Saturday, September 30, 2017

Red Hair = Peter Pan and Ellie from Up!

Ahhh, I slept till 9am today. Had my blueberries and cereal. Am sipping coffee and now my head is full of hair dye. Yes, my name is Kit and I do still dye my hair.  And until my face matches my age, I will continue to do so. I just adore Natural Instincts. So easy and it washes out gradually and I do not get that "skunk" look as it wears out. Also, it does not look like a color helmet, it looks very natural. It makes me feel good and it makes me feel sassy. This has been a commercial for hair color and what it can do for you....lol And besides I have to look like Peter Pan next Wednesday, more on that later.

We have had the most loveliest of weeks this past week. Temps in the 70's and the color is changing in our trees and the sky was blue and the smiles were huge! A perfect Montana Fall. I did my mowing and tweaked some plants. But for the most part my flowers are gone. My geraniums are hanging on, but the begonias and roses are done. We are expected to go down to 29 degrees come Monday night, so that should be the end of my season. It's all good. 

I am on vacation! You are thinking, "Hey, didn't she just start work?" Yeah, I did. But I have always wanted to see Disneyland dressed for Halloween and I decided it was time to go. Plus it helps that my boss is a Disneyland nut, so it was okay on her part. So my youngest girl and I are flying away next week to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We will be dressing up and the costumes for this trip will be: 1st day I will Peter Pan and she will be Wendy, 2nd day she is the queen from Alice in Wonderland and I am still debating, and for the big party on Friday, I will be Young Ellie from Up and she is going as Katrina Van Tassel from the cartoon Sleepy Hallow. It should be fun. As it always is. Except I am leaving a very sad hubby behind, but I have promised him a trip there on Halloween in the future.

Off I go, I need to work on trip preps and plus I am starting my decorating for Halloween around the house. And you know how much I love Halloween! Bring on the Black and Orange.  :) Always, Kit

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nesting continues

I know yesterday was the official start of Autumn but I have been in nesting mode since it started to rain and our temps dropped into the low 50's. We ended up with a good week of showers and guess what? I can see SNOW on the tops of our mountains! Out here in the West, that is good news to all. 

Except for maybe Evelyn. Meet Evelyn. She is what is called a Cat Faced Spider and I adore her. For years we have had one who lives on our porch, tucked under the edge until night, when she comes out to feed. Now of course this isn't the same spider each year, but many Evelyns. Pretty soon she will leave us. But she will also leave her egg sac so that I will get to befriend a new Evelyn in the future. 

So I have been cozying up in my house. I have to admit, I like nothing better than sitting in my spot in the living room, with all my lamps lit and just being. I realized the other day, I have 11 little lamps in my main living space. I detest bright lights. They make me uncomfortable. So I find lamps in my travels and change them out throughout the year. This is my favorite and sits right next to me.What a lovely glow it gives.

I am a sucker for a unique lamp shade too. I fell in love with this lamp at Shopko. My daughter kept trying to drag me away, saying, "You already have too many lamps." I do. But I went back the next day....lol 

I love this lady. She was found at a yard sale and no one wanted her because she had been broken and fixed. She had been part of a lamp. When I picked her up and gathered her to me, the owner was so happy that I wanted her, she gave her to me for free. I placed her where my lamp (to the right) would catch her and make her glow. She seems very happy amongst the vines.

So today I will venture out and check my garden. Do a little mowing and sprucing. Hubby did some pruning of the Red Maple and it looks great. I have about 3 weeks to enjoy the yard and then I need to start putting it to bed for the year. We have a night game tonight which we always love. Under the Lights at Washington-Grizzly Field. Coming up for me? A trip to California with my youngest. More later. :) Always, Kit

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rain, finally Rain.

And what a relief! This is what the sky looked like last Sunday from the top of the building that my youngest works in at the University. We have mountains, do you see any mountains? Very unhealthy and depressing. But on Thursday we got rain and on Friday, more rain and snow in the mountains. And it has been working it's magic on putting the fires out. I think this is one state that does not mind the end of summer. In fact, we are so over summer and are cheering on Fall! This whole coming week has rain each and every day, and do I mind? Not one bit. Bring it on!

Second home game of the year and there we are, ready to cheer on our team. I just love, adore, can't get enough of, Football! In fact right now as I type I have the New England game on just so I can listen to it. 

 I call this still life. Pizza and Bracelet! And it was mighty good. 

This is my view, and lookie there, blue skies! It was a picture perfect day with puffy clouds and cool temps (54) We won, but suffered a horrible loss in that our quarterback broke his ankle. The crowd was stunned, and the team from Savannah, Georgia was wonderful and did a prayer circle for him. I hear he is doing well, but he won't play the rest of his last year. So sad. 

I am getting into nesting mode with the cooler temps. I have to admit, when I get to this part of the year, I am done with gardening (thank heavens I do not live in a year round warm state). I am ready for the cooking of the stews, the baking of the biscuits and the sitting on my tush. 

Isn't this the most gorgeous picture? A Monte Dolack. Of Glacier Park. Found for a song at a yard sale this year. I can't remember how many times I have driven up this road and it is so beautiful and a bit scary. A great way to remember our time living up in Kalispell, MT. Well, off I go, rugs need to be put back down, dinner needs to be started and of course, there is football to be watched. Always, Kit

Saturday, September 9, 2017


In a bad movie musical back in the 70's, Lost Horizon, there is a line in one song. "Can there be too much sunshine?" And yes, I do believe there can. We are going on 3 months of no rain and high temps and for a place with lots and lots of trees, this does not bode well. But, in the weather predictions we are seeing three days next week that are showing rain! We are all giddy with excitement and it has given us hope and the energy to keep a goin'. And by the way, I own the soundtrack of the above musical and though the movie was pretty bad, I liked the music. Always been a Bacharach fan. 

I am on another kick again.We have cable, and about a bazzion channels (but nothing to watch) and one day, I click on the Sundance Channel and ta da, there it is my all time favorite show ever. And I mean ever. Law and Order. The original. And they were showing the very early shows (the ones that most channels do not show). I set up a program and I was set. After work I settle down on my couch with my cat and we enjoy non gory crime with Lenny, Mr. Big (Chris Noth), Mike Stone and Paul. Such a well written show and Lenny has the best lines. Did you know, he started out on the show playing a lawyer? 

Spending today taking down some of my summer decor and thought I would share some pics. I have the sound of College football on the TV (love it!) and I have been going out periodically to check on the hubby. He is currently putting new brakes on my Jeep. I have to make sure he is not trapped and screaming for help. So far so good. Isn't this boat a dream?! Found at a Flea Market. I came around the corner, saw the color and instantly fell in love. And the seller even let me bargain and I got it cheap. 

Now if only this car was full size and drive-able. It would be my perfect car. Gorgeous isn't she? Found in Oregon in a shop I was not really enthused about. Lots of furniture and junky stuff and then my eye spied this little beauty.Would she fit in my suitcase? Oh yes she would.

You would think with all the nautical items I collect, that we live by the sea, no, but we do vacation there every year. We look on Oregon as our second home. This tin called to me as I was getting into the car in Florence, Oregon. It was in the window of the shop and I told the hubby to wait just a minute. The next thing he saw, was myself walking into the display and grabbing this tin. Worth the effort and the slight embarrassment.

I have a major thing for clocks. They are everywhere in my home. This beauty was found in an old store and it had a little label that said, "Sorry, it sometimes works." I didn't care, it was gorgeous and it had a Sternwheeler on it. And when it is working the little wheel on the back of the boat turns. Charming! 

This lampshade was the biggest surprise, steal, emotional sale I have made. I grew up with Rooster and Roses china and started to collect it when I was older. I have amassed a collection of over 75 pieces and to find this original lampshade was so lucky. It was in a closeout sale at an antique store, in a bin and was only $1.00. I knew exactly what it was when I saw it. Water stains and aged, it is a beloved treasure to me. :) Off I go, time to finish my clean-up and check on the hubby. Always, Kit

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Week Under my Belt

And boy am I tired. Not so much physically tired, but mainly mentally. I have many lists and forms and procedures that I go thru in order to open up my kitchen for service. But even the best list can't account for a new computer system, new products and 80 new students with 80 new names to memorize. For some reason in my old brain, I am able to look at a student and after a few times of them telling me their first name, I get it. From then on, they are Emily, or Brandon or Dylan. They are not their ID number, they are not just a kid out of many. And I discovered over 23 years ago, students love it when you call them by name. Who wouldn't? Anyway, all is set up, I met some great new students who are so thrilled to finally be at Willard (you have to apply and be chosen). And my kitchen feels like home, and a safe place for a kid to fall if necessary.

I am so lucky, and for over 10 years now, I get to celebrate the first day of school with a special gift from my youngest. She never forgets and I find I look forward to it like Christmas morn. I never know where it will be. Sometimes it is in my car, other times waiting in my kitchen on my desk, but this year it was here:

Waiting on my front porch bench, all color and sparkle and filled to the brim. Oh goody! I think she gets as much fun out of buying me all these treasures, as I do opening them.

As you can see, there were a lot of great items. I have to say I am covered for school supplies for this year. My favorite item is at the top of the pic. The school bus box. *swoon* I have been in love with school buses forever. And you can't help but feel great about yourself when your daughter gives you some form of a Wonder Woman toy each year, cause that is how she sees you. *double swoon* This year I got the coolest action figure with the Lasso of Truth!

Isn't this the cutest pin, ever! My good friend gave me this present to wear this year. And I love it and wore it proudly on my apron. 

Above is where you will find me 6 Saturdays in the Fall, Washington-Grizzly Stadium and that is where I was yesterday. We had our first home game. I donned my Griz Hat, my Griz bracelet, my Griz beads, grabbed our Griz flag and headed to campus. The place was jumping and in spite of the heat (94 degrees) and smoke in the air, 26,000 fans showed up. We have been going to games for about 27 years now and the thrill of our team running out of the tunnel with the band playing our fight song, never fails to excite me. And we won! And my throat is showing the effects of being a little too loud in the screaming department. :) 

Signs of Fall. Hubby is a runner and comes back with little gifts. Chestnut pods, acorns, sticks (courtesy of my favorite Osprey Iris) and early leaves. Still so hot and no rain in the forecast. But I am hopeful it will come soon. Until then, off I go to water my pots. Happy Labor Day! Always, Kit