I've Never Been Depressed A Day in My Life

Ms. Norwood said that to me. Never been depressed? Ever?!  I mean, she's lived through 2 world wars, the great depression, death of her father in a horse and buggy accident when she was just a baby, death of her mother while she was just in high school, death of her husband, constant financial ups and downs. And never been depressed? Ever? At first I thought, "You're delusional, old lady." But now I'm starting to realize the spirit of what she said. I get it. The world is so full sorrow and tragedy. But there are also so many joys. And you have to grieve the tragedies and celebrate the joys, and sometimes you have to do these things simultaneously, and that is hard for humans, but life goes on. We are resilient.

And on that note, I am looking forward to a new year of crazy, delusional blogging. Lots of humor. I promise. Because I'm realizing that that's what I have to offer to the world. Silliness. And cat stories. It's my duty. And let me tell you, this is going to be a HUGE year for old matsutake. I have to get my house ready to put on the market, and then we're moving across the country in the summer, so I will have more projects to post than ever before. I'm a home improvement addict!!!

For my first trick, I will change the wall sconces in my hallway. I bought two new ones at a weird local hardware store last night to replace the ones that look like they came from an 80s bachelor pad. But here's the thing. I've never done anything that involves hard wiring before. I am ashamed to say that I always let my husband do that. And then last week he said to me, "You can do it yourself." Well. I suppose I can. Or I might electrocute myself. We'll see. Just one quick question...should I turn off the circuit breaker first? Hey kidding!

My lighting inspiration is Miracle on 34th Street. I want all my lighting to look like it came from Macy's in 1947. Snapped these pics of my tv with my phone, so please excuse the quality.

PS The above facts about Ms. Norwood's life never really happened to her. They all happened to my grandmother. She once said to me, "I've never been depressed a day in my life." And she, my mom, and my aunt all had the best sense of silly humor. What a gift.


  1. Love this post, Katie. I can't wait follow along on your crazy ride.

    Ms. Norwood is one of my favorite characters on the Internet. She is a hoot!

  2. Hi Katie! I hope this isn't annoying for me posting on here, but I didn't see another way of contacting you. My daughter has one of your squirrel pull toys that you sold a long time ago, and she loves it. Now my sister is having her first baby, and her nursery theme is a woodland forest, and I would just absolutely love to be able to get a couple for her. I know you don't sell on your etsy shop anymore, but I was hoping that I could get a couple different ones made for her baby. It would mean so much to me. I know your time is valuable, and I would like to pay more than what you originally sold them for because of that. If you could please contact me, my email is britters273@gmail.com It would mean the world to me.


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