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    Hiking in the Cold North

    I set a personal record for a winter hike yesterday! It was a cold day but not bitter like it had been for a while (seemed like months actually). It was a long ways from those hikes in Panama, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Texas and other warm places that the Air Force sent us. Much closer to Iceland, Illinois and Washington state in many circumstances like the wind chill (about zero during the hike), the snow covered surface and cloud cover. Maybe I should explain why I hike outside in the wintertime? I think they forgot to plow us today!First, I like a challenge!  Yep, it is a challenge to get…

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    Coming to a View Near You Almost Wordless Wednesday

    A lmost    ready    to    pop…B etter    look    now!C olor    just    about    set    to    unfurl. D rama    alive    in    the    garden. Almost Wordless WednesdayIrises look like purple lipstick tubes. Hello Poppies!  They are green balls now… but soon will be an orange bowl of color. Strawberry blossoms… sweetness about to send us picking and grinning. Yellow irises on scene.  The light blue, dual colored and Japanese irises will fill in the landscape. What is growing near you?  Challenge yourself to do some daily checks to be there as new life pops into view.  Happy Almost Wordless Wednesday!  Join Us    byDeborahonWednesday, May 22, 2013Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary Life:Deborah,Flowers,Wordless…

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    Happy Military Spouse Day! Let’s Talk Jobs for Spouses > DoD Blogger Roundtable

    Do you remember… What a great day! Celebrating the contributions of military spouses to their families, services and country! A special shout out to my favorite military spouses > MilAve_Deborah and MilAve_Leanne. Immense contributions at that but I digress from the purpose of this blog which is to announce how much progress can be said for military spouse employment and provide “How To” tools to help! When the DoD Blogger Roundtable met yesterday afternoon there was no big announcements, no laudatory pats on the back, just continued improvement of tools that military spouses can use to find gainful employment or continued success in their choice of careers. The top item…

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    Getting Ready to Garden! How to Build a Fence and Gate for Your Garden

    Primary Tools for putting in the fence postsEnter into these Gates with Thanksgiving Our gardens during our years of PCS after PCS, overseas, deployments and lengthy TDYs etc. were small and mostly flowers. After retirement we settled in Michigan and focused on a vegetable garden in addition to the flower beds. We live in deer country – and rabbits, raccoons, chipmunks and more critters that love our garden too. So we upgraded our garden fence this year! It was a good improvement and allowed us to hope for less damage from those lettuce loving animals. Our first step was planning over the winter as we took down the previous metal pole…

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    How to Paint Your World Yellow

    How to Paint Your World Yellow Plan, Plant, Play! Plan: Picture a garden. Let the flow of colors move with the seasons! Continue Reading for Gardening Tips Spring seems to inspire the love of yellow… stronger and longer sunshine. New leaf green definitely has the yellow tone. Hallelujah for the emergence of tulip and daffodil bulbs and then forsythia. Plant: Place daffodil bulbs in clumps, not spread out individually. They grow and love the friendship of kissing cousin bulbs… They will pop though your garden turf and each year bring on new family members. Trim bushes after flowers have faded. The goal is to get the bush compact and not…

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    Awkward! Junior High Time to Step Forward

    Junior High School… a wonderfully awkward time of life! Who are these kids?        Adults… no.        Little kids… no. On any given day they act like either one… or give an hour and they are flipping the switches and are both. This was the first time in my life that I moved: changed school districts, changed me! I walked into the new school literally a head taller than any other girl and had that raw feeling of ”who in the world am I?”          Clueless. Tonight in our Junior High Youth Group we are going to be talking about a timeline. Gaging where they were, where they are going and perhaps…

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    One Spiffy WWII Veteran Filled My World With Wonder

    There are no perfect words to say to tell you how my father in law, James Kissinger shaped, shimmied, and added sparkle to the life of his family. Not a perfect word… but there is a one that rings in my memory. When he liked an idea, or a new car, or saw that a grandchild made him a homemade card… he would pronounce it Spiffy: meaning, cool, creative, worthy of their talent or just something that put a twinkle in his eye. Your legacy Dad is indeed Spiffy.  To us you were and always will be: Salt of the EarthSenior statesman, I see the gleam in my father in…

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    Grandpa, my favorite antagonist

    This weekend we will lay to rest my grandfather. James Marion Kissinger, 88, of Lake Placid, Florida, died on January 31, 2013, and is now present with the Lord.Jim was born in Culver, Indiana to James and Cynthia Jane (Anderson) Kissinger on March 15, 1924. He was one of nine children including: Irene (Don) Weimer, Wilbur (Helen) Kissinger, Clifford (Virginia ) Kissinger, Dannie Kissinger, Lloyd (Nancy) Kissinger, Marjorie (Russ) Underwood, Janey (Dean) Cernek, and Karl (Julie) Kissinger. He graduated from Liberty Twp. High School in 1942. He served honorably in the US Army during World War II where he spent a considerable time in England with 685th Engineer Base Equipment…

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    Going Banana Bread

    Recipe ready, ingredients and apronsTuesdays with the Grands: Going Banana Bread Tuesday morning started with a whirlwind of life… Stand back because the babes are about to enter! The choice was made to change the day from a day of pure babysitting into a time to cherish, capture with pictures, perhaps decorate the furniture create a memory. For all the world, he looks like he is waving to his adoring fans,or saluting the troops.  Either way, he owns the joint! Tuesday was rainy, not the misty sweet shower after the snow storms… but blustery, tree limb cracking flood stage rain. So a ride on the tractor, or a walk in the woods was…

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    Oh My! The Numbers Are Dropping

    That Downward Slope Good morning winter! I see you have arrived in splendor and beauty.The air is so cold outside that the snow shimmers.  Each individual crystal is just resting in layers, ready to fly again should any breeze catch a facet. Oh yes, it is January. Cannot complain about the temperatures… I just marvel!In Michigan we know seasons. It is time to be upclose (indoors with a quilt) and personal (lips locked on a large mug of something hot to drink) with this Winter Wonderland World! And the temperature just continues to drop!  And what goes down… must come up. Right? Join Us    byDeborahonTuesday, January 22, 2013Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to PinterestMilitary…