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Friday, March 06, 2015

A Lot of Something About Nothing Much

Nancy, at A Rural Journal, hosts Random 5 Friday "where you share 5 random facts about you, your day, your pets, your kids, whatever!"

1. Remember this kitten? He's the little one I picked up on the side of the road when the "mean people" dumped him. For a long while, he was simply called "Kitten"; when I asked about names, Theo as in Theodore, was suggested as were Ted and Teddy yet none of those seemed quite right. One day I called, "Kitten, kitten" and he turned, looked at me and said, "That's Kit Carson to you, Missy." Ah, so it is...Kit Carson and he's a mean lil' cuss due to the fact he's a kitten and terrorizes the household.

2. The dogs, at least Daisy, has enjoyed the snow...traitor! Temperatures were supposed to get above freezing today; someone should have mentioned it to Mother Nature. I believe today's high was 31 which did little to melt the two inches of ice that was covered by a skiff of snow and made everything more than a little interesting. Thank God I didn't fall but had several barely missed opportunities.

3. For the past few nights, I've been watching the first four episodes of Downton Abbey and is it just me or could anyone else smack that dreadful, conniving "ladies maid" O'Brian and Thomas, her sidekick? If it was Julian Fellowes intent to annoy the absolute socks off me, he has succeeded admirably. By the way, Mr. Fellowes was one of my absolute favorite characters in Monarch of the Glen; he was a tad peckish but played the part beautifully and remembered fondly. On March 12, Kate (why isn't her name spelled Cate?) Middleton is visiting the Downton Abey set and will have photos taken with the staff. One presumes the staff of the set and not the staff of Highclere Castle (the real name of Downton Abbey); for more tidbits, visit Lady Carnarvon's, the mistress of Highclere Castle, blog here. One last tidbit, Lord Fellowes also wrote Gosford Park, another English favorite and he received an Oscar (I believe).

4. I'm also a huge Midsomer Murder fan and think John Nettles, or the character he plays, Tom Barnaby, is a delight. Truth be told, I think he's a hottie (or is that terrifically old fashioned term?) and I'm grateful he'll never be the man that would make me move forward from Dave (wicked grin). If you've seen any of the Midsomer Murder episodes, you've heard that haunting music...yes? The instrument is called a Theremin and played by Celia Sheen here. The Theremin is the first electronic instrument and invented by Lev Theremin, a Russian scientist and the instrument is played without being touched! Ms Sheen uses her hands to make the sounds that cause the music...bizarrely beautiful...and did the music for the series for fourteen years! Click here for others who use this fascinating instrument.

5. This is Mom with her first great-grandchild, my great-niece. Have you heard the saying, "A baby is God's opinion the world should go on?" In these trying times, a baby, aside from God, is the only hope we have for the future.

P.S. One post next week, I'll have a giveaway for a Pacsafe handbag. If you're not familiar with Pacsafe, they are anti-theft and now, RFID secure bags, purses, wallets, etc. This particular bag is great for travel as it cannot be cut open; unfortunately, it's not RFID secure is free to the fortunate winner. More information and photos later.

Blessings ~ Nancy ~ Mom ~ BBC ~ Random 5 Friday ~ weird music ~ Kit Carson ~ a baby ~


  1. I think there is a lot of things we should tell Mother Nature this year! Glad you didn't fall. Be careful out there!

  2. What a great blog. I just read everything about your farm...have you sold it yet? Such a beautiful property! I'll be back.

  3. Dear Sandra ~ I'm so glad you didn't fall too. I catch myself sometimes before a fall, and with heart pounding thank God for keeping me up. I'm not even having to deal with snow.

    I hope winter will end for you sooner rather than later.

    I love Kit Carson. He's a hoot! He's a survivor that's for sure.

    Have a good weekend in spite of the weather.

    Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

  4. I am already in LOVE with Kit Carson...I have always liked a "naughty kitten" as I like naughty grandkids....which brings me to your last picture...what a wonderful capture of your mom and the first great-grandbaby. Yes- it is a blessing and means that there is hope for us after all. xo Diana

  5. I love Kit Carson. He can come live with us please.

  6. Hi Sandra, love Kit Carson!! Look at that wonderful pic of your two having a fun time in the snow. Not a care in the world and such a joy to see.

    Glad you are enjoying DA.We watched the final episode for the season last Sunday night. Now we have to wait for the next!!
    Great pic of your mom and great grandchild. Such a beautiful shot and love the saying.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, CM

  7. Well Kit Carson is adorable. So glad you rescued him.
    Those dogs do seem to be having fun in the snow. - I bet everyone with all that snow is more then ready for spring.
    Such a sweet baby.

  8. Thanks for all the good stuff about Downton Abbey! I just love it and wish it would go on and on. Oh, what tangled webs they all continue to weave! :)

  9. I love your post here! I think that is quite fun sharing these random facts about yourself. I really like learning little things about people I know here. Thanks for sharing, I have a kitten who turns three this year. He is an absolute pain in the drain! He has been called an assortment of names too from Kitty, Mr. Kitty, Mr Thompkin, and Tiger! LOL! Quite fun to visit you here. Thanks! and Blessings, Anne

  10. One of my nephews is expecting their baby any time now and I can't wait to hold it! xo

  11. I'm glad Kit Carson told you his name at last! Sometimes they really keep us guessing.
    It's been so long since i saw Gosford Park I have forgotten the plot, so now I can watch it again - yay!
    We had a very pretty flurry here this morning, but the temps ARE rising, and are predicted to be in the general vicinity of 30F for the coming week. Hoping for a slow thaw; the slower, the better! I'm on a slope, but that won't stop my cellar from flooding. Oddly, I find my pump works better when it is not underwater!

  12. Kit Carson is beautiful! We have a cat that picked up out of our front field when she was kitten. We named her Angela. After we had had her for a little while it morphed into "Angela, the demon cat" for the very reason you mentioned. Now she has truly become "just Angela". We love her!


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