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A casual blog highlighting my life with kids, grandkids and kitties...Also an avenue to show some items from my etsy shops.


**Please note..The other half of my life is dovoted to helping feral and free roaming cats in Walnut and the surrounding areas. You can learn more and follow our activites there at Walnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program! **







Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two Months Passed?? Really??

More than two months have passed and we have transitioned from the hot days of summer to the cool and crisp days of autumn.  I love autumn!  The only problem with it is, is that it doesn't last long enough for me.  With the fall weather, comes football!  Our grandson Kaden is playing on a team called the Mustangs and its very fun to go watch him play.  This is his first year and one never knows if he will continue or not, but he is having a great time with the uniform and the kids, so its worth taking time to go watch each week.

Another transition for us is that we have moved from being a 3 cat family to a 4 cat family!  This Is Gibbs, who has stolen my heart!  He was left by his owner and ended up on my front porch.  Long story short, he is where he needs to be.  Now, if we can just convince the other 3 that he belongs here too!

We have also added a new building to our property!  Finally!  A 2 car garage!  Its been over 8 years since we've been able to put our cars inside.  A little more landscaping and maybe some pavement, and we are good to go!

Our TNR program is going hog wild!  THE biggest reason, Ive slacked off on my blogging here.  We have had much success so far and you can follow that activity on our facebook page atWalnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program

Last, but not least is a pic of me and a new friend in the kitty loving field, Dawn.  We held a fundraising garage sale last weekend which netted nearly $500!!!  EXCITING!!!  Thanks for hanging with me as I continue to be the crazy cat lady!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Things are Crazy!!

Things are totally crazy in my life right now.  I'm trying to keep my Etsy shops active and growing, but life has been interrupted by the Walnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program.

Some of you will remember my feral cat, Toby that lived around my house for nearly five years. I loved him dearly and miss him just as much!  He was the inspiration for this feral cat program.  Finally we have decided to jump in and start.  Things have been exploding and now I feel that if I was busy before, I am ten times busier now.

Although the cats have been my 1st priority of late, my family and ETsy are still close 2nd and 3rd!  Stay tuned for news on both!

This cute little ashtray is part of a set of 3 and you can see it at VintageKats!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Windows...

Having the tree taken down in the backyard to make room for our garage resulted in a super hot back porch...Yes, that's Ricky...looking out the back.  Our whole back porch is windows..and the heat of the sun this summer has created a very uncomfortable situation for anyone and anything that needs to be out there. Ive seen the temp there get to 130degrees!

Yesterday I made some window treatments and if I do say so myself, they are pretty cool (pun intended)!

I swear, you can find anything on the Internet!  I took afew minutes to google "porch curtains" and took a hint from a lady that used painters tarps to make hers. So off to Home Depot I went.

Of course I had LOTS of help while cutting and sewing.  But within 3 hours I was done!



Here are the results of my labors!   I love that they are light and airy, but will hold out some heat and cold.  Easy to "raise" them when I want to open windows.

Best part is, the kitties approve!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Follow up on Vanity Sizing...

Wow..I was spending way too much time documenting size differences in the decades past.  I was getting a little loopy with it all and decided there are much more important things to occupy my mind with.

Suffice to say...in the 1960's I thought I was fat when I wore a size 9/10....I'm still wearing 8/10....so proud of myself.  But looking back at the 1960's patterns and using my current measurements...I would be in a 14/16.  So crap.  And that's all I/m going to say about that!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Uh-Oh...

Being a "woman of age" Ive been patting myself on the back for wearing the same size or smaller than the size I wore in High School...Whew!  Im doing goooood!...Maybe not so much...

I've been listing patterns of all decades lately on Katsfabricsnmore...and what Ive realized is, that...hard to say....IVE BEEN LIVING IN LA-LA LAND!!!

More info coming! After wiping tears and attempting to boost back my self esteem.  What the heck???? I hate our society sometimes!

Monday, July 4, 2011

New at KatsFabricsnmore!





One of my fun ladies that stays with us during the walk, sent me a thank you card that was made by her daughter, using old trims, buttons and pattern pieces.  Its a sort of collage.  I liked em and decided to make some for sale.  I did, of course put my own "spin" on them, so they are a little different than what she does.  I have tons of old tissue patterns that I cant sell because they aren't complete and of course I have buttons and trims coming out of my ears!  

These are so fun to make!  Ive made quite a mess in my work rooms and my fingers still have Modge Podge peeling off of them, but creativity was flying!!!  I will be putting them in Charyl's shop too.  Hope you like them too!

PS....the tissue from patterns makes great "tissue" for gift wrap...I wrap all my patterns and books in it now, before I send them off to my customers.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Its been a week now since we've been home from DC. It's taken me that long to get caught up and feeling any form of normal!  Ha.

Im sparing you all my photos and only posting two that were my favorite parts of our trip.

Of course being able to watch Dalton graduate was the highlight of the trip.  It's so hard to believe that he will be going off to college in just a little over a month!  Time has flown by, but he has grown into such a nice young man, I know he is going to do well in life.

The other highlight was Arlington National Cemetary and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Breathtaking!

I'm back into my Etsy shop and ready to list a ton of new things...stay tuned!

I'm also working on a new project making home made greeting cards to list in Katsfabricsnmore...so be on the lookout for that.

I'll be blogging more too...lots to catch you up on!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Washinton DC!

Posting no pics...no pics to post!   Tried uploading a pic of the Capital Building from the web, but  I couldnt get it to work... and I dont have a cord to upload from my camera....  Oh crud!

In DC for my grandson's graduation.  What a fun event!  Pics to be posted when I get home.

Going to Occoquan today... Walnut, Iowa on the Water...type place!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day Again!

Every year, over Father's day weekend for 29 years now, the AmVet's Antique Walk graces the main streets of Walnut~  This is the view from my workroom.  LOTS of people, antiques, fun, food and a bit of heat this year!


Should you visit, you will find Miss Kitty and her rider ready to help you find a place to park.  Miss Kitty is very friendly (oh, how I love those velvet noses!) and she graciously posed for this photo!


Vendors come from all over the country!  These two are staying at my house for their 18th year!  Theresa (left) is from Kansas City and Karin (right) comes from St. Paul Mn. Area.  They are a delight and I love them both!


Grayson and her mom, Heather are downtown helping in Heather's mom's booth.  The girls are selling pretty flower hair clips...see Grayson's???
I always find a bargain!  This is a gorgeous chenille bedspread that I found right outside my front door.  Its in great shape!  My BFF Kathy in P-cola has been looking for one like this and hopefully she likes it...otherwise, it will show up in my Etsy shop!
And, oh yeah, FOOD!  One can find everything literally from soup to nuts!  I chose Tony's BBQ Bistro for lunch....bbq'd chicken sandwich, chips and an ice cold pop....delish!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Too cute Not to Share!

Well, he's done it!  Gibbs has wormed his warm little heart into ours and whined long enough to gain entrance to the house.  He is the best cat ever!  A big baby who just wants to be loved and live inside!  Im giving him short visits for now.  Soon he will be a regular and maybe spend the night in the house even.  I still havent seen him use a box and until I see that, I harbor some distrust.  MUST USE BOX...but like my bff Pam says, he is a smart boy...He wants to fit in and he will.  The other 3 are getting used to him.  Lucy is the most resistant, but her nature is to not like any change AT ALL, even if it involves her brother and sister.  Possum seems to like him the best.  They lay close by each other and just hang.  I think soon they will be touching. 

I guess if you are going to live in the country in a big old house, one might as well have multiple cats!  :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Always Fun to See the Finished Product

Every once in a while I get the chance to see the finished product that has resulted from the sale of fabric in my shop.  I got this pic from Alijackclothing who bouught the final bit of this Little Golden Book Fabric that I purchased while in California visiting my sister.  Be sure to check out Ali's shop.

 Share the news of Etsy with everyone you know.  Buying handmade, homemade and finding wonderful vintage items from home is the "in" thing to do!  Thanks for sharing your creativity with me, Ali!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Life as A Cat Lover...

never comes complete circle. Having 3 cats has had its challenges, but the love and comfort and humor they bring to our lives makes the expense and the sharing of the bed well worth it.

I have set my limit at 3. Ive been tempted during the past 3 years to take in another one. But I have respected the limit I have set for myself. I found homes for 2 very tempting felines and have seen a few be taken to a shelter in hopes of finding a fur-ever home or to a friendly farmer's barn for mousing...It truly has not been an issue...until Gibbs.



This little guy blended right in to our feline "family".  I was seeing glimpses of him, thinking he was one of my 3, until one day I realized there was actually a 4th out there.  He was very frightened and hid beneath the porch.  When I saw him sitting out in the rain, I knew he was stray and most likely hungry.  I began leaving a bowl of water and food out for him and each morning the bowl was licked clean. 



After several days of putting a full dish of food at his hiding place entrance, he decided to emerge and say hello.  Still a bit skittish, but very thankful for the food I was bringing..it was the beginning of my new love affair with Leroy Jethro Gibbs, my gray haired - blue eyed, handsome man.  This kitty must have belonged to a family.  He is so tame and loves people once he knows he can trust them.  He's a lap cat and has the most comforting purr.

He's had his "visit" to the vet, so he cant become a daddy and he has had his shots, worming and flea medication, so he's set!

He isn't allowed in the house, but he has a cozy bed on the front porch.  He loves to be held, brushed and follows me around the yard like a shadow!

The hardest part for me is NOT letting him in.  The other 3 aren't sure yet if they like him.  Our limit is 3.  Seeing him outside, wanting in, breaks my heart.  We have months of warm weather ahead and I'm sure he is safe out there.  But when colder weather comes around I don't know what we are going to do.  Limits...ick.
For now, I will make frequent "dates" with my buddy.  I take a cup of tea and a book and sit with him.  A good excuse to take time out of my day and relax with a cat. You should try it.  Proof positive that a cat brings down your blood pressure!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vintage Market A'ffaire at Zimm's!

Zimms turned out to be a great spot for our "A'ffaire"!

We had everything from furniture to knick-knacks!

Quilt tops, embroidered hand work and upcycled pillow case aprons!


Fun figures!
 The day was perfect.   After much rain and dreariness, Saturday ended up to be a very sunny and nice day.  Thanks to everyone who came out to make our day complete!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Crunch Time!

I guess I finally have to focus on getting the last minutes issued dealt with for the Vintage Market A'ffaire on Saturday.

I designed some signage this morning and sent it off to the printer for enlarging and copying . These will be posted in the windows at Zimms and at my house, in case anyone didnt get the message of the moved location.

I'm looking at a project that I want to offer and am not sure how to package it for selling.  But that NEEDS to happen today. 

The rest can wait til Friday, when we can begin to haul items to Zimm's and begin our staging.  Im so happy we can be inside for this event.  Today is beautiful outside, but there is rain in the forecast for later this week, so that issue is mute!  YAY!!!  So grateful to Susan at Zimm's.

Please dont forget the locations is now at

Zimms Antiques,
210 Antique City Drive
Walnut IA...
Saturday May 21
10am-5pm

Located in downtown Walnut
Middle of the block
West Side

Hope to see you there!





Friday, May 13, 2011

Auctions are the greatest!

Many, many years ago, my sister and my step mom got this type Noritake china, although each has a different pattern.  I went to an auction a few weeks back and picked up a huge box of this "Sunny Side" pattern for $15!  Enough to serve 12 and included serving pieces!  SCORE!!!!  Im so happy with it.  You can put it in the oven, the freezer  and the microwave.  So usable!   I've cleaned out my old every day dishes and replaced it with these.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Only Two Weeks til Vintage Market A'ffaire

Yep!  Only Two weeks from tomorrow will be our 3rd Vintage Market Affaire.  Cheryl and I traveled to DesMoines fairgrounds a few weeks back to attend a Junk Jamorie.  Yes, it was fun and we gleened some fun ideas!  Here I am in the midst of it!

Then last week we went to an auction in Atlantic.  Very fun!  We were NOT going to buy anything, but you know how that turns out.  We left with a pickup load!


Thankfully my brother, Mikey was there and he and his buddy Mike did all the heavy lifting.  Thanks Mikes!!

Please note the change of address for our May 21st A'ffaire!!

Will be held from 10am-5pm at:

Zimms Antiques
210 Antique City Drive
Walnut Iowa

Zimms is located on the west side of our main street right in the middle of our downtown block!
See you there!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Meet Gibbs!


Ah...no this is NOT one of my gatosx3!  This is "Gibbs" named in loving honor of Jethro Gibbs on NCIS.  I love Mark Harmon's gray hair and blue eyes...so, its a perfect name for this big guy.   He has been a stealth shadow of a kitty for weeks.  I kept thinking I was seeing one of my cats slinking off the porch when I walked out the door.  One morning I thought it was Lucy sunning herself on the other side of the railing but when he jumped down and hid under the porch and I turned around an nearly stepped on Lucy, I knew we had another 'lurker".   I would see him under the bushes, across the street hiding under an evergreen, but when I would try to approach he would run.  Another feral cat....oh well, I'll just leave him alone and he will probably go away.  He hasn't.  He is living under my porch.  While he is a big, unaltered male, he is skin and bones.  So I finally succumbed to feeding him.  He would stay under the porch until I left and within minutes, the food would be gone and so would he.  THEN...yesterday when I took the food out to put it in it's spot, his blue-eyed little head popped out from under the steps and he came right out and ate while I was there.  I sat down and talked to him while he ate.  (big mistake).  Last night when I went out, he came right up to me, purring and rubbing against my legs.  Same thing this morning, only now he tries to come in the house with me.  The other cats don't seem to mind him, so there has been no fighting.  Maybe its because he looks like he belongs in their family.  Now I'm trying to figure out when I can take him to Omaha to get him neutered and rabies shot.   If anyone knows of anyone who would like a really beautiful male cat with Jethro Gibb's handsome-ness.  Let me know.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Fun!

How cute is this outfit????

I had these sweet gloves for sale at VintageKats and the nice lady who purchased them sent me a link to her blog, showing her wearing them for Easter!  What fun and so very cool!

Thank you so much for sharing Victoria!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Am I a Wanna Be Hippie???

So one of my new adventures in holistic-ness (is that a word?) has been homemade cat foot for my 3 fur-babies...

After experiencing a horrible urinary tract infection, I began looking around on the net to see if I could help to avoid the same thing happening again to Possum and avoiding it all together for Lucy and Ricky.

My first step was to buy premium cat food and add one meal a day of "wet" food.  Hopefully this "good" food would provide more moisture and better ingredients that would pass thru and be better used by the cat's bodies.  It actually was working quite well.  With 3 cats, however, the expense was pretty high.  One day I decided to "google" home made foods and there I gained a huge education!  My favorite site was http://www.catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood  Catinfo.org is written by a vet who uses this recipe and who lovingly (or not) describes dry cat food of any kind, "kitty crack"..  She continuously updates info on the blog, so anything she learns, I can learn too.  Its a ton of reading, but interesting and helpful in making the decision to make cat food at home.

So here it is! 

I took Dr. Lisa's advise and par-boil the chicken thighs before grinding them.


The grinder was fun to find.  One of the many reasons I like living in "Iowa's Antique City".  Spending $125 or more on an electric grinder seemed to defeat half of the purpose of making home made food.  I was able to find this vintage beauty at Heart of Country for $10!  The grinding is a bit strange.  To give the cats all the nutrients they need, it is a must to grind the bones right along with the meat!  After the first time of preparing the food, the bone grinding has become Larry's job!


Another must for the ultimate cat food is to add eggs.  Good source of protein and the fats they need.  Rather than risk salmonella, Dr. Lisa advises hard boiling, chopping fine in the food processor and then adding to the ground meat.


This is a huge bread dough bowl I also purchased in downtown Walnut.  LOVE it for this purpose because it so big and looks awesome on my kitchen counter!  Supplements are added to the mix (see recipe).  I'm pretty sure the cats are getting better nutrition now than ever!
The last step is to put it all together and prepare it to store in the freezer!  It's much like making a meat loaf.  All the supplements, the meat, the eggs...water...Smooch it all together and put it in containers.  All done.

One thing Ive learned is to make a LOT at once, so that the process only has to be done occasionally.   It isn't hard at all.  A little time consuming and not a lot of fun (especially the grinder).

Lucy posed with the Easter Eggs
Possum and Ricky "try" to share a basket!

So now, its been six weeks since Ive started this diet for my 3.  How is it going? They are still hesitant to eat the food as well as I think they should.  I'm putting just a teaspoon of other wet food on the top to entice them, but I feel it's going very well.  Ive decided that my cats are now eating for nourishment, and not for the love or addiction to the taste.  They no longer wake me at 6am ravenous for their first meal.  They eat twice a day and are satisfied.  Their coats look amazing and even tho its spring, their shedding is minimal.  They have lost weight (which, honestly, they needed to do). They are happy and seemingly healthy.  The litter box has lots of p-balls, and very little b.m.  Which means to me, their bodies are actually using the food they are consuming and that there is lots of moisture in the food.  I have a water fountain available to them at all times, but I can tell they are only drinking about half of what they used to drink, as they are getting the moisture from the food.

So for now, I will continue to feed this home made food to my babies...Thanks Dr. Lisa!

Should you want to try this for your kitties...be sure to follow the directions at Dr. Lisa's website exactly...dont leave anything out or try to cut corners!  Please!  Your cat's health depends on it!

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