my whoville toddler

Squawk asked for "two hair ponies! On a same side!" … and now she looks like someone Dr Seuss drew.

cat meets pens

This is Aniseed. This is why I can't have nice things. #bulletjournal #catsofinstagram #burmesecat A post shared by Deborah Kalin (@debkalin) on Oct 3, 2015 at 12:49pm PDT

lunchtime visitor

This little lunchtime visitor to my study is lucky I found it before Ani did. (Now, back to writing. Honestly, if it's not Squawk interrupting the words, it's Ani. And if it's not Ani, it's skinks. This is getting ridiculous.) A post shared by Deborah Kalin (@debkalin) on Oct 6, 2015 at 8:21pm PDT

the corollary isn't actually true

Had a nagging feeling something was wrong as I inked this week's focal quote into my journal – I've only gone and written it backwards. Since I'm not re-drawing the page over it, I guess this week is going to be a lesson in letting go of perfectionism (and a reminder that editors are awesome […]

raindrop detail

Raindrops on the car window this morning, each reflecting a tiny but clearly detailed mirror image of the tree they're obscuring. The devil, as they say, is in the details.

"I broke it. 'cos that's why."

She's more sticky tape now than book… Squawk can get a little rough with her reading habits and because I love books I just can't bring myself to throw it out if it's still salvageable. This little frankenbook might be on its last life now, though. #toddlerlife A post shared by Deborah Kalin (@debkalin) on […]

the budding writer

Yesterday Squawk decided recognising letters wasn't enough of a challenge and progressed to writing them. I think I have never seen such an awesome B. #toddlerlife #handlettering A photo posted by Deborah Kalin (@deborahkalin) on Nov 7, 2015 at 5:59pm PST


Squawk wearing her "cat mark" (mask) and cape. Her superhero name, she says, is "Meowface!" #toddlerlife A post shared by Deborah Kalin (@debkalin) on Dec 14, 2015 at 10:52pm PST

cats and notebooks

Mum's cat has decided to help me with my note-taking. Because of course. #burmesecatsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #bulletjournal #bujocats A post shared by Deborah Kalin (@debkalin) on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:29pm PST