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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and hope you have a safe and happy New Year!  One of MY new year's resolutions is to get back to crafting soon, but the only one I think I can keep! However, I asked my kitties what resolutions they would make for 2011 and here's what they had to say!

• I will not puff my entire body to twice its size for no reason after my human has finished watching a scary movie.

• I will not help myself to Q-tips, and I must certainly not proceed to stuff them down the sink's drain.

• I will not lean way over to drink out of the tub, fall in, and then pelt into the box of clumping cat litter.

• I will not use the bathtub to store live mice for late-night snacks.

• I will not play Herd of Thundering Wildebeests Stampeding Across the Plains of the Serengeti over my humans' bed while she’s trying to sleep.

• I will not try to leap through closed windows to catch birds outside. If I forget this and bonk my head on the window and fall behind the couch in my attempt, I will not get up and do the same thing again.

• I will not stick my paw into any container to see if there is something in it. If I do, I will not hiss and scratch when my human has to shave me to get the rubber cement out of my fur.

• I will not check every door when it rains because I will believe my human that it will be raining on all sides of the house.

• Birds do not come from the bird feeder. I will not knock it down and try to open it up to get the birds out.

• I will not play "dead cat on the stairs" when my human is trying to bring in groceries or laundry, or else one of these days, it will really come true.

• I will not swat my human's head repeatedly when she's on the family room floor trying to do sit ups.

• When my human puts me into the Cage Of Death for a trip to the vet, I will not try to use my own urine as a corrosive agent as it will not eat through the cage walls.

• Dry cat food is both tasty and nutritious, and it is always available. I will not starve myself and act pitiful all day long in anticipation of the canned food.

• I will not walk on the keyboard when my human is writing important emiognaioerp ga3qi4 taija3tgv aa35 a.

• I will not eat spider plants and then hallucinate behind the toilet.

• I will not soak my catnip toys in the toilet to make tea.


Cheers to you all and give your kitties a little milk on New Year's eve!  See you in 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WIZARDS IN WINTER



Just wanted to share this amazing video of a Christmas light display from 2005. Its fantastic! The lights are synced to Transiberian Orchestra's "Wizards in Winter." Happy Christmas, Harry, Ron, and Hermione! :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giveaway Thanks and To All a Good Night!

Good Evening, Ladies (and Gents)! I am long over due in thanking two wonderful artists. I recently one two giveaways. The first artist I need to thank is Rose at Baskets by Rose. This picture doesn't do it justice! It is absolutely beautiful and is hanging above my fireplace mantel.  Please stop by and visit Rose at her blog sometime today!
I also won a lovely little hand stitched ornie from Susan at Chucklebees! She is a sweetheart. She would love a visit from you! Take a minute a stop by and see her Christmas kitties!
I also purchased an adorable candle ornie from her and she sent me a little something extra (a cinnamon heart ornie) that I tucked in my dough bowl full of miniature baskets! Thanks, Susan!
I am so thankful to  have won such wonderful handmade items. They are making my home more prim and homey this Christmas! 

We are supposed to get mucho snow tonight and tomorrow morning! I love when it hides all the orange electrical cords going to the outside Christmas lights!  Lastly, before I bid you all good night here is a picture of Kezzie posing in the bay window and Louie looking very regal!
Have a warm, safe, and cozy night, all!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

THE YULE LOG

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The burning Yule log was a symbol of the light that would return after the dark days of early winter. It gave people an excuse to gather with family and friends before a roaring fire. The tradition is an old one, going back to the Druid custom of choosing a large log from an apple or oak tree, lighting it afire, and praying that it would burn forever. A good prayer considering that they did not have modern conveniences like fuel oil, electricity, and generators in case the power went out! In England, the log was selected months before Christmas Day because it was believed that all who brought it in from the woods would be protected against harm for the ensuing year, everyone lent a hand, making the event itself a festive time.

Today the Yule log is a large wooden log burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in several European cultures. It can be a part of the Winter Solstice festival or the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Twelfth Night.
 Did you know:
  • One large log lasts two to three times longer than the same volume of smaller logs.
  • That you should burn only seasoned wood?
  • Wood-burning stoves are three times more efficient than standard fireplaces.
  • For the prettiest flames, burn birch or maple.
  • Add a handful of pine or hemlock needles, rosemary sprigs, or sage branches to your next fire to add natural incense to the room.
  • Did you know that one cord of wood burned as firewood provides the heat equivalent to that produced by burning 200 to 250 gallons of heating oil, depending on the type of hardwood you are using?
  • That the best wood to burn is rock elm, shagbark hickory, white oak, butternut hickory, beech, red oak, yellow birch, red elm, white ash, and white elm?
We have a fireplace but don't use it anymore to burn wood.  It needs some repairs so I burn candles in it instead. That suits me just find because with hot flashes I don't need any additional heat sources! I do have an ambient DVD that  I can play on my TV that plays the sounds of a burning fire put without the heat! I play that in the winter when we have friends and family over! Its great - no heat, chopping wood, or ash to carry outside!
Hope you are all staying warm today. It's a brisk 7 degrees here is eastern Iowa! BRRRRRR! But my hotflahses love it! ;D

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Advent Poinsettia from Wee Folk

Good Morning, All!!! It is a very, very cold morning here in Eastern Iowa ... only 9 degrees with a wind chill of 1 degree. A good day for thermal underwear! My kitties have decided its pointless to ask to go out on the porch as mom just isn't paying the heating bill out there and it is cold enough to freeze tails off!

This morning I wanted to share with you a lovely "FREE" wool applique poinsettia pattern from WEE FOLK! It is a lovely, bright and fun blog. There is even a large section of free patterns of things like gnome and dollhouse accessories, toys, kids crafts, apparel, household, and tutorials.  Whenever I need a smile, I browse around this blog. It is so bright and happy. If you have a spare moment today, take a break and head on over to this sweet blog!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Giveaway Items, Gift Item, Homemade Christmas

Deck the Halls
with Mounds of Catnip!

Well, its been awhile since I've posted but I have enjoyed visiting all of your blogs with pictures of your holiday decorating and holiday activities. Honestly, some of you make my head spin (but in a good way!!)!  I am keeping it very simple this year because: #1 - simple is good; #2 - don't have as much time this year to put into decorating; #3 - my fibromyalgia is acting up so I only have so much energy and it needs to be divided up between work, home, and other things. If you're up to spending a few minutes with me, I will show you some of my decorations, kitties, and the giveaway items I won from Debbie at Woolen Sails!
First a few pictures of my kitties. The first picture is Louie and my son-in-law having some bonding time. Louie has decided that he really, really likes our Ben
Next here are the wonderful Items I received from Debbie at Woolen Sails.  I've used museum sticky tape to stick her little quilt up on one of my cupboards.  The little pillow is nesting in a grain scoop next to one of my reproduction lead kitty banks, and with the red wool and green pre-cut wool pennies she gave me, I am going to make up a little Christmas penny rug for myself which I am also going to stitch the Christmas stitchery to.
I've also done a few other stitchery pieces.  One I will finish into a little tuck pillow for a shelf or dough bowl and the other I will be taking to Hobby Lobby to have them put into this old rustic frame I found.
Now for some photos of my simple Holiday decorating. Most are in natural light and a few are taken without a flash.  They are very simple as I said this year. But at night with all the other lights out and just the twinkle lights on it is still enough to give my home a little Christmas spirit! First photos are of my kitchen.  Please notice the little feather tree that was given to me by Valerie at the Wooden Acorn! The little kitty ornie buttons on the tree are my own design and the other ornies I picked up new for $1.49 at a local thrift store.
I also wanted to share a little picture of myself in 1960 posing with St. Nicholas from when my family and I lived in Italy.  Inside the little bag that Santa gave me were some chocolates and hard candy.  Notice how skinny Santa is! The next pictures is a caricature of my husband as Santa drawn by his old army buddy. I love the cigar!
Well I hope you are all going to have a very Merry Christmas and Catmas! Thanks for stopping by to visit. Hope to blog again soon! .... But maybe just a little catnap first. ;D

Thursday, December 02, 2010

THANK YOU TO PUMPKIN THE CAT!

I've been away from things for a few days dealing with an awful migraine ... but enough of that! Today when I was browsing through my email and blogs, I found out that a wonderful kitty named Pumpkin was kind enough to to pick my name for a surprise gift from the nice lady she lives with! I am so excited!!!! If you would like to visit Pumpkin and Susan (her human) you can find them at Chucklebees! Susan makes some of the cutest prims around!


I also thought I send you a little humorous Christmas cheer from Straight No Chaser called the Christmas Can Can! It makes me smile every time I hear it. ENJOY!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-47VmFopE