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Optimistic Vibes

9 May

Sometimes I mask my pessimistic thoughts with the word realistic, but if I take a step back and realize that optimistic thoughts are also realistic….why not choose the more positive of the two?

~Christine Kay

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Just a weirdo without Facebook?

8 May

It’s been a while.

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately…

Most of it being about a way to have a better relationship with social media. Finding a happy medium between what I am doing now, and completely deleting everything, running off and becoming a hermit in the mountains somewhere.

Don’t you ever just get tired of being plugged in to the world all the time? Aside from Pinterest, Facebook is the one I use on a daily basis and is the absolute worst.

When I first signed into Facebook years ago, I never felt this way (then again, I didn’t have 300+ “friends” either) It was more like family and old friends keeping in touch and I loved it. Now…other than the occasional family photo It’s like a spam site and the spam is meaningless and emotionally disconnected banter, meme’s, Politics, Judgements, and photos of food.

The interesting thing about it is that the people you are friends with havent changed, their opinions haven’t changed and  your opinions of them haven’t changed. It’s the way it’s delivered that bothersome.

Before Facebook I would call “Sally” and Sally would tell me on the phone that she is cleaning the house and having Turkey for dinner and then we would talk about the kids and what to do this weekend, etc. Now, Sally doesn’t call, she doesn’t need to because she already put it on Facebook. Not only did Sally but so did Debbie, Barbara, Sara, Lisa and 200 more of your friends! Talk about information overload.

This is what I mean. This overload of information about everyone I know. At the same time, I am a part of that. I post things all the time that are meaningless like, dinner pics, updates about nothing (e.g. “Cleaning the house today!”) and I like a bunch of those ecards and meme pictures that float around all the time! Sheesh it’s like a never-ending cycle.

A few months ago I made a separate Facebook page and added only my direct family members just so I could only see important family updates and try to end my annoyance of Facebook. That really didn’t work. I had something like 30 family members on that page and Facebook was sending me “You’re a freak, get more friends” alerts every day.

I read somewhere that if you don’t have more that 80 friends on Facebook you’re basically considered a weirdo and if you don’t even have a Facebook, you’re probably a sociopath.

Ahhh, to be one of those people….. I’d really like to be a part of that weirdo clan.

I have only met one person who didn’t have a Facebook page and didn’t care to have a Facebook page. He was basically a genius that had travelled the world multiple times before the age of 30. Not saying he was that way because he didn’t have a Facebook, I’m just saying he wasn’t crazy, and ignorance of the Facebook world was definitely bliss.

Unfortunately, my family is all over the US and I never see them, so, my fantasy of deleting Facebook completely wouldn’t work.

Facebook, It’s not you, it’s me.

It’s obvious that I over use and abuse this site. So, I vow to decrease my use of Facebook to once a week.

Side Note: I’ve also been rethinking the concept of my blog and what I am going to be writing about because of my above rant. This would be a completely new blog but I promise to share more of my random posts on this one until my new creation is complete. I hope you all follow!

Christine Kay

Mr. Potato Head writes a love letter.

7 Feb

Here’s a different and unique way to personalize some of your DIY project! Potato stamps! This is old school, I remember making potato stamps as a kid!  They are fun, easy, family friendly AND you can make any shape you want!

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I thought I’d go with a love theme. 🙂

I used just a plain ole Russet Potato or baking potato.

russett potato

Rinse it off really good and start by cutting off the ends. I peeled some of the skin off the ends but, like to keep some of it on cause its a good gripper when you’re stamping.

After that I used a small kitchen knife to carve out my shapes.

(The entire time I kept wishing I had a pumpkin carving kit, if you have one, get it out, it would be PERFECT!)

Use caution when you are carving it out and make sure to keep it steady on a flat surface, don’t hold it in your hand if you can help it.

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My first shape was an outline of a heart! Then I flipped it around to the opposite side and carved some more.

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This time carving the word “Love”.

(This stamp I carved for photo purposes only! If you are carving words you need to do them in reverse, that way it will be the mirror image on your paper.)

See how the potato is still very wet and starchy? After, I carved out my design I let in soak in cold water for about an hour. That will pull most of the starch out of the potato and make your carving more solid. (Same technique as if you were making french fries!)

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Then you are ready to stamp! Just dry it off really well before sticking it in the paint.

I’m gonna stick with the original Valentine’s Day colors for this project! Red, White and Black.

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You can make your print light by dabbing it really good or you can make it bold like mine!
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How cool is that?!?

I took it a step further and made a Valentine’s Day banner out of  left over craft paper!

banner

There’s also, some of those beautiful paper roses I made in an earlier post!

paper roses on mantle

Do you remember making these when you were younger?

Try it out! Mr. Potato Head won’t mid a bit. 🙂

xoxo,

Christine Kay

 

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The spotless house

5 Jan

 “A mother never really has time to mourn the passing of a loved one….she just cleans up little better.” 

~ Christine Kay

Suga Booga

21 Dec

She was a vibrant and loving woman with kind, smiling eyes. 

She gave soft smooches and her hugs were always tight.

With her  thick southern accent she loved to call the little ones “Suga Booga”

I loved when she would sing songs and tell me stories while we swung together on her front porch.

I would snuggle her feathery white hair and hold her soft hands.

Even her hands told a story, she lost the tip of her finger working in a sugar mill as a young adult. She used to wiggle it and call it her nub and I’d laugh.

She was a hard-working woman who did  everything she could for her family. The kind of woman to really look up to. 

She taught me how to show big love through small things like cooking.

I will miss seeing her in her kitchen while I sat on the chair in the corner watching her.

She was a great baker, chicken fryer and sweet tea maker.

Like any true Southern woman she had a love for gardening and she was proud of her flowers.

I will miss our strolls along the lake behind her house to the Flower Nursery, where she worked from time to time.

The kids used to run to the dock at the lake and go fishing. I don’t think anyone ever caught anything from that little pier, it was just a part of being there.

 She used to say a lot of  one-liners like “Bless your heart” and she always said she was “older than dirt”. 

She was funny. 

She used to drive like a “Bat outta hell”, drank black coffee like water and smoked unfiltered Lucky Strikes. 

She was a rebel.

She liked to watch movies and oo7 was her favorite but mostly because of Pierce Brosnan, her heart-throb. 

She raised a perfect gentleman in my father and taught him that no matter what, there is nothing more important than family. These values she taught him and he has passed to me and my sisters.

She was my Nanny and she brought so much joy into my life.

Her love was truly one of a kind.

Even though my heart is broken from losing her, I am comforted to know that she is an angel looking down on all of us from heaven.

Nanny,

 I love you to the moon and back and will miss you dearly. I will hold on tight to these favorite memories of you until I see you again in heaven.

Rest with the Angels,

Chrissy ~your little Suga Booga

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal”

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