Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Wooo, I'm going to use this as a catching up post!  Ya know, since it's been close to 3 weeks since I posted last.   Holy crap - I don't know what happened! 
I really didn't think March came in like a lion, but it's pretty much leaving like a lamb!  I'm perfectly OK with temperatures in the upper 40s to upper 50s range in the last week of the month.  I'm a Michigander - that's hoodie weather!

At my VFW, I volunteered to be the chairperson of a scholarship opportunity.  So Chuck & I took the required info around on March 1 to 6 local high schools to drop off.  We will randomly choose 3 applications and they get $1000 so it's nothing to sneeze at!
If they only knew!  LOL!

 That night, I met up with the sisters & Mom at this little "uniques" shop and we painted these 2-sided pallet guys.   It was fun and everyone had a different vision for basically the same idea.
I'm happy with them.  Everyone else stressed about the eyes - mine are black dots!
I love Facebook memories!
...and 3 years later?
OMG, I do believe I have found my tribe!   I was reading some other blogger's posts about Halloween conventions - and since you know Halloween is my jam, I turned to Google to see if any were in Michigan.  Instead I found the Motor City Haunt Club!   On the 9th I went to my first meeting and tried my hand at "corpsing".  
This is one of many different ways to recreate rotted flesh (like everyone needs to know how!) we used pantyhose & liquid latex.  I knew that this was a thing, but I'd never done it because it doesn't fit in with my Halloween shtick.  It was fun, tho. 
I also became a member!  I chatted with quite a few people and everyone was really nice.  The club holds a big garage sale at the end of September that I really hope I'll be able to help out at.  They hold "haunt crawls" going around to member's displays and to 'professional' haunted houses.  We get discounts into said haunted houses!  All sorts of cool stuff. 

the MCHC meetings are held at a college campus in Detroit - and it's only a few miles from the huge, awesomely beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery that I've been wanting to go explore forever!!  A lot of notable Detroiters are buried there like Edsel Ford, Horace & John Dodge, Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin - to name a very few.   
I'll have to explore by sections, since there was just too much to look at in one visit. 
I must have said "oh WOW!" 100 times, just driving around!

Rusty and I got Chuck ready for St. Patrick's Day.
He needed both shoulders repaired (with electrical tape!)  and a change of clothes. 
 He usually wears the tuxedo onesie.
I have stuff growing in my flower beds!  
I've seen robins all around but still no crocuses in my yard. 
I went out after eating pie on Pi day (the 14th) with the family and raked my front yard.  It was up in the 50s so it was glorious out there!   It still looks pretty rough since the last time the yard was mowed was at the end of September before Angel's 21st birthday party - and the very next day I started setting up my cemetery.  Normally I keep the back & side yards mowed like normal thru October, then in November after the cemetery comes down I'll mulch up all the leaves that finally fall and spread in my flower beds.  I didn't do crap last year!  So I was raking up cold, wet leaves that had smashed into the long grass. 
I'm hoping to get out there again this weekend and do some more raking in the side & back yards.  There are a lot of smaller branches that have fallen that'll make a nice little fire in the firepit.
Last Saturday was our annual St Patrick's Girls Night Out and sister Linda had discovered that there was an ABBA cover band playing at a theater not from from Laurie's house.  So we got tickets! 
I only knew about half the songs, but it was still a lot of fun.  
Sunrise on St. Patrick's Day

On the agenda for St. Pat's was breakfast, then meeting up with niece Catie while she tried on wedding dresses!  Such fun!  She went in knowing what she wanted / didn't want and fell in love with the second dress she tried on.  Her wedding isn't until next year, but she was happy to get something BIG crossed off her list.
  Yesterday was pretty slow at work, so I made a grocery list & to-do list for when I got home, I was going to be all sorts of productive.  I'm sure you can guess how that turned out!  I came out of Kroger and looked at my phone at saw 7 messages on my search & rescue chat app, the first wanting to know if we could respond to a search.  Since I had a car load of groceries and was thinking it was a drill - I said I was unavailable.  But as I drove home and more info came trickling in - I realized that it was real!  So I hurried and put away the stuff that went in the refrigerator, changed clothes, grabbed my stuff and messaged that I was on my way.  
So this guy drove onto private property, texted a picture of the barn to a friend and told her he was looking to buy this property (it wasn't for sale), left his keys in the car and disappeared.  I guess the actual homeowners called the police and they did the initial sweep of the property before calling us in.  We were out there for a good 2 hours and had just sent one of our K9s out when the guy came meandering across the field just as the sun went down as if he'd been out for a nice (7+ hours) stroll!!   I'm really thankful that it turned out so well.  I've heard a lot of searches end up being for remains - and while I think I'm pretty level-headed and chill....I don't know how I'd react to seeing a real dead person!
It must have been a slow day for local law enforcement, since at one point there were 7 Lapeer county sheriffs and 3 state troopers there!   They didn't do a whole lot, but the sheriff's sergeant told us he was impressed with what he saw in regards to our team.  I know Lt. was happy to hear that, since it'll get back to the actual Sheriff. 
My Monday evening dance classes are great!  Hiphop is more for exercise, we learn a different combination each week and it's usually good for a laugh, too.   Our tap dance is going to be in the recital in June!  There are 7 of us and we're going to dress up like old ladies and dance with walkers.  We have a medley of songs - Pretty Woman / Man, I feel like a Woman / Hot Hot Hot / Little Old Lady from Pasadena.  This is going to be hysterical!   Someone told Angel she had to be the Blanche (from the Golden Girls) of the group, since she keeps wanting to do these moves that the rest of us can't - splits across the top of the walker??  No way!

Holy crap - I STILL don't have any ideas for the A-Z Challenge next month and they've opened up the Theme Reveals!   I only have until the 28th to put my theme on the sign up form!
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  1. Great update! I love those 2 sided cute. I also take dance class, and we have our recital in May.

    1. The only 2 sided planks I've seen before were scarecrow / snowman so I was all about doing something different.
      What kind of dance do you do? I've been a competition dance mom for many years, so it's kind of fun to be on this side of the action!

  2. My recital is in May as well - I take a tap class and a cardio hip hop class, which sounds kind of similar to yours. It's more for fun/exercise. I have two dances to do for tap in the recital though; it should be fun! Love the pallet guys you painted. Those are so cute, and I think yours turned out really well. Your niece got such a pretty dress! That's awesome she's really on top of that and one big thing she doesn't have to worry about for the wedding.


  3. Wow, you've had a busy few weeks. I love Facebook memories too, they're a great way to reminisce. It's funny how the weather can change in a few years. I like that you went to a workshop learning about recreating rotten flesh! That's something so unique and the finished project looks great; definitely something that will come in handy around Halloween I think.


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