Saturday, March 17, 2018

DisneyWorld 2018!

I am back and have been adjusting to life not walking everywhere. Not waiting in a line. Not enveloped in green and flowers and warmth. Oh, to say it was wonderful is such an understatement. My daughter and I had an incredible time. We had a short amount of time, but we packed it full of events. I love that by flying across the country that I can enter "summertime". It is like magic! I discovered Uber and love it! One of our drivers was so sweet and put on our favorite tunes and Em and I sang all the way back to the resort. He just smiled and laughed and it made these two tired tourists so happy. On to the trip!

We flew to Florida via Seattle, which meant we were up at 4:30 am but we still managed to have some smiles on our faces. Once we were on the plane and headed to Florida we always exchange gifts. Em gave me my favorite princess, Cinderella and a mystery present of Winnie the Pooh. So cute! And I had an Etsy artist make a silver bracelet for each of us to wear. They were lovely, with a heart, a castle and the world! The second day after my daughter's conference we visited Disney Springs for lunch at our favorite restaurant and did some shopping, I picked myself up an alligator. When you think of Florida, you think of alligators, right?  Then an Uber ride later we were at the Titanic Exhibit. Wow, it was wonderful and caused quite of few tears between the two of us. We were able to touch an actual piece of the hull. As you can see they also took a few goofy pics of us. We had to share this one. Em got to be Kate to my Leo!

Our first full day at DisneyWorld! Such a lovely place. Just look at that castle! I was in awe over all the flowers. Crowds weren't too bad either. It was a bit hot, 88 degrees but we took lots of breaks. We enjoyed our first encounter with pin trading and met a lot of great cast members and got quite a few new pins. It was so much fun! Then we got on the monorail and took a ride to...

Epcot! They were having the Annual Flower Show. I was so thrilled, and the topiaries and flowers were so lovely. Every "town" had their own special ones. We wandered and enjoyed each land. We even surprised ourselves and made it all the way around the loop. We were so tired! But we still had to hop a bus to...

Disney Worlds Hollywood Studios! My all time favorite show ever is Fantasmic. I had reserved us a Dessert Party with special seating. We got special lanyards, blinking cups full of tequila punch, a box of dessert pastries and snacks and the best seats in the house. It was fantastic! This show delivers and I of course burst into tears when the white boat came around the corner with all the characters on it. That's a given, and then Em bought me a souvenir a Fantasmic pin for my hat! We were on such a high from the show, or was it the Tequila....LOL we wandered over to the square just in time for the Star Wars, a Galactic Spectacular Fireworks show. Wow! A great finish to our first day. 

To start our second day, I took Em to the Kona Cafe on the Polynesian Resort. 10 years ago my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary here. And every day we ate at the Cafe and I had the Tonga Toast! Once I heard we were going, I had to make a reservation for breakfast and the TT was as good as I had remembered it. One Monorail and bus later we were at the ...

Animal Kingdom! Em wanted to ride the Safari Ride and our happy faces were because we were finally at the end of the We got to see lots of animals and it was great to sit down. Em said this was her favorite land. So green and wonderful! Back on the bus we were off to...

The Magic Kingdom and at the perfect time. Here came the parade, The Festival of Fantasy! And we had front row seats. So colorful and fun. And I finally saw an alligator, the Peter Pan 

We went hurrying thru the park, we had a Fast Pass to the Peter Pan ride! And only 10 minutes to get there. But we made it just fine and I got to ride my favorite ride. Teacups came next and then snacks and I enjoyed a Dole Whip while Em climbed the Swiss Family Treehouse. As evening came on....

We did some wandering and some smiling and some shopping. But at last we had to call our last Uber driver and head out. We said our goodbyes to Walt and thanked him for his dream and for a wonderful time. I will be smiling for a long time. Always, Kit
I am linking up with Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Reflections on the Olympics

I can't believe it is almost over! I think I may cry. When else do you get license to sit on the couch for hours at a time. Days at a time, and no one questions it? I would be at work and anticipate getting home, queuing up my where I had left off the night before, settling in with iced tea and lunch, and there you would find me till dinner time. Just soaking in all the events, all the stories, and all the excitement of a world I only know about and visit every 4 years. 

I have seen lots of highs and lows, and learned more about half pipe and snow cross than anyone every needs to  Warning: here is my take on what I have seen. And it ain't all pretty. First and foremost. Boo, to the Canadian Hockey player who showed to the world that winning is everything and that sportsmanship is not alive in her heart. What a bad message to say to the up and coming hockey youth. I hope Canada takes her to task. Yay, to the other Russian skater, the little one who wasn't part of the "war" between two Russian juggernauts. She may not have been as good, but she did a great job considering how left out she must have felt.

Yay, to the USA's Jessie Diggins, for giving it her all in the cross country match. What a wonderful competitor and person.

Boo, to NBC for putting Lindsey Vonn on TV too much. By the time she skied out of her last gate, most of the world couldn't have cared less if she won or not. It was almost like they were trying to create drama at every turn. I would have liked to have seen more TV time on some of the more obscure athletes, from all the countries. Yay, to the show Olympic Ice! What a delight to watch Scott and Tanith tell us all we needed to know about skating and I very much loved hearing from Tara L. and Johnny W. spin their ideas too. Very knowledgeable the 4 of them.

Big Boo, on something that irritated the hell out of me. I know it will seem silly but does every girl in the snowboard events have to wear her hair like Chloe Kim? It is like they saw her and thought, oooo, I like that and I will copy her too! No individuality and it just ticked me off. I started to think their helmets came with two strands of hair 

The Real Deal!
Copy Cats!
But finally, a huge Yay, for Pyeongchang for doing such an incredible job hosting. I never heard of any problems occurring and all the venues looked so lovely. I have had an incredible time watching and hoping and yelling and ringing my cow bell. I look forward to the closing ceremonies, but with tears I will say goodbye. But I do have a consolation prize though. "Kit the Olympics are over, what are you going to do?" (remember those commercials?) "I'm going to DisneyWorld!" True, with my daughter on Wednesday. See ya when I get back. :) Always, Kit
Thank you to the internet for my pics. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Olympics 2018

Truly, that is what my world is all about right now. Cleaning? Cooking? Well, they need to be scheduled around the  I just love them. We hung our lights and watched the opening ceremony and marveled at the fireworks, the drumming and the dancing. And I always feel such pride when our team enters the stadium and I hope they behave themselves. I loved their outfits including the much maligned leather gloves (must be the Montanan in me) and thought it so clever they included heated jackets. Now that is some smart thinking. What a spectacular evening it was.

I spent yesterday curled up on the couch and enjoyed watching Red Gerard win the USA's first gold medal of the game. He is only 17 and was so thrilled and I loved seeing his whole family just revel in his victory. Now I know nothing about Slopestyle Snowboarding, but that didn't matter, it was still an awesome event to watch. How do they learn that stuff? Way to go Red!

Took in a little Curling, and some ice skating. I love the Ice Dancing the most. I am from the Torvill and Dean era and love the quickness and style of it. I must say some of the other skating is just a bit ponderous for me. And what is with some of their music choices? Yawn. I did love one particular skater from Korea, in the woman's short program. A lovely young lady who skated to, Papa Can you Hear Me (from Yentl) and it was truly a beautiful performance. I was ready to hang the medal around her neck right then and there. 

So, for the next 2 weeks, I will be watching, and clapping and crying. And I hope you will be too. It only comes every 4 years. Give up your regular shows, because this truly is the best reality show ever! :) Always, Kit

Sunday, February 4, 2018

In the Blink of an Eye

Here we are in February. Wow. I loved my January, though things were a bit different this year. I would have liked more snow. We didn't go to Disneyland (too much construction in the happiest place on Earth) but I got a lot done around the house, and had lots of time to read and play. Nice. I am loving Instagram and am so surprised by how many people I know are on it. A lot of folks came out of the woodwork, so to I see where so many people give up their blogs for their IG accounts but that won't happen with me. My blog is my main journal of the events and happenings of my life. IG is just kind of fun to show "snippets" of my home. Though I have a hard time coming up with hashtags! Some folks have 10 of them and I can only think of 2 or  

Today is the big game. I am thrilled of course. The last hurrah of the football year. I will make my chili and I have all the fixins'. I even baked cupcakes yesterday. And they will be sprinkled with green sugar. Go Eagles! Go Philly! I so want them to win. I have nothing against the Patriots, I just want the love spread around. The City of Brotherly Love needs to experience the great feeling of a win. 

I will decorate a bit for Valentine's Day. I need to pull out my favorite "red" items. But this year, I am not feeling a whole overhaul of the living and dining room. Just a few prized treasures. Anywho, that is it for over here in rainy Montana. Where's my snow? Always, Kit

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Saturday. Cloudy and Cold. Snow coming? Nice to be off and not have anywhere to go. I am amazed how much time I have saved and how relaxed I am, by not running around to this store or the next, seeing what the latest fad is and seeing if I need the latest gadget! I used to love a wander through Target to see what the decorating scene was looking like. Now it seems silly and pointless. That wasn't me. I didn't need a store to tell me what my home should look like. I have my own style. But was there anyone else who "flew off the radar"?

Then I discovered the magic of the hashtag. I know I am late to the party, but I have just joined Instagram and am loving it. One day during Christmas I clicked on #vintageChristmas and was transported to a wonderful land of homes that looked so incredibly unique and special. Homes with personality, with creativity, with ownership and not like they just jumped out of the catalog for Crate and Barrel. Places where I could get a real sense of the person who lived there. Homes that decorated with globes, and lockers and toy trucks.  I loved it!

I have gotten some great ideas on how I can better use my collections and how to display my personal items. Now this kind of instruction I will take. My home is different and for years I thought I was quite the oddball. How many folks have a 2 foot beetle hanging on their wall or a Mahogany case full of Pez in the dining room? But now I have found my people! They are on Instagram. So now I have a wealth of info (and at no cost) at a finger stroke. I am looking forward to many hours of browsing and discovering many many hashtags. #oldtypewriters. Well hello there everyone, nice to meet you, my name is Kit.   Always, Kit

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Simple Life

Not too much happening over here in Montana, which is okay with me. Just little bits of life. I had a short schedule last week which gave me time to go out for breakfast with my love, out to lunch with my youngest and lots of time to finish piddly things about the house. Don't those things drive you crazy? My house is always neat as a pin, but now and then I come up with an idea to tweak what I have and it stays on my list, and stays on my list, get the idea. Well, I got a bunch of those things off my list and it feels good. So now I have a charging station in my nightstand drawer (I hate seeing cords all over the house with some gadget attached), I ordered my new Blog book, I now have 8! And since I really do not shop any more for leisure, I went to Shopko to return a present I had bought the beginning of December. I swear, they probably have wondered what had happened to me. Those were the old days. These days, I "shop" my house for a new look. No more buying something new just because I am bored, sad, or have money to spend. I am loving putting old things in new places. And my wallet is a lot fatter because of this. :)

I have finished my chores and am ready for the first playoff game. I am hoping the Philadelphia Eagles win their game today. Though I am a Denver Bronco fan, I grew up across the river in Jersey and they are my nostalgic pick. Plus, I just love their new (but injured) quarterback. I have my hot dogs, beans, chips and beer ready and it should be a fun night.  Always, Kit

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Just Relaxing

Looks like the sun is gonna shine today. That will be nice. We have had more snow and a bit of ice, but the temps are staying above freezing and that is helping with travel and the act of keeping on one's We still have a foot of snow in the yard, so I had Hubby feed the squirrels and refill the bird feeder today. The birds found it right away and already are arguing on who can sit and eat. Just like a clique in school. Tsk, tsk.

Not much planned today, but I will get my outdoor Christmas decor organized and tucked back under the stairs in the basement. They have all been visiting in the Rec Room together (with Halloween) and drying out.  There is something so satisfying about putting it all back in it's place for the year. Later I will make Bean and Ham soup. With hot rolls and Iced Tea it will be a splendid dinner while watching the Playoffs. Oh, how I am loving all the football.

I am always amazed when I read other blogs at how similar we are. One of my friends mentioned that she used to always get a Date Book from Hallmark each year. I have been using them for decades and I have kept every one! They have so many great notes in them. Some regarding folks long gone, some of milestones (Emily Walks!)  and just haircuts and how much I weighed. Oh how I wished I was still that  I went to get my new one and oh no, they were out. So I emailed Hallmark and they are sending me one in the mail. Whew, I don't know if I could go thru a year without my trusty Date Book.

Work has been going great and I finished decorating the lunch room as a Winter Wonderland. In Montana, you can't dream of spring just now, you have to embrace Winter or go So, many snowflakes are in evidence, as is snowmen.

I am out of coffee and feeling the need for a Cutie Orange. Time to get crackin', I have a game to watch at 2ish, and those Blow Mold Santa's are getting a bit feisty, I think I may have to separate them with the Trick or Treaters and the Halloween  :P Always, Kit