Way Back When-sday Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way?

We usually watch some of the programs that remember the day. The inspiring human stories, any new information that they have discovered. I feel it was a line of demarcation in the history of our country. I will always remember sitting on the couch with Rae Babe watching those towers falling down all day long, just praying for some good news. Our country will never be the same.
2. Do you ever/still…listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phonebook? Refer to a paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?

Honey listens to the ballgame in the car.

We watch the occasional videotape! Goomba likes to rummage around down the basement in our movie closet and he often brings up an oldie but a goodie. When Abby babysits him she always introduces him to one of her favorites. Most recently? Titan A.E. , The Prince of Egypt and Mary Kate and Ashley, How The West Was Fun. He liked them all!

No, I don’t use a phonebook or paper map anymore.

I do use an alarm clock! I rarely need one, it’s more for the extremely rare occasion that I don’t wake up by myself.
3.  Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t know?

I’m sure it could be done but you would have to tread very cautiously. I would certainly be praying for God to be with my words! Politics would not typically be my first or fifth line of conversation, but if someone brought it up, and I felt they were genuinely interested in having a real conversation not just spouting off, I would probably participate.

I think I naturally talk about my faith in conversation. Whether they acknowledge it would be up to them.
4. What’s a dish you haven’t eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month?

SOUP!!! Not yet, still too warm up here in The Mitten.
5. What’s something you know nothing about?

Ahh, there are so many somethings! Mechanics, hockey, electrical and plumbing, basketball and golf, architecture, The Kardashian’s and the Jersey Shore people, and I’d like to keep it that way, thanks.
6. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like classical music? If so, what’s your favorite piece?

I don’t mind it but I don’t seek it out.
7. What’s the oldest thing you own?

This is one of them. It was in my closet. My Grandmother Georgia gave it to me the year my brother Beeve was born. I was 4 years old.

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I looked at this so many times! I loved the illustrations of the bears doing all sorts of family activities. Having a new baby, this was one of my favorite pages.

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I had a pool like that!

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Now days this is my favorite part, my Grandma’s handwriting.
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8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Today is my Mother’s birthday. She has been gone for 4 years now, but this will always be her birthday. I am thankful that I think of her every day, sometimes more.

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I hear her words and her laughter, running through my mind. I remember her wisdom and joy in life. Happy Birthday Mom, you are right here in my heart.

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Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Howdy! I think it’s been a couple weeks since I have been around, there were reasons, but they have been long forgotten. If you would like to join the Hodgepodgers, click the button below to head over to Joyce’s and link up.

1. The best part of waking up is____________________________________.

Folgers in your cup. Not really but that’s the commercial that popped into my mind! I will have to say I do enjoy that cup of chai. Yep, that’s the best part.

2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers…which would you dislike the least?)Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?
I would like to pet a lion, if it was a baby!

3. What is something you fear about ‘old age’? What is something you look forward to?

I fear the once reliable body failing. I look forward to grandchildren!!! I also look forward to retirement with Honey, he works too much!
4. Hot sauce…are you a fan? If you answered yes, what’s something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot?

I don’t ever add hot sauce to anything. I like spicy but not really HOT.
5. It’s been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house?

I asked Mousey for her answer to this question, she said to wash your hands. I guess I was a stickler on that rule. I think I also strictly enforced a no whining allowed policy, because that gets on my last nerve.

I would also hope they learned to be truthful, you can’t control others behavior, only your own, there are consequences for your actions, try hard, be responsible, to have a friend you have to be a friend, reading is FUN-DA-MENTAL, be nice, no hitting or spitting, no fighting or biting, be nice to the kitty, DON’T TOUCH TREES in Florida, (family joke), DON’T TOUCH CAKES (Boy joke), a little humor makes life a lot easier, sometimes you have to make the best of a bad situation (lots of times), people need the Lord, ask Jesus for help, at some point you have to make your faith your own, and you are infinitely loved and cherished.

There’s way more, but that will do for now.
6. What’s your favorite movie with a number in it’s title?

Ocean’s Eleven, is a clever favorite, the one with Clooney and gang. 13 Going on 30 is so sweet. 42 is so inspirational. And  2012 is a guilty pleasure. No one could have survived all that!
7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day…share one here.

The only one I can think of off the top of my head is a vintage Mousey joke. “Why did the cookie go to the hospital?” Because it felt crumby!!!” It was her first told joke, she was probably about 3. She said hossible instead of hospital and we still pronounce it that way to this day.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back When-sday part of the day.

Mousey, around the age of her famous first joke telling!!!

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Can you believe it is the middle of July?? Where is this summer getting to? Thanks for Hodgepodging with us and thanks to Joyce for giving us something to talk about!

1. The month of July was named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. He’s quoted as saying, ‘Experience is the teacher of all things." So what has experience taught you lately?

This summer I have been reflecting a lot on where I was last summer and have realized how thankful I am to a really good God. I had a very heavy soul last year for several reasons, and some of the heaviness seemed permanent and unsolvable. Some situations were well beyond my control or pay grade, adding weight to my already dragging heart.

I spent a lot of time praying, thinking, marinating and having conversations in my mind. I know that God is in control of all things, that He has a plan for our future, that He loves us with an everlasting love, that all things work together for our good, but it didn’t feel good. It felt like the opposite of good.

Throughout my life I have gathered extensive experience dealing with unexpected things that you don’t want, but this time it felt like I was covering all new ground. God decided to work in my heart and mind in new, unexplored ways. I learned a new kind of dependence on Him. I realized, yet again, that His plan for my life is best despite all my turmoil. He took me to task in some areas and justified me in others. He helped me to walk with others around craters in blown up roads. Reminded me over and over that nothing was too hard for Him.

Time and time again He showed me many things in His Word. On time Bible study lessons to prick my spirit or calm my heart. He sent good friends to listen and pray and comfort, and assure me I had not lost my mind.

This year in BSF we studied the book of Matthew. This was one of my favorite verses.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I was weary, I was burdened, I longed for rest for my soul and for the souls of dearly loved ones. With all my thrashing, it was hard to get the yoke on, but God is an excellent partner to pull with. I have much to learn from His gentle and humble heart.

I am not going to say that every sadness is gone, that every loose string has been neatly tired up, that I don’t ever struggle with the hurt, memory and residue of last year, but the experience has taught me much.

2. Where did you last ‘roam’?

I roamed around Target and Kohl’s by myself on Monday night! It was rather pleasant!
3. Speaking of ‘Rome’…pizza, pasta, gelato…you can only pick one, which would you choose?

Probably pizza because I can’t imagine a world without it. I do like gelato though, like The Barone’s.
4. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, ‘All roads lead to Rome’, ‘When in Rome…’ which ‘Roman’ idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

Rome wasn’t built in a day describes my whole life. Everything is always in fits and starts, wait, wait, wait, HURRY HURRY HURRY! You feel like you are making progress, then things stop and you wait patiently for the next move, or you are all jammed up at the end. I just go with the flow, do what I am able. Progress is good!

A good illustration of this exact thing is our backyard patio/deck situation. We had plans to paint the concrete patio right off the doorway, then Honey needed to replace some boards on the deck and do some general repair before we sanded and re-stained the almost nekkid wood. We did repair and paint the patio on Father’s Day (which we are really liking!) and Honey got as far as buying the wood for the deck repairs. But then his work schedule got all weird and inconveniently stole any scrap of free time he might have. Someone asked me how he was the other day and I said he doesn’t really live here right now, he only sleeps here. In the meantime, I have been watering and walking around the stacked boards now residing under the covered part of the patio. So, do you see what I mean about Rome? We will finish…..someday.
5. What’s a movie you’ve seen or a book you’ve read, that makes you want to book a trip to Italy?

I saw Letters To Juliet with the Girls a few years ago and it had a lot of pretty views of Italy. Vineyards, cobblestone streets, kind of how I had pictured it.
6.  Walt’s original Disneyland opened almost sixty years ago, on July 17, 1955  Have you ever been to the California park? How about any of the other Disney parks around the world? What’s your favorite amusement park ride or attraction?

I evidently have been to Disneyland, but I was an infant, so there is no recollection.
I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida several times, and retain some of the recollections from there! When I was a girl, my favorite attraction was The Carousel of Progress.

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I loved seeing all of the ages, especially the future one. I don’t think they even have it anymore, we have probably already passed up that technology!

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7. It’s that time of year…when were you last bitten or stung?

I have never been stung in my life! I have been bitten by mosquitoes, but they don’t like me that much. I don’t even know that I have been bitten this year.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The Ab-Cat was 4, The Boy was 2. This was pre Mousey.

Love Abby laughing and The Boy rocking his Genie shirt and mandals!

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Little Abby in Cinderella’s castle.

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Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your Wednesday!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, it’s good to be back Hodgepodging! Thank you to Joyce for hosting us every week and we hope she enjoyed her week off!

1. Since you weren’t Hodgepodging last Wednesday, how did you pass the time?
I got caught up blogging about the family wedding we attended the end of May.

2. What’s the first word that comes to mind when I say marriage? Yes, one word.

Honey. Sorry, but that’s who I’m married to!
3. Summer officially arrives in the Northern hemishpere later this week. Does it feel like summer where you live? Describe your idea of the perfect summer day.

It is totally summer up here in The Mitten! We have had some very beautiful days but right now it is full on HOT and HUMID. And thunderstormy.

The perfect summer day would have to involve a certain degree of inactivity, something fun to do, good food, and my People. Maybe ice cream. Possibly cards.

4. "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."(Sam Keen) Is laziness ever respectable? Do you have a lazy summer planned, or something semi-ambitious?

A little lazy is ok, it’s when lazy crosses over the line to slothful, and for a long period of time. That’s kind of not respectable.

We always have a lot of work to do in the summer and this year is no different. Staining the deck, carpeting the ramp in the garage, heck, the whole garage needs some attention. Honey would like to get the landscaping lights all put back, they were joophered up in The Sewer Debacle and have never gotten put back where they belong. Ford Motor Company is in model launch this summer and Honey has been working way too many hours. There will hopefully be some lazy mixed in there though.  
5. Past or present, who’s your favorite television dad? Why is he a favorite? Is he anything like your own dad?

Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show) probably is the closest to Honey so I will pick him. Loves his people and a LOT of fun! Plus the added bonus of loving, clever and down to earth.

6. June 18th is International Picnic Day…share a favorite picnic memory.

Picnics will always remind me of my Great Aunt Mary. She loved a good picnic and was always saying “we need to have a picnic!”. It seemed like there were many in my childhood, lots of aunts, uncles and cousins. Looking back, I think Aunt Mary just liked being with her people, a picnic was just the excuse to gather! She was right though, we don’t all gather anymore. Hoovers! We need to have a picnic!!!!!

7. The travel site Trip Advisor lists the top five islands in the world for 2014 as- Ambergris Caye in Belize Cayes, Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Marco Island Florida, and Lewis and Harris in The Outer Hebrides (Scotland). Have you been to any of these? Of those listed (and if price were not a factor) which would you most like to book for a holiday?

I have only been to Marco Island. I would be happy to go to any one of them!!!!!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Way Back When-sday

June 14 would have been my Grandmother Georgia’s 101 birthday. She passed away in 1992. It doesn’t seem possible that someone who invested so heavily in my life and fills so much of my memory, has been missing for that long.

Christmas Eve 1954 with her son, my Uncle Bob.

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She was a wonderful cook, and always in very small kitchens! Sure wish I had that gene!

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March 1957. Grandma Georgia and Grandpa Horace.

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She was born in a different era and had a completely different life. From growing up poor, to the backbreaking labor of farm work, starting her family during the depression, relocating from Tennessee to Detroit in search of a better life for her family, even though it meant separation from her dearly loved “down home” people. She managed struggles and heartache by the bushel. She left an example to follow, a legacy of family, faith, friendship and fun.

Spring 1956, she looks like she is going to church. She always looked so pretty.

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I have certainly had the blessing of strong Christian women in my life. Living embodiments of the verse John 16:33.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

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And she did take heart. She did not live like one who had suffered the trials she had gone through. She was generous and kind, a friend to so many and a faithful servant to her Lord and Savior. She lived with joy and a spirit of good humor. In the years since her passing many people have told me how much they miss her, what a wonderful lady she was.

With her granddaughter Lindsay.

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Easter Sunday 1984 in Venice, Florida.

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She was always cutting out inspirational things to reflect on. I have several envelopes full down in a cedar chest she gave me marked poetry-don’t throw away!. She believed this, and lived her life accordingly.

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And this. I can tell how she aspired to live by the things she cut out.

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She has been having the time of her life up in heaven these last 22 years. It was very common in the church I grew up in to speak about seeing those who will greet you on arrival in heaven. While I believe wholeheartedly that I will see my loved ones again, I don’t really know what that time will be like, theologically speaking. But in my finite mind, I picture her standing there, welcoming me with tears and a hug, the both of us sitting down to her yummy banana pudding and her asking, “well, Kelly, tell me what you know!”. I will show her a picture of my family and tell her of each one, she would have loved our babies. We would talk and talk of our lives and our love for one another and for our Lord, who gave us life, grace, joy and the ability to persevere.

Today I go way back to remember my grandmother’s life.

Have a good week!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, thanks for dropping in! Thanks to Joyce for gathering us for another Hodgepodge!

1. I’ve read several posts and status updates recently describing end of year school field trips. Do you remember taking school field trips as a kid? Where did you go and do you recall a favorite? For any parents responding today, have you ever chaperoned a school field trip, and if so where?

Field trips were not as big a deal when I was a kid as it was when our children were growing up. I can barely remember any. The only ones that I can think of were visiting The Henry Ford Museum and we went to The Toronto Science Centre when I was in the 6th grade. We did have a choir concert in a local mall in middle school, does that count?

I guess my favorite trip was the train ride to Toronto. We played Truth or Dare all the way home, which should have just been called You Kiss Them Over There. I believe Ralph G. was my first kiss ever on that train!

Our kids had multiple field trips in pre school and dozens in elementary school! I went on as many as possible. We have been to bakeries, apple orchards, bread companies, Greenfield Village, boat rides on the Detroit River, trips to Lansing to see the Capital Building, picnics, Mayberry Farm, Real Life Farm, Detroit Institute of Art, one room school house, Amherstberg, Ontario, Canada to Fort Malden, historical museums, went to plays, The Detroit Zoo. I could go on, but that’s enough!
2. What’s something you’re tired of seeing online?

I am seriously tired of politics and the lack of integrity and accountability of our leaders. Does anybody do the right thing for the right reasons anymore? All the bickering and outright LYING is sickening and pathetic. It does not encourage me one bit that we are heading towards a big election in 2 years. I wish someone would remind politicians that one day they will stand before a holy and righteous JUDGE and no amount of spin will cover their tails. 
3. June is the month for roses. Which of the following expressions would you say has most recently applied to your life-‘everything’s coming up roses’, ‘there’s no rose without a thorn’, ‘came out smelling like a rose’, or ‘wearing rose-colored glasses’?

I will say everything’s coming up roses for now! The Boy was home last weekend for a family wedding and he was able to get his blood drawn while here. His platelet count was 195,000, up from 6000 a couple weeks ago!! Woo Hoo!!!!!!! Thank you to all who prayed for higher counts! He will wean off the steroids soon, so we are praying that they have given his immune system the jolt it needed to get its act together and send his ITP packing!!!
4. When grilling outdoors do you prefer gas or charcoal? Who does the grilling at your house? What’s the last thing you ate that was cooked on a grill?

We use gas but it seems like there are some sort of charcoal thingies down in there. Honey usually BBQ’s, but I have on occasion. We had hamburgers on the grill last night as a matter of fact, masterfully cooked by Chef Honey!
5. Are you afraid of the dark?

It depends. I am not afraid to walk around the inside of our house in the dark, of course there are various nightlights scattered strategically here and there. I would not be pleased to be in pitch dark in someone’s creepy basement, or outside in utter blackness searching for my dumb dog!!
6. Share a favorite song with a number in it’s title.

I have always been fond of One After 909 by The Beatles from the Let it Be album.
7. "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."(C.G. Jung). Do you agree? Why or why not?

There are several types of people that rub my fur the wrong way, and most for the same reasons. I can agree that it has lead me to the understanding that I have little patience for whining and lack of common sense. I don’t think what irritates me about others irritates me about myself. There are things to be said about me, but I don’t think those two are it. Maybe it shows me my intolerance, but I already have a pretty good understanding of that..
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of field trips, Mousey’s preschool class had the BEST! Her teacher, Mrs. Berg, was a lovely, creative, interesting leader who introduced her little students to many wonderful things. They made bread at Great Harvest, decorated cakes at Mary Dennings Cake Shoppe, went to Real Life farm and rode a horse and made butter and pet all manner of farm animals, picked apples at the orchard and pumpkins at the patch, and others that I can’t recall at the moment.

These pictures are of one of the most unique trips we ever went on. I can’t remember what the name was, but this man had many exotic animals at a warehouse that the students could interact with. He was so good with the kids and he was an expert handler of his animals.

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Mousey couldn’t wait to pet that kitty!

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For some reason I think this was a chinchilla, but that was many years ago.

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Snakes, why did it have to be snakes? Name that movie!

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And then she HELD it!!! My mind is still screaming.

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A much more pleasant view to leave you with! I miss that little Mousey girl.

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Thanks for stopping back to Hodgepodge and go Way Back with me. Have a great week!

Way Back When-sday Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! So glad you stopped by. Thanks to our hostess Joyce for rounding us all up together for the last Hodgepodge of May!

1. What news story are you following right now?
I can’t say that I am following anything at the moment. I was watching closely when Flight 370 first went missing. All those experts fascinated me, especially that Mary Schiavo, she really seems to know her stuff. I also found it so interesting how much they can learn from a crash. From gathering all the pieces to combing through the data. Seriously, I had no idea!

On another note, if you fly at all, it is alarming to think a plane can just get lost. Sympathy is felt for the families left behind with no explanations, or clues for the whereabouts of their loved ones. It’s hard to believe that there was even a feature to allow the pilots to turn off their transponders. Why would you ever need to do that?

2. What’s the last thing you wanted but didn’t get?

When The Boy told us a few weeks ago that he had symptoms of his in remission, chronic ITP, I prayed that it was a blip on the radar. His platelets, on occasion in the last 9 years, have dipped due to viral activity. Never this low, but he has dropped and then gone back up on his own without treatment. The University of Chicago admitted him shortly after and he received three doses of IVIG in hopes of suppressing his body from destroying his platelets. He had his blood drawn a few days later and his platelet count did not get the expected bounce we were looking for. He is now on a burst of steroids in hopes that will shock his immune system and allow him to return to remission.

He has dealt with this auto immune disorder on and off since he was 19 months old. A splenectomy when he was 4 solved the problem for 9 years. It reared it’s ugly head with a vengeance causing him to miss about half of the 8th grade. The IVIG treatment that worked pre-splenectomy, didn’t work this time around. Steroids didn’t do much. Some of the treatments that had been developed since his last go round didn’t work at all. Years earlier, one of his first doctors called him refractory. I asked her what that word meant, she said  “resistant to treatment”.

In March of his 8th grade year his doctors at University of Michigan Hospital pulled out the big guns. Affectionately dubbed “Boxer’s Brew, named after his doctor who pioneered it. It was a cocktail of methylprednisolone, cyclosporine (a potent immunosuppressant), and chemotherapy. It was rough. Probably the roughest thing he has ever endured. I asked Dr. Boxer at that time what would happen if he ever came out of remission, he said we could do the Brew again.

Another 9 years have gone by, what is with the NINES! It is too soon to tell if he is completely relapsed. The Boy is no longer my 19 month old, my 4 year old, my 13 year old, he is almost 23, a college student in another state, he is married. We don’t know what the outcome of this trial is.

I wanted those counts to go back up, and they haven’t. Yet.

3. Random! Way Back When-sday

Here’s our Boy, from way back in 1999! He had lost his one front tooth, and grew it’s replacement months before, yet that other front baby tooth kept hanging on! Little did he know that the second tooth would not grow in for some time, leaving him with a decidedly snaggle toothed smile and the nickname of Cletus the Redneck! But look how proud he was!

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4. How have your priorities changed over time?

Back in the day I wore some pretty uncomfortable things in the name of fashion that would not be my priority now! Comfort is My Precious in this stage of my life. 
5. What’s a favorite memory with your grandparents?
Here are both of my Grandmothers. My Mother’s mother Georgia on the left and my Father’s mother Esther on the right. The side of the photo says March 1957. This is before I was born and before my family moved back to Michigan from California. Maybe my parents were home for Easter.

My Mother had a very small family, just her parents and her younger brother, my Uncle Bob. All the rest of their people lived down south in Tennessee. When she married my Father, she married into a big TRIBE of a family. I think there were at least 7 of the brothers and sisters of my Grandfather’s in the Detroit area. They all got together for holidays and picnics and were just generally all up in each others lives.

One of the things that I loved the most about this big family was they just absorbed my Mother’s family into their own and loved them. I know it meant so much to them to be graciously included in such a big, fun group of people who shared their lives and holiday meals. Even after my parents divorced, the love between some members of the family endured until death.

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Both great gals in their own ways. Hard workers, fun loving, God fearing and devoted to their families.

6. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being fantastic!), how good are you at multitasking? Share an example.

I think this is an area that I am highly skilled in, as most mothers are! Who hasn’t had a day when you were going in 10 different directions within a very small window of time? Just last week in Virginia I juggled shopping, eating, texting, praying and talking on the phone to children, Honey and health care professionals, all within an hours time!
7. How would you summarize your highs and lows for the month of May?

It was a month of very good highs and then some not so good lows. The year end of our Bible study, BSF, was the 8th, and that always goes out on a high with Sharing Day. The women in the class have the opportunity to share what God has taught them throughout the year in our study. Some women are so good at sharing that there is hardly a dry eye in the house! Always a good time for reflection and remembering the ways God has spoken truth, and shown Himself faithful in our lives.

There was also my annual trip to Virginia to see Mrs. Schmenkman, always a celebration of fun, food, fashion and friendship!!! Honey’s birthday was the 21st and he is the highlight of my life!

The low can be summed up in question 2. That was kind of unexpected.

8.  Insert your own random3. May 28th is National Hamburger Day…when did you last have a hamburger? Other than your own kitchen or BBQ grill, where is your favorite place to go for a hamburger? And for all you non-meat eaters out there…when you’re invited to a cookout what is the one side dish you hope is on the menu? thought here.

Lately, I have been more of a patty melt kind of girl, with no onions please, thousand island on the side. I last had one with Mrs. Schmenkman, at Red Robin, in Hagerstown, Maryland. It was yummy, but we really went for the onion ring tower!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the last few days of May!

Way Back When-sday

I did not get my act together to participate in The Wednesday Hodgepodge this week so I offer you a way back picture from April 1998 instead. Sixteen years can make a big difference, in size, location, furniture and pets.

There is so much I love about this shot. I love our little ones lounging on our old couch in the family room at our old house. I love that my brother Beeve is there, and most likely came over to see our new, at that time, kitty Indi. I love how Indi is passed out on his shoulder, all 10 pink little toe pads up! Love Mousey sucking her thumb, The Boy chilling with his curly hair and cut off shorts, and Ab-Cat “standing” in back with her WWJD bracelet on. I think I look very happy here.

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It’s a keeper.

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, thanks for stopping by! Joyce is taking a spring break next week so Wednesday Hodgepodge will be off as well. I thank her for her faithful dedication to all the Hodgepodgers out there!

1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last ‘shower’ attention on someone or have attention ‘showered’ on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm?

Lots of attention is always unnerving to me, so let’s just not.
2. Share a favorite ‘spring break’ memory. Not talking about just the ‘college spring break’ thing, but any favorite spring break memory you’d like to share. Keep it family friendly please!

All of my memories of spring break are fun! We always went to Florida with the kids for two weeks. Such good memories. We visited my folks some, went to Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, Sea World and more. My favorite parts were playing games back at the rented house or condo. Just talking and hanging around with my People.
3. It’s National Pecan Month…are you a fan? If so, what’s your favorite dish that calls for pecans?
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pecans and pecan pie please!!!!!

4.  ‘Put all your eggs in one basket’, ‘egg on your face’, ‘rotten egg’, ‘walk on eggshells’, or ‘a good egg’…which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life?

I have a situation in my life that feels like walking on eggshells.
5.  In my experience___________________________________.

…walking on eggshells is hard and I am not a fan.

6. What’s a  favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics?

Singing in the Rain. Such a good movie too!

7. What does the word hope mean to you?

I think hope is a very important word. But even more important is in whom you put your hope. People are always looking for someone they hope can fix their situation. Some people pride themselves on being fixers. Misplaced hope can be heartbreaking, devastating or deadly. The only hope I have found worth having in this word is hope in Jesus. Hope in Him is not a wistful, maybe, I wish kind of thing. It’s the assurance that there is more to this life. His work on the cross and the resurrection made a way for eternal life, the forever life, not this temporary, hard, afflicted life we have now.

Like the old hymn, My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here is the Way Back portion of the post. This trip was April of 2002. We usually stayed with my folks for a few days before we headed over to whatever we rented. The kids loved visiting and especially loved their giant pool!! Mousey was just asking the other night if I remembered the French toast Grandma always made when we were in Florida.

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At that cool pool! One of my favorite pictures of Ab-Cat and The Boy together.

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The Boy and I playing 5 State Rummy. We played a lot of cards and games.

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Mousey and Ab-Cat.

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At Jurassic Park.

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Mousey and The Boy.

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Another one of The Boy, cause I miss this rascal.

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Honey with his friends.

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Thanks for stopping by! Have a hopeful week!

Way Back When-sday-Honey and His Siblings

Honey’s Older Sister, otherwise known as Linda, posted this picture on Facebook this week and we thought it was SO CUTE!!!

All five of the children in Honey’s family together in one picture!

Linda is the oldest and she is smack dab in the middle, Top left is Donna, right is Rachel, bottom left is Danny and Honey is on the bottom right.

I e-mailed her to see if it was ok if I lifted it off her page and she gave the go ahead. These were her thoughts;

Donna found it and was telling me about it.   I don’t see why you can’t put it on your blog.   I just don’t understand why we aren’t smiling.   Donna seemed to think (because I can not remember) that the photographer used to come to our house to take the pictures of us and I do have a vague nudge on that.    This had to be the picture that mom chose because like most photographers I imagine he would have taken several and then my mom would have chosen just the one because she couldn’t have afforded more.  I think it was taken around Easter because I recognize that baby blue suit.

I LOVE this picture! I think it should be in a frame!

Thanks Linda, it’s a keeper!

Way Back When-sday Hodgepodge

Hey Guys, the Hodgepodge is back! It sounds like Joyce had a nice break and has jumped back into the Hodgepodge with both feet! Head on over to her place to join us.

1. Summertime is a season of reunions, weddings, and other family celebrations and gatherings…are any of the above on your calendar in the next two months?

We do have a wedding in July. The Oreo Mom and Kentucky Jim’s oldest son is taking the plunge. There will be other small gatherings as well, family, care group, girls!

2. June is National Iced Tea Month…are you an iced tea drinker? If so, how do you like yours (sweet, flavored, etc)?

I do like iced tea, but I have a pretty early cut off time for caffeine, so it’s a lunch only deal. I like it with Splenda, and if I am feeling sassy, a little lemon.

3. When were you last nervous?  Looking back, was the ‘event’ actually nerve-worthy?

I do not like public speaking, so that would certainly put a crimp in my tail. I can’t think of anything recent though.

Oh, wait, I have a memory. I guess it made me so nervous that I forgot.

When our BSF class went to Cincinnati last March for our Leaders Retreat, our Class Administrator Area Team Advisor, a lovely woman named Barb, asked if I would work the second shift in the registration room. There would be volunteers at tables organized alphabetically, one side of the room for registration and packets and the other side for room keys. She said I would have a clip board with all of the answers to any questions that might come up, you know, the pertinent information. She instructed me to head over to the ballroom at a certain time and find the gal I was supposed to replace to get The Clipboard, and she would fill me in. Easy Peasy.

I was as nervous as a CAT. I try hard not to be in charge of anything. I am an Indian, not a Chief. I have LOTS of friends who want to be the Boss and I am OK with that! When Barb asked if I would do it, I thought it would be ungracious if I said “I don’t want to, I might throw up”. I worried about it for quite a while, then prayed about it and asked God to please help a girlfriend out or else we were going to have a problem. Then I put it out of my mind, because I can be all Scarlett O’Hara like that and convince myself that I will think about it another day.

Back to the ballroom. I found the gal and she told me that it had been a breeze, hardly anyone had any questions and she had not used the clip board even once! A PIECE OF CAKE she said, in her perky southern accent!

I hadn’t been standing there with my clip board for about 5 minutes when I was slammed. I guess the reason the other clip board lady had no problems was because hundreds of ladies waited to register on the second shift. I had little groups of people, in varying stages of mood, all over the place, and do you know what was not on my handy dandy clipboard? THE ANSWER TO ANY QUESTION ANYONE ASKED. After listening to each party’s circumstance, and telling them I would find the answer for them, and thanking them profusely for their patience, I realized that the only person who could solve any of the problems was our hotel liaison, my new best friend, Bob. But Bob kept disappearing, trying to solve the problems, leaving me and the other clip board lady to soothe the ruffled feathers. With useless clip boards.

As Ma Ingalls always said, “Alls well that ends well”. As far as I know, by the end of the night everyone had a room and a key. At least I saw no woman sleeping on a couch in the lobby.

Was the event actually nerve worthy? Yes, yes it was, but God had my back. And I do remember thinking, if I was still around, I should offer my services to Barb for the next retreat, because at least I would know what to expect and save some other poor gal from the nightmare of the dreaded second shift in the Registration Ballroom!!!

4. The bristle toothbrush was invented in China on June 26, 1498...not sure how that date was pinned down so precisely but, on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being sick to your stomach and 1 being not at all, how nervous do you feel when you’re headed to the dentist?  Do you see your dentist twice a year?

I guess it was a momentous occasion to be remembered!  I do go twice a year, but I am a dental weenie. Our dentist is a lovely man and his staff are all wonderful people, but my teeth are sensitive and I just don’t like it. For cleaning, about a 4-5, for work, about a 8 or 9. I am always waiting for the zinging pain.

5. What’s making news in your town this week?

I rarely know what is going on in our town, Honey or Keelyody usually tell me if there is anything to mention, there is usually not. The  tv news is always about Detroit and it’s usually all sad, all the time down there. What I caught a glimpse of today was that Detroit Emergency Manager Orr denied City Council President Charles Pugh’s 4 week medical leave. I have not followed this story closely, and I do not know Mr. Pugh’s particular situation, but I do know that the City Council are widely regarded as a bunch of incompetent yahoos, so I am willing to give Mr. Orr the benefit of the doubt.

6. Curtains, drapes, blinds…your window treatment of choice? Are there any bare windows in your house? Is that by choice or because you haven’t gotten around to covering them?

We have a variety. The only curtains we have are in our bedroom. Honey works at night and sleeps in the day so they are room darkening for his benefit. I have valances (made by the impressive Capri Deb!) in the family room and on the kitchen door wall. Some windows have mini blinds that we never close, but protect the furniture, some have nothing, and The Ab-Cat has verticals on her door wall, which are coming down because they are kicking the bucket. All to say, we are equal opportunity window treatment folk.

7. Summertime is officially here (in the Northern hemisphere anyway)…what one song is a must-have on your summer playlist?

I have no summer play list, but one summery song I like is by Kenny Chesney, something about a Yoohoo bottle rolling on the floorboard.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Since I showed you the picture of the super ugly, 70s polyester quilt my Grandma Georgia made yesterday, I offer you something pretty to offset all the….poly.

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The quilter herself. One of the most important people in my life. Ever. She was the real deal and I miss her.

Have a wonderful week. And if someone offers you a clip board, don’t take it!

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