Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Oregon 2018

Here I am! Well I can certainly tell I am not at the sea anymore. 96 degrees yesterday and the rest of this week will be in the high 80's. Summer is definitely here. But for awhile I basked in the high 60's and the cool ocean breeze. It was lovely. I love my cool weather. And crashing waves and seagulls. And seafood. And sunsets. And boats. And..... I think you get the picture. I love the sea! 

Our flights were great and so much better than the 2 day drive to get here. We were even able to visit my favorite antique store on the drive to the coast and I got a lovely yellow watering can.  The condo looked even more incredible with new beaded pillows and art. And our bottle of wine was waiting for us. Perfect after a long day. The next day, we visited Cape Foulweather (I would love to make this place my home.) What a view!

One of the many things we love to do is go to the Marine Gardens. On that fish plate are all the treasures we found in one visit. Sea glass, shells, agates, cobbles and polished stones. And one of the main things I do is eat Clam Chowder. Everyone says they make the best, but by far my favorite is at Kyllo's in Lincoln City. 

I love the "kitschyness" of seaside towns. Lots of color and windsocks. And the flowers are incredible. Anything grows in Oregon! 

Quiet pensive moments were aplenty. We take time to just be and to sit. My favorite part of the trip. Just going full steam is tiresome and I loved my mornings spent in front of the sea, sipping my coffee and watching the whales and seabirds. 

Meet our seagull. He was a daily visitor and there were times I thought he would walk right in...lol Nice to have a pet since I missed my cats. Hubby put together 2 puzzles this trip. He loves it. Me? Not so much. But I do love Coconut Shrimp....lol

While there, we travel up and down the coast. To Cannon Beach and then south to Florence. We walk on beaches, visit antique stores and galleries, and sometimes see something never seen before. A dog in his very own trailer, rolling down Hwy 101 and having the time of his life. Just like I felt. :) Always, Kit

                                        My new treasures! 

I am linking up to Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday! 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Happy Summer!

Sun is shining today. After a day long downpour yesterday. Makes it all the sweeter to see sun. I must say my lawn is loving all this rain but my cats are not. The big outdoors is my cats playground and they are not happy when it is soggy. They finally settled in for long naps, and I settled in to watch the Royal Ascot Races. That was such fun, not only do I love horse racing, but then add the Royals? Win, win.

Life has been motoring on. I picked up all my flowers for my pots. I loosely say "all my flowers", cause come July when the big sales happen, I will be right down there buying up new flowers to overload my patio with. :) Oh I forgot to say, I had the best night with my family the last week of work. We all attended the Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers concert here in town! It was fantastic. Somehow the beer tasted extra special, and I could not help but jump up and dance to China Grove along with everyone else. I felt like I was 20 again!

When I retired, part of the reason I decided to do it now, was because my school is getting a brand new school and I wanted to "go down with the ship" as they say. I thought it fitting that the new Head Cook would start in a brand new space, without being haunted by the specter of me....lol In my old kitchen, one of the items that I have looked at for 14 years is a bank of lockers. Lockers? In a kitchen? Believe it or not, my kitchen used to be the boys old locker room. I used them to store paper products and my magnet collection. I asked for and have received these lockers as a gift from the school. It took a bit of red tape but my friends came thru for me and they now have a new home in my rec room. I am beyond happy. A big Thank You to my hubby and Jim, my moving crew!

So now, I am busy getting ready for my annual trip to Oregon. My hubby and I have been so lucky to have found a wonderful condo overlooking the sea. It is our second happiest place on the earth. And for the next week or so, I will be sitting in my favorite leather chair, sipping wine and trying to read a book, but mainly just looking out to sea and grinning. Always, Kit

Saturday, June 16, 2018

It has been only a week!

The coffee tastes especially good this morn. After a week of sunny and lovely days, we have rain. I don't mind. Everything is getting a good drink (especially the new perennial garden I just put in) and without me hauling hoses. I have been retired for only a week but it feels so much longer. I was able to get a lot done and it is surprising how much energy and time I had given to my job and now can put toward my home. I painted steps, potted up annuals and moved some plants around. Totally caught up on laundry and made the house ship shape. It feels so good!

May 31st will forever be a very special day for me. It was Willard Alternative High School's graduation and a Special Goodbye to me. I was completely in the dark, but the school planned a surprise for me and how a whole school could keep such a secret is beyond me. But they did! I didn't realize anything was happening until my good friend and Librarian at the school, took the stage and started to mention me, then she asked my youngest up to the stage (she always attends the grad with me) to say a few words. Uh oh, I was in for it....lol She had us all in tears, and at the end they presented me with a gift basket full of gift cards to all my favorite places and a book that the whole school had written in with all their wonderful sentiments. But that was not all, I was greeted by a standing ovation and my husband and oldest daughter were there with a bouquet of flowers. Wow! To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement. Is this place great or what?! And I made the 10:00 news too!...lol

The following week was a hard one. Time to clean and close down my kitchen for the last time. Lots of good-byes and on the last day my children showed up with flowers and a balloon bouquet that they put on my car. Even my hubby came by to wish me well.  With tears and hugs, I left the staff and students and when I closed my door for the final time, I strangely did not feel sad, but I felt excited. What lies next in my life? Always, Kit

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Crazy Wonderful Days!

Whew! My life has been a whirlwind lately. So many lovely happenings, but first I am sipping my first coffee of my retired life! Yes, it is finally done, but more on that later. I need to backtrack a bit and go back to my wonderful 63rd birthday. Put on by my lovely and talented party planner extraordinaire, Emily. 

I came home and spied some British bunting and Flags and thought, hmm, an English party? Well, I was partly right. It was a Royal Wedding Birthday Party!  

Oh it looked so pretty! And as I had walked in I could hear the music, God Save The Queen playing and all my loves were wearing Fascinators! 

And I had a Fascintator too! It was part of my cake and it made me feel like a bride again. I know Megan had hundreds of ladies embroidering on her veil but heck, mine smelled like frosting. I win!

Vintage Teacups with my favorite tea and lots of Royal reading material for later. 

Special biscuits and mints to keep us going before dinner. 

And of course me being goofy as I as I thought of my wish. My girls were afraid I would set myself on fire....lol Oh, we had fun. And I was quite pleased. It was wonderful and so nice to be with my family. Plus the next morning, I would have something we call, Breakfast Cake with my coffee. :) Always, Kit

Friday, May 25, 2018

Sipping Coffee

I am one lucky girl and have 5 days off over Memorial Day weekend. I almost feel guilty seeing as how in two weeks I will be retiring. But heck, I'll take the lovely break. The weather has been pure Montana Spring and so pretty. Everything is green and purple. I can't get enough of it. Even running mundane errands is fun when around each new corner is a tree or shrub just screaming, look at me!

I have been working outside in my gardens and getting ready to plant up my pots in the next week or so. I use this time to place my yard art, dig up plants that didn't quite make it thru our winter, and clean my birdbaths. I finally had to dig up my oldest Siberian Iris and wish it farewell. It was way too old and using up prime real estate. I plan to put in more Cone Flowers and Black Eyed Susans and maybe a Daisy. 

I bought my vines yesterday. I have to credit you who plant seeds, but when you live in a Northern climate, it just takes too long. So I get my Morning Glories all ready to go, from a wonderful nursery in town called Caras. They have the prettiest displays in town! I plunk it in it's pot and within a week or two, I have flowers. I also picked up a Susan with a Yellow Eye for my vintage shopping basket. 

So for the next 4 days I will: buy a hanging basket of flowers, visit a wonderful flea market out of town and also celebrate my birthday, watch the Indy 500 while eating bagels and fruit salad and then hang my flag and celebrate the holiday. Lots to do, exciting things that for me mean, Summer is here and fun is to be had. Always, Kit

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Vintage sprinklers, Weddings, Horse Racing and Nascar

Yesterday was so filled and fun packed. We were supposed to get rain, but didn't, so our first yard saling trip of the season happened. We hit about 10 of them. Met some funny people, my hubby ended up holding hands with a very old lady whose hands were cold. One lady asked me if I had come earlier in the day (I hadn't) and claimed I had a doppelganger out there. I found a couple of nice finds: a vintage yellow metal sprinkler and a set of porcelain mugs in yellow and brown for my bathroom. I love going to estate sales and being able to go inside the houses to see the layout. Then I come home and declare my home to be the best! :) 

Then I had taped E!'s coverage of the Royal Wedding and spent some time watching all the festivities minus the sound, I just can't stand all the stupid and lame commentary they supply while we are watching the lovely young lady get out of her car. I was so thrilled that during the actual ceremony they shut up and just let us hear what was happening. I am happy for the couple and that everything went off with out a hitch. But I have to say, the standout outfit for me was the Queen's! Oh how I love that color combination of green and purple! She rocked it!

Next up, the Preakness Stakes! I love a good horse race.  I was hoping for Justify just like everyone else in the world. Not that everyone likes him, but that since he won the first race of the Triple Crown they want to see him win the second. And it was a good race, fog and all. Now on this show, they do a great job with the commentary and I love hearing all about the jockeys and the horses and the tradition. But I am curious, what came first, the song Oh Tannenbaum or Maryland my Maryland....LOL

We finished the day with breakfast for dinner and NASCAR. Both were a treat. All in all, a beautiful and fun Saturday. Now today I need to get to work in the yard, and no more TV watching. It is another gorgeous Montana day and I can't wait to get outside in it. :) Always, Kit

I wore my tiara all thru the wedding!....LOL

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Bloomsday 2018

Oh my goodness! Today is so gorgeous. It is as close to perfect as I could get. Warm and sunny with a slight breeze. My apple trees are in full knock out, amazing bloom! Yikes, if all the bees do their job, I will have an incredible crop of apples. And my Deer Man up in the mountains will love me. (He feeds his deer all winter long on my crop). I am busy putting out my yard art and getting my yard ready for the season. But first...

Bloomsday, Spokane, Washington. An amazing  running event we have attended for over 30 years now. It is like, "Let's get 45,000 people together and throw a party!" We drive over the day before and stay in the most wonderful hotel, the Davenport Grand. Posh and elegant and right downtown, so once we park the car we can walk to all our favorite stores and restaurants. Once the packets are picked up, we head to the best book shop ever. Aunties! I love to find a comfy chair and read a magazine that I would never buy, $19.99! You have got to be kidding me....lol Then there is a couple of stores that are such fun to browse, Boo Radleys and Atticus. I bought a new alarm clock. What is with me and clocks?! We had dinner at Luigi's and it was lovely. We finished the night with drinks on the outdoor veranda of the hotel.


Up early and my runners got ready. I did the 7.4 miles once and that was enough for me. My hubby is a great runner and is in the Second Seed division right behind the Elites. I am married to a fast guy. :P They head out and I pick up coffee and head to the finish area. I love to sit on my bench and people watch. I get such a thrill when I recognize my runner coming toward me. Both did so well and were happy and ready for showers. They both were sporting their new finisher t-shirts. These shirts can only be had if you finish. Very coveted.  We headed home via Red Lobster for lunch, and had a lovely drive thru the mountains. A perfect weekend! Always, Kit