Friday, June 16, 2017

First Week Off

Ahhh, what can I tell you. It has been so delightful. Here I sit on a Friday, sipping my second cup of coffee at 10:51 no less. No hurry. I am at my leisure. And I like it. I have kept myself busy and mainly employed with getting my flowers potted up for the backyard and patio. I try and pick a day when it is cool but sunny and when I have the place all to myself. I pop in my favorite "potting up flowers CD" (a great bunch of tunes from the The Explorers Club) and as the music fills my backyard, I start creating.

I try and keep my pots all cohesive and matching.  I like symmetry. All my containers are terracotta color and I find that keeps from detracting from the flowers. I found all the pinks and yellows that I wanted, tho I had to dig through some very large marigolds to find my short ones and it was worth the wet and muddy belly...lol I like how they came out. I will take more pics when they have filled out more and are in their places around the yard.

On the kitchen redo. I am pretty much finished and so pleased to see my vision come out how I imagined. You know, sometimes these things do not work out the way we want them too...lol We did have a slight problem with the door overlays. The plastic was heavy enough to bow out from gravity so hubby came to the rescue and we just had to add more support plugs to the fronts.Ta da! I like the cleaner look and I still have my beloved Rooster and Roses taking center stage.

After and Before!

Well, that is it for now. I am off for a walking date with my oldest and later it is back outside to do some weeding. I need to take advantage of this rainy cool day. Later. Always, Kit

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Summer Vacation!

It is finally here! And it was starting to feel like it was taking it's sweet time. I was getting so tired of waking to the alarm clock. So this morn, I woke late, minus the beeping and took my time. Ate a big bowl of cream of wheat with blueberries and leisurely sipped my cup of coffee. That's what I'm talking about. :) Hubby and I went out yard saling, and though the pickins' were slim, I did manage to snag a needlework and a Willow Tree figure from an estate sale. The girl told me her grandmother had done the piece and I told her it would have a good home.

It is a rainy one here today, so I will work in the house. Just doing a few chores and some organizing. It was a hectic week with closing down my kitchen and my head is still a bit frazzled. We finished the last day with a going away party for our counselor. She has been there at my school for 16 years and that is just part of her career. I will miss her, she is a kindred spirit.

The other day, my youngest and I picked up the summer flowers. Always a favorite trip for me. We make our lists and just hope that they have exactly what we want. And they did! This year's plan for me is lots of pink geraniums, yellow marigolds, pink begonias and pink impatiens and sweet potato vine and coleus. I find those colors go well with all the red in my yard (fence and house). I pick a cloudy day when I have the place all to myself, and start potting up. That should be this Monday. Below are some of the bowling balls that I decorate my yard with. :)

One of my favorite past times is watching my Hellgate Ospreys. They are a family of birds who come back every spring and via a cam, I am able to follow their journey from laying eggs, hatching and fledging. Iris and Louis are great parents and we just had the final egg hatch this morn. Here is a link if you are interested to drop in. http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/27/Hellgate_Ospreys/
Well, it look like it is clearing, so I will try and dash outside for a bit. Always, Kit

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Goings On

Whew! May has been a busy month. It seemed like each week brought something new to do or plan. Right after my oldest's birthday, she had long awaited and much wanted surgery on her back. She had a problem with a joint in her hip and it needed to be fused. She came thru it wonderfully and is healing nicely. She has about a 6 week recoup time, and we are all spoiling her completely. I head to her house a couple times a week and we do the required walking. Good for both of us and we can catch up on some great chatting. :)

I celebrated my 62nd birthday with a Pusheen theme. Do you know Pusheen? I just love the little stickers that I can add to my Messenger messages to my girls. Both my youngest and I have a Pusheen look-alike cat, so that is probably why I am a big fan. We had a blast, of course! And the gourmet cupcakes (made by Renee's Cupcake Obsession) were awesome!

My Grand Kitty Bear! My very own Pusheen!

Me and my party planner.

Off to the tattoo parlor I went......... to advise and give moral support to my youngest. She was getting a new tattoo to honor her sister. They both have this thing where they see letters and numbers as colors (it is called Synesthesia, google it). So she had my oldest's name tattooed on her arm in a color block. It came out pretty cool and her sister was so touched. It was a nice birthday present.

I was one lucky camper when I got 5 days off to celebrate Memorial Day. I didn't camp, though for once the weather in Montana would have been great for it but I did spend a lot of time outside working in my gardens. Headed to the St. Regis Flea Market and found a couple of treasures. A new metal toy truck and a vintage Christmas tree stand (I use them to hold up my garden bowling ball collection....LOL) Lawn Marbles! Watched the Indy 500, a favorite race of mine. I love everything about it and was thrilled for Takuma Sato! Finally he got the big Indy win. 

So there you have it. Now I am entering my last week of school and the closing down of the kitchen. We had graduation at Willard last Thursday and it is always so bittersweet to see them all go. I miss them so much, but am excited for their futures. Well, my yard will never get trimmed if I keep typing. Bye. Always, Kit

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Birthday Party!

In our family we believe birthdays should be celebrated, honored and reveled in. None of this, well birthdays are only for children, I don't need a cake, I don't need a fuss. Well, I think everyone should have a fuss on their own special day. We get one day that is all our own, and it should not be ignored. My oldest turned 35 on the 11th and this time the party planner was her sister. She came up with the perfect theme (yes, we do themes). It was to be a Hamilton Birthday!

The Broadway hit has taken our family by storm (what an incredible show it is!) and both my daughters know the soundtrack backwards and forwards. Well, she did a great job incorporating all the aspects of the show in my dining room. We had $10 bills hanging from the ceiling, little tin soldiers,  a Betsy Ross flag and Samuel Adams beer. When my oldest daughter arrived, we all sang the song Here Comes the General (with special lyrics written for her). And my youngest was dressed as Alexander Hamilton!!

We had a duel in the street (yes, those are Nerf guns), there was a trivia game regarding the show and we enjoyed the most luscious specialty cake made with beer and Irish cream! It was incredible! 

It was a fun time, enjoyed by all. And no one got killed, just had a lot of laughs!

We sang, and made wishes and we didn't want the night to end. It is always such a treat to all be together.

Happy Birthday to my girl! You deserve the best! Always, Kit

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bloomsday 2017

Every year for 29 years, we load up the car and head to Spokane, Washington on the first weekend in May. It is the largest footrace we attend (usually 40 to 50 thousand runners are signed up) and it is a 12K. Both my hubby and youngest girl run in it and we go over a day early to enjoy the city and spend time together. I found us a new and lovely hotel this year called the Davenport Grand and it certainly was! So beautiful and modern. And more importantly, very comfortable and this year we got the girls their own room. I had to concede that 2 girls in their 30's would probably like a little more privacy, but it made me smile that they spent more time in our room than theirs...lol 

We spent Saturday picking up packets, doing some shopping at our favorite shops and eating dinner at an Irish pub while watching the Kentucky Derby. We wandered Riverfront Park and then settled in our room to watch a little TV and play a game and just chat. 

Sunday morning had us up early and our two runners headed to the start all dressed in their finest while my oldest and myself could take our time, pick up coffee and breakfast and stroll thru the park to the finish line.  We sit on a stoop by the road and watch for my hubby to go by, as the songs from Chariots of Fire and Rocky play on a loop. And finish he did, in 57:02. Not bad for an old man. :) We then wait for my youngest to come and find us in the park (near the giant red wagon) when she finishes. The park fills up with runners and their families and the mood is always happy and festive. I sat on a concrete "kids block" with my face toward the sun and thought, it doesn't get any better than this. 

Soon it was time to leave, and we headed to lunch at the Olive Garden and motored home. Such a beautiful drive, and such a wonderful weekend together. :) Always, Kit

Thursday, May 4, 2017

What I have discovered...

About myself and the world when I am sick. I can easily sleep 16 hours and still take a big nap in the middle of the day. Washing my hair is definitely not a priority. My Hubby actually can learn how to cook some simple dishes. And for some reason, soft boiled eggs are my go to food. Really? I am drawn to all the passages in old novels where the heroines are at deaths door (Marianne, Jane Eyre, Harriet Smith) and they toss and turn and people keep taking their pulses and shaking their heads. And the only thing I want to watch are documentaries on the Bronte sisters (who died young and of tuberculosis) What the hell is wrong with me?...LOL Anyway, that is all over with, and I am now back to watching golf and NOT eating eggs of any sort.

Well, Sunday the 30th, we celebrated Easter. Only a few weeks late. Our oldest girl returned home after 2 and 1/2 months on the road. Baskets were exchanged and candy and special deli sandwiches were eaten. So wonderful to just watch her lovely face as she told us her many stories. This one especially. She found this cat wandering around a truck stop in Austin, Texas. She connected with a No-Kill shelter and the cat is now safe and sound and hopefully it will be adopted. :) That does my heart good.

Today the thermometer reached the high of 80 degrees! Our first real day of Spring. It has been really rainy which I don't mind so much when I am languishing on the couch, but when it is time to work outside and enjoy the first few flowers, I want some sun and some heat. Off I go, I am finding it very hard to stay inside today. :) Always, Kit

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What I am loving right now

  • I think the one thing I love the most is that last week has finally ended...lol You see it was the week that held my annual physical and personally I hate it. I love my doctor, but I just hate being poked and prodded and messed with. And as I get older, they always find something that is failing, something that needs to be tweaked, an new shot that is available. And I just want to be left alone. But, I do know one can't bury one's head in the sand and so I go. It makes for a very cranky Kit for sure though. :)

  • So on to the weekend, and the sun is shining, and I am in my favorite place and can putter about it to my hearts content. Love it! On TV to help me decorate for Easter, is the Masters! I am not a golf nut and don't play but I love watching or especially listening to the Masters. The low voices, the soft clapping and the wind in the pines (they keep mentioning that...lol). Hubby and I have a good chuckle each time they tee off, and all the heads in the crowd swing left. It is my replacement for football and it makes me happy.

I just realized I had two different socks on!

  • Watching Survivor. It is our favorite reality show and we have watched since it began. It is our go to show on Friday nights with take out chicken. Coming up soon is another favorite show, Better Call Saul. We can't wait for season 3 to start. So well written and acted.

  • Been reading a bit, North and South (set in England) and finished Pollyanna! So much better in book form than the Disney movie. Caught the movie The Girl on the Train, which to me was too predictable and one note. A bit boring. And last night we watched Captain Fantastic. It was a different kind of movie and I am not sure if I agreed with the main character or not. Always fun to watch a movie that is not a type we usually go for. 
Well, I am off to do some chores before the final round of golf starts in an hour. I am cheering for Sergio! Kitchen went very well, but still putting the room back together. I should have some pics by next weekend. Always, Kit