Saturday, February 28, 2015

Change it Up

I was reading a post from my friend Susan, and she was mentioning taking down her Valentine decor and putting up Easter and she always asks a question (which I love!) at the end of her blog. And as I answered, it got me to thinking about my decorating habits. Some might think I am crazy, but I hope others will think, that's cool. I change out my decor each month in my main living space.

 I love to collect and we all know when we are collectors, there's the problem of where do we put all the stuff. I can't possibly put it out all at the same time. So I started boxing it all up and storing it in my storage area in the basement. That was sad. :(  I would forget some items for years! So I hit on an idea. Each month my treasures would have their time to shine. Most of the time it is related to color or what ever holiday is featured that month. That makes it easy. Also making it easier is a large cupboard with doors where I store the items instead of a cardboard box.

The 4 major holidays have their own time (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter) but for the other 8 months, they go like this: January, after all the green and red of the holidays, I go for a peaceful blue and brown decor. February, lots of red and black. March, is of course green! April is the only time I allow pastels and tons of bunnies into my house...LOL With May and June, it gets easy and I stick to lots of green with floral accents. July is when I have returned from Oregon and my home goes nautical. Lots of blue and white. August and September share a little bit with tones of gold and green and garden themed items.That's it! I get to appreciate all my special items and it sure keeps me from getting bored with the look of my home. So guess what I am doing tomorrow? :) Always, Kit

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Valentine's Day

Ya gotta love a holiday that features flowers, candy, hearts and lots of love. Did I mention candy?!  Love shown in so many ways. My youngest decided that for 4 days I should come out from work, to my Jeep and find something different on my windshield. The first day I got one of those Valentine's with the sucker attached. With a cute picture of a dragon, which said, "You're one of a kind Valentine!" Don't you just love all those cute sayings they come up with?  Next, two foam hearts in pink and purple. Then a little box of conversation hearts (I think I ate them all before I made it home...LOL) Then on Friday she herself arrived at my work with a tiny cloth pillow and a Mickey Mouse pencil sharpener. Ahh, so sweet and the best part was the hugs and kisses she gave. But surprise surprise, when I left for the day, there on my car was a box of heart shaped candy. I think I have made my quota for candy for the year. :/

On Val Day (breakfast), hubby surprised me with a bouquet of my fav flower, daisy's! I love to stick my face right into them and just breathe. Instant Summer!

   Later my oldest girl comes knocking at the door bearing Starbucks coffee and MORE candy! We had a lovely chat. She is one busy cookie so these are extra special. The girl works two jobs and never seems to have any time off in the Winter. We grab her when we can with glee! And just when I think the day has slowed, hubby brings in a big box and inside is.... A heart shaped clock he made! I saw one in the airport in Seattle and loved it. He found a pic of it and ta da, he whipped one up for me. Wow! So gorgeous. I gave him his art print from Wonderground Art Gallery in Downtown Disney, hearts and mice, a perfect combination we both agreed.  Always, Kit

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Life does go on.

 Such a cliche, I know. But wow, so true. The clock just keeps turning and time passes. And as time passes, we start to get back into our routines. And routines get us up in the mornings, get us to work, has us shopping for groceries and making meals. And before long, we start feeling better each day. The cloud lifts, and we start to look forward to things again. :)

Like the trip my hubby took me on to sunny California. Thank you Cally, for your sun and flowers and people. You gave me the lift and diversion, I so needed. I hated to leave.

But once home I started to plan Valentine's Day for my girls and decorated the house and returned to work and to all the wonderful folks who support me. Oh, the lovely cards the students sent me. It felt good to be back and to get back to regular life. I have been catching up on all of you and it is so nice to immerse myself back into "blog land". I have missed you all! Always, Kit


Thursday, January 8, 2015

The New Year

Normally I do not post illnesses, injuries, etc. in my blog. It is not the place for me to do that. I don't mind that others do, we all use our blogs in different ways. I keep a separate hand written journal for those moments. But I am not comfortable with it and don't really like the looks of seeking sympathy.  But I have come to know a lot of you very well, and didn't want my absence to make you wonder. I know you all will be thinking of me and wishing me well, because you are wonderful friends.

 I lost my Mother on New Year's Day to cancer. She had been fighting it for 9 months with all her muster. But it wasn't enough. Our relationship was a difficult one. We hadn't spoken for 8 years, and when she returned to the area four years ago, we tried to start it back up, more like acquaintances. It worked for us. We had many lunches out, shopping trips, and lively discussions about books, television and football. As long as we kept it light, we were fine. Sorry to say, my daughters could not begin again with her, too much hurt and pain had happened. A lot of people do not understand, but I do. And my children are beyond reproach. They have protected me and had my back through it all. They understood. And still do. So now with the new year, life will go on. I will live with the decisions I made, good or bad, and hope she is in a better place. Always, Kit

My rocks!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Clips of Christmas Present!

It is really cold out right now. We got snow yesterday (and yes I was doing my happy dance...LOL) and the wind has picked up and the wind chill is only -8. Not too bad. But it is sunny and gorgeous and as evening comes on and all my little lights come on, I am happy. Another Christmas is under my belt and it was a success! And being a success means: no one got sick or hurt, everyone enjoyed each others company, gifts were appreciated and exclaimed over and we had lots and lots of laughs. :)

Gorgeous ornie handmade by my SIL for each of us. All are different colors and have our initial on it. My youngest's Christmas sock with a PT Cruiser popping out the top, our kissing mistletoe where we try and trick someone under it for kisses, my collection of Santas.

Stories to share! Special gifts for my girls. Top corner: I gave my youngest a Madame Alexander Snow White doll to commemorate the making of her Snow White costume at this Halloween. I "met" a lovely lady in Arizona on Ebay who was selling her daughter's doll collection and it had never been out of the box. She was hoping that it would be taken care of, and I assured her she would be very loved. And she is. Bottom corner: Oldest daughter was heart broken at the age of 12 to lose her brand new Lion King lip balm, bought at Disneyland, on a Northern California beach. No way that we could find it and we were heading home. :( This year I was very lucky to find one on Ebay (they are no longer made) and the gentleman in Georgia loved the story and only charged me shipping so that my girl could have her lip balm back. He even threw in a Lion King charm. Makes me tear up even now. Such wonderful people out there. And she was so thrilled and touched. Those of the kind of gifts I love to give.

I collect Teddy Bears, all sizes and types and it is my hubby's job each Christmas to find me one. Not an easy task he tells me....LOL  The newest one is sitting with one of my fav bears from the past. Isn't she so pretty, I adore her hounds tooth feet. We also give each other an ornie every Christmas Eve and this year I got a Mickey Mouse T-shirt with feet! He knows I never wear t-shirts, so he wanted me to have one I could appreciate. And on the bottom is this year's carved Santa. He is tiny and is rocking back and Ho Hoing for me with the craziest green mittens. Love it!

Christmas Day Snow! How perfect is that?! Made the house seem so cozy and pretty.

There we are, the 4 of us. My most favorite people in the world. Need I say more? :) Always, Kit

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

May you all have the most wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas! Always, Kit

Monday, December 22, 2014

Coffee Break!

Just got in from some last minute shopping. Only a few odds and ends. It actually felt good to wander about the stores with not a trace of frenzy. So I shall sit here awhile and play a few games while I sip my coffee and indulge in a Russian Tea Cake or two.

Then I must start the filling of  the stockings! My girls still get a stocking all filled with what grown-up girls want and need. They still delight in finding the strange items I have found over the year. My favorite part is finding items that will make them smile and tug at their heart strings. It makes the holiday for me. One thing we all try and remember, are the stories that go with what we have found. And I have a couple this year from members of Ebay. They were my own personal Christmas elves. :)

The neighbor cat sure looks cozy. She has adopted us for the times that her family is not home. We do not mind at all. We feed her, let her sleep and give her free rein. Her name is Bessie. And she keeps me company while my 14 year old cat does alot of sleeping. 

Break is over and I must fly! I hope everyone's plans are going the way they should. Tomorrow I start cooking, so I better get going. Always, Kit