Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

Pre-Christmas Update

I figured I’d make an appearance to let you all know things are fine here at the ToadMama abode. Although I was certainly feeling like this as of my previous post…

"Bah, Humbug!"

“Bah, Humbug!”

…I am happy to say that I’m doing better.

Thanks to my wonderful Hubby, who insisted we get SOME decorations out, the house is looking a bit Christmassy.


Bucket of Snowmen (I made it a few years back)

The family gifts have been purchased, wrapped, and shipped.


New Frog Ornament from My Friends, Annelies and Yves

The tree has been decorated…


Our skinny, country Christmas tree.

…as have the dogs.


They love their holiday scarves, but hate the headwear.

It’s looking festive around town, too, even if temps have been much warmer than usual.


Old Warren Green Hotel (now county offices)

It’s going to be a quiet Christmas. My mother-in-law is here for the holiday again, but Dad stayed in Pennsylvania this year. Two of our kids are on the West Coast, so we won’t be seeing them, their SOs, or the grandkids. Our youngest will be visiting on Saturday, though, with his wife, so we won’t be completely childless this holiday.


K was snuggling with me while I was sewing a throw quilt.

My mother-in-law will be giving me quilting lessons over the next couple of days. Hand-piecing (sewing the little shapes together with a needle and thread, NOT a sewing machine) and hand-quilting (again, no machine).

Quiet holidays are good sometimes. Especially when I’m not altogether there as far as emotional state. But I’m getting better.

You know the old saying, the first step to fixing a problem is admitting there IS a problem. It feels pretty good to have finally gotten the ball rolling.

There’s no cure for depression, only management. The trick is to stay on top of things, which I haven’t done so well here of late.

I’m pretty sure fluctuating hormones are to blame for this recent episode, but since I’m being honest, there are some things/issues that do tend to make it worse. In the past, “getting better” meant me, by myself, wrestling and wrangling the skeletons back into their hidden nook, securing the door with old and apparently fraying bungee cords, and pretending once again that all is well and good. But, guess what? That means one day those little bastards could escape. Again.

Frankly, I’ve had enough. I’m good at pretending, but it can be awfully tiring. Besides, there’s an awfully fine line between pretending and lying. And I hate liars.

So this time, for better or worse, I’m going to do whatever it takes to send those old, bony, moldering suckers on their miserable little way. Once and for all. It should be interesting.

It’s all good, though. Really. That particular mental exercise (or exorcisism!) is LONG overdue.

As for the holidays…

I did not send any Christmas cards this year. Not one. I just didn’t feel like hunting them down. So I’m taking the cheesy way out and wishing you all a Merry Christmas via the blog.

I hope you all know how thankful I am to have each and every one of you as a reader, follower, and/or friend. Thanks for giving me an audience, sharing my little adventures (or non-adventures as the case may be), viewing my pics, leaving comments, etc., and for sharing your world with me. It really is very nice to know there are kindred spirits in the world.

Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas (or long weekend if Xmas ain’t your thing) and much peace and prosperity in the coming year.


Best Christmas Cartoon Ever

Big hugs to all of you. Thanks for being there for me.


  1. December 23, 2015    

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Kathy. Thanks for this candid post.

    • December 24, 2015    

      ShyB, that’s the new me. For better or worse.

  2. December 23, 2015    

    Kathy this is such an emotional season especially when the weather has been so dark, wet and dreary. Let’s hope the sun begins to shine again soon. Merry Christmas. Now, just how did you get both pooches to sit long enough, dressed in their holiday attire, to take their pictures?

    • December 24, 2015    

      Karen, the seasonal changes are tough. There’s a sunrise peeking over my horizon.

      As for the pups… they love me and will humor me for brief spells. I’ve learned that I have to be fast, though. LOL.

  3. Michelle Falkinburg's Gravatar Michelle Falkinburg
    December 24, 2015    

    Merry Christmas to all of you, this post really surprised me. Hoping for an awesome 2016 for all of us!

    • December 24, 2015    

      Me, too, Michelle.

  4. shan's Gravatar shan
    December 24, 2015    

    Merry Christmas! Sorry I couldn’t be there this year. Please send everyone my love.

    • January 7, 2016    

      We missed you! Seeing you via Skype is better than not seeing you at all, right?

  5. December 25, 2015    

    Merry Christmas Kathy!

    Your dogs are good sports and good cuddlers too.

    • January 7, 2016    

      David, they are good sports most of the time. And K is a very good cuddler. Belle has to be in the mood! LOL.

  6. December 25, 2015    

    Merry Christmas to you and Mike.

    I always enjoy seeing your bucket of snowmen. Although the pooches are pretty darn cute too.

    • January 7, 2016    

      Thanks, B. It’s hard NOT to smile at the bucket of snowmen. 🙂

  7. Andrew's Gravatar Andrew
    December 25, 2015    

    Good for you, Kathy. Merry Christmas to the four of you from the four of us!

  8. December 26, 2015    

    Your Lego cartoon was a big hit. We hadn’t seen that one before. Merry Christmas (sorry, a day late)!

    We also didn’t put up a single decoration in our home since we were going to be out of town for the holidays. I don’t think the boys would have appreciated it much even if we did.

  9. December 26, 2015    

    Merry belated Christmas, Kathy, and Happy New Year to come! Candid and honest are two of the best things to be, in my book. I hope that things continue to get better and those darn skeletons skedaddle!

    Here’s to more adventures in 2016!!!

  10. December 26, 2015    

    Send those demons a-packin’, ToadMama! It seems that frayed bungee cords are pretty much good for nothing, whether you’re lashing gear to a motorcycle, or trying to contain pesky skeletons, so maybe you should toss out those out as well. 🙂

    It may be a quiet Christmas, but between a kid-visit and quilting lessons with your mother-in-law, it sounds like an active one nonetheless–probably a good balance.

    Merry Christmas, ToadMama, to you and yours!

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