July

July

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Heading out again!

On to a new adventure! Wow, it is now upon me. When I first heard that I was going to Disneyland it seemed so far away, so many events in front of it. But on Tuesday, my youngest and I will be winging our way to the Happiest Place on Earth. We are going to do it a little bit different this year. Both my daughters just got back from Comic Con in San Diego (with lots of costumes in tow)

Thor and Loki
Snow White
 and inspired by that wonderful event, Em and I are going to do a little Disney Bounding: (Disney Bounding is an alternative form of cosplay in which the participant dresses up as an iconic Disney character in casual contemporary fashion by assembling a color-coordinated outfit that is subtly evocative of the aforementioned character.) Now doesn't that sound like oodles of fun? 

What you could use to dress like the Pooh!
 I chose for my outfits, Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Ellie from Up. Mainly because I have red hair and it is medium length, no way I am wearing a Tinkerbell wig in July! All about comfort for me. Plus on the plane going out, Em and I decided to wear similar colors of black, red and white ala Minnie Mouse. We will start our Bounding right here in Montana. I promise lots of photos and I promise to have a fabulous time! Always, Kit

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Home!

Always so sweet to return home. We missed most of the heat that fell on Montana which was nice. We went from temps of 112 in Southern Washington to a lovely 65 on the coast. As we finished our grocery shopping and headed to the Condo, a mist was falling and we were driving in the clouds. I loved it! We had a fire and some wine and threw open the sea doors. We had arrived! Always, Kit

Driving along the Columbia Gorge - that's Mt. Hood, I made Steve wave from our room in Cascade Locks...LOL, the place was huge! Some wildlife and one of the many boats going down the river. Great eatery next door with lots of Native artifacts.
At the Newport Aquarium! New display and we had fun exploring and being silly. It is such a wonderful place.
Cannon Beach and Newport Old Town. Wonderful galleries and flowers. And great places to take a load off and have a tuna sandwich and listen to a gent play jaunty songs on his banjo!
Depoe Bay. The Marine Gardens. Sea and flowers right outside our door. Heaven.
How we spent July 4th! Steve running in a local race, I love my patriotic socks...LOL  Later a bottle of the best sparkling wine I hav ever tasted, a sunset and then fireworks on TV.  Just perfect!
Places we love to go! Depoe Bay downtown. Bay View Grill, Florence, Or. Saffron Salmon in Newport. Freed Gallery with their spinning wind sculptures ( I have two in my back yard!) and a Lego toy the girls gave us to put together and play with.
Last walk on the beach and two happy campers. We stayed at the lovely Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Wa. A great place to rest after our 10 hour drive. I thought it kismet that there was a painting of a sailing ship in our room. :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Oregon Time

I am prepping. It is that time of the year again when my thoughts and my body turn toward the West and it hankers for the ocean. I have concluded that I cannot go a year without being at the sea. There is just something about it that soothes me. Inspires me. Makes me more creative.  I feel free and uninhibited. And I can see why all the Flower Children went to San Francisco instead of Des Moines.


We have been going to "The Condo" for 11 years now. No other place will do. From that point high over the rocky cliffs of Oregon, we travel out North and South. Seeing the same places, visiting our old haunts, but each year is different. Always new memories, new treasures, but because we know the area like our second home, there are no stresses or disagreements. The days just flow and each night we head back home to watch the sunset, enjoy a drink and each others company and just relax.


So this week will be filled with packing and getting this home ready for leaving. We are lucky to have our youngest who comes over and uses this place as her vacation home. She takes care of our aging cat, makes sure all my pots are watered and is a presence about the place to ward off evil...LOL  


 It is going to be hot back here inland, but I will not need any A/C, I will have the ocean breezes. And I just may tuck a flower in my hair.  :) Always, Kit





Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer Vacation!

The school year has ended. I had cleaned, polished, stacked and organized till I was blue in the face. I took one more look around at my now very bland kitchen, turned the key in the lock and I went from being a working girl to being a kept woman....LOL  And I love it! 

A whole summer of such possibilities. I already have a list a mile long, but it is open to many deletions and changes. :) I have to keep an open mind about what I "plan" to do. I had so many plans for my first day off (Friday), I was going to get my hair cut, return a shirt to Old Navy, drop off a library book, maybe go grocery shopping but what happened in actuality was: my youngest called and wanted to take a short road trip to Arlee. She had seen a pic of an item at a yard sale and wanted to buy it. I am always up for a road trip with my girls, so off we went. What happened next was unexpected and shows that life can change in an instant for anyone. 


As we approached Arlee, we could see a car accident had happened up ahead. We slowed, surveyed the scene and my daughter (a part-time EMT) and I decided to stop. It turned out we were the second "responder" on the scene. One cop who happened to be driving by was managing traffic along with passersby, so Em went right to the vehicle and found two teen age girls crying and sore and the vehicle was on it's side with the windows broken out. She amazed me with her calm and steady voice and started taking vitals and giving instructions to the girls. Because Arlee is a small town, their ambulance crew is all volunteer, so it was taking time for them to arrive. And Em was the voice of reason and control until they did. What was also incredible, is that folks starting pulling over and assisting. We had a ex-Army medic, a male nurse, a couple of guys who said they were there to lift heavy stuff if needed. People were directing traffic (4 lane highway) and removing debris from the road. My job was to help console the Mom and Grand-mom who showed up and to try and keep them calm.  I know how I would have been reacting had it been my kid. Not good.


http://www.kpax.com/story/29307910/2-crashes-tie-up-traffic-in-arlee  Click above for video, Em is in purple all the way to the left.

In the end, both girls were loaded into ambulances and taken to Missoula. Em and I did make it to the yard sale and she scored a vintage oil lamp. Later, my daughter called and said, that thru some deducting (when I am trying to calm folks, I babble like a idiot) the friend of the Mom I was taking to, found my daughter on Facebook (thru the yard sale!) and emailed her with the info that both girls are doing just fine and they thanked the both of us for stopping and helping.  That was nice. My daughter was worried about one of the girls. :) So there you have it, what could have been an ordinary day of errand running and such, turned into a day of being good Samaritans and doing what the good Lord would want us all to do. Heck, I can get my hair cut any day. :) Always, Kit

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Having fun!

Oh what a lovely time of the year it is. The weather has been gorgeous (except for the hail storm that hit one evening, nothing too damaged) and in fact this coming week is supposed to be in the 90's! A bit early, but I'll take it. We have been busy. Celebrated my birthday, as my runner hubby says, I am in a new age group! The big 6-0! My theme this year was - get this - Breaking Bad. Yep, we had just finished the series and I was in withdrawal so my daughters whipped me up a party. It was awesome! I even had my age spelled out on top of my cake in bacon! And my family gave me another great present. Since myself and Disneyland are the same age (our Diamond Celebrations) they are sending me there in July with my youngest to celebrate. Remember those commercials? "Kit you just turned 60 years old, where are you going?" And the reply was always, "I'm going to Disneyland!" Well I am. And I couldn't be happier. :)




This weekend has been such fun and full. Yesterday we loaded up again, and off to yard sale. For two hours we buzz around and it is the perfect amount of time (we leave at 10am, no way I am waking up early...LOL) . We aren't really out there to make a killer purchase, just to have fun and if we find something, then that is great. Got myself some treasures again. A fantastic Pottery Barn clock for only a couple of bucks and it works! And as I was leaving a sale I spied this Gas Pump. A child's toy and saw all sorts of potential in my garden, with a new coat of paint. And a lovely green plate which I will use in my next birdbath. 



I love horse racing. I think in an earlier life I must have been a bookie in New York City. Oh, how I love to watch the ponies run. And so of course I was pulled up to the TV to watch the Belmont Stakes and I was hoping along with a million other folks that American Pharoah would take the Triple Crown. By the time the race was over, my cat had left the room (too much screaming for him), my throat was sore, I had knocked over my snack and I was immensely happy. What a beauty! You could just see it in his stride that he had all the confidence to pull it off. Now as a reward he gets to go and make more championship horses. :) 


Well, I am off to finish planting my flowers. I have my tunes on, and my shade hat. The bees have ignored me (thank you bees) and my yard is coming along. Always, Kit


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Weekend

Unheard of in this part of the country is good weather over the Memorial Day weekend. Until this year. I can't believe it. The weekend where virtually everyone goes camping (and I always thought they were crazy!) and this year, it would have been a good idea. :) Not for me tho, I prefer to use my time in the yard and enjoying other diversions. On Saturday we drove to St. Regis for the annual Flea Market. Gorgeous drive and the place was packed with people and full booths of possible treasures. I found two and a very yummy sno cone. A wonderful grass green boat and a tumbler in Vernonware (one of my patterns) that had been used as a pen holder and was only 75 cents. Gathered a few great ideas for future projects and was home by mid afternoon to work outside. 


Sunday dawned lovely and warm and I was off to the Good Food Store for bagels and organic cream cheese. I hadn't even had my coffee and hoped I wouldn't run into anyone. Of course I did. And I hope I didn't sound too stupid or did they notice I was wearing a plaid pair of shorts and a shirt in a different plaid?  But I was in a hurry. Why? Cause the start of the Indianapolis 500 was going to be starting and I didn't want to miss even one tiny bit. I just love it and watch till the very end. Way to go Juan Pablo!


Today I was up early, sipping my coffee and eating bagels at my computer. From here I can hear my fountains and smell the roses that have starting to bloom. And the birds are just having such a great time out there, I am afraid they will all have sore throats by evening. Hubby is out for a run, my flag is hung and we have no big plans for the day. Just to enjoy it. Happy Memorial Day. Always, Kit



Sunday, May 17, 2015

First Sales of the Season

It threatened to be a bit rainy but we loaded up the car with the car basket filled with the items we would need. GPS, a bottle of water, my old beat up leather change purse filled with quarters, the newspaper and pen. The first yard sale to hit, is a favorite house of mine. They have gardens similar to mine (filled with not only plants but treasures!) and they have an annual sale. I just love wandering their yard seeing what they have done now. The owners are fun to chat with and it is like greeting old friends. I found a lovely stamped aluminum plate and a chrome boat horn. 



There were alot of estate sales to visit and they are bittersweet to me. I always feel a little funny pawing through the person's items. But I try to find something that will live on in my house or gardens and I say a little quiet, "Thank you". In one I found a lovely red punch bowl that will become one of my new birdbaths. I think they would like that. :) 


At one of the sales the man kept chatting and chatting and couldn't believe that certain items were not selling. I could have told him, his prices were too high. No wonder he had all this stuff left at Noon. And he was so surprised when I reached over and bought a perfect vintage plastic wreath for only 25 cents. He thought it was worthless. Not to me, I drive all over town at Christmas with one of these on my Jeep. And only a quarter. Score!


Coffee and cookies were bought, a quick drive thru the University area was needed. It was graduation day and I love seeing the students in their caps and gowns and all the family members beaming with pride. As we headed home, one more sale beckoned and it was a hit! I found a lovely pillow (like I need any more, my hubby exclaimed!) an old Monopoly game (we love the old game pieces) and a child's old chicken pecking toy. But what was so funny about finding this toy, was my hubby was recently commissioned to make a life size one for a man who wanted it for his display at County Fairs. Small world. Always, Kit