Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Good, the Bad and the Scary!

Onward to November! Ours arrived like it usually does with rain and gray skies with a touch of snow on the mountains. I really don't mind, since it makes for cozy days, but it is making it a bit hard to get up the last of my leaves. It looks like I have a slight window next  In the meantime, I will continue to sip my coffee and do some baking, and take down Halloween. 

Well, we had some good things come to us. The first may seem odd. But to me, it was a little dream come true. I do not have many items from my childhood left. So when I find something that sparks a memory, I want to grab it. In my hometown of Pennsauken, New Jersey we had a pretzel company, Reisman's! And in every home there was a tin of pretzels in their notable red, white and blue can. One day when I was wandering the web, I saw a tin on Ebay. But it was way too expensive and very beat up, and also someone had stored oily car parts in it. Nasty. I was patient for quite a long while and that patience paid off when I went to search and a can came up in Pittsburgh, Pa. And it was cheap and not smelly. Well, it is now mine and I love it! And right down in the right hand corner it says my hometown, Pennsauken.

We celebrated my hubby's 69th birthday. Very simple and fun. Both kids were able to be here and it made it special. And we had Chocolate Cream Birthday pie!

Then I am sad to say, life took a bad turn. I had to make the hard decision to put my 18 year old cat down. With the colder weather his old bones were not working well and he stopped eating. I could tell he didn't know what was going on and I hated the thought that he was in pain. He will forever be in his favorite place, underneath his rose bush and that gives me comfort. But oh how my heart aches.

We celebrated Halloween with our regular flourish and the neighborhood kids loved it. This year the numbers were down due to the rain but it was still so much fun. I even had a mother come up and thank me for making her little boy's holiday so special. And that is why we do it. And I hope we can for many more years to come. Always, Kit

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Smoothing my Feathers

I am not one to discuss certain topics here. Obviously we all have our opinions and beliefs and I do not want to get into a debate or cause hard feelings if your beliefs are different than mine. I have always known one should not discuss religion, politics or But we had an event happen in our little town which caused an upsurge of emotions in me that quite surprised me in their strength. We had a visit from our current president in order for him to degrade everything holy and good. Yes, I do not like him, at all. I never have. To put it simply, I think he is a moron. But, I felt like I should be informed, so I watched some of his speech. I only made it 20 minutes and I literally started to feel ill. What also made me sick were all the people nodding and smiling at him. They certainly were not "my people". Mine were at the park demonstrating against him. Mine were wearing rainbows, and mine were for love and kindness and inclusion. I switched off the TV, and was in the worse mood ever and it continued into the next day. I felt like I was unclean having him here. I am better now and am glad the elections are almost over. I did my duty and voted. Now I will go back to enjoying my Fall and will not ever again listen to him. Ever! Some people think Halloween is scary and evil. It pales in comparison to our current president. Always, Kit

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Leaves are Falling

Last night it dropped to 26° and this morning the leaves are literally raining down from my trees. My hubby stood under the Autumn maple and just looked up and it was the strangest sensation he said. Our highs will be in the low 60's and sunny this week, so that should make for very pretty days. But it also will be the perfect time to start mulching my leaves. I mow them all up and dump them in my gardens. Free garden food. And it keeps down the weeds. Lookie, my newest Blowmold from hubby!

Road trip! We live in a place where come Winter, we are pretty well trapped by snowy passes. And I do not like to travel in snow. So we headed off to the East, to Helena, Mt. It is lovely country and perfect for viewing fall color. I just love the Tamaracks, and we were not disappointed. They just glowed yellow, high up on the mountain sides! We weren't surprised to see snow on the pass, but were surprised to see snow in town. That's Montana, it keeps you guessing. We ate at our fav eatery, Bert and Ernie's and then visited the shops. They have a new one and I almost bought a quilt, but I resisted. It was Fall themed and the price didn't justify it's display time per year. And I can't believe it. We went to our antique mall, and not one single thing jumped out at me. And if it does not make bells ring, it does not come home with me.

So this morning, you find me house sitting at my kid's. Just as cold weather gets here, their furnace stops working and I am trying to keep the house warm for their cats. Oldest kid is headed home from a business trip across the Southwest and youngest is down in New Mexico for her job. Good thing I am retired. But where the hell is that heating guy!? I am running out of Always, Kit

Not all Halloween decor need to be scary. New hearts from Lizzy. So pretty!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Good Life

I had my dream day the other day. Nothing grandiose and earth shattering, but simple and one I have wanted for so long. Back when I worked, I would wake and it would be cold and rainy and all I wanted to do was to stay home and be cozy. Maybe bake, maybe read, maybe... But no, I would get myself out the door and do my obligation. But the other day, we had one of those days and I curled up on the sofa, turned on my little lights and just looked out the window. It was everything I had dreamed it would be.

Now with October, I am in full Halloween mode. I have changed out my house to everything orange and black. It looks so different and wonderful. I must admit I have a ongoing obsession with Blowmold Halloween. Anything pumpkin, ghost or witch, I will seek. I have been lucky and have found a couple at yard sales for only 50 cents each. Otherwise they can get really pricey. So far I have about 8 of them. I restuffed my scarecrow and he is now outside protecting our home. I have had Ed for over 30 years now and we just couldn't have Halloween without him. 

I have taken up my journaling again. Not electronic. In a real book with a real pen. I have kept a journal since I was 16. That is a lot of years. But I have to admit with blogging and Instagram I stopped writing. But recently I started reading some of my journals and was amazed how much info I had written about. So I am back to it, and have been logging in every day. It feels wonderful!

And speaking of Instagram. I just love it! So simple and fun. I enjoy the process of finding a pic to share and I could spend hours (but I don't) looking at all the homes and topics that are posted. I especially love the new friends I have found across the pond and here in the states. 

So other than just regular life happening, that is it for here. With the cooler weather, I have been cooking and baking more. And I have put my yard art to bed for the season. My flowers are still going great, but I fear our first frost is imminent. Football fills my weekends, college and professional and I adore it! Nothing better than screaming at a television Always, Kit

Friday, September 21, 2018

Back home again

And with huge smiles. What a great trip! I must say as we get older the trips are a little harder to do. I really can't stand heat and humidity.  And I have a bit of a back problem, the problem is, it gets sore and tired with excess walking and standing in place. So what do we do? Go to Disneyland in Sept and walk The temps topped out in the high 80's, but most days the humidity was low. Thank heavens! I use a cane now in places like this and it helped considerably. We took it slow and I rested a lot, but we managed to see everything and multiple times. Also the wait times for some rides can be hellish, but if you use the Fastpass system, it is great! I think the longest I had to wait was 20 min. So here is an overloaded post with lots of pics. 

I just love flying and was so thrilled to see that our first plane was the Griz Plane! I just knew that was a good sign. My daughter gave us a present for our second plane (a tradition of ours) and it was so cute, little Mickey figures in Mickey balls. Our room was great. Very modern and simple and with a view of Disneyland. You may wonder, what is with the donettes and beer? My go to snack at the end of a long long 

We arrived and it was lovely. All the Halloween decor up and in place. As I wandered by the castle, a proposal was happening. And she said yes! First ride was Peter Pan and then Mr. Toad. This year I had special buttons made for us. They say: Celebrating 40 Years of Happily Ever After.

No I am no sweating in that one pic, we got soaked on Splash Mountain and it felt so great! I love the new Dumbo ride and to dry our clothes out we road Thunder Mountain Railroad (my fav roller coaster).

The Mansion is incredible with it's new "overlay" and my hubby got to see it for the first time. Not only do we ride the rides. But we seek out the unusual and the back corners of the park. Here we watched the Mark Twain go by as we ate our lunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant and some Pirate singers serenaded us as we strolled by New Orleans Square. 

On our second day we checked out California Adventure and their new Pixar Pier. Well, I don't see why all that money was spent, it was okay, but it looks so much like the old land, they could have saved the  We rode the Increda Coaster (formally California Screamin) and it was still great, but I am not a fan of the Incredibles, so eh? Love love, Cars Land and it is all dressed up for Halloween. The Racers are a favorite of both mine the hubby. And here's a tip, if you go. Ride Single Rider if you can (no young kids alone) it is quick and fun and saves so much time in the queue. 

Breaks are a good thing, or you will start face palming little  We always love the Disney parades and find a shady and out of the way place to watch them. Only pitfall? You will have that song in your head the whole  Dole whip and a table on the main square is great. Lots of great people watching.  We also love all the shows that Disney puts on. One of the best is at the Royal Theater. Smythe and Jones and Beauty and the Beast and Tangled. So funny!

The new Halloween ears are out. So pretty, but I prefer my hat, but I had fun trying them on. Hubby likes to get a bit goofy on the Toy Story Mania ride. And thank heavens for Starbucks in both parks. Our barista was so cute and decorated our cups. :)

As the week wore on we sought out shade and cool places which gave us another two shows to see, Mickey and his Magical Map and Frozen. Wow, those performers are top notch. Other good bets to get out of the sun is Pirates of the Caribbean and the Little Mermaid Ride. 

I like to try out some of the holiday fare and this dessert did not fail, in fact I couldn't eat it all. The Castmember was so sweet and gave us two anniversary buttons. I did some pin trading while I was there, which is a lot of fun. My first was to honor our marriage with the Queen and King from Alice. See that face I am making? That means "No, I do not want to get up!" 

So my hubby drug me over to the Plaza Restaurant where we could relax in the cool and eat Pot Roast. It was very good! Back over to Calif Adventure to see their Light up the Night Parade. So gorgeous and another song stuck in my "Why don't we do this again...."

But all good things must come to an end. I didn't mind, my body was starting to rebel after 4 days. We did some shopping of all the pretty Halloween items and picked out a few and a new ornament for Christmas. And finished the night with the fireworks show. It was fantastic! And of course when Tinkerbell flew thru the air, I burst into tears. What can I say? I love Disney! Always, Kit
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Time to Go Play

I've kept up with my yard work and done my house chores. So I guess it is time to pack my bags and head out for an adventure. My hubby and I usually go on an anniversary trip in January, but since we knew I would be retiring, we decided to mix it up a bit and go in September. So I have my lists made and the packing is about to start and we are ready to shove off to Disneyland. Our favorite place to celebrate our years together. This one is the big 40! Now I know a lot of folks would take a cruise or head to England or pick a sunny spot on a tropical beach, but that just isn't us. I want to be with my love whirling around in a TeaCup under a sunny California sky. I want to hold his hand as we stroll down Mainstreet and eat a great burger while we watch the little kids defeat Darth Vader. And I want to burst into tears as I fly my boat off to Neverneverland! So off I go, Mickey is waiting for me. :) Always, Kit

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


And I mean that literally this morning. Got down to 42 last night. Yep, we are definitely heading toward Autumn here in the mountains. Our first hard frost could hit here pretty soon. We had a winter warning on the weather for the mountains east of us for early snow and Glacier Park (to the north of us) had their first snow on Logan Pass yesterday. Do we complain or grouse? Not at all, because snow means an end to our fires. And that is a good thing.  I turned the gas fireplace on this morning and enjoyed it with my coffee and fresh zucchini bread. Great way to start the day.

Hubby brought me the first token of the Fall last week. "Close your eyes, and hold out your hands", is a mantra of And in them he placed two horse chestnuts still in their prickly seed pods. Yay! They will sit on my Victrola until they burst open.

Now since I retired, we are able to switch our schedules around and we now yard sale on Fridays. So much more chill on a Friday. And I was so surprised to see so many that were still happening. This little and very heavy curio cabinet was one of my latest finds. Not sure what I will do with it yet, but I just knew I had to have it. It has hearts on it.

This project turned out well I think. I found the base of the lamp at one yard sale for 50 cents. And I found 2 glass ceiling shades from an old house here in town, both for $5.00. So I enlisted my hubby's skills and told him what I wanted and ta da.... a new lamp for the dining room. 

The pace has slowed which has allowed me to spend my time elsewhere. My children and I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Rainbow Crosswalk which is next to our art museum, in support of the LGBTQ Community. It was so lovely to see so many people come out in support of it. There was dancing, speeches, and some crying. Even the rain could not dampen our spirits! (my two kiddos)

Well, that is all from here. The sun is out and it is turning into a lovely day. I think I need some time in the garden. Always, Kit