Long ago there was a blog. It was about Ann and I as we were building a cabin on a mountain. I did the blog for about seven years, and then it was hacked. I was pissed. I lost interest in the work it took to post all the time. I have a recurring dream that I live in a house for a very long time, and I find a room I never knew existed. Nothing scary, or boogerish as Ann would say, but a room. I told a friend of mine who has studied warped minds like my own and the dreams of those minds. Her immediate words to me were, “Fill your room.” I am beginning to do that, with the blog

Now, the problem is that I really do not know what I am doing. I don’t remember how I did it. I do not know how to put a gallery up or chose a decent background color.

I guess I will post on Facebook that I have blogged, until I can figure out
how to put a subscribe widget on the page.

Oh, the hell with it for now. This is my first in seven years, and I am
older, and slower, but feistier.

Spring has just started here in Northern Michigan. I sat in the sun on my
porch for a whole fifteen minutes yesterday before my toes froze. Trees are
budding and the flowers are coming up. The forsythias have not bloomed yet, and
that to me is the actual sign of spring.

As posted before on FB, I am crocheting. I am not good, but I am creative.
My baskets are getting better, and I am going to be working on towels and dish
cloths next. Think Christmas. That does not seem to be filling my room, but
only filling my time.

I have realized that travel will help fill my room. Ann did not like to
travel, but I really do. I love the planning and organizing almost as much as
the actual going. I am meeting my two freshmen college roommates in Italy in two weeks

 We try to do things each year, and this was an exciting endeavor. We
rented a VRBO in Florence for a week. Plan on doing some day trips. Then we
head to Venice. We travel well together, so I am really excited. In my mind, I
have packed and repacked so many times. I have made a serious decision. I am
going to travel whenever I can. Why save money at this point in my life.
Another friend and I are working on a trip to the German Christmas markets in
December. The roommates are talking about an Outlander car tour in Scotland. I
would love to go to Poland. Make a suggestion. Meet me somewhere in Europe and
we will have a blast.  Morocco is on my list, but I am afraid of the heat and other things.

My blog looks like a poem. It is not. I just do not have that part down either. Time.

This is my dog, Lulabelle. She is trying to give up cigars. She can eat a ten dollar bully stick in five minutes. Sometimes I think she is practicing for some unknown contest. Interesting note: Bully stick is labeled a Pizzle. Pizzle is Middle English for bull penis. Maybe I will switch her back to cigars. Lu is not going to Italy. She is instead going to Aunt Diane’s dog camp. Sam, Diane’s dog, will be coming to Aunt Kathie’s dog came in June. Works out great. 


Patience, please have patience. I wanted to get this up before I went to Italy because I wanted to be able to post while there. 

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22 thoughts on “I am not as smart as I think I am”
  1. Kathie, always good to hear from you. I am glad to hear about your adventures. Tell Lulabelle to lay off the cigars. I have some crochet patterns you might have fun making.

  2. This is great and am here for all of it! Will be fun for you to look back someday and see how far you’ve come with learning all the ins and outs of the blogging process. But none of that matters….only your words matter. “Fill your room”. I can’t tell you how much I love that.
    I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a blog. Do I sign my name or do you automatically know it’s me? I’ll sign for now…
    Jennifer (Skimbo) Ortiz

  3. I’m so glad you are blogging again! I will follow your thoughts to Italy or wherever with bated breath!

  4. Hi Kathie, I am excited to follow your adventures. Lulabelle bully sticks are best according to my two grand dogs. They pack their favorite brand when they visit. Gloria

  5. Miss you, dear life observer.
    Come visit NC! Our room is finished (almost) & we are ready to see you!
    Happy trails to you!


  6. Ah yes, Weihnachtsmarkt, They are all over Europe in December. In fact, my favourite is in Bath, UK. That market is incredible as are most of the markets in London. I have not been fortunate enough to go to one in Deutschland. I have been to the one in Innsbruck, Austria though. They drink a lot!
    I am glad you have chosen to travel. I feel it is the best thing to do for yourself. It is terrifying ( I usually travel alone) and exhilarating at the same time. It is like you grow as a human as you experience new places and new cultures. Money is just money, at our age, why save it?
    I really can’t wait for my next adventure, who knows where it will be.
    Kathy, you amaze me. You zest for life its palatable. I was worried for a while, but not longer.
    Yes, go fill that room!

  7. I love reading your stories! Please let us know when you have entered one by saying so on Facebook. Wishing you happy travels!
    Kathy Presnell

  8. Oh I am so excited you all left comments. My goal is to blog at least once or twice a week, but more in Italy. I will work on improving the blog too, but not until I get back. I do not leave for two weeks though.

    1. Hello Kathie! This is a brilliant way to share your most entertaining wisdom and writing. Looking forward to more and more 😊

  9. Kathie, I was thinking of you just this morning and wondering how you are. Today is Ann’s birthday and I know it has been hard for you. I’m glad you’re traveling again and seeing the world. I look forward to reading your blogs.

  10. Hi Kathie!
    Wow! It has been a while. Have a wonderful trip! Hope to catch up with you sometime after you get back. Safe travels.

  11. As always, a joy to read about the thoughts bouncing around in your brain. Keep filling that room with your words. There are lots of us out here following along.

    Lulu is looking great 🤗

  12. Yay! I’m so impressed with myself that I got this far!! I’m not too bright!
    So jealous of your trip to Italy!!
    Totally in love with Lu!!
    Looking forward to reading about your adventures 😀

  13. I enjoy reading your writings and looking forward to read about your trip. Safe travels!

  14. Took me a long time to get to this. I was really sick with food poising for several days. Someone asked me where I ate to get so sick. “At home,” I answered. Not sure how/what I messed up, but it cost me 24 hours in the bathroom and another 2 days in bed recuperating. In any case, so glad you are blogging again. I told my nephew about Bully Sticks for his dogs. He seemed interested. When I told him what they were – dried bull penises – he got all squirmy and lost interest.

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