I have been married for 39 years, to my best friend. We have two beautiful daughters and two cats, Sam cat who is 17 and Bessie who is 5. Moved to Montana in 1974 from New Jersey and have never looked back. I work for an Alternative High School and it is the best job I have ever had (except for being a Mom) I call this my retirement job - it's part-time, I can do it till I retire which will be after this year, and it is so much fun! I use my blog as a secondary journal, to record the big events in my life.
I LOVE them! Right now I am watching the Red Carpet of the SAG awards, and oohing and ahhing at the gowns and stars. I get so star struck and just like most of the world, when I hear that Angie and Brad have just arrived, my eyes go from my computer to the TV screen to see just how fabulous they are looking. I sure wish he would get his hair cut. Not liking the long look on him. So far my favorite dress and loveliest lady is Viola Davis. Wow! And I am always so impressed with George Clooney, such a stand up guy. Lots of class. I hope he wins. Well, I have to run, time to actually sit down and take in every moment. Where's my popcorn?! Always, Kit
It is cold and cloudy, snow coming? Possibly. Okay with me cause I am staying inside and doing something I have wanted to do for 20 years. You know when you move into a place and you are in a hurry and you open that box marked Kitchen and you just start throwing things in drawers and cupboards and you always vow you will go back and re-arrange and make more sense of it? Yeah, that never happened.Who had the time?? Well, now I have some time.
I was lucky to get a kitchen with tons of drawers. But it is amazing how many water bottles, and plastic lids I have accumulated. Do I really need a whole drawer to hold 2 microwave dishes? Is it possible to put the bread drawer and the snack drawer next to each other? Will my spice drawer feel better if I put it over next to the baking drawer? So many questions! No more thinking, it is time to act. Always, Kit
I am making good on my word of the year (yield) and I have invited my hubby to go to the movies tomorrow night. My treat. His choice of movie. He was quite surprised! And he kidded me and said, I will believe it when we are sitting in our seats with popcorn and pop in hand....LOL We will be seeing Sherlock Holmes. I love a good action flick with lots of rushing about and mayhem. I am already looking forward to my greasy bag of popcorn and maybe a Raisinet or two. And to the hand I will hold most of the night. Always, Kit
Over at The Lettered Cottage they are having a Word of the Year party. I am coming into this a bit late (when I link up I will be number 450!) and it closes in 20 hours. I have never been one to make resolutions and trying to pick a word to exemplify what I would like to achieve has been daunting to say the least. But finally, while really looking at my life, I have decided I need to relinquish a little control. I need to:
I am a planner. I like to be able to make everyone's life run smoothly. I don't want them to have to worry. I have always been there to fix things. I am the one with many lists, I make the arrangements, and I am so capable that I wonder sometimes if I tend to pooh pooh an idea that I haven't thought of myself. Hmm. Do I? I have to admit I do. Hubby will ask if I want to go to the movies and if I am not in the mood, I say no. Basketball game, are you kidding me?? Eat at Denny's instead of the Cracker Barrel, what are you crazy?....LOL So, I am going to try and be a little more spontaneous and let others make some decisions. I am yielding my control and going to start trying some new things. As of this date, I have gone to see Mission Impossible and last night I took in a Griz Basketball game (still did not care for the sport, but the snacks and the jazz band were great!) So I am trying. Next up, letting my kids go about their lives without me always telling them to be careful. This one will be the hardest. Always, Kit
Over here in Western Montana, we were starting to think that there would be no real Winter. La Nina was playing tricks on us. The weather forecasters were frustrated and wrong most of the time....LOL But this time they got it right. From Tuesday night to now, it has snowed, and snowed and snowed. I estimate from 18" to 2' in my backyard. Our sidewalks have been blown three times and I am sure I will have to go out again by evening. Still no plows on the side streets, so school had a 2 hour delay start, but now has been called off altogether for today. Yay! Tho I wish I could have crawled back into bed, I am enjoying my freed up time. Coffee, carrot cake and Downton Abbey. Glad I did my grocery shopping yesterday and filled up on all that was needed in case we were snowed in. Beer, cake, french bread, grapes and Baby Ruth candy bars. I know what's important when it comes to a Snow Day! :) Always, Kit
One of my special gifts this year for the holiday was a vintage iron (Thanks E!). I just love displaying odd little pieces that invoke the past around my home and if they are accented in black, all the better! I can just imagine a young lady ironing her husband's shirts with this little number. It must have took her forever, look how small it is compared to the ones we use now. Instead of putting this in the laundry room, I like the way it looks with my vintage-style teddy bear, clock and books. I am joining Angie at a Knick of Time for Vintage Style! Always, Kit
Wow, it has been a week. My head has been occupied, not filled with projects, not filled with plans, but it has been filled with television. Yes, you heard right. TV! My reaction to the holidays being over is to curl up on the couch and watch movies and write. You see, I keep a journal, the kind in a pretty book that has all my thoughts and feelings in it. Far away from the probing eye. Been doing it for 40 years. When I started blogging, I found I spent less time with her. But if I put an old movie on (Little Women, Jane Eyre, anything Jane Austin) I find it inspires me to write. Those ladies are always pulling out a pen and paper and sharing their deepest thoughts with friends far and wide. I like that. So I have finally "caught up" and filled many sheets on my life and it feels good. I still have quite a few movies to watch (love my DVR!) so I may go missing again. But I will be back. Coming soon? Pics of my newest home companion. :) Always, Kit
In this lovely month of January. I love to sit back and reflect on the past year. Nothing too mind boggling, just the highlights and only a few of the lowlights. Of course, Christmas just past springs to mind readily and I have to admire how crafty and clever my family can be.
Back in the Fall when asked what I wanted for Christmas I remarked, I have all I need and I told them, I wanted a Little House on the Prairie Christmas. Very simple. And they said, "So we get you a tin cup, a stick of candy and a penny?".....LOL And I said, sure! Well, they took it a little farther than that and as my youngest said to me later, "She loves having a theme!" Into the house they arrived on Christmas Day toting a basket filled with brown paper and gingham wrapped packages, a bag of oranges and a sawed off toy shotgun. With their best country accents, they wished Ma and Pa a Merry Christmas and said they had to ward off bears and cross a river but they made here safely. Oh, how we laughed! And as we opened our gifts we found presents dating back to the early 1900's! They had gone to our local antique mall and found for Pa: a hammer and plane for working in his shop. For me: a lace tablecloth and iron! But the biggest surprise was from my oldest girl. She has always been quite the "artist and creator of things beautiful and strange" and she made me an exact replica of the covered wagon that the Ingalls traveled in across the country. Including the family made out of clay. She had taken the book I have and reproduced the wagon from the pictures and I can't get over how exact it is, even to the look on Mary and Laura's faces as they rode in the back. Incredible! I of course just love it and am amazed at the work involved. It makes me grin every time I see it and I am one very lucky Ma! Always, Kit