Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Friday, January 3, 2014

"Hello, My Name is Keetha" Friday Frags

Hello, Remember me??  My name is Keetha and I used to be addicted to blogging.

I've resurrected my blogging habbit enough to join all my old bloggy buddies over at Mrs. 4444's place for Friday Fragments where we can unload the bits and pieces in our minds AND make our confessions.  

Er hmmmmm. 

* * * * * * Bloggy Blues * * * * * * 
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First, let's address this "issue" I seem to be having with blogging.

I'm choosing to call it the blogging blues.
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You see, I don't KNOW why I've been in absentia from blogland for so long.

I am well.  I am happy.  I am busy.

I have plenty of fodder, but little imagination or creativity and positively NO DRIVE to "get R done" when it comes to my blog.

You are all great.  I miss hearing from and about you on a regular basis.

So - - - to answer all of your kind SOS emails which asked if I was all right and what in the blue blazes was WRONG with me and my blogging, here's my answer:


I'm not going to be foolish enough to PROMISE that my blogging blues are now over and that I'll be back cranking out a post or more a day like I did for over 7 years.

But I will say this:  I have no intention of tearing my blog down and from time to time I will post.  Any of you that don't TOTALLY give up on me, will again find my "wit and humor" (if I have any of that) here.

Think of it as potential for a surprise.  Phhhht

Thanks for caring.
* * * * * * Family Time * * * * * * 
We were very blessed during November to have two chances to be with our family.

First we made an unplanned, unexpected trip to Indiana where we were able to see all four of our children, three spouses, my dad, our grans, AND the two granpuppies.

At the Cracker Barrel dinner pictured above, all of us except our youngest daughter and her hubby and their two puppies enjoyed an evening together.
At Thanksgiving, three of our children, two spouses, one girlfriend, my dad, two grans and two gran puppies all piled into this little duplex with us for the holiday.
Oh what a time we had!!!

There was eating.  Lots of eating.  Too much eating.

There was game playing.

There was laughing.

There was NO fighting or crying.

It was awesome.
Christmas came at Thanksgiving for the grans this year so we could all be together when they opened their gifts.
* * * * * * Dreaded 6 - 0 * * * * * *
Someone in this immediate household had one of those dreaded decade changing birthdays on December  30.

That's right folks, she is now officially OLD.

A granny.

Kin to the dinosaurs.
But still and all, I'm PRETTY SURE good old dad REALLY meant to send THIS particular card Sister Pam!!

* * * * * * Fisherhubby Antics * * * * * *
I'm pretty sure one of the best of my blogging topics comes to me free and clear of charge via my very own Fisherhubby.

He just CAN'T resist performing various and sundry antics - - - including wearing his ski hat indoors on a long winter's eve.
He's SUCH a kid at heart.  When a recent gift arrived in the mail, he was far more interested in the bubble wrap than in the gift itself.

I, on the other hand, went STRAIGHT for the chocolate.
The other day he said he was going out to get a new bird feeder.

I envisioned something MUCH smaller.

Then the "fun" ensued as he tried, masterfully, to figure out how to use it WITHOUT reading the directions.

The box said, "easy to open."  I dare not tell you how long it took him to figure it out. 


For Christmas he purchased himself TWO remote control helicopters.

Now, he "sends himself" to his room at regular intervals for flying instructions, self taught of course.

He says his instructor frequently gives him an "F" on the lesson - - - when he spikes the copter right into the ceiling and crashes it to the floor.

So far, the highest grade he's earned from his very tough instructor is a C-.

We have bits of ceiling texture Styrofoam ALL OVER the house.  If he continues to take these lessons, soon our ceilings will all be smooth.

Oh well, textured ceilings are "out" anyway.
* * * * * * Badger Girl * * * * * *
Bucky played in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day.

We were invited out to our friends' place to watch it.

I wasn't sure I wore enough Badger Bling to ensure a win.
Also, I knew my friends didn't have ANY Badger decor, so I brought some along.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to ensure a win.

However, I must not have worn enough bling nor brought enough decor,  because my boys didn't win.

I'm still grieving.

* * * * * * You Know You're in Wisco * * * * * * 
When  your world is a snow globe from early December right through Spring.

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL???  No, it is NOT too cold - - - why, according to the weatherman we going to have a slightly chilly HIGH of  -14 come Monday.

I do LOVE my winters.

(BTW - that water isn't frozen simply because that is the Wisconsin River which keeps moving.  Most waters are round these parts are covered with at least 12 inches of ice.)

You also might just be in Wisconsin if the entrance to your Supper Club is a giant beer barrel.  (Hill Top in Stevens Point, WI)

I'm just sayin'
* * * * * * Ice Fishing * * * * * * 
On New Year's Day, Fisherhubby would rather go out and sit on the ice than stay indoors and watch football.

This year, our little friend Jessie joined him for a spell on the ice.

We'll save how tangled Jessie's fishing line got for ANOTHER post - - - shall we??
Fisherhubby got himself a portable two man ice palace with a built in bench and sled complete with a heater.

He has been chomping at the bit to try it out.  In fact, he is out on "The Pete" right now as I type this bloggy post, this time sans Jessie.

I think all he needs now is a colored TV and "that which I dare not mention" for fear he'll actually try to get it.  (It has to do with PULLING all this paraphernalia onto the ice.)
He even sat on the ice outside his palatial tent for a while.  It was a balmy 4 or 5 degrees that day if I remember correctly.
* * * * * * Lots O Joy * * * * * *

Our lives are full.

Our hearts are fuller.

We head into 2014 with hope and a song.

Hope you are all able to do the same.
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Mommy's Idea

And that's it for this week's  
(Month's, year's??)
Edition of frags.

Please head over to Mrs. 4444's place
To check out more frags.

I'm pretty sure none of them 
Will be as slow to update as am I.

While you're there, why not join in the fun???


LV said...

Keetha ,so glad to see you back in full form. I do so enjoy your post and have missed you. As long as you are well, that is all that matters. Trust you and family will have a wonderful New Year filled with good health. Fisherhubby gives you plenty of fun times to share with us.

Keri said...

Welcome back!!!! :) I'm glad you emailed me because I checked earlier today and didn't find a post...I wouldn't have come back for a week or so!

Ann in the UP said...

So good to hear the latest scoop on FisherHubby. We were all have withdrawal symptoms. LOL

podso said...

Was wondering if you would show up again! Almost wrote to check today! I enjoy your posts--whenever they come, and happy new year!

Anonymous said...

So glad you got some of your blogging 'mojo' back :) I always enjoy reading your posts!

Ice fishing? I'd never make it in your neck of the woods, but it does sound like an interesting adventure!

retired not tired said...

I missed following a few bloggers however I too hope to catch up especially since it so cold outside I have to stay in anyway. Glad to catch up with you and your family.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Looks like your living life to the fullest! That is a BIG bird feeder. I have blog blues more and more, but like you I miss reading how people are doing. Glad your not leaving us!

Martin LaBar said...

Consider us caught up!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I once knew a blogger named Keetha..oh wait that's YOU! I have missed you funny lady! Loved this post and catching up. So post when you feel like it, sorta like Blog Bombing, Right?? hugs, Linda

Tracy said...

I was afraid I had lost your blog with the switch over to bloglovin but low and behold you were just in hibernation. Good to see your adventures again.

Bill Lisleman said...

Nice to read a post from you again.
I like that helicopter. I got a few toys for Christmas too but no helicopter. Of course the grandkids typically let me play with their toys.
Have a great 2014

Charlotte said...

Welcome back! So glad you and your family had a great Thanksgiving and Christmas. Brrr! Give me SC's 45 degrees anyday!
60 is not old! I beat you by several months!
Again, welcome back and don't stay away so long again!

Unknown said...

Hi Keetha!
Welcome Back! It is so nice to see you. Blogger Blues seem to be going around a lot lately, they sure landed on my doorstep. It looks like you had a full and memorable holiday season. I couldn't help but laugh at Fisherhubby's antics with the helicopter. My son in law got one and the poor cats run and hide every time he pulls it out. Let's just say he has figured out how to take off but oh his landings need some help….lol
Enjoy your -14 and I will try not to complain about my +12 that we will have on Monday. :D
Sending warm wishes for a wonderful Birthday and a fantastic 2014!

Anonymous said...

Well,Happy Birthday!

42N said...

She's baaaack...and ahead of me in my slow rush to get back to blogging.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Nice to hear an update! Happy New Year to you and the fisher hubby!

Anita Johnson said...

Happy Birthday! Happy to see you are back! Blog when you feel like it...skip it when you don't. I 'll keep stopping by!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy New Year!

mzzbev said...

Have missed you so much friend! Glad to see you back even if it's only a post or two here and there. I am currently visiting my sister here in the snow :) I'm enjoying it very much but then she makes her home very warm and cozy. My sister and her husband celebrated their wedding anniversary in Wisconsin and loved it so much they're ready to head back. Anyway, glad to see you again!! -Bev

Cathy said...

Looks like you had some great family time. That is always a good thing.

For the life of me, I can't figure out how he can stand being out in the cold like that just to go fishing. Sure ain't for me. haha

Glad to have you back.

Erin said...

Happy Birthday! I love the card - that is perfect!

nancygrayce said...

So, so good to see you back!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I have been wondering like crazy but I figured you were still alive because I see Greg on fb. I figured he would tell me if something was wrong.
Looks like you have been your busy self.
With lots of fun get togethers too.
Come by and say hi when you can.
My blogging has been pretty sporadic too.
Hugs and Happy New Year,

Tami said...

I have missed reading about you and your family. I understand being too busy to blog AND having blogging blues. Hockey season has been in full swing, so I find it hard to find the time to blog. Or all I think about is my son playing hockey and have nothing else to share. Who wants to read every other blog post about hockey? haha!
Cheers to you and Happy New Year!

May Ann Francisco said...

Hi ...nice reading your post here...