My new kitty friends

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I did it.  I finally did it.  I finally adopted some kitties.  I love cats, and have for some time.  But I have just never felt like I was in a place that I could have my own cats…until now!  Towards the end of January I went to the local humane society and adopted 2 adorable kitties, Fermata and Sir Kit Kat.  And yes, the cats are as weird as their names and as they look in the picture above.

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Simple Pictures – 5

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I went out to my favorite place in town the other night: the channel.  We had a beautiful day and as it got towards sunset the temps were still in the 40s.  The sun was shining brightly, which is unusual for Michigan winters.  I could tell early on that it was going to be a beautiful sunset and after a long winter with so few of those, I was excited.  I got in position with several others, and watched this beauty happen.

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Recipe – Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Milkshake

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While walking through the store recently something caught my eye, In the milk cooler I saw a brand of milk called Sir Bananas.  On closer inspection, I saw that they had 2 types of Sir Bananas milk: Banana and Chocolate Banana.  I normally love banana flavored things, but wasn’t sure if I could handle straight up banana milk.  I was curious enough about it that I decided to buy the Chocolate Banana milk.  I tried a glass when I got home and it was actually very tasty.  However, something struck me that there may be a way to make it even tastier.

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Grandpa

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January 6, 2016 – the day my grandfather took his last breath then passed away.  I was getting ready for work when I got the call from my aunt.  I was crushed.  I loved my grandfather.  He was the sweetest man I’ve ever known.  His love for his wife, family and God was overwhelming.  Even though dementia had been taking over him for a few years, there was still a lot of Grandpa left the last time our family was together this past Thanksgiving.  Realizing that he was now gone and would no longer be a part of our family celebrations was hard to fathom at first.  Thinking about making the drive from Michigan to South Dakota and not seeing him sitting in his chair when I got there instantly brought tears to my eyes.  I wept uncontrollably and openly as I tried to put on my makeup and get out the door for work.  I knew there wasn’t anything I could do at that moment and that I needed to move on with my day until details were available.   Continue reading

My first Michigan Winter

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I’ve been in Michigan for 4 months now.  Seeing as how it is mid-January, it is safe to say I’m well into my first Michigan Winter as well.  So far, I’d say it is…bearable.  I’m only a few miles from the lake shore, so lake effect snow is a very real thing here.  Since day 1 of moving here people have warned me about the dreaded ‘Michigan Winter’.   It honestly started to feel like every person I met felt a great need to warn me of what I was soon to encounter.  Initially I just gave them a blank stare and responded with “I’m from Iowa.  I’ve been through winter.”  My brother and I have joked about this as he has been here through 4 Michigan Winters.  Here’s the thing: yes, there is more snow here, BUT, at least you can BREATHE!

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Simple Pictures – 4

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It would appear that my ‘Simple Pictures’ posts are something I enjoy doing as this is now number 4.  It would also appear that raindrops are a simple thing to me, because this is the 4th simple pictures post involving raindrops.  Not intentional, just something I realized.  I guess I enjoy the simplicity of a rain drop left over after the storm has rolled out.  They just hang out for a while, sometimes catching your attention as the sun makes them glisten.

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Busy Times

It has been a while since I’ve taken the time to write and post a new blog.  Mid-November I moved into my new house in Michigan after living with family for 2 months.  After moving, it took me about a month to get internet hooked up.  Since I don’t like posting blogs from my phone, it has also taken me about that long to actually sit down and write.  I have ideas for new blogs, and some new recipes and pictures to post.  They’ll all be coming soon.  But today I’m starting my painting project in my bedroom.  Trim, ceiling, and walls are all getting a fresh coat.  Fingers crossed that goes well.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.  I’ll be back soon.

My Strange Fears and Aversions – #1

Everyone has something they’re afraid of in life.  There are the normal fears like speaking in front of a crowd, spiders (aka 8-legged bastards), and heights.  Then there are my fears, and, for the purpose of this blog I’m going to throw in, my aversions.  I’ve concluded that mine are a little more strange than the average person’s because of the weird looks I get when I explain them to people.  I don’t know why these things scare and bother me, but they do.  And because of their strangeness people seem to enjoy pointing them out to me even more and trying to find ways to purposefully bring these things into my life.
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Simple Picture – 3

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I was in Illinois this past weekend checking out the Starved Rock State Park area.  Unfortunately, the weather was not very cooperative and it rained quite a bit.  Before heading home on Sunday though I was able to return to the park and check out some of the dirt paths.  While walking along the trail this leaf caught my attention.  More than 12 hours after the rain had ended, yet this leaf was still covered in rain drops.  Laying there undisturbed by all the people passing by.  Even the birds and squirrels canvasing the area hadn’t made it to this leaf yet.  I find it is often the most simple things in life that are the most interesting.