Monday, July 14, 2014

By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea!

We are back and with some very lovely memories. Amazing how we go to the same place each year, but the trips are totally different.  I will let my photos tell the story. I will be away for a little bit again, believe it or not, I am off to California! I am taking my youngest for a birthday trip of all things Californian. Disney, Beverly Hills, an Angels game, the beach and the Barnum and Bailey Circus. It should be fun! Always, Kit

Our view, new decor in our comfy bedroom, gourmet kitchen, sunset, guest bath, living room.
Downtown Newport, Cannon Beach corner, me at Cape Foulweather, flowers in Depoe Bay, Uncle Sam in Cannon Beach, hubby at the Lookout.
Glorious sunset, our view to the North, hubby enjoying the sun, my fav coast flower, the coast line, hubby enjoying the hot tub.
Crab pots on the docks on the 4th, sitting out on the boat waiting for the fireworks to start, my yummy go to meal each day, patriotic socks...LOL, Yaquina Bay bridge, my love and I on the Sea Venture.
Downtown Depoe Bay, ship/clock in one of many antique stores we went to, hubby enjoying some root beer, my beach combing shoes, ideas for some stained glass, what I love to do the most on the coast. :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Getting ready...

Every year my hubby and I take a vacation to the Oregon Coast. Well, at least now it is every year. There were a few lean years when we couldn't go. :(  We started out camping in a tent, then on to using an RV with kids in tow, and now we lease a condo, on the edge of the earth, just the two of us. :) It's our haven. Our second home. The way we regroup and recharge and fall in love all over again. So important to do.

When we found this place, we felt like like we had hit the jackpot. It reminds me of the scene in the movie, The Holiday, when Cameron Diaz searches the internet and finds this quaint cottage in England. Bingo! So many things online are not as they seem, and I was skeptical. I even emailed them and asked if the photos were real. They were. When we walked thru that door for the first time, we could not believe it, the place was upscale, beautiful, decorated with nautical art and the view was incredible. High above the sea, from North to South all we could see was the sea. I think we stood there like idiots just grinning. A bottle of wine welcomed us, and we cheered to fate and the sea and to us.

Cameron's Cottage

Our condo!

Now, it has been 10 years. Wow! And we are heading back. And the feeling we get when we unlock that door is always the same. We head out the sliding doors, holding each others hands and we stand there and grin ear to ear. Always, Kit

This way, to happiness. :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My first week off is under my belt

And I feel like I have accomplished some things: mowing, trimming, potting, cleaning, pruning, but you might say, what about fun things? Well, those are the fun things! Plus, I am doing some reading and for the summer it is all about old movies. In between time outside I have watched Jane Eyre, Devotion, Dragonwyk, The Night of the Hunter, and taping today is Laura. It always seemed so funny to see the same actors over and over together, but once I understood the meaning of "contract players", it made sense....LOL In regards to reading, I am trying to read authors that I have never tried. How could I have not read an Agatha Christie in 58 years??!! A good friend and my daughter told me to give her a chance and I am on my second book, The Murder at the Vicarage! So far I am finding them entertaining. If not a little maddening, sometime she just has way too many characters and I am having a hard time keeping track of them...LOL

This second week will find me getting ready for our annual trip to the Oregon Coast. I have the totes upstairs and I am marking off my lists. I like to turn the condo into a mini-home away from home, so I take some items from here, for there. It will feel good to get away. Hubby has a hard job and this rests his brain for awhile. We can act like kids and just run rampant and do whatever we want to do. 

 Today is now Saturday. And I am just back from Yard Saling. Oh it was a lovely day! The most exciting thing was one sale where a lady was selling plants and alot of brick a brack, but she had the most impressive gardens filled with yard art. She saw me longingly looking and invited me to take a stroll and enjoy myself and I did! So many nice plants and huge trees and so many garden items displayed so well. I could have spent an afternoon just wandering about. :) Found a few treasures, a vintage picture, a terra cotta pot decorated with tile and a little teapot with cherries all over it! Excellent! Always, Kit

Friday, June 13, 2014

First Day of Summer Vacation!

Well, of course I slept in...LOL That had to be the first thing. Checked my list and according to the weather (which feels very Oregon Coastish today) I decided on the next course of action. It is a great day for planting. I had made another stop at my fav garden center this week for more geraniums and marigolds and wanted to get these babies in their pots. Put the tunes on (I just love my outdoor speakers) and had myself a wonderful time. Moved some pots, did some watering and just stood out there and smiled like a crazy woman! I am one lucky lady. :)

Hubby whipped me up a couple of new birdhouses and I slapped some paint on them and ta da, new yard art. That inspires me to make a new glass birdbath. I am addicted to these. They are such fun to make and they look great in the yard. All the cats in the neighborhood use them for drinking water all summer long. And I don't mind one bit. Click here to see!

Now having a break with some hot coffee and strawberries and the sun is peaking out. :) Later I will meet up with my youngest for lunch and she can tell me all about her recent trip to Seattle. Later gators! Always, Kit

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Headin' Down the Stretch!

Meaning the school year, but also applicable today since the Belmont Stakes just ran.  Oh, how I wanted California Chrome to win. Such a lovely horse, great story of his owners and it has been so long since we have had a Triple Crown Winner. But I still love him. :)


I am in my final week of work. The year flew by in a fun flurry. We had graduation last Thursday and it was wonderful. So hard to see the seniors go, but I am so excited for them. I can't quite believe I have been at this school for 10 years now. Serving up the grub, dispensing some advice and some goofiness along with the Chicken Nuggets. :)

Em and I at the Graduation 2014

So, soon I will have more time to do my gardening. Each weekend I have been trying to keep up with the mowing and trimming and pruning. But I am embarrassed to say, I haven't even gotten my yard art out. Geeze! But in my defense, I wanted to go thru it all and toss out the old, spruce up some items and add some new pieces. Which I hope to do come this weekend. Always, Kit

New garden clock

Plants for this years patio. Color scheme is pink and yellow.
My first African Violet and it is blooming!!! I am soooo proud!
Remember my new gate from last year? Here is the new window insert my hubby made me. Gorgeous!
Latest yard sale finds, each 50 cents!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

So many good things wrapped up into one little weekend. First and foremost, a shout out and a huge THANK YOU to all the folks who have given their lives to keep the world free. We really do appreciate all that you have done. And to family and friends that have passed on, we love and miss you.


Next up today, is the Indianapolis 500 race. A tradition in this family, to watch from start to finish, with lots of cheering and screaming and the use of a few choice swear words. I just love it! From Jim Nabors singing Back Home in Indiana, to "Gentleman start your engines", I am enthralled and entertained. Not sure who I am cheering for, there are so many great drivers. But Andretti has always been a favorite racing family of mine. 


And finally tomorrow, this lady is having her 59th birthday. Another year, another gray hair, but I am loving it. As the song goes, "I'm still here!".  That means alot. My girls are planning a party for me, I am very curious what my theme is and can't wait to have us all together again. It should be wonderful! Always, Kit


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Where did all this wonderful weather come from?

Just last Sunday, I woke to snow falling. Not a very nice joke to play on this Mommy. But we warmed up and before we knew it, it had all melted. Yay! I received a brand new Toro mower as one of my gifts so I was eager to try it out. And this week I got that chance. Plus, I have been puttering about the yard each day playing catch up on chores. Just started putting out the yard art and have to do some fix-up on a few items. (hubby is gluing a chair seat for me) and I need to make and paint some new bird houses for my garage wall.

My apple trees are in full bloom and if the amount of blossoms is any sign of how many apples I will get, the Deer Man will be very happy. (he picks up all my apples and takes them up into the forest where he takes care of a Mommy deer and her children) :)

Went out for our first yard saling of the season this morn. Such a perfect day! Sunny and warm and all the trees and lilacs and tulips and just everything was blooming! I think I had the most fun, just wandering about peoples yards and looking into their gardens. Everyone was in a great mood and with a stop for coffee and cookies, what could be better? Oh, I found two items. A lovely pasta fork and a teeny tiny china cup. :)

Chemist and Wildlife Biologist
Today was also Graduation Day at the University of Montana in our town. And I love it. Every time I would see a cap and gown or a bunch of balloons, I would tear up. I am so proud of each and every one of them. Just like I was when my own girls graduated. It is a major accomplishment and one I could never do, so I am glad my girls could. :) Off I go. Time for popcorn, Raisinettes and some Nascar. Always, Kit