#MirthMusicMon – Cat and Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

1 Feb

This first video very much reminds me of trying to get baby into her car seat right now. She hates being strapped in, but then will sit contentedly watching me run around like an idiot for another ten minutes getting things that I’d just then realized needed to go with us.


This week’s music is pretty cool. The words are at the bottom left, but what you’re really going to want to watch is the ticker to the right beside the photo of the banjo player. That’s keeping track of how many times he’s picked a string. It’s mind boggling.


That’s it for Mirth and Music Monday. If you would like to see this week’s other participating bloggers click HERE. That link is also where you can input your post if you should wish to join us. Monday is pretty much over, but there’s always next week! :D


Baby update!

This kid is going to drive us happily up a wall. She’s too smart! This morning she wanted to get out of bed and get the day started without the usual cuddle time so she pulled the covers off my shoulders and yanked on the pillow. Yesterday she pulled the covers off and handed me my shirt after our morning nap.

She’s getting a lot better at toddling around with a hand brushing along the side of the table or something. Oh, and she’s taller than the underside of our dinning room table, so she has to duck to get under it.

Her favorite thing to do right now is throw everything out of her playpen. Preferably at a dog. She has surprising aim for being my kid. I’m starting to feel sorry for our dogs, though. (But just a little. lol)

This afternoon we had the dogs in the back pen and let in one of the two porch cats (the female was out hunting), and Kathleen had a blast trying to keep up with him as he toured the house. She only has the living and dining room to explore, so he often escaped when she got too excited.

Her favorite foods right now are strawberry banana yogurt and turkey bacon.

At her 1 year check up her Pediatrician said that if he didn’t know better the tiny murmur in her heart would have just sounded like turbulence. Everything is A-OK, and she is growing like a weed; 1/4 inch under 30 inches, and 1 ounce under 19 pounds.

She’s come a long way in a year. :D


I love this kid.

I love this kid.




I Added a New Page!

25 Jan

I finally got around to putting this page together. As usual it didn’t take nearly the time my procrastinating brain said it would.

Click the tab above (or if you’re reading this via email, click HERE) to see my new page all about QuarterReads and the stories I have on it.

Baby is wondering why you haven't clicked yet.

Baby is wondering why you haven’t clicked yet.

#MirthMusicMon – 1st Birthday and Hoopskirts

24 Jan

One year ago today my little flirt was born.

This is what a baby looks like after mangling an unfrosted dark chocolate cake.

This is what a baby looks like after mangling an unfrosted dark chocolate cake.

And this Mama couldn’t be prouder.

There's a change she might like having her picture taken. Maybe.

There’s a chance she might like having her picture taken. Maybe.

Happy Birthday, Sweetie. It’s been a wild ride so far. I am both excited and terrified to see the next year.

   *   *   *   *   *

Today’s Mirth and Music Monday was found purely by chance while I was wandering through vintage clothing videos. It’s actually a book trailer, and the title makes me curious.

What do you think?


Here’s the (American, sorry everyone else) link to her book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Never-Hoopskirt-Things-Learned-Southern/dp/1606841319/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

It looks like a fun read, unfortunately it’s only in paperback.

No Kindle edition. :(

With Kathleen in a paper tearing/eating phase I’m not able to read physical books right now.


But, she’s growing fast, so Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell is on my wish list. :)


That’s it for me today.

Have a Great week, y’all!


If you would like to see the posts by this weeks other Mirth and Music Monday participants click HERE to go to the linky.

That’s also where you can input your own post if you should wish to join in the merriment.




#MirthMusicMon – Wedding Music…or Not

18 Jan

We are all better from the cold. Baby just has a last bit of a cough that’s almost done.

I hope we don’t get anything else this winter, but it is only the middle of January, so we’ll just have to be careful for the next couple of months and hope.


I was really wondering what I was going to do for this week’s videos until I stumbled onto the music and it clicked with something else I’d seen this past week.

Let’s see what you think.





On a more somber note, here’s my little moment of remembrance of one of my favorite actors: Alan Rickman.

(It’s a little crude, but funny, if you can decipher what they’re saying. lol)

R.I.P., Mr. Rickman.

    Great, now who’s going to play all of our favorite funny, quick-witted villains?


That’s it for me this week.

Click HERE to see this weeks other Mirth and Music Monday posts.

We’re always open to other bloggers who’d like to join in the Monday fun. Just follow the link above and put in the link to your post.




#MirthMusicMon – Aloha Coming or Aloha Going?

11 Jan

This has been a strange, unfortunate, entertaining week for the D’Andrea family.

We all had different reactions to the cold we caught, the laundry room froze so we need to do a minor (hard to get to) repair on the washer before we can resume laundry (cloth diapering has, of course, been put on hold for the past week), and baby has been a source of almost equal frustration and joy.

Throwing and watching things fall has been her latest fascination. If she’s not throwing it, she’s knocking it off the table so she can enjoy the drop and clatter. Last night I let her go until she didn’t have any toys left in her pen, then put her plate of steak and potatoes in with her. None of that got thrown around, that’s for sure. lol

She’s also enjoying standing on her little dump truck in her pen, the pillows on the bed, or in the chair beside me. Anything where she thinks she is getting a better reach to get to people or things. It’s both entertaining and exhausting. I don’t know how many times I reassure her that the most recent tumble wasn’t that bad, or kiss away sobs when she actually does land hard.

Canine teeth seem to be starting to rise, so she’s chewing a little again. Not sure when her molars are going to make an appearance, but they’re due any time in the next couple months. Thank goodness for gripe water and infant Motrin.


For Mirth and Music Monday I found this cute little animation for you.

Let’s see what you think. :)



That’s it for me this week. I’ve got a cranky teether with a yucky nose who thinks she needs a nap or something. I don’t know. She’s not too sure, either. But, really, aren’t we all just winging this monster responsibility they call Motherhood?

For more Mirth and Music Monday, or to add your own post to the list, click HERE.






#MirthMusicMon – ‘Tis the Season to be Sneezy

4 Jan

Kathleen is suffering through her first cold. She’s mostly still her happy self, but when her sinuses plug up it’s hard on her, and when it’s time for sleep everything else had better stop, because she is just done.

My husband, Lonnie (who blogs here), and I seem to be keeping it at arms length, but it’s probably only a matter of time before it breaks through the magical spell of the super chicken soup and wreaks even more havoc on the household.

But, we won’t dwell on that, because it’s Monday, therefore time for Mirth and Music Monday.

(I have to give a huge thank you to ReGi McClain for taking care of the linky these last 2 weeks. My brain seems to have taken this Christmas break thing a little too far.)

First up is Mirth:



Then we have Music:


They really need to come up with the work-at-home-mom version of that song. lol


That’s it for me today, ’cause I have a nose to wipe for the 6,000th time today.

For more #MirthMusicMon, or to join in the blogging fun, click HERE.




Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings and/or Bah Humbug

25 Dec

We survived Christmas Eve, which was the day my family decided to hold our Christmas celebrations this year, making room for time with in-laws.

Baby Kathleen got some new clothes, including socks and tights! Thanks, Mom! :D

She also got a dump truck with shapes and a removable driver. It’s in the playpen with her right now, keeping her thoroughly occupied. Also received were books, hats, and just enough money to start a children’s savings account for her.

I was given a gift card to a cool restaurant, a scarf/hood, a coloring book, plans for a fun day out, a set of decorative serving bowls and most likely a few other gifts which I can’t remember this early in the morning. I know Lonnie got some interesting gifts, too. Nothing expensive, but everything was very well thought out and wonderful. :)

So now we have the entire day waiting for us to do nothing but eat and loaf around. I may get to play some Wizard101, and play in my coloring book. That is if Kathleen will let me have a couple brain cells to myself. She’s been very clingy these last few weeks. I’m hoping this is molars coming through, and not just a difficult phase. Of course judging by the ear pulling and chewing on everything it’s pretty clear it is teeth.

Everyone seemed to have fun, though, and for that I am very thankful.


Even our dogs are having a treat this holiday season. The store was out of their usual food, so they were purchased a case of wet food. Wow, that stuff gets gobbled fast. lol


Well, I’d better get back to my eating. This morning it’s a 4 egg scramble with hashbrowns, peas, and black beans on the side. Kathleen is enjoying the occasional chunk of the egg concoction.

I’m hoping to get her started on a daily fruit and yogurt smoothie, so hopefully I can put a couple pounds back on in preparation for starting a sibling.

Eventually. Hopefully we can get a little more income flowing soon so we can more easily afford the next round of visits to the midwives.

On that note, I need to find ways to make a little more income (as in on the fun side of the decimal line?) from my meddlings on the internet. That may mean some minor tweaks to this site. Don’t worry, it won’t be obtrusive, or annoying. I have a very long list of pet peeves that relate to for-profit blogs.


Uh, oh. We seem to have butted up to a nap time. Time for me to sign off.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Holly - No, I Wasn't drunk when I drew it!!!

Holly – No, I Wasn’t drunk when I drew it!!!




Would YOU have passed this test?

22 Dec Featured Image -- 1976

Here’s a mid-week chuckle for you. :)

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

You are driving down the road in your Corvette on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading.

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first.

Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.

However, you may…

View original post 90 more words

#MirthMusicMon – Baby’s First Christmas: The Reality

20 Dec

It’s Monday!!!

And we all know what that means.

Mirth and Music Monday! :D


We all have that adorable photo op idea of baby’s first Christmas in our heads and hearts.

Then there’s what happens most of the time:



For music I found, well, at least ‘baby’ is in the title. :)



That’s it for me today, folks, I have about 3 dozen gifts to wrap while Kathleen is asleep.

I hope you have a great Christmas and/or whatever else you celebrate this time of year. :D


For more Mirth and Music Monday click HERE.

It’s easy to join in with us, just pick something funny and something musical (or one with both) put them in a blog post, then click the link below, add your link and voila! you’re a #MirthMusicMon blogger. :)





Time for the Confetti Cannon!

18 Dec

No, I’m not pregnant again.

Baby number two negotiations have just begun.

And I’m not a big time published author. Yet.

Although we do hope to have some short stories out on Amazon in the next couple months.

And it’s not…

Oh, I can’t stand it.

I’m a size 6!

That’s right. The pants I am sitting in right now are a pair of 5/6.

They’re zipped up and everything!

Over a pair of leggings for warmth!!

I wore a dress a couple days ago that hasn’t fit me for over 6 years.

We got it for my high school graduation celebration at church.

Yes, this is that cool.

So, are you ready?

Here goes…


If I get back down here after the second baby I may have to throw an actual party. lol


Now I have to go buy new pants and skirts.

No, this is not fake complaining. I dislike clothes shopping. :/

Oh, well, at least it could be an interesting afternoon out with Lonnie. We need to get some last minute Christmas shopping done anyway.

Another gusty sigh.

You know what? I’m just going to go back to the fact that I’m back to my ideal size and leave it there.

Hooray for size 6!!! :D

Now I just need to find me a really twirly skirt and I’m all set to play the little girly-girl. :)






Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,762 other followers