Friday, February 18, 2011

Changes

As you can see, I've changed my blog design. So, what do you think?

Changes. There are all sorts of changes we make in our life time. Some for the better and some prove to be for the worse. There are things I'm changing this year, things I believe will be for the better. I'm learning to simplify! Mostly because it's a necessity. I believe that the hardest thing to do, is to take that first step. After that, it gets easier. It's the learning to let go. If you treasure something, and it's buried in a box in the corner of the attic or basement, then it's not really treasured. It's time to let others find enjoyment in things I stored away. As they say, "Easy come, easy go."

Here's to Change!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Look Who's Here!!!!!!




Have you seen the new American Girls Doll for 2011????? Her name is Kanani and she's from Hawaii. Kanani is only here for one year, but there's an opportunity to win this doll for yourself, or a little girl in you life.
Hop on over to: http://www.coffeewiththemrs.com and read all about Kanani. Just follow the simple rules to enter Amy's give away.

While your there, check out the rest of Amy's blog!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Amazing Blessed!!!!!



Hubby and I went to Minnesota this year, to spend Christmas with our daughter, Irene & her family. While we were away, we had our neighbor bring in the mail & feed our cat. A couple of days after Christmas, I got a phone call, from our daughter Amy. She was at our house and said all was well and that she had brought in the mail. Good kid.

When I leave for a trip, I make sure that things are pretty well straightened up, so I wont have so much to do when I return home. When the kids were small, I us to tell them and their father..."It's pretty well clean now and I expect it to be that way when I get home". I also remember the days it was like pulling teeth, to get the girls to clean their rooms, let alone help with the house work.

Let me tell you what I didn't realize when I came home this time. Not just a straightened up house, but clean house!!!!! What Amy neglected to tell me, was that when she came to my house, she cleaned my house....vaccumning, cleaning the bathroom, scrubbing the grout in the kitchen. I should have realized, when I had to rearrange my coffee & tea containers, that I was not the one who put them out of order.

I am truly amazed and blessed by all that Amy did. She knew we were having company for New Years Eve, and decided to help, because she knew I would be tired after the long trip.

I guess my telling my family "It's pretty well clean now and I expect it to be that way when I get home" paid off in the must wonderful, unusual way.

THANKS AMY!!!!! I am truly Amazingly Blessed!!!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A lot!!!



It's been some time, since I was here to write. Since the last entry, I've completed my Cancer 3 Day challenge in raising the funds and doing the walk. While I didn't walk the entire 60 miles, 48 miles is nothing to sneeze at. I had a wonderful time with my daughter Irene, though we did experience some sore muscles. Irene & I did agree that I'm a pompom short!



Back in March, I started knitting hats for my granddaughter Eliana. I posted pictures on http://www.kathy-institches.blogspot.com. I've started working with a photographer, making photo props.
I took the hats into work and they are on display, being sold & ordered. This month, my boss made them a Facebook entry. So, if you're a Facebook fan, check out The Sewingroom Utica. Needless to say, it's turned into a small business.



In September, I entered a quilt contest through The American Sewing Expo. This years theme "Classic American Automobile". While my quilt didn't win, it did make ThreadMagazine.com That was accomplishment enough.



With the encouragement of the workers at Joann's Fabric in Utica, I am entering Joann's Fabric quilt contest. This time, I entering the dog quilt I made as a shower gift.


John & I also got to spend time with Amy and her family in Florida & Tennessee. It was great trip and a wonderful to share with our grandkids. We went to Disney World by doing the "Give A Day, Get A Day". We hadn't been there in 19 years, at which time, our son Eric was 3 1/2 years old. This time, it was our grandson Alex, who was 3 1/2.


This is a view of the road our cabin was on. This is not fog, just the clouds of The Great Smoky Mountains! We were so high up that the clouds would roll over us. Though the view, when visible, was grand, we were to early for the fall colors.

A lot has been accomplished, but still have lots to do.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sometimes I think.....

Sometimes I think it's all a waste! A waste of time! A waste of space! I'm not sure what I expected, but I know what I got.....Nothing!!!!!

I write and no one comments.....OK, my daughter will. I have 3 followers. I guess that's better then none.
So, I guess I'll just use this as a place to vent right now, as no one will respond and it wont matter.

I've written twice about my walking 60 mile in 3 days for breast cancer. That was a waste of time. My daughter Amy even wrote about it on her blog http://www.coffeewiththemrs.com/ . The only comment was mine! There too, a waste of time. Thanks for trying Amy!
I've sent e-mail, facebook messages and sent letters to raise the require $2,300. Some have responded and to you I say THANK YOU!!!!! But no comments.

I will not say my training has been a waste of time, or the fact that I get to spend 3 day with my daughter Irene, sharing a pink tent and 60 miles of memories. Every step will be worth it.


I will believe that God will show me how to raise the money. If by September 15th, I haven't reached goal, the remaining balance will divided into 4 equal payments that I have to pay.

Well, the venting is done....not such a waste, as I do feel a little better.

After the 60 Mile walk, August 13- 15th, I will have to rethink this blog! To blog or not to blog, that will be the question to answer. If blogging, then maybe a new approach to "Just a thought"! Maybe more on http://www.kathy-institches.blogspot.com/ "In Stitches" where I can display my creativity in sewing & knitting. Only time will tell.

Thursday, June 10, 2010



I have taken on an incredible challenge. On August 13-15, 2010, I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of three days, camping out at night with thousands of other women and men taking this journey with me.
It's for an event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Net proceeds are invested in breast cancer research and community programs. Komen for the Cure works hard to build a future without breast cancer and I plan on raising $2,500 to help bring us closer to that goal.
Please consider making a donation to help me reach this goal. If you can't give this amount all at once, you can spread it out over four months, using the payment plan option, if you donate online at The3Day.org. Please also ask your employer if they will double your donation with a matching gift.
I will be walking in Memory of two women who died from breast cancer, Susan A. Johnson and Sandy E. Garvaglia,. I am walking for Amy Garvaglia who was diagnosed with breast Cancer in 2009 and in Honor of Linda Forgacs, a breast cancer survivor.
I am pleased and proud to be walking with my daughter Irene who is coming from Minnesota to be my walking partner. While none of the women in my family have suffered from breast cancer. I had a scare eight years ago and Irene this year, when we both discovered a lump! Thankfully it was a benign cyst that was aspirated. However, it did make us wonder about the one in eight women in the U.S. who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That's why I'm walking in the 3-Day for the Cure. Because everyone deserves a lifetime.
To make a donation on line, simply go to http://www.the3day.org/ and go to the "Donate to a Participant". If you don't want to donate online, go to the same web site and download and print a donation form from the "Donate" button at the top of the page and mail it to the address on the form. Or you can call 800-996-3DAY to donate over the phone. I would like to reach my fund raising goal by July 31st so don't delay!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your support.
Sincerely,
Kathy Goldenbogen
P.S. Don't wait. Donate today!
For more information about the Susan G.Komen 3-Day for the Cure or Susan G. Komen
for the Cure, visit The3Day.org or call 800-996-3DAY.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Looking Back......

First Birthday

About 5 years old
Sorry, not to many school pictures to choose from.....at least that I wanted to post

Here's my Senior Picture
21 Years old
Wedding Picture...I was 23

About 24 or 25

Here I am at 51
Not too bad for 60!!!



Looking back can be scary, especially in photos!!!! In general, looking back isn't to bad!

I celebrated my 60th birthday on March 7th. I actually started celebrating on the 4th having breakfast with my parents, my brothers Paul & George and my sister-in-laws Robin & Cheryl.

Saturday the 6th, My hubby & I went with my parents to South Haven, Michigan for the weekend. The main reason for the trip was to hear my youngest brother( who will remind you that he is 11 years younger!!!) give a lecture at the Great Lakes Maritime Museum. This gave me the opportunity to celebrate with Pat & my sister-in-law Joanie. So, all in all, I got to celebrate this all my family.


As for my children, Irene is in Minnesota and gave me a wonderful gift, a donation to my fund for the Cancer 3 Day walk, Eric gave me his WII(we) and I get to stretch this birthday to the 14th, when I will spend time with Amy, Mike, Alex & Eliana, Yay!
My brother George was so thoughtful to give my picture to Boy Scouts of America....now, when they see me, I can expect them to help assist me across the street!!!!!
Pat & Joanie gave me a new Journal and color gel pens, as I love to write. They also gave me 4 cute little dolls made of spools & buttons.

All in all, entering a new decade is exciting. The past 50 years have been rewarding and I look forward to what is yet to come.