Sunday, April 26, 2015

What I am loving right now

A cool and rainy green day. Oh the green, so much lovely green! And oh how my plants and trees are happy. Which in turn makes me happy. After all it is my favorite color. I have been able to work outside with some mild days and do some pruning. Now my trees are back in control and I like my "lollypop" trees (that is what my arborist calls my them)...LOL My apple trees have begun to blossom and with tomorrows expected sun, my trees will be humming. I like to think that the bees are making honey from my trees. And somewhere someone is spreading it on their toast and saying, "this tastes like apple honey!". :)

My favorite flower in the spring are Forget - Me - Nots. I have them everywhere. They come up volunteer in all my beds and even creeping across my lawn. They will go on for weeks and with no effort on my part. Now that is my kind of flower.

A picnic dinner. For some reason I am in the mood for BBQ ribs! That came out of the blue. So today I making some of my Noodle Salad, my Oven Baked Ribs and I think I will serve some pickles and olives too.

I have re-discovered the Civil War. I read a book (oh it was horrible) but it piqued my interest after I realized I really had no clue what went down. Even tho I had taken a trip with my eldest to Gettysburg and areas East about 8 years ago. On Netflix I found, Ken Burns, The Civil War and it is wonderful. So much info, the photos! And the stories are amazing. I have to admit my dreams have been rather disturbing and I think my hubby is going to unplug my TV when he finds me humming the Battle Hymn of the Republic again, again, and again. But it is so worth it. I feel like I have learned so much more than my old elementary class ever taught me.

I am hanging a picture I found for pennies at a yard sale last year. Had it stored and forgot about it. But that worked out, cause now I have a place to hang it. It is an embroidered sampler of the child's prayer, "Now I lay me Down to Sleep". As a stitcher myself, I appreciate any pieces I find and love to give them a good home. I always wonder, who created it?

 Well, there you have it. Almost time for my Sunday break. Hubby comes home from his visit with his buddies, bearing hot coffee and pastry and we watch some Nascar or Indy racing for a bit. I love my Sunday afternoons. Always, Kit

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Clean-up

I have officially started my yard work fun for the year. I am amazed at the turn our weather has taken. Days filled with sun, with temps in the high 60's. My allergies can attest to the trees bursting out in buds and the grass beginning to grow. Dandelions are in abundance, and I am already shushing lost wasps out of my garden shed. :) 

Holly Hobbie!
Hubby bought me a new leaf blower and I blew leaves out of my bushes to my hearts content. So satisfying. Fired up the mower ("starts on one pull", says the manufacture) and it did! The front is looking good. Today the back yard is my project. Mowing, and trimming. And cleaning and fussing. Once I get that done, out will come the yard art. 

Holly Hobbie
I love my pretty things about me. I can't seem to stop collecting items to hang on my fence or prop up in my beds. And every time I read a blog, I get another great idea I have to act on.Well, off I go. Break is over and it is time to get moving. Always, Kit

Saturday, April 11, 2015

An April-y Day

No matter what that Groundhog said in February, Spring has come early to Montana. We still may get a stray snow storm, that is a given in this type of country, but Spring is here in all her glory. The trees about town are budding out. Everywhere you look, you can make out a light green fuzziness. Usually this doesn't happen until the beginning of May and I like it! About this time of year, I am starved for green. With the sprinkles today and current warmth, everything should really begin to pop.

We had a lovely holiday. Kept simple and fun. My youngest and I go to church, all dressed up in our Easter finery. I love to see the children who come all dressed up in their Easter best, and the elderly ladies and gents in large brooches and lavender suits. I told my Em, when I am that age, I want to wear a pastel suit. We sang, and prayed and took communion. When we got back to our pew, someone had left an Easter egg with 2 kisses on Em's seat. :)

The girls arrived later in the day and the baskets were brought out and exclaims were made. My hubby mentioned later, he loves to watch their faces upon reveal, because the look is always the same. Whether they are toddlers or in their 30's, they are soooo excited!

Dinner was wonderful! And easy. Which makes it even more wonderful...LOL Roasted chicken and sides. And I was quite proud of myself, I even baked my own cupcakes. Everyone helps get it on the table and helps with clean-up, so old Mom doesn't collapse. The night was spent playing games and chatting and I laughed so hard my insides hurt. I cherish these times, since with busy lives they are not as often as we would like.

We took our group photo featuring the great sunglasses that the girls had tucked into our homemade baskets (see above) and the evening ended with lots of kisses and hugs. What a perfect Easter! Always, Kit

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!

So how is everyone doing with their preps? I have seen some great ideas in my friends blogs. Wow, how creative you all are! And I love all the celebrations all over the world that are happening because of Easter. :)

 My preps are getting there. So how did I do with my Spring Break list you ask? I did pretty good, I must say. All medical completed, and I was able to have my new toilet installed though that almost didn't happen this week. I have to be grateful that someones dish washer came in scratched (I feel bad for them) and they bumped me up. Instead of running to Idaho, we ran to Helena, Mt and had a lovely time. Ran into quite the snow squall going over the pass and followed a snow plow down the other side. When we returned home, the road was dry and the sun was shining. That is mountain weather for you. Got my egg tree done, and today I am off to work for only a little bit and I get to see my youngest. So all in all a very nice break. And oh, the other people got their dishwasher and had it installed on Wednesday. Yay!

So, later today I will have the house to myself and will start cooking for tomorrow. For a person who really doesn't like to cook on a daily basis, I love to do it on a holiday. I will put the finishing touches on my filing system. I am almost done! With the help of watching movies using my new Firestick system (Mona Lisa Smile, Enchanted April and Mrs. Brown) I was able to totally redo the whole cabinet. And we got our taxes done too! I feel very accomplished. :) 

Off I go, have a wonderful Easter. Enjoy your families and friends and don't eat too much candy. Oooo, I just remembered I need to find an outfit for church tomorrow. I better skedaddle. Always, Kit