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.
It has been a quiet and lovely day. Lots of sun, but pretty cold out. And I hear, tonight will bring more snow and arctic winds from the North. We will stay in tonight, I will make up for me and my love, a special treat of finger foods, some peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream and later our champagne with Chambard (raspberry liqueur). We have a movie to watch (which helps get me to midnight....lol) and then when the clock strikes 12, over town we will be able to see fireworks and here all sorts of noise coming from our neighbors and of course we will share a kiss. I leave you with my favorite rendition of Auld Lang Syne, it truly makes me cry. Click on the link and enjoy. Happy New Years to you all. May it be kind to you. Always, Kit
This season has been incredible. I swear each year I sound a little redundant, but it is so true that each Christmas is just so Wonderful! From the little teeny things like a piece of candy left next to my breakfast dishes on a dark cold work day. To my youngest looking to help a friend in need. To having my whole family sitting around the table yelling, "Grog", as we toast each other with Mulled Wine. The whole season is about giving, not getting. But we get. Because we give. I think that is what I miss the most when it is over. The goodwill and love toward everyone. So I will stretch this season as long as I can.
My neighbors house looks like a Christmas Putz House! :)
Christmas Eve came with a soft but steady snow. It would snow all day and all night and we would get 13 inches of the beautiful, fluffy, cold stuff. And look who stopped by for a quick snack before flying off to deliver presents. Santa's reindeer! They ate a little juniper, sampled the burning bush and then mysteriously disappeared. :) I spent the day getting ready for our traditional buffet of finger foods, later in the evening. I couldn't help but stop from time to time to just look outside, it was just so darn pretty. Lucky that I have a Jeep, as I took my youngest to church. We love the early children's service where the little ones are all dressed up in bows and sparkles. My own beautiful little one was very sparkly too!
After the meal, and a visit to my SIL for treats and chatting and some kind of root beer and bourbon drink, hubby and I had our special time where we give each other a new ornament. I love this time on Christmas Eve when it hearkens back to when it was just the two of us. This year he found me a lovely plaid ornie (I am the lover and queen of plaid!). Plus, an extra art piece from an up and coming local artist, this little picture will stay up all year round. I tried my hand at painting again and made a replica of our beloved RV from long ago. Oh the wonderful memories we have of those family trips.
The big day dawned with even more snow and hubby gave everyone on our block the gift of clean sidewalks. Thank heavens for our blower! I baked up the Orange Rolls and the girls got here late morning and we had such a lovely time. We just take it easy and open little gifts and then I make brunch with mimosas. The new Oven Baked French Toast was a hit!
The gifts were a big hit too. My girls get Christmas money now that they are grown, but I just have to have some fun and get a few gifts for them too! Some practical and some, not so much....lol
We finish the day with the best ever tradition. The girls come back for a turkey dinner and then we play games. We sit around the table with our drinks and snacks and just laugh and chat and have the best time ever. And always and I mean always, my youngest gets a little sad as the night winds down because she loves it so much and we bolster her mood with one more, "Grog" as we clink our cups.
These three are who all the work is for. My loves. My Christmas. I leave you with my newest hand carved Santa from my hubby. Isn't he wonderful?! Always, Kit
Christmas Eve Eve! Work is over for the year. I always tell the students, "see you next year" and it always confuses and alarms them. I have to quickly say, in January....lol I got out early yesterday after playing Santa for the teachers. Remember the 30 Santa Pez I found in an antique store in Oregon in June? Well, I bagged them up and added some candy and a nice bow and snuck them all into their mailboxes. I hope they were pleasantly surprised and thrilled. Doing things like that, makes my holiday. But the key is, they can't know it is me. Shhh...
Hubby and I went to breakfast and did some light shopping. Came home with a hankering for spritz cookies. And lots of hot coffee! Spent the rest of the day relaxing and watched the movie Prancer. I liked it! I had never seen it and I just loved the little girl and her great acting. She wasn't snotty, just a 9 year old girl who loved the reindeer. Yes, Jesse there is a Santa Claus!
On a lark we entered a Christmas light contest and tho our house is not flashy with lazers and such, I think it looks like a Jewel Box (what my kids used to say when they were little). We are on the map for all to follow in town and see, and I don't think we will win any prizes but it was fun. We are getting lots of cars each night slowly trolling by so they have found us. Yay!
And my daughter's house made it into the newspaper! Her house is so colorful and pretty! We are also in the same contest, uh oh, what happens if only one of us wins??!! I hope it is her. :)
Here is Hubby getting ready for his run this morn. You can see on his head a surprise gift I left for him before I went to work last week. A Happy Festivus hat from Seinfeld. We are big fans of Seinfeld and when I saw this last year, I knew I just had to get it for him for this year. He loves it!
Bessie our neighbor cat in one of her favorite spots. It has been very very cold lately and she has been staying over night quite a bit. We like to know she is safe, so we do not mind at all. Don't worry, her family knows where she is. :) Well, I am about to head out. My oldest girl and I are having a holiday lunch together at our favorite restaurant. I am already looking forward to my bowl of Won Ton soup and lots of laughs and chatting. Later, I will do some cooking for tomorrows buffet and finish up some items. I have another big problem in that I find things late for folks and have to get them prepared. But the happiness I get when they see what I found is so well worth it. Merry Christmas! Always, Kit Linking to Rooted in Thyme
Wow! We sure did get a bunch of the white stuff, about 8 inches. As I sit, it is -6 degrees and I think our high will be 1. No romping around outside for me or the cats, I think I will stay inside and bake and putter. I have those pesky holiday items on a list a mile long that need to be checked off. Lucky for me, everything on the list is fun. My problem has been, just when I should be working on something for the holiday, I get pulled away to go to lunch or to watch a movie or to visit with a friend. All the best reasons to ignore the list. So today I will make a good effort to get back to the tasks at hand. :)
Oldest daughter returned from her business trip yesterday and I got the biggest hug and kiss, so my "what I want for Christmas list" is complete. She is well and happy and home. Which makes me well and happy.
With hubby home for the holidays for the first time in forever, I have given him some tasks. He is in charge of the wrapping of the daughter's gifts. I have left him to the choosing of the paper, the decorations of the packages and such. Yes, I am indeed nervous but I promised myself I would not micro-manage. I would like this to be a new tradition. So what ever he comes up with will be perfect. Wish me luck!
Looks like someone is comfortable. Poor Bessie (the neighbor cat) was not too happy with her chair being moved in order to make room for the tree. So she has instead decided to take over my side table and in the process knocks everything off. Now where am I going to put my cup of tea? Something needs to be done. So...
I rearranged my tables and gave her the perfect spot in order to watch the world go by. And she even gets a Christmas cushion to sit upon. Of course I had to make it pretty. I think she likes it. :)
Look at my newest ornament. I really have a problem and cannot stop myself from buying ornaments. They are little bits of pretty. In fact, yesterday at Shopko they had all their ornaments at 70% off and I had to get 5 more. I have a serious problem...lol
Off I go, time to start baking, Frosted Molasses Drops, my all time favorite Christmas cookie. I am listening to The New Christy Minstrels Christmas Album and here is one of my favorite songs, A Christmas World .
It will make me feel warm all over no matter how cold out it is! Always, Kit
To be happily busy. Ever since Thanksgiving, I have been in holiday paradise and having a blast. My daughter made it home just fine and the 4 of us had a marvelous time. Every little bit of the visit, was just as I had envisioned it. It was hard not to want to tuck her in my pocket and carry her around with me. Seeing her leave again was hard, but she should be home by Dec 17th. :)
Full of dinner, we looked over the ads for Black Friday. And my girls
did find something they could use. A new washer! Little did they know,
but when I and the youngest headed out to buy it at Lowe's, I was going to
surprise her by getting them the dryer that goes with it! Oooo, I just
love surprises. We had a wonderful time, and enjoyed all the stores and
picked up some great items. I found the coolest quilt for my husband
that has Moose on it. In varying degrees of orange and green. So crazy! And I will share a pic after Christmas.
Now we are almost to the half way mark to the big event! I have been spending my time decorating and getting the house ready for the holidays. The hubby and I just love lots of lights to make all corners just shine, so I put up a lot and everything looks so festive. I even surprised myself this year and mixed it up a bit from my basic decorating system. It has always been so easy to just put the same item in the same spot. Not this year! The Santa's are now on the Victrola and the village is under the tree.
My sugar snowmen and my late Mothers candle arrangement is now where the Santa's were. And I lucked out at the Cracker Barrel and found on clearance some battery operated candles which are on a timer and I have them tucked all over the place....LOL
I discovered this year that in some instances, that less is more. I used to put all my holiday pillows on this one chair. Poor thing was so crowded. I like it this year. So simple and pretty.
I just love the vibrancy of green and red at this time of the year, when outside all is brown and white. I can't get enough! True, come January I will be back in brown and blue mode, but for now bring on the bright primary colors.
Our tree this year. Hubby and I were on our own for the first time in years. Both girls were gone for decorating day, but that was okay. We hauled the boxes up and took our time. It took 3 days and a few cocktails but we got it done. :)
Hubby took me out last Saturday to my favorite antique mall and it did not disappoint. The place was jumping with live music, lots of treats and tons of vintage holiday items. I found all sorts of Christmas things but the best was the last. A blow mold vintage Santa! We were hemming and hawing, and the booth owner (who we did not realize was listening) marked it down to $15.00. Well, sold it was and to me! We usually leave items in vintage condition but hubby restored him to all his brand new glory and he looks fabulous, doesn't he? He now looks out of our attic window wishing all who pass a Merry Christmas!
Well, it is now Saturday the 10th and I was woken up by this incredible snow! So much of it and it is so beautiful. Puts me in the mood to do some holiday baking and some wrapping. I have Roger Whitaker singing to me and no where to go but to just be here in my most favorite place and be. Always, Kit