your reading pleasure. Many of you have sworn you like them and apparently I live to oblige.

I had fallen into the habit of staying up way past my normal bedtime and sleeping way past my usual wake up time. I knew the jig was up when I awoke this morning at 4:15, Christmas is over.

The Puzzlers completed the We Are The World puzzle and it was back in the box by Christmas Eve. We have another option waiting patiently for its turn. We can set up shop in the dining room now and leave it indefinitely, always a bonus.

We did more than usual shopping on line this year. I am a fan. A HUGE fan.

We played Peanuts on Christmas and on Saturday night. My game is….slipping. I have been routinely trounced for the last couple years. I did redeem myself in the last game of cards. Thank heaven, I thought I may have suffered the same “stroke” that Honey and my Uncle Bob claim!

Speaking of Uncle Bob, he and his son-in-law Rob B. each received the same sweater for Christmas. How cute is that?

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Nothing packs up faster than the Christmas spirit and folks getting out of Michigan. Both Bob and Phyllis and Girl Cousin Lindsay and Rob B have left the state. Lindsay and Robbie because they actually live in Florida and Bob and Phyllis because they live in Florida when it’s beastly in Michigan.

Although compared to last year, it has not been too beastly. No white Christmas here, just a brown, rainy one.

We had already had a ton of winter last year at this time. Bitter cold and mountains of snow. They say it’s coming. I hope they are wrong.

We were remembering last New Year when The Dane’s parents had to drive back to Chicago to catch their flight to Denmark in some of the most inhospitable weather we could offer.

It is quite a bit colder this morning. We discovered it was 19 degrees when Elyk left to meet a friend for coffee in Ann Arbor and had to come back in to get his coat! It has been in the 40s most of the week.

Awesome Autumn took our family Christmas picture on Christmas Eve. Thanks A.A.!!!!!

The ONE has not been chosen so therefore the ONE has not been sent to Sam’s to develop yet.

I wrote our Christmas card letter yesterday. It is not printed.

At this rate you might be receiving our Christmas/New Year card the first week of January. I am good with that.

I don’t really have an excuse, just not Johnny on the spot about a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g.

We managed to have a successful Christmas with the little ceramic Christmas tree!!!

I’m not going to lie, it was weird. A couple of times I had the thought to go downstairs and haul the dang artificial tree up and just decorate the thing.

And here I am on the 29th of December, looking forward to NOT taking down a fully lit and decorated tree!!!!

I adapted.

I just had to go break up a screaming match between 2 old lady cats and 1 persistently annoying catten. I don’t know who was screaming, but I saw the elders high tail it out of the laundry room with Lucy and her skittering toenails leading the way.

It’s hard to tell who does the screaming, they are all drama. Too much drama for 5:45 A.M.

Sy’s tail was straight up, which leads me to believe he was the aggressor.

Sassy tail up means he was the bully, tail down signals he was taken to the woodshed.

His tail seems to be equally high and low. That’s good for him. Both ego inflating and deflating.

He wants to be the boss of them in the worst way. For the most part they avoid him like the plague. Then they thrash him when they can’t tolerate him one more second.

I can’t believe another Asian plane was lost!

I was pleased to see expert Mary Schiavo on CNN again. I like listening to her. She is so knowledgeable and her voice is calming. Monotone, but calming.

I saw this quote in Our Daily Bread online today.

Waiting for God’s timing may also give us a greater miracle than we had hoped for. —Marion Stroud

I like it. I need a couple miracles right now. How about a few, that’s more than a couple. And like a Genie wish, the last one is a wish for a 100 more. OK? Thanks.

I need to find some more blogs to read. My folder is getting a little slim. Sometimes I don’t even get my morning cup of chai finished before I get done reading.

Some people just flat out don’t blog any more. Some are just more sporadic. Some have been jettisoned over the past year.

Anybody have some good ones they can pass along? I am eclectic in my tastes, Just no math blogs.

We Capri’s have remained faithful to our commitment to post every day until the end of the year. Or at least I think I did. I might have missed one. It can happen in the hustle and bustle.

That’s enough nonsense for one day.

Don’t forget to pass along your favorite blog suggestions, others may need to read them as well. Consider it a public service announcement!

Have a swell last Monday of the year.

Potent Quotable

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The Weekly Sy

It was a good day! Sy enjoyed all aspects!

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Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. 
1 Peter 3:15

A Prayer for the 23rd

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Puzzling

The Dane and The Boy came home with a new puzzle and got right on it. We had a little feline help. He really just wanted to taste the pieces.

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It is a 1000 piece doozie called We Are The World. It’s coming along nicely. Many hands have made light work.

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I haven’t worked a puzzle in a couple years. We have been known to have one on the dining room table for a goodish part of winter. I forgot how fun and how consuming they can be!!!

This one will be finished before Christmas. Good thing, we are going to need that table.

What say you? Puzzles, yea or nay?

Potent Quotable

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!" ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit only by tree lights and remember that our blessings outnumber the lights. Happy Christmas to all. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon

To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. ~E.B. White

Great little One! whose all-embracing birth
Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth.
~Richard Crashaw

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23

Pinterest

Mousey sent me this pin. Love.

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Truth. Honey brought home Tasty Boy donuts. I don’t know what I ever did to him.

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Awwwww.

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Read this book on vacation last month on Ab-Cat’s recommendation. Loved it!

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I could copy that. I did something else with mine, I’ll have to show you later.

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In the mood.

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Have a swell weekend before Christmas!

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