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 

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 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 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 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mish Mash

Here I sit, in my sunbeam and I am trying to will myself to get out of this chair and get on with my chores. But I don't wanna. I got spoiled last week. So today I may go on strike for a couple of hours. Maybe today warrants two cups of coffee. :)

Kitchen redo is still motoring about and doing great! Hubby finished the panels on the East side of the kitchen and found me the perfect drawer pulls. Now the painting will halt for while and I will put back my kitchen. Finishing the bottom part come summer when I have more time. I get busy at this time of the year outside and with celebrations, so it will have to wait. But the upper half is finished and the appliances are getting a good scrubbing.

I got this wonderful photo of my oldest the other day. She is on one of her marketing trips for her company Sun Dog Marketing and Art and was in New York City. Seemed so fitting to see her standing next to the Fearless Girl statue. That is her in a nutshell.

I mentioned in my last post that I received a new bead for my bracelet and you wanted to see what it looked like, so here is a pic. Actually I received two! He gave me the red heart one first but then he had bought me a clear one too in case I didn't think the red one would go with my bracelet. Go with my bracelet?! Of course it will. So I will have to adjust all the charms. His suggestion was to put the white one on the left end, opposite the red one, cause he loves me from morning till night. Ahhh, he's a keeper!

Spring is taking her sweet ole time getting here, but I am noticing that my Red Maple in the back has lots of fuzzy red blossoms and my Burning Bushes are getting very greenish. But it is still snowing in the mountains above town. Sigh. I'll just have to be patient. Always, Kit

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Oh It was Grand!

My Spring Break is coming to a close and I have to admit, I am a bit sad. I like having my own time to do what I want and when I want to do it. Also, having a lot of time with my hubby has been lovely. We had lots of chats and ran some errands and we had fun celebrating our anniversary. We went to a lovely steakhouse which has a gorgeous view of the Bitterroot Mountains. I had the steak and lobster and a very yummy sweet potato, it even came with it's very own brown sugar and butter. Nice touch.

Hubby surprised me with a new heart shaped bead for my bracelet and later at home I gave him a mug that said, "You're my lobster!". If you are a Friends show fan, you will know what that refers too. :) And I filled it with a new set of Super Mario Pez for his collection. We had cake and wedding punch later that evening and I even scored a lovely vase of daffodils. So wonderful!

I am slowly making progress in the kitchen. All the top cabinets on the west side have been painted (took 3 coats!) and Hubby and I went looking for the overlay I wanted and I found just the right thing. Believe it or not, it is fluorescent light ceiling panels!

 My vision was for a textured clear finish that would make the doors a bit modern looking. We have only one section done and I am liking the look. It adds just a bit of sheen to the door but is rather subtle. I also found the old chrome knobs that came with the house and they look great all polished up and in place. I will take more pictures as I get more of the kitchen done.

Otherwise, I spent my time reading (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Call of the Wild) and watched some movies (The Little Foxes, The Quiet Man, Florence Foster Jenkins, Arrival and Manchester by the Sea) gave some rooms a good scrubbing, and took my sweet old time getting up in the morning. That felt great! Always, Kit

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's Here!

David Parise
My Spring Break! Oh my have I been looking forward to this. Thursday at work, I had a chant going at breakfast with the students, we were yelling, "One more day!" It seemed this year we all needed some time off. I am never one to wish my days away, but I was hoping the week would rush by and we would be to Saturday. And here we are! It finally came. :) Isn't this photo a hoot? Tho I am not going to be spending my time pool side, I intend to make it all mine, minus the cigarettes.

I started mine off in the best possible way. Sleeping in till 9:30. Oh what a glory to not hear that alarm going off.  We were all comparing at work as to what we were all going to do on break. I think mine was the most bizarre, I swore to stay in my jammies, not shower, lay around all day and maybe not even brush my teeth. I didn't want to follow any rules anymore! Well, maybe I will brush my  But you get my drift, I want to be free of convention, free of cooking, free of teenagers! At least for a week.

The kitchen is going along pretty well. I finished the green wall and I like it. Hubby finished sanding all the cupboards and I will start them probably Monday. He brought home a handle for the drawers and it wasn't quite right so I am on the hunt. I am hoping to use next week to finish the top sections. I will leave the drawers for the summer. Those will be more labor intensive.

Wednesday is a special day for me and my Hubby. We will celebrate our 39th year of marriage. We were discussing it today and are so astonished it has been that long. Sure doesn't feel it. Life has been an incredible adventure since we met and it continues to be. I can't imagine why I was so lucky.  We will drive out in the country and have a Steak dinner and then home to cake and champagne and some great memories.

Well, it has been a grand day. This was my favorite part. My old Sam Man who is not a cuddler, discovered me on the couch watching The Quiet Man (such a favorite of mine) and crawled right up. Oh so comfy with him purring and letting me pet him. The corn beef and cabbage is cooking and we will watch a movie later. A perfect way to start my vacation and guess what? I am still in my  Always, Kit