1. Pam Hoffman
    December 22, 2017 @ 11:29 am

    Just love the photos of your adorable kittens, especially Baby Godzilla! I’m assuming you have a good camera that you use? Your pictures are so sharp. Merry Christmas!


  2. Genevieve
    December 22, 2017 @ 11:29 am

    JAZZ HANDS is my new favorite signoff.


    • Lisa Garber
      December 22, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

      Crud, I was going to say that!! Also, stealing it.


  3. Ann
    December 22, 2017 @ 11:29 am

    Victoria, I am NOT a cat person ( very allergic and I love dogs) but these pictures are so so adorable! I have a feeling that baby Godzilla is going to be adopted BY YOU!! 😉


  4. Mary
    December 22, 2017 @ 11:37 am

    Loving Godzilla kitten, better you than me though. We, actually my sister had one we called ” Beckah bad cat”, but then she was a calico who are weird and wild anyway! I now have a calico, and boy is she fresh. Happy Holidays to you and all. Enjoy the kittens…


  5. Heike
    December 22, 2017 @ 11:56 am

    Jazz Hands… OMG.. love it… and love your kitten posts. The fact you have time to look up statistics, “she moves 78.2% faster than other kittens.” and still get those great shots…amazing. Happy Holidays to you and your family.


  6. Sascha
    December 22, 2017 @ 12:31 pm

    This post made me happy. That is all.


  7. Rebecca Grace
    December 22, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

    I am now officially, head-over-heels, gaga-in-love with Baby Godzilla Kitten!!!!! Who knew kittens were so much fun?! Right now I am the co-Pack Leader of two giant Rottweiler babies who enjoy choral singing, tennis ball chasing, and making delivery men pee themselves when they have the audacity to ring our doorbell. But someday… baby kittens! 🙂

    Enjoy your furbabies and have a wonderful holiday with your family. I’ve been enjoying your book mentions, by the way. I read Evicted and I’m outraged. And I’m putting the American Girls book on my list, too. We should totally start a book club for crafty procrastinators who like Giant Fancy Things and social justice. There are more of us out there than you’d think!


  8. Janice Bowden
    December 22, 2017 @ 1:25 pm

    I have had 2 tuxedo Baby Godzillas,the youngest is now 12 years old and still stalks and attacks our terrier. She also wall runs – gets a running start down our hallway, launches herself halfway up the wall, then catapults back to the floor, executing a perfect 180 in mid air and ends by doing a “furniture run” – a complete circuit of the living room without touching the floor. If it’s any consolation, most Godzilla traits slowly wore off about age 7 or so. Enjoy, love my Tuxies!


  9. Frances
    December 22, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

    Happy holidays to my oddly wonderful (that’s a compliment) internet blogger friend!! Interiors and animals are my besties, too! Love your writing!!


  10. Flip Breskin
    December 22, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

    WONDERFUL! Thank you SO much!!! And I loved your description of decorating mess. I’m with you on the kittens instead.


  11. Mo
    December 22, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

    We adopted a fur baby a few months ago. She wandered up with a couple of siblings. They moved on to the neighbor and she chose to stay with us. Now she’s a spoiled rotten brat fully into the terrible 2 stage. I think she could give Godzilla a run for his money. She’s 6 months old and is still a handful. Bless you for fostering kittens.
    I tried to post a picture but it didn’t work. Have Blessed Holiday Season!


  12. Laura
    December 22, 2017 @ 3:55 pm

    After reading this, I asked Santa-husband to bring me a baby Zilla for Christmas.
    He looked puzzled and explained he had already purchased my gift, it’s 3 days before Christmas, and what the heck is a Baby Zilla anyway?
    I’m not going to tell him just to see what he comes up with…


  13. Allie
    December 22, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Thank you for bringing a huge smile to my face and a laugh to my lips and some critical thinking to my brain with all your posts all year! xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com


  14. judy
    December 22, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

    Awwwww,this was wonderful and thanks a bunch for the redux of your past Christmas extravaganza. So creative and charming and it reminded me of the furniture you had….you really do sell all that you have and follow the latest GFT. Joy to you and yours and Joy to the World.


  15. Ann Marie
    December 22, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

    They are the most precious kitties! I love cats, had 5 at once and 2 dogs… Now I’m down to one..
    When are you going to break down and keep these angels?!

    As to your horror over that book, well, people can tell that you didn’t grow up on social media because not only do you have imagination, you have your OWN wonderful personality which was formed by your experiences, and likes and dislikes; not one that was just adopted from the current cultural social media..

    Sorry to sound like an old lady ( I’m not) but man, it appears that a lot of young women are cookie-cutters of the culture they follow on the computer, and they don’t form their own.. Darn shame.. I agree with your final comment” Why are we still participating in this nonsense”… spot on..

    You and your loved ones have an absolutely wonderful and Merry Christmas!!


    • Yvonne Angus
      December 30, 2017 @ 10:14 am

      Because, if we didn’t participate, we wouldn’t be able to salivate over Victoria’s lasted GFT! 😂


      • Yvonne Angus
        December 30, 2017 @ 10:31 am

        Latest… my phone prompter constantly puts words in my mouth! 😂


  16. Lisa A.
    December 22, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    Love your little kitten scratched up hands. My legs look like a war zone that only you could understand. Sure hoping I get a zip up hoodie from Santa for my next litter! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and the traveling kittens….


  17. Ann
    December 22, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    I have two new kittens, one all black and one tuxedo. The tuxedo is a CH girl, so she’ll always wobble, but she can find her food and water and litter box perfectly well, and follows her sister around — if it weren’t for the political hashtag, I’d probably name her “Me Too,” for her Me Too expression!


  18. Ellen Shook
    December 22, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    Kitty Kats are adorable, but alas, I am allergic. You are always so entertaining, and I enjoy your Kitty Kat posts because they don’t make me sneeze or itch. This Christmas seems so weird for everyone, probably not least of reasons because of what is going on in our government right now. At any rate, we are enjoying a very laid back non-traditional holiday, and and I hope you and your little tribe-let of kittie-kats have a loverly time. After all, that is the reason we do all this, right?


  19. Jayne Zabala
    December 22, 2017 @ 10:14 pm

    I completely understand that you can’t adopt all the kittens because then you wouldn’t be able to rescue more, BUT, I think Baby Godzilla needs a mother that completely loves all that energy😊. Then you could still foster other kittens but you would have a constant source of entertainment and unconditional ❤️


  20. Linda Bradford
    December 22, 2017 @ 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the Zilla pics. I smiled and smiled


  21. Charlee
    December 23, 2017 @ 8:36 am

    That trackball thing is The Best Kitteh Toy EVAR. It’s thrilled 3 of ours and even attracted and amused our most recent rescue pup. Then he pooped in it. *eyeroll*


  22. Jackie Beardsley
    December 23, 2017 @ 3:54 pm

    I’m thinking next year I’d rather pick kittens over decorations too! So much better for my overall happiness! Thank you for you posts full of kitten pics, the more the better.


  23. Marianne in Mo.
    December 23, 2017 @ 6:38 pm

    #1. Charlee totally made me snicker! #*pooped in it* !!!
    #2. This post – I’m snickering!
    #3. JAZZ HANDS – awesomesign off!
    #4. Happy Holidays to you and your famliy!


  24. Kelly
    December 24, 2017 @ 12:36 am

    Merry Christmas! Have an amazing time with kittens and family!!


  25. Gail
    December 25, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    Love the photos! Especially the one midstream where Godzilla has the teeny, tiny paw of death raised midair. What a cute little monster.


  26. Caren
    December 25, 2017 @ 11:16 pm


    Baby Godzilla is Minya. That’s what we dubbed #1 don in utero.

    Did you know they never stopped making Godzilla movies? They just didn’t make it to the US. My husband was never thwarted though. Once he even ordered a DVD that was only subtitled in Thai and Mandarin. But we got to see it!

    Happy holidays!


  27. Lisa D.
    December 26, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

    Victoria, I just love your blog! I just now am catching up and I read your December 19 post about ranges and bacon…OMG! Pretty scary stuff. I would like to go vegan beginning 2018, but not being much of a cook, I don’t know quite where to start. Any advice that you or your readers might have for a beginner, which be much appreciated. Happy New Year!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 27, 2017 @ 8:53 am

      Wonderful! The internet is FULL of help! (Although like anything else, you’ll want to poke around a bit and play with what works for you!) If you have meals you love, you can google it and add “vegan” and you will (probably) come across nine million versions… although like everything else on the internet, not all nine-million will be good, but usually reading and comparing will give you a tasty meal! (although with baking, I don’t play too much!)

      I’m not much of a “recipe” person, and on top of that I can really be boring— making the same things over and over, so Pinterest is great, just for ideas/jumping off points… or if you just have a weird group of ingredients in the fridge… here’s my board of vegan recipes… I rarely actually “follow” the instructions, so can’t vouch for them all, but I like it just to remind myself of combinations, or stuff I’ve made in the past that has sort of fallen off my rotation! https://www.pinterest.com/barnesvictoria/plant-based-meals-recipe-ideas/

      Vegan cooking blogs, if you haven’t visited these, I always recommend:

      I’m not much of a cookbook person, but my mom is… especially for deserts (we are practical people!) Her favorite is The Vegan Baker… http://amzn.to/2n2vkOj she’s been really happy with everything she’s made from there. (and my brothers and I endorse it too! my baby brother’s wedding cake was from there, and it was amazing!)

      And this one http://amzn.to/2nn7Jv9 Isa’s cookbook— she writes the ppk website I listed above, not sure if her recipes are repeats, or new… but she has really good meals.

      Another of the blogs I listed above has a multi-part blog series on her transition to being vegan… I have not read it, but it might be interesting to you in your journey! http://ohsheglows.com/2012/12/31/vegan-how-to-series-introduction-why-this-series/

      If you are interested in watching some documentaries that are both well-researched and eye-opening:
      Forks over knives
      Earthlings https://www.facebook.com/EarthlingsFilmOfficial

      The China Study: http://amzn.to/2BJtwBE

      Whatever animal product you can think of, we now live in a world where there is a readily-available plant-based option at a regular old grocery store! BUT just like everything else, you won’t like all of them, and you’ll have personal preferences and likes and dislikes… it’s also a bit like learning a new skill or language! You have to give yourself time to get up to speed!!

      Fun social media accounts:


      Let me know how it goes!! And if you find any resources you think are great for newcomers, let me know!!
      xoxo, VEB


    • Suzanne Terry
      January 8, 2018 @ 2:33 pm

      There’s also a vegan meal delivery option: https://www.purplecarrot.com/ Might help to get you started since they walk you through the recipes, and you don’t have to shop.


  28. Maria
    January 11, 2018 @ 11:44 pm

    The second photo is hilarious!


  29. LW
    January 16, 2018 @ 7:38 pm

    Heads up that one of the ads on the site is for a dog breeder. Google can be really bad at matching ads to ideology sometimes. Love your site and LOVE Godzilla kitty!!


  30. Shirley
    January 29, 2018 @ 6:16 pm

    Love your blog! Just a thought though; have you revisited the idea of an “unfitted kitchen” now that you have solved the “hide the fridge” dilemma? With the fridge hidden behind an awesome facade, the rest of the kitchen could become an awesome assemblage of furniture pieces re imagined into your dream kitchen.


  31. Yvonne Angus Blocker
    May 6, 2018 @ 10:04 am

    “Aunt Barbie is like the California of games: years ahead ahead of the rest of us;”

    I laughed when I read this line, because, when I was 13, we moved from North Carolina to California. Took us hillbillies a while to get over culture shock! Then, when we moved back to North Carolina 3 years later, we felt (as only teenagers can do) like we were superior to our peers! Lol. Not so much! To our peers, we were “those fast girls from California”, a term not associated with sexual prowess, but CULTURALLY fast, but they didn’t mean it as a compliment, either! But, it is what it is. California does, in fact, seem to be the ONLY state I’ve ever heard of being referred to as culturally above and beyond the other 49!


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