Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

It’s been a long and sometimes bumpy road…

….all those Sunday nights with our Masterpiece classics.

There was Poldark with his amazing hair and the ability to look like a romance novel standing on a cliff and his super poor choice making.

There was Selfridge with his ambition and his family and his random moustache and his incredible store-front windows.

There was every wonderful, amazing incredible season of Downton Abbey with the dresses and the earldom and the staff and Mr. Bates.

But now?

There’s a new show in town and it starts tomorrow.

It’s called Victoria and it chronicles the life of Queen Victoria, one of the youngest, most beloved and most beautiful queens ever to reign over England.

With one of the sweetest love stories ever told.

I am literally counting the minutes until it airs tomorrow, January 15 on PBS.  You can see the trailer here.

Here’s to Sunday nights with the Queen. 🙂Continue reading

No Sew Pom Pom Throw

No Sew Pom Pom Throw

 

Today I’m going to make us a little cooler.

That’s right.

You and me.

Wearing our perms and over-sized sequin bows in our hair with our stirrup pants with our t-shirts gathered to one side with a clip and extra big shoulder pads.

Nothing but cool going on around here…

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The Most Important Person in the County

The Most Important Person in the County

 

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Dear tired, weary, over-worked, beleaguered salt-truck worker,

I salute you.

For four months now….you have tried so hard.

Truly.

In November they told us all that the snow was on its way and you diligently salted the roads.

And not a snowflake ever came.Continue reading

Bead and Pom Pom Garland

Bead and Pom Pom Garland

 

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Two random thoughts on a cold, wintry December morning:

1. Have you ever listened to all the verses of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear?

2. How do you decorate your mantel for winter?

I know what you’re thinking.

These are deep, introspective thoughts that make you go hmmmm.

Not. 🙂Continue reading

Bless My Heart

Bless My Heart

 
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At the risk of stating the obvious….it’s been snowing here….

….again.

Ice and snow and sleet and gray skies everywhere.

But last week….before the snow and ice descended upon the beautiful rural Kentucky countryside….

….we had a few days of warm weather.

Warm….as in a day with temperatures that started with the number 4.

Warm enough to pretend you could wear short sleeves.

Warm enough to cut lemons for sweet tea.

Warm enough for batting practice and catching fly balls and running the bases….

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Some Don’t Like it Hot

Some Don’t Like it Hot

 

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When I married my boyfriend who is now my husband….

….he didn’t talk much.

I didn’t mind at all.

You see….I talked enough for myself and a small country with a string of Pacific islands.

And after all….I think talking is a little overrated when you have sparkling brown eyes that twinkle and extra muscles….

….and a smile that could melt the ice around the ship stranded right now in Antarctica.Continue reading

Winter Decorating

Winter Decorating

 

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I think I’ve discovered a secret to make Christmas decorating easier.

I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

Shhhh…..it’s just between us…..we don’t want it getting out and then everyone’s decorating starts getting easier and easier and then we all slow down and take a moment to breathe and enjoy the holidays.

Because that would be crazy.Continue reading