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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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.

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 Challenge and a Wee Tree

Capri Deb has thrown down the gauntlet and issued a challenge to herself and encouraged all of her blobby friends to do the same!

We are posting one photo, every day for the rest of the year. She said for the whole month of December , but I feel saying for the rest of the YEAR sounds like a WAY bigger accomplishment!!!

If you are a fellow blobber, won’t you join us? Sounds like a good way to end 2014!

Here is my offering for December 8th,

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I believe I mentioned that due to Sy being a kitten and general newbie around here, we were not going to put up a Christmas tree this year. I knew I had this little ceramic tree in the basement, though it had not seen sunlight in about 22 years. It used to live at my parents house and The Ab-Cat loved it when she was a little girl. I’m not really sure when, but her Grandpa gave it to her at some point. It was my intention that we could have this be our tree this year.

I was very surprised the bulb still worked! The star on top seems to have disappeared and I am mulling over a replacement.

I don’t know. It’s a little…..small. The rest of the family keeps telling me it’s FINE. I am positive this is because they don’t want to help put up the big one. Just a hunch.

There is still time to change my mind.

But for now, we are all decorated! Merry Christmas!

Gauntlet thrown, challenge accepted, bring it on, thanks Deb!!!

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!

The Weekly Sy

Seymour is in a strange new land. He is thrilled to see other cats. The other cats cannot say the same about him.

He has recovered as easily as can be from his procedures. He is eating and drinking well. He is making full use of everyone’s litter box. He has had two accidents, fits of frustration and naughtiness.

At first the felines were interacting through a closed door. There was not much action on that front. He was thisclose to the door, our girls were as far away as they could get from the door.

Then he was a captive on display in the kennel. Like Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes. He was beside himself with excitement to see other kitties. They had nothing but growls, hisses and hate in their hearts.

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We then started the supervised visits. Surprisingly, Mama Mia is handling this the best. I think she would be fine to ignore him, but Sy has a little personal space issue. Mia is not crazy about him being at either of her ends.

Halle and Lucy are just big balls of hissy growls. Bless Sy’s heart, he just keeps trying. He is submissive, even groveling, to try and make friends.

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I have to say it’s a tad more relaxed on occasion. When he is not shadowing them within an inch of their lives. There have been some good signs and then there was The Bad Morning.

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Sometimes he goes downstairs with his mom and dad for a little break. He kept putting The Dane’s hand on his head, it was soothing him.

They said he has been very busy and distracted since he has been here. Not much cuddling, no biscuit making, not his sweet, personable self.

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Everyone had gone their separate ways last night, it was just Abby and I on the couch. I guess he decided he had had enough with the aloof and he jumped up between us and had a nap. Just a short one, then he was back stalking the girls like it was his J.O.B.

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I am praying for a little acceptance over here. I just keep telling ALL of them that they are ok, we have enough loves for everyone.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! It feels like I have been gone for a long time! Thank you to Joyce for giving us something to chat about every week!

1. What’s something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?

I get aggravated with my body. The headaches, backaches, and other pains, the way it has kicked me to the curb a few times in years past, but when I really think about it I am truly grateful for what I’ve got. I can walk, breathe deeply without pain and I have platelets, that’s more than some of my loved ones have right now.
2. The color brown-love it or no? What’s your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?

I love brown, to wear and to decorate with. Most browns are good and they look especially nice with rusts, golds and greens, autumns colors. I will say this is my favorite brown thing in our home.

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There has been a lot of life around that table. Eating, talking, visiting, games and laughter! And a lot of folded laundry.
3. What’s something you’re looking forward to today?

I always look forward to seeing the ladies at BSF. We manage to get a lot of visiting in when we gather to study God’s Word!
4. The word ‘feminism’ is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you’re a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

When I was a child growing up in the 70s  the word feminist conjured up a militant, in your face, man bashing woman.  I don’t really consider myself a feminist, but I am aware that the women’s rights movement has facilitated the changes in our country that allow me to vote and to have many of the opportunities that I am able to enjoy.
5. What’s something you personally can’t eat without making a mess?

Ribs get on your hands. I don’t like that.
6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?

This is my darling friend Dorothy! When we see each other at BSF she says “there’s my Kelly!” and I say “there’s my Dorothy!”. For no reason at all Dorothy gave me the beautimous scarf I am wearing here! I love her.

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7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The Ab-Cat and I are driving to Chicago tomorrow to pick up The Boy, The Dane and the Grandcat, who are coming home for the week of Thanksgiving. The Grandcat is coming to live with us because his parents are moving back into on campus student housing. Did you catch that? The Grandcat is coming to LIVE WITH US!!!!!!! WOO HOO!

Now I will be posting the Weekly Sy so THEY can see HIM!

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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