Thursday, April 30, 2009
When I close my eyes the needles
of longleaf pines still shine
in crepuscular light. Mocking
birds and cardinals pass
low over the back yard, conversing
about the trees. And when I steer
the Penske truck north next month,
the door of my Mississippi
home shut for the ultimate time,
Needles will cover my path
and the birds will follow me out
into the Pacific.
It's the last day of April and the end of National Poetry Month. Dan wrote 30 poems.
I thought this poem was fitting.
The photos are from our big move to Mississippi three years ago.
Crazy how fast time flies.
I never would have said that a year and a half ago.
By the way, Dan is beardless. Why? Because he had just finished working on the trains at Disneyland for the summer. He was a really cute train conductor.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I've had to give up a few things and it has been hard.
I also realized that my Diet Coke addiction was costing us about six dollars a day.
That adds up!
So, Dan and I decided that my reward in six months will be a new pair of Fluevogs.
We'll have to start saving our pennies.
How would you reward yourself?
I love this, it's a lot like wishing.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Party invitations are in the mail.
My living room is a disaster.
Closets are being emptied and I am reminiscing about where every treasure came from and deciding which one's need to be left behind.
Letting go of some items feels like I'm letting go of twenty-something Kat. Or should I say Kathy or Kathryn.
I've changed my name a few times because of traumatic/life changing events.
Thank goodness I'm over that. I'm out of names.
Do I really need a silver incense burner?
My Pottery Barn goodies are so not my style anymore.
Some lucky shopper is going to be LUCKY!
Monday, April 27, 2009
We have mixed feelings about it. Hattiesburg has been a place of growth for us. Our first three years of marriage were spent here. I heard someone say that you don't find yourself until you go to a place where no one knows you.
I found myself in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
I told them they had to get dressed up for their big night out.
Don't they look smashing?
I've been practicing my serving skills while working at The Pastry Garden.
Sidenote: I miss working there already.
I think it was the perfect way to end our fun filled two weeks together.
Mommy and Dad CJ, thank you so much for taking care of me.
I love you both so much.
p.s. Thank you for taking me out to get my nails done too.
They still look great.
This is my favorite spot at The Huntington. I have a thing for fountains. Big Koi fish live in that pretty fountain. Lucky fish.
Anna and I made a special visit to the new exhibit of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy.
They had a section where you could practice your skills. Here I am, showcasing my chinese painting and caligraphy "skills".
Sunday, April 26, 2009
But, Mommy is the one and only yard sale diva in our family. I told her I wanted this secretary hutch and she scored it for $85. She even talked them into delivering it. I have BIG plans for it.
I can't wait for it's official debut in the coming months.
The flowers were beautiful. I think the best thing about the outing was seeing my Mommy happy. She has been having a hard time lately.
Dad CJ is the best Step Dad. I feel so blessed to have him in my life. I really do think of him as a Dad and I feel so lucky.
Dad CJ, I love you.
When Dad CJ told us about the fields of flowers, he said you could see them from the freeway. He forgot to mention that the last time he saw them was 30 years ago. Now, you see car dealerships from the freeway. The fields were bigger 30 years ago.
Dad CJ asked to make sure he was right.
What a cute pair. I want to hug them and put them in my pocket.
Dad CJ's hip started to bother him so Mommy and I explored on our own.