Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for My Favorite Things

Another day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge! Tomorrow will be the half-way point--Woo Hoo! The letter M was really hard because I had several directions to go. But finally I decided what would tell you the most about me would be to list some of My Favorite Things.

I don't know what's going on with my blog but yesterday's post seems to be wonky. I am so sorry but don't know what to do to fix it. 

My Favorite Things (just a few):

  • Hugs from my granddaughter
  • Time spent with good friends
  • Debbie Macomber books
  • Iced drinks--water, tea, Chai
  • Stampin' Up! stamps, ink and paper
  • Miche Bags
  • Lined-dried sheets
  • Dove dark chocolate
  • Ice Cream--actually non-dairy frozen dessert
  • My iPad
  • Shoes--I'm a shoeaholic!
  • Yoga Pants--and I don't even do Yoga:)
  • Yarn--especially natural fibers
  • The color lime green
  • Comments on my blog posts:)
Well, that's it for today--short and sweet! 

Tomorrow is the letter N and so far I've got Nothing! Hmmm...that may be the post for tomorrow!

What are a few of your favorite things?


Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Lollapalooza Stampers

We are starting another week of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!
This is a super busy week for me so I hope I can keep up:)
Would you do me a favor? If you visit my blog regularly or think you might like to, would you please sign up to be a Follower on the right side bar? I am currently at 92 Followers and would love to make it an even 100 by the end of this month!

On to the letter at hand...L is for Lollapalooza Stampers! 

I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and have been for 4 years now! I love, love, love it!!! Well, I have a team of wonderful, fun, creative ladies and we are called the Lollapalooza Stampers! I was sooo excited to get this name for our team and couldn't believe that someone else hadn't snapped it up waayyy before me!

Lollapalooza--noun (Slang)
1. an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.

I think my ladies are pretty extraordinary and they do some pretty extraordinary stamping projects so the name fit perfect!

The card above was sent to me by one of my Lollapalooza Stampers, Margarita. In addition to being on my team, she is a good friend. She has exceptional talent! She colored the stamped image with Prismacolor pencils. Prismacolor pencils are on my wish list! By the way, I plan to purchase this stamp set, Pure Innocence--Close Knit, to add to my "stash" of cool stamps:)


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

Well, the A to Z Blogging Challenge has really kept me on my toes so far this month! I hope you have been enjoying learning more about me! The blogging challenge has stirred up some ideas in my brain that I hope to be developing in the next few weeks and months. Plus I think my blog needs a bit of a facelift so will be working on that as well.

But, alas, it is time for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat hosted each week by Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily. She is amazing! If you haven't visited her blog yet, check it out! That woman has 4 kids, homeschools, blogs two or three times a day and could run circles around me! I love seeing the beauties she creates with fabric! My current favorite is her Pleated Wristlet with matching coin purse! It is definitely on my wish list:) 

NOTE: At the time I am posting this, Carla has not put up her Chit-Chat but when she does I will link to hers. Didn't want to keep you waiting! lol

Check out this photo I took this morning! I call it the Kitty Sandwich:) See Graycee in the middle?

I could not resist getting a picture! Usually Rocky is trying to lie ON the cat! They stayed like this for about half an hour! Now, before I get lots of comments about how skinny Beau is, he is a rescue dog with eating issues PLUS he is super neurotic so even when he eats he doesn't gain weight. Believe me, we feed him plenty and I even doctor up his food to get him to eat! Now, Rocky is a chub, weighing in at 60 pounds! He has no issues with food at all except that he wants to eat waayyy too much! We have HIM on a diet!

On with the Chit-Chat...it appears I am more chatty than normal tonight:)))


  • Am I watching...Just watched Austenland! Hubby had to comment throughout the movie about how stupid it was. I loved it for it's absurdity! 
  • Am I reading...I didn't end up starting The Paradise after all. I decided to read Body Surfing by Anita Shreve instead.
  • Am I looking forward to this week...Oh, so much going on this week! Happy Stampers meet on Wednesday night; dinner with hubby's brother and sister-in-law on Thursday night; staying in Portland till Saturday--a little motel time for me (love it)!
  • Am I obsessive about...Stamping! I love, love, love stamping! I never get tired of it and most of my extra money gets spent on my stamping! So hard to say no to stamps and paper and ink, oh my!!!
  • Is my #1 goal for next week...I have to finish getting ready for my Happy Stampers Club! I am such a procrastinator:(
  • Is my Best/Worst financial decision over the last week...I didn't spend anything this week which is great! I had a few temptations but kept telling myself NO!
  • Am I most happy I accomplished this week...I managed to stay on track with the A to Z Blogging Challenge plus visiting other blogs on the list.
What are you obsessive about? It would be fun to hear! I will be back tomorrow with the Letter L:)


Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for Kathryn

Today is Day 12 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge and since I am telling you about me, A to Z, this month, I thought it was only fitting that K should be for my given name, Kathryn!

Some sources say the name Kathryn is Greek and others say English but all say the meaning is "Pure"! Not sure I was aptly named but it's a nice thought anyway. My mother got the spelling for the name off a dress shop.

As a child I was dubbed Kathy by my parents; I have been Kathy ever since. I always thought as an adult I would want to be called Kathryn because it's such an elegant name for an aging woman. However, I find that as I stand on the brink of 60, I much prefer the sassy name Kat! Many of my close friends call me Kat; sister-in-law calls me Kit-Kat.

This is one of my favorite pictures of myself when I was little. It was my first grade picture and I was six years old. The funny thing is that previous to this picture, my hair was long enough for a pony tail but my mom had it chopped off and permed before the picture. Thanks, mom!

I'm not sure if I was 8 or 9 in this picture. Fortunately my mom didn't do the frizz-head thing with my hair before this picture!

So, what have you learned about me so far this month?

  • I was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon
  • I love to blog
  • I also enjoy knitting, crocheting and cardmaking
  • I have two dogs--a Great Dane and an English Bulldog
  • I hate exercise but do it because I want to age gracefully
  • I am the oldest of four children; I have a sister and two brothers
  • I am a Gramma to one beautiful granddaughter
  • I have Fibromyalgia; am allergic to peanuts, watermelon, dairy and eggs
  • I love ice cream but eat the non-dairy stuff and also eat pizza with no cheese
  • I am choosing Joy as my theme this year
  • From the picture below you will learn that I have long, dark hair; wear glasses and have a big smile!
I'm not sure what more there is to tell about me but I'll think of something even if I have to make it up...just kidding!!!

Sunday is a day off for the blogging challenge but I will be back Sunday night for Carla's Sunday Night Chit-Chat:)

I really need to get a new picture of myself! I take pictures of everyone else but I am usually the one behind the camera, not in front of it! This one was taken with my brother's phone!

Friday, April 11, 2014

J is for Joy

Welcome to Day 11 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge! 
J is for Joy:)
So sorry this one is late posting! I usually schedule for 6:00 am but somehow this one scheduled for 7:00 pm:( I should have checked!

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galations 5:22-23

"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 15:13

Joy /joi/

  1. A feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

At the beginning of this year, I dubbed 2014 as the year I Choose Joy! I borrowed the phrase from Ashley Hackshaw at lil blue boo. She blogged about Joy the whole month of January! If you have a chance, read her January posts...you will be so inspired! She.is.amazing!!!

So, what am I doing to promote Joy in my life this year?

  • Spending time reading my Bible
  • Letting go of harmful relationships. You have no idea how freeing this is!!!
  • Decluttering my craft room--it's going slow but it is going:) I thought I might play "Let it Go" from Frozen in a continuous loop while I am working! LOL
  • Finishing projects -- I have two afghans beside my bed that need to be finished; does that count?
  • Send at least one handwritten (or typed if my hand isn't cooperating) note per week -- I need to step it up on this one...lagging behind! I want to share Joy with others this year as well.
  • Practice contentment --most days I am content!
  • Spend at least one hour per day being creative -- I haven't felt very creative lately:(
  • Work up business expenses for taxes on the first of each month instead of waiting till December! I have been able to keep up with this one so it will be a HUGE relief when January 2015 rolls around:)
  • List business contacts each month that will be needed for Christmas cards in December. Hmmm...think I am a month behind on this one but it will be quick catchup!
  • Start buying/making and wrapping Christmas gifts in January--NOW! I have been working on this one and am pretty much where I want to be.
  • Write Christmas letter for family and friends by November 5--update first of December. N/A
  • Schedule blog posts ahead -- Still blogging "in the moment" but maybe that will be part of my Joy:)
Actually the Joy button I made at the top of the post makes me pretty happy!!! Don't you love that Polka Dotted layer? 

Tomorrow is the letter K. Can you guess what K is for??? Here's a hint: I am blogging about ME this month! Just trying to help you get to know me just a little bit better!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

I is for Ice Cream

Welcome to Day 9 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge! Since I am telling you more about me, today is about my favorite food--Ice Cream! Can we consider ice cream a food? 

Until last year my favorite ice cream was Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia! Hubby would buy it for me as a treat and a treat it was. 

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream

So you can imagine my disappointment when the doctor told me I was allergic to dairy:( My dairy allergy wiped out my TWO favorite foods--ice cream AND pizza! I was devastated. However, where there is a will, there's a way!

So Delicious Chocolate Frozen Dessert

I discovered So Delicious Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert and it is truly delicious! I barely miss Ben and Jerry's anymore! As for pizza, we just order it with no cheese and it is still good!

Have you tried ice cream alternatives? What did you think?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Health

I really want to thank Jeremy at Being Retro for the amazing badges and alphabet he made for us to use for the A to Z Blogging Challenge! Some people are sooo talented!

Health is a huge part of who I am from my health issues to what I do to maintain good health.

So as not to bore you to death with this topic, I will just make a list:

  • I was a very sickly child; if it was going around, I caught it and caught it bad!
  • I became a vegetarian in 1980 
  • I'm not sure when I got Fibromyalgia because it kinda sneaks up on you but have had it for at least 15 years. I had to retire 4 years ago because the stress of my job was making the symptoms worse.
  • I am becoming a vegan--most days I do fine but then a fish taco attack happens! I do have to stay away from dairy and eggs because of allergies
  • I am allergic to peanuts, watermelon, dairy and eggs
  • I am 30 pound overweight:(
  • I exercise 5 days a week; use our Infrared Sauna 2 times a week; make fruit smoothies for breakfast and a handful of supplements every day
What do you do to maintain good health? Do you have any health challenges/food allergies?

Thanks for stopping by today! Have you learned anything surprising about me yet???