Friday, December 19, 2008

Missing you...

Today I heard the Lord called for my Aunt to come home...and I remembered this pray:

"God's Garden"
God looked around His Garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He always take the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain,
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
and the hills too hard to climb.
So, He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with my Aunt this past summer. I know must have weighted heavy on her heart to say goodbye to her beloved family, but she had greater work to be done in Heaven.

To my uncle and cousins that have lost someone so heart goes out to all of you and I pray for you all to find comfort in all the greatness that she is and know that she will be forever by your side. Don't forget to keep talking to her, she will listen.

Love, Katie

Monday, November 24, 2008

2008 Crosby Family Christmas Invite

“When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings…”

Our Family is a Blessing
So come one, come all
And let’s celebrate
In the laughter we will share
All Season long

Crosby Family Merry Christmas 2008
Saturday, December 20th
Anytime after 12:00pm; Eat at 3:30pm SHARP

There is NO adult gift exchange, but please bring your $15.00 gift for your child (ren)—and please keep it within that limit.

There will be a 50/50 raffle (or maybe two) making its rounds, so bring your green backs to help support our Crosby Family 2009 Festivities.

Please call Elaine or Terry with your dish for our party.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

SOS Christmas

Smoke Signals
Kathryn Frank

SOS what does it mean to us,
The Puff Puff Puff
Smoke signals going off.
It a sign for us to meet,
For one in need or not.
To show our support,
Or just goof off.
It may not mean much to you,
For US it the only way to be true.
Bonding with gusto—
Forgiving a must.
Through laughter and tear,
Joys and sorrows,
Family and Friend we hold dear.
Mothers, Daughters, Sisters

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SOS Christmas Party

Merry Christmas 2009 (Early) to the SOS.

In the Traditional Spirit of Celebration, the SOS will be having their Annual Christmas Gathering this Saturday and I wanted to give you girls a little blast from the past.

Can't wait to see all of you there and I've got my big girl pants (elastic waist band) all set out and ready to do some damage.

Lots of laughter and chats throughout the day and night, goodies galore, games to be played, and memories to be made.

Don't forget your Stocking, Goals for 2009, Cookies/Candy, and gifts for the gals. Maybe a few extra surprises along the way, but all will be revealed in due time.


I'll be seeing you all soon and know that you have all been missed. It will be nice to sit and catch up, shoot the breeze, and getting a little side hurting action on! Get your Cameras ready!

Peace and Love,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Its been too long since my last post...

but my other job (not my real one ;-)) has been keeping me real busy! So this post will be about the last of our Michigan Fall Glory, from my little trip to Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford, Michigan.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Halloween...

Come Closer,
A Little Closer My Dear....
Let me read your palm,
Toss some bones,
or cast your future
in these here cards
I have near...

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Friday, October 10, 2008


Oh Thank God….it is FRIDAY!!!

Today, and this weekend, are perfect examples why it is so great to live in the wonderful state of Michigan—Peak Leaf Color Viewing is here and Apple Orchards are in full swing. Just about everywhere you go there are glorious burst of Red, Yellow, Gold, and Orange to be seen—like some painter just came by with their brush of many colors and did his best work of art for all to see. And lets not forget the smell of apple pie, apple fritters, carmel apples, apple butter, and just 'bout everything else that Apples can be made into!

This weekend I will be heading north to immerse myself into the wild…well at least I’m going to pretend I’m on a vacation and explore the new and unknown—it kind of is! You don’t always have to go somewhere far to find some peace and serenity; sometimes the short jaunts are just as inspiring to the mind and body. And there’s no better time than the present; and of course I have my camera ready, batteries charged, and hiking boots unpacked and ready to conquer the trails. Oh yeah, might want to pack a lunch and some H2O, too.

Last weekend I was out at our Apple Orchard, “Apple Charlie’s”, and was able to secure about 30 pounds (no joke) of my favorite apple for baking; Winesap Apples, my cuz got me hooked on these a year or two ago—best apple pie I made with these apple (I’m sure the bottle of wine, I drank myself, had a big part in that vote). I’m not big into tart pies, so these apples are just the right sweetness—without being too sweet, and tartness—without making my lips pucker up in some weird deformity, perfection! And in my opinion, the apples make the best juice/sauce in my pies…just the right amount of thickness and gooiness, no need to add a thickening agent! Mmmmm…my mouth is watering; better get to bakin’ those pies!

I’m so excited about this season, it seems it is all I can think about and talk about! So happy trails to you and I’ll loving think of each one of you when I’m eating my Homemade, Sweet Apple Pie. Oh so good!


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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

And the winner is....

Drum Roll please....

Le Pittbull Ladybug is our 1st Place winner in our SOS Halloween Pet Contest.

Congrats to Tee and Zee!!

2nd Place was a tie for "Chicken in Space" and "Chicken's Revenge"

BUT...Everyone is a Winner! And I hope everyone had fun doing this project.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

SOS Halloween Pet Contest

You've submitted your best Pet Halloween Photo and now it's time to vote.

Please send me your 1st place and 2nd place pick and result will be posted once all the votes have been counted!

Picture are in no particular order and no personal names are given.

(Sorry "S" I actually lost a file and your pictures are not included, but everyone can see them through the Newsletter. xoxK)

The Tiger that Ate My Buddy

Chicken's Revenge

Chicken in Space

Yellow Belly Chicken

Bird's Revenge

May the Force be with You

Le Pittbull Ladybug

Meeshka - Russian Peasant

Spider Dog from the Black Lagoon

Bumble Bee Horse

Friday, October 3, 2008

I have a very strong LOVE and hate relationship with the season of fall. I love the meaning of fall, it's my favorite time of year, but I know that it leads to winter—which is too long for me in the state of Michigan. I wish we could go from spring, to summer, into fall, a few days of snow for Christmas day, and then rinse and repeat. Wouldn’t that be the best! For as much as I love to have the down time during the winter months, and safe haven for adding on a few extra pounds without apologizing, I really hate how long our winters tend to be. But there is nothing like watching the four seasons, sometimes gently and sometimes in great force, roll in and out each year.

What’s not to like about the fall? Halloween is in it, my favorite. I can hike and ride my horse through the most picturesque pop of colors that nature gives to us for free and there are no bugs that are trying to suck the last drop of blood from my body. Sounds like Heaven on Earth to me! If I haven’t convinced you yet, well what about…

Apple Orchards? You know the place where you take your kids to go hunting for the Next Great Pumpkin, to get buzzed on unlimited amount apple cider and hot donuts, and to allow your children to pet every last lama in the pen, chicken in the coop, and pig in the mug trough because it’s much easier to clean off the dirt they acquire than it is to quiet a screaming kid from not getting slimmed by the usual barn mates housed at the farm.

And don’t let me forget about the apples…you know the ones that help keep the doctor away! Can I tell him I’ve eaten one everyday and yet I’m still sitting in his office with a red nose like Rudolph? I guess not, but it’s all apart of the season of fun, beauty, eeriness, and unlimited amounts of adventures that can take place in such a short period of time.

So I’m off to find the Winesap apples for the apple pie I need to make and to see if I can scare any of those kids that are in my way of the perfect pumpkin to carve this Spooktacular All Hollow’s Eve!

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Monday, September 29, 2008

VOTE for My Photo

Please go to the link below to vote for my picture that I've entered into the National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest. I have so many photo's I'd like to enter, but this is my most current shots for the season. "Share the Nectar" by Kathryn Frank

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

This is one of the glorious sights I get to see on my way into work every morning, during the Fall Season. The Ford Motor Company Headquarters grounds have two fields filled with these beautiful sunflowers you see here.

I have been trying to go over there, at different times of the day, to get pictures. It a little more difficult this year, as last year they had an addition field where you could just drive into and snap away! This year, I have to park on the side of the road (scary if you see the Southfield Service Drive during peak time) and run out to the side of the field to get any close up shots.

Here are some of my pictures I have been able to get and I hope it brings a little sunshine to your life. I'm heading out today, as lunch, to see if I can get deeper into the field. Wish me luck.

© Copyright 2008 Kathryn Frank

Monday, September 15, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rain, Rain...Dance in the Rain

There’s nothing like falling asleep to a light rain coming down from the heavens. Last night, into this morning, and throughout the day the rain is spilling from the sky to wash away the last part of my summer days! I love the rain, maybe not everyday, but the rain gives me peace of knowing I don’t have to rush to get outside, wasting a sunny day away. Rain…it is the water that gives life.

The rain breaths new life into the spring and washes away the dust of a hot summer day. Even in the winter, rain can clean the dreary dirt that clings to the snow and allow it to look pristine again. Think of one of those winter days when you know it’s not safe to be out on the roads, but the rain has put a frozen shell on every surface and make the trees and ground look like a Winter Wonderland.

There is nothing like dancing in the rain. Do you remember when you were little, it didn’t matter if it was raining, you wanted to be outside. Well…why not now? So what if you are no longer a kid without demands of everyday life, go out and cleanse your soul. It will be good for you. Just go out and stand in the rain. Feel the rain drench your clothes, you hair, your body and then put your arms out and spin! Guaranteed you have a smile on your face soon after that. Just allow yourself to be in the moment.

I love the rain. It makes me want to curl up with a book, hot cup of tea or coffee next to me, and to get swept away into another world. It makes me want to stay in my pj’s all day and just curl up with someone I love. No demands, no worries, just a day to relax and clear some mental space.

So the next time it rains, go out and dance in it. Allow your spirit to be cleansed and feel the gift the Lord is giving to you. Don’t forget that the past was a gift and don’t take for granted the present, because another day is never guaranteed. Live, Love, Laugh...and dance in the rain!

© Copyright 2008 Kathryn Frank (aka Kathryn Katz) (UN: KKatz/KFrank at Writing.Com). All rights reserved.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remember where you were on September 11, 2001?

I do! I was sitting at my desk, in a downtown Detroit high-rise office building, working on tally sheets for my boss. I had the radio on, unusual for me because most the time I couldn’t get a station to come in clear inside the building, but this day I found one. Just around 10am the radio DJ came on with breaking news of a plane crashing into the North Tower—my first thought was ‘scary’ because I was in a building that was 40 stories tall!

At the time, no one knew it was due to terrorists, but we found out shortly after when a second plane hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. As soon as that happened, I just wanted to leave, but I knew I had to stay calm and find the nearest TV. I ran down to our Broadcast Studio (I work in Advertising) and their manager already had the newscast with the reports going on. After that…it was like rolling thunder…and then a plane hit the Pentagon and a final one went down in a field in Pennsylvania.

Within an hour of all this happening in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania; our office building managers decided it was better for us to close and get out of the city; to our safe home. A wave of nauseous relief came over me, as I knew I wanted to be as far away from my work as possible, yet sick with the knowledge that we were under attack.

Even more frightening was the fact that I had to walk about five blocks to the parking structure where my car was parked. Waking out of the building was like something out of the movies; people came spilling out of the surrounding building and went scattering towards their own safe haven and far from the concrete sweatboxes. The drive home was white knuckled and in slow motion. Once home, I just remember being glued to the horrors of the newscast for the remaining days and nights, for the next few weeks and months that passed.

Today is Remembrance Day—Seven Years have passed. I only bring this up because as time moves along and the pain eases, the memories of these types of events never leave my mind. Because of this, I feel that I need to give myself a little pinch to stop and give thanks for the life I have, the life around me, and to remember the ones that were lost to us ALL.

2, 975 hero’s were burgeon wings that day, I might not know their names, but I think of them with admiration and new hope for life in the future. Just a small count so I will remember how many were lost to us this day: 2,604 from North and South World Trade Towers, plus the 24 remains that were never found among the ashes; 341 FDNY firefighters and 2 FDNY paramedics; 37 Port Authorities, 23 Police officers, 1 K-9 dog named Sirius, and the 8 Private EMTS that all became angels on September 11, 2001.

Do you remember now!

As I struggle with the everyday natural (and unnatural) happening around my life, I sometimes have to remember to stop and smell the roses. Or in this case, the smell of the falls crisp air that is creeping in.

Peace to you and for us.

© Copyright 2008 Kathryn Frank (aka Kathryn Katz) (UN: KKatz/KFrank at Writing.Com). All rights reserved.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Whole Wheat Tollhouse Cookie

Here's a version of a cookie classic from 1937, made a bit more nutritious with whole wheat.

Excerpted from Bob's Red Mill Baking Book by John Ettinger and Bob's Red Mill Family, © 2007, published by Running Press. All rights reserved.

Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or cover with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cream the butter with the brown sugar until light in color, about 4 minutes. Beat in the egg until well incorporated. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend well. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and nuts.

3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until brown. Cool on a wire rack.

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SOS Newsletter Assignments

Hello SOSister's

It's that time again! I have put forth a few assignments, with dates I need them back, so they will go into the up and coming SOS Oct/Nov Newsletter(s).

I have a few more for you...simple questions for the New Year (Jan 2009) issue, but I thought I give you a break and let you brew over these for a while.

Love ya all and please enjoy...

Due Sept 19th (Friday) Halloween

Pick one and finish it off! Or make up your own ghoulish short story (and if you feel this is too much...then think of something to replace it with...if you must):

1) Tap. Tap. Tap. The sound came from inside the closet. Quietly, I crept toward the door ...


2) Everybody said the old Featherworth Castle was haunted ...

Due Sept 30th (Tuesday) Thanksgiving/Christmas

  1. Write a letter to God...
  1. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think back to being 18?
  1. Give me anything you want, but it has to be something for the Thanksgiving Holiday or Fall Season—as this will be entered into the November Issue. Real or made up story, poems, recipes, etc....

Due Oct 17th (Friday) Thanksgiving/Christmas

  1. 2009 Goals (Sealed in an envelop and ready to give to me on the 15th of Nov or beforehand—you can even email me them, I’ll print them off and put them in an envelop) These will be opened during the 2009 SOS Christmas Gathering.
  1. You are 20 years in the future. Write a letter to your today self.
  1. You are 20 years in the future…open a letter you wrote yourself 20 years before…what does it say? (Reversed from above)
  1. Give me anything you want, but it has to be something for the Christmas Holiday/Season. Story, Poem, Recipes, whatever you like—this will go into the Christmas Newsletter.
© Copyright 2008 Kathryn Frank (aka Kathryn Katz) (UN: KKatz/KFrank at Writing.Com). All rights reserved.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008


The Crosby Family Reunion; look at the adorable faces of our Brothers, Sisters, Uncles, Aunts, Fathers, Mothers, Family, and Friends! If you missed the reunion, what a bummer, it was a blast! Dale and Helen came in from Texas, staying at Bunny's house. Kenny and Barb came in from up north, for the day, to spend time at the reunion. And a big surprise was having Lissa and Judy at the reunion this year; they followed Ron up from Florida. The whole gang, minus a dearly loved and missed Uncle Jim, were all in attendances.

The Psychedelic 60's was the happening place to be and our groovy family didn't let us down: Lisa, Sandy, Terri, John, Yvonne, Elaine, and Bunny all came dressed to the tee and Sandy won First Prize for her duds. Elaine in second and John bringin up the rear with 3rd.

The food fare was, without a doubt, the best we've had in past few years. Of course we had the usual (hot dogs and ham/cheeseburgers), but the pot luck dishes that arrived were plentiful and scrumptious! It was the first time, in years, where I went back for seconds because there was so many goodies. Great Job to everyone...this years spread was a hit.

Our 50/25/25 raffle was a success, with Jimmy winning the first drawing and Dena the runner-up. The house took the 50 cut and we were very happy with the outcome.

The auction was a HUGE winner of the day, bringing in enough to feed us all at Christmas and next years Family Reunion...with a little to spare! A special thanks to Holly for creating and bringing the 'Crosby' slates--as they were the hit at the auction. Jimmy and Patti, thank you for opening your home to us again and just dealing with the family as a whole. It is so nice to be out by the water and the weather held up for us, up until the end. But again, a little rain can't hurt us.

The next day, at Bunny's, the Brothers and Sisters gathered for a more intimate lunch. It was nice to finally sit down and have a chat with them all, as the Family Reunion is always so busy. Walt, of course, had us cracking up all day and by the end my sides were very sore. Laughter really is GREAT medicine.

I loved having Uncle Dale and Aunt Helen in for the weekend. We spent every night staying up late and talking. Throw in a few Mojito's and we had our own fun over the weekend. Uncle Dale was always cruisin' for a bruisin', but he managed to stay dear in my heart. Aunt Helen, you and I will be swapping so many recipes...I'm not sure I'll keep up. But it was a great weekend and I loved spending the time with them and was sad to see them go. It would've been great if Teri and Jacki could have made it up, but maybe we will just have to bring the party down to them!! At least the Crazy SOS Girls!!!

I realized that no matter how far everyone might be, or how long it has been since we have seen each other...We ARE Family and Time can leave us, but we still will always have each other.

© Copyright 2008 Kathryn Frank (aka Kathryn Katz) (UN: KKatz/KFrank at Writing.Com). All rights reserved.