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

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

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

I took to my archives for this week’s Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In the Distance

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators 2

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This post is part of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators.

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Kat

My Three Little Birds

This week’s song, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and the Wailers (1977), never fails to bring me a renewed sense of determination and a feeling that I can overcome anything as long as I keep my priorities straight. As long as I can remember, what makes me happiest is my family. The combination of this reassuring song and my love for my “three little birds” gives me motivation to keep moving.

“Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying’, (this is my message to you)
Singing’ don’t worry ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright”
Three Little Birds, Bob Marley and the Wailers

 

This post is working double duty for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy and 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past.