Mine, hands down, is WHITE CHRISTMAS – the Irving Berlin movie staring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.












Since I grew up watching the 1940’s musicals (and adoring them!) most of my favorite  old timer movies are the musicals.  Irving Berlin’s are the best!  

It would not be Christmas to me if I didn’t see this movie and get all warm and fuzzy watching the “boys” doing their interpretation of the song “Sisters”.

Danny Kaye was such a talented man – singer, dancer, comedian – I loved almost every movie he was in.   Another fave movie of mine ( but not Christmas ) starring Danny Kaye is Hans Christian Andersen.   LOVE IT!

White Christmas was released  in 1954 but the influence of WW2 was still very strong in the early 1950’s movies…… it was after all, a world war and there wasn’t a family in most any country that was not effected by  WW2.   So there are some touching moments where Bing and Danny honor their commander.

Makes me always think of my Dad when I see these scenes.

And of course, everyone loves the closing scene with the full cast and Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas”.    I get goose bumps when they swing open the huge barn doors to expose the falling snow!  



Have you see this movie and do you enjoy it too?

What is one of your fave Christmas movies?





You already know that sunshine is a HUGE factor in how I “take on the day”.    If it is dark, gray and gloomy (especially in the winter months) it has a tendency to send my mind heading  down a gloomy  kind of day road.   If the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue then no matter how cold it is, I am in a much better frame of mind.

Here is Misha – another sun worshipper.

She follows the sun throughout the house – sometimes we “fight” for the same small spot!  She always wins (her claws are sharper)!

Does the sun have the same effect for/on you?


Today is my baby girl’s birthday.   I introduced you to her a  little while ago with a picture of her and her student from their music recital.     She is 22 today.   

I thought that I would share a picture of her when she was a baby.

And then to show you why everyone says we look alike – here is a photo of me when I was older than her but still…… can you see the likeness?

(I am sandwiched in between my two older brothers!)

I want to wish everyone reading my blog a Blessed Thanksgiving.   (Sorry dear Canadian readers- you already had your Thanksgiving!)   Though some are going to gather with lots of  family and friends and others will have quiet meals with a tiny circle of family and friends…….  it is all good.  Blessings abound and it is easy to have an overflowing heart of gratefulness as my eyes go round and round the table.     God is good and is faithful in all He provides.


It will be a year on December 22 since we adopted two Russian Blue sisters – Misha and Raina from a rescue facility.  The whole litter (of siblings and their Momma) was found near some rural railroad tracks – living wild since their were born.  Their Momma was about to drop another litter, so the desire to capture and get everyone safe was very important to their rescue Momma Cindy.   

My girls will be 1 year and 9 months  old in December – it was believed their were born in March of 2011.  They were adopted to help me to heal from losing my 17 year old darling Fiona.   I have never owned two cats at the same time (I had another cat with Fiona but they hated each other, so it was like I only had one cat at a time.  Molly was my husband’s cat…….  I only ever wanted Fiona.)  so these girls sure are different but alike!

I don’t have favorites, but Raina is a love bug and Misha is still a very independent standoffish type of cat.   Misha has her moments when she wants to be loved on, but Raina is the one that is stuck to me like glue and is now my knitting buddy.  (When I knit!)

I thought I would show you a couple pictures of her new adventures.   My Fiona would do this as well, so I was not entirely surprised!

Here is a different version.

After taking these pictures I went upstairs and went to bed.  Someone was laying at the foot of my bed, but unless the light is on I can’t clearly identify which girl it was.

I call her “My Baby!” when she stops by my place of employment – everyone knows I am talking about my baby girl Abby.   She will be 22 in a couple weeks.  My oldest daughter looks JUST LIKE her father, and Abby looks like my grandma, my Mom, and yes…… me. 

She works in retail part time, and part time as a music teacher at a music studio – teaching guitar, flute and bass guitar.     She gets her music talent from her momma…..   ahem!   I want to say that her abilities are far better than I ever thought of accomplishing.   I am Joan Baez and she is Zakk Wylde or Randy Rhoads………it’s that generation thing.

This photo was taken on Saturday at the music studio’s annual recital.  My Abby is on the right and the lovely girl on the left is one of her older students Amanda.  She did super!    It was a great recital and I walked away just so proud of my daughter!

She can make me so angry at times.  I remember the many years of homeschooling her and her sister and I would say, she gave me the most “trouble”.  Not academically, but in rebellion and attitude.    That sweet face doesn’t look like it would be possible to be a rebel does it?   Wrong!  🙂

As an adult she has made some decisions that her father and I advised against.  The decisions required her to move out of the home because they were out of line with our rules.   Though it was stressful, we still love each other and doesn’t make me any less proud of her achievements.   It is all part of growing, making mistakes, fixing mistakes etc  for the child AND  the parents!

The knitting funk is still hanging on.   I get a twinge now and then to make a sock but I never follow through.    Sigh.

I woke refreshed this morning and started right out cleaning my kitchen and bathroom.  Did laundry and talked my husband to get geared up to go outside with me to work on getting our barn winterized.    He was up for the challenge!!!!!  🙂

We had started at the beginning of summer to have a garage sale and so my daughter and I started sorting etc.   We filled the lower level of the barn with “stuff”.  (I have been called a hoarder, but I am confident I AM NOT!)  (Hoarders don’t have garage sales….. hello!?)    Well, summer turned into the HOT one, and it just got away from us and ta da….. as you can imagine.   No garage sale ever happened.

So we cleaned the upstairs and made ready for all the things downstairs to go upstairs.  We have a big hay loft door on the barn so I stayed upstairs and Scott handed all the “stuff” up to me .   Now there is room for snow tires and snow blower etc. to be moved easily around down on the lower level.

SUCCESS!   I am exhausted and about to get cleaned up and head out for some shopping.  Tonight we are going to watch Johnny Depp’s  DARK SHADOWS movie!  I love Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movies!!!  They are dark but funny (does that make sense?)  Going to try and knit while watching it, no promises!













My blog friend KathyB (http://irisheyesknitters.blogspot.com/) talked about her love for Halloween in her recent blog post and she had really cool pictures.   I actually am posting today for her – to show her (and anyone else who is reading) how we decorate for Halloween – mostly in my kitchen.

My entire life my Mom (who had/has such an artistic eye and creative talent) decorated for all the various holidays/seasons. When I married, I honestly thought EVERYONE did that…….. so I started the tradition for my family.   I even took it a couple levels above her and made season curtains for the kitchen windows.   When we would entertain I would get the greatest compliments and comments about how cool it was that I decorated for all the various holidays…..  (just inside my home, I never did it outside except for Christmas).

Now that my girls are adults (and one is not living at home) I have toned it down, but still enjoy getting the different things out and putting them up.  I am getting feeble minded and so I forget from year to year how cute some of my thing are!!!    🙂

During the first year of our marriage my husband built this beautiful plate shelf over the big kitchen window I have.   At first I use to just have old plates displayed on it.   That all changed when I started decorating for the seasons.   Here is my plate shelf now.

(I took these photos this morning at 6am). 

The next photo shows the other window over my kitchen sink that shows the fall curtains I made and the little BOO! that my husband made (he is talented too!). 

The next photo is  a picture of a little shadow type shelf that my Dad made many many years ago for my Mom.    She gave it to me.   Notice the little hedgehog on the shelf just below the big candy corn candle?  It’s Miss Tiggy wearing her witch hat and with her broom.   That hedgehog stays on that shelf and is decorated according to the holidays as well!   Sick aren’t I?

There you go.   I love all the holidays because of the various decorations I have collected/inherited over the years.    My whole family expects to see each season/holiday displayed or heads will roll!!!!