Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Favorite Things 2013

Kathy's Favorite Things from November 2013

OK, so I know it's been awhile. Life has gotten in the way. I started this post with all good intentions a few weeks ago when I saw other bloggers posting their favorite things. I thought, "Hey, I can do that too!" So off I went and started collecting my stuff, taking photos, putting the photos into a collage and then, blah. Teaching, cleaning up the gardens, providing counseling services to my kids, and the usual gamut of everyday living happened.

So, today I bring favorite things! If you follow me from the upper left hand corner and move in a clock-wise direction, I will divulge the details of each. (Note: these are not in any order of importance!)

*My Marilyn brush. I saw someone demonstrate this on a talk show a few years ago and knew I had to have one. It's a super back-combing brush with a bonus pointy end for lifting and re-arranging. My fine, thin hair loves it!

*Peanut M&Ms!! Need I say more? My all-time favorite candy. I've been known to have a hidden stash in several places.

*Fresh pears. I am picky about my pears. I only like Bartlett type and they have to be just the right softness with no bruises. I usually carry them separately when leaving a grocery store so they won't get battered by the jarred salsa. Putting them in a brown paper bag helps to ripen, if you want to know.

*Sheryl Crow CDs. I just love her style and her sound. We saw her about a month ago in Moline and she's a class act. She writes her own stuff too.

*Chapstick..not necessarily the trademark brand.  It's a staple in my purse, my pocket, my car and on my bedside table. Need it all the time. This particular brand is by Tashi and is super good.
*Cleomes. One of my favorite flowers. I planted a few of them several years ago and now they come up every year, so thick I have to pluck many out. They bloom continuously and come in purple, pink and white. Love them!

*Viking Ruby Embroidery and Sewing Machine. My sweet hubby bought this for me when I quit my teaching job and it has become my best buddy. It has helped to renew my interest in sewing and have made many gifts and projects with "Ruby".

*HGTV magazine. Greatest magazine ever to hit my mailbox. I devour it from cover to cover each  month.

*Cheaters. I do have prescription bifocal glasses for when I'm out in public, like teaching school or at church. But when I'm  home, I wear my cheaters (1.25 strength) for reading. I have a pair in every room. Real cheap at Michael's, especially when using a 40% off coupon!

*iPad. What would I do without this thing? It's my companion when I travel and gets me major points playing Words With Friends.

*Slip-on Keens. I wear these things all the time around the house. They are super comfortable and give great support with my plantar fasciitis. I also have a "shoe" pair for more serious outdoor activities.

*Last, by not least, my Praying Cross. A friend gave this to me a few years ago, and it is my mainstay accessory when praying...which I do often. It molds perfectly to the hand and reminds me that God is always with me. It's like holding His hand when I talk to Him.

OK, so there you have it. My favorite things.

What are some of your favorite things?


  1. Hi Kathy, It's Lucy from Took me a while to find you. You sent me a comment but you are a "no-reply blogger" and not one of my followers so I had no way to answer you. If you need help changing the "no-reply blogger status you can see my post here:
    .... Anyhow, you asked about the toilet paper... nothing special - no special needle I just used cut-away stabilizer on the back and it stitched out just fine. Good luck and thanks for looking.

  2. Hi Lucy! I'm happy you found me and even happier that you helped me to become more available to replies! I had no idea that I was set to that mode.
    Once I try out your T.P. project, I'll let you know how it worked. Thanks for the tips.
    I am now one of your followers!