Thursday, December 31, 2020

Our Month of Christmas

Oh what a time we had!! I spent Christmas week baking and cooking and getting the house all spiffy. Since we were quarantined, I had plenty of time. I am happiest when I'm nesting so it was not work to me. I could barely wait till the kids got here. I was looking forward to lots of hugs and kisses.


Now to back track a bit. By the end of the first week, the tree was up and it took us 2 days to decorate it. Now over 650 ornaments and I can't help collecting more! To me they are little memories. 


The advent calendars were delivered to my kids. Em got a toy one featuring a Playmobile Christmas Ball and Jules his basket of fruit. 


Even though we do not exchange gifts, I like to come up with little surprises. So for the first surprise, my oldest got a buffalo plaid mug and a gift card for art supplies and the youngest received a pair of earrings with ice skates (she's taking lessons) and a glittery pink tree skirt for her latest pink tree. Plus, I baked them some spritz cookies.


 In to quarantine we went, where we finished The Mandalorian. I just love that show. I watched a very disturbing and way off book, rendition of The Christmas Carol. Hmmm. I really do think Dickens was rolling in his grave on this one. We painted some new ornaments which I had found in Polson. And they came out cute. 


Lots of reading and fluffing of the house. I kept coming up with new decorating ideas. And I prepared the second surprise! This time my youngest got one of her Disney Animator dolls. Moana. And my oldest a gift card to Target.  Plus this time I baked Chocolate Crinkles for them. They were so thrilled. 



On the 19th we all met up on the roof of my daughter's building on campus to watch Santa fly. Yes, fly. Back when they were little, an animated light display in the shape of Santa flew over town beneath a helicopter. I would bundle the kids up and we would run up and down the street as he went by. We all loved it. But it stopped 16 years ago. So a group of folks got together and found the original, fixed it up and hired a pilot. The town could not wait and as it swung over campus we were all crying. Everyone said it was just what we needed this year. It sure gave us all a dose of magic.


As we headed into Christmas week our city again came together for Red Sleighs over Montana. Everyone donated toys and dropped them at the airport. On the 23rd, 10 aircraft took off with pilots dressed as Santas and flew over town and then went to 18 rural communities in Montana. We were so proud of them. 

The kids arrived for Christmas and it was lovely. We ate and drank and played our games. We attended virtual church and sang Silent Night. And I got all the hugs and kisses I could hold and then some. Always, Kit


                                                                            My Loves!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Happy Holidays!

Oh what a wonderful holiday it was! Soooo worth the 2 weeks of quarantining. I was in the kitchen when my kids arrived and got the best hugs and kisses. My first in 8 months. Dinner was fantastic if I say so myself. Everyone ate extra helpings and the champagne flowed. We talked and talked and laughed so hard my insides hurt. What a wonderful feeling that was. We played games and ate pumpkin pie. And later Chex mix and chocolates and we still continued to laugh. We didn't want the night to end and finally broke up the party at 11 pm. We grabbed our last hugs and said a happy good night. 


My youngest and I figured out a way to do a little Black Friday. Our tradition each year. Mainly for the fun of driving around in the dark, sipping coffee and listening to Christmas music. The rules this year were: non crowded stores, masks, if we ran into any anti-maskers we would leave, and lots of sanitizer. For the most part it went well, but at Michaels we ran into some people who would not keep their masks on and the staff was not policing the customers so we left. Great stores were JoAnns, and Old Navy with lots of staff help and safety. Our last store was Target and they had the store set up nicely but we ran into some folks who were not wearing their masks correctly and I had had it! I asked them very politely to cover their noses and they looked very surprised I said anything but someone had to and they pulled their masks up. Em said I was her hero. Well, I think in these times we need to hold people accountable in order to remain safe and well. We finished our morning with coffee and food (take out) and I got my last hug until Christmas. A very lovely morning for sure. 


On to the Christmas Season! I am excited for this one. It has always meant alot to me, but even more this year. I started decorating and it took me a whole week to get it up and running. I love the look of it. A kind of rustic homey Dolly Parton kind of Lots of red and green and using all my favorite Christmas treasures. It has been so much fun putting it all together. Now I get to enjoy it while I sip my coffee and eat yet another cookie. 




Well, that is it for now. Today we pick up our groceries and get ready to settle in to our next batch of quarantine. And two weeks from now, I will be hopefully getting huge Christmas hugs safely. Take care and wear a mask to protect the ones you love. Always, Kit


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

My Favorite Week

It's here! I just love this week. There is something about this holiday that just makes me want to sing! And I do, constantly, my husband reminded But it is snippets of Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf and Holly Jolly Christmas. I think we need more Thanksgiving songs besides Over the River. Anywho, yesterday I started preps for the holiday and for someone who hates to cook, I am so excited. I love cooking for this holiday. I think it is because it is really the only thing that has to been done. No card sending, no gifts to wrap, no stress. So I started off with Chex Mix, a favorite of the family except one. Then I need to start thawing the turkey. About a month ago I went in an actual store and got my turkey. I didn't want there to be a run on turkeys. Like the toilet paper fiasco! A nice 14 pounder which will suit us just fine. 


Today, some more cookies need to be baked and some house cleaning. As per my daughter, (scientist, EMT, and public health worker) we have been quarantined for two weeks so we can be together Thursday. So far so good and we can see that glorious finish line where I will be hugging my children. We haven't mingled with anyone outside our bubble and no one has any symptoms. I have read recently that people are saying it is worth the risk to gather together without precautions, but I certainly don't think a turkey dinner is worth a life. 


Wednesday will find me baking our pumpkin pie and creating some of our side dishes. Raspberry Jello mold, Mac and Cheese and Yams. And finding all the decor to create this years table. 


I am happy to hear that Macy's has come up with a way to have the parade. So good to hear. Such a tradition to watch and then cry when Santa comes to town.


The kids will be here bringing games to play and I have lots of sweets and snacks. I have the stereo all loaded with Autumn tunes and champagne chilling. 


From my home to yours, I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving. No matter how you do it. Please be safe and smart. Always, Kit


Sunday, November 8, 2020

Hope Restored

I can finally write again. These past few days have been so hard for so many people, and me. And they will continue to be a bit hard because here in our country, so many people voted for that horrendous person. The person who was supposed to guide us and take care of us and who instead called us names, put us in harms way and made light of a situation that has killed so many people. I am happy to be rid of #45. I felt such pride and love when I heard Biden and Harris speak yesterday. I was overwhelmed with hope and joy and I knew God had heard my prayers. We can now move forward. Not dread the next 4 years. I feel cleaner somehow, and that our respect and dignity has been restored.

As soon as I heard, I instantly felt like a weight had been lifted. The day seemed promising and not a burden. I have always decorated for Thanksgiving, a favorite holiday of mine. But this year I just didn't have the energy to do it. But yesterday, my hubby brought up the boxes and I started to put my beloved turkeys and pumpkins around. Before long I was humming and having a great time. Surrounded by my fall colors and favored decor I felt great. 

We watched the speeches and opened the bottle of champagne that I had bought just in case. What a moment to see these two wonderful families on stage come together and give us hope. They sounded so lovely and made no crass remarks or snide comments and I quite loved them for it. You know some folks say, He'll raise my taxes! I don't care. Go ahead. To me what matters is to have peace and kindness and love in my home. Not hate. 

Today for the first time in weeks, I woke at 6am. Fully refreshed and ready to get on with living. It is softly snowing and is expected to for the rest of the day. Perfect. I will watch my football, and do some baking. Oatmeal cookies I think. Then later make a big pot of stew with french bread. Perfect. And write to my kids and visit with my hubby and enjoy this lovely feeling of freedom. Perfect. Always, Kit

Monday, October 19, 2020

A Happiest Birthday Party

Getting very chilly out there with the possibility of snow on Thursday. Sounds about We're ready for it. We were lucky and got one more outdoor event done in time. My hubby's birthday was yesterday and since we're still dealing with Covid we had it in my kids back yard. They set it up where we were all spaced 6ft from one another and there was a firepit in the center. It was a lovely Fall day and my daughter set up such a pretty area with lots of candles and carved pumpkins. 

 We had wine and toasted marshmallows, and later homemade chocolate cupcakes. 

The fire kept us toasty and I imagined any germs floating about getting fried. We all remembered when we used to camp and sit around and tell our stories. And it smelled so good!

We do not usually do gifts anymore but the kids made a card each for their Dad. I couldn't resist and gave him yet another t-shirt. This one from Star Wars. He was quite pleased with it all.


It was a perfect night and it felt so good to be together. Even if distanced. Oh the laughs we had. 

For our next get together, the 4 of us will quarantine in our homes for 2 weeks and be able for the first time come Thanksgiving, to be in the same room with each other. That will be lovely and we can safely sit around our table and eat and play games. And boy do I want to hold them close. Always, Kit