Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! It’s the first Hodgepodge of 2015! It’s nice to get back in the swing of things and many thanks to our fearless leader Joyce. She keeps the swing swinging!

1. What’s your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I’m asking for a friend.

When things aren’t going as planned, tell yourself you  are making a memory and you will hopefully laugh about it later.

Admit when you are wrong. Apologize. It will be their turn next.

Be gracious when they apologize. It will be your turn next.

I cannot stress enough that laughing together is so important. In this world you will have trouble. It’s not an option, it’s a guarantee. The laughter helps.
2. Before we’re too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined As Silver, so everyone go say hi.
Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?"and "Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"

We were at a Small Group New Years party wondering if all heck was going to break loose or  nothing was going to happen! After the ball dropped we went back to playing cards!

I put some extra water and non perishables in the basement. I figured if things got joophered up and it took a while to sort them out we would at least have some pasta, green beans and peanut butter to tide us over.

3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn’t a word. It’s the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that’s not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014?

Nothing is coming to mind. That’s kind of sad. Or kind of good that the whole year was not consumed by one thing. Take your pick.

4. Speaking of words, it’s that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they’d like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year’s top vote getters are-
bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix).
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you’d like to add?

I thought cra-cra was a stoopid word if used seriously. Sort of like presh and adorbs. If you are mocking? Then by all means, go ahead.

I was not aware bae was a word. It ranks up there with cra-cra.

I DID use Polar Vortex because we DID live through that mess.

5.  January is National Hot Tea month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day?

I am a fan! My favorite tea is Da Vinci sugar free chai tea concentrate. I realize that is not tea in a traditional sense. I like tea bags too. Vanilla Chai, Raspberry, regular. I like most tea with cream and all tea with Splenda. I have 3 favorite mugs.

There is a particular size of mug that works well with my chai ratio. Can’t be too big or small.


Mousey has a friend from Pakistan and she said she is going to let Mousey try some of her loose chai. I guess it comes from Canada and is WAY better than store bought tea bags. I look forward to trying it.

6. Whatever happened to___Amanda Byne_____________________________?

Such talent, such promise, so many problems.

7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter?

Unbroken. Abby says I must. I did think the movie was very good.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It is –1 degree this morning and I am wearing the warm and toasty socks knit by The Dane’s Grandmother! The happy colors help to get through the winter. Heaven knows we need something to get through. Evidently The Dane’s Grandmother knew just what we needed Smile


Thanks for stopping by!


Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

So glad you stopped by in the thick of this busy time of year! Special thank you to Joyce who is juggling Christmas along with her daughter’s wedding soon after! If you would like to play along, click the button below to link up.

1. What is one new holiday tradition you’d like to establish, or one you’ve established recently, say in the last year or two?
I’ve got nothing.

2. It’s the second week of December. Have you sipped a cup of eggnog yet this month? Wrapped a gift? Opened a gift? Kissed someone under the mistletoe? Lit a candle? Eaten a Christmas cookie? Seen Santa in person? Watched a Christmas movie or special? Read scripture relating to the birth of Jesus?
I have not done much but I have opened a gift, lit a candle, and we have heard scripture about the birth of Jesus during Advent at church.

The Girls and I have been discussing what to watch for our introduction to Christmas movie. Mousey picked the clay-mation Jack Frost, which I have to confess I don’t think I have ever seen. How did I miss that one? I loved all the others!

3. Do you think it’s better to be an adult or a child at Christmastime? Explain.

I never find myself wishing to be a child again so I will say it’s better to be an adult. We are adults for SO much longer than we are children, I guess it’s good I am ok with that.

When I was a kid we talked about the real reason for Christmas but I think I was all about the presents. As an adult I can appreciate the birth of a Savior, the miracle and the message so much better.

One thing has remained the same, I love celebrating this joyous occasion.
4. It’s often said, ‘Good things come to those who wait’…agree or disagree? Why?

I think it certainly can be true. We live in such an impatient time. Instant, fast, hurried, and we want things to be ready when we want it. Like Veruca Salt, I WANT IT NOW!!!!

Over the years I have learned that God’s time is not my time. He has used waiting to grow my faith and teach me to trust Him. He sees the big picture when I can’t see beyond the issue I want fixed. I have known some who have waited and prayed diligently for specific things for a very long time, and have not seen the good they hope for. I put myself in this category. There are situations near and dear to my heart that I have taken before the Lord. This is my life verse:

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

It might seem simple but that ‘lean not on your own understanding’ part trips me up every time. My own understanding is directly related to MY timeline and ideas. Whether I admit it or not, I have a plan for how I would like to see things shake out, and it’s obviously not the same plan as God’s, because it hasn’t happened.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Ultimately, I know that God has the plans for my good and for my loved ones, He has told me that in His Word. I am very thankful that sometimes He gives me little insights or glimpses  into what He

is doing, but most times I am here, trying to be patient. And here is what I’ll do while I wait for those good things.

Romans 12:12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

5. What’s the last sweet thing you baked? Did you keep it, take it to a party/event, or give it away?

I made 2 batches of Sinful Saltines on Monday, one for each Bible study luncheon I attend. I take it and leave it ALL there!!! It’s usually gone anyway, it’s very yummy!
6.  This question comes to us courtesy of Jhona who blogs over at The Red House at the End of the Lane. Everyone hop over and say hi to Jhona this week!  Here is her question… "I heard an actor talk about how he makes a conscious choice to talk to people in elevators.  He chooses to connect, make eye contact, and converse. Do you talk to people/strangers when you’re in an elevator or any other place where you might have to wait together? Why or why not?"
I talk to people all.the.time. Or they talk to me. Honey and our children can vouch for this.

I think I have shared here before that I think if people are talking to me, a complete stranger, in a store or elevator or anywhere, they must be lonely or need to talk to someone. I am not so busy that I cannot give them my full attention for a moment.

Just yesterday afternoon an older lady struck up a conversation with me in front of the olive oil at Sam’s. She was sweet, telling me that she heard that the price of olive oil was going up after Christmas for some reason and I should get the big one because it was a better deal. We chatted several minutes, I thanked her for her good advice and we went about our business. It was my pleasure to interact with her. Everybody wants to be seen and given a smile and a kind word. I have been on the giving and receiving end of this.

7. Are you on the naughty or nice list this year? What put you there?

Man, I hope it’s the nice list!!!!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.

I am looking back to 1997 here with a 3 year old Mousey, The Boy was 6 and The Ab-Cat was 8.


One of my favorite Christmas photo shoots eveh!


It’s hard to believe they are grown now. They are still like this in my mind.


Thanks for visiting!

Potent Quotable-Gratitude

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. ~Frank A. Clark

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ~Epictetus

You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. ~Khalil Gibran

Greetings From Bonita Bay!

Hey Guys!
Just wanted to pop in and say we are enjoying sunny Florida! We have been eating well, WAY too well, walking, but not enough, and our biggest decision of the day is where we are going to eat again.
What have you guys been doing? Spill it!

Potent Quotable

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

Potent Quotable-29 and Counting

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. ~Simone Signoret


More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse. ~Doug Larson

The Weekly Sy



The Weekly Sy

The Boy sent this after he was released from the hospital.

He missed his Dad.


Awkwardness Abounds

These sorts of things have entertained our kids endlessly.


I don’t even have a category for this.

Just google awkward family pet photos.

Here’s an idea for you Schmenky!!!!!

Which one is your favorite?

awkward family pet photo








I think mine is the guy with the bird on his shoulder with the cup of tea, stack of books and his computer. Everything you need to know about him! But I do, for some strange reason, find myself captivated by the couple with the bird and the rifle. Decisions, decisions.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! Here’s to SPRING!!!!!!! We are finally getting some up here in The Mitten!

Thank you to Joyce for giving us something to post about each Wednesday!

1. Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.
I think I always appreciated that if I had a problem, she could most likely help me solve it. She was a very wise and capable person.

2.  A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads "Necessity is the mother of invention." When did this last play out in your own experience?
Honey is really good at this. He uses all manner of unconventional things to repair or help things make do. The last thing I can remember was a zip tie on one of the cars. It does the trick until he can properly repair it or get something new. He’s like a little baby genius!

3. Share one of the earliest memories you have from childhood.

One of the earliest memories I have is of standing on my child sized rocking chair, reaching for something on top of my dresser. I have no recollection of what I was after, but I clearly remember the feeling of my weight shifting and the chair rocking forward and spilling me out! My Mom would probably say I was reaching for her Hummel figurines, because i evidently broke them several times in my quest to play with them. I was probably about three.
4. When did you last ‘hit the mother lode’? What was it?

I can’t think of anything recently, but there have been times when I have felt this way thrifting. It’s the thrill of the hunt with thrifting, because I don’t need a darn thing. When I find several really cool things, or an item of clothing that I think will be a good buy, all for a super duper price? It’s the mother lode!!!!!

5. What is/was your favorite dish mom made? Do you make that dish for your family/friends now that you’re all grown up?

 My Mom was a good cook, my favorites were her pot roast and regular roasts, Texas sheet cake, she made really yummy potato salad and egg salad and devilled eggs.  I do make her pot roast and have made the other things but my family does not appreciate things with mayonnaise.
6. Mother May I? was at one time a popular children’s game. It required no equipment or parts to play. What was your favorite childhood game where you could just turn up and play-no gear needed?

 We played quite a bit of hide and seek in my day. Simon Says too. Do kids play those games anymore? 
7. Which TV mom (past or present) is your favorite, and why?

I am going to have to go with Carol Brady. That was just my generation I guess. She always seemed so groovy and kind, and of course could solve all problems in 30 minutes. OR Tammy Taylor from Friday Night Lights. No one says “Hey Y’All” better, and she loves her husband, the Coach.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is a picture of my pretty Mama. The back says April 1961. My Mom has been gone for four years now and Mother’s Day is still strange without her. Maybe that is how it will always be and I am ok with that. I am so thankful for the many memories we have. I will see her again.


Revelation 21:4 ESV

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Happy Mother’s Day, and thank you for stopping by.

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