Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Joining "It's a Very Cherry World" for Rednesday. This one was a cinch. I am spending a lot of time in this one room of my house getting ready for Thanksgiving. Whipping up all the tasty treats my family has come to expect and love. Cranberry Jello Mold, Whipped Yams, Mac & Cheese, Turkey and of course Pumpkin Pies. I just love my kitchen, it holds my favorite collectible ~ my Rooster and Roses Pottery and it has bright RED walls. Very inspiring and cheery when one needs to cook. Make sure you mosey over to the above website and view all the other lovely shades of red!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An Honest to Goodness Snow Day!

Unheard of in Montana, we go about our business in spite of drifts, wind chill and zero visibility (insert manly grunts here), but today I got the call that I could crawl back into bed and start my holidays early, but I didn't. I still had to go in and put my kitchen to "bed" for the holidays so I bundled up, warmed up the jeep and took care of business. The roads weren't that bad, but the wind chill was horrendous. And I respect the decision to close the schools when so many children walk to school with nary a mitten or hat. Once work was done and I was already out and about, I thought I may as well do my grocery shopping instead of going out tomorrow, when our temps are supposed to be -7 and more snow. Now finally home, I sit with my hot tea, a jelly donut (shhh, don't tell my youngest) and a beautiful landscape. Ahhh, I feel like I have gone back in time to those wonderful mornings when the radio announcer would say, "No school at Franklin Elementary" and the day stretched ahead filled with snow men and sleds. (snaps out of revelry) Oops, that reminds me, I am supposed to be shoveling the walks. Darn! :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

And so Begins the Holidays!

Good Saturday to you all! I love this week. There is something so exciting about it. I look on it as the beginning of my holiday season. Starting today with the Griz/Bobcat football game. The "Brawl of the Wild", the 110th meeting between the U of M and Montana State from Bozeman. It is the biggest game of the season and I will be there. And it will be cold! They are predicting snow, and high winds with a wind chill of -15. Brrrrrrr! Bring on the hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps!

And tomorrow to start the holiday in style, my youngest and I will be attending the Russian Ballet's Nutcracker! Oh, I can't wait. We have always gone to a holiday show each year and when we heard they were coming to our town, we bought tickets pronto. Dressed in our finest, we are sure to have a marvelous time. Nothing says Christmas like men in tights......LOL Off I go, time to find the long underwear and hand warmers. Of course, for the game. :)

Kalyn’s The Waltz

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I am linking up with "It's a Very Cherry World" for my first Rednesday. It sounded like fun and I just love the color red. Heck, the walls of my kitchen are red! But I chose some photos of my outside world as it goes from green to red in this loveliest of Autumns. Enjoy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Photo Challenge ~ Pattern!

It is that time of the week when my homework is due and I see if I have risen to the challenge. Over at Razmataz, the assignment was Pattern. When I saw that this would be our subject, I was excited. Cause anyone who knows me, knows, my life is all about the patterns. I just love the mix of stripes, checks, florals, plaids; you name it. But I keep to the same color family and I love the punch it adds to a room. This photo shows the bedding I have in my bedroom. The room is done in different shades of green, salmon, and pink. With black accents. I took the picture using no flash and just the light from the nightstand and a slow shutter speed to give the look I see in the evening before I go to sleep. Warm and cozy. Ahhh, nitey nite.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

An Evening Out, to View a New Play

I had the treat of accompanying my daughter to a new play, Keepers, last night. We have this marvelous little theater in town, called the Crystal. It is located in the back of popular restaurant and it's address is on the Hip Strip. Quite the venue and it was quite the show. One of my daughters best friends was playing the villain and we just had to see how this wonderful, friendly and kind young man could play such a murderous soul. It was a transformation to be sure. Where was the little boy from Franklin Elementary who played Bubble Gum Bart?......LOL He did an excellent job and it was a privilege to see a play written by one of our talented locals, Shaun Gant.

Always, Kit

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Beaches!

I am linking to The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. With the arrival of rainy, cloudy and cold weather, mixed with the lovely smell of wood smoke, it reminds me of my wonderful June vacation to Oregon. These are a few of my favorite places to beach comb, fly kites, just wander and sit with my best friend and hubby. Until next year.....
(click on the photo, for a larger view)

Always, Kit

Friday, November 5, 2010

Photo Challenge! ~ Shadow

Over at Razmataz, our homework was to capture shadow. I had a hard time with this one, I hemmed and hawed and hemmed some more. But just when you least expect it, it hit me. I was preparing the lunchtime meal at work and enjoying the sunshine coming thru my windows. The yellow leaves falling from the maple tree out near the street caught my eye and that's when I saw them ~ Shadows! Of the grate that covers my windows! Always there, but I was blind to them, until I had to search for them.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

On to the next holiday, but first.......

Some thoughts on Halloween 2010. It was a bit different this year, with one daughter in New Orleans and the hubby flying home from Orlando on Halloween. We mixed it up a bit. Saturday night, my youngest and I donned our fancy duds and headed out to a classy restaurant high above our town, to feast on Filet Mignon and rich desserts. It was such a "treat"! On Halloween, we picked up the hubby at the airport and headed out for lunch where he told us wonderful stories of the Harry Potter ride at Universal and the ducks at the Peabody Hotel. Oh, how I would have liked to see those ducks! Once home, my daughter helped put up the display in the front yard, which now consists of inflatable monsters, but used to have all sorts of scariness in the form of giant eyeballs, graveyards, and mechanical snakes! But as time went on (and we got older), we needed to pare down. We line the steps with fancy carved pumpkins, I light candles in the house, and the whole inside just glows orange. This year the weather was mild, so we had lots of treaters. Usually it's cold; or worse, snow. It has become a joke in Montana that everyone has the same costume, a heavy coat!....LOL We saw lots of great costumes, but my favorite was a little girl dressed as a chicken. Runner up? A robot made out of boxes and LED lites and spray painted silver. A homemade costume. So rare and reminds me of the times my husband made costumes with my girls. So now we are on to Thanksgiving and I am in the process of taking down the black and orange and putting up the gold and rust. I am dusting off my vintage ceramic turkeys and looking for my pilgrims. May you have a wonderful month and have lots to be thankful for. Like clearance Halloween candy.....LOL

(one of my favorite illustrations from Mary Englebreit)