20 July 2014

Catching up, new friends, the next big project, signs of summer, the moon and breakfast.

I have some catching up to do.
My Sweet Husband has been working with 
some new friends on the next big project for the house.
Most of the windows have the original old wavy glass. They are 9 panes over 9 panes. However, some panes are broken and some have been replaced in the past with modern glass. 
Sunrise Stained Glass
Where the a special kind of magic happens. Step inside and let me introduce you to our friends.

Beverly and David Joosten
The artists and owners of Sunrise Stained Glass

Round windows
This picture shows close ups of the two windows so you can see them a little better. The next picture show how they are mounted.
This is the first stage.

 Transom on Antebellum Front Door
We brought quite a collection of antique stained glass back with us when we returned form Great Britain in 1992. 
Since then, we have hung the windows, or in case of the bigger ones, propped them up in each house we lived in.
We think this house is worthy of the windows and we found someone who can do it so here goes.
Beverly in her shop
She is standing at the end of the table in the next picture, with the Cartoon for the Gothic Window. The cartoon is the plan and pattern for the glass.
The brown area in the center is where our antique window will go. It will be surrounded by diamond shaped panes of clear glass and framed to fit the opening. This one will go at the top of the stairs.

Waiting for Stained Glass
This is the second floor landing where the Gothic Window will go. Note the color on the original heart pine floors.
I can't wait to see it in place. 

Heraldic Window
Once the Gothic Window is complete and in place. We plan to start on this one. It is nearly as large and will go in the library window that faces the side of the house. (The window facing the front is a Jib Window, it does not open since they put the siding on)
I will keep you posted.

Summer Super Moon
Got to love the new camera. These were taken without a tripod.
I braced myself on a pole in the yard.


Summer Berries
These were in my Big Brother Pete's yard. Tasty. Ours were ready before I left but I did not get any photos this year. 
For me this is a sign of summer.

Magnolia blossom and bees
I wish I could share the lovely smell with you. These blossoms are nearly the size of my head and they smell lovely.

Summer in my garden

Wild Grapes
We are watching for these to ripen. Last year they were tasty!

Queen Anne's Lace
Another sign of summer.

English Muffin Breakfast
This is how my Sweet Husband fixes it. Starting with the top left and going clockwise; Orange Marmalade, Peanut butter and honey, Pumpkin pie (yes, really, you should try it), Lemon curd, and in the center a Sausage (vegetarian) Egg & Cheese English Muffin Sandwich. (The Pumpkin pie is of course my favorite)

I still have pictures from my trip to Utah and Idaho to post.
Kat and Spontaneous

06 July 2014

The importance of Family

I went back to Utah to spend time with my Family last week.
We just lost someone we love very much and we gathered to remember her. This post is dedicated to the rest of my Family. 

 This is my big brother Pete. He is featured in several posts. When I was little, he taught me how to play chess so he would have someone to practice with. We played all sorts of board games, cowboys and indians, and army. When I left my handed down bike to close to the driveway and my Dad ran it over, Pete used money saved from his newspaper route to buy me a new one. He is seven years older than me but he always had time for me (he still does). 

 Paula and Kat
Paula is closest to my age. We were typical sister's. We played together, we argued with each other, then we played some more. I know she played barbies with me long after she outgrew them. 

Lila, Pete, Kat, Parley Jr.
This is Pete's family.

Kris and Danette
Because some family is chosen rather than born. We may have different parents, but we are still Sisters.  

 Jillian, James, and Kayla
Kayla is Paula's daughter, Jillian and James are hers. 

Paula and Scott
Scott is Paula's Son. 

Julia, Scott, Kristy, Shanoa, and Maisy
This is Scott's family. Thank you Kristy for taking such good care of him! 

 Kayla and Heather
Heather is my Sister Margaret's daughter. These two girls have a huge chunk of my heart. 

 Kelly and some of the little ones.
This is one of my favorite pictures. Kelly looks so relaxed. I hate to admit it, but I cannot remember the little ones names. There were so many people there that I love. After a while, I just put the camera away and enjoyed the love. So if your picture is not here, it does not mean you are not loved. 

 Patrick and Family
I am so very proud of you Pat!

 Amy and Britt
Britt is one of my great nieces, Amy is her Mom.

Ian is my great nephew. A very talented young man. 

Dell, JD (James), Zane, and Becca
I am not sure why they were leaning, but I love my crazy family! 
For more posts on my family see:
As I said in an earlier post "We are connected by unbreakable threads, past, present, and future. Family is a word like Joy, it somehow does not seem big enough or strong enough to really convey all that it means. I have an amazing family, I am loved". 

So take a minute and hug the people you love. If they are not within reach, call them, or write them a letter and tell them they are loved. We do not know how much time we have.

Last Look at my mountains
This was taken from the airplane window on my way home. Next week I will show you photos of Ogden Utah and Fish Haven Idaho.


29 June 2014

Tooting My Own Horn

If you look at this blog very often, you will know that I missed a couple of weeks in a row recently. 
This is an explanation, and it is kind of a long story so I will condense it somewhat.
The story starts out like this....

 Kat greeting the world.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl. 
(I just got my hands on this picture and I love it, one of my best)

Kat and her cousin Norma 

Here is another one, I better shorten things a little.
Skip forward a little more than 17 years.

Preparing for High School Graduation 

That is my Mom on the left, the young lady with the big smile is me. We were getting ready for my High School Graduation. (I like the way that you can see the program, but not the year)

Aunt Pat, Mom, Uncle Doc, and me.

This was taken that same day. Uncle Doc, Bernard Frank, came from Colorado to watch me walk across that stage. 

While I was in the Air Force, I walked across the stage again for an Associates in applied science for aviation electronics.

In 2006, I completed my Associate Nursing Degree and became a Registered Nurse.

in 2010, I completed my Bachelors of Science Nursing degree ( you can see a blog post about that with photos here) and earlier this month, I completed my Masters of Science Nursing degree (that is what all that homework was for). I had to make a quick trip out of state with short notice so I did not post this sooner.  I will have pictures from my trip on the next post.
See you then,

You can call me; Kat, RN, MSN.
You can still just call me Kat.

21 June 2014

Mid June

I started out this week with some very good news, then ended it with sad news.
I will share the good news with you next week.

15 June 2014

Colors of Summer

The colors of Summer in the South

Here are a few views of the inspiration for the new blog heading.



26 May 2014

Guest blogger - Spontaneous the helpful kitty

Good morning everyone,
     Kat is still doing schoolwork. She has some huge project that she has to finish over the next few weeks so she says she has to stay chained to the computer. I did not see a chain, I would have played with it, I like sparkly things that dangle.
     This morning, while she is sleeping, I decided to do a blog post for her, since she did not do one yesterday. So, this post is about my favorite subject, me.

How I am helping with Kat's Practicum Project

 Spontaneous Exercising

     I let her take my picture while I was doing my floor exercises. She says exercising is a very good coping method because it helps get rid of all the nasty stuff that builds up in our bodies from stress.

Spontaneous Learning 

     I posed for her with a book, I am thinking about learning a programing language, if I could just figure out how to convince her to get me my own computer, she is always using hers. She says learning new things is another positive coping method for stress because it makes your mind work in new ways and makes you think of something besides your stress for awhile.


     Kat says relaxation is necessary, even when we are not stressed. She says that according to her research (why didn't she find it the first time she searched? I rarely have to re-search for anything). When you balance your time between responsibility and leisure, you become more resilient to stress. Maybe that's why cats are usually such calm creatures. Our Moms teach us that when we are tiny. 

Negative Coping Methods

     Some of you may remember this picture. I promise I was framed! Kat says she can use this picture too, it shows what she calls a negative coping method and those are not healthy. She says it is OK to enjoy a drink, but not if it is a way to escape from your problems. 
     She is putting all these pictures and some others that are not as good because I am not in them, in a presentation about stress management and compassion fatigue. She has to write a bunch of stuff and turn everything in soon. She says by the middle of June she will be done with school. Cross your fingers for her, and wish her luck, if she did not know about stress management, she would probably be shedding hair all over the house. 



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