Thursday, October 20, 2016

My Little Adventure

Remember I gave you a little tease with the water bottle marked Maroon 5? Well, first I have to give you a little back story. My youngest has been with a wonderful young man for 4 years now. But actually they went all through school together and were best friends and then they fell in love. (Just like in When Harry Met Sally). He is a stage carpenter and works on concert tours. He just finished the Madonna, Rebel Heart Tour and since September has been on the Maroon 5 tour. Well, when I heard he was going to be on this tour back in July, I started to plan. You see I came late to the Maroon 5 party. I really had no idea who they were and what their music was like until I saw Adam Levine in the movie, Begin Again (back in February). Then he sang, Lost Stars and I was hooked. Who was this gorgeous man with the lovely voice and I started to research and a groupie was born! So, I booked the flights and hotel and car and my daughter and I were off to Seattle! Free tickets would be given to us by our favorite roadie and I would have a get away with my girl. But wait! My oldest girl would be in the neighborhood on business and could join us. Oh happy day, all three of us girls on a wild lady weekend.

It turned out perfectly! The weather in Seattle was gorgeous (and right before that massive storm that rolled in a couple of days later), sunshine and in the 70's. The flight was fun and very girly. I gifted my youngest a bracelet I had made to mark the occasion. (what we do on airplane flights, give gifts and drink wine and squeal with glee when we take off).

Our hotel was old and quaint and walking distance to the venue; the Key Arena and the Space Needle.

We wandered about and were lucky to be able to watch the band arrive in their bus (except for Adam) and yes, I had to jump up on a wall and scrabble down a dirt embankment to see thru the fence. It was worth it!

We had a lovely lunch at the Collections Cafe which is part of the Chihuly Glass Museum. Great food and a great atmosphere and then our roadie showed up and my daughter just beamed. I couldn't decide which shined brighter, the glass or my girl.

I haven't been in the Space Needle for 38 years and it was worth the wait. Such views!

We arrived back to the hotel and my oldest girl was waiting for us. Happy day! We all went up on top of the hotel to the rooftop patio and it gave us more breathtaking views of Seattle as the sun set.

The tickets our fav roadie secured for us were incredible, right near the stage and he even stopped by at one point and gave us all, Adam guitar picks! Yes, the ones he plays with and throws out into the audience. Swoon! The show was fantastic. Each song rolled right into another with such energy. During the Encore, everyone was on their feet dancing to Sugar. Even me with a bad back. I didn't care at that point....lol Awesome concert, awesome night.

The next day before we flew home, youngest and I headed down to Pikes Place Market while oldest resumed work. I had never been there and was very intrigued. I loved it! And got myself a new apron and a t-shirt for my girl. We saw fish being thrown, ate a sample of apples and chocolate spaghetti and had French pastry.

On the plane we were tired and my legs were sore from all the walking (and dancing) but I was feeling so good. Thank you Jim, thank you Maroon 5 and thank you hubby, for making it all possible. Always, Kit

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Feeling Warm and Fuzzy

I just had my bowl of Cream of Wheat (my hubby calls it wall paper paste...lol) with blueberries. It is cloudy and misty and very very Fallish. I slept good with my cat by my side till he decided he wanted to venture outside around 4. That's okay, I just made up for it by sleeping till 8:30. :) Sipping my coffee and thinking back on my week. It had it's up and downs, but mainly ups. And then a huge UP!

Gift from hubby!
 My two daughter's are the two best people I know anywhere. Kind, smart, helpful, funny, and they just do good where ever they go. Well, it seems the place where they have lived for 8 years (they live together and are best friends), is raising the rent and an Airbnb is being run behind them, so they have decided to look for a new place. Not an easy task in a college town and with a short deadline. My youngest has had the task of finding a spot, since my oldest is on a business trip. She found a great, older home, with lots of storage and bedrooms and yard, and a wonderful "cute" factor that was very necessary for my girl. (The apple doesn't fall very far) She said she knew when she stepped in, that it was to be her house. But as things go, it was not. It was taken by the other family who applied. Damn. She was upset, which made me upset, and as her Mom it was my job to be the voice of reason with uplifting quotes and hope, etc. But I was ticked that these two girls couldn't catch a break. I turned my face to the heavens at one point and said, "Really???" I know, she of little faith.

Anyway, I came in from working outside a day later, and my phone was blinking. It was my girl. Very excited. The other family had backed out and the house was hers! I could not believe it and I apologized to the good Lord for having a moment and I swear I could almost see him wagging his finger at me....lol  We took a tour and paid the deposits (they are renting) and it will be a great fit for my ladies. And they only live 3 blocks from me. Win, win. I better start collecting boxes!

Off I go, I have to get ready for the game today. And I will leave you with a little teaser of some fun coming up this week. Photo below. :)
Always, Kit

Monday, October 3, 2016

I am loving October already!

What a weekend! First, I actually remembered to say Rabbit Rabbit (Susan Branch and I think the same way...lol) and Saturday was also our University's Homecoming. A very big deal in my little town. We love our Griz and parades and fireworks and the "lighting of the M" and maroon and silver. We love it all! We had a little rain shower before the parade but that didn't keep anyone home. We staked out our space on Higgins Ave, next to Mello Mood (a pipe shop), coffee in hand and comfy in our chairs. Oldest girl was on the Pacific Coast for work, so just the three of us, Hubby and Em joined me. For two hours we waved and screamed and sang and took pictures of friends and floats. The float from my school was fantastic and won 2nd place in the school division. I was so proud! And my good friend marches and plays trumpet in the Alumni Band and they were wonderful and took 1st place in the Band Division. Lots of candy was thrown, I got a new American Flag and the whole crowd was sporting paper antlers. So festive, and so much fun. :) 

My loves, the Shriners!, I love ballerinas in cool shoes, my fav vehicle ever, my trumpeter/friend, the Willard Float!  

Snogging with my fella, Red Wave Band and both my daughter's band teacher, The Crazy Bike People, Two Peas in a Pod, Everyone needs a hug from Elsa, The Foresters Float and they handed out pine branches!

Afterward, we were off to home, to change clothes and have a bite to eat. Then over to the stadium for the big game with 26,000 other fans. We played Southern Utah and I am happy to say we beat them royally. I was exhausted by the end of the day, but I must say I wouldn't have missed any of it, for anything. Go Griz! Go Montana! Always, Kit

I am linking up with Mosaic Monday, over at Normandy Life.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Kat - Man - Do

I have always wanted a special name for my home. So many of you have such sweet names: Plum Cottage, Lemon Lane, and my favorite from an old book, Back of the Moon.  I have tried some out, but nothing has stuck. Until I thought about that story I used to read to my girls when they were little, where a cat wants to see the world and he goes on a vacation to that mystical and special place called Kat-Man-Do!

That was it! That would be the name of my home. You see, we have about 5 cats. But really, we only own 1. But everyday, there is a parade of cats who show up, wander thru the gardens, play with my hubby and then leave. It is their mystical and special place! Their vacation. Their AirBnb!

I swear whenever a new family moves into the neighborhood, there must be sign telling the cats where to come. Because come they do. And happily our cat does not seem to mind. And in fact, he has been more energetic and spry since they started coming.

Let me introduce you to them. Oh, by the way, a lot of the cats do not have name tags so we make up names for them. Or we morph their real name into what we find more pleasing...LOL

First off: Is our old man, Sam Man. He is our cat and is now 16 years old. He came to us as a stray during a very cold winter. He's my baby. 

Bessie Girl. Of all the cats she is our part time kitty. She comes in the house and sleeps and we even feed her. She came to us 4 years ago, and primed Sam for accepting all the others. (real name Tango)

Pea Soup. He is our new neighbors cat and Sam's rival. Both boys! But friendly and loves to get petted on the swing. (real name Pishue)

Betty. Such eyes, so pretty and dainty. A bit skittish but warming up to us. With her gorgeous coat, she reminded me of Betty Buckley in Sunset Blvd....LOL

Nubbin. He is the newest one. And has no tail. Very young and a bit unsure. He stays away from the other cats.

There you have it, my menagerie!  There are a couple more, but they skulk about at night and I have not gotten a good look at them. I keep my bird baths full of clean water, and they love to use the "kitty trail" to get to the alley behind our place. Lots of hiding spaces and it is safe from dogs. A perfect vacation spot, come one, come all to Kat-Man-Do. Always, Kit

Sunday, September 18, 2016

I love my Sundays

I get to laze about, sleeping in late, sipping my one cup of coffee for hours, eating a piece of pie. Nice. No big plans. Some chores, maybe make a couple of meat loaves but definitely watching some football. Denver plays Indianapolis later. I still miss Peyton but our new quarterback is not too bad. He will be fun to watch. Rainy today and colder. Lots of color on my Burning Bushes.  Haven't had  our first hard frost, so my flowers are still going strong. Now that the heat of summer has passed they seem to have perked up a bit. 

On Friday after work, hubby and I hopped into the Cobra and took off for the high country to see if we could find some color. Snow and cold temps come early to the Seeley Lake area and it is a lovely drive along the Blackfoot River ("A River Runs Through It"). It was a perfect afternoon and we did see some trees and ground covers starting to get their Fall on. 

River Point. Where you cross over the bridge and head to Seeley Lake campground. Many lovely weekends and Saturdays were spent there with the girls.

The lake itself. It continues for many more miles around that point in the distance. It was so quiet and it smelled so good. Warm sap, pine needles and wood smoke. My favorite thing to do in the past. was sit on the shore with a good book and watch my family splash around. Just perfect. 

Hubby couldn't resist and did a little splashing for me. :)

Driving back home, the fields were full of cows and deer and farmers were finishing their haying tasks for the winter ahead. I just love that interspersed with today's homes, are homes of the past. I have a painting that looks very similar to this scene in my bath.

My souvenir from the days travels, found on the ground, below a mighty pine. So lovely. Always, Kit

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Being a Home Body

Today of all days, I want to just stay home and do householdy things. I want to text my girls, watch football and bake. Everything that speaks home and family to me. Even vacuum. It is cool and cloudy today after a brilliantly sunny day yesterday. The birds seem to be liking that the heat of summer is now gone. Their songs seem filled with energy. Spent part of yesterday at the Prairie Sisters Vintage Market with my youngest. Wow, so many lovely items and she found a metal doll house from the 60's. I had to restrain myself and only if a bell went off in my head would I purchase an item. No bells. But such a great time anyway. Coffee, pumpkin scones and time with my Best Friend. 

Ran around my yard the other day with my camera when it dawned on me that I hadn't taken any current photos of my garden. With the heat, my flowers struggled a bit and once I went to work, my watering was sporadic at best. I can't concentrate on two things at once...LOL 

My biggest success was using begonias and impatiens. And I had alot of pink. I just love the look of it against the red of my fence.

My Globe Thistles have taken over the back garden. I love their prickly heads. 

Isn't this a cool meat packers rack? Got it at a yard sale years ago for FREE! The man just wanted it gone, it had been his father in laws. Hmmm. Our neighbor cat claims the open part (hence, why no plants on that side).

 This is where I say I will sit and take a moment. But I don't....LOL

My place, means the world to me. Where I go for comfort and peace. May you all have peace today. Always, Kit

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Summers End

Well, I have officially been back to work for a week, and tho my back is a bit sore and I am tired out, it was wonderful! Lots of hugs and stories about how the Summer was spent. I got my kitchen and "cafe" set up with all my decor and started making food like I had never been gone. That is the great thing about routine and knowing how to do the job (for 21 years now!). My youngest was the sweetest girl and always remembers her Mommy and gave me a back to school surprise! All sorts of school supplies and treats and a lovely new purse. It makes going back to work so special. :)

I have been thinking back over the summer and all that I did and it makes me smile. I am not one to just sit, if I haven't accomplished something each day, I feel like I have thrown a day away. But that's not to say, watching an old movie or reading a book is not an accomplishment, so I had a bunch of those mixed in with projects.  

Like, finally tackling the huge task of reorganizing and filtering all the storage in the storage room in the basement. We are the keepers of all the heirlooms, memories and extra stuff that goes into a life. Well, I kept the first two types, but sent about 25 boxes of the latter to Goodwill. I didn't want a yard sale, I didn't want to see if I could sell stuff on Craigslist or Ebay, I just wanted it all gone. And gone it is! Now everything is in a row and off the floor, the items that made the cut mean something to me, and I feel free!

Hubby and I spent each Saturday yard saling. For me it is not so much about finding a treasure or two. See above to my freeing. But about the driving around and visiting folks homes and yards. I love to peek into their lives a little bit. And it's about the bagels and coffee and oatmeal cookies and being next to my hubby while we chat and visit about the world.

Planned a birthday party. I am in my best creative zone, when I am creating a party. I did a Rock and Roll Birthday for my youngest girl in July. She recently took up tap dancing lessons at the age of 31 and was in her first recital this summer. It was such fun to see her dancing on the stage. So I found decor, made a CD of all the music from the recital and designed a doll. It was so much fun and she loved everything.

The Fair! There is just something about the local fair. It makes me feel like a cowgirl (and I am from New Jersey). I love the animals and exhibits and this year hubby entered some great items and won ribbons! I ate fry bread and corn on the cob and held hands with my love. :)

So now I am thinking about Fall and apples, and football games. Time to change out the decor and surround myself with golds and orange. Getting cooler here and the leaves are starting to fall, and I love that. Always, Kit

Linking up to Mosaic Monday, at Normandy Life!