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Holy Cow!  It's Wednesday night (again) and that means it's time to link up with From This Side of the Pond for this week's edition of Hodgepodge.  I always wonder what each week's questions will bring and if I'll be able to come up with an answer.  At one point, I wanted to be clever in my answers.  Now, I just try to get them answered and posted on time. 🙂  Clever seems to be a bit out of reach currently.  In any case, I am happy to join in the fun and see how everyone answers these questions. 1. What's something you'd rate a ...
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Good morning friends!  How are you?  I have to tell you, this Hodgepodge post almost didn't make it.  It was almost deleted half way done because I couldn't find the time to finish it.  Life is busy!  But, here I am linking up again for this week's Hodgepodge with From This Side of the Pond.  Better late than never, right?   Anyway, it is Thursday and I am excited because that means it's football night for son #3.  He is happy that he will be getting a lot of playing time and I will be holding my breath as he  tackles and gets tackled.  🙂 ...
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Hello friends!  How are you?  We are settling into a new year's school routine around here.  That means we are much shorter on time.  It also means I am fondly remembering our summer vacation.  If you don't know, we took a family road trip this year.  you can read more about that here.  I smile whenever I think of how much fun we had and all the games we played.  If you're anything like me, then you are all about making special memories with your family and sometimes it's the smallest things that do that.  Like playing some games. Have you ever done a family ...
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Today I am continuing to share details about specific stops on our summer family road trip.  If you're new around here, my family took a nine-day road trip through northern California and into Oregon.  It was amazing - not just from the scenery stand point, but also an amazing time for our family.  We made lots of memories.  I've been sharing details about each stop to help those of you who might like to visit the same part of the country.  Today is all about Crater Lake. If you are going to be visiting northern California, you owe yourself a trip a little further north ...
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Hello friends!  I am up to my eyeballs in back to school stuff.  How about you?  However, I am still fondly remembering my family vacation this summer.  You might remember that we took a 9 day road trip. #4boysandamominavan I talked more about it here.  Part of our family road trip this summer included a stop at Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park.  As it says in the park's brochure: Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to shape the land ...
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Hi there!  I'm so glad you dropped by today.  So, how's your week going?  I am knee-deep in back to school. 🙂  I must confess that it is Tuesday evening and I am just now starting this Wednesday Wondering post.  It seems more and more I am having a hard time fitting it in.  I'm not sure if it's I'm doing less thinking or just having difficulty managing my time.  Can you relate? Regardless, I have a few things on my mind this week so it's time to start a new rambling.  I hope you'll leave me a comment below and share your thoughts. Hurricane ...
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Hi there.  How's your week going?  As per usual, mine is busy, busy, busy.  I am missing the freedom of summer.  However, fall is approaching and I do love that season!  I love the cooler temps. and football season.  So, have you noticed how many subscription services have been popping up the last couple of years?  I have.  You can subscribe to services that send you everything from clothes to scrapbooking supplies.  I've never really been interested in trying them, but maybe that's because I live near two big cities where I can find anything I want pretty easily.  However, if you live farther away ...
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You might remember that I posted about planning a road trip here.  Well, road trip is now done, so I thought sharing the details of our drive route might help some of you out for planning a future trip.  Soon I will share specific details for each stop as well. So, we decided that we would fly into San Francisco.  California is just too far to drive in just a week  ~ which is about all Mr. LouiseMarie can take all at one time.  We knew that there is SO much to see in the northern part of California.  There are National Parks, state parks, ...
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Hey there!  I am so glad you decided to stop by today.  I am already mourning the loss of summer.  It's time for me to start getting ready for a new school year.  I hate to lose my free time, having no schedule, and getting to read as much as I like.  On the other hand, I like having routine - I seem to be more productive that way, and I have missed my friends.  Anyway, I have had time to do some reading this summer, and I'm here to share with you my summer reads - and they are ALL good!  So, if you ...
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Hi friends.  Are you a handbag girl like me?  Does the thought of a brand new bag make you almost giddy?  Do you, too, have a collection of bags that you will not part with?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you and I are soul sisters. 🙂  I have been a purse carrying girl since I could walk, and I'm not even exaggerating.  #askmymom  I'd like to think I have a good eye for bags as well.  Maybe a handbag is my spirit animal.  I know for sure that a handbag can make your life better.  Let's chat about it ...
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