Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Poem

Walking on the hard-crusted snow
my thoughts were on you
how often you told me
not in words, but in actions
how dumb, how vapid
you think me

Ice cracking beneath my feet
I'm remembering
how often you made me feel
useless and foolish
your biting words
made me blush in shame

Pushing through the drifting snow
Recalling how you told me
I was smothering you
holding you back from all
the things you could be
stealing you future

Friday, December 25, 2009


We spent a quiet holiday at home

We lit candles and had a simple dinner

Some one received books for Christmas

And a little feltie

Thomas Henry in a box

The icicles hanging from our front porch roof


Sunday, December 20, 2009


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  And it did, from Friday night until Sunday morning. We have plenty of snow!
I am guessing between 17 and 20 inches, give or take.

This was the beginning of the snow storm.
It kept snowing and snowing

This is a water pump in the yard

The following pictures were taken on our front proch

Snow for Christmas!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Cats 2

Thomas Henry just went to the vet.  He has a urinary tract infection and hasn't been his usual personable self of late.  I have been dosing him with antibiotics.  He is much better today and seems to be getting back to his usual self.

I was cleaning out under my sink when Jo-Jo decided she had found the  perfect place to perch.  Jo-Jo is such a funny cat, she loves to find unique places to sit.

Here is an updated photo of my Little Prince, Morgan, isn't he cute!

Who could resist those eyes?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Decorating a room

Last week Miakoda and I decorated a room in the Smithville Mansion. This is a Greek revival mansion that sits in the middle of a 280 acre park. They have public tours from May through October and it is open for three weeks during December for Victorian Christmas tours.  Local groups decorate the rooms.

The Friends of the Mansion at Smithville is a non profit organization dedicated to restoring the mansion to the era of 1865 - 1887.

The room Miakoda and I decorated is called the Children's Room, and is decorated with toys and games from the era.

I found this little nasturtium blooming in my window box a couple of days ago!
It didn't bloom all summer, until I put up the Christmas garland, I think it is beautiful.

Friday, December 4, 2009



In a child's storybook
from words on the page
you took shape in my head
A sketch flowed from my pen
The fabrics pulled from the shelf
Rummage through the drawers
pulling out lace, ribbon and thread
My daughter's worn out jeans
laid out with patterns traced
Scissors biting through the denim
Needle, thimble, pins
Sewing all the pieces
Stuffing for the head
Shoe button eyes, perle cotton nose
Stitched with care
Cotter pin and hardboard discs
To give you arms and legs
Finally a hand knitted sweater
to keep you warm, no fur you see
There you sit on my shelf
Sad face, waiting for someone
To take you home
My little teddy bear

J. Kuykendall

A couple of my denim teddy bears

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Knitting Socks

It seems as though I have the dreaded second sock thing going.  I didn't realize it until I took stock of all my unfinished knitting projects. I have so many sets of knitting needles with projects on them that I have to go out and buy a new set when I want to start a project, so I decided to try to finish some of them.  I started pulling out bags and discovered that I seem to knit the first sock then move on to something else before I finish the second sock.  I have set a goal for myself to finish all the socks I have started before I start a new one.  Below are a few socks I have started.


Okay, so now I did finish knitting the red pair!


I also discovered that I have enough sock yarn stash to knit 30 or 40 more pairs. I am not even going to talk about the yarn stash I have for other things.

I just finished knitting this helmetliner for our troops overseas.  If you are interested you can find out more by going to



Sunday, November 22, 2009


It's the end of the season, but some of the flowers are still bravely blooming.  I took these pictures in my yard of the last of the flowers, I think they are lovely.

The last of my old fashioned roses, but so beautiful!

 They look so delicate.


Rosemary, which is an evergreen, but look at the lovely little blooms.

Geranium buds


The very last of the petunias


Mallows, what a surprise to find these little blooms tucked away under the leaves!

More roses

And more

 And, while these are not blooms, they are pretty just the same, rose hips

I am not sure what this little beauty is, but it is just gorgeous

I couldn't resist including this flower pod from a Rose of Sharon, it is so pretty in it's own way

My Lambs Ears, I love these fuzzy leaves!

Seed pods, aren't they pretty?

Yes, I know this isn't a flower, it is a Hosta leaf, but it is just so colorful

So now I'll have to wait until spring for the colors to bloom again.