Saturday, August 26, 2017

This, That and The Other

Quiet morn. Nice. Cats are sleeping and it is cool and clearer outside. We have been having a lot of trouble with forest fire smoke settling in our valley. It makes for watery eyes and cranky women. But I will not complain, at least I am not near the Lolo Peak fire and I feel for the ones who are. All day I can hear the drone of helicopters and borade planes. Trying to stop the destruction, but we know from living here, it won't stop until the first snow. We get some relief with the winds shifting and then we behave like we have just been given the best gift in the world. Everyone flows outside and tries to get done what needs to be done before we must all hide in the house again. But winter is coming and with it, relief. Below are some pics of the sky behind my house last week, those are not clouds, that is a smoke plume, and it was a doozy.

Eclipse Day arrived and I was so excited. I love stuff like this and in fact I was living in Kalispell, MT in 1979 when it happened before and I have the t-shirt to prove it. This time we wouldn't see totality but what we saw was pretty cool. My hubby and oldest girl set up shop in my back yard and we shared a pair of glasses that a friend gave us. When the big moment came (11:32) we toasted with champagne and it was marvelous! 

 I love how in the bottom photo you can see the sun's rays coming down on our heads from above. 

Youngest girl and her boyfriend went to Challis, Idaho to get closer to the path and she said it was such a surreal experience and very cool. Here she is with her glasses and sporting the t-shirt from 1979. 

Well, the meetings are over and I have been to my school to set up for the first day on Monday. It feels good to have it all ready to go. I am head cook and bottle washer at an Alternative High School and it is the best job I have ever had. This is my way of giving back. And my immense pleasure to do so. Always, Kit

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Winding Down

It is creeping up on me. My summer vacation's end. By the end of next week, I will have been back to work setting up my kitchen and cafeteria. Getting it all ready for my kids on August 28th. I am excited! I always am. I can't wait to see those faces and get those hugs. I love my teenagers. So I have been finishing projects around the place. Keeping things watered and mowed and realized I hadn't shared any pics of my yard. It has been a chore this year to keep everything hydrated, so very dry this summer. But I did and my plants are pretty happy. As you come down the West side of my house, this is the first area you see. Golden Glow, Globe Thistle and Spirea. In the pot, Geraniums and Marigolds. At the base of the chair, Lily of the Valley.

My lovely and functional garden shed built by my hubby. I store all my yard art and pot up plants in my special place. No men allowed! Unless they want to paint the roof and that is okay by me. :) In the big pot are Morning Glories and to the left is a Dogwood and Ginkgo growing together. To the right of the shed and along the wall is our Raspberry Patch.

I have featured this bench in my blog before and I still love it. Made from a bed that I found at a yard sale and rebuilt by hubby. This year I added pillows and no my real name is not Lydia, the sign was found in our alley when a neighbor was moving, and her name was not Lydia either...lol And you can't really tell, but the old black clock to the left broke, so it is filled with marbles now. :)

What I used to call my "butcher cart" has now become Bessie"s sleeping cart. As you can see, no plants or pots can be to the left. That is her domain. I have Lavender, Geraniums and an unidentified plant I am training into a topiary. Behind the cart is my Therese Bugnet  Rose. My all time fav rose for it's length of bloom and scent. Heaven!

My patio, a great place to sit (when I do take a moment to sit.). Over near the fence is a pot with Feverfew, another unidentified plant that I made into a topiary, Moss Roses and Geraniums. Two trees in pots, a Dogwood and a Willow. As you can see in the foreground are pots of Geraniums and Marigolds on my hubby's shop steps. I kept all the flowers in the same color range and the pots are all Terra Cotta (plastic to retain water) to keep the yard looking unified. It is a small yard.

My favorite place to sit and I really do sit here. Nice and shady, there is a fountain to the right of this pic which has the perfect sound and which also usually has a cat in it drinking. So more like a "cat bath" than bird. Behind this swing is a Rugosa Rose and a Bamboo. Potentilla and a Ginnala Maple. The gorgeous afghan is a yard sale find for a dollar. What?! Score.

My newest bench is this lovely carved one that my hubby and his friend made. They are wood carvers and meet every Thursday night for the past 20 years with 3 other guys. It features my mountains and my beloved Osprey. I sit here when I want to be totally invisible.

And since I got the new bench, we put my old theater seats in the cow garden. Hubby limbed up the Blue Spruce and we heavily pruned the Crab Apple and it is cool place to sit and get a different aspect of the yard. Also planted in the area are Mountain Bluet, Globe Thistle, Boxwood, Siberian Iris, Daylilies and Mint. The item in the foreground is one of three matching wind sculptures that hubby created to replace three Aspen we lost in a freak snow storm. At the base of the cows is what we call the Kitty Trail. All the cats in the neighborhood pass thru our yard and down the trail to access the alley. Love it!

Here is my newest acquisition. I have seen in blogs and magazines, bikes used as planters and I have coveted them....lol At our very last yard sale of the year, I found this little beauty in the perfect color, for a song!  Hubby shook his head and then loaded it into the Jeep. No sense fighting it. I attached a basket that he had given me ages ago and next year I will look for a wire one to put flowers in. Pink Begonias or Pink Impatiens? :) 

Well, there ya have it. I am now on my own for the day and I think I will make a run to Target. I want to take a turn thru the school supplies. Gets me all excited!  Always, Kit

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chicks and Chaps 2017

I just love this event. We didn't go last year (they changed the format and took the element that I loved the most about it, out) ALL WOMEN. At it's inception, it was an event to cheer, support and embrace women with all cancers,. We got together all dressed in pink, ready to ogle cowboys, drink some booze, eat some appetizers and spend money to support the ladies who are fighting the big fight. By the end of the day you have made new friends, did a lot of crying and felt great, knowing you were doing your little part to help. Hugs go a long way with this group. Money helps too. :)

This year to celebrate it's 10th Anniversary, they went back to the original format and my youngest and I signed up immediately. The event did not fail to please. We had such a great time and met so many lovely women. And it gave me, one on one time with my girl. This event always gets to us. It makes us both remember my uterine cancer 4 years ago and how much support and love she gave me. And how grateful we are that I am still cancer free and going strong. High five!

This is how we look at the beginning, before the 94 degree day and the smoke in the air takes it's toll on us (the alcohol didn't help either)...lol

Lots of pretty decor and a lovely spread of finger foods. Wine and Beer and all the pop and water you could want. Later we would get Sub Sandwiches and designer cupcakes, but I was so hot by then I didn't want to take anymore pictures....lol

Em found some new friends and they were instantly BFF's. Great girls! And I found me some cowboys and they were instantly my BFF's.

We then head out into the arena and we attend the Rodeo Workshop. This is where they will attempt to teach us all the ways of the sport. As you can see my hair is now up and in my hat and I am sucking back on the beer like there is no tomorrow.

Em is the first to raise her hand at each station and here she has roped her steer and then snagged a cowboy. He looks happy.

Now I am not sure if she is more enamored with the horse or the cowboy, maybe a little bit of both. Onward to the Bull Riding and they applauded her form and flair. I am sure they do not see this event done in sparkly skirts very often.

Time for a break with my lovely lady and some mingling. Kisses to Chicks and Chaps. We love them!

They had a free photo booth which was a hoot! We kept going back and they kept taking our picture. Before long it was time to say Good-Bye. We could have stayed for the rodeo but I half to admit I was exhausted. And sooooo hot! We had such a great time and they did such a great job with treating us like Fair Royalty. I hope we raised a bunch of bucks and I hope it helps a lot of women.          Always, Kit

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hello from the Western Montana Fair!

Fair week is here in Missoula and it is a huge deal for our town. No matter that the temps are in the 90's and the air is full of smoke from nearby forest fires. Everyone goes to the fair. We run into neighbors, students, past employees, and our very own children....lol  Hubby entered 4 items this year in the Reuse and Repurpose category. He loves to take old drills or computer parts or kitchen gadgets and turn them into Ray Guns and Rockets and whatever else he can think of. And the crowd loves it!

There he is with Mike Wazowski! That is one of my bowling balls. The kids got so excited to see Mike. Hmmm, what else can we create for next year?

I love the Home Arts and when I found this Denver Bronco Quilt, I had to do my best impression of the Mile High Salute. Go Broncos!

My favorite part of the fair is the animals. Here, all these young ladies are showing their goats (oops! These guys are sheep! What the heck was I thinking, thanks Lisa!). A few of them had a hard time keeping them in line, and I have to say, I liked those sheep the best!

The cows and chickens are my favorites. Look at that cow's face! I just want to hug him. And this chicken wore her best hat to the fair this year....lol

That is the most perfect Zinnia I have ever seen and Hubby could not resist and stopped to smell the Dahlias. 

The Carnival! I love to take a turn or two thru the grounds and look at all the rides. I am past riding carnival rides but I enjoy the excitement they bring to the kids. The lines were long but the kids were still having a great time.Their last hurrah before school starts in 2 weeks.

 Well, when the Fry bread is all eaten it is time to say Good Bye to the Fair. Good Bye. Always, Kit

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Regular Doings

So August has arrived and so has all the hub bub about the eclipse. We should be able to see it fairly well from our town, and I will need to get me some of those glasses to watch with. Anyone else a little nervy about putting all our faith into a cardboard pair of glasses? Loved this pic from the internet. Cracked me up.

I am on a lemonade kick. Hubby and I were yard saling last Saturday and I was getting parched. When here is this little boy sitting at a card table with little cups of lemonade, perfect! What stood out besides the fact that he was totally bored, (and you just knew his Mother made him sit there), was that in the little cups, not only was their ice but slices of lemon and all for only 25 cents! Bingo! He had a sale and it so hit the spot, I had to buy a big jug the next time I went to the groc store. Here are some of my latest yard sale finds. 

Both my girls are now home and they had such a wonderful time. And I can breathe a sigh of relief. My youngest had the opportunity to go to Paris, France with her guy and left straight from Comic Con and spent a week there. Oh the fun she had, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Disneyland and the Louvre. 

Then my oldest took her time driving home from San Diego and took in the sites of Nevada, and Utah. Enjoying a few hikes into the back country. 

But now I have them near me again and that makes me feel good. I love hearing their stories and seeing all their pictures. We always wanted our girls to have adventures and it looks like we succeeded in instilling that in them. Off I go, time for a little lunch and some lemonade! :) 
Always, Kit