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About katastrofik

I am a 30-something, newly single mother to a kick ass little girl. I love knitting, canning, singing karaoke and growing things. This is a blog about my adventures.

To Knit

I need to wrap my head around everything I have lined up to knit so here goes:

  • Betchmas prezzie (mid Dec)
  • Taveon birthday ?? (early Dec)
  • MIL — slippers? <— neckwarmer
  • Mum — slippers? <— cowl
  • Alan — wrist warmers
  • Charlie — finish wrist warmers
  • Lyric — wrist warmers
  • Baby Case — Blanket (Feb)

First Update in Forever

I haven’t updated in forever but I find raising my toddler to be more worthy of my time than blogging about her. Things have been pretty crazy the last few months so I’ll update in point form and just add some pix:

  •  Lyric started walking at 11 months old
  • We moved into our friend’s downstairs to share the house with her.  That ended BADLY and I haven’t seen her since (not feuding, just some hurt feelings and such)
  • I watched Charlie a couple times a week for a couple of months which made Lyric ridiculously happy since she thinks Charlie is the bees knees.  We did lots of crafts and went to Strong Start (pre-preschool) every day
  • Lyric turned 1 in May and we had a big Tinkerbell/Neverland Party for her. She had a blast (or at least the grown-ups did!)
  • I started working 1-2 days a week at London Drugs as a cashier.  It’s a pretty good job so far.  I have my first shift in cosmetics this Saturday which is pretty exciting since I think i’d like to become a cosmetician eventually.
  • We moved to CEDAR!  I never thought I would love living in the country so much but I do.  I have been reading all about urban farming and homesteading.  It is too late to start a garden this year but we are doing all of our research now.  We live in the downstairs of a house on 1/2 an acre (the owner is a cool young guy who lives upstairs with his girlfriend) with a big playhouse in the backyard which we are going to turn into a chicken coop!
  • We picked a ridiculous amount of blackberries from our yard and around the neighbourhood.  I made a couple batches of jam, a bunch of crisps and pies (the pies were all James though) and now we’re going to try our hand at making blackberry jam!
  • I also made a batch of apple butter from the apples in the backyard.  I think I probably should have added a bit more sugar but oh well!
  • I have been cooking up a storm.  I love trying new recipes and generally just Google whatever ingredients I have and find something!
  • Lyric broke her leg shortly after we moved to our new place.  She was on the swing with Hayden and James pushed them too hard and they fell off.  She had her cast on for 3 weeks and then spent another 3-4 weeks learning how to walk properly after that.  Now she is back to normal and is running around like a madwoman.  She loves the rough and tumble life in our yard and is constantly covered in dirty and berries.
  • Liam and Hayden started school this week (after a pretty rad summer).  Liam is in his final year of high school and Hayden is in his first.  I can’t believe how grown up my boys are!!!  Weren’t they little boys just yesterday?

Finally, the thing I didn’t want to write about but have to.  When we moved into our new place, Spike was determined to go outside.  We had talked about letting him outside if we ever moved to the country so now seemed as good a time as any.  He was an outdoor cat for about 6 weeks and I have never seen him happier.  He became best friends with the cat upstairs (a 9 month old farm cat named Purr) and they would play all hours together and hunt.  We came home from a day trip to Denman Island on August 13 to the news from our landlord that Spike had been hit by a car and killed while we were out.  I think part of me broke when James told me.  I screamed and screamed and couldn’t even hold Lyric (who was pretty freaked out).  I sobbed in our backyard for about an hour.  I had a couple of weeks that I felt quite catatonic from it.  I still can’t even think about him without crying.  It just seems so surreal that he is gone forever.  He was my baby before Lyric.  I got him as a kitten and he was one of the most important beings to ever come into my life.  He helped me through the months and months and months of trying and failing to get pregnant.  I don’t know how I would have gotten through it without him.

Moving Days

Things have been insane around the O’Callaghan house for the last few months as we’ve been trying to get ready to move today/tomorrow into our new house (and keep the baby out of the boxes at the same time!).  Half of our stuff is moved in now and the majority of the rest will be done by tonight.  Tomorrow we move in for real and then our housewarming is on Saturday.  Crazy, crazy, crazy.  I promise (yeah yeah yeah) to update soon but for now, here is a picture of my gorgeous girl with her gorgeous Mohawk.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 34 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 98 posts. There were 129 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 83mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 4th with 72 views. The most popular post that day was In serious need of an update.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for buffy angel cake topper, craft that baby can make for halloween, katastrofik katacombs, amber teething necklace, and cd31 10 dpo.

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In serious need of an update October 2010


Blessingway March 2010


Wedding Re-Cap February 2009


Attempting an update December 2010


30 Days of Thanks December 2010

Lyric’s Noms

Ok…. so blogs two days in a row.  Go me!

As I mentioned yesterday I have been cooking/baking almost every day.  I used to cook all the time when I was younger but haven’t for a few years.  When I was pregnant, James cooked for me every night as I didn’t have the energy to at all!  For today’s blog, I’ll focus on Lyric’s food!

When it was time for Lyric to start eating solids I knew that I didn’t want to use prepackaged foods for her — too expensive and not healthy!  I decided to cook and freeze all of her foods.  So I bought carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, apples and peas and cooked them all one at a time and pureed them in the food processor.  Then I froze them in ice-cube trays and transferred them into large freezer bags.  Whenever it is time to feed her, I just grab a cube from the bags and warm it up for her!  She has also been eating organic brown rice cereal (Healthy Times brand).  I wasn’t planning on doing the rice cereal thing for her but she tried it at a friend’s house and loved it so she has it every morning with some banana or apple sauce.  In addition to the purees, Lyric has been eating whole foods as well.  She loves big chunks of green and red pepper, cucumber, banana, and carrots (although she hates cooked carrots just like me!)  I read some info on Baby-led Weaning and was interested so I just went with what felt natural and we’ve had a lot of success.  She gags herself quite a bit but it’s all part of learning.  Now that she has a top tooth as well as her two bottom ones, I’m going to have to watch her even more closely because she’ll be able to bite off more!!

Broccoli at Mrs Riches

Rice Cereal!!!

Rice Cereal!!!


Arrowroot Cookies -- one of Mama's favorites!

Nana's Bracelet -- not nutritious but definitely yummy!

Broccoli Soup and potatoes

Attempting an update

aaahhh!!!  Lyric is 6 months now and is fucking awesome.  I have been so bad about blogging lately.  I am going to try to get in on early on my New Years Resolution and blog every day with a tiny bit of info or at least every couple days.

I have lots to talk about so I’ll write down everything I think I need to blog about here and then maybe get around to it all in the next few weeks:

  • I have been cooking and canning and baking bread almost everyday
  • Lyric is eating solid foods now and still breastfeeding
  • I am back to knitting and have started on my Christmas/Yule gifts
  • James and I reached a turning point in our relationship where it was make it or break it and we decided to make it.  We are doing fucking fantastic and doing some fantastic fucking (sorry….)
  • Lyric development is insane — she got her third tooth today, she scootches across the floor, she’s almost up on her hands and knees
  • we did Santa pix and Holiday pix
  • my best friend’s wedding in Vancouver (and my week away) was awesome and insane
  • cloth diapering is still a go!  We’ve had some ups and downs but I think we’ve got it figured out for now
  • I’m thinking of (but not planning!) baby number 2
  • it snowed
  • ummmm……. ok… that’s good for now.  I’ll try and blog about one of those things tomorrow

Also, I still need to write out about Lyrics’ birth and Wiccaning which I will do one day but I have to stop stressing about it!

30 Days of Thanks

Inspired by my Married Me ladies, I did 30 Days of Thanks on Facebook.  Here are my posts:

So…. my interweb girls are doing a “30 Days of Thanks” status thingy so I thought I’d steal it. Yesterday I was glad to be home after a week away from my husband. Today I am thankful that I woke up in a tidy apartment!

3rd Day of Thanks: I am thankful for my wonderful baby even though she is driving me crazy tonight. I suppose if she was perfect I would get bored.

4th Day of Thanks: I am thankful that my wonderful husband takes the baby in the mornings he isn’t working and gives me a bit of extra sleep!

Day 5 of Thanks: I am thankful that I woke up to find that James O’Callaghan had scoured and cleaned the pot I thought I ruined!

Day 6 of Thanks: I am thankful for Vanilla Bean Latte cookies.

6th day of thanks, Pt II: I am thankful for my boys entertaining their sister while I did laundry ♥

Day 7: I am thankful for my MIL taking us to Costco and buying us groceries!!! And for ordering us a new car seat for our mammoth baby who has grown out of hers!

8th Day of Thanks: I am thankful for my Mum. She is a Goddess ♥

Day 9: I am thankful for James O’Callaghan and Lyric Sinead Maggie O’Callaghan for going out to do laundry so I could have a break. Now I’m going back to bed!

Day 10 of Thanks: I am thankful for my big bro Chris Case and his lovely wife Rae-Ann Case who are celebrating 5 years of marriage today. We may have nothing in common besides blood but I can’t imagine my life without my bro ♥

Day 11: thankful and remembering

I am thinking about my Grandpa Case today. He was a brave and honourable man and I miss him dearly. I wish he could have met my daughter ♥

(also, Lyric turned 6 months that day!)

Day 12: Feeling grouchy and sick and sore. But I am thankful that Lyric seems to be feeling her normal cheery self.

Day 13: I am thankful for fresh ginger in my peppermint tea. Hopefully I can burn away this cold!

(I missed Day 14’s thanks but I took Lyric to see Santa that day and have her picture taken!  It was fabulous!!!)

Day 15: I am thankful for Tofu. Damn that shit is tasty!

Day 16: I am thankful for Lyric’s new car seat. It almost killed me putting it in (cars from the 80’s are not designed for modern car seats!) but hopefully she will be happy and safe in it and not scream every time we drive somewhere!

Day 17: I am thankful for my husband, sons, mother, best friend, peers and friends, acquaintances and everyone else who has ever supported my right to breastfeed in public.

Day 18: I am thankful for good food

Day 19: I am thankful that gloves only cost 99 cents because my cat likes to eat them.

Day 19 pt 2: I am also thankful for the constant entertainment from James O’Callaghan, John Bogad, and Alan Kimber.

Day 19 pt 3: I am thankful for the snow only because it makes my children so incredibly happy. Well except for Lyric who dealt with it by laughing, screaming, and eventually passing out.

Day 20: I am thankful for warm houses on cold days. And pretzels!

Day 21: I am thankful for Hayden entertaining his sister so I can shower and get things accomplished.

Day 22: I am thankful for warm snuggles in bed with my girl.

Days 23 and 24: I am thankful that even though Lyric has a cold, she is still in a fabulous mood! I am also thankful that I get to stay inside with her today on a cold day and drink tea.

Day 25: Today I am thankful for all of my wonderful American friends who I have not actually met in person. I hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and friends.

is also thankful for Jello Oreo pudding snacks!

Day 26: Today I am thankful for Facebook for helping me keep in touch with my out-of-town relatives. It’s awesome to be able to see what everyone is up to!

(I forgot to do my thanks on Day 27 but that was the day I scored Fluevog boots for $6.99 and an immersion blender for $2.99 at Salvation Army!)

Day 28: I am thankful for Sunday Dexter dates with my hubby ♥

Day 29: Today I am thankful for my crazy kitty, Spike. Not only does he eat 99 cent gloves, but he brings them to his food dish to eat like a good boy!

Day 29 update: So after my glorious praise of my darling furbaby this morning, he repays me by jumping on a shelf, knocking the shelf off the wall, and shattering one of my favorite ceramic pieces (an incense burner in the shape of the Goddess that I made when I was 15). No catnip in your stocking, buddy!

Day 30: Today I am thankful for Maverick and Iceman

As my final thanks of the month, I would like to thank my MM (formerly OBT) ladies for being there for me for the last few years. I am so grateful for the community we have built together, even though most of us have never met. I ♥ you, ladies!