Archive | January, 2016

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.

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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:

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?

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#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.