Saturday, February 18, 2017

Valentine's and Dancing!

What a nice week. Tiring, (why do holidays do that to me?) but awfully nice. I got a visit from my hubby and youngest daughter at work on Valentines Day. One bearing beautiful flowers (with my fav flower - daisies) and the other had a candy heart and sweet little toy for me. Plus I got lots of kisses and hugs. The best part.

Later we invited our oldest over for dinner, which earned me even more hugs and kisses. She will be leaving on another business trip for 2 months, so they were all the sweeter!

Tonight I have a very special event to go to. It is called Dancing with the Missoula Stars. And my youngest is one of the stars! It is a fundraiser for the Downtown Dance Collective. She was chosen because not only is she a scientist at the University of Montana, but she is the pollen counter for the state of Montana. 

She is paired with a nice gent, who is an instructor at the studio and their dance tonight will be Swing! She has always loved to dance and has taken lessons through the years. Last year she started taking Tap. 

She is so excited and me too! I can't wait to see her come out on that stage with that incredible smile. And I just know she will do great! 

So off I go, I have to get my outfit ready. I have to look extra special for tonight. Because, I am a Dancing with the Missoula Stars contestant's Mom! :) Always, Kit

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Snow and Rain

I've seen Snow and I've seen Rain. The James Taylor song comes to mind with a few changes. We are still sitting on a foot of snow but now the added rain has added another element, I have a mini lake where my sidewalk used to be. It takes some creative ways to get to my car for sure....lol But with a few more warmish days, it should slowly start to wind itself to the sewer drain. Let's hope so!

Natural Garland!
 Today, I don't feel like doing too much. I enjoyed sleeping in. I enjoyed my bowl of Cream of Wheat with blueberries. And now I am enjoying playing around on the computer. No hurry. No fuss. I think I will pull out my February decor and do up the living room, or not. I have been loving the calmness of the blues and browns. But I do owe the reds and black, their chance to shine. :) 

All in all, life has just been quiet and lovely. I have time to read, been watching some great movies. The Jungle Book (the new one), The Karate Kid, The Goodbye Girl (incredible!), Notting Hill, and I have one in my queue, Boy's Town. I have never watched it and it is about time, it is a classic. Happy Valentine's Day! Always, Kit

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Home again, Home again, Jiggity Jog!

Here I am, home again and rested up. Oh, what a wonder California is to a winter locked Montanan. You step off the plane and instantly you shed your coat and start to smile. Even tho we had some issues with flights (lots of delays and we had fog in Missoula so we couldn't fly out for 4 hours!) and didn't get to our hotel till 10:00 (instead of 3) we were happy. Our room was lovely, with a view of the parks. We ran into some sprinkles on only the first day, but we never seemed to get caught in them. We were always inside sipping coffee or riding a ride. And we discovered something, when the day is gray, a lot of folks do not show up. The streets were wide open and the wait times were low. It was lovely! We played and frolicked and walked and walked and walked....lol And we soaked in that lovely sunshine. It was lovely being together each day, joined at the hip, enjoying that thing that is called Disneyland Geekdom. 

Our first character sighting was good ole Mickey Mouse! And later we ran into Miss Mary Poppins herself. I must say I was very excited for the Kale and Grapefruits hanging in the trees. 

Tomorrow Land is now Star Wars Land, but I don't mind a bit. I love Star Wars! I get a kick out of the Stormtroopers who accost everyone, and folks use the line - "These are not the droids you are looking for." in response....lol Hubby met Boba Fett one of his favs (he has a full costume he made by scratch at home) And I was happy to find my new drink container, Chewbacca for my collection. 

The parks are just so pretty! Lots of flowers and birds. Real and topiary. I loved sitting on a bench in front of the castle and eating my Dole Whip and just - being. 

The Shows! We were able to take in Frozen the Musical, Mickey's Magical Map, Beauty and Beast and Tangled (the latter two which are done in skit form) which were incredible. And when I get a little weary, I just head over to the Animation Academy. As you sit on a cushy couch, music fills the room from favorite Disney movies and clips from the films fill the multiple screens that surround the room. You are in a cocoon of Disney and it is just beautiful.

I found not only a delicious cupcake (with real raspberries hidden inside) but a new Mickey Mouse hat. If you look to the very right of it, you can see my homage to the movie, "UP" with my Ellie pin button in Fanta orange. :) 

I make the hubby try on hats and he does the same to me...lol  Do you prefer the flyboy or the yeti? There you see my latest popcorn container. I collect these and display them at work, this one I cheerfully carried around the park, beaming like a fool....lol

Nighttime in the parks is amazing. We were able to watch The World of Color and take in the Electrical Light Parade that is back!  From the first strands of that familiar music (Baroque Hoedown) we were bobbing up and down. The last time we had seen this parade was when we had brought our girls to the park in 1996. 

The day came when we had to leave and it was hard, but I have to admit my feet were sore and I really didn't want to walk anymore...lol We bid Walt a good-bye and swore we would be back next year, God willing. :) Always, Kit
I am linking up with Mosaic Monday at Normandy Life! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Time for a Little Get-Away

It's that time of the year again when the Hubby and I like to leave all the snow and cold behind and revisit what it feels like in the spring. It gives us hope that it will get warm again and we will be able to walk outside without slipping and we won't have to dig a path to the cars :) We latched on to an incredible way to not only do this but to celebrate being together 39 years. Disneyland! Yep, we are totally Disney geeks and we proudly say so...lol We love the music, the movies and the Land.
No other place brings out the joy and childlike fun as this one.  I feel such an abandon and freedom to just have fun. We wander through each "land" with such smiles and the overwhelming feeling of good will toward man.  You see, even with the crowds, we find people at their best in Disneyland. I get the sense that everyone who is there is so glad to be there, that everyone is nice. And helpful.

So we will fly out tomorrow (baring any weather problems) and land in the world of flowers, palm trees and Dole Whips. I hope to see the new Frozen show, find me a new popcorn bucket and sneak a peek into the Star Wars Land construction. 

Visit some ghosts and pirates and snack on a Goofy Dog and sip an Orange Fanta in Toon Town.

And park hop over to California Adventure for some roller coaster riding, World of Color and the Celebration of the Lunar New Year. And if I get tired, they have the best Starbucks there with the best kick ass giant cookie I have ever had. 

For a little while, I will be part of her world and count myself so lucky that I found a husband who shares my love of fun and looks forward to riding Buzzlightyears Astro Blasters and getting the higher score this time! Off I go, there is a ton to do, and I need to find my Mickey Mouse bracelet! Always, Kit

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Just a Saturday

And I like that. Nothing to have to do. Nowhere to go. Nothing pressing me. Just doing a few things on my list, or not. I love that freedom. Hubby headed out to his friends house to work on a project and I have the house to myself. Quiet, just the hum of the furnace (very cold here today -5). Nice. 

Marjolein Bastin
I got my shams finally from Bon Ton and when my old cat finally wakes up (we all know, you do not wake up sleeping babies or cranky old cats...lol) I will change out the linens on the master bed. I quite fell in love with this pattern and can't wait to see how it looks. I thought it was very apropos for a Montana bed room. Moose! But not all manly/hunting scenes, it is in cute quilty looking patterns. This is the pic from the package. Isn't it great? 

Well, I need to get back out into the kitchen, or not....lol I have decided after many many years to change it's look. Right now it is too cluttery country for my tastes. So I am stripping it bare and then will stand back and take a good look at it. And see what direction I want to go in. No hurry. Or maybe I will just have another cup of coffee. :) Always, Kit

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Yikes! It's cold out there!

I am happily holed up in my toasty house with fireplace and furnace going full tilt. But last week that was not the story. With the holidays over, I had to return to work and it was not a treat to step out into -10 degrees with a -17 wind chill. I really envied my hubby on those days. And I really really wanted a snow day! But no luck, because you know why? We are Montanans, that is why. We are made of harder stuff, we have back bone, we have Jeeps, and parkas and all that winter stuff, yeah, yeah, yeah, but still, I wanted a snow day. :( I had to laugh, I am known for always wearing shorts all year through at work. If Kit is wearing shorts it can't be too bad the kids say. Well, last week, I wore pants. I think that is why attendance was down, they took one look at me, and knew it was bad out there....lol

So today I will make a big pot of Bean Soup and some Pumpkin Pie. And watch the playoffs. I have to absorb all the football I can before it is all over for the year. I also have to organize and put away all my Christmas decor. I take it all down to the rec room and then spend a day culling out pieces and boxing up the keepers. Upstairs the house is dressed in all it's browns, and blues, so calm and peaceful. But downstairs it looks like a department store in the throes of Christmas clearance!

Oh, guess what? I got myself another Blow Mold Santa! And I didn't need to spend a dime. Hubby and I were headed out to run some errands the day before New Year's Eve. He was just listening to a message on his phone, when he pointed to a Santa standing next to a garbage can. I made a quick turn and he ran out to fetch it amongst tons of mid day traffic, climbing over snow berms and dodging cars. I swung about and stopped traffic as I picked him up and headed down the street. His phone rang and his friend said, "I just saw two crazy people running about with a Santa and causing grid lock on Russell Street!" Turns out the phone call was from the same person who messaged hubby in the first place to tell him about the Santa. So we scored a good condition Santa for next's year display.  Talk about being thrilled! And Santa has a new home.

Well, off I go. Time to get crackin'. Hubby just said it is now 1 degree! Yippee! Always, Kit

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A New Year is Almost Here

It has been a quiet and lovely day. Lots of sun, but pretty cold out. And I hear, tonight will bring more snow and arctic winds from the North. We will stay in tonight, I will make up for me and my love, a special treat of finger foods, some peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream and later our champagne with Chambard (raspberry liqueur). We have a movie to watch (which helps get me to midnight....lol) and then when the clock strikes 12, over town we will be able to see fireworks and here all sorts of noise coming from our neighbors and of course we will share a kiss. I leave you with my favorite rendition of Auld Lang Syne, it truly makes me cry. Click on the link and enjoy. Happy New Years to you all. May it be kind to you. Always, Kit

 See you next year! :)