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!

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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)
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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

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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