Go directly to Jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

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“The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” I compare this to the get of jail free card in the game of Monopoly.” ~M


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Would you rather?

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I was just playing one of my favorite games with my girls tonight called, “Would you Rather.”  It’s a great question and answer game and for one of the challenges my oldest daughter had to come up with her own question.  She asked this… “If you had the ability, would you rather change something in the past for the better or something in the future?  And as I thought about this question, I thought I’d rather change something in the future, because the idea of changing the past always makes me wonder if I’d likely then screw up the future.  But then my youngest daughter had this perspective, she said she’d rather change something in the past because in that way it would likely fix something in the future as well.  So in her mind, she was killing two birds with one stone.  Lol… She is always so much more optimistic than I am.  I suppose it’s a gamble either way no matter what choice is made.  What would you do and why?

#MidnightMadness – 5/15/2017

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Thought we were sort of due for another question and answer game tonight.  So…

If you could add one word to the dictionary, what would it be and what would it mean?

 

P.S.  I will choose one of the answers and write a poem about it tomorrow.  So think of a good one!  I can’t wait to see all of your responses.  ~M


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#weekendcoffeshare – Beware of the Madman

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Good morning fellow bloggers!  How’s your week been?  It’s another chilly morning here in Wisconsin, but it’s supposed to be sunny all day and a high of 70°.  I’ve had to completely eliminate all caffeine from my diet this week due to some health issues.  So this morning, I’ve only made an herbal tea for myself; but I’ve got plenty of coffee in my pantry if you’d like me to brew you a batch.  Let’s chat for a while, shall we?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you to be careful going out today.  There’s a crazy man loose in our city, and the authorities have yet to track him down.  Apparently, he has now stolen 18 guns and written a 161-page anti-government manifesto, which apparently he has sent to President Trump.  This man has apparently expressed an interest in attacking government officials and schools.  Thus the reason schools were on lockdown here on Thursday and closed altogether on Friday.  And so we sit tight, hoping and praying that this man is captured before he has a chance to do anything drastic.

I am not letting my girls go outside unsupervised right now.  Police have ramped up coverage of the city and patrol cars can be seen at all exits, and at every school and main crossroad.  There were even a bunch of patrol cars at the local elementary school last night, which is just a few blocks away from where I live.  Not sure what that was about, but it kept a lot of my neighbors on edge.

I feel sad that this has become a fairly normal occurrence these days, even in rather low crime communities like mine.  I am thankful that Spring Break is next week, so at least none of the kids will be in school during that time.  Gives the police a whole week to find this guy before having to decide what to do about the threats to the schools.

There hasn’t been a whole lot else going on this week.  Been the normal ups and downs and today will be the first warm weather day we’ve had in a very long time.  We were supposed to get snow this week, but fortunately, it never got cold enough and it mostly just rained.

I plan to get out in the garden today and really clean up the yard.  It’s quite a mess from the recent storms and I never got around to pruning everything back in the fall, so I have my work cut out for me.  I’m guessing it’ll take me all weekend to get everything done; maybe even longer than that.

I also promised my girls, that we’d at least do a pizza and movie night tonight.  Seeing as how I’ll probably be completely exhausted from all the yard work, I know I won’t feel like cooking.  We’re planning to watch at least one of these movies… A Monster Calls, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or Passengers.  The only one I haven’t seen yet is A Monster Calls, so we’ll probably watch that one first.  The other two were both really good and I can’t wait to watch them again.

I seem to be watching movies more than normal these days.  I guess my girls are finally wearing me down.  I agreed that we should play some family games too.  My fifteen-year-old is learning how to play Mahjong and wants to play it this weekend.  I guess we’ll have to see how much we can fit in; with church, our small group meeting, and youth group on Sunday.  There’s always so much going on.

Well, I think I’ve rambled on long enough.  Anything new or exciting in your life?  If so, please leave me a comment and tell me all about it.  Otherwise, if you’re a coffee share blogger, I’ll be sure to come find you over at the link-up.

Have a great week everyone!  ~M  xoxo

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Many thanks to Nerd In The Brain for hosting the #WeekendCoffeeShare, a collective of chats over digital coffee among bloggers. To find out more, and to see this weeks posts, go here.


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Field Trip to Old World Wisconsin

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IMG_0051My family and I recently visited Old World Wisconsin, which is located in Eagle, Wisconsin. IMG_0054  It just happened to be the first day that we hadn’t had rain in weeks, and the weather was perfect!

When we first arrived, we were ushered to the gift shop to pay the entrance fee and receive our map.  Then we proceeded to the tram which took us to our desired location. IMG_0012                                                       Old World Wisconsin consists of many historical buildings that are situated on 600 acres.  The historical site is broken down into different ethnic farms and villages.

The first stop we made was to the German and Polish farms. IMG_0013  We had fun spinning flax into thread.  We also took a tour of the woodworking shop, where we got to use some woodworking tools which were originally used in the 1800’s. IMG_0039

After that, we made our way back to the tram and headed over to the Clausing Barn Café; where we enjoyed an all-American meal of hamburgers, chicken strips, brats, and grilled cheese sandwiches. IMG_0090

After we finished our meal we decided to walk to the 1880’s Yankee village and proceeded to explore the town. IMG_0106  We learned how to wash laundry on an old washboard.

We visited the blacksmith to learn how to make horseshoes.  We even shopped in the general store, where we bought Earl Gray tea, a hand-made wooden fan, and a small chalkboard. IMG_0147

Finally, we decided that it was getting late and we knew that the site closed at 5 p.m.; so we walked over to the Caldwell Farmers Club Hall to play some last-minute games; and peddle a reproduction tricycle around a small track.  On our way out, we headed back to the gift shop and bought some beverages for the road.  IMG_0161We had such a fun day, and we look forward to going back again soon.   We only visited about half of the villages before we had to go, so we are looking forward to another trip back soon to see the remainder of what we missed.

To get more information about Old World Wisconsin, go here.