Monday, October 20, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hello from Montana! I have been invited to join in the blog hopping fun by my friend on the East Coast, Lizzy at Gone to the Beach. You must visit her blog. Such quilts! The sea! And she has a great eye for creating beautiful things. :)  Let's get hopping.  First off I live here: 

I am originally from New Jersey but relocated (and happily) to this marvelous place in 1974. My sense of creating is a bit different. You will find it is not items, but more so events. Memories.  So let's get to the question and answer part of this fun hop.

What am I working on?   Just this past week, I was planning my hubby's 65th birthday party. In our family, we have this thing called "extravaganzas"! They are not only for birthdays, but in the past marked the first days of school, graduations, new jobs, etc. We believe in our family that since everyday life can get a bit tedious and same o, same o, we need to shake it up a bit on holidays and special occasions.

Hubby's Autumnal Theme for 2014

How does my work differ than others?    Well, I try and find a theme that is special and marks an event in the past year, or is a favorite character of the person being celebrated. And I try not to spend a lot of money. Making items as I go along, finding items way in advance on clearance. I think it is sad when I hear that other families have birthdays and choose to ignore them, they do not even have a cake. And nary a balloon.  I believe all of us should have a day exclusively for ourselves. To be heralded and applauded. :) 

The year my oldest became an EMT and volunteer fire fighter.

Youngest's profession as a Pollen Specialist

The year my hubby's present was a ride on a B-52 bomber.

How does my creative process work?  This is such fun for me! I have a task list I print up and once I have settled on a theme (Mickey Mouse, snow boarding, firemen, air planes) where ever I go I start looking. Special plates and napkins, scatter for the table, color coded beverages, unique items for the gift containers, and I design the cake. I usually have our local bakery make the cake and I add either items or picture collages to the top. And of course the wrapping paper has to match. :) Now for all of you thinking, that is a lot of work. Not really, if you space it out and it is only for the 4 of us. Not for a huge crowd. I actually get quite a thrill when it all comes together. And the reaction I get from my girls when they see their theme is priceless! 

My youngest started to give me a theme each year too!

Why do write what I do?   I started my blog as a way to keep an online journal. (I saw the movie Julie and Julia and was intrigued!)  I have journaled the old school way since I was 16. Writing down my thoughts, marking my day to day life for 43 years. As my blog evolved I met some outstanding people from all over the world, who I now consider close friends. I couldn't believe anyone would actually want to read about my little life in Montana. Now we all check in with each other and I can't wait to see what they have been up to each day.

There you have it. I hope you have enjoyed visiting. And feel free to come back and see what I am up to next.   Always, Kit

Sunday, October 12, 2014


What constitutes a perfect Sunday for you? For me, it is being able to wake up without the alarm. To stay in my pajamas for as long as I want. To keep re-heating my one cup of coffee as I browse my web sites. Then my hubby shows up after his run bearing chestnuts and oak leaves and the scent of fall about him. He will leave at 11 to go to his friends house like he has for so many years and I will flick on the TV. Find one of the many football games being televised and crank up the sound. Chores go much faster and easier with the sound of the crowd cheering me on....LOL  I will pause occasionally to see what the teams are up too, take a look outside at the moody day, where the leaves just pop in color against all the gray. Tidy and arrange, recycle and clean. Then at 3:30, hubby will arrive home bearing coffee and pastries, with the scent of cars about him. :) We will settle in with our snack to watch the Denver game I have been taping and chat about our day. Later I will not even have to cook, since I made a big pot of stew yesterday. And as the day goes into night, I can easily feel, that I have it pretty good. Always, Kit

Monday, September 29, 2014

Homecoming Parade 2014

This is quite the event in our town. No matter the weather (one year the temps were below freezing!) we still all turned out to watch and cheer. As the parade snakes down Higgins and on to University, the mood is so high. The kids are excited for the candy and to see Monte our U of M mascot. The adults are snapping pics of their children on various floats and of course all the politicians are doing what politicians do. What do they do!?...LOL It was a bit cloudy this year but luckily no rain. I got the best surprise at the parade! I was sitting in my chair when I hear a voice say behind me, "Is there room for us to squeeze in?!" At first I was about to turn around and say in my nice voice, "I'm sorry, there isn't." (I have an issue with folks who show up right at parade time and expect the rest of us to ruin our view for them) But when I turned, it was my girls, my babies, who had flew in at Midnight from their Cambodia trip to surprise me. And they did. Lots of hugs and kisses happened and we spent the parade hearing all the stories. It was so good to see them and to have them at the parade with us. :) It was a fun time and later hubby and I would don our Griz finery and head to the game with 26,000 other avid fans. We beat Northern Colorado and the mood was festive and fun. A perfect day with a perfect start. :) Always, Kit

The girls in their maroon and silver, students from my school, a funny Am-Brew-Lance, the Willard Float and it won 1st place in the school category.

I am certainly bundled up!, The Hubby, my designer bracelet I had ordered and it is lovely, my fav band, the Alumni Band.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What a Grand Saturday!

It is one of those days when you wake up from a good nights sleep, and you think, "Wow, I have an incredible life." I am always amazed how much goes on on a weekly basis. Some planned, some not so much. I can get tired from work, could kill a cat or two, stub my toe, but all in all it is pretty good stuff. It is a gorgeous day, sunshine and cool. Lots of fall color and I didn't have anything really planned except watching the Griz play on TV. Afraid they are going to get whomped in Fargo, but that is okay, I still love them. Started the day going to my girls house. You see they are on another adventure. This time to Cambodia. Yep, gorgeous beaches, birds called Hornbills, and I am sure lots of cocktails....LOL They love to see the world and then I get to see my Grand-kitties. And tho alot of folks would hate this part, I get to spruce up their home. Call me crazy but I am like a wild woman with my cleaners and brushes and my eye for decorating and I go a bit bonkers. It is such fun! Like the old days when they were little and they let me help clean their rooms. There are some rules I keep, I do not touch their bedrooms and I keep to the main living spaces and I can't throw anything out. (that slip of paper with the stain on it, just may be something special...LOL) So today I was finishing up the kitchen. Everything shines, all science experiments are gone from the frig, and dishes are organized in the cupboards. I feel so accomplished. I even took some creative license and re-arranged the small appliances. What a rogue! This coming week I move on to the living room. Yay! Always, Kit

PS: Since no one wants to see pics of me scrubbing the frig. Here is the adventure!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chicks and Chaps 2014

This event never fails to be a fun time. Though every year is so different. Some years we win prizes, other years we have wild and crazy weather, but in all the years we make some wonderful new friends and we have such a great time together. I got the feeling that this year's event was being run by someone new, not as polished as before and I wonder if the event will continue to go on. That would be sad, since it is a lovely way to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to donate to a worthy cause. This year we got to meet and hear the stories of these courageous women and it brought a lot of tears to many eyes. Em and I love this event and watching so many women supporting each other is so heart warming. And being able to rub shoulders with some handsome cowboys isn't too bad either. :) I lift my glass and toast to next year and to the ladies who proudly wear pink! Always, Kit

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sir Paul

While on my trip to Cali, I got a text from my hubby. It said: Paul McCartney concert on Tuesday. We got free tickets. Yes, I want to go. See before I had left, I had heard he was coming to town but was sitting on the fence as to whether to go or not. But this solved the problem completely, FREE tickets (they were $250 each!) So we headed to the stadium on a very hot summer night and I totally lost myself in the music and the excitement and in Sir Paul. I was such a groupie! Dancing and singing and screaming his name. It felt good to be 12 again....LOL Always, Kit

The excitement builds!
His first set, loved the big screens.

Fantastic concert. The man never stopped for 3 1/2 hours!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Journey Home

So far you have heard all about the fun and adventure my daughter and I had while visiting California. As we packed our suitcases, turned in our rental, and headed to our Gate we had no idea that a new adventure was waiting for us that day.

We took off for Seattle at 12:30, sad to have to leave Cali, but I had a little surprise for my girl in Seattle and that would help with our mood. I always like to sit behind the wing and Em had the window seat, we had just flown over Lake Tahoe and we were eating snacks and feeling fine. I had noticed that the stewardesses kept looking out the left side of the plane and seemed concerned. It seems a passenger had noticed fluid leaking out of the left wing. Hmmm. The pilot came on the speaker and assured us that all was fine but that we were diverting to Portland. We were losing fuel from our left wing and it was unbalancing the wings. That didn't sound too good. Em and I were just getting back into our seats (potty break) when the pilot informed us that we all needed to buckle up and that we could not make it to Portland but were landing in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I must say, we all locked eyes with each other and everyone looked nervous. I have never dropped from the sky so fast as we did that day. We kept circling and dropping and we were all pressed up against the seat in front of us. Em and I held hands and I kissed her and we told each other nice things and decided that if this was it, we were glad to be together. The brother and sister in front of us grabbed hands, the family across the aisle were in a group hug. We came in so fast to the ground that when we landed I didn't think the brakes would hold. This is not an airport that usually has jumbo jets flying in. When we came to a stop, there was a huge collective sigh and we all started clapping.  Captain Mike came on the PA and told us that he had had to shut down the left engine completely but that he had done most of his flying in the Navy like this so it was easy peasey. He didn't give himself enough credit. He did an incredible job of flying. We disembarked, to this tiny little airport which is home to the Air National Guard, and when I went outside, I said, "Look at all the fire engines!" and a man next to me said, "Didn't you see them racing down the runway after us?" I am glad I didn't, easy peasey indeed.
Huge credit to the flight staff and the lead stewardess, Toni. They kept us informed, fed, and comfortable. Another plane could not be flown in until 6pm, so we had about 5 hours to wait. Air Alaska handled all our connections via cell phone. Klamath Falls donated reading material and pizzas were ordered. We made 170 new friends. At one point, Em who is a trained EMT had to assist a woman who was feeling faint until a fireman could be located and I was so proud of her. Everyone pitched in and it was wonderful. 

We flew out of Klamath at 7pm, with everyone cheering. 9 people decided not to risk fate and drove home. It did occur to me at one time. But I love to fly and I couldn't be frightened of it. As we headed over Washington state, I gave Em a card with her surprise in it. I had originally planned when we got to the Seattle airport, to take her for a nice dinner and to visit the Pan Am kiosk and get her the hand bag she had wanted for a long time. We didn't have time for dinner, we had to catch the last flight to Montana, but we did get the purse before we hurriedly boarded our flight. Another couple from our "doomed" flight sat across from us, and when the steward heard the story he happily re-filled our wine glasses all the way home. Nice touch. We flew into Missoula without incident, a little tipsy and very happy to be home. Not the perfect way to end a trip, but we made it home un-hurt and learned a lot about ourselves. We didn't panic, we comforted each other and tried to make others around us more comfortable. And for the most part, so did everyone else on Flight 513. 170 people and one dog, made it home safely. That is all that matters. Always, Kit