Moved On Down the Road

It’s finally happened. After 7 years of blogging, I have used up all the space allowed in this spot.

Last night Mousey helped me to start a new space, one that will feature all the same sort of nonsense you have come to expect here.

Ironically, this is all happening two days shy of the blobs 7th anniversary, otherwise known to the regular readers as the day I shamelessly troll for comments!

This blog will remain here as it is, an extension of my memory, a seven year slice of our life, a beloved member of my family. Well, beloved by me anyway!

Here is your invitation to see the new place, Capri Deb graciously allowed me to use her background because she said she was getting the urge to redecorate anyway. I don’t have everything unpacked and in its place yet, but it’s up and running.

Hope to see you soon at stillnowhiningallowed.wordpress.com
Come on by tomorrow and have a piece of virtual cake!  It would make my heart happy if EVERYONE would leave us a birthday wish, even you strong silent types. Come on, let’s hear some chatter!

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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.

Second Best

Mousey teaches swim lessons to children. She frequently comes home and tells us the funny things they say. Last week she said she had a girl who looked at her and said something along the lines of “You are the second prettiest girl I have ever seen.”. Mousey thanked her and asked who was the prettiest girl she had ever seen, assuming it would be her mother. She said her art teacher.

This is for you Mousey.

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You go Girl.

*****I stand corrected, she said Mousey was the second most beautiful- est girl in the world. An important distinction!*****

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.

The Weekly Sy

What cha got?

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Nachos? Do I like nachos? I do, I DO like nachos!

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Cheese coma.

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Mouse on Mouse

Mousey’s new ‘”swippers”.

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

I am having some Hectic up here in The Mitten. Just wanted to say that all is well, but trying to introduce a young cat into our home where three old, inhospitable ladies reside is …..time consuming and disheartening.

Company is all here, The Boy and The Dane arrived with the Grandcat on Friday and Elyk made the trek up from his new home in Iowa last night. Our dear friends the Hostlers and the Peanuts Champ will be joining us tomorrow, along with The Grandpa, who is also dear. There is much to be thankful for.

Honey had heard that it was supposed to be warm last Monday and promptly declared a family raking day. Unfortunately, it was also the blusteriest day known to mankind, there was no raking. BUT, God gave us an early Thanksgiving present!!! He blew all those leaves OFF our lawn!!!! God loves me and Mousey best!!!!

Praying you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will spend some time counting many blessings, one by one.

Caramel Colored Boots, Check!

Just before we left for Florida I went to Kohl’s with a handy dandy 30%off coo-pin borrowed from Mary Zulker. I decided to take a gander in the shoe department. I was actually looking for boots  for The Ab-Cat. Not high boots, not low booties, but mid boots. Imagine my surprise when I found her a pair, me a pair AND three pair of shoes to take home for a trial run around the house!! The jury is still out on them.

BUT…

I finally found the caramel boots so I could copy the Pinterest outfit! WOO HOO!!!

Imagine my surprise when I got them home and showed Mousey and she said they were the same as hers! I knew I always liked those boots! Well, this is a picture of hers, sprawled out on the floor next to the shoe rack. Mine are in the closet.

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I wore the Pinterest outfit to church yesterday!

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Sorta kinda the same.

teacher talk: outfits You'd have to do leggings not tights. Too see-through for the dress code.

I liked it, very comfy!

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I found an Etsy store called Soulful Edges that had bracelets that I quite fancied. I think this outfit could use one!

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