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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Please....might I have a Hippo?

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Whilst in SF over the weekend The Mr. and I found this lovely instrument. It's not the one we have been looking for and are endless out bid on but we decided to use our Christmas money from relatives and combined with money from ourselves to purchase this for each other for Christmas. So here it is....
I am nervous to load this as I am well aware of all the flubs so there is no need for comments to inform me of them. ;-P Just a late Merry Christmas to you!

AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Lovies and Lucky Stars,

-K

Friday, December 18, 2009

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree






Here is our tree btw, just in case you were wondering. It is decorated with a hodge-podge of ornaments that have been collected by The Mr. and myself since we were children. The Mr's Mum (best mum-in-law EVER, btw) collected some for him growing up. My ornaments are mostly from my (Fairy) godmother. I always heard the term godmother applied to her and assumed that made her my personal fairy godmother, yes, as a child I had images of her handing me glass slippers one day. Eventually I grew up and found out what it really meant, but my engagement ring was a family heirloom handed down from her and I think it's worth 10 glass slippers. She was one of the most lovely people I have ever had the privileged to know and it still hurts to think of her being gone even if it has been almost 4 years now. On top of that (and what sparked me thinking and mentioning her in the first place) she bought my sisters and me each an ornament every Christmas since we were born. I adore my tree!!! Each ornament holds so much love and so many memories ....sigh....I miss her.

Hope this weekend is lovely and void of stress or annoyance, enjoy your self!!! Remember how much we look forward to this time all the rest of the year? Don't let long lines or grumpy people ruin it for you, it will be gone in no time!

Merry Christmas!!!

Lovies and Lucky Stars,

-K


Ps. I have NO idea why the above paragraphs are underlined and neither do I know how to get rid of it. Apologies.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Tree Lane Walks 1 & 2


Myself, W, The Cat and the Cow, My Sister.



This display has been a regular ever since I can remember...long before my parents ever lived down the street and our open house tradition began. you can't tell but they dance. A couple years ago some awful people vandalized a bunch of stuff on the Lane and this display was set on fire.....it was a very sad year. Glad to see it fixed and back to looking like the good old days.


I told you there was a crowd.



Myself and The Kidlet. (sorry so many pics are fuzzy, the flash just ruins everything)


The Mr.


The A"boob"minable Snowman.



Us.





The second night, hence the different hair (bow)



Every year my family has an open house on the night that a nearby street has their annual Walk Night. They close it to cars (which usually cause traffic jams on this street as these houses go ALL out every year) and we are free to walk like cattle packed into an enormous crowd. Everyone runs into a million people they know as pretty much everyone turns out for this thing. It happens two different nights and since people show up at my parents on both nights we have expanded the open house to both nights as well. My pop builds a fire pit in the front yard, people roast marshmallows, bring lovely treats to share or instruments to play and rabbly-rousing commences. It's alway a blast and it's crazy to think that we have been doing this since I was in highschool and now here I am with a child myself, starting a new generation to enjoy the tradition.

Sighhhhhh, still working on presents....I need to get some wrapped, there is nothing under the tree yet and it looks lonely. That reminds me, I must get some pictures of OUR tree and get them put up for you.

Stay warm and don't forget why we have this time of celebration in the first place.

Blessings, Lovies and Christmas Light Lanes,

-K

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Hair Bow!


More pics tomorrow... but I must get to bed as I have class in the morning. In the mean time...TADA! The Hair Bow!

Yes, it's all my hair, not a wiglet.

Lovies and Lamentations,

-K

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Wish List.


Really K? Really? Where would you wear this? It doesn't matter...I would find a reason.



Alexander McQueen peacock dress...yes please.


Probably the tippy top of my list...oh elusive Guitarophone...someday you shall be mine.


Joseph Pintauro (sp?) Boxes...yes please.

Vintage Umbrellas...out of everything this one is what I actually need...though vintage is not a necessity...but a want.


Keeping my eyes open for this and the other Mary Frances books at books stores. Might have to buckle and accept that the reprints on Amazon will have to suffice.





I want BOTH cloches AND terrariums and have tried making the later...which ended in miserable defeat. Sniffles.


Yes, that's right, bloomers, pantaloons, whatever you call them, these frilled, fabric confections are not only a want, but like the umbrella would be put to good use. As someone that bikes constantly and wears dresses more than anything else this wouldn't be as frivolous a purchase as it would seem.
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Ok, so ultimately I wish for things like, friends and family that are ill to be healed, and freedom for The Invisible Children and healing for the abused and food for the hungry.

Soooo now, having written that, I feel like a total jerk for even looking at pretty things like this and desiring them even the least bit. Sigh. Oh well, I will complete the blog anyway and admit to you what a fickle and foolish creature I am, wishing to cure the world of it's ills but still coveting useless things I don't have and don't need.

That being said, I am grateful for how blessed I am in spite of what others may think of our circumstance (as if a family of 3 living in a one bedroom apartment is abject poverty...HA, to them, I say!!!)

THAT being said, here are the silly little things that my little heart finds appealing. Just for the heck of it.

Lovies and lox and bagels,

-K

ps. I tried to link all the pics I could, most of them were stock photos found on google image. Apologies if you think I stole without giving credit where credit is due. Forgive me.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Starline Show




So I'm trying to be better about snagging shots here and there for important occasions. Sadly, I forgot till after our show tonight when I was looking more bedraggled at 1am then when I started out at 8. But here it is, I figured you would care Kate! :-) Sooo after looking at these couple shots The Mr. took right before he crashed (he's going to get 4.5 hours of sleep before work tomorrow, poor fellow!!!) I realized that it looks as though I have tiny fingerless hands. My hands are in gloves shoved in my pockets....just in case you were wondering. :-)

The show went over pretty well. No one booed us, so I guess that's good. We even had a couple people approach us afterward and ask if we had cd's (not yet) and others say they were afraid when they saw us setting up our instruments because it would either be "really good or really bad" and we were "really good". So YEAAA! We ran out of time and had to cut out two songs (one of our new ones that I was excited about too....booo)

When it was over I ran into an old friend I hadn't seen in a couple years and come to find out he's in 5? 6? other bands, one of which is a family band sort of thing and he wants us to play in a couple weeks at another venue we've never played before. EEEEEE! This should be exciting. Problem is, it's the day after Christmas so I will have to do some arm twisting to get the rest of the gang to say yes.....we shall see.

As always, Lovies and Lickitysplits,

-K

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sing the Body Show


So tomorrow night we have another show. I am starting to become terrified. The venue is pretty big in our town and so I'm starting to get nervous. The bands we are playing with are fairly well known in "the scene" and I'm scared there will be a ton of people...or none at all. Whewwwww, I've been to more shows at this place than I could even begin to guess. I'm used to the crowd, the staff, and the regulars....but to suddenly be on the stage. EGAD! Terrifying! Fingerscrossed!!!

Should you live here and know this venue....we will see you there, we have two new songs, btw!

Lovies and languid days,

-K

PS. Brother Luke and the Comrades is the band of my dear friend The Cat and The Cow. In case you were wondering.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

'Tis the season.




Christmas Parties are here and I'm loving every minute of it! The tree is decorated, crafting has begun and Candy Cane Lane Tea is being drunk. Sigh, how I do love Christmas. It breaks my heart to see how many people write this holiday off because of the commercialism that tries to sneak in and take over. I admit, it's there, it happens. But why let it!??!? FIGHT FOR IT!!!!

It's kind of like life....it ends up being what you make of it.

And I am going to make it about what I believe. That it is a day to celebrate my spiritual beliefs. A day to remember how much I have to be grateful for. That my Savior was born (not on this exact day of course) and as a result I have hope and peace. That it's a time to be with my family, to have fun thinking up things that might be a blessing to them, that might cheer them and encourage them. To sacrifice a bit of my time and effort and money and make my friends and family reminders of how much they mean to me. Not because I have to!!!! But because I want to!!! It's not expected, it's not demanded, it's just fun for us.

Why let something that it's NOT ended up taking over what it really IS!?!?!?

Lovies and the little town of Bethlehem,
-K

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recent Thrift Store Finds


Weird greenish milk glass bowl and two glass jars


Cheese thingy, but I will probably use it as a cloche instead.


Some awesome books.


Dress for The Kidlets cousin's b'day (which is today) the lighting is so weird in our livingroom, you can't tell how AMAZING the fabric is.


CAN'T BELIEVE I FOUND THIS!!!!!! I'VE BEEN SEEEARCHING!!!!!!


12 unused glass spice jars for $1.50. You can't beat that. Just what I needed for some of my Christmas Presents.


Are strawberries too feminine for The Kidlet to wear? Haven't decided if I will selfishly keep it for him or give it to the cousin.


Fabulous tin .40 cents.


Fit me ppeeeeerrrfectly. Though, they may end up no the etsy site once I get that squared away. (What a headache THAT is proving to be)


We are all about the wooden toys in this house. The Kidlet is getting a wooden Fire truck we found in Cambria on The Mr's b'day trip. This might join the set. Did you notice the scarf around the pilots neck?????


LOVE LOVE LOVE!


Today I scampered out the door with my friend M. and The Kidlet to see what we could hunt up. Over 3 hours and only 1 store later I came home with a garbage bag full of delightfulness. The shirt is my favorite, and sadly the hardest to capture a proper picture of. The Mr. isn't home right now so I had to try to prop it up on things and the lighting isn't working...oh well, this is the best I can do for now. Hope you are having lovely days, preparing for the holidays and such. I can't wait to get things squared away in this house and start making the presents. WEEEEEEE!

Lovies and Loch Ness Monsters,

-K

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sunny autumn day.





Nothing of terrible importance to write about, just teaching yoga, biking and mommying as usual. There are some new developments health-wise that are frustrating but in the long run may be the answer to all the other problems. If so, it could end up being a huge weight lifted off me, proverbially speaking. It would be sooo lovely if we finally found the bullet instead of just the smoking gun. I'm so grateful to have a doctor that is willing to look into things instead of saying, "You have a disease, take this pill that's all there is to do."

In other news, we (Sing the Body) have a show coming up (as you can see) next Friday. We are playing with some well known (locally) names so that should bring out a crowd other than just close friends and family (to whom I am ever so grateful for!!!!!!) so it will be a bit more nerve wracking than usual. Then coming next month we have a show at a much bigger venue. Again with well known local bands that pull scenesters out, so I'm just looking forward with more and more trepidation.

That is yet another of the things that would be sooo lovely about finding the answer to the health issues. One of the side effects is that it really messes with my voice, I have to be super careful and not sing too loud or I lose control on tone. If would be so nice to be able to just sing again without all the added worry of "Is my body flaring up today? Is my voice going to pay for it?"

So anywho, there you have it. Two posts in one week...can you believe it? It's almost like old times. ;-)

Trying to get back into the swing of things.

Lovies and L.A.R.P.ing,

-K

PS. That's a whole lot of parenthesis. Sorry.