Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Goodness!  Been a whole week again!
We had a dusting of snow for Christmas Eve.
Not enough to cover the brown lawn, but it was a semi-white Christmas, anyways.  I was happy to see some snow.   
And my backordered new red Thermos mugs finally arrived on Christmas Eve!
Yes, you will be seeing new mugs for 2015!  Whoohoo!  I absolutely love the taller black and red one.  All the ladies over at T-Stands For Tuesday, I've even done a coffee mug red facelift--LOL!
Karma and I had our own little Christmas miracle!  I went to plug in the dead musical string of lights to see if maybe the music box still worked (because I had turned the sound off and Ian seemed to like the tinkly music) and--lo and behold--they lit up and blinked again!!  TaDa!  
Karma and I hung out (notice she'll go anywhere I move her stocking and the tiny tree skirt--LOL!)...
...and had a relaxing, quiet Christmas just the two of us. 
I got this basket of goodies delivered from Janie
And Tori sent Miss Karma some cat treats and me an audio version of The Hobbit! 
I also got some Amazon gift cards (one from Patricia, my BFF from high school!).  I just have the best friends!!  And members of my family sent money, too!  Thanks so very, very much!  For each gift, each card, each kind word...you made my holiday so special!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas (those who celebrate it) and may we all have a marvelous coming year!
Let's see, what else.  We've had a lot of cloudy days.
I washed up all the fabrics Leah and I bought at Joann's.  Now just waiting to receive and wash up the other fabrics I bought on Amazon.  Supposed to all be here by the 6th.  I have little post-it notes to tell me which fabrics are which--flannel, velour, minky, suede cloth, etc. 

I got the sewing machine working again!  Had to take a tweezers and dig around to pull out the jammed thread.  Couldn't even come in sideways with a butter knife and get to that screw to remove the plate.  I have a 4-way screwdriver picked out to order in January.  ;)  But--so far so good--tada! 
Right after Christmas I ran across 24 Hours of Happy!!  
I know I'm probably the last person on earth to know this website even exists but I love that song because it does make me HAPPY!  I've been playing it and watching a little every day since I found it.  (The pics are Steve Carell doing a cameo "Happy" appearance on a bus.) 
This morning we're seeing some sun again. 
Been seeing sunshine for a few days and it is very welcome.  Was one degree yesterday morning.  Right now it is "-4 feels like -22 F".  Crispy.
This has been such a year!!  
This little guy has changed our lives!  :):)
(Photo from Mama)
Little Ian has recently caught the cold/cough that's going around.  Poor guy has had trouble sleeping unless it's upright against Mama's chest. You get this crud and can't breathe when you lie down.  Sending healing thoughts...all over!  So many people have been down with this or other illnesses this winter already.
I usually post over New Year's and likely will this year, too.  I love greeting the New Year and saying goodbye to the last one.  How can you not get all warm and gushy and contemplative on New Year's--LOL!  It's the perfect time for reflection and examining your life so far.  See you then!!  
Meanwhile, I dare you to click on this Happy link and not at least crack a tiny smile.  I am listening to it as I am writing this.  Just want to share the joy.  Can you hear me clapping?!  :):)
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” 
Dr. Seuss


TexWisGirl said...

brrr. stay warm up there! hope ian gets feeling better soon!

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, dear Rita! I'm happy to know you had a semi-white Christmas. Here in Central Florida there was not a trace of snow. :) I love your red mugs and all the other goodies caring friends sent to you. Ian certainly is a blessing and changed all your lives this year. I wish you, Ian, Kitty Kat Karma and your whole family a safe, healthy and prosperous new year!

Linda Kunsman said...

So much wonderful Christmas joy here! Glad your new mugs arrived for the holiday. Oh how can one not want to dance and sing to that tune-I don't think I will ever tire of it! Your quote is truly a perfect ending to this post and another year. Happy T day and a happy New Year to you and yours.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Rita, your snow looks like mine, only I have more this morning than your dusting. And the skies here are grey and dark.

Sorry to read about Ian. I can truly, truly relate. Just now starting to feel a bit better myself.

The boys and I had a very quiet Christmas, too. Except I coughed a lot. That was about the only sound here, Glad you and Karma were warm and safe. So glad to see she's having so much fun with her stocking, too. And those lights coming on were a nice Christmas gift.

Thanks for sharing your new RED mugs, as well as your week with us for T this Tuesday. Have a safe and joyful New Year, dear friend.

carol l mckenna said...

That's my kind of 'snow' ~ sending lots of healing hugs for Ian and hugs to you and Karma for the New Year ~ Great post and lovely photos!

Happy New Year to you,
artmusedog and carol

Krisha said...

I spent Christmas day, watching all the TV shows we taped. We didn't celebrate until Saturday and that was good.

How much Mr. Ian has grown!!!

Happy New Year to you and Karma, and thanks for all the T-day visits.

Intense Guy said...

I hope Ian gets all better soonest!

Hope you have a wonderful new years eve evening!

TwinkleToes2day said...

Aww, poor wee Ian, I hope he gets better soon. My Wee Man has started with yet another cold, so I'm hoping it's just a blip and doesn't floor him for another month like the last one. Anyhoo, I thoroughly enjoyed watching some 'Happy', thanks for sharing the link. I didn't know about that site either, but I do think I would go demented listening to it for 24 hours tho' lol.
I'm glad that you and Karma had a fine Christmas. Your gifts were lovely and show how highly you are thought of. Happy T Day to you Rita & Happy New Year! :o) x

Anonymous said...

Karma's relaxing leg is funny.

Denise Price said...

I love the new red Thermos mugs! Perfect for Christmas and year round too. Hope that Ian feels better soon and that you have a Happy New Year!!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Well I am glad someone I know had a little white for Christmas. We were at 52 degrees! Love the cool red mugs, and I'll have to check that website out. Neat idea and I love listening to music while I am crafting. Happy New Year!

Divers and Sundry said...

I love that Happy song!

We rarely get snow. Today it's been sunny with a high of about 43F. Happy T Tuesday! :)

Anonymous said...

I never knew about "Happy"--I love it!!

dawn said...

Hello and Happy T Day! I love the new red mugs, my sister has one too. YAY for sunshine, we finally got some too. Now the cold and snow is coming, not much thank goodness. The kids didn't like having Christmas with no snow. Hugs for Ian, hope he's feeling better soon. Happy New Year!

Janie Junebug said...

Happy makes me ridiculously happy.


Dianne said...

glad you had a nice little Christmas, and sorry to hear the baby Ian is sick! sending get well wishes and a Happy New Year!

~*~Patty S said...

Hope little Ian is feeling tip top real soon...so hard when they can't even tell you what's going on.
Know you will enjoy those mugs!
We can count on one hand the number of times we've had a white Christmas here in northern Virginia...it adds a nice touch.
Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy and Healthy 2015!

DJan said...

Thanks for the update in your life, Rita. Sounds like things are going along pretty much as usual. Finally, snow! :-)

Carol said...

Looks like you had a fantastic Christmas ♥ I'm drooling over your new fabric stash ... I'm getting into the sewing mode again here. Also love those red coffee mugs.

Hilary said...

Poor baby.. I hope he's feeling better before too long. I never heard of the Happy sight either so you're not alone there. If I'm not back on the blogs in the next day or so... Happy New Year, my friend. May it be a great one for you.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I love audio books best thing to happen to books in a bloody long time I listen to one while I am in the car I prefer it over the radio never read or listened to the Hobbit though

AliceKay said...

Sorry to hear Ian is sick with the crap that's going around. Hoping he feels better soon.

Happy New Year to you and Karma and the rest of McFamily. Wishing nothing but the best for all of you in 2015.

Victoria Zigler said...

Sounds like you had a great Christmas! I'm jealous of your snow (light sprinkling though it was) and your red thermal mugs!

Poor Ian... Hope he gets better soon!

SandeeNC said...

Happy New Year to you and Karma, wish we had gotten a little bit of snow for Christmas, I would have loved that!!

Zue said...

That little fella just gets more and more cute. So adorable!
So sorry he has been unwell, but he will bounce back quickly to good health.
Hope 2015 brings you lots of good things.
Sue xxx

GrandmaG said...

Glad you got a little white stuff. No such luck here. I love that Happy song! Happy 2015!