Monday, August 14, 2017

Out of Left Field

This blog post might look like it is coming out of 
left field, 
and it is..
yesterday was 
International Left-Handers Day.

I find it fun to watch a lefty. 
Everything they do looks awkward to someone who’s a righty...
mainly because we do everything right 
while they are left in the dark.

Sometimes, however, the lines get blurred…especially in politics. 
There are some us who are right-handed and right wing, 
and others who are left-handed and left wing…
but there are also some right wing people who are lefties, 
and some left wing people who are righties. 
And also those…who are left or right of center. 
I’m so confused. 
I have nothing left to say that is right on that subject.


They say lefties are intelligent 
and historically some of our more 
influential and successful people are left-handed. 
That would include Clinton, Ford, George H. W. Bush, Obama, 
Hendrix, Michelangelo, Oprah, and Babe Ruth. 
Add PaulA to that impressive list. 
Saying “lefties are intelligent”…
is a left-handed compliment...but not in the
"left-handed compliment" idiom way.

PaulA comes from a family of lefties, 
...his mother and 2 other brothers. 
3 out of 7 siblings are lefties and
4 out of 7 of them brush their teeth with CREST.

I’m a righty who married a lefty so throughout our marriage…
I have watched PaulA write with a …
left hook
eat and use scissors, (he doesn't eat with scissors)
tie his shoes and 
put cards in envelopes the wrong way.
The one thing he does the right way...
is play golf.

If I was left to my own devices…
I would make lefties conform and do things the right way…
but I also realize I should stop being so self-righteous, 
and accept that lefties (and PaulA)
have rights too. 

Right-handed Kat 

has finally left the building.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy 26th Birthday Bri

It's June Bri used to call it 
before she figured out it had a th! 
(And why would we want to correct such a cute thang.)  


was born 26 years ago today...
our beautiful baby doll .

Chelsea had 2 baby dolls to play with

As luck would have it, 
Brianna was brought home to this chicken pox diseased duo 
...who couldn't wait to get their hands 
on their new baby sister.


As some of you know...
our nickname for Brianna is 
Wish, Wishy, Sweet Wish, Wish Queen of America

Her nickname comes from the Cinderella song 
"A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes." 
I would sing her that sweet Disney song at bedtime, 
kiss her goodnight and 
whisper "goodnight sweet wish."

The funny thing is as time went on...
she started asking for another request before I left her room.
Maybe another sweet Disney song?
Her favorite request
after she let me humor myself with that sweet sappy song...

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
(to heck with the Disney song mom, let's get rowdy.) 

That should have been my clue way back then...
our Sweet Wish was gonna go to 
college in Boston,
work in the Seaport District, 
live in Southie
and be a wicked monsta Red Sox fan.  

Apparently I should have sung
a boisterous rendition of
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame"...
kissed her goodnight and 
goodnight Sweet Caroline...
ba ba ba
so good, so good, so good
Neil Diamond approved

Happy Birthday Brianna

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chillin' on a Monday

If you know me, you know where I was yesterday.
Hint:  Yesterday was free cone day at Dairy Queen.

Besides love for
God, my family, and my country…
I Love  ICE CREAM...especially soft serve.

 Through the years, I've turned PaulA into a lover…
(you know what I mean)
he's not as freakishly fixated.

I have a long "history" with ice cream
so yesterday, as I sat chillin' with my D.Q.
particular "ice cream story"
 that will remain frozen in time...
came to mind.

I call it:

"Ice, Ice, Baby."


Way back in the day...
when PaulA and I would drive home 
from visiting his parents...
we would ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS stop at the Dairy Queen 

It didn’t matter to me that PaulA didn't wanted ice cream…that was his loss.  

The DQ was a required stop…
even if we had just eaten a 
4 course meal complete with ala mode.

You see, 
I am a soft-serve junkie.

And so it day
PaulA and I had a disagreement. 
A minor spat, although no spitting was involved.

As we drove home in silence,  
I could see the DQ approaching….yup, DQ next stop. 

But instead of pulling into the parking lot...
PaulA drove right past it. 

Seeing, I am not any good at being SILENT…
I broke the ice with,  “I can’t believe you didn’t stop.”

PaulA, feigning ignorance, “Oh, you wanted me to stop?”
“Of course,” I said, 
“we ALWAYS stop…you know that.
He replied, “I’ll go back.”

So I continued ala childish behavior,
 “No, forget it. I don’t want it now.”

PaulA replied, “Well, I’m going back. I want a cone."
I bellowed, “Whaat? You never do.”

After turning the car around, 
PaulA came back from the D.Q.
holding a large vanilla cone.

As we continued down the road, 
PaulA loudly lapped his cone as he drove… 
“ahhh…this is so good…yumm.”

I am not sure what came over me at that moment. 
I didn’t even think about it. 

In one quick motion, I reached over, 
grabbed the cone out of his hand…
and threw it out my opened window. 

He looked at me….
I looked at him…. 
and we both cracked up laughing. 

Ice cream makes everyone chill.

"So good, it's riDQulous."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Paddy's Day

St. Paddy's Day

A day to celebrate Irish history, customs, and spirits.


a day to pay homage to St. Patrick

and St. Guiness.

They say 13 million pints will be drunk 
(or is that drank) on March 17.
Probably be drunk.

Even Princess Kate is hoisting a pint.


Remember to get your shamrock on.

and partake in wearing o' the green...

otherwise you just might get pinched.

And don't hesitate to

Belt down a pint or two

Belt out "When Irish Eyes are Smiling"

Loosen your belt for some corn beef and cabbage.

Lucky for us 

after a night of Irish getting jiggy...

we can call on

St. Uber

to carry us home.

Happy St. Patrick's Day,

lads and lassies.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Colintine's Day

Today is a twofer day...

and who doesn't like 2 for 1

2 for 1 drafts, 
2 for 1 concert tickets, 
2 for 1 Big Macs (maybe not)

but for our fam today is...

2 special days in 1

Colin's birthday and Valentine's Day
Colintine's Day


When I look back at the many photos I have of the kids
Colin is usually smiling but also
wearing an impish (I'm up to something) grin or 
(catch me if you can) gleam in his eye.  

(Watch out Big C...your bro is Trouble.)
His fav was the McD's Happy Meal bucket...
to wear, not carry.
I'm Lovin' it

That was then...
this is now.
Hold onto your hats, folks...

 Hats off to Colin
for making our Valentine's Day
a Twofer

and bringing 
joy and love into our hearts 
every day.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Chelsea

January 21 = Chelsea's Birthday
hashtag 31
Today is Chelsea's birthday
and Facebook concurs with me...
so that makes it official.
Thank you FB.
What would I do without you?

I had to chuckle when a FB alert popped up on my computer informing me that January 21st was Chelsea's bday
No kidding FB...I am way ahead of you...
I was there.

Yep, that was me 31 years ago 
riding shotgun with PaulA to the hospital.  
After my water broke, we nervously gathered my things together, jumped in the car
and PaulA took off out of the neighborhood 
like batman out of the bat cave...
(I was his Katwoman)
only to be immediately pulled over by a cop.  
no lie officer, Katwoman is having a baby

I was also there almost 30 years to the day 
when Chelsea took a 
gaGiant leap of faith 
and made her first baby steps. 
I grabbed my ole box camera and captured it. 
You could see her confidence gaining
minute by minute
as she

tested her balance.
Hold on, I got this folks. 
Me and my little dog got places to go.


Although PaulA and I won't be with Chelsea on her bday, 
we will be recounting the day she was born, 
recounting the Chelsea years 
and the things we love about her...

her sense of humor,

her love of family traditions,

her love for her hubby, Austin 

and her sweet pup Charlie,

her love for her family and

the closeness she shares with her brother and sister,

her gentleness, thoughtfulness and kindness,

her fierce loyalty to family and friends,

her smile

and not to mention

her enduring 
and endearing love of 
the sprinkled donut.
always keep your inner child happy, no matter how old you get

Happy Birthday Chelsea

We "sprinkle" 
our love on you
and every day.