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I passed a car on the interstate sportin’ a California license-plate.

Actually, they passed by ME speedily, which is probably what drew my attention to their plate.

What the fritoes!

Traveling along the Northwestern Pennsylvania highway a CA plate is not a common site in our neck of the woods!

After my initial shout-out I paused, offering a prayer for the occupants inside the blurr now long ahead of me, that they be protected given the speed they were currently traveling.


Personal note: You never know what someone else may be going through, which is why we should be mindful to pass around the fritoes, sparingly!

Then I marveled at the distance of travel they’d made from out west all the way up north.

Then I remembered a favorite childhood game my sister, uncle, and I always played during our annual trips to the Garden State.

The license plate game!

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Does anyone else remember playing this game?

It WAS the silliest game to play! But, I absolutely loved playing!

My FAVORITE personal detail of our game happened even before we began playing because we were always allowed to pick out a brand new miniature notebook to place our license plate recordings in, prior to each trip.

(I have always loved picking out school & office supplies!!)

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Then after the round-trip was completed the winners were determined in the following categories:

The person who collected… #1 – the most states observed. Did anyone have all 50? #2 – the greatest quantity of plate-recordings collected (promoting a good reason to stay awake the entire trip) #3 – quantity of alphabet letters. Did anyone have the ENTIRE alphabet recorded? And there were special applause for any names, titles, or phonetic phrases discovered on a plate! As well as, #4-6 – these were the special “numerical collection categories” but I won’t over-whelm you with too many numbers today…

Truth be told the only real prizes awarded were “bragging-rights,” which is definitely a sign of the times!


All of this reminiscing then made me remember a favorite car game of our own children’s.


Each person picks a side of the road to count cows on, and whichever side counts the most cows wins! BUT if either side passes a cemetery, they lose all of their cows.

*You can play this game in the city too – where there aren’t usually any cows – just pick something else to count. And instead of cemeteries, passing a police car would cause that side to lose all their points!

After awhile, our kids added all sorts of their own “made-up” rules to the game such as

capturing their opponent’s cows!

However, the game eventually got to the point where new rules were being made-up each time they played…then no one remembered the real-rules anymore; causing all sorts of disagreements & dilemmas. Which is why the game was officially declared off limits.


Nonetheless, I still yell out – to my own self – every time I pass a cow pasture…


Then, I am certain I can hear them moo back,

What the fritoes!”

Personal note to all Bouvines: You never know what someone else may be going through, which is why you should be mindful to moo the fritoes, sparingly!

What childhood games do you fondly remember playing?

hugs n’ blessings for all the times when just having fun is far greater than winning a prize!


Just a little fluff & stuff today…

A Carthusian monk in the Carthusian monastry of “la Valsainte.” Photo taken by Simon Glasson, around 1930.

Our family has a strong affection for the Carthusian Monk’s.

A dear friend of ours, Charlie, introduced us to a fun-fact about these beloved monks many-many years ago – as we shared a toast together for the first time with the “Elixir of Long Life.”

One of their many Cheers, together!

Yes, our first taste of Green Chartreuse VEP, produced by the Carthusian monks, was indeed many years ago – yet has since become a cherished family tradition for our family at every important or meaningful life event.

You can always expect to share this warm, (some would say burning,) minty green liquor with us, to ‘mark the occasion’.

Tradition dictates: Everyone partaking in a toast of Green Chartreuse VEP must sign the wooden box, especially when it is their first time imbibing!
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The Lord ❤️ WILL ❤️ manifest the motives of our ❤️ hearts! ❤️

To know, to Love, to Serve.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters: Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself; I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord. Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 (emphasis added)

The First Friday Devotions are a set of Catholic devotions to especially recognize the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and through it offer reparations for sins. September’s First Friday’s Mass Readings, such as the one above, could not be more appropriate for the goings-on in our world. I know they spoke directly to my heart! ❤️

Do you ever feel judged, despite your attempt to live a life as a Servant of Christ’s?

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