Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good-bye 2011

I'm ending the year in bright color!

Wishing you all,
furry and not,
for 2012!

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Catch you next year! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thanking My Lucky Stars

The washing machine is dead
I lost 900 stars and 3 purchased songs
{BOOOO! to wii Nintendo for not letting you transfer purchased items to a new system!}
I'm fighting with losing those last 5 lbs

Sometimes when you are being "Ms. Pouty Pants"
you have to take a hard look at your life and say
"Is this all I have to worry about today?"

I have a warm roof over my head
people and a furry friend who love me
I am healthy
I am alive

life is pretty good!

Sometimes you just need to
give yourself a little 'pep' talk now and then.

Have a Happy Day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Back to Normal

It was over in the blink of an eye...

Cinnamon Buns in front of the 'fireplace'

Everybody got their Christmas socks!

Banjo loves his new bed
{don't tell him that it's a dog bed...}

I was spoiled by my boys once again

I took my tree down Boxing Day
as I always do
{up early ~ down early}
all the decorations are put away

LIFE is back to NORMAL here!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ready Or Not

Presents Wrapped ~ check
Baking Done ~ check
Groceries Bought ~ check
Turkey Unthawing ~ check

I think I'm ready....

There will be just me, hubby, son and kitty again this Christmas.
We are just a small little family.
We eat our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve.
Then we will watch a Christmas movie
or play a game or two.

Christmas morning,
cinnamon buns will be made
(don't be too impressed ~ made by Pillsbury Dough Boy!)
hot beverages ready
along with Christmas oranges.

We turn on the fireplace
('s just the "Yule Log" channel on TV)
we sit around the living room
sipping our drinks
opening our presents.

We take turns opening gifts
one by one
including the cat.
(Kurtis helps him a bit with the tape...)
It takes us well over an hour to open gifts.
It's not that we have that many,
we are just that slow.
Each gift must be talked about
shown off
Christmas socks laughed at.
(What is Christmas without socks as gifts?)

We will spend the day
munching on left-overs
playing wii games
(I'm hoping Santa brings us "The Price is Right"!)
watching movies
spending time with each other.

No hustle
no bustle
no running around.

The four of us are just a small little family.
But there is lots of love...

Wishing you and your family,
furry and not,
a wonderful beautiful magical Christmas!

xo Catherine, Wayne, Kurtis & Banjo

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Little Privacy Please!

Clearly someone does not appreciate
his sun bath being photographed!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Mantra

The holiday season is filled with so many delights for the taste buds.

I have been repeating my daily hourly mantra for weeks now...

"A moment on the lips, a life time on the hips."

So far so good...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Perfect Day

Snowy Sundays are the Perfect Day
to stay home
with your arms wrapped around a friend...

don't you think?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Are you in the mood yet?

If you are not in the Christmas mood yet
I don't know what else I can do for you.

And as you can see,
I'm not above dressing up my cat
even though I know it is very very wrong to do so,
just to try and get you into the Christmas spirit...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Forever My Baby

21 years ago today
a sweet wee soul entered my life
and brought to me a sense of
that I had never experienced before.

Happy 21st Birthday Kurtis!

A young man that I am very proud of to call my son.

(And are still my baby...!)

Have a terrific day!


Even though I have read this book
over two dozen times
I still can't get through it
without bawling my eyes out.

Indeed they are our babies forever.

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's getting closer!

Hello Monday!

You are such a JOY to see
when I have the day off!

Stanley and I spent Friday afternoon, night and
most of Saturday in Medicine Hat. 
Christmas shopping is done! 

A great big "to do" list for today:
  • Blog post (check!)
  • Catch up with blog friends (so many beautiful blogs!)
  • Wrap presents (Banjo...get out of those bows...)
  • Do a little baking (...that will be given away...)
  • Finish Start Christmas cards (oh my stars - I'm behind!)
  • Finish a Christmas present project (I'm running out of time!)

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend
and I wish you a terrific week!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lead Me Not Into Temptation

so I realize I have a lot of
temptation out and about
for kitties during the holiday season...

and maybe it's all
just a little too much
for one kitty to handle...

and for the most part
Banjo has been a pretty good cat...

but every once in awhile
the temptations on my tree
just get a little too much for him...
after all...
he's only human... know what I mean...

and he starts
putting the bitey on the tree branches
and whacking a few balls around...

that's when the water spray bottle comes out
and he gets a good squirt of water
aimed right at his butt

sometimes he just turns around
and puts the bitey on the spray bottle

notice all the chew marks on the spout?

sometimes he just sits and pouts
(after he dries off his butt of course)
and gives me that evil look...

but sometimes...


was it revenge?
or was it an 'accident'?

naughty or nice?

I guess Santa will have to
decide for himself on that one...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CATuesday ~ Mr. Grumpster

Look at the sour look on that face!
He is Pouty Pants!
He is Sassy-fras!
He is Mr. Grumpster!

Want to take a guess as to why?

Come back on Thursday and you will see.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I'm Speaking My Mind

Old Man Winter descended upon us this weekend.

He came with a vengeance.

I find him very disagreeable and hereby declare that I hate him.


I said it...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Enjoyable Finds

Oh the things you learn while laying in bed all day
watching television and surfing the net...

There's a new movie coming out at Christmas
starring my new boy toy
(Wayne's tag name for him not mine ~ ha!)
Matt Damon
and an assortment of animals
and it's based on a true story!


Photo:  – ©

I am thinking I will be asking Stanley to take me to that one.
Not to worry...I'll buy him some popcorn... ;)

A show that I don't normally get to watch
as it is on during the week,
Animal Planet's "Must Love Cats"
A guy that loves cats so much?


iPad games for cats?
I didn't realize.
I totally have to download some for Banjo!


And for the bird lover in me,
petting a baby owl?

Very enjoyable indeed!

BTW ~ I am feeling much better!  Thank you
for all your get well wishes ~ they worked!

Wishing you an ENJOYABLE weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hello December

Hello December!

I see you as...
  • Christmas music playing
  • Christmas specials on TV
  • watching of all my Christmas movies
  • the month of giving
  • twinkly lights everywhere I look
  • the season of joy
  • families spending time together
  • the smell of cinnamon and ginger
  • warm candles glowing
  • well wishes among strangers

    even though you are also...
    • starting off white (10 - 15 cm of snow fell yesterday or 4 - 6 inches)
    • too many parties
    • marketing media overload
    • holiday shopping
    • tired looking Santas in the malls
    • crying snot nosed children wanting everything they see
    • over indulgences
    • tapped out credit cards
    • constant offerings of tempting goodies
    • over crowded stores

    Thank you December for letting me choose how I wish to see you!

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    No Really...It's Doctor's Orders

    Thank you my dear friends for
    all your kind words and well wishes!
    After consultation with my Doctor today,
    it appears I have gone viral...
    just like a bad Youtube video...

    I am under Doctor's order for
    bed rest and to drink plenty of fluids
    for the next couple of days.

    This means I am not allowed to:

    do dishes
    clean bathrooms
    make dinner
    do laundry
    clean out the kitty litter...

    No really Stanley...
    it's Doctor's orders...

    maybe it wasn't that kind of fluids
    the Doctor was talking about...
    but the rest is true...

    NOTE:  For the record, those photos of Stanley and I are from 3 years ago.  I don't want anyone thinking I am sitting at home, laying on the couch drinking while I am sick!  LOL!!

    Monday, November 28, 2011

    I must be sick...

    laying in bed
    cold in my head
    it's moving down into my chest
    all I want to do is rest
    I'm thankful for hot tea to drink
    and thankful for Advil I think
    I'm thankful for my iPad2
    it allows me to connect to you
    I'm also thankful for my cat
    who lays beside me stretched out flat
    movies, magazines, TV
    all these things are dear to me
    when laying in bed
    with a cold in my head

    bad poetry...
    always a sign that one is sick...

    Saturday, November 26, 2011

    What kind of nip do you grow down there in the South?

    I was a winner from Kat's Corner the other day!

    The package arrived on Wednesday.
    I opened it up and before I could even go get my camera
    Banjo was up on the kitchen table retrieving his prize!

    I'm not sure what kind of nip
    they grow down there in South Carolina
    but it seems to be some top grade A stuff!

    There was for me
    some lovely cards
    and some "summer" in a box!
    A cute shell and bead necklace.

    Thank you Kat for the wonderful gifts!

    (Though Stanley wasn't very thankful
    Thursday night when Banjo was running around
    like a heard of wild elephants
    flinging and running after his nip bag!! Ha!)

    Wishing everyone a happy weekend!


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