Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Back Home Again

Been home for a bit, but I've been busy getting the house and gardens back up to snuff. My girls do a wonderful job watching the place and the cats, but once I come home, I love to get outside and start tweaking everything. It felt soooo good!

I will post soon about our Oregon trip but I have to organize my photos. In the meantime, we took a drive in the Cobra last Thursday. I call them "tiddles". I have no idea why, but I do...LOL Now that my hubby is retired we can go any day of the week, so we packed up the snacks and drinks and headed to Bigfork, MT.

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It was a perfect day. So much sun and lots of puffy clouds, but not one of the menacing "I am going to rain on your convertible" type. We happily drove along, enjoying the mountains and forests and it smelled incredible. Now if they could put that scent in a candle, I would probably buy one.

Now, Bigfork is on the East side of Flathead Lake. An incredibly beautiful lake. As we wind around heading north, you have the water on the left and forests on the right and cherry orchards on both sides. It is the dream of most to own a lake house, but from the look of all the For Sale signs, I get the impression once Winter hits, they discover it wasn't such a great idea. If I were to win the lottery, this is the house I would buy and live year round. Complete with my very own cherry orchard!

The town is quaint and filled with lots of little stores and restaurants. There were lots of tourists milling about but we were lucky and got an outdoor table for lunch, at the Pocketstone Cafe.

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 We visited the galleries and shops but I always seem to be more enthralled with the flowers.

Amazing color and growth!

This is the Bigfork Inn, back in the old days they used to put shows on inside. I saw JK Simmons perform in Brigadoon. He was wonderful, of course!

Driving home you encounter lots of cherry stands where the orchards sell their cherries and for cheap! I got 2 pounds of cherries for only $3.00. They even supply you with a plastic bag so that you can eat them as you drive home. 

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Going home was a bit warm, but so pretty, I quite forgot that I hadn't reapplied my sunscreen! I had one sore left ear the next day....LOL But so worth it. Happy Travels! Always, Kit

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Yep, it is that time again

This girl needs to get her ocean fix. The mermaid in me wants to be where I can see for miles, smell the salty air and hear the gulls. I long for the cool temps and gray sea, and can almost taste the chowder. Ahhh, Oregon time.

We are doing it a bit different this year and instead of driving, we are flying to Oregon. I figured out that between two hotels (and I love the pricey ones) and gas and meals, it came out to be about the same price as flying. And it will help keep the wear and tear on me and the hubby at bay as well as the car. So I have been packing like mad, and can still take with me most of the homey touches that I like for the condo. We will miss seeing this...

but can still jump into our antiquing and enjoy the stretch to the coast, thru the Van Duzer corridor. And be more rested from not driving for two days. I am told I can still shop to my hearts content, but to try and keep the items smaller than usual....LOL Or we will just have to find a UPS store. :)

And then, later that day, we will be enjoying what the coast has to offer. Incredible views, my leather chair with a warm fire and a glass of wine. It doesn't get any better than this, unless you want to play with.....

Legos! (I have a set my girls gave me for this year's trip and it is called the Beach Hut!)

So I bid you good-bye until July and I leave you with my most favorite beach to walk around on. I hope I find some beach glass and agates this year.  :) Always, Kit

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer Vacation!

I finished work on Thursday, June 9th. Packed up my kitchen, took my toys and magnets home and bid adieu till the end of August. It feels great! I love now having my own time to do what I want and when I want to. Like sleeping in. No more setting the alarm.  Ahhh, that is such a lovely pleasure. Friday, I slept till 9am and then my hubby took me to breakfast to celebrate.

I celebrated turning 61, at the end of May and my family threw me a Finding Dory party! I am a sucker for anything Disney and my youngest did a great job planning my party. Lots of wonderful and thoughtful gifts and this year I chose my main gift myself. I have wanted to convert my old VHS home movies to DVD for so many years, and have never wanted to send them out. I couldn't bear the thought of them being lost. So we bought me a VHS to DVD dubber! It works great, and I have spent many hours happily revisiting my little ones. Now my memories will be safely on DVD format to last for many years. And I can make copies for my girls. :)

So now, I am looking forward to working in my gardens. I bought my flowers for all my patio pots last week. Youngest and I had a fabulous time at the Pink Grizzly Nursery. So many plants and too many choices....LOL  I am going with pink Geraniums, yellow Marigolds and purple Lobelia. I will have other pots throughout the yard too, with Begonias, Cosmos, Moss Roses, and Impatiens and Zinnias! That will be my happy "chore" tomorrow morning. I put my tunes on (I have outdoor speakers) and start creating my pots. I think that means the start of vacation the most to me. Well, I am off to watch an Indy car race, and eat some chicken. And sit with my feet up and maybe even stay up late. Cause I am on vacation. :) Always, Kit

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May is a busy busy month!

I have been so over run with events and gardening and just life in general, that I haven't had much time to blog. But today, I got a day off from work and I am taking advantage of not having any plans today.  It is by far, my most favorite month of the year. The world just wakes up here in Montana with lots of lilacs, lily of the valley, and my first roses are blooming. It smells so good outside that I can hardly stay indoors. We are having a lovely rainy day today and everything looks so green.

Well, Steve and I went on our annual trip to Spokane, WA for Bloomsday! Usually it is our family outing and we just love it, but this year our girls were in other parts of the country. Our oldest was traveling in Washington D.C for her business, and the youngest was visiting Disneyland with her love for Dapper Day. Steve and I rewound the clock and we pretended that it was just us before we started to take the girls. Tho we missed our girls we had a wonderful time. We have vowed to all meet up next year for Bloomsday!

Riverfront Park, Shoe Expo and Packet Pick up, Aunties Bookstore, the Gondolas over the Falls.

Spokane River, Steve heading toward the finish, the stoop that I have sat on for years, Steve finishing the race!
Mother's Day we all got together and had a lovely meal at Mackenzie River Pizza Co. where they make a sandwich that is to die for. The Willow Creek. But the best part was having us all together again. We shared stories, viewed pictures from all our travels and did a lot of hugging. I received a stained glass window for my outdoor swing. A "bird" planter and a bunch of fuchsias for my urn out front. So lovely!

Steve and Jilly
Em and I

My oldest celebrated her 34th birthday with an indoor picnic. We ordered her favorite Mexican food and for dessert; cherry pie and vanilla ice cream. She was thrilled with her new dress form (she makes costumes for when she and her sis attend Comic Con in San Diego) and a Fitbit.

We've started yard saling for the year and already I have found some treasures. But I think the best part was being able to visit one of the prettiest gardens in town. It was fun to talk to the owners and get some ideas for my own yard. Plus I scored a lovely little candy dish which is in my fav color (green) and is now filled with Bridge Mix. Remember Bridge Mix? Always makes me feel a little like the 60's to have some in a bowl.

Off I go, time to watch a new favorite show. Better Call Saul. Try it, if you liked Breaking Bad, you should love it! Always, Kit

Monday, April 25, 2016

Hubby Retired!

Well, after 40 years in retail, my love and I decided, that that was quite enough. He has provided wonderfully for his wife and children and now it is time for him to be able to sleep in, work on his many projects (clocks, ray guns, new garden structures) and if he feels like doing a few household chores, I won't mind one bit...LOL By the way, I will still be working for another 5 years or so, I am a bit younger. Last week was a bit stressful and tiring but a lot of fun too. We got a wonderful send-off and a great start to our new phase of life. I am really excited! 

This is my handsome guy when he first started at KMart as the Toy Dept Manager. Any wonder I scooped him up as soon as possible? We finally left the corporation, and headed home to Montana in 1988 and he started his next career in hardware. 

He worked hard and steady and became the manager of the biggest store, of the 5 in our "fleet". Never missing a day of work, always working more hours than I liked. But he liked a clear desk at the end of the day. Integrity. 

He arrived at his retirement luncheon up in Nine Pipes (a gorgeous wet lands north of here) in style and with his right hand man riding shotgun. That is Meg, one of the wonderful owners of the stores.

Everyone was there, all the managers and assistant managers and staff of the other stores. It was a great crowd. A video was created and brought tears to everyone's eyes. 

Em and I joined Steve on his last day at his store and said our Good-byes to everyone. Lots of kisses and hugs, and "please don't go's". 

Then on Saturday night, Em and I took him to dinner for steaks and gifts. (my oldest is currently in New England on business) Though we did a little Facetime at dinner. It was fun and he loved everything. We even got a free Montana Mud Pie to celebrate with. Horrible pic, we had already dove in....LOL It was super yummy!


He received lots of cards and gifts and well wishes, and I think it finally dawned on him, what an impact he had made on a lot of people. He was a awesome boss and I know he will be missed.

We are off on our next adventure. A close friend gave this handmade wooden tray and mugs to Steve and told him, "Now you and Kit can sit down and have a cup of coffee together in the mornings." And that is just what we are going to do! Always, Kit

Sunday, April 17, 2016

It's Spring, it's Spring, it's S-P-R-I-N-G!

When my kids were little, they had a song they would sing: "Didn't wear a jacket to school today, it's Spring, it's Spring, it's S-P-R-I-N-G!" And my oldest would chastise me and say, "Mom you have to go up on the last word, you are doing it wrong!" Hey, who's the Mezzo Soprano here!? It is my go to song about Spring each year, can't get it out of my head. Like the one from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. :) It has been so lovely here, forgive me my friends in the Denver area, I know what you are going thru right now. I remember a blizzard just like yours in Denver in April 1987. Argh!

Spring, Spring Spring from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Spent Friday driving all over the back roads of Stevensville with my youngest, chatting, sipping coffee and admiring all the baby cows. The views were incredible. Yesterday, I got all my yard art out and did my first real clean-up of my yard. Nice to see all my plants coming back. And a few volunteers angling for space. The Forget Me Nots are all over the place and are blooming. My all time favorite lawn flower. 

Finished my new book by Susan Branch. It was lovely and like so many, I didn't want it to end. And when it did, I promptly burst into tears. I can't get over how many of us have so much in common with this lovely author in Martha's Vineyard. Making a lovely home, sharing the same love for certain writers, having cats, enjoying the seasons, etc. Though I have to admit, I do love to fly. :) I have all her books and will re-read, A Fine Romance now. And get out my Heart of the Home and cook up a few tasty dishes. 

Susan Branch

Off I go, chores are calling and I have a ham to bake. Always, Kit

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Last Day of Break

A gorgeous Saturday! At last check, it was 79°. I went outside and did some clean up in the front. My Fireweed, Peony, and Hostas. Now back in to watch more coverage of the Masters. I do not usually watch golf, but I love this one. I think mainly for all of the green and flowers, and the soft clapping...LOL So soothing. Rooting for Jordan Spieth.

It has been a great week. It was a mix of the much needed,"doing of the piddly stuff" and lots of relaxing and a road trip. Re-watched a few movies: On Golden Pond, The Missing, and Somethings Gotta Give, not a big fan of the last movie but I just adore that house in the Hamptons!

Just received my brand new Susan Branch book which I am saving to read this week. I can't wait! My home is all decked out in it's new decor for Spring, of green and turquoise. With birdhouses and my many clocks. :)

Got to hang out with my youngest. We decided on a last minute drive up to St. Ignatius. It is such a beautiful area, especially with the snow still on the mountains. Picked up some bulk candy and handkerchiefs at the wonderful Amish store, the Mission General Store. We didn't see any of the buggies but we did see the Amish on their bicycles. :)

So it is now my last day, and I am just relaxing. I need to run into work briefly, but otherwise, I will be home watching the end to the Masters and working in my yard. A perfect way to spend my time. Always, Kit    P.S. Bear didn't win the contest, she came in third but Thanks so much for voting!