First Snowball of the Season

 

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Can you see Beej’s first snowball? 

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

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This Place in Time

The last month in photos. The days have been filled with waiting rooms, parking lots, hallways, vending machines, elevators, and faces- some kind and compassionate, some indifferent. There have been setbacks and improvements, sometimes one pushing the other out of the way. I know this is not permanent. I believe I will come out of this experience having grown and changed in many ways. My loved one continues to grow stronger and for this I am grateful.

“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” -Rumi

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

A Lovely Letter

When I’m looking for “L” words, this song ALWAYS come to mind. It’s funny how you can have an association with a certain song and no matter how many years go by, I start singing, “La La La La lemons…”

Although Ernie and Bert gave me some great ideas for L words for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, I’ll stick with the ones I’ve shared below!

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Lighthouse

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Enjoy your day!

-Kat

 

I Always Feel Like…

somebody’s watching me! As you may or may not know, my house is filled with the pitter patter of little (2 year old) and bigger (8 year old) feet and along with the  pitter patter comes toys- lots of toys. And these sneaky little guys manage to leave them in the most unexpected places.

I have these dolls in a wire basket and an old Weeble hiding on a shelf in my office.

I never know when a Lego guy will be peaking out from his hiding spot.

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This rabbit that 2 year old Beej swears came from Teletubby land is always sticking his head out from behind his newest hiding place- today’s being the lid to the train box. And Teletubby Dipsy, who usually sleeps with Beej, snuck down and peeked out at me from behind Pooh the other day.

I don’t remember encountering tricky toys like these the first time I went through the kid thing. Maybe I was just too busy raising the kids to stop and notice. These little surprise faces peeking up at me always make me smile. They are always a welcome reminder of my special boys- as if I could ever forget them!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

Have a great week!

-Kat

NaNoWriMo 2017

“I never meant to fall in love. At least, not with either of them.”

And so begins my novel for NaNoWriMo this year. I’m 5 days in and I’m nearly 2 days behind. Gulp. 50,000 words in 30 days is no small feat and I was aware of it when I decided to go for my 8th run.

This year is my most unprepared pantsing year to date and I’m curious to see if I can pull it off. I’m typically a cross between a pantser and a plotter but this year is pure pantsing. I’ve got three main characters- Zelda, Holden and Lennon. I have a point of view- first person. and these characters are forming as I type. As this story unfolds, it will be a surprise to me.

I’m going to hang in there and keep plugging away. I know that attitude plays a big part and if I can just stay positive and keep writing, I can catch up.

I’m enjoying the challenge but I already feel a bit of pressure to not let my blogging fall behind. (And then there are the little guys and recovering loved one……and an upcoming road trip….. and Thanksgiving…….)

And I’m ignoring the line on my stats page on the NaNo website that reminds me- “At This Rate You Will Finish On- December 30, 2017.” !?!?!

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Five days in and I can tell you that-

1- I am not a pantser!

2- Next year I’m going to plot, plot, plot!!

How about you? Anyone out there taking on this challenge? If so, how’s it going? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Wishing all of my fellow NaNo participants the best of luck and may the words be on your side!

-Kat

 

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Pets

Our dog, Ari, is the star of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Pets this week. Ari entered our lives when she was less than a year old and now she is a mature lady of 8! She is affectionate, impertinent, obnoxious, nurturing to her baby (Beej), loyal and determined. Her personality is so much larger than her 25 lb body and it’s hard to remember a time when she wasn’t with us. She makes us laugh. She has given us heart failure when she has gotten lost (2 times). For such a small pup, she takes up a huge place in our hearts.

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” -Charles M. Schulz

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Have a great day!

-Kat

Happy Day After Halloween

Hi! I’m not a fan of Halloween. I mean, I guess I liked trick or treating somewhat when I was growing up, although I was always on edge looking out for other kids in creepy costumes. I don’t like costumes. Never did. Still don’t. I never liked being scared as a kid and that remains true even today. The scariest movies I ever saw were The Amityville Horror (1979) and The Exorcist (1978).

Haunted houses are not my idea of a good time and the last one that I was in was back in 1982. My boyfriend at the time had his heart set on going to this haunted house that was affiliated with a community group of which he belonged so being the good girlfriend, I agreed to go. I never said I would participate though and I think he was a tad disappointed when I informed him that I would be following close behind him, my hand gripping the belt loop on the back of his jeans, with my eyes tightly closed. And that’s exactly what I did, shuffling along, hearing music, screams and cries of thrilled terror, being jostled here and there as people reacted to the frightful happenings, never loosening my grip on my boyfriend’s jean’s belt loop.

We were nearing the end when my boyfriend came to a sudden stop. I ran straight into him and as I was attempting to peel myself off his back, I heard a voice calmly say, “Hi, Kat!” My eyes flew open and my head whipped every which way looking for person who knew me, in the dark, plastered to my boyfriend’s backside with my eyes screwed shut. Despite me asking my boyfriend (and anyone else I could think of), who that could have been, I never found out who it was. 35 years later, I still wonder who felt the need to break character and say hi amid the chaos of a haunted house, which I obviously was not enjoying.

And that leads me to the reason I shared that story from teen Kat’s past. In honor of Halloween, Hugh shared a song that would make his Halloween playlist and asked others to share their favorites for 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past.

I’ve already shared the song that would have topped I list, if I did Halloween- see Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

This caused my mind to wander down a more creative path and I began thinking of haunting songs (keeping with the Halloween theme) but I guess when that rabbit scurried past me tsk tsking at his pocket watch, I fell down a rabbit hole and found this song.

White Rabbit, written by Grace Slick and performed here by Jefferson Airplane, hit the airwaves in 1967- a mere 50 years ago. The song, based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, is said to be a cautionary tale to parents of the dangers of reading your children stories like these and then wondering why they take drugs. I’m not sure how true that is. I lost count of the number of times I read Alice and have never tried a single illegal drug to date! I have loved Alice as long as I can remember and as a child, I could relate to her confusion in Wonderland where nothing is quite as it seems. It’s quite ironic how much I truly love this story given my intense fear of the unknown!

Now that I’ve shared with you my (most likely confusing) train of thought, please be sure to head over to Hugh’s place and see what he’s been up to. Not only does he have his weekly song feature, but he’s the king of short story endings with a twist!

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Happy November!

-Kat

 

K is for…

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Pumpkin Stalk
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Pumpkin Seeds
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Jack-o-lantern

This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter K allows us to use any word with K in it- and how could I pass up the chance to use these photos on Halloween?

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Happy Trick or Treating!

-Kat

One Phone Call

IMG_0473Let me start by saying- everything will be okay. Ten days ago when I answered the phone and was greeted with the words’ “Okay, so before you worry, everything is okay”- my first reaction was to panic and think the worst. Why does that happen? I’m pretty sure my knee-jerk reaction is fairly common, too.

One of my loved ones had an accident and just like that, my life shifted a bit. Posts half-written were forgotten and I have spent days at the hospital.

My loved one will be fine. Surgery was performed. Recovery will take time. Loved one will make it and so will the rest of us. I will have to make minor adjustments to my schedule and juggle little guy time with rehab and support visits.

I will have to fight to find writing time. This presents me with a challenge that I’ve struggled with for years. As I watch my loved one fight to regain every day activities, it’s inspiration to me. It also gives me hope. The progress made in such a short time- moving relatively pain-free from bed to wheelchair with one person’s help is huge!

It gives me perspective. What seemed monumental less than two weeks ago hardly matters now. Having the people you love in your life- that’s what counts.

This experience has been humbling and made me realize that everything can change with one phone call. You would be surprised at what you can let go of when the big picture comes into focus and your entire world seems to be the confines of a hospital room and the well-being of someone you love.

Before this big event I had been working on a series of posts on forgiveness. Still a work in progress, I have found that I have so much to learn. (But more on that later!)

My plan is to write more, photograph more and take advantage of this therapeutic outlet that I have at my fingertips.

I hope you are all well and your loved ones and yourselves healthy!

Talk soon

-Kat 

Autumn Colors

pumpkin farmAutumn is my favorite time of year. I live for the days of leaves changing colors, hoodies and jeans, and crisp leaves rustling as they blow down the street. It’s the most beautiful time of the year. Here are some autumn quotes along with photos of my favorite fall colors:

 

 

  • “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus
  • “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
    —Lauren DeStefano
  • “Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” -William Cullen Bryant
  • “Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” –Chad Sugg
  • “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” -Emily Bronte
  • “Wild is the music of autumnal winds amongst the faded woods.” —William Wordsworth
  • “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.” -Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

If you live in a part of the world that has glorious autumns, I hope you are enjoying the changing colors! And if you aren’t, I hope that whenever your autumn is, you get to experience this beauty!

-Kat