Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas image
Wishes to you all for a very Merry Christmas!

Have a safe and happy holiday,
and keep love in your hearts!

To my family, my friends, and especially my
Blogging buddies....
I love you and want only the best for you,
Today, tomorrow and always!



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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Memories of a Clock

Grandfather Clock image I can specifically remember when I was a little girl, many Christmas mornings waking up early, and being told I had to go back to bed and wait for awhile....
Until the clock chimed 7am is what I was told.
And I remember laying in bed and waiting anxiously for the clock to chime those seven bongs...and then I could get up and open presents.

See, my parents had this beautiful Grandfather clock, and it would chime on the quarter hour with a beautiful melody, that completed more of the tune as the hour went on. Now this clock was not just a clock, it was one of the howard miller clocks that has become a staple name in the clock business. My mother absolutely adored her clock, as it was a present from my father to her. She had dreamed of owning one since she was a little girl, and my father made that wish come true for her. It was very much like the Grandfather clock pictured above.

And the reason that I had to wait until 7am, I later found out was...
My parents had usually been up most of the night assembling something or wrapping gifts, till late in the morning, and just wanted to catch a little bit more sleep. It was hard at the time, but being a mother now myself, I fully understand the waiting thing. Only I didn't have a clock like my Mom's to fall back on, I just had to get up and watch my daughter with one eye open and try not to doze off.

I remember with my Mom's clock, wanting to pull on those chains to wind it, like my mother did, but I really never got to, my Mom said I might break it. But it looked so enticing, the way she carefully pulled the chain down at night. She took very good care of that clock, and even though she is gone now, the clock remains in her house and my daughter and grandson are enjoying it. I don't think he has ever been told that he had to wait until the clock chimed for something though?

I read a great post about clocks and how if you love them you should display them where everyone can see them. You can read that article here. I agree with the writer of this article, because it made me think of my Mother and her clock, and how she really did love that clock. I don't think that in the current times, people appreciate the beauty of clocks, and what they can mean. The usual option is just to get a practical and cheap clock that will tell time.

I think people don't realize the memories they are missing.....

Like that of a little girl, waiting for the clock to chime on Christmas Morning...


Take care,
Kat

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snowstorm Today!

car buried in snow in Northeast MassachusettsOkay, so this is what I woke up to this morning!!

Yechhhhht!

I hate snow....
The only good thing about it is that it looks beautiful, and I didn't have anywhere to go today....

But my internet connection was down again, as usual,
so I didn't do a whole lot today.

I was snowed in, meaning that I couldn't open my front door, and had to wait for someone to come and dig me out!!
That is the bad thing about when it snows really bad here, I can't get out!
My main wooden door opens in, so there is no problem there,
but, the screen door opens out, and there lies the problem!
Whenever it snows a lot, the snow piles up in front of the door, and it is so heavy that I can't push open the door!

Sometimes when I have had to get to work, I have had to open the handle and then used my shoulder (like a football linebacker) to push the door open!!
And sometimes that has taken more than enough pushes!
I look so funny bracing myself, and plowing into the door....and then it pushes the snow away an inch or two, and I back up and repeat the process until I have pushed enough snow out of the way, that I can squeeze out my front door.
It is ridiculous!!

Anyway, This is what is looks like in Massachusetts today, in the Northeast after our snowstorm!!

Take care,
Stay Warm,
Kat
snowstorm 12-20-09truck buried in snow

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Looking for Answers..

Christmas Present image
Okay, here is the question....


What is your favorite Christmas present that you received....

And what made it so special??

Mine was a "Beautiful Chrissy" doll that I had been absolutely dying for after seeing it advertised on tv for so many weeks leading up to christmas. She was a beautiful doll, with an orange dress, and red hair that was in a pony tail on the top of her head, and that hair "grew" into long hair when you pressed a button on her stomach.
How I loved that doll, and only later when I was older, did my Mom tell me the entire story behind it and how hard it was to get, and that she had bought a returned one that had hair that was mangled and tangled, and didn't go in and out....
She explained to me how she worked tirelessly with 1/4 strands combing the tatters out of that "long" hair so that it would look beautiful for me on Christmas morning! Then my Dad had to fix the "growing" mechanism, because that was broken too (probably why it was returned, along with the fact that someone mauled the hair! LOL) and he got that to work for me too.

When I received that present on Christmas morning, I remember I cried and cried, I was so happy, and I remember my Mom crying too, and only when I was older did I realize why she was crying.....it made me appreciate my "Beautiful Chrissy" doll that much more, and my wonderful mother, for doing everything in her power to make my Christmas wish come true!!!

Ok, now it's your turn to let me know that one special thing that you received.

Take care,
Kat

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Music Monday - Daughtry No Surprise

Daughtry no surprise
A stripped down version of a great song...


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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Verizon DSL Sucks!!

I have been on the phone all weekend with Verizon, trying to troubleshoot my internet, and now they have to send a technician out tomorrow!!

Hopefully, I will be back up and running soon!!

Ever since I got this new computer with Windows 7, I have had nothing but problems!!
ARRRGHHHHHHHH!!

Okay, so as I am writing this, I see my internet light is out again on the modem, so I can't even post this.........

Will try as soon as the light blinks back on!!

Wish me luck!!!

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Treatment for the Dead

cemetery
I stood before the grave of my dear departed friend, and looked at the tombstone, memories of good years gone by floated through my mind. Not all the memories were happy ones, but they became alive as I looked down at the earth. My experience was uplifting, and I was glad I visited the cemetery.

A cemetery is a sacred place, and it is open not only for burial, but also for visits. People are buried there by their loved ones, so they should not be forgotten. Bones in a cemetery bring back memories of living years; those living years are remembered by those that care. The value of a human being might be weighed in the way their body is treated after they are gone, being disposed of in an unmarked grave might state something about the dead and their relationships to others. I loved my departed that is why the dead body was not ignored, and it received a dignified burial.

A bone-yard is a place where human bones are buried; the bones come in all sizes and shapes. People who think human bones should be thrown into a garbage dump go there to dispose of their waste. The graves are unmarked, and whatever is buried there is soon forgotten. Animal as well as human bones fill the ground, and only an expert can tell what they are. Mixed with the bones are all sort of waste, and some would call it a garbage dump rather than a bone-yard. Few would call it a cemetery.

A bone-yard has its place in the world, not everybody deserves to be positively remembered. They were cruel to others, and never tried to be helpful. Why waste the expensive grounds of a modern cemetery with remains gladly forgotten? A cemetery is a place where good memories live and those graves will always be visited. The bone-yard and the garbage dump are twins; they both never get a visit except to dispose of waste. For those of us that want to be remembered after we are dead, now is the time to do good deeds, and live a life without harming others. People will remember the way we lived and those memories will last even after we are gone. If we are selfish and hurt others, the decay of the bone-yard or a garbage dump will be waiting.

How do you feel about this?
Let me know.........

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This Is It ~ Michael Jackson Movie

This Is It Michael Jackson Movie imageI took my grandson Marcus to see the Michael Jackson movie, This Is It, and we both liked it a lot!! It is more of a documentary than a movie, and not so much a tribute to his life and works, as it is mostly the last rehearsal performances leading up to the Tour he would have started in July of this year, had he not died prematurely.

There were some boring parts about how they would set up the stage, and Michael being the professional he was, would routinely stop the rehearsal to tell a dancer to "do this, instead of this" or to tell the musicians that they need to hold that note a little longer.

I truly was hoping for old footage of his videos, and maybe interviews or something, but this is not that. This is specifically his last performances and giving you an inside view of what the tour would have been like.

They were going to re-do Thriller in 3-D and I am sure that would have been awesome, had we gotten to see it. We saw some snippets of some of them in costume, and moving towards the camera looking all ghoul like, but that is it.

Michael was still the ultimate performer, and still had the voice and the dance moves that he is loved so much for.

Marcus wanted to dance like him and imitate him, and I thought he was so cute! I have pics that I will post later.

Till Next Time,

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Music Monday Michael Jackson PYT

For Music Monday I have chosen one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs, the video is various clips of him dancing. The original video isn't available. But this will do! :)

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Very Fun Day

Twilight board game image photo pictureToday was a fun day for me!

This afternoon I went over to my daughter's house, and we played the Twilight board game with a friend of hers, that I had gotten for my Birthday in October.
It was so much fun!
Not that we knew all the answers to the trivia questions, some of them were kind of hard, and then there are challenges that you have to do too.
But all in all it was a fun day.

Then tonight, I'm on facebook, chatting with someone close to me, and my daughter calls me and asks if I want to go over for dinner?
We had leftover Thanksgiving dinner, and it was yummy!!

And then we just spent the whole evening playing movie trivia on demand!
How fun does that sound?? It was great!!
And Marcus played along too!!
We played Disney trivia for him.

I have to say....
It was a good day, and a long time coming....
I'm grateful!

Till Next Time,

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving image

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

And remember to gobble till you wobble!!! LOL

Take care,

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Donny Osmond wins Dancing With the Stars

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson DWTS image Last night Donny Osmond was awarded the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy for winning Dancing with the Stars with his dancing partner, Kym Johnson.

I am happy that they won, and I know there is a lot of disparaging remarks on the internet this morning about how he shouldn't have won, and Mya should have won, or Kelly should have won, but I just want to say that with the 3 of them in the finals, I didn't care who won! I liked them all and thought that the quality of dancing this season has been better than other seasons. So any one of them could have won and I would be happy. They all deserved it in one way or another, but only one could win.

I do think that Donny and Kelly improved the most throughout the season, whereas Mya seemed to be great right from the beginning. She was always at the top of the leader board, where Kelly and Donny had to fight back more than once. Also, Kelly and Donny had more mistakes and fumbles than Mya (who didn't seem to have any?) so this finale really showed how much they both had improved.

Below is the clip of the winners being announced. It is only a minute long and worth it to see the faces. Enjoy!




I hope you enjoyed this season of Dancing with the Stars, I did!

Till Next Time,

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Music Monday Bringin' on the Heartbreak

80's Anyone?
Here is Def Leopard with their original video for "Bringin' on the Heartbreak"
A great song to rock out to on a Monday!!



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I hope you enjoyed this flashback to the eighties!!
Happy Music Monday!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Moon and this Weekend

Okay, so I saw the movie, and I liked it.....but didn't love it... ?

I will admit, I loved the special effects in this one, but I didn't like the make-up in this one, it made all the vampires really, really white, especially Edward!!
My Edward didn't look like he did in the first movie, and something about all the Cullen's eyes was weird too?? They just looked so fake in this one?? And the Leader of the Volturi, Aro....geesh!! His white make-up was awful!! You could see where it was wearing off, and the white had stayed in the creases of his face!!!

I know, it's probably a technicality...but it put me off.

I had been missing Edward since this time last year, and I have to tell you.... Jacob looked way hotter than Edward in this one!! I have been on Team Edward since the beginning.....but..... I may be switching sides......LOL

Don't get me wrong....the movie was good....just not as good as I would have liked?? I will say that they stuck to the book really well in this one, and I did like that. Plus, they added the visions of Edward in, so he was in the movie more than the book.

We got some bad news on Friday before the movie, so maybe that affected my frame of mind? We had a really hard weekend here, and that is why I haven't posted this sooner. I hope things will be okay tomorrow.

Till next time,

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Friday, November 20, 2009

It's Here! New Moon Video, Cast and Clips

New Moon poster image photo picture
YAY!! Tonight at 6:45 pm, I go to see the New Moon Movie!!!
I can't even tell you how excited I am, but I am sure by now, you all already know! LOL

I will definitely have to let you all know about it after I see it.


This is a video of scenes and interviews from New Moon. It was put out by Made in Hollywood, and it is really good!!

I loved watching the cast interviews and hearing little snippets about the movie, and the making of the movie. You get to know more about the werewolves and the volturi. There is some good facts from director Chris Weitz too. Interesting stuff to set up the movie for you.

I hope you enjoy this compilation like I did.....



New Moon, premiering Tonight!! I will be there.....

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fill in the Blank

Thanksgiving collage image Here is a fun thing to help me with.
Fill in the blank, and let me know your answer!!


It isn't Thanksgiving UNLESS __________________?


Go ahead and leave me your answers below...
I'd love to hear them!!!


Till Next Time,
Take care,
Kat

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Music Monday - Boston- Rock and Roll Band

Boston Rock and Roll Band image photo picture

Welcome to Music Monday!
My selection for today is the Awesome band "BOSTON" with the song, Rock and Roll Band.

They are a local band for me, and in these lyrics, it says "Dancin' in the streets of Hyannis..." and I have to admit, that is where I first saw and heard Boston...in Hyannis on Cape Cod. They weren't a band that was known at the time, they were just some guys singing in the street. But boy, did they catch on in a big way!! I'm glad they did. Their music library is great!!

I couldn't find an official video for this song, so I went with this one that has the lyrics, so you can all sing along...... :)




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Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Moon Werewolf video

Bella and Jacob New Moon Poster image picture photo
This is a clip I found of Bella and the Wolf Pack, when she confronts them, and you get to see the awesome CGI effects of the wolf transformation. Cool!

I had seen the clip where Jacob jumps off the porch and turns into a wolf, but I thought that scene went with the Laurent scene??? I was wrong....this is the scene that little clip was taken from. Much better!! Now it fits.



Wasn't that cool?? I can't wait to see all the changes in the movie!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

New Moon Photo Shoot, Robert Pattinson is Hot!

Bella and Edward Hugs for New Moon image photo pictureI posted this on my other blog, but didn't know if anyone saw it over there?
So, I am posting it here too!!

This is a vamped up photo shoot that Robert Pattinson (Edward) and Kristen Stewart (Bella) did for the magazine, Harper's Baazar, to promote the release of the second movie in the Twilight series, New Moon.

I enjoyed looking at these photos.....I hope you do too!!





Till Next Time,

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Is Steven Tyler Leaving Aerosmith?

aerosmith imageOkay, so what is the deal with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith?

I heard on the radio that he is leaving the band, and that they are already looking for a new lead singer??

Something about Joe Perry tried talking to him on the phone, and Steve hung up on him, and doesn't want to be in the band anymore.
I guess because Joe Perry has a solo thing coming out, Steve is a little out of sorts?? And now wants to do his own solo thing?

But He can't leave Aerosmith??
Can He??

It wouldn't be the same.....




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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Friend and A Poem for Dad

healing image Lately I have been talking about a lot of things with a very good friend, and because she is so easy to talk to, I have opened my heart and my feelings, and put them out on display. It is unusual for me, but for some reason, I find that I can talk to her like no other. In my opinion, we have connected on a very special level, and I have opened up about things that I have kept hidden for so very long.

In doing so, I find myself feeling things I have blocked away, and although some of it is very painful, it is sort of cathartic in a way too. For that I am eternally grateful to her.

One of the things that I have been feeling lately is the pain I have buried deep down inside me, with the deaths of my parents. In sort of coming to some kind of terms with this....a poem, that expresses how I feel........


A Fathers touch, A Daddy's kiss,
A grieving Daughter, You're greatly missed.

An empty house, An empty chair,
A fathers love, No longer there.

A broken heart, Tear filled eye,
Another soul to fill the sky.

Many memories in my mind,
Sometimes I laugh, Sometimes I cry.

The times we shared, The laughs we had,
Things I miss when I think of you Dad.

Realizing that's all I have to hold on to,
Only memories, Of what once was you.

Missing your laugh, that I will never again hear.
That is the reality that fills me with fear.

No more smile upon your face,
No more warmth of your embrace.

The last hug, The last kiss,
Leaves me with one last wish...

To have you Dad, here today,
Never to leave your Daughter this way.

A Father's touch, A Daddy's kiss,
A grieving Daughter, YOU'RE GREATLY MISSED!


Till Next Time,

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Music Monday - Stay - Jackson Browne

This is one of my favorite songs....I chose the long version, because I really like the beginning...it shows how much Jackson Browne loves his fans.

Jackson Browne singing "Stay" with the "Load Out" intro...Live....




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I hope you enjoyed this live version of "Stay", one of the greatest songs ever!!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

School Friends are Still Great!!!

I had the chance to have lunch again with one of my friends from school, and then we went for a walk on the beach. Here we are below....but???
Janice and Me image
What the heck is going on in the picture with my forehead?? I noticed that I have a circle of orange spots on my forehead?? LOL

Janice doesn't have any spots....or circles???
It is very strange....
Could it have some hidden meaning???

Now that I look at the whole picture...I look like a negative, and she is perfect!! Wow...funny huh?

Anyway, here is a picture of us when we first met up 2 weeks ago, but because I didn't have a computer, I couldn't post anything then!! I don't know what is up with my camera...but seriously, neither one of us is this chunky.....lol
This picture made us look short and fat....I cut off our legs, because they looked like midget legs for some reason??? And now our torso's look wide....which they aren't!! Oh well, at least in this one, the faces look okay...... Oh my gosh....I just noticed I had a larger booty!!! lmao!!

me and Janice image

So this is us when we met up again for the first time in over 30 years!! Wow, how time flies, and yet, it seems like yesterday!! I love catching up, and I remember how easy it was to talk to Janice. I think we get along just as well now, even after being apart for all those years, as we did back in high school.

Yes, our lives have taken different paths, but we are still bonded together by a friendship that I think has never died.

I loved the time I have spent with her, and I look forward to so many more times. We are already talking about plans for next summer, I am so excited!!!

We walked on the beach today, and went to the Harbor, and I took some pictures, I will share them later.

Till Next Time,

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

An Award to Think About...

question mark image
Staci, over at Just Bloggled, gave me an award, and I will have to post it soon. I just have to come up with 10 things, no, let me rephrase that to 10 "honest" things about myself that I haven't revealed before.....Hmmmmmmmmmmm

This may take some time, but I will think on it tonight, and hopefully tomorrow I can post the award.

Till Then,

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Biking in New York City

tandem bicycle
The last time I went to New York City, we went to Central Park, and walked a little bit around, but did you know it is huge?? Central Park is 843 acres of park, including over 26,000 trees, lawns, paths and waterways. There are 36 bridges in Central park alone!

It was very tiring to walk it, and we rested a lot, and now I wish we would have chosen to rent a bicycle near Central Park and we could have seen much more of it than we did. I would have loved to have rented one of those tandem bicycles that are built for two, and just cruised along the paths of the park.

They have places to rent bikes by the hour, and it would have been much more enjoyable if we could have seen more of the Park. There is actually a place right by Central park where they have bicycles for rent in NYC. I know that next time we go, we will certainly be renting a bike or two so we can go all around Central Park and see all the fountains, and the carousel, oh gosh, how I wish I had seen that!! I have heard so many things about the carousel in Central Park, and yet I have never seen it!

There is so much to do when you are in New York City, and you can even experience Central Park, or for that matter, Downtown or Midtown too, with a NYC Pedicab tour! It is like a rickshaw, but powered by a bicycle upon which a trained tour guide will pedal you around and you can sit back and relax while you are sightseeing the City. Doesn't that sound nice??

Have you ever rented a bicycle in Central Park?
Till Next Time,

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