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.

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 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.

Dogs Wearing Boots

Honey and I watched this we laughed until we cried.

You’re welcome.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I am really late to the party today. My apologies!

We are getting down to the Christmas wire aren’t we?  An extra special thank you to Joyce who has MUCH on her plate, in addition to the Wednesday Hodgepodge AND Christmas, her daughter is getting married right after New Years, it’s getting very hectic I’m sure!

1. Time magazine has selected The Ebola Fighters as their person of the year for 2014. Do you agree, and if so who would you say is a close second? If you disagree with their choice, who do you think should have been chosen?

Why is it when asked these type of questions I cannot remember a single thing that happened the entire previous year? I will read some of the other Hodpodge answers and say, oh yes, they were great, but for the moment it’s a big old …blank.

I can’t fault the winners here. They give an extraordinary effort in a seriously dangerous situation. The front lines, as we began to see, were not in a safe place directing the show. It was in the trenches, caring for the sick and dying in sometimes primitive conditions while wearing a lot of life saving protective gear.

When most ran from the death, they remained and tried to help, sometimes at great cost to themselves.

I watched several interviews by the American doctors and nurses who risked their lives for the people of these countries. Talk about loving your neighbor as yourself! They deserve to be the People of the Year.

2. This question comes to you courtesy of Susan who blogs over at Stew Mama Says. She knows we have a wedding happening any minute now, and she asks, ‘What’s your favorite-something old? something new? something borrowed? something blue in your home?  Be sure you hop over and say hi to Susan today!

My favorite something old would be HONEY! HA! Ok, I will say I am liking having my Mother’s china. I have used it 2 or 3 times since I brought it home the summer before last.

New. I am enjoying the new purse I bought this summer in South Haven with the gals from Caregroup. I love the color and it usually goes well with the majority of my clothing. What I was thinking, as I shopped a goodish amount yesterday, is that it is SO light!! Didn’t weigh me down at all.

Borrowed. Just yesterday I had the thought to give my brother Beeve the set of the DVR Blueray Indiana Jones series for Christmas. I texted my SIL Stacey to see if he already had them, because our children borrowed their Uncle Beeve’s boxed set of VCR tapes several decades ago and wore them SLAP OUT. Unfortunately, he already had them, except for the last Crystal Skull one (which was not so good in my opinion) and the store didn’t have that one. Of course. So the Indiana Jones VCR trilogy was favoritely borrowed.

Blue. This color is severely under represented in our home. Besides the obvious blue jeans, the only thing I could find as I perused the house was this painting by the Ab-Cat in 1996 when she was 7. I love it.

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3. Fudge-yay or nay? Your favorite flavor? Do you make it yourself? With nuts or without? 

YAY!!! I have a great recipe for peanut butter fudge that my friend Shari Erdmann gave me years ago. I do make it and have given a lot away over the years. You can go either way with the nuts, but I think I usually do add some pecans.

4. December 17th is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  How old were you when you made your first flight? Do you like to fly? Have you ever been to Kitty Hawk or other parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks?

There is a certificate in my baby book that says Welcome to the Sky Cradle Club! I was born in September and I am guessing my parents flew from California to Michigan for Christmas to introduce me to the family. I remember my Mother always telling me that I was only a couple months old the first time I flew.

I don’t mind flying, I feel I have gotten it down to a science. I know the rules and have only been tripped up once, years ago.

I haven’t been to those parts of North Carolina. Just to see Mrs. Schmenkman when she lived in Greensboro, many years ago.

5. Do the people in your family tend to follow a particular career path, and if so what’s the path?

No, we are equal opportunity career folk. I will say that my Father was a barber before entering the police force. So I guess I did follow there, but he didn’t barber in my lifetime. I have cut his hair, he gave me a thumbs up.
6. What is one thing you absolutely, positively must accomplish today?

There is not one thing that HAS to be done today. I would like to start the thing I am making and today seems the likely day. Would like to do a little more wrapping, it helps me see where I might need to fill in a little. I REALLY need to get my hair colored but today is Mousey’s  long day guarding lives, so that’s not happening. Might go pick up the turkey.  I am flexible.
7. This Christmas I hope___________________________________.

…I can show the love of God’s Son Jesus to whomever I interact with, loved one and stranger alike.

I also hope these dang cats can begin to like/love/accept each other. Smile

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Little Sy got an early Christmas present from his new adopted Mama. His very own cat tree, or aka, his very own naughty spot!!!!!

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He wasted no time making himself at home.

Since we won’t be Hodgepodging next week because of the holidays, have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you accomplish that one thing on your list that you MUST accomplish today!

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?

Luke 10:27

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!

Sinful Saltines

This week marks the end of the year for the Bible studies I attend. The study at our church and BSF will pick back up again in January. Coincidentally, both are studying the life of Moses. I am immersed in Moses. And I am loving it.

In both classes we are having a Christmas lunch together, as ladies do. I remember Mrs. Schmenkman teasing me once about going to “luncheons”. She said she did not do such activities, therefore did not need clothing for them.

I signed up to bring dessert. I decided to bring Sinful Saltines. I bring these to BSF regularly and to funeral luncheons, and if I don’t there are always women asking me “where are those little things you make?”.

They are super yummy and so easy a monkey can make them, hence my skilz.

I decided to use a festive plate I picked up at Hobby Lobby, or Hobo Lobby as Honey calls it, for 75% off one year after Christmas. I bought a ton that year and probably spent $9.99. Oh, I jest, but things were a good price!

Looks good,

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even BETTER!!!

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Little broken pieces of crack bark. The plate needs to be EMPTY when I bring it home, and that is not usually a problem. Women+luncheon+chocolate=G.O.N.E.!

I have posted it before, but if anyone needs the recipe leave me a message in the comments.

Have a loverly morning and I hope you get something yummy today!

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