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No feline…Just Funny….


Due to the little co-inhabitants that occupy my body, we woke up late this morning.  Unfortunately, they (my Borreliosis)  have deciding to come alive and wreak havoc with a vengeance.  That’s another story for another time.

Anyway, today was lab draw day for the kids as they have their appointment with the doctor in a few weeks.  So, having the blood draw done first saves us time and money on not having to go to a second appointment.  Well, with us waking up late, me needing my coffee and then taking a shower it was nearly 10:15 by the time we left.  Now, I want the accuracy of the tests so the kids were fasting, which did NOT go over very well.  Especially when I said NO coffee to them.

We got to the lab, which is usually a quick 20 minute in and out, only to find that the lab is under new management and they have changed their routine so that only one person is drawing labs and doing all of the paperwork.  The waiting room had several waiting for drug testing.  Hmmmm…. unfortunately, with the closing of their other labs, we got to sit and admire our surroundings while we waited.   A new experience for the kids, I just have to add.

Anyway, when we finished, the kids were crabby, ready to pass out and getting headaches.  Both wanted food and coffee.  So, I stopped at Starbucks to brighten their moods.  By the time we pulled away I was laughing so hard I was near tears.  Let me recap the conversation as it took place:

Me:  “Okay, so what do you want?”

Daughter:  “I want a Vanilla Skinny Latte.”

Son:  “Order me a Venti Black Eye.”

Me:  “A What?  That’s a joke right?”

Son:  “No, that’s what it’s called.” (in a serious yet humorous tone at his already frustrated not amused mother.)

Lady at the drive thru:  “Ma’am I am unable to hear you can you back your car up so you are in front of the speaker?”

Me, after backing up: “I’ll take a Grande Vanilla Skinny Latte, a Grande Mocha, and…..(looooonnnngggg pause)….. Um…..Do you have a black eye?”

With this both kids are laughing hysterically.  I stopped for a moment to realize how that sounded and was also laughing.  The gal at the window replied with a bold “YES”, gave me the total and asked me to pull around.

I got to the window still laughing and had to explain that I asked it that way because I thought that my son was playing a joke on telling me to order a black eye.  Only, the way it came out with me asking if they even had that was even funnier.

You may be asking, as I still am…. What in the world is a Starbucks Black Eye?   Apparently its along the lines of very dark roast with a double shot of espresso.  We think!    If you know better, let me know.

Welcome to my world!  🙂



End of Summer

It’s been a crazy summer. If you have not seen me lately it’s because we’ve been really busy. Praises to the Lord for the strength He gives to continue on. We are richly blessed and are thankful for every moment. As we close out summer and begin our school activities, I thought it would be fun to share a few of our special moments.

Starting out with Summerfest and Music.  Lindsey Stirling was amazing!





How about a glass of wine and a little Shakespeare in the park overlooking the city?  Cheese and crackers anyone?
The night market was fun.  Listening to music, walking the vendors, and watching the ice sculpture slowly melt in the 80 degree evening.
The night market was fun. Listening to music, walking the vendors, and watching the ice sculpture slowly melt in the 80 degree evening.



Who could believe we would once again venture down to Disney.  Especially when we said we would never go during summer.  We did enjoy several aspects however, that we would not have enjoyed had we not gone….
Frozen Festival in the summer…..
And seeing some friends of old!  What a great night of selfies, dancing, blue blinking lights and sore feet.  🙂


Learning how to make several Korean dishes while listening to friends play the kids instruments.  
Water park with the cousins.


One of the best parts of summer was attending the North American Championships in Maxville, ON.  Ten bands competed for the North American Championship in Grade II…. 



Meet the winners of the North American Championships….Yes!!!! Greater Midwest Pipe Band.   Well worth all of the travel and the work.  Something the kids will never forget.  Next year Scotland and the World’s?  
Who could forget session in a local pub.  Playing fiddle with friends and classmates.  
On stage with Liz Carroll at Irish Fest.  Playing just before a monsoon of rain, constant lightning, and wind gusts that nearly blew us over.  It did end up being a great night once the rain stopped.  Took longer for the lightning, we just avoided sitting on the metal bleachers.  




Our daughter celebrated her 16th birthday which was not only her sweet 16, yet also her golden birthday.  It was a day of celebration with friends, a limo, dinner and a masquerade party.  



Yes this is me..scaring a dear friend at the end of the Jurassic World movie.  It was  hilarious… and I’m sure if she would have thought of doing it to me, she would have!  🙂 
And lastly, a fun night with mom and daughter attending a Saucy Suffragette party with our friends and Attorney General for our stat celebrating 95 years.  Should we be worried that the only thing we had to buy in order to dress time period, were the hats?  What a great night.

I hope dear friends that your summer was as full and as exciting with thankful blessings of family and fun.  I do hope to begin blogging more consistently in the next few weeks.  I have plenty of Feline Friday pictures to post.  🙂  And a great many thoughts of God’s ever present providential care in our lives.  God’s blessings to you all and to your families

Feline Friendly Fridays

“Is this for me? I’m following the two paw program…I’m sitting in the chair and not on your table. Come on mom… just a lick?” Mom replies….”No! Cat’s like real milk and that is almond milk. However, you do get bonus points and a treat reward for following the two paw program when it comes to my table.”


Cat Play

“Hey Oliver…mom won’t feed us lunch, but I think I found a solution.”
“Oh yeah….I see what you mean.”
“I think if I stretch I can reach it. That’s right birdie, keep your head turned.”
"Hello Birdie, want to come in for lunch?"
“Hello Birdie, want to come in for lunch?”
Smart Bird replies, "Thank you very much for the invitation but I think I'll pass.  I just wanted to check out the nice digs you two have.   Maybe another time."
Smart Bird replies, “Thank you very much for the invitation but I think I’ll pass. I just wanted to check out the nice digs you two have. Maybe another time.  Although, I saw a crow and I’ll let him know your having a party.  “


Feline Friendly Friday


You have to understand…This cat tree was for the “new kitten” and has been used by him alone for the last 5 years.  When the older cat decided to take it over a few weeks back, the little one (the orange one) just didn’t know what to do with himself.  It lasted about an hour that he wandered around, tried to fight his way back on top, and finally settled on taking the lower “bed” of the cat tree.  He looks a bit sulky in defeat!

Traveling Memories Week 2


Riding one of the “child friendly” roller coasters with our son.  Front seat wasn’t so bad as it was well tolerated.  Yesterday I rode the Rockin Roller Coaster with the kids.  You could say I had a brain lapse and got on the ride thinking “Oh there aren’t any drops it just goes fast.. I can handle this..” I knew that I was in trouble from the moment it went from zero to sixty… Yes, this is what this ride is all about.  Okay, to stop any additional adrenaline rushes and cortisol waste, I closed my eyes and did Lamaze breathing.    As my friend reminded me it was already dark in there.  I told her I hadn’t noticed as my eyes were already closed.  ha ha  Hey, it worked and I walked off without any screams leaving these lips and I wasn’t spent from cortisol use.


Selfie with Cheshire.


Notice anything?  The Hat is gone… Boo hoo!


Although we do like the new look it’s a little strange….


A little too close for comfort.  Believe it or not he was actually under my chair.


To be my friend you have be able to take a joke or be the butt of one.  So if you’re camping with me and you wake up with a red eye that lasts for 2 days you deserve to wear what I buy you.   (Okay, I didn’t buy it, but I was ever so close and the kids almost made me… )

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Yes this is the real carriage from the movie.  And we got to hold the glass (plastic) slipper.  Look at those two queens and their ladies in waiting.  🙂

Traveling Memories


Visiting with an old friend who was a wonderful mentor walking through my early years as a Christian.  Thankful for the afternoon spent in her new home in a new state.




Now, the two Mickey Mouse beds are enjoyed at home and since Disney is on the itinerary it was appropriate that the beds came with.  Tell me what is wrong with this picture…. The basket was the “catch all” basket for papers, keys, etc.  Hmmmm….. I’d say it caught more than expected!  🙂


We learned that when your car is old enough and the gear shift doesn’t shift properly all you need is a good old fashioned screw driver.


I have a beautiful picture of my great grandfather, whom I can still remember from my early childhood, playing the violin.  The picture is of him fiddling while his sister plays the piano.  My grandmother has always shared of her joy of hearing him fiddle.  It has been a blessing that our daughter has picked up the love of the violin and has been fiddling for a few years now.  With great joy and many tears, our daughter was able to share her passion with her great grandmother.  It was a special moment to always be remembered.  A generational passion that continues to play on…. 🙂


My grandmother is turning 90 this year and she doesn’t travel back to her home state nor up to our state to see us anymore.  So knowing that she hasn’t heard the kiddos play their bagpipes and drums in a while, it was a must to bring them down and to play for her.  Another moment or two… to be remembered.


Eating lunch out at our favorite eatery on the waterfront.  Something grandma and I have done for many many years, every visit.  Now the kids ask if we can eat there at least once when we visit.  Who doesn’t love a good Ahi Tuna or Crab Lobster salad… Mmmmmm!


Mother daughter picture (yes a selfie) on the pier.  Watching the dolphins chase the Jack fish toward the shore, watching the fisherman pull up their catch and just enjoying the beauty of the ocean and what it has to offer.



And to top off the visit with grandma was learning how to make plantains!  Thank you Ken!  I have tried and failed until you shared how it is done.  We all thank you more than you know for the blessing of instruction in cooking this delightful treat.  We have made them at least every two nights and are trying to figure out where to get more.  🙂

We thank grandma and Ken for their kindness and love during our visit.  Memories made during a week of fun… We will never forget and we look forward to doing it again.

Two more weeks to report on coming up next…. 🙂  To be continued….