Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party!

Oh my! What an incredible time my youngest and I had. I have to warn you, this will be a photo heavy post. From the get go, we were in party mode and doing all we could in the time we had. Kinda how I live my life....lol Yes, we got tired, true my legs could not take another step on day 5, but who cared, we were in Disneyland! 

Even on the plane, we were ready for some fun. We had our cheese snacks and exchanged gifts and my daughter even brought, soft and fluffy mouse ears to wear. They were so comfortable, I even forgot we had them on as we headed through the airport....lol We were taken to the Candy Cane Inn, a cute and family owned hotel right on Disney property. I just loved all their flowers! My daughter put a note and little toy on my bed each night, what a clever surprise and so appreciated. 

First day dawned lovely and today we were going to be dressing up as Peter Pan and Wendy. It is called Disneybounding, and you can dress up, as long as you do not look exactly like the character. I didn't think I would have any problem being confused with a 15 year old boy. :) We were so impressed with the decor in Disney. Lots of pumpkins and bunting and everything was dressed in orange, of course! We ran into the real Peter Pan and we were tickled. 

The Haunted Mansion was spectacular. That must have taken a long time to set up and the ride so different and a lot of fun. We had to get two Fast Passes to it since the line was soooooo long. All the windows along Main Street had the most unusual and gorgeous Halloween displays. I would have loved to buy quite a few items had they been for sale. Also being celebrated in the parks was Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. In California Adventure we were able to take in a live show based on the new movie, Coco. It was wonderful! 

But even though it was Halloween in the parks, we did the regular stuff too. Rode the Grizzly Water ride (reminds us of home), caught the parade, played Astro Blasters (Em beat me this time!), and sat in a teacup with a huge heart on the side in Fantasyland. Of course we had to do the Peter Pan ride, as Peter Pan. A lot of folks got a kick out of that. Em rode the raft to Tom Sawyers Island and we ate sugary beignets in New Orleans Square. 

With dusk coming on, we had to run over to Cars Land which had a wonderful Halloween "overlay". Lots of clever displays and the neon is so lovely. We rode the Racers, which is a blast and in the line I met a young disabled man who kept pointing to my hat and grinning. His Mom said, "He loves your ride! It is his favorite." I guess I can be confused with Peter Pan. :) 

Day two! Really, has it only been two days? My legs were saying no....lol Youngest was the Queen from Alice in Wonderland and I was Adventureland. Though that was a bit obscure, so I referred to myself as Beige Lady. We wandered the parks catching the rides we had missed and spending a lot of time sipping iced coffee and seeking air conditioning. It seems Cally, was having a heat wave. 92 degrees in the shade. Oy! Dole whip helped a lot, as did riding the train and taking a turn through Small World. I hadn't ridden that ride since 1995. And now I remember why.....lol 

We took the hot weather as a sign that it was time to shop and eat special treats. I couldn't believe that they even took the special holiday decor to the inside of the stores. I want that chandelier! Look at those caramel apples. $11.00  a pop! They were so pretty, but there was no way I could damage one by eating it. So I bought the coolest container that looks like Snow White's poison apple and it came with grapes. A much healthier option. Em found a lovely dress in New Orleans Square and I found my new popcorn container, Mickey Mouse as a pumpkin. Perfect!

Party Day had arrived! But we couldn't go to the parks until 4pm. So we did the next best thing and went to Downtown Disney for some lunch and shopping. There again, they we all decorated up with pumpkins and it was so pretty. Found a lovely Mexican restaurant for some table side, freshly prepared guacamole which was delich and an apple tart. Apple tart? It went with the Fall theme. Back to rest up and then get dressed. My lovely girl decided to go as Katrina Van Tassel of Sleepy Hallow fame. The Disney version (the best version). And I was Ellie from Up as a child. I love Ellie! And everyone loved our costumes. And there were tons of costumes! 

Once the party started, we had such fun! We ran over to Calif Adventure to the Headless Horseman statue to get a bunch of photos taken of my lovely girl. Once folks realized who she was, they started snapping pics of her. :) Disney had these great Trick or Treat venues in all the lands. And we hit each and every one of them. The staff were eager to give you all that you wanted (Cheez Its, candy, apple slices, pretzels, popcorn, and more candy) The atmosphere in the park was dark and spooky and gorgeous! We rode some rides with literally the smallest lines I have ever seen, visited a dance party, and were wowed by the firework display. And to top off the evening we found a perfect spot for the parade and who comes down the street but Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman and when he saw my Katrina they had a moment of kiss throwing and waving. The crowd loved it! They should invite her back for a repeat performance don't ya think?

But all things must come to an end. We boarded the plane very tired, but very happy and thought back on special treats, Cadaver Dan's singing to us, gorgeous decorations, lots of fun and the most wonderful time a Mom could have with her daughter. We were sad, but I had a Mickey Mouse pumpkin waiting for me at home and joining it would be two huge bags of treats and lots and lots of great memories. :) Always, Kit

I am linking up with Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Red Hair = Peter Pan and Ellie from Up!

Ahhh, I slept till 9am today. Had my blueberries and cereal. Am sipping coffee and now my head is full of hair dye. Yes, my name is Kit and I do still dye my hair.  And until my face matches my age, I will continue to do so. I just adore Natural Instincts. So easy and it washes out gradually and I do not get that "skunk" look as it wears out. Also, it does not look like a color helmet, it looks very natural. It makes me feel good and it makes me feel sassy. This has been a commercial for hair color and what it can do for you....lol And besides I have to look like Peter Pan next Wednesday, more on that later.

We have had the most loveliest of weeks this past week. Temps in the 70's and the color is changing in our trees and the sky was blue and the smiles were huge! A perfect Montana Fall. I did my mowing and tweaked some plants. But for the most part my flowers are gone. My geraniums are hanging on, but the begonias and roses are done. We are expected to go down to 29 degrees come Monday night, so that should be the end of my season. It's all good. 

I am on vacation! You are thinking, "Hey, didn't she just start work?" Yeah, I did. But I have always wanted to see Disneyland dressed for Halloween and I decided it was time to go. Plus it helps that my boss is a Disneyland nut, so it was okay on her part. So my youngest girl and I are flying away next week to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We will be dressing up and the costumes for this trip will be: 1st day I will Peter Pan and she will be Wendy, 2nd day she is the queen from Alice in Wonderland and I am still debating, and for the big party on Friday, I will be Young Ellie from Up and she is going as Katrina Van Tassel from the cartoon Sleepy Hallow. It should be fun. As it always is. Except I am leaving a very sad hubby behind, but I have promised him a trip there on Halloween in the future.

Off I go, I need to work on trip preps and plus I am starting my decorating for Halloween around the house. And you know how much I love Halloween! Bring on the Black and Orange.  :) Always, Kit

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nesting continues

I know yesterday was the official start of Autumn but I have been in nesting mode since it started to rain and our temps dropped into the low 50's. We ended up with a good week of showers and guess what? I can see SNOW on the tops of our mountains! Out here in the West, that is good news to all. 

Except for maybe Evelyn. Meet Evelyn. She is what is called a Cat Faced Spider and I adore her. For years we have had one who lives on our porch, tucked under the edge until night, when she comes out to feed. Now of course this isn't the same spider each year, but many Evelyns. Pretty soon she will leave us. But she will also leave her egg sac so that I will get to befriend a new Evelyn in the future. 

So I have been cozying up in my house. I have to admit, I like nothing better than sitting in my spot in the living room, with all my lamps lit and just being. I realized the other day, I have 11 little lamps in my main living space. I detest bright lights. They make me uncomfortable. So I find lamps in my travels and change them out throughout the year. This is my favorite and sits right next to me.What a lovely glow it gives.

I am a sucker for a unique lamp shade too. I fell in love with this lamp at Shopko. My daughter kept trying to drag me away, saying, "You already have too many lamps." I do. But I went back the next day....lol 

I love this lady. She was found at a yard sale and no one wanted her because she had been broken and fixed. She had been part of a lamp. When I picked her up and gathered her to me, the owner was so happy that I wanted her, she gave her to me for free. I placed her where my lamp (to the right) would catch her and make her glow. She seems very happy amongst the vines.

So today I will venture out and check my garden. Do a little mowing and sprucing. Hubby did some pruning of the Red Maple and it looks great. I have about 3 weeks to enjoy the yard and then I need to start putting it to bed for the year. We have a night game tonight which we always love. Under the Lights at Washington-Grizzly Field. Coming up for me? A trip to California with my youngest. More later. :) Always, Kit

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rain, finally Rain.

And what a relief! This is what the sky looked like last Sunday from the top of the building that my youngest works in at the University. We have mountains, do you see any mountains? Very unhealthy and depressing. But on Thursday we got rain and on Friday, more rain and snow in the mountains. And it has been working it's magic on putting the fires out. I think this is one state that does not mind the end of summer. In fact, we are so over summer and are cheering on Fall! This whole coming week has rain each and every day, and do I mind? Not one bit. Bring it on!

Second home game of the year and there we are, ready to cheer on our team. I just love, adore, can't get enough of, Football! In fact right now as I type I have the New England game on just so I can listen to it. 

 I call this still life. Pizza and Bracelet! And it was mighty good. 

This is my view, and lookie there, blue skies! It was a picture perfect day with puffy clouds and cool temps (54) We won, but suffered a horrible loss in that our quarterback broke his ankle. The crowd was stunned, and the team from Savannah, Georgia was wonderful and did a prayer circle for him. I hear he is doing well, but he won't play the rest of his last year. So sad. 

I am getting into nesting mode with the cooler temps. I have to admit, when I get to this part of the year, I am done with gardening (thank heavens I do not live in a year round warm state). I am ready for the cooking of the stews, the baking of the biscuits and the sitting on my tush. 

Isn't this the most gorgeous picture? A Monte Dolack. Of Glacier Park. Found for a song at a yard sale this year. I can't remember how many times I have driven up this road and it is so beautiful and a bit scary. A great way to remember our time living up in Kalispell, MT. Well, off I go, rugs need to be put back down, dinner needs to be started and of course, there is football to be watched. Always, Kit

Saturday, September 9, 2017


In a bad movie musical back in the 70's, Lost Horizon, there is a line in one song. "Can there be too much sunshine?" And yes, I do believe there can. We are going on 3 months of no rain and high temps and for a place with lots and lots of trees, this does not bode well. But, in the weather predictions we are seeing three days next week that are showing rain! We are all giddy with excitement and it has given us hope and the energy to keep a goin'. And by the way, I own the soundtrack of the above musical and though the movie was pretty bad, I liked the music. Always been a Bacharach fan. 

I am on another kick again.We have cable, and about a bazzion channels (but nothing to watch) and one day, I click on the Sundance Channel and ta da, there it is my all time favorite show ever. And I mean ever. Law and Order. The original. And they were showing the very early shows (the ones that most channels do not show). I set up a program and I was set. After work I settle down on my couch with my cat and we enjoy non gory crime with Lenny, Mr. Big (Chris Noth), Mike Stone and Paul. Such a well written show and Lenny has the best lines. Did you know, he started out on the show playing a lawyer? 

Spending today taking down some of my summer decor and thought I would share some pics. I have the sound of College football on the TV (love it!) and I have been going out periodically to check on the hubby. He is currently putting new brakes on my Jeep. I have to make sure he is not trapped and screaming for help. So far so good. Isn't this boat a dream?! Found at a Flea Market. I came around the corner, saw the color and instantly fell in love. And the seller even let me bargain and I got it cheap. 

Now if only this car was full size and drive-able. It would be my perfect car. Gorgeous isn't she? Found in Oregon in a shop I was not really enthused about. Lots of furniture and junky stuff and then my eye spied this little beauty.Would she fit in my suitcase? Oh yes she would.

You would think with all the nautical items I collect, that we live by the sea, no, but we do vacation there every year. We look on Oregon as our second home. This tin called to me as I was getting into the car in Florence, Oregon. It was in the window of the shop and I told the hubby to wait just a minute. The next thing he saw, was myself walking into the display and grabbing this tin. Worth the effort and the slight embarrassment.

I have a major thing for clocks. They are everywhere in my home. This beauty was found in an old store and it had a little label that said, "Sorry, it sometimes works." I didn't care, it was gorgeous and it had a Sternwheeler on it. And when it is working the little wheel on the back of the boat turns. Charming! 

This lampshade was the biggest surprise, steal, emotional sale I have made. I grew up with Rooster and Roses china and started to collect it when I was older. I have amassed a collection of over 75 pieces and to find this original lampshade was so lucky. It was in a closeout sale at an antique store, in a bin and was only $1.00. I knew exactly what it was when I saw it. Water stains and aged, it is a beloved treasure to me. :) Off I go, time to finish my clean-up and check on the hubby. Always, Kit

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Week Under my Belt

And boy am I tired. Not so much physically tired, but mainly mentally. I have many lists and forms and procedures that I go thru in order to open up my kitchen for service. But even the best list can't account for a new computer system, new products and 80 new students with 80 new names to memorize. For some reason in my old brain, I am able to look at a student and after a few times of them telling me their first name, I get it. From then on, they are Emily, or Brandon or Dylan. They are not their ID number, they are not just a kid out of many. And I discovered over 23 years ago, students love it when you call them by name. Who wouldn't? Anyway, all is set up, I met some great new students who are so thrilled to finally be at Willard (you have to apply and be chosen). And my kitchen feels like home, and a safe place for a kid to fall if necessary.

I am so lucky, and for over 10 years now, I get to celebrate the first day of school with a special gift from my youngest. She never forgets and I find I look forward to it like Christmas morn. I never know where it will be. Sometimes it is in my car, other times waiting in my kitchen on my desk, but this year it was here:

Waiting on my front porch bench, all color and sparkle and filled to the brim. Oh goody! I think she gets as much fun out of buying me all these treasures, as I do opening them.

As you can see, there were a lot of great items. I have to say I am covered for school supplies for this year. My favorite item is at the top of the pic. The school bus box. *swoon* I have been in love with school buses forever. And you can't help but feel great about yourself when your daughter gives you some form of a Wonder Woman toy each year, cause that is how she sees you. *double swoon* This year I got the coolest action figure with the Lasso of Truth!

Isn't this the cutest pin, ever! My good friend gave me this present to wear this year. And I love it and wore it proudly on my apron. 

Above is where you will find me 6 Saturdays in the Fall, Washington-Grizzly Stadium and that is where I was yesterday. We had our first home game. I donned my Griz Hat, my Griz bracelet, my Griz beads, grabbed our Griz flag and headed to campus. The place was jumping and in spite of the heat (94 degrees) and smoke in the air, 26,000 fans showed up. We have been going to games for about 27 years now and the thrill of our team running out of the tunnel with the band playing our fight song, never fails to excite me. And we won! And my throat is showing the effects of being a little too loud in the screaming department. :) 

Signs of Fall. Hubby is a runner and comes back with little gifts. Chestnut pods, acorns, sticks (courtesy of my favorite Osprey Iris) and early leaves. Still so hot and no rain in the forecast. But I am hopeful it will come soon. Until then, off I go to water my pots. Happy Labor Day! Always, Kit

Saturday, August 26, 2017

This, That and The Other

Quiet morn. Nice. Cats are sleeping and it is cool and clearer outside. We have been having a lot of trouble with forest fire smoke settling in our valley. It makes for watery eyes and cranky women. But I will not complain, at least I am not near the Lolo Peak fire and I feel for the ones who are. All day I can hear the drone of helicopters and borade planes. Trying to stop the destruction, but we know from living here, it won't stop until the first snow. We get some relief with the winds shifting and then we behave like we have just been given the best gift in the world. Everyone flows outside and tries to get done what needs to be done before we must all hide in the house again. But winter is coming and with it, relief. Below are some pics of the sky behind my house last week, those are not clouds, that is a smoke plume, and it was a doozy.

Eclipse Day arrived and I was so excited. I love stuff like this and in fact I was living in Kalispell, MT in 1979 when it happened before and I have the t-shirt to prove it. This time we wouldn't see totality but what we saw was pretty cool. My hubby and oldest girl set up shop in my back yard and we shared a pair of glasses that a friend gave us. When the big moment came (11:32) we toasted with champagne and it was marvelous! 

 I love how in the bottom photo you can see the sun's rays coming down on our heads from above. 

Youngest girl and her boyfriend went to Challis, Idaho to get closer to the path and she said it was such a surreal experience and very cool. Here she is with her glasses and sporting the t-shirt from 1979. 

Well, the meetings are over and I have been to my school to set up for the first day on Monday. It feels good to have it all ready to go. I am head cook and bottle washer at an Alternative High School and it is the best job I have ever had. This is my way of giving back. And my immense pleasure to do so. Always, Kit

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Winding Down

It is creeping up on me. My summer vacation's end. By the end of next week, I will have been back to work setting up my kitchen and cafeteria. Getting it all ready for my kids on August 28th. I am excited! I always am. I can't wait to see those faces and get those hugs. I love my teenagers. So I have been finishing projects around the place. Keeping things watered and mowed and realized I hadn't shared any pics of my yard. It has been a chore this year to keep everything hydrated, so very dry this summer. But I did and my plants are pretty happy. As you come down the West side of my house, this is the first area you see. Golden Glow, Globe Thistle and Spirea. In the pot, Geraniums and Marigolds. At the base of the chair, Lily of the Valley.

My lovely and functional garden shed built by my hubby. I store all my yard art and pot up plants in my special place. No men allowed! Unless they want to paint the roof and that is okay by me. :) In the big pot are Morning Glories and to the left is a Dogwood and Ginkgo growing together. To the right of the shed and along the wall is our Raspberry Patch.

I have featured this bench in my blog before and I still love it. Made from a bed that I found at a yard sale and rebuilt by hubby. This year I added pillows and no my real name is not Lydia, the sign was found in our alley when a neighbor was moving, and her name was not Lydia either...lol And you can't really tell, but the old black clock to the left broke, so it is filled with marbles now. :)

What I used to call my "butcher cart" has now become Bessie"s sleeping cart. As you can see, no plants or pots can be to the left. That is her domain. I have Lavender, Geraniums and an unidentified plant I am training into a topiary. Behind the cart is my Therese Bugnet  Rose. My all time fav rose for it's length of bloom and scent. Heaven!

My patio, a great place to sit (when I do take a moment to sit.). Over near the fence is a pot with Feverfew, another unidentified plant that I made into a topiary, Moss Roses and Geraniums. Two trees in pots, a Dogwood and a Willow. As you can see in the foreground are pots of Geraniums and Marigolds on my hubby's shop steps. I kept all the flowers in the same color range and the pots are all Terra Cotta (plastic to retain water) to keep the yard looking unified. It is a small yard.

My favorite place to sit and I really do sit here. Nice and shady, there is a fountain to the right of this pic which has the perfect sound and which also usually has a cat in it drinking. So more like a "cat bath" than bird. Behind this swing is a Rugosa Rose and a Bamboo. Potentilla and a Ginnala Maple. The gorgeous afghan is a yard sale find for a dollar. What?! Score.

My newest bench is this lovely carved one that my hubby and his friend made. They are wood carvers and meet every Thursday night for the past 20 years with 3 other guys. It features my mountains and my beloved Osprey. I sit here when I want to be totally invisible.

And since I got the new bench, we put my old theater seats in the cow garden. Hubby limbed up the Blue Spruce and we heavily pruned the Crab Apple and it is cool place to sit and get a different aspect of the yard. Also planted in the area are Mountain Bluet, Globe Thistle, Boxwood, Siberian Iris, Daylilies and Mint. The item in the foreground is one of three matching wind sculptures that hubby created to replace three Aspen we lost in a freak snow storm. At the base of the cows is what we call the Kitty Trail. All the cats in the neighborhood pass thru our yard and down the trail to access the alley. Love it!

Here is my newest acquisition. I have seen in blogs and magazines, bikes used as planters and I have coveted them....lol At our very last yard sale of the year, I found this little beauty in the perfect color, for a song!  Hubby shook his head and then loaded it into the Jeep. No sense fighting it. I attached a basket that he had given me ages ago and next year I will look for a wire one to put flowers in. Pink Begonias or Pink Impatiens? :) 

Well, there ya have it. I am now on my own for the day and I think I will make a run to Target. I want to take a turn thru the school supplies. Gets me all excited!  Always, Kit