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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Oh It was Grand!

My Spring Break is coming to a close and I have to admit, I am a bit sad. I like having my own time to do what I want and when I want to do it. Also, having a lot of time with my hubby has been lovely. We had lots of chats and ran some errands and we had fun celebrating our anniversary. We went to a lovely steakhouse which has a gorgeous view of the Bitterroot Mountains. I had the steak and lobster and a very yummy sweet potato, it even came with it's very own brown sugar and butter. Nice touch.

Hubby surprised me with a new heart shaped bead for my bracelet and later at home I gave him a mug that said, "You're my lobster!". If you are a Friends show fan, you will know what that refers too. :) And I filled it with a new set of Super Mario Pez for his collection. We had cake and wedding punch later that evening and I even scored a lovely vase of daffodils. So wonderful!


I am slowly making progress in the kitchen. All the top cabinets on the west side have been painted (took 3 coats!) and Hubby and I went looking for the overlay I wanted and I found just the right thing. Believe it or not, it is fluorescent light ceiling panels!

 My vision was for a textured clear finish that would make the doors a bit modern looking. We have only one section done and I am liking the look. It adds just a bit of sheen to the door but is rather subtle. I also found the old chrome knobs that came with the house and they look great all polished up and in place. I will take more pictures as I get more of the kitchen done.




Otherwise, I spent my time reading (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Call of the Wild) and watched some movies (The Little Foxes, The Quiet Man, Florence Foster Jenkins, Arrival and Manchester by the Sea) gave some rooms a good scrubbing, and took my sweet old time getting up in the morning. That felt great! Always, Kit







Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's Here!


David Parise
My Spring Break! Oh my have I been looking forward to this. Thursday at work, I had a chant going at breakfast with the students, we were yelling, "One more day!" It seemed this year we all needed some time off. I am never one to wish my days away, but I was hoping the week would rush by and we would be to Saturday. And here we are! It finally came. :) Isn't this photo a hoot? Tho I am not going to be spending my time pool side, I intend to make it all mine, minus the cigarettes.

I started mine off in the best possible way. Sleeping in till 9:30. Oh what a glory to not hear that alarm going off.  We were all comparing at work as to what we were all going to do on break. I think mine was the most bizarre, I swore to stay in my jammies, not shower, lay around all day and maybe not even brush my teeth. I didn't want to follow any rules anymore! Well, maybe I will brush my teeth...lol  But you get my drift, I want to be free of convention, free of cooking, free of teenagers! At least for a week.

The kitchen is going along pretty well. I finished the green wall and I like it. Hubby finished sanding all the cupboards and I will start them probably Monday. He brought home a handle for the drawers and it wasn't quite right so I am on the hunt. I am hoping to use next week to finish the top sections. I will leave the drawers for the summer. Those will be more labor intensive.

Wednesday is a special day for me and my Hubby. We will celebrate our 39th year of marriage. We were discussing it today and are so astonished it has been that long. Sure doesn't feel it. Life has been an incredible adventure since we met and it continues to be. I can't imagine why I was so lucky.  We will drive out in the country and have a Steak dinner and then home to cake and champagne and some great memories.




Well, it has been a grand day. This was my favorite part. My old Sam Man who is not a cuddler, discovered me on the couch watching The Quiet Man (such a favorite of mine) and crawled right up. Oh so comfy with him purring and letting me pet him. The corn beef and cabbage is cooking and we will watch a movie later. A perfect way to start my vacation and guess what? I am still in my jammies...lol  Always, Kit






Saturday, March 4, 2017

In Like a Lamb

And that was a relief. We have had the winter of all winters, so I figured in keeping with the trend, we would have a super blizzard to mark the start of the month. But no, so now I am worried that we will go out like a lion and I am not going to like that one bit...lol A lot of our snow has melted and I can finally make it to my garden shed to remove the Christmas wreath. The "ice rink" is gone from the front yard and the cats are able to get to their favorite trees to scratch. Which will save me yelling at them to get away from my couch! So more snow will not be welcome at this time. I think this little guy would agree...lol


In the Fall, I nest. In the Spring, I redo! How is it, we can go years looking at the same thing over and over and it seems fine and then there is that moment when we look at it, and it seems all wrong. That is my kitchen. Back in it's heyday, it was all color and pattern and very much in the mode of  Mary Englebreit. And I loved it. 


But now, I want something simpler, less cluttered, more modern. So I have taken out all the extra knick knacks, removed the pics from the cabinet fronts, sanded down the walls and cupboards and am ready to paint.

I am keeping the green color (I changed that wall a few years ago) and extending it around the window frame which will be painted white, as will the cupboards. Gone will be the black and white checkerboard and yellow window and black knobs. 

My cupboards were built in 1948 and they are very basic, but I really like that farmhouse utilitarian look. So I think just a new coat of paint and new hardware will suffice. But I am toying with an overlay on the doors. But I am not quite sure what it will be. Maybe something recycled!  I am really excited and can't wait to get it done. Once finished, some of my Roosters and Roses collection will come back to the counters and maybe the curtain, but I will have to see just how I feel. But I do know, it will be a breathe of fresh air. Just what I need after such a long winter. :) Always, Kit