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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Over the Moon!



I can't contain myself today! I am actually giddy. Hubby does not know what to do with me...lol Lucky for him, today is his day to go over to his friends house and they are working on building Hubby's new car. Sooooo.....  That means the house is all mine, alone, time to putter and cook and bake and straighten and fuss and make my nest lovely. :) That makes me giddy, but the real reason is that my oldest has been texting me all morning. She got to the New Orleans airport, made it thru security and is now waiting to board her plane (knock on wood). Does anyone else do that? I am so afraid to jinx something, I constantly knock on wood, probably much to my families chagrin....lol But hey, if I feel it works I will do it.  :)

My lovely girl doing what she loves most, traveling the country!


Well, I have started my cooking and the only thing lacking is the sound of a football game on in the background. Really? No games today??? I should have recorded one just for that purpose. I will remember that next year. I do not have a ton to cook, we are simple folks. So I will have time to also do some reading and plan what the table will look like this year. But it won't take long.  It's funny, I use the same tablecloth, napkins and dishes every year. No change. Why? Because in that weird universe that is my brain, I think they would be sad if they didn't get to come out and spend the holiday with us. Because they always have!...lol  The only thing I play around with is the centerpiece. I know, very strange. 

Last years simple table
Okay, I am up to the baking of the pie. Debating whether we will also need brownies. Am I kidding? Of course we need brownies. With walnuts. :) Just stirred the Chex Mix. Texting has stopped from my daughter so I assume she is up in the air and on her way to Denver. Then Missoula. Knock on wood. Happy Thanksgiving! Always, Kit 

I am leaving the light on for her. :)




Sunday, November 20, 2016

My Favorite Week

There is just something about this upcoming week that gets my soul singing. My juices flowing. My heart bursting. You get the idea. I am lucky and with my job I get 6 whole days off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and the start to the Christmas season. And for me, since it is all about the planning and the set up and the preparing, I am in seventh heaven! I am in my best form when I have an event to create. All my thoughts converge and pretty tables, labels for cookie bags, interesting ways to make a centerpiece and what to cook, all come pouring out of me. It feels so good! 


Every year I make the same menu. Easy Peasy but so tasty. My hubby says he loves the fact that there are so many different foods to sample. And my kids are comforted to know, all their favorites will be there and they won't have to suddenly try asparagus with cheese! And the rolls better come out of a tube....lol The only thing we have changed is the type of turkey we get. We no longer get the supermarket variety but I find a humanely treated organic turkey.  That makes all of us enjoy it better. 


This year will be a little different. Our oldest girl is currently on a business trip and was going to be in New Orleans for the holiday. This would have been the first year, all 4 of us would not be together. Mommy didn't care for that and neither did anyone else, so we are flying her home for the holidays. Yay! I can't wait to see her. We have been texting and both of us are so excited. It can't come soon enough for me. :)  We have so much fun together that night, eating and playing games and taking selfies. I laugh so hard, my tummy hurts the next day. 


Well, my back room is a disaster zone with bags of snacks and incoming Christmas presents, and my many lists. It is starting to bug me. So organizing is a must today. I can not function in chaos! Off I go, my coffee cup is empty and the hubby is about to leave to go to his friends house, I have 4 hours all to myself. Alright, time to get started. :) Always, Kit




Saturday, November 12, 2016

Road Trip!

This is becoming my Saturday ritual. Coffee. My cat in the window. My blog. It is a cold one here this morn and the sun is trying to peek out. We have had dense fog each morning until late in the morning. Yesterday I was off and Hubby and I decided to take a drive to our state's capitol, Helena. Not to complain about the recent election (this is an angst free zone!) but to shop at a wonderful antique store, and eat at a favorite eatery. Once we were out of our valley the fog was gone and it was gorgeous out! Most of our leaves are down and done for the Fall, but it is still such a lovely drive. I could feel my body relaxing as we chatted and sipped our coffee.


First stop was lunch at Bert and Ernie's! Doesn't the name make you smile? Back when we lived in Helena we would go to the original restaurant with our little one and have our fresh made sub sandwiches and she would eat little cubes of meat and cheese and fruit they would prepare for her. The place was packed and we got a lovely table near the windows and the hostess thanked us for being so patient (as she cleaned the table) and I told her, "Life is too short to be impatient." She liked that. :) We had a wonderful meal and then I was ready to shop!


Golden Girls Antique Mall, right on Last Chance Gulch is a great store. Two floors and everything imaginable to buy. And they have a resident "shop cat". He was in his favorite spot and ready for me to pet him.


 I found some treasures and I even swore a bit when I came around the corner and spied a cookbook (Gladys Taber's Stillmeadow Cookbook) that I have been looking for for years. I was sooooo excited! Plus, I found a little cookie tin in the blues that I love, and a little Stan Laurel doll, that tho it is a bit creepy, I just had to have....lol. Then my eyes rested on a little bag of sequined ornaments. Now, the last thing I need is more ornaments, but these were so pretty and I could just imagine a little old lady making them one year and now they were so sad sitting in a ziplock bag. I bought them and will set them free! 


It was a perfect day and Hubby and I had such a wonderful time chatting and laughing and sharing. It is hard to get us in one place for any length of time...lol Today my Griz play and I will get myself all cozy on the couch and catch up on some letter writing. Off I go, Always, Kit


Through that gap to the left is home!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Halloween is but a Memory

Gorgeous here today! Not like most Novembers I have had here in Montana. Usually the day after or actually even on Halloween we have our first snow. All the leaves fall and plunk, we are in Winter. But not so this year. Sunny and cold (32 right now) and the leaves of my apple tree are slowly and gracefully falling down. Hubby mulched a bunch of leaves yesterday and I can see that by Monday, we will be due to go back out and mulch some more. We do not bag them up and have them hauled. We chop them up with the mower and then pour them in my garden beds. Lots of great insulation from the cold and great easy free food for my plants. By summer they are all broken down and most are gone. And they keep the grass and weeds at bay. 


Our holiday was wonderful. I just love the excitement and greeting all the kids in their costumes. Hubby hands out candy with me since his duty as "Daddy Supervisor of  Daughters" is over.  He gets a real kick out of it. We saw lots of great costumes: a kid in a cardboard racing car and it looked fantastic, a girl dressed as an ice cream cone (I love her whipped cream with a cherry on top Hat!) and my favorite was a little boy who didn't really want to come out (he had a bad experience last year at some house) but he was glad that he did when he visited us! He loved all our decorations and pumpkins. Did my heart good. It is what it is all about.





Though my girls were in the middle of moving, my youngest dressed up her new house to welcome her new neighbors and it looked so cute. She handed out candy and made lots of new friends. Because of the move, they didn't dress up on Halloween as in years before but my youngest did get to go to a house party as Malory from the show Archer, though a much prettier version. :)




She also wore the new scarf I gave her (she LOVES spiders) to visit all her clients on Halloween. They thought she was so cute. I think so too!


Oldest girl having a beverage on a party evening downtown as Rose Quartz from Steven Universe. This girl rocks the pink hair for sure. :) So very pretty.



So now I am thinking about Thanksgiving. My new lites arrived and I think I should have bought two strings but I will make one work for now. All my turkeys go up tomorrow and the rooms change to gold and brown, but some touches of orange still. This month calms and makes me feel so content and cozy. And I start my lists and start my daydreaming about the holidays. It feels good. Always, Kit


I am linking to Pink Saturday, at How Sweet the Sound! Due to my daughters hair!...LOL

Saturday, October 29, 2016

What I am loving right now, and one thing I am not

A Saturday morn. Love it. Sipping my coffee and eating the best brownie bites I have ever tasted. From a local bakery. It is very foggy and cold and so even this morning I have my Halloween lights on, and the place looks festive. I was bemoaning the fact that I will miss all my little pumpkin lights, so right before bed, I got on the puter and ordered some lovely Thanksgiving lights for my front window. Leaves, corn, pumpkins and tiny orange lights. Sounds good! It will address my little light obsession. 


I love little off beat surprises. Since my hubby retired, my life has been full of them and I smile and laugh at each and every one. The latest? This gent from one of my favorite Pixar movies. Made from a bowling bowl and airbrushed by my talented Hubby. I don't think he will be just for Halloween. I think he is a permanent addition to my living room. :)


I love how life can change at any moment and a person can go from sadness and concern to immense relief and joy. My oldest girl has been battling some issues with her new company, and at one point things looked a bit bleak. Hubby and I stepped in and offered help, but things turned around and I think she is going to be okay. We are so proud of her and she works hard. She just has to deal with some difficult people sometimes (don't we all) and that can make life messy. We just have to have a little faith. :)

Presents for my girls for Halloween, all wrapped up and looking lovely! 


I am loving a happy hubby. My guy is one very talented man. He carves, he welds, he creates and also does all my chores now that he is home all the time. Incredible! But one of the main things he loves to do, is make cars. About 5 years ago he made a Shelby Cobra and it is beautiful. He has been helping his friend on a car of his but he was yearning to do another car, all his own. Well, he found one and last week the big truck arrived and delivered his new project. Some kind of coupe (you can tell I know next to little about cars....lol) and he is over the moon! This will keep him busy for the next year or so. I can't wait to see how it turns out.


I loved having all four of us about for Hubby's birthday. So much fun to sit around and chat, and give our guy well deserved presents and love. 


Though my bushes do not love it, I love having deer visit my yard. Wow, so beautiful and I could watch them all day long. 


Well, what I am not loving is my lack of will power. I knew at the store when I was buying Halloween candy that I should not buy any bags with Tootsie Rolls in them. I am so in love with them and am not allowed to eat them. See, my teeth look pretty good, but truth is, most of them are crowns. And when you have crowns, you do not eat Tootsie Rolls. But guess who ate Tootsie Rolls? Yep, and guess what, I loosened a crown. So I will have to see if it will resolve itself or go and visit my dentist (I swear I am putting his 4 kids thru college). Lesson learned? Probably not....lol But at least for this year, yes! Off I go, time to start chores before the football game. Happy Halloween! Always, Kit


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

I am linking to Mosaic Monday, at Normandy Life!

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