Monthly Archives: January 2017

Free to Be . . .

Julie – “Cue the banjo music!”


There’s a land that I see where the children are free

And I say it ain’t far to this land from where we are

Take my hand, come with me, where the children are free

Come with me, take my hand, and we’ll live . . .

IMG_7836In a land where the river runs free

Isabelle Roses

In a land through the green country

In a land to a shining sea


And you and me are free to be you and me

Every boy in this land grows to be his own man

In this land, every girl grows to be her own woman


Take my hand, come with me where the children are free


Come with me, take my hand, and we’ll run

Josefina Mold

To a land where the river runs free

To a land through the green country

To a land to a shining sea

To a land where the horses run free

To a land where the children are free

And you and me are free to be you and me


Lyrics excerpted from “Free to be . . .You and Me” by Bruce Hart

Winter People

by Kit Kittredge

As a crack journalist, I study people everywhere I go.  I have noticed that my neighbors in Cincinnati all have different ways of coping with winter.  When you live in a winter climate, you know the feeling of the snow being deeper than the top of your boots.  Brrr!  At the Cincinnati Register, we call stories like this one ‘human interest’ stories.

Caroline lives nearby, and she looks forward to winter because it means completely changing up her wardrobe.   Wintery weather means an opportunity to get out her fluffiest pink coat and  shearling boots.img_8284Don’t let the blond hair and shopping bags fool you — she is more than a pretty face!  Caroline’s love of winter clothing was the start of our neighborhood coat and mitten drive for needy kids.  She uses her shopping talents to scoop up items to donate when clearance sales start.  (It’s important for journalists not to reinforce stereotypes – K.K.).   Having a fashionista among us is just the encouragement we need to try a new winter look and pass down our still nice coats to those in need.


Every Northern inhabitant has a neighbor like dear Addy.  Addy is our winter dog walker.


Winter dog walkers are often so bundled up that you aren’t quite sure who is under the hat and scarf!  A big dog like Rembrandt needs exercise, even when the temps are below zero.

Grace can’t wait for the first snowfall to hit the slopes.  There is no winter sport that Grace won’t try, and she has heaps of winter sports gear to prove it!  She always talking about black diamond runs and half pipes.  After school she takes a bus with her classmates to the local ski hill.  She hasn’t broken anything yet!


One of the most delightful parts of living in a winter climate is having an excuse to slow down, stay home, and hibernate.  And you guessed it… that is my approach to winter!


Here I am with a good book, flannel night-gown, and a warm quilt.

What do you like to do when north winds blow?







Lovely Blog Award, and Then Some!


This week I was happy to receive a notification that Char at  Sewbeading nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award.  In addition, Flo at Say Hello to My Little Friends nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  Thanks Ladies!

The rules of the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ are to:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog
  • Write a post about this award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 people
  • Tell them the good news!
  1. I currently work in an elementary school library, and yes, I always make conversation with the girls checking out American Girl books.
  2. I love making birthday cakes for Brianna’s birthday.  I have done Barbie cakes, American Girl cupcakes, French-themed cakes inspired by Grace.
  3. One of the best books I read this year for kids or grown-ups is “The Inquisitor’s Tale” by Adam Gidwitz.  It just won a Newbery Honor.
  4. I have no use for Swiss cheese.
  5. I was born in the “Year of the Rooster”.  So was Brianna, my mother, and my Grandmother.
  6. When I was a kid my favorite thing to check out of the library were cake decorating books, especially ones with massive wedding cakes lit up with fountains and roses.
  7. I don’t watch much TV but I do get excited for Top Chef and The Profit.
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A previous birthday cake with the name removed

I am nominating Heather at Dollightful Dolls and MER*Made9 .  I don’t mean to be stingy with the nominations but between Flo and Char they cast a pretty wide net!


Ringing in 2017

There was a sleepover party next to the Christmas tree last night, and everyone stayed awake until midnight thanks to snacks and the movie “Into the Woods.”


This was the scene this morning.

fullsizeoutput_5eb5Kit was awake, but no one else could be roused to get up for church.  Ah well!