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  1. 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*


  2. 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.


  3. 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!


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

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


  5. 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.


  6. 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!


  7. 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!

      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… 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 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!

      If you are interested in watching some documentaries that are both well-researched and eye-opening:
      Forks over knives

      The China Study:

      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: Might help to get you started since they walk you through the recipes, and you don’t have to shop.


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

    The second photo is hilarious!


  9. 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!!


  10. 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.


  11. 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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