Friday, December 29, 2017

A Christmas to Remember

Another Christmas is in the record books. And this one, like all the others in the past years was so wonderful. Mostly because of having such a great family. We all take the time to make each other's Christmas the best it can be. I noticed my youngest on Christmas day going around to all the objects in the room, touching them and remembering her Christmas's Past. Though I have added some new items, we still have a lot of the old to conjure up past Christmas memories. And that is so important to all of us. Following is photo record of our Christmas Day. Minus the failed French Toast Casserole which everyone was so gracious to not mention....lol

I love the quiet of Christmas morn, before all the festivities begin. It snowed a lot overnight, so we had our White Christmas (cue Bing). Bessie the Cat patiently waited for the girls to arrive from her perch next to the tree. They arrived bearing wonderful gifts and cheer! Their favorite part of the morning is opening their Christmas stockings. No matter how old they get, they will always have a stocking. And I get such a kick out of finding the items to stuff it with. Gorilla Glue, makeup kits, huckleberry candy, kissing balls, dental floss, and chocolates.

Every year Hubby carves me a new Santa and this year, my guy is climbing down a chimney, with a pack filled with toys! He is going to fit in nicely with all the rest of my beautiful Santa's. Even though my girls are in their 30's they must have a toy or two. Oldest girl loves Pokemon and my youngest must have a dress for her newest doll. A swing dress of course. Hubby loves banjo music, and was thrilled by the new Steve Martin CD. My newest ornie given to me by my love is a Disney Mickey Pumpkin. Just like the ones I saw in October on my trip. How cool is that?!

We always take turns opening gifts and ooo and ahh about each one. I gave my love a painting of whales to recall our annual trips to Oregon, our oldest has a new ornie to commemorate her new camper for her pickup and hubby surprised our youngest by finding her long lost clarinet (in the attic) and she promptly burst into tears and started to play. :) Those are the moments I love the best. We parted for a few hours and met back up for a turkey dinner and games. We played late into the night, sipping cinnamon whiskey, scarfing Chex Mix and laughing, so much laughing. It was a perfect Christmas! Apart from that darn casserole....lol  Always, Kit

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Pom Pom Christmas!

Wow! It is almost here. The day before the day before. Work ended for the year on Thursday for me. Due to a potluck/talent show I only served breakfast, so I was off to have my own breakfast with my love. And who do I run in to? My daughter and her love. :) Lots of hugging ensued. And the eating of the pancakes.

Yesterday was lovely. We got a good amount of snow and I fired up the Jeep to head out to lunch with a good friend and to do a little extra Christmas shopping. Found what I needed and got myself a new sugar snowman too, and was happy to see that most people were happy and smiling and being kind. Home to just relax and watch the snow. One of my favorite past times.

So today I start the food preparing for our Eve buffet. Lots of easy hand held bits of delight....lol Nothing too hard to make or time consuming, but oh so good. The sweets are done (I dipped pretzels last night), so I just have to make the salads and savories. I had a blast last weekend and made sugar cookies for the first time since the girls were little. It is a trusty recipe and they turned out great. Now I wonder why it took me so long to make them again.

My new decorating scheme has resulted in an un-thought of situation. I decided to sprinkle pom poms all over my coffee table with my snowmen. I came out one morning to all the pom poms scattered all over the floor, and thought, What the heck? As the picture shows, she had a little help learning a new game. Hubby had shown our cat a pom pom and how to find them. Now she sits on the floor and reaches up and grabs a pom pom and then proceeds to bat it around the living room. Hmmm. The hazards of Christmas...lol

I am out of coffee and I need to get started. It is very cold out today, 15 degrees. So even though the sun is coming out, our snow is not going anywhere. Which makes me very happy. More snow is coming for Christmas, perfect.

"Pom Poms in the Bathroom, (too) and Carols at the Spinet!"  Merry Christmas! Always, Kit

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Snow, snow, snow

As if on cue, it snowed yesterday. I had finished work, did some grocery shopping and was settling on the couch to do some light reading and then, little flakes. Then more little flakes, and now we are at 3 inches. Not too much, but just enough to make me happy and giddy and loving all the whiteness. And nothing looks better, than Christmas lights in the snow.

Hubby asked me if I was planning to go out today. Nah, heck I may not make it out of my pajamas. I am toasty warm, the coffee seems so tasty today and I just want to nest. I am happiest when I am home bound, with baking in the future and some more wrapping. I went out with husband to Target this week and went a bit crazy. We had fun running all over the store finding little things for our girls. But now I have more wrapping to do.

My youngest and I have been having some fun together this season. I have always been of the notion, that the Christmas Season is to be celebrated all month long. Not just waiting for the 25th to come. So since she has been on her own, (her guy is on tour in Australia and her sister is traveling for business) I try to leave her a surprise at her house each week to make her smile. It has been fun to come up with things to surprise and delight her. A toy advent calendar, her favorite cookies, a stack of vintage Christmas records (mine from when I was a kid) and her favorite donuts. She loved everything and I loved spreading some joy. Her fella is back tonight, my job is complete. :)

Now my youngest has a marvelous sense of humor and is very clever. We were having a conversation recently where I voiced the fact that I do not like receiving photo cards with no hand written message on them. Just one of my pet peeves, I find them very impersonal and too easy. I guess if someone is sending me a card, I want a little effort there. I understand why folks like to use them, but I just do not like them. Soooooooo, my youngest staged a pic with her cat and each day this week, guess what I received? A photo card with NO hand written message....LOL  Oh my, how I laughed. I couldn't believe it and it tickled me to no end. She's a keeper!

Well, I have sat here long enough. Those sugar cookies will not make themselves. Off I go, but first I must find a football game on the tube. :) Always, Kit


Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Christmas Season!

I have been a busy little elf and I for one would not have it any other way. But today I am staying put and enjoying the day with just a few holiday projects and diversions. This past week had me running about after work and though fun, I know my own self and have to have a day where I just retreat; settle on the couch with my comfy throw, some coffee and my cat and watch a movie. The movie of choice is The Holiday. I think I am as in love with the soundtrack, as I am the movie. A great feel good movie. Bessie our cat, has the right idea.

The visit to the Antique Mall was so much fun! They had live music and the place was packed, but that actually made for such a fun time. Everyone was chatting and munching on cookies and sipping cider. And I found some treasures (of course I did!). I love little German wooden ornaments and I was not to be disappointed, and they were only $1.00 a piece. I found a new Snowman for my collection, and wanted a display that wasn't for sale. Boo Hoo. I grew up on those delicious East Coast treats.  

The decorating is sort of complete. I keep getting these ideas and have to follow thru....lol  A string of red pom pom apples? Well, of course they have to hang over my bathroom mirror. And everyday that I am visiting Instagram and blogs, I can't help but be inspired by what everyone else is doing. My favorite hash tag is #vintagechristmas. :)   

It took 2 days, but our tree is done and ready for the season! This year we counted each and every ornament and the final total? 525 of the delightful little items. And everyone of them a wonderful memory. 

Listening to Singers Unlimited - Christmas. Check it out, it is an amazing album. I am off to bake some Magic Cookie Bars and do a little wrapping while I have the house to myself. I leave you with  my latest "fun time". My youngest bought me an advent calendar this year. It is so much fun! Tsum Tsum Disney. Each day I get a little toy and I can't wait to see what comes next. Today was Ariel from the Little Mermaid in glitter and sparkles. :) Always, Kit

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It's Here!

It has arrived and I am happy. December. The first marks the "official" day of the start of the holiday season (but of course I have been thinking of the holiday for a couple months now) and now our outside lights get turned on (we must have some rules or else they would be on in the beginning of November...lol), the inside is decorated with all my treasures and I love having everything ready and in place to enjoy all month long. I read of some folks who put their decor up a week or maybe two before Christmas and my first thought is, huh? I find all my treasures get me in the mood and make the whole month such a pleasure. I guess to each their own, but to me that would make a very sad holiday. 

Well, our Thanksgiving was wonderful. Everyone claimed the food to be the very best ever, the table decor a little different but traditional and the company of course was perfect. My oldest drove 13 hours straight to get here by 2am on the day of. To see her shining face was all I needed. We toasted and played games and we didn't want the night to end. But it had to, because...

My youngest and I had our traditional date for Black Friday! Oh what a blast. I had the Christmas tunes going, the coffee hot and though we had no snow, it was cold. Altogether we visited 6 stores and picked up a few items that she was looking for. I am always looking for new throws for my sofa, and scored a lovely number in baby blue and brown, and you can't beat a pair of pillowcases with pine trees all over them. :) Two happy but sleepy faces.

Today I am off to the Missoula Antique Mall to look for Vintage Christmas. I am totally in love with anything from the 50's and earlier. Last year we found a Blow Mold Santa, so who knows what treasures wait for me. Let's fire up the Jeep and head out. But first I have to put the new Christmas wreath on the back! Always, Kit

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

In my Happy Place

My vacation has begun! 6 days of fun and family and relaxing and a whole lot of eating. :) I have been texting my oldest and she is in Utah and heading north to Montana. She should be home by tonight. I am one giddy Mom.

Once my coffee kicks in, it is on to preps. I do a lot of my cooking today, so that I can enjoy the whole Macy's parade and not be exhausted by the time my family is gathered tomorrow. Our menu is simple and the same and that is the way we all like it. I am allowed to add beets to the relish dish, but that is as far as any change can go...lol Tradition is big around here.

To me, my preparation day, is the best fun. I am one of those odd people who enjoy doing chores, organizing, and puttering about my home. So today is like winning the lottery to me. But there are rules: I need to be by myself (I can just get so much done without someone else here!), I prefer a football game playing on in the background, and I love a cloudy, snowy or rainy day. Today has all those aspects, so I am good to go.  

First up, is the cranberry jello mold. A tasty staple of our table. Hubby is not a big fan of straight cranberry sauce, so mixed with jello, apples and mandarin oranges and lots of spices, it is a winner in his book. Next, I need to bake my Libby's Pumpkin Pie. Right off the can, it is still the best pumpkin pie I have ever tasted. Boil the yams, cook the elbow macaroni. Our all natural, "spa" turkey is thawing in the frig. The Chex Mix needs to be stirred. All is good.

From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! May you have the holiday you wished for. Keep it chill, and happy. Always, Kit 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

In a Nutshell

Good Morning. I just feel good today. Nothing like a good cup of coffee and texting ones oldest daughter, who is in New Mexico. I love how at any time of the day, I know what she is up to and what she is seeing. And I love the pics she sends, then she doesn't seem so far away. :) She should be headed back to Montana soon and we will all get together for the holiday. 

No big plans for today, except for one. It is the Brawl of the Wild football game in Bozeman, MT. Our rival is Montana State and we want the coveted (but ugly) trophy back. I am hoping for the best and it should be an exciting game. I will be watching from my couch this year, and working on holiday plans. And of course, a lot of screaming will take place. That's a given.

Hubby and I went to a special event this week that made me feel like a kid again. The 2017 Capitol Christmas tree stopped in Missoula on it's trek to Washington D.C., from the Yaak.  We got to the mall just as it was pulling in, horns a blaring and fronted by firetrucks and police. God I was so excited and literally jumped up and down squealing! Really, I did. There were tons of folks, snapping pictures and getting their photos taken with the driver and Santa, who was riding shotgun. And we were able to sign the truck. Our name is headed to DC! As you can see, the top of the tree is visible in a plexiglass box and it is all decorated with snowflakes and teepees. Also, a topper for the tree was made in Belgrade, MT  and it depicts our state flower, the Bitterroot.  It is an honor for our state and I am so glad they had the driver visit so many Montana towns. I wouldn't have wanted to miss this for the world!

So there you have it. The week in a nutshell. So many simple little pleasures that amount to living a great life. I don't ask for much. Just wonderful daughters, football games, semi's with huge trees, and maybe, just maybe another cup of hot coffee with a jelly doughnut chaser. Always, Kit

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Warming up and Back Outside

Here I sit. Sipping my coffee and today, I have a glazed doughnut alongside. Shhh, don't tell anyone. Not exactly on the Top 10 healthy things to eat list. But now and again, it just hits the spot. I have a busy day ahead of me. When we got all that snow on Nov 1st, it hung around till yesterday. Today it should be 46 degrees out and I can finally mulch up the rest of the apple tree leaves. I hate going into the winter with my yard looking gnarly. Christmas Santas, just do not look right sitting on piles of old leaves....lol

I am getting ready for Thanksgiving. I have all my treasures about me. Turkeys, pumpkins and lots of silk flowers. I would have real flowers, but alas the Allergy Gods seemed fit to not let that happen. But I have found some lovely arrangements that give me all the prettiness and none of the sneezing.

Did my "big shopping" on Friday for the holiday. We used to call it that as kids. When the paycheck came in, Mom would go and get lots of food, in lots of brown bags. That was always a happy day. I buy everything I need for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. That way I do not have to worry that Christmas morn will dawn without Pillsbury Orange Rolls. :) So my cupboards are full, as is my freezer. I am still thinking of what little gift to put at the place settings on the big day and the decor for the table this year. I love this part of the holidays, the planning. :) Well, off I go. Time to get the working duds on and get to it while the sun shines. Always, Kit

Saturday, November 4, 2017

November, is that you???

I am looking out my back window and marveling at the 3 inches of snow we have gotten since November 1st. Yep snow. Okay so it is early, true not all my leaves were mulched up, but boy is it pretty and cold and white and it puts my mind to all things Christmas. We were just glad it did not happen on Halloween to literally dampen the kids Trick or Treatings. Mother Nature was kind to us. :)

Halloween was fantastic! Now that hubby is retired, I came home to the whole front yard display being set up and I could sit back and just relax after a busy day at work. Even teenagers like to get all worked up and excited on Halloween....lol They were all dressed up in costumes and we had a craft fair and an assembly. I went as Ellie from Up

I recharged and by evening, my Halloween table was ready, the movie Hocus Pocus was playing and all my little candles were flickering. The place looked amazing! We had about 50 treaters and that is a good night for us. I love this one family that have literally grown up in front of us. They return each year to get their pictures taken in front of our decor. They were all the characters from the Incredibles and one lone Ghostbuster. A young couple arrived dressed as Princess Leia and Han Solo and they were carrying an Ewok. They told us it was their baby's first Halloween and they had to come to our house. Ahhh.  Our daughter's came by in their costumes and we had a nice visit. Youngest wore her fantastic costume she made for Comic Con and oldest (who is always a different dresser-upper) created a scary ant like creature that kinda creeped me out....lol They always have fun those two girls.

Well, today I will spend the day finalizing the storing of all my Halloween decor, it is down stairs but that is as far as I got. And out comes my Thanksgiving treasures for their time to shine. Lots of autumn colors and twinkly lights. I just love this month! Hubby and youngest will attend the Griz Game dressed up to their eyeballs in woolen. And I will watch from the comfort of my couch with my cats and hot coffee. I think I will do a little baking too. Seems right with all this snow. :) Always, Kit

Saturday, October 28, 2017

On to Halloween!

The weather over here has been gorgeous. Lots of sun, a little wind (to make the leaves dance!) and very chilly. I am hoping it hangs on till Halloween night. I want all the children to be able to enjoy their costumes. My daughters still dress up on Halloween and anytime they can get a chance....lol I just heard this morning that they got in to Comic Com 2018 in San Diego this summer (lottery event). Yippee! They just love this event and get to make elaborate costumes and hang out with more people who love to dress up. Ideal situation.  This year at work, I will dress up as Ellie from Up. We shall see how many of the kids at my school have seen the movie. 

Today I am fine tuning the decor in the house. We open our doors on Halloween night and friends and family show up and enjoy the decor inside as well as out. We only have low lights and candles lit and the place becomes very magical.

I sure love all my Halloween decor and will miss it. The hubby can't pass by this piece without bopping it on the head and making it bounce....lol Bessie the Cat loves it too!

I found a place for my new Mickey head. And it lights up! See my collection of chest nuts? My hubby brings them to me after his runs, and leaves them on my car at work too. A very nice calling card. :)

Well, that is it for now. Today our Griz play away, so there is a game to watch on TV.  Later when it warms up a bit (40 degrees now) hubby and I will take a "tiddle" in the Cobra to see some Fall color down the Bitterroot. Last ride of the season. :) Always, Kit

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Back to Regular Life

Fall has arrived here in the mountains and it is a beaut! Such color, and I am enjoying each of my trees as they each have their day in the sun. The Ginnala's are done, as is my Autumn Splendor Maple. My Transparent Apple is dropping it's leaves quickly but leaving me with my Mackintosh and my Red Maple to gaze at. The Rugosa Rose is a bright yellow and the Dogwood a pinky/yellow color. I am glad that I had the forethought to plant so many interesting plants. Below is the view I have from my place in the living room, I think the balloons add a special touch to the scene. :)

We celebrated hubby's birthday just last night (hence the balloons), even though the real day is the 17th. Youngest girl was on a business trip to Albuquerque so we rescheduled. It was nice to all get together in these busy times. His theme this year was Bats and Ghosts! He loves a Halloween theme the best. And I gave him a new inflatable for the yard on Halloween night. A Witch stirring her kettle and a little Ghost helping her. He loved it!

Last week we celebrated Homecoming at our University and it was a lot of fun, but very cold. We only lasted at the parade and hour and 1/2 and I called Uncle. But I got to see the important things. The bands (The Red Wave is my all time favorite, consisting of middle schoolers and both my girls used to be in it), the Foresters (oldest girl is a Wildlife Biologist) and two friends who march in the Alumni Band. We attended the game and we gained a win, and I a sore throat. I just yell way too loud....lol But how could I not? I love my Grizzly's.

So now we are just getting ready for Halloween. A big holiday in our family. We all love to create costumes, dress up and we enjoy the Trick or Treaters. I have my home all decorated inside and out and since these are my most favorite colors, I love it. I have always had a problem with Easter, not on my color wheel....lol I am just not a pastel girl. Give me bold color! Until next week. Always, Kit