Thursday, April 29, 2010


 Sorrow like a stream loses itself in many channels - while joy, like a ray of the sun, reflects with great ardor and quickness when it rebounds from the heart of a friend.
 ~ Anonymous


Although you cannot see it, it is snowing on this robin.

We only got a momentarily heavy dusting yesterday. The white snow on the lush green grass was very, very beautiful. It made me think of Willy Wonka's sugar grass. It was so lovely that I hoarded the experience for my own and didn't take any photos.

The rest of the day was like living in a snow globe. It snowed and snowed but didn't accumulate. It was and has been very crisp and chilly. Today the wind howled!

It was the perfect weather to remain indoors and continue on with my homemaking projects. At the moment, I have been rearranging closets and drawers. Actually, it's more like arranging them for the first time for real since we moved.


 Setting up my dining room is something that I've been absolutely longing to do for two whole years now. Truthfully, before, it was just stuffed and cobbled together.

Ladies, is not the thought of a well organized and stocked china cabinet and linen chest an idea that brings a warm thrill to your heart?

Once again,

I find that I am so happy, happy, happy! 

This dresser used to be in the boys' nursery. The drawers are too shallow for their clothes now. I've pulled up the silly drawer liner and put in something more gracious and subtle.

No more pink lambs! 


 There was a tremendous ice storm the first winter that we were here. We lost power for around 70 hours. With a strange twist of irony, I couldn't find a single candle.

I unpacked them, finally, today.

Er, I didn't realize how many I had.


I need to stock up on ivory but aren't they pretty?

It was a bit of a puzzle at first. I had to figure out how much I had and where it would fit.

Plan C is working out beautifully.

Actually, better than I had envisioned!

In a spirit of make do and mend (which is very often the exciting story of my life) I decided to line the drawers in the china cabinet with some Pierre Deux wallpaper samples that I had bought.

I thought that I would be covering it up and was not prepared for the pretty surprise I got. 


 I have a bit more fussing to do. Showing you what I've done with this room will be a huge reward.

Please "ooh and ahh" accordingly when the appropriate time comes!

Something else has happened!

The color of the "ink" that I am using should be a huge hint.

you'll never guess so I'll just tell you!

Catherine, at Kids and Capers has passed on the sunshine award to me!

I must say, I think that I'm pretty deserving, 
considering ....

(you know, .... I dwell in a Sunny Spot - just in case you're not getting the joke.)

This brings up a subject that has been on my mind a lot, lately.

I just want to say "thank you" to all of you who have come on board to give a kindly listen to my goings on. Some of you, I know, are anonymous and some of you have become lovely pen pals.

Really, words fail me! Six months ago, I had no idea that Blogdom existed. Now, I find myself in a very pleasant land, indeed! It's full of beauty, encouragement, exhortation and mental stimulation.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Whether we've corresponded or not, you have been peering through the window of my eyes and mind and heart. This makes you a form of friend and I want to say that I appreciate you all!  The fact that you visit here encourages me to the skies!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~


I believe the situation demands that I leave you with a poem.

(Ooo! By the way, after you take a look at the next photo, you really should zoom in closely on this Streptocarpus!)


How wondrously blessed I will always be,
That the likes of you likes the likes of me!

Propped against the pillows with a late night cup of tea,
I'm thinking of you and wondering ...
By any chance are you awake, thinking too, of me?

~Fay Angus


With thoughts and best wishes,

Katy Noelle xo


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Winter Storm Warning" ~ The Weatherman

Wait!!               What?!?!?

Today has been one of these kinds of days.

This is what I've been doing.

I've been rearranging my china cabinet.
(Making more room.)


As a matter of fact,

I'm pretty sure that this is what I will see when I close my eyes tonight.


I've finally figured out a place to display and keep my blue willow napkin rings.

At least, for a good moment or so.


It's been one of these kinds of days, today.

Mostly quiet, cozy and elegant!

Katy Noelle xo

P.S.   Alina  had this kind of day, too, I think.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Great Outdoors and A Beaver Named George!

This is what it's like in the great outdoors near our house.

We're still about a month away from lilac time.


I can't believe that we're not 3 weeks after the pond has been free of ice.

Yes, these mallard ducks are walking on top of the [beyond] thin ice.

 It's spring and the birds have been noisy and busy like they are every year.

This photo is from last May.


 Also, last year on Earth Day, a painted turtle came to visit us for a day.

We named him Simon James Alexander Ragsdale III after a song we know and a friend named Alexander.


 The painted turtle was much friendlier (as far as amphibians go) than the ancient snapping turtle who commuted across our yard a few weeks later.

We've seen him already this year. He's so big that you can see, from up the hill, his head moving through the surface of the pond!


 Humour me for a moment and let's see if you can follow the irony of this.

This silly little elephant that I have NO idea how it got there keeps making me jump. 

It looks like a mouse out of the corner of my eye.


 Some bold great outdoors explorer I am, huh?

Remind me to pick it up next time I go inside!

The ravens and crows have been getting caffeine rushes from the coffee grinds in our compost pile and the fox and skunk have boldly been wandering around, getting into the eggshells.


 Honestly, I keep promising myself that my next post will be shorter!


just to get sidetracked for a moment...

This is a most excellent little book.


Tom is finished with the stone stairs but is still working on the wall. (For those of you who've asked. =] ) Never fear, though. Tom is more stubborn than any ol' BIG ROCK!

I am hoping that, while he's busy with other very important projects, we can put a stopgap solution in place to enclose the compost pile.

I like this idea ...


 My favorite idea of all, though, is this one...


 I love the idea of planting things in the hay of the compost pile BUT I'm sure that our rather large herd of deer would like it even better than I.

Why don't I have a picture of the deer?

They're usually out when it's pretty dark.

I'll work on it.


We, also, have 3 constantly hungry wild boys running, running, running barefoot in the cool, soft, new grass.
They are definitely animals!



 empty and hungry!


I have to tell you a simple little story.

We had a pair of Canada Geese that nested in the pond across the road from our house last year.


 We watched the goslings grow and mature until they flew away last fall.

This is a picture taken from our dining room window.


 There is an elderly couple who started coming and feeding the geese. We didn't think that this was the best idea in the world but they have been doing this for years.

They would honk they're car horn and the geese were trained to immediately come from wherever they were...

up the hill, on the other side of the pond...


Well, the geese and the geese feeding couple migrated (I think to Florida - the elderly couple, I mean) and they are both back.

A few days ago, we heard the familiar honk (of their car horn - not the geese) and the resident geese came aswimming!

I know it's two from that same family!

Fisherman drove them up the hill, today, and I took this picture from my "famous" kitchen window.



there were some otters in the pond a couple of weeks ago.

The fox was hiding behind a tree hoping to catch them.

They've moved on, they never stay for long

the beaver is awake and busy as a, ... well, know,
...busy as a beaver!

As a matter of fact,

if you asked our beaver,

he would say,

"I cannot tell a lie! I chopped down my lovely neighbor's weeping cherry tree with my



 Bad George!

BAAAAAAD George!!!

(He did it on April Fools day too!)

Lest you get depressed on our behalf, I will leave you with some puppy pictures.

Sorry, can't resist! 



Uncle Lliam really likes to puppysit.




You all are right! I live in the most wonderful place!

I feel it - I really do!!!


Katy Noelle

P.S. For those of you who aren't American and might not know, it is a legend that George Washington, our beloved first president, chopped down a cherry tree when he was a little boy. It is rumored that he said, "I cannot tell a lie! I chopped down the cherry tree with my little ax." We planted the weeping cherry last November and had been watching the buds swell with expectancy.

P.S. again, Halle and pups are doing well, as you can see.  Halle has been taking the most extreme catnaps - you can hear her snoring from all corners of the house. She's doing an excellent job. I'm so impressed!