A List For Your Monday Viewing

I have a variety of unrelated things to share. Sounds like a list.

The Girls and I went on a girl outing. To the eye doctor and then over to Sears to pick out some new frames. We are super fun.

Mousey has decided to get contacts, but she still needed some glasses because she is basically driving around town like Mrs. Magoo. Pure road hazard.

The Ab-Cat chose a cute new pair for everyday and also a super cute new pair of sunglasses! There was another cute option that she discarded because they were the Kardashian brand. She said in no way was she supporting them. I get that.

I always need other people to come with me when I get new spectacles. It’s hard to choose wisely when you can’t see what you are doing.

I think I chose a flattering pair, but it has been my experience that I never like the new pair when I get them home. There is great angst and gnashing of teeth and severe doubt about how I could have picked so poorly, so I resort to wearing my old pair until they break and then I am forced to wear the new pair. 

It’s a complicated process. I have been doing it for over 40 years now.

We gals also had a Friday Night Lights marathon. Honey asked me how I could enjoy  watching what I had already seen? I told him it has been a couple years since I had been immersed in Dillon, Texas, and I had forgotten entire story lines! So it was basically almost all brand new!

Had a loverly Skype session with Mrs. Schmenkman yesterday afternoon. I like her face.

We were discussing our annual Memorial Day Extravaganza visit. I moved it last year because we had a family wedding. She needs to move it this year because she has a family wedding and will be here in The Mitten!!! We may move it to later in the summer.

Two years of not having The Memorial Day Hootenanny on Memorial Day. We are so flexible I don’t even know who we are anymore.

Just so long as we gather, that’s our new motto.

We thought The Boy’s new steroid was helping, but then it wasn’t. He had IVIG last week and is in the throes of some very bad side effects. Prayers are welcome.

Oh my goodness. Those cats are fighting down the hall like junior high school girls.

Seymour is a punk.

When I picked up some cat food I also purchased a new laser pointer. They think it’s the BOMB!!! Even the elder ladies are getting a workout!

Have a productive Monday.

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A List, A Problem and a Word of Wisdom

It’s Friday, I have a list. You knew that.

The schools in our area and BSF were cancelled because it was FREEZING yesterday. I did not hear the official temp on the news, but our thermometer said -8 with wind chills of Arctic Blast.

We were supposed to have our BSF Administration Christmas get together after class. We decided to meet at Chip and Dip anyway.

Have I mentioned that I love those gals? If I haven’t, I LOVE THOSE GALS.

Because the weather was frightful, that meant I had 4 errands I had to run. Murphy’s Law.

I managed to get them all done before lunch in about 35 minutes. It would not have been possible pre Christmas or even on a fully activated school day. Because the weather was polar bear friendly, people stayed home and there was no traffic and no return lines. God loves me best!

I have a little blog situation. I discussed it with Capri Deb yesterday and came to a conclusion. I will be starting a new blob.

I have used 99% of the space on this blob and I am living in fear that I will be cut off any second.

That was why I decided not to do a Pinterest post yesterday. I think pictures take up more space than words.

Since I can no longer access my blog on our dinosaur computer and Honey has not yet hooked up the new Christmas present computer, for multiple, good reasons, I could not figure out if anything could be done about this. Capri Deb did some investigating and said I could buy a little more space for $20 a year. It’s not so much the $20 dollars, it’s that I don’t want to have to do that every year for the rest of my born days.

It would seem that the best solution would be to create another blob, link to it from this one and have you all join me at the new address. It has taken me 7 years to use up that 99%, so I figure I will get a little more than that with the new one because I don’t post every day like I used to.

That’s the plan anyway. Hopefully that 1% of computer space will last until Honey recovers from The Sickness.

Yes, Honey has been suffering from the flu. Body aches, fever and now a terrible cold and cough. I am praying he makes a speedy recovery. And contains his contamination.

The Boy and The Dane went back to Chicago yesterday. I guess The Windy City is having worse weather than The Mitten is. He sent a couple pictures and said their windows were all frosty and icy. Welcome home.

Speaking of The Boy, he came home to Michigan in the middle of December with a new steroid and a platelet count of 16,000, fully expecting to have to visit his old friend, the University of Michigan, for an infusion of IVIG.

The next time he had his blood drawn, his counts had risen to 20,000, and the next time he was at 50,000!!!!! This new steroid, made for difficult folks like him, is helping him maintain a safer count! I don’t know how long he will be on it, because he can’t be on it forever, but it’s a nice change for him!

They arrived in Chicago and had to locate and move their belongings into their new on campus apartment. Home Sweet Apartment. Hello Moody, goodbye 40 something minute commute!

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That was Sy. He used the keyboard as a stepping stone.

He came to sit on my lap a minute because Mama Mia just thrashed him good. It’s like he was telling on her. I don’t blame her, I know he deserved it. I just listened sympathetically and offered him some wisdom; LEAVE HER ALONE!

I think he tried to get her out of the cat bed so he could get in it. Son, that is just not done.

Ok, I guess that’s enough for today. That 1% and all.

Try and stay warm this weekend and don’t try and kick your elder out of bed. I can’t fix that kind of stupid.

The Christmas Photo

It is always my dearest desire to get a decent picture of my family. We are not often all together, dressed appropriately, smiling in synch, or not giving obscene hand gestures. It’s a challenge people.

I gave guidelines, restricted certain behaviors we have had in the past, and maybe begged a little.

Awesome Autumn did the honors this year. Bless her heart and patience.

We decided to try some new poses, it seems we are always in front of our fireplace. Let the photo shoot begin.

I am sad to say I was the ruiner for all these shots. At our house we call these goiter necks.

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Oh good, I finally put my head down a little.

I did like this one. Someone didn’t. Oh, it was Mousey, she said they were too white.

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Not quite ready for our close-up.

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The stair pose. I have seen others do this. It had its flaws.

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Namely a plethora of knees. Exposed knees and knees in backs. What up with those girls down front?

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This personnel change fit better. Autumn was great to take many, many shots. She has no idea how few were useable. And she KNOWS us!

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This pose had the obligatory finger in the nose shot and another had Honey doing a rude gesture I won’t show you on the internet. He and The Boy have a disease. A disease involving a certain digit.

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I quite liked the next two. Both were vetoed by others in the group. Others who don’t appreciate the stair pose.

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See? Not so bad!

I have to ask, does my hair always look that puffy? I feel like my hair is very puffy.

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We had a short cat break after the stair shot. Grandmother and Grandcat. My hair doesn’t look as puffy here. What is going on?

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Poor little nipper. It must be hard to be so unloved and untouched.

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And here we are, back in front of the fireplace. I liked this picture, but I don’t feel the need to showcase our mantle so prominently.

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I would have used this one. Mousey used her veto.

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So it’s between these 2. Picture 42.

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Or picture 45. Both in front of the fireplace. What the heck?

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The last time we took Christmas card photos these two were not hitched!

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A big fat thank you to Awesome Autumn, she deserves some sort of prize for dealing with us.

So there you have it, The Christmas Photo Shoot of 2014.

Happy New Year List!

Happy New Year!

How about the first list of the year?? I am sure there will be many more to follow. Maybe I should change the name of the blob to LIST.

2015, sounds science fiction-y, doesn’t it? The Ab Cat told me that Back To The Future 2 was set in 2015. Where is my hoverboard?

We had a very nice holiday and I will be glad to stop washing  a multitude of dishes EVERY DAY.

As you may have expected, I took no pictures. That is the downside of hosting.

We had a delightful Christmas Eve with my Dad and our Dear Friends The Hostler’s! Nurse Lauren had to work Sad smile.

This was my favorite picture of them.

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They might like this one better, knowing it is on the world wide inter-web.

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Awesome Autumn took our Christmas picture. I am saving those pictures for tomorrows post. I know, you can’t wait. You are welcome.

We played a fun game called Ticket to Ride! Honey and I were partners because we are married and have to do everything together. I have to give photo credit to The Dane. She was stealthy, I didn’t even know she was on the job.

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I don’t know if we won but we had the most completed routes!!!!!

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We were orange.

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People seemed pleased with their gifts, there has been very little return-age.

One of the casualties was this beautimous bracelet I had pinned on Pinterest from The Boy and The Dane. I love it!!!!

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Unfortunately, it was not strung in such a way that one could actually wear it. The crimping tube did not do its job and the toggle came off in my hands. The Dane has been in contact with the maker and it seems as if this will be taken care of easily, which makes me very happy because I would LOVE to WEAR  it!!!!!!!

Mousey received an iPhone. Her life is now complete. Apparently she is the last living 20 something person in the entire world to acquire one. She is now one of those people. And you know what I am talking about and you know who you are.

Elyk stayed with us over the holidays. He is liking his new job as youth director for a church in Moline, Illinois! He was happy to get a kitty fix while here. He used to have a kitty. Her name was Weezie and she was a devil cat. He does not miss her, just the idea of a kitty. Sy is particularly fond of Elyk and likes to jump in his lap. You can imagine how Elyk hates this. Not.

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You all remember The Subject? The Boy’s friend he went to Moody with? Well that knucklehead got himself engaged over Christmas!!!!! Here he is with his bride to be Carly!

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On New Years Eve we had my Father and his wife over to celebrate their birthdays. My Father likes to tease Marilyn from December 28th until January 28th, because she is older than he is for ONE MONTH. This is a BIG birthday for them both. I would totally out my Father, but it’s not nice to out a lady!

Once again, I have no decent picture, save this one we took to prove that The Boy was taller. Yeah, it’s a sparkling beauty. By the way, we cut The Boy’s hair the other day. Badger be gone.

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Here is a loverly picture of the birthday kids from last December. Their new baby Teddy was just a puppy and we all could not keep our mitts off him. So they looked like this, plus one year.

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Anyway, we had fondue, which the birthday couple said they had not had in decades. They lived through the last groovy decade of fondue. My Father said he is always glad to eat over here because Honey is such a good cook. His personal favorite? Halibut. Oh YEAH. Maybe next time Smile.

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On New Years Day I was determined to do one thing productive. I tackled this disaster, sporting what I like to call Holiday Dump.

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This is the big, main pantry in the laundry room. I cleaned each shelf, wiped it down, threw away expired stuff and rearranged things to be with their neighbors.

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To the right, to the right. The third shelf is the card bucket. Overflowing and many decks of cards unable to actually fit in the card bucket. Because it is necessary that we actually have 4000 decks of cards. Essentially necessary for some very good reasons. I blame our family game Peanuts, where everyone has to have their own deck. Some like decks that are new. Some like cards that are broken in. Some have to use the same deck EVERY time or their groove is thrown. The Santa deck, the puppy deck, the Iraq deck, the aqua Harrah deck. You know who you are.

There were also some decks missing a card or two. It has been my experience that the moment I toss a deck, the lone lost card surfaces from between the sofa cushion, or somewhere. I was actually able to put my favorite deck BACK TOGETHER by scavenging a card from its sister deck!!! Welcome back to the card table Chester Cheetah!!!

So you know I am now never going to throw those broken decks out.

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It may not look better to you, but it is much better for me.

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Plus, The Ab-Cat can now actually reach the popcorn maker, WINNING!

Look at that card bucket, LOOK AT IT!!!!!!! I felt so…..accomplished!

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There was a lot of watching this little dollop of precious.

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He alternates between being the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and a complete little stinker.

That’s what I call him, Little Stinky.

I guess that is enough words for now. Enjoy the first Monday of the new year! I’m going to pay some bills, YEE HAW.

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.

What’s Going On

Greetings from grey dismal Michigan. Man, it’s foggy and gloomy out there. On the plus side, it’s been in the 40s.

Honey got his cleaning groove on yesterday and took off our shower doors, gave them a good scrubbing and then an application of Rain-X. They look BEAUTIMOUS!

After that we went to Q’Doba, or as it translates in my mind, Ebola, with the Girls and we then did a little more Christmas shopping.

There are a couple more purchases to be made on Amazon, a little more this and that to be found in stores, and something to craft before I call Christmas done.

On Sunday the Girls were dropping like flies. The Ab-Cat was in the throes of a cold and Mousey seemed feverish and nauseated. Hopefully they have contained the contamination.

The Girls and I watched a cute movie called What If. It starred Daniel Radcliffe, or you might know him better as Harry Potter. The Girls both felt he did a very good job and they didn’t think of him as Harry even once.

We DVRd The Holiday with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz because Mousey said she had never seen it. Whaaaat? Abby and I especially like the story line with Kate and Jack Black and the older gentleman. We like the Jude Law parts too. Unfortunately most of his parts are with the annoying Cameron Diaz, whose parts are always painful to watch.

I was glad to see some love for The Land of the Giants yesterday in the comments!!! I wonder if that show is on Netflix or on DVD at the library? It would probably be hilarious to watch.

Mr. Fitzhugh from Giants and Dr. Zachary Smith from Lost in Space would have been fast friends. Or killed each other.

Land of the Giants had Barry’s little dog, Lost in Space had Penny’s Bloop Debbie. I used to think I wanted a Bloop, mainly because I wanted to BE Penny Robinson. Which would you have rather had.

I wrapped some presents yesterday!!!! They are placed attractively behind the chairs and around little table the ceramic Christmas tree sits on. Still trying to believe that no actual Christmas tree is OK.

IT’S OK.

Alright. Much to do today, better get cracking.

A Weekend List

It has been a long time since I have had a dedicated F-List! I am always a little listy, but this is a flat out, all over the place, long-ish list!

BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and the Bible study at our church are both over for the year. This was a week of celebrating the one true God, the great I AM, fellowship with loverly women in both studies, and luncheons, with yummy soups, salads and DESSERTS!

How fortunate am I to be surrounded by so many wonderful, dedicated women who love and serve the Lord? Many, many kisses on both cheeks from a really good God.

In the church study we were in Exodus chapter 20. The chapter of the Ten Commandments.

I have heard and read that many people think the Bible and is outdated and needs to change with the times. They certainly don’t think the rules and laws in the Old Testament apply to our enlightened times. People think they are so suchy-muchy. By the way, all of the Ten Commandments but one are repeated in the New Testament. They still apply.

The moral laws don’t change because HE doesn’t change.  The Ten Commandments show us God’s character. He transforms us when we follow His laws.

God doesn’t lower His standards, He raises His people to His standards.

At BSF we studied Exodus 35-40. The building of the Tabernacle and everything in it. It told how Moses and the artesian did just as the Lord commanded. The chapter told of the first mentioned filling of the Holy Spirit, who gave the skills needed to do all the work required; work in gold, silver and bronze, ability to cut and set stones, work in wood, skilled craftsman to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers and skill with fine linen. I was impressed that it also mentioned that he gave them the ability to teach others.

As I read this I thought about Honey, Mrs. Schmenkman, Capri’s Deb, Patt and Laurie, Deb’s hubby BFG and his brother John, all filled to overflowing with God given skills and abilities. Brimming with God given talents!

MAN, I was in the wrong line when they were passing out those abilities!!!

Also mentioned in our passage (35) was how Moses had asked the Israelites to take an offering from everyone who was willing, of what they had.

22Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the LORD.…”  

Their wealth, their possessions, what they had. It then repeated twice that they brought MORE THAN ENOUGH to do the work. It was a good reminder to me at this time of year, really any time of year, that God gives us MORE THAN ENOUGH to do what He asks us to do. What does He ask us to do?

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And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

I need to ponder giving more than enough.

I know I don’t always love others as myself. Sometimes those others around me are irritating and rude, and I am more concerned with distance than loving.

Need to put loving others as myself on the ponder list.

I am going to a cookie exchange today with The Peanuts Champ and The Back Door Neighbor this afternoon. I have not attended one in YEARS. I am making Miss Kris’ shortbread to take. It’s the first official Christmas baking of the year!

I learned that The Boy and The Dane will be home on Wednesday night. All they have to get accomplished is The Dane’s finals and moving everything they own out of their first apartment into their second apartment. Piece of cake, right?!

Honey and I went out for a bit yesterday afternoon to do a little shopping.

I feel more accomplished on that front. While we had pretty good ideas for what we were going to purchase, having them actually purchased and in our home makes it feel more… concretely accomplished.

I am a little surprised that concretely is a real word.

I have been thinking about Christmas cards. I have fallen into a one year on, one year off pattern and this is an ON year. I still need that picture.

Of course I do.

The Boy started yet another new treatment this week. A different steroid that appears to have a greater success rate for patients who are refractory to previous treatments.

In other words, it works better on the tough nuts to crack.

As always, we are praying for remission. Or complete healing. Whichever comes first.

I asked him what the side effects were, he said in addition to the usual steroid suspects, fat and acne.

Hello Christmas picture!!!! Just in the nick of time.

I am going back and forth on the decision to not have an official Christmas tree. Plus others are giving me a hard time!

I’m pretty sure we won’t. Unless we do.

After Honey and I did our little shopping trip we went to dinner at a little Thai place we like. It was nice to just sit and talk.

You know what I miss? Honey. That’s what I miss. This working 7 days a week for WELL over a year is about as old as that dinosaur skeleton everybody is talking about. PLENTY OLD.

Come on FORD MOTOR COMPANY!

I guess that’s enough for one list. I hope your weekend is restful, and accomplished. I know that the one does not always equal the other, but sometimes the accomplished contributes to the restful in your mind!

The Weekly Sy With a Side of Potent Quotable

We are making progress over here. The two steps forward, one step back kind. Sy is persistent, I’ll give him that. I think he is finding that our old ladies have a little persistence up their fur sleeves as well. He is just so…so…ruthlessly, stalkerish-ly, engaged. They are engaged nappers.

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. ~Henry Ward Beecher

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I have been trying to stay out of things, I realize they need to establish some feline ground rules. The pecking order, as they say. Ay times Sy is very submissive, calm and at those times there is peace in the land. I only intervene when the fighting gets loud, then everyone is in trouble.

See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. ~Pope John XXIII

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When he has had enough he retreats to The Ab-Cat’s room and cries SANCTUARY! Unfortunately, he comes out rested, refreshed and full of vim and vigor, ready to stalk another few hours. There have been good days and not so good days. Yesterday was hard, we are hoping for a better day today.

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

The biggest problem is the ladies are afraid of him. They stand their ground, he submits, they then turn and run away, and he chases thinking, THIS IS FUN!!!! You can imagine how that goes over.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. ~Author Unknown

Sy is beside himself trying to interact with them. They are beside themselves trying to avoid him. A beastly conundrum to be sure.

He is getting brave and forcing things. They all slept peaceably for several hours. But if he would only note that they allowed this because he was not in their face or tails, or jumping them around a dark corner.

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He sleeps with Abby at night, because EVERYONE needs a break. He is a pretty good sleeper. Apparently he is an early riser and thinks someone should rise and release him from confinement. She noticed he was biting at the carpet so we put an old rug down.  He has been working hard to tunnel underneath, but the rug has thwarted him.

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Little punk.

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Poor Sy is getting it on all fronts. He is regularly taken to the woodshed by his elders, and he has been often biting us in his frustration. This cannot be tolerated, resulting in more trips to the woodshed. Mrs. Schmenkman and others have encouraged us that it just takes time and all involved are just complaining. Mightily and LOUDLY. I prayed with Mia this morning and asked for God to soften her heart, help her to stop being a junkyard dog, and that she would love Sy. I would say as her own, but she can be an abusive mother, just ask Lucy. And Halle.

At times Sy is precious, usually when sleeping or otherwise engaging with us. He has been very friendly to all visitors in our home. If only he would spend HALF as much time interacting with us as he does annoying the girls!

He conquers who endures. ~Persius

Let us hope and pray!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, long time no see!!! I have missed hanging around with you all!

Special thanks to our hostess Joyce for giving us something to talk about TWO HUNDRED TIMES!!! Happy Anniversary Joyce!

1. What is something in your life right now that feels a little ‘hodgepodge’?

I had to Goggle that. It said

a mixture of different things, a jumble

Nothing is coming to mind. Oh wait, there it is MY MIND is always a hodgepodge!
2. What does ‘peace on earth, goodwill to men‘ mean to you?
Hmmmm, peace on earth. I think that will only be the Lord’s doing. We are a fractious bunch. It’s probably our work to extend goodwill to our fellow man. I do think that if people pondered the real meaning of Christmas there would be more of both. It seems like Christmas brings out the best and worst of us.

A lot of people make a conscious effort to think of others less fortunate and are extremely generous in the name of Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating. Then others are crabby and stressed out because of their mile long things to do list and have no patience or kindness to be found. Like the guy in front of me at Marshalls who was grumbling under his breath LOUDLY that the cashiers should just stop TALKING and the line would go quicker! They were just being pleasant and he was a grump-a-saurus.

3. Which edible treat you are most looking forward to sampling this December?

I consider myself an equal opportunity dessert eater, so much is scrumtrulescent! I am going to say fudge because I don’t have fudge any other time of the year.
4. It’s that most wonderful time of the year…do you agree, and if so why is it so wonderful?  If not, what would you say is the most wonderful time of the year?

I have never spent any time thinking about what I thought was the the best time of the year. I love Christmas, as I love Thanksgiving, as I love vacation, as I love get togethers. I used to always tell Honey that Saturday lunch with the kids was the best time of the week. Nothing special happened, the kids and I sat around talking and laughing and playing desert island.

Christmas IS wonderful. Celebrating the birth of Jesus, anticipation, the beauty, the”goodwill to men”, the pleasure of being with loved ones and who doesn’t like presents? But I think Christmas can turn into something NOT wonderful very quickly. I know when the kids were small it was much more hectic, but I try and not let myself get out of hand. A little hustle and bustle is fun but I don’t want to spend the whole season chasing my tail.  I have been fairly successful the last decade or so, and it has made the season way more wonderful!
5. What was the last word you looked up in a dictionary (actual or online) and why?

Consecration, for my Bible study. FYI it means: to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity.

6. Besides a Christmas tree, what is your favorite thing to decorate this time of year?

I like to decorate our mantle, it’s not up yet!
7. Share one thing you’ve learned (about yourself, people, or anything at all) in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, or through blogging in general.

I have found that I like someone giving me a list of things to discuss!!! Thank you Joyce!

I love blogging and I am thankful for so many of the women who write the blogs I read. The Lord has used them to make me laugh, think and even to convict me of areas in my life that need some attention.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We have been having problems being good citizens over here this week. Seymour, the svelte, almost year old kitty on left side of bed, wants nothing more than to be friends and join the pride. He is eager and bouncy and INTHEIRFACE!!!!! Just like Tigger! Let’s just say our girls have been poor hosts.

It has been an adjustment for our three portly ladies. To say the least.

Honey called me in the bedroom last night. At first I didn’t even see the stealth kitty, but then I saw him!! He is going to make friends or die trying!

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Here’s to a peaceful week.

Jiggity Jig 2014

Hi Guys!

I am so sorry that I have alarmed some of you! Honey and I were on vacation and it never seems appropriate to tell the internet that we are off gallivanting and our Girls are home, alone! I thank you for your care and concern!

It feels like a sweet forever since I have posted and you would think I would be better prepared to do so!

Alas, I am not. I have pictures and things to tell, but it’s all swirling in the cloud somewhere.

We had a wonderful time in southwest Florida, reassuring Honey and I that we will be happy to retire together someday, somewhere!

We again stayed in Bonita Bay, where it is beautifully landscaped and continually manicured.

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No telling how many gardeners are employed there and they are all as busy as beavers trimming, chopping, mulching, mowing and repairing. We love walking their trails and exploring their marina, docks and butterfly garden, and looking at all of the beautiful homes in there. Honey also fitched in the pond behind the condo. WHERE THE ALIGATOR LIVES!!!!!  EW.

Although they are not on the Gulf, they have an awesome beach area you can drive to that has many desirable amenities. We drove down to take our morning walk there a couple days and used their umbrellas and beach chairs, along with the facilities. That seems as good a place to start as any!

I always like to shell. I have many, many shells from many, many vacations. I decided to have a challenge and pick up only the heart shaped things I found on the beach. I say things because although all of these came from the ocean, the majority of them look like rocks to me. I confess, the heart shapes were not an original thought, I saw it on a blob Smile

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On a side note, LOOK at the toenails I have spent the last couple of years growing! I guess all of the procedures were worth it.

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I LOVE the hearts!!! I will be in the market for a clear jar to display them, and I might spray them clear to make them shinier, or do a couple silver, or do nothing at all. It’s my prerogative.

I gathered them all in a Halloween bucket that my happy meal came in when it was that in between time, when its too late for lunch and too soon for dinner. Otherwise known as the time that Honey fears.

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I mentioned that Honey fitched!

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Honey caught it’s younger brother and let me reel it in! I was very wary.

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We put them back after their photo shoot. They will have the rest of their lives to dodge that gator if they want to survive. We did see the gator, cruising silently through the water, but did not see it on dry land this year. Thank you Lord.

If you are friends with me on instagram you will have already seen those pictures. But no one has seen this beauty.

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Honey can navigate his way around the iPad, but he is relatively new to the instagram. When he went to look at the pictures it wasn’t on the home feed as usual, it was still on camera. He said he thought he accidently took a picture. And upon further inspection we discovered he had taken AND posted his first picture. Well, there you go. I then learned how to delete an instagram photo. It was a sparkling beauty!

We looked at a LOT of real estate this year. In our wanderings we found these, posted all along a road in Fort Myers.

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I had no idea.

Here’s my boyfriend. I like his face!

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We were cruising around in our candy apple red Ford Fusion hybrid, which was endlessly fascinating for Honey. They make the Ford Fusion where he works but he has never been inside one and the hybrid thingy was all new.

I have more to tell you, but I need to have breakfast. Be back tomorrow, ok?

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