Snowy Days

“Snow was falling,
So much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.”
— Mary Oliver

“When winter comes, wrap yourself in a blanket of love.”
— Marty Rubin

“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.”
— Robert Frost

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cold or Chilly or Chili

Keep warm!


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cold

With the end of NaNoWriMo breathing down my neck and 5000 words to write, I’m turning to photos I’ve featured in previous challenges. For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cold, I would like to share my favorites with you!

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Stay warm!


“Don’t f— with the babysitter!”

In the 1987 movie, Adventures in Babysitting, Elizabeth Shue plays Chris, a suburban teenage babysitter who has to take her charges into the city (Chicago) to rescue her friend. The movie chronicles her adventures and this classic scene, in which Chris has had enough, has come to mind more times than I can count over the past 29 (wait-what? Has it really been 29 years since that movie was released?!?) years.

I’m having a “Don’t f— with Kat” kind of day. Probably not the best frame of mind on a weather advisory day doubling as the one of the busiest shopping days of the year but, hey…maybe all of that good old fashioned Christmas cheer will soften my sharp edges today, right?

img_1461While I wait for my youngest (and farthest away) chick to return to the nest today for winter break, I will spend my time hanging up Christmas cards, putting lights in the window, placing the garland on the tree….. and listening to Christmas songs. Of course, all of this will take place after I warm up my car, scrape it off and brave the cold and the holiday shoppers-   and the cold holiday shoppers to get a few necessities.

If you are somewhere in the US getting hammered by cold and/or snow, please try to safe and warm! (The same applies if you live outside of the US, of course!!)

Happy Saturday!


Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Last year I shared the video of Baby, It’s Cold Outside– Idina Menzel and Michael Buble kids dancing as part of a list of my favorite Christmas songs.

 After letting the dogs out early this morning (Ari had a sleepover with a friend), I began singing this song, much to the pups’ dismay.  and decided I needed to share it again.  It’s an adorable video. The kids are cuter than anything and let’s face it- Idina’s and Michael’s voices blend beautifully together.

But then the scene from Elf popped into my head and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share one of my favorite songs along with a little humor. This movie was my introduction to Zooey Deschanel and it was very disconcerting when I started watching the the tv show New Girl, seeing her as a brunette. It’s amazing how different a person can look when she changes her hair color.

It’s not really a Christmas song, though, is it? My dad sang this song when I was growing up so it’s one of those I’ve always known. Gosh, how many times have I said that? There’s no mistaking where my love of music came from or how many songs (or partial songs) my father introduced me to throughout my life. Unfortunately for my kids, I inherited (?) that habit and they have spent their life hearing parts of song. Even more unfortunately for them, unlike my dad- who sang parts of songs but never really told us what they were- I have felt the need to provide my kids with probably way too much background information. Oh well.

I hope you’re keeping warm, wherever you are!

Have a great day!