Sunday, September 30, 2012

Flew the Coop!

There is a little family who live in a very big nest, on the top of a very tall pole, at the mouth of the Hellgate Canyon and they captivate me and countless others as they live their lives each season. Mom arrives first, followed by her devoted husband and then we wait for the babies. These are the Hellgate Ospreys. (Named by heads of the Osprey study: Iris, Stan and their children, Crown Royal, Captain Hook and Squish.)

This year, like last year, they had some difficulties. Mom arrived (Iris) and hubby but then we were sad to hear that hubby had gotten killed. We all wondered what would happen, would the nest stay silent? But Iris headed out and found herself a might younger man to fit the bill (Stan). Stan was named as such, because he was "the Man". Not only did he give her three babies, but boy, could he fish. Through the long hot summer, he brought all sorts of delectable fish to the babies, while Iris played "Sunbrella" and kept the chicks safe from predators. All of the chicks lived this year and thrived. Since there was plenty of food, we didn't have the older chicks attacking the youngest which had happened the year before. That was a relief. We really only had a couple of mishaps this year. One chick (Captain Hook) ended up getting tangled in a bit of line and a fish hook and the docs had to come out and remove it from his foot. They usually do not interfere with the birds lives, but this was a man-made problem so they stepped in. Whew, and we were all glad they did. We all watched while the oldest made his first attempts at flying (named for a whiskey bag that was brought back to the nest as bedding...LOL) and cheered on Squish, the youngest (his siblings were always lying on him) as he fought to get his food and his place in the roster. Hook fledged first and then Royal, but Royal received a wing injury. So she stayed close to the nest until it healed. Before we knew it, Iris and Hook had migrated. Squish, Royal and Stan stayed at the nest where he still fed his "teens" and one day Squish was ready to leave. For days Stan fished and fed Royal, and I like to think, he knew she was injured and wouldn't leave her. About a week ago, they both left the nest for the last time. Heading South the way the others had gone. And tho it is now sad to watch the now empty nest, it is also very satisfying.

I will miss them, but I will be eagerly waiting for the return of Iris and Stan and another season come Spring. I wish them safe travels. Always, Kit

Sunday, September 23, 2012


I am a bit tired today. But a good tired. Yesterday was our University's Homecoming. Anyone out there live in a college town? Well, then you know what it is like. Our city goes all out and it seems like everything is be-decked in maroon and silver. Grizzly paws adorn faces, cars and store windows. And if you are a baby, you are of course dressed like a little cheerleader...LOL  

Both my girls graduated from the University of Montana so I am doubly proud. We met up with our youngest and attended the "Big" Parade. Bands from as far away as Japan and right down to our very own Alumni Band (consisting of past U of M band members), they are my favorite. The tootsie rolls filled the bags and pockets of everyone, we all got a new American Flag and lots of "Hello's" were shouted over the strands of many band selections. This town was having a good time!

Hubby and I have season tickets, so off to the game we went. Alas, we lost, but I still had fun and we were 25,000 strong, cheering on our team even as the ending looked glum. Whew, busy day. But one for the memory books. Always, Kit


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Loving my Weekend!

First off yesterday was the second Griz (home) Game of the season and it was wonderful! We won and the mood was high and everyone was having a lovely time in spite of the smoke. We are having what we call in Montana our 5th season. Fire season. It is nasty, but doable. It happens every Aug - Sept and some days it gets so dark my yard lights come on. Folks grumble and frown, but I figure, I have no right to be upset. The people on the fire lines are the ones who should be having a fit, not me. So I stay indoors and do my projects and look out my windows at my gardens. :) One good rain storm and it will be a memory.

Today, I am embracing my homey side and baking. Saw a wonderful recipe in my Susan Branch book, Autumn. Will pick a few of my Mac Apples and make an Apple Crisp for dinner. So easy and so homey. Just finished some chocolate chip cookies for the hubby and I think we will have baked pork chops too. Earlier while the hubby was in the hot tub, we had a visit from the Summer Kitties and had some fun playing in the cool early air. Best time to enjoy the gardens before the heat of the day. I am off to turn on a football game (don't you just love the sound of a football game on the TV?) and to finish up my house chores. I hope you all have the best Sunday and get to do some relaxing. :) Always, Kit

Monday, September 3, 2012

What I am Loving Right Now!

Well for one, sleeping in this morn was heaven! I have two weeks of work in my back pocket and all went really well. A few glitches, but the kids took them in stride. It is amazing how much I forget over the summer and it feels really good to be back in a routine. I had really missed the kids and teachers and I am loving the new year.

E.Charlotte is still healing and doing so well. Just when the pain and swelling is getting less, she has to go into the orthodontist and they tweak her braces and she starts all over again. Oy! But she is keeping her good humor and can see the "lovely smile at the end of the tunnel". She is my hero!

With September came football games and hubby and I attended our first Griz home game on Saturday. We won! 34 to 24 and it was a wonderful time. Not too hot, a great breeze to keep the smoke away (forest fires) and old friends to chat with. Sunday night I will really be ga ga cause my Denver Broncos with PEYTON MANNING!! will be playing. I will have my Bronco flag up, my Bronco Gnome sitting on the coffee table and I will be cheering on the best of the best!

Cooler nights and changing leaves. The Sugar Maples have started and so have my Burning Bushes. And even tho our daytime temps are still in the high 80's, it doesn't feel as intense. We are expecting our first hard frost next Tuesday so I have to turn my thoughts to bringing in my "summer camp" plants. And covering my geraniums out front. I am not ready to let them go just yet. They are just too lovely on my front step. :) Always, Kit