Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Here it is, not only the New Year, but my 200th post! I have got to say, I am really digging this blogging thing. The people I have met here are the best, I have gained so many friends, ideas, visited so many countries and homes, I feel like I have known you all for years. Thank you! And thank you for visiting my little corner of the world. As I finish 2011, I must say it has been a lovely ride. So many things to remember and cherish. I will leave you with my favorite photos from my blog for each month of the year (start at the top left hand corner and circle around) with the center picture being a fav of me and my love. May you all have a very Happy New Year. I know I will. I am hoping for some Lobster Bisque tonight and 2 bottles of Pink Champagne. Cheers! Always, Kit

1. Oldest Ski Patrol Daughter 2. Carved heart from my love 3. Finished with blood treatments
4. Youngest and I went to visit little chicks for Easter 5. My Fantastic School Bus Parade 6. The lovely garden shed my hubby built me 7. Our annual Oregon vacation
8. A return to Seeley Lake with my girls 9. Driving for 7 hours just to get my love his leather chairs 10. Celebrating my hubby's birthday with a Cars party 11. Our Griz football team won the Big Sky Championship 12. My wonderful Christmas present!

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Gift

My family loves to surprise each other at the holiday. We try and think of clever and unique gifts. We fashion different ways to present them. Or we sneak around at work and home, and leave bags of goodies to make each other smile. Well this year, I was the one who ended up very surprised.

A little story to set the mood. Every year we would gather the girls up, load up the Jeep and head to Seeley Lake for a day of swimming and fun. All day long we would paddle about, the girls snorkeling, me floating on an inner tube, the hubby flopping about in his fins. But the iconic symbol to me of those wonderful days was our 4 chairs sitting on the beach. All in a row. Old metal mesh chairs, remember those? Our beach towels draped, various articles of clothing strung about, and from the lake I would think, that is our spot. Where we come and be a family and have a great time throughout the Summer. I took a picture from the lake one day. That must have been about 10 years ago. Until this Summer, we had not been to lake in many many years. The original chairs are long gone, we even have new towels (tho my girls still use the original ones) and new inner tubes. But the fun was the same. That day was very special for one Mom who had missed her grown children. I must have been talking about the old days, being silly and sentimental, because on Christmas Day I received such a wonderful gift.

I had no clue my youngest had paid such close attention (but really, doesn't she always?) out of this large box I pulled a canvas, framed in black. And when I flipped it over, I promptly burst into tears. What my children had done, was to take that little 3 x 5 aging photo of 4 old chairs and had it made into a lovely picture. I was so overwhelmed and so touched. We were all crying by this time and when I heard how hard it had been to get it just right, I cried some more. To some, it may seem like an awfully strange picture, but to me it is the perfect still life. Not only does it remind me of all those great days on the lake, it reminds me of two very special ladies that I am so proud to call my own. Always, Kit

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some Special Tags

I just realized I am just 3 posts away from 200 posts! Now usually I will post and then get around to another a few days later. But to make my milestone, I will have to post something each day until Jan 1st. I just hope I can think of enough stuff to share. My life is not that interesting....LOL But here goes!

First up. This Christmas I got creative. Using one idea from HGTV, another blogger's simple packaging and my own noggin, I came up with some tags for my families presents. I rummaged thru all my old photo albums looking for old Christmas pics. Scanned them, sent them to Picnik to embellish and then emailed them to Wal-Mart to have them process them into 4 x 6 photos. With one hour photo, I figured it was cheaper and easier to have them print them, rather than me. Next, how was I going to attach them to the package? I toyed with using old Christmas cards as backers, or just punching a hole in one corner. Then, I had a aha moment! I had bought (like 10 years ago) these Hallmark cards where you can insert a photo and never used them. And of course they were still sitting in my desk in the attic. Instant picture frames! Worked like a charm and I could just slip the picture under the ribbon and I was done. They were such a big hit! Everyone oohed and ahhed, and later when all was said and done, my youngest put all of hers along the mantle in her house. It felt good to get my creative juices flowing again and to surprise and delight everyone, but the question is... What will I do next year??? ....LOL Always, Kit

I am linking up with REDNESDAY over at It's a Very Cherry World!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Eve and Day!

I am going to let the pictures tell the story. We had a marvelous time! We frolicked, ate too much, drank a little and enjoyed each others company. We all received many treasures and lots of tears were shed with the thoughtfulness of each choice. I am very blessed and I go into the New Year with a very full heart. Always, Kit

I am linking up to It's A Very Cherry World for Rednesday!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve!

It's here! The presents are wrapped, the stockings are filled and the house is filled with color, light and happiness. The day will be spent with preparing all the special treats my family loves for the buffet. I will set the table with vintage plates and bowls and we will gather together to chat and feast and laugh. Such fun! I will leave you with a Merry Christmas and one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite stories. Have a wonderful holiday! Always, Kit

Welcome Christmas bring your cheer.
Cheer to all Whos far and near.
Christmas Day is in our grasp,
so long as we have hands to clasp.
Christmas Day will always be
Just as long as we have we
Welcome Christmas while we stand,
Heart to heart and Hand in hand.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hip, Hip Hooray for Christmas Vacation

Well, today is the first day of my Christmas vacation. I slept in, had a leisurely breakfast and now am into high speed Operation Christmas! I have stockings to organize, a few presents to wrap and some minor house cleaning. One cannot have Christmas without a mopped floor. What would Santa think? I don't mind one bit, the sun is shining, it is biting cold out and the snow is just sparkling (as is my sinks right now...LOL) it feels good to get all my tin soldiers in a row. Later a turn around Target for a few items I just have to have. And tonight, while I have my house all to myself, I think I will pop in the movie White Christmas, pour myself a glass of wine and join Rosemary Clooney for a sing-a-long. Then later, I know I will fall asleep, "Counting My Blessings". Always, Kit

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Christmas Party!

I am not a very social creature, just ask anyone. I like to come home from work, put on my grungies and read, compute, or watch my favorite shows. That makes me a very happy clam. But, there is a party that comes once a year, in December, that I just adore. It is my husband's company party and it is fabulous! Held in a beautiful restaurant high above the Missoula valley, we take over the whole place, all three floors. It looks like a castle, it is decorated to the nines in Christmas glow, and the food is wonderful. I am having lobster tonight. I can't wait. And I will probably have cheese cake too...LOL Good thing my outfit has pants with a stretchy waistband. For this event I will go all out (at least for me), dress slacks, fancy white blouse, my best jewelry and beaded purse. I may even curl my hair or at the least gel it up a bit. I will be on the arm of the most handsome man there, I will behave myself in regards to the open bar and try and live up to the fact that some consider me a "hoot". But all in all, I will have a great time. Always, Kit

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Pause in Advent - Lights!

Lights. In all forms. I can't get enough of them! At this time of year, when we are just beginning our long dark winter, every little glow; cheers and warms. Throughout my home, I have many little lamps, and then during this season I love to add garlands, tree lights, candles, and have my whole house just glowing with color and brightness. We added a new spot of color yesterday. My hubby and I went antique shopping (I just love searching for vintage Christmas items) and he comes to me and says, "Look at this wreath! My Grand-mom had this exact kind and it hung in her kitchen window each year." What a great memory, so of course I just had to have it. Very inexpensive and in it's original box! It now hangs in the craft room, so when my hubby comes to the house from his shop, he can see it and remember. So very wonderful!

Then last night, we loaded up our girls for a dinner out and a tour of the town to see all the Christmas Lights. We suck on candy canes, listen to Christmas music and spend about an hour ooooing and ahhhing over the displays in town. I am always amazed at how even the smallest little place with have this little string of Christmas lights and it warms my heart. I love to see people celebrating. And by putting up lights and trees and decorations, (no matter how small) I feel we then truly embrace the season. For after all, the Christmas Star and all it's neighboring stars were the very first string of Christmas lights, weren't they? :) Always, Kit

I am joining Floss at Troc, Broc and Recup' for A Pause in Advent!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What I am loving right now

During this ofttimes crazy month, today I am just going to sit back and think about what I love. Simple things. Like?
  1. A very sweet and pungent Orange. So tasty and as you eat, the house smells like Christmas.
  2. Light snowfall. Not enough to cause any problems on the road, but oh so pretty.
  3. The special number 12.5 which means my Iron level is normal. I just found out today!
  4. Sparkly yellow earrings for a very sparkly daughter.
  5. Christmas surprises for my family, coming in the mail.
  6. Hearing from folks from all over the country. I just love Christmas cards.
  7. Lunch with my oldest, Asian food and later a Kung Fu Panda video as a gift. She loves it!
  8. Gray cats who smell like pine and wood smoke.
  9. Magic Cookie Bars. I swear they healed me of my nasty cold and fever.
  10. Helpful and smiling people. May we encounter more as we get toward the 25Th. :)
Always, Kit

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Pause in Advent - Music!

Music! Wonderful, lovely, heart-warming music. Christmas music. I start listening to it in November, I can't help myself. I tend to gravitate toward instrumental, it allows my mind to wander and dream. Celtic, harp, birdsong, New Age all wrapped up in old-fashioned Christmas hymns. But sometimes I enjoy hearing vocals like Karen Carpenter, Barbra Streisand, Singers Unlimited, or even Dean Martin (my husbands favorite). But one singer stands out for me. She lifted me out of the doldrums one night, with the most wonderful song and it now has claimed status as my all time favorite. The song is "Christmas Stays the Same", by Linda Eder. Here is a little story.

"It was Christmas and this was the first year that my oldest daughter had her own place. I was very lucky that she lived only a couple miles away, but for a Mom who had always had her girls under one roof for the holiday it was hard. We celebrated the Eve like always, such a fun time and then I drove her home. It was snowing, and we were listening to the radio and gabbing. She was to come over in the morning for the celebration, yes, her sister would miss her as they used to gather on her bed, yes, it would be strange to not be in the house, but she wanted to be in her new apartment with her new cat and I told her it would be fine. I was all smiles and kissed her good-night. But as I headed home through the snow, I started to cry. Things
had changed. Christmas had changed. I was feeling so sorry for myself. And then this wonderful singer started to sing to me, ".....tho the years may change, Christmas Stays the Same." And as each word made it's way through my sad little brain, I thought, she's right. It may morph into something a bit different in the future, but it is essentially the same holiday we have always loved. By the time I got home, I was okay and feeling much better. And it is true, our Christmases have changed, now both girls are on their own, many loved ones have passed on, but through it all Christmas is still Christmas!" Always, Kit

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I am joining Floss at A Pause in Advent!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Trees!

"Christmas Tree, oh, Christmas Tree, lit up like a star.
When I see my Christmas tree,
Can loved ones be far?"

I love them! And the more the merry. Each room in my house has one. In most cases it is nothing too fancy, just a ceramic tree from the 70's, or a feather tree my husband hand made for me (out of real duck feathers!) A wooden one created to hold old bubble lights and painted when I was in my Mary Englebreit faze, or how about a fibre optic tree that glows purple, yellow and blue? And in the corner of the dining room, I have a special tree that holds ornaments from friends from a long time ago. They all mean something to me, and they make me smile. But then there is the big tree, in my living room, decked out in ornaments new and old and this one commands the house. Hundreds of memories. I like to sit and glance and remember where each and every one came from and who gave them to me. The old handmade ones from my girls, the kitschy ones from our travels, and the antique ones from my childhood. All so special and for this month it makes my room sing.
"Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree..." Always, Kit

I am linking to My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Pause for Advent

Today after a very busy couple of weeks, it is literally all about, pausing. I am tired. I have been chugging along like a steam engine to get everything set for Christmas. Well, it is set and now it is time to just sit back and relax and enjoy the fruits of my labor. This is my favorite part of the season. The pressure is off, the lights are up and oh so pretty, and I am looking forward to many cups of tea, maybe a cookie or two and a festive holiday magazine. But my couch is looking mighty comfortable and today I just may curl up with my red and white throw, a warm gray cat and take a winter's nap. I hope you all have many moments of just this type of activity. Take your time, pause and just enjoy December. Always, Kit

I am joining Floss at Troc, Broc and Recup for a Pause in Advent

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Gift from a Lovely Lady

The arrival of my give-away gift was highly anticipated. Not only was it an ornament, it was a Santa (I adore Santa's) and it was from one of my loveliest friends to the South of me. I met her in "Blog Land" when I first started my blog and she has been dear to me ever since. She has such a lovely spirit; so giving, funny, and she loves the pretty things in life and loves to share them. So from a favorite Christmas store she found a beautiful glass Santa to share. And I was the lucky winner! Along with him, she sent a touching card and the cutest tag and everything made me feel warm all over. He will be the very first ornament to grace my special tree that I have in the dining room. Thank you Julie Marie (at Idyllhours)! I count myself so blessed to know you. Always, Kit

I am linking to Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Pause in Advent

The first day of Advent. A perfect day to think about what the Christmas season means to me. Wow, it means a lot and it will be nice to be able to sit back and reflect every Sunday until Christmas Day along with Floss over at Troc, Broc and ReCup.

For my first one, I have to say the thing that comes to mind right away, is, Traditions. From the turning on of the Christmas lights on the 1st, to decorating the tree on the first Sat of December, we keep to a list of favorite events that bring the 4 of us together to share in the season. As my girls got older, I would tell them if they had parties or other events that they wanted to do, they certainly could. I understood the needs of the young folks and didn't want my girls to have to choose between their friends and their parents. But what I found was, the traditions that they grew up with, were so strong and so loved, that to miss one of the many events was not something they wanted to do. So for almost 30 years, we have all gotten together to celebrate the season with an Annual Christmas Movie, dinner out with a Christmas Light Tour, and the favorite, Dessert/Decorate the Tree Party. I send out a schedule before Thanksgiving and I adjust the dates as necessary, and we all gather and we all have a great time. Traditions. Whether large or small, they make such a difference in a family. Do you have any traditions that you follow each year? Always, Kit

I am joining Floss for A Pause in Advent. Thank you Floss!

Linking to The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday and No Punches were Thrown!

By 4am I am up, dressed and headed to my daughter's house. We have chosen our targets and armed with our ads and our good spirits we are ready to tackle the stores. We, unlike many others this year, have opted to not shop on Thanksgiving evening (come on retailers, don't be so greedy!) and will continue our tradition of rising early. We enjoy the feeling of the early hours; the Christmas music playing, sometimes snow, cars darting here and there on empty streets and the fun of seeking bargains. This year we found what we were looking for: an electric blanket, vacuum cleaner, giant clock, and gold earrings. And found some items we didn't know we wanted: monster socks, a toaster, videos, and a paper shredder! All on the cheap and all in a spirit of fun. No pushing, no shoving, just smiles and good will towards all. We finished up as the sun rose, eating our McD's breakfast sandwiches and sipping coffee. We couldn't believe that 4 hours had passed and that we had visited 10 stores. My girl and I had a blast and all that was left was to get home, turn on those blankets and snuggle back in bed for a well earned nap. And later? Leftovers!
Always, Kit

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

What a wonderful day! Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Cloudy and cool, with snow on the way tomorrow. Hope all the travelers have gotten to where they were hoping to be. I started the day, the way I always do. I bake up some Orange rolls (yeah, in the tube) and watch the Macy's Parade. Start to finish and when Santa comes rolling down the street, I promptly burst into tears. Without fail, every year. To me that is the "real" start of the holiday season and no Mall or newspaper advertising that he is here on the Nov 18th is gonna change my mind. :) So, the turkey is sending it's wonderful scent throughout the house, the table is set and I am doing the last preps for my lovely guests; our girls. They should be here in about an hour and a half and I can't wait. We will fill the rest of this day, with food, and excited talk, board games and each other. I couldn't ask for more. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Always, Kit

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Day so Far

Just got in from the supermarket. And unlike what I thought it would be (chaos, uncontrolled spending, bedlam!) It was very pleasant. Folks were smiling, greeting each other, layers of fixins' in their carts. I found all the items I had to have and then some, greeted my first bell ringer of the season and slipped the Army some bucks in the kettle. Felt good. Now home, I am snacking on an orange and a butter cookie and ready to start the cooking. I still have the lights to do, but I did have a very productive morning. The weather turned warm just like they predicted and I headed outside with the mower and got the last of the leaves mulched up. Ah, now I feel better. Let the Winter snows come! Later, Kit

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Official Start of the Thanksgiving Holidays

Today was the last day of work before turkey day, yay! So now I can put all my energy into creating a fun holiday for my family. Plus add a few other little things in for myself. :) Tomorrow is the slated, "cook up a storm" day. I do most of my preps then and my last minute shopping and I would like to squeeze in the hanging up of some Christmas lights on my front bushes. Normally I wouldn't do the latter but it is supposed to be around 50 degrees and that sounds better than waiting till it is -3 to finish the job. For the next 6 days, I intend to relax, cook, read, shop, plan, visit, and just have a great time. I hope you will do the same! I will be back with updates.
Always, Kit

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Brawl of the Wild!

Today is a very important day here in Western Montana. Everyone and anyone who lives in Montana knows what this day is and what will occur at exactly 12:05 today.
Today is the......
Griz/Bobcat Football Game! A very intense rivalry, we call it the Brawl of the Wild! And it has been going on since 1897. All other games pale in comparison and each team strives to win this coveted match and the honor of owning the Divide Trophy. (tho I wish the trophy looked a little less like a pile of dirt...LOL) I am a Griz fan through and through and I am all set to watch the "show" on TV this year. The game is in Bozeman, Montana this year and we opted to stay home and snug in our house with the big screen TV. My enthusiasm wanes a bit when it is 15 degrees out, with a wind chill in the negatives. So, wish us luck and I hope we win the 111th meeting of the Bears and the Cats! (my lucky number is 11, I hope that helps!)
Always, Kit
PS: It is now 3:30 and WE WON!! I am so excited and my throat is sore from all the screaming! GO GRIZ!!

See what I mean?

Hubby and I at last year's game!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Well, I did it early this year and it was a breeze. Hit the grocery store on Monday, and picked up everything I need for a feast on Thanksgiving! I almost decided not to go since it was snowing like mad and it was mighty cold. But the store was practically empty and there were check-out lines to choose from. Yay! Maybe most folks didn't venture out in the storm. I must remember that for the future. So, carefully tucked away and waiting for my loving touch are the ingredients to my family's favorite foods. On the menu this year and every year, (you don't mess with tradition) are:

a Big Butterball Turkey
Homemade Turkey Gravy
Macaroni and Cheese
Whipped yams
Cranberry Orange Jello Mold
Pickles & Green and Black Olives
Crescent Rolls
Pumpkin Pie and Whipped Cream
Sparkling Cider

Nothing fancy, nothing gourmet. Yep, those are the rolls right out of the tube. And I have to admit, the whipped cream comes out of a can. I like a basic Turkey dinner, simple and tasty. And I think my family agrees; there isn't much to clean up when we are done. Always, Kit

(photos courtesy of the web)
Joining Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


The forgotten month. I hear that a lot. That it is just the resting up period between Halloween and Christmas. But only if you let it. I happen to like November and the quietness it affords. From the frenetic decor of Halloween, my home takes on a mellow affect of golds, oranges and browns. My collection of glass turkeys take center stage, along with the sprigs of Bittersweet and Fall leaves. Everything calms and relaxes. With the fireplace going and a couple of candles lit, one can settle in for an evening with a good book or conversation. There is plenty of time ahead to think about Christmas, it will get it's full month in December. But for now, it is November's time to shine. Always, Kit

Saturday, November 5, 2011

What Happens in Vegas.....

He's back! And oh how I missed him. Being single is okay for a little bit, but when your Best Friend is not around, it makes for too quiet of days. When I saw that plane land, I did a little happy dance and tears came to my eyes. We went out for a lovely dinner, he told me all his tales (and this guy knows how to weave a great story) and I felt like I was right there with him the whole time. Once home, we snuggled on the couch and he shared pics. Then he gave me a present. A beautiful pair of hoop earrings; titanium and gold, made by Boccia. They are lovely! But the best part of the present? It took him hours looking for just the right pair, countless cases of jewelry, hemming and hawing. When he found them, he had the girl take them out, he asked the price, agreed and felt good. He had found something perfect for "his girl". His Girl, that is what I am. And I was there with him the whole time, because he had me on his mind, the whole time. Always, Kit

Linking up to The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Single again!

Yep, my hubby done up and left me for the bright lights of Vegas. Seems there is this thing called a SEMA Convention happening there. The definition of it is stated as such: event consisting of many cars, car people, car products, endless walking to see said cars and what would amount to be a colossal mind-numbing bore to said wife. But husband was very excited, invited his close friend and jetted down to sin city with my blessings. Where they are happily ensconced at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino (or as I call it - the pretty hotel with the dancing fountains) enjoying the sites (cars) and sounds (cars) that only Vegas can give one. While I am at home busy doing what ever I want to do. Actually I always do what I want to do, but when I am alone, I feel less guilty :P So out came the stinky bagels, some tootsie rolls left over from Halloween, and the best Wontons in town. I popped my newest series in the player, and settled in for some great entertainment. But just so you know, it wasn't all fun and games. I was a busy girl and took down all the Halloween decor (and added to my stash with some Halloween clearance) and started to decorate for Thanksgiving. Took a turn out in the yard mulching up leaves for my garden beds and collecting apples for the "Apple Deer". Two more days to go. Hmm, what to do, what to do? Always, Kit

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Halloween Tradition

I just watched "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and oh how I laughed and smiled, as if I were a kid again. From the first bars of that wonderful Vince Guaraldi score, I am always hooked. I love the subtle humor and every time Charlie Brown exclaims, "I got a rock" while Trick or Treating, I just lose it. The poor fellow. But even sadder is Sally losing out on Tricks and Treats and demanding restitution!.....LOL They sure knew how to make a great show back then for sure. And I am so glad it is being aired on TV still, for all the kiddlets who will remember it when they are 56. Will they remember Snoopy crawling thru the French countryside after his Sopwith Camel got shot down, with that haunting train whistle sounding off in the background? And will they fall in love with all the Peanuts characters just like I did so many years ago? I know so. Always, Kit

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Birthday Party!

I am planning a party today. I have the plates and napkins, beverage bowl, nuts and M & M's, tablecloth, scatter, cupcakes and presents. Of course balloons, and a birthday banner. Oooo, how I love it when it all comes together. The dining room is awash with color and fun. And the theme this year? Because you have to have a theme, right? Is..... Cars! It is my hubby's 62 birthday and I thought it very fitting since he finally got himself a new one (it only took 2 years to decide...LOL) and he likes cars. Our girls are bringing dinner and it will be so lovely to have us all together again to swap stories and just visit. Always, Kit

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Single for a Weekend!

Well, when I heard the hubby was going to Denver for a business trip, I started making lists. Now most folks would be giddy over the aspect of: nights out with friends, hours of shopping, restaurants to sample. Not me. I was giddy over the aspect of having the house all to myself. Now don't get me wrong. I love, love my husband, but I have never lived alone, and so when I am offered 3 full days of alone, only me, okay maybe the cat, time, I do my happy dance and pull out the paper and pen. First on the list? A trip to the store for some food favorites that do not have to be cooked! A treat or two. A pampering session with my hair dresser, with the result of a shorter sassier hair-do, which goes so well with my present state of mind. Add a new series that I just received from Netflix. "The Buccaneer's!" adapted from the Edith Wharton book. What my hubby would definitely call a chick flick and would definitely not want to see. I sprinkled in some much needed little chores that have been nagging me for some time and it feels so good to have them finally done. I ate only when I felt like it, went to bed later than usual (Oooo, I am such a renegade!...LOL) and woke early with the whole day ahead of me. As I write, the soundtrack from "When Harry met Sally" is blasting away and it is urging me to come and vacuum, before I settle down on the couch, Garlic bagel in hand to watch some great football. Oh, it is going to be such a lovely day! Always, Kit

(photos courtesy of the wonderful web!)
Linking to Mosaic Monday at the Little Red House!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

What I am Loving Right Now!

Feeling so great today! Cool and partly sunny, my yard is a riot of color and texture. And my home is decorated for Halloween. I love the colors of Autumn; browns, golds, orange and throw in some black and white checkerboard for good measure! Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! What are you in love with? Always, Kit

1. A whole Saturday to work on all those piddly, nagging things that just keep getting put off until the list in my mind is overwhelming. I only have a couple more to do today and I am FREE!

2. Redecorating the house for Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. I have always wondered why I never really get in to decorating for Easter. I just am not a pastel person. Give me vibrant color any day. I love pulling out all my old and favorite decorations and then I go outside and look in at night and the place is just glowing. Gives me the coziest feeling.

3. The smell of woodsmoke in the air. Smells like camping.

4. Having my youngest visit me at work (yesterday) and give me the biggest hug, right there in front of all the students. Everyone was smiling. :)

5. Knowing that the medicine that we have been giving our old cat is working. He has more of a spring to his step and has been dragging his toys out of his basket and playing. Poor old boy, it is hard to have an arthritic hip.

6. Lastly, today is a Griz football game but they are away, and so, I will watch "my boys" in the comfort of my pretty living room, while eating my favorite Asian food for dinner. I am all excited just thinking about it....LOL

Linking to Mosaic Monday at the Little Red House!

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Quest and Grand Adventure!

It all started with a chair. A lovely, soft leather chair, that swiveled and rocked and smelled like a cow. One you could totally relax in and let the cares of your life slip easily away. Problem was, it was in Oregon. Or was it? After months of investigating, wishing, whining and many many visits to Furniture Row, Bart the Super Salesman found two of these coveted chairs, (now discontinued) but they were in Great Falls, Montana. And they had to be picked up. 135 miles, and approx. 3 and 1/2 hours one way. Undaunted, youngest daughter E. Charlotte and I started planning. We could borrow a truck from hubby's work, I had a day off coming on Monday, and it would be a great road trip together. But would hubby agree? He did! (he wanted the chair as much as I did, cause I hog the one on vacation!...LOL) We decided to get both chairs, since we were getting a killer deal and it would cause less "hogging" in the future.

The day dawned sunny and warm and we headed out of town. Do you know, I have never driven a pick-up that big before and I don't know how you are supposed to get in and out without a stool. And I am not that short! But it rode like a dream and E and I spent the drive chatting away about all sorts of things, stopping when we needed a snack (Arby's!), and enjoying the beauty that can only be Montana. It is one of the prettiest drives in the state. The colors are just starting to change and the transition from mountains to prairie is incredible. What a treat! We didn't spend much time in G.Falls once our chairs were loaded and tied down.

We took a turn around Pier 1, grabbed some coffee and headed back home to the sound of Country music. I am not a big fan, but it just seemed fittin' when you are driving a pick-up. Got home by dinner time and tho tired, I was sad to see my road trip end. Not only did I get my chairs, but I spent the most incredible day with my best friend.
Always, Kit

Saturday, September 24, 2011


"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all."
- Stanley Horowitz

Happy Autumn!
Always, Kit

Friday, September 16, 2011


When you live in mountain country you have to contend with a lot. But it is worth it for the scenery, the snow and the GRIZ! Tho they can be unpredictable; you can't help but love them, you want to watch them, and you just can't help but run right up to them and give them a high five and a slap on the arm. Yes, I am an avid GRIZ friend and supporter. But before you worry about me being killed or torn limb from limb, I don't mean this kind...

I mean this kind...

Aren't they gorgeous? My boys. The guys that put the meaning in my Fall Saturdays. 6 home games a year, I don my maroon and silver, grab my snacks, car flag and my hubby and head to Washington-Grizzly Stadium. From the walk across campus to watching the team enter thru the tunnel, it is an afternoon of excitement and immense fun. I get a huge feeling of pride when we play well and if we win (which is often) we get the added pleasure of having the team come right up to the stands and sing our fight song. And as those silver helmets bob up and down to the beat of "Up with Montana Boys!", I am spent, and hoarse and feeling oh so good. Go Griz!
Always, Kit

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Anne of Green Gables ~ Simple Pleasures

I am joining for the first time, Dayle over at A Collection Of This and That, for Simple Pleasures. I spent this summer re-reading the Little House series and when it was all done, I was bummed. Enter, a bored lady with a remote control looking for anything to while away an hour or two, and I came across a re-run of the wonderful series, Anne of Green Gables (not the animated one, the brilliant one with Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst). And as I watched it occurred to me, I had never read any of the books. Really? How could that have happened! Well, I fixed this situation quickly and headed to a wonderful store called the Book Exchange. I purchased the first three books (all for under the price of $6.00) and began my wonderful journey to Prince Edward Island. I want to savor the books, so I only read them right before I go to bed. I am just starting Book 2, and with the descriptions of cherry trees, village life and puffed sleeves, it makes for the sweetest of dreams. Always, Kit

Monday, September 5, 2011

First Week went off, with few Hitches!

I survived! And flourished. But I am always glad that the Labor Day weekend is there to give me a much needed rest-up. It was great to see all the kids; the old and the new. The teachers were up and we were all ready to start a brand new year. I had my kitchen and lunch room all set and my shelves were filled with food.
Let the fun begin!

Blank slate Kitchen! (click on pics to enlarge)

Let's make it pretty. Apple table cloths, flower arrangements in old soup cans, and a "labeled" bulletin board!

I love COLOR! I can't make tasty food without it....LOL Throw in some paper balls, magnets from all over the world and some lovely posters. And that makes me.....

one very happy cook!
Always, Kit

I am linking to Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The First Day of School!

I was excited. I was sleepy (why oh why did I not "practice" getting up early the week before!). I was nervous. How would the day pan out? Would I be ready to serve my kids? Would I remember all their names? Well, how could it not be the most perfect day when it started with a surprise gift from my youngest. She sent me on my way to school with a Back to School goodie bag. I am so spoiled. And I love it! It was decorated so nicely (I adore school buses!) and filled with everything I would need to survive my first day. Plus, a wonderful card and her well wishes that had me reaching for a tissue. Let's take a look inside............

Everything I need to make my forms and order sheets beautiful! And look at those stickers, perfect for this Head Cook.

When the day is getting long; a juice box, and some snacks are needed and once I am ready to leave for the day, I have my new lip balm with tin, and Vaseline to keep my hands soft and supple.

So perfect and so much fun to get! Thanks E, you made going back to school the best thing ever!
Always, Kit