Monday, September 20, 2021

It's a coming!

A definite Fall feel in the air today. Very cool, and off and on showers. Last night I was raking apples and with the wind blowing leaves out of my trees, I had the feeling Summer was long gone. I am fine with it. We had a lovely Summer but I am ready for all things Autumn. Cool days, football, baking and one pot meals. 

Catching up. A big event that my daughter and I attend in August is called Chicks and Chaps. A fundraiser for breast cancer. But they actually support all cancers. It consists of a Rodeo clinic, tasty food and drink and even tastier cowboys. We always have such a great time and this was our 9th year (last year was cancelled) Emily is known for her outfits and she did not disappoint this year. In fact, she was the hit of the day, the organizers just love her. She made that hat! And our special BFF bracelets.  😊 Not only did she look lovely but she rode the bull and did some calf roping and in high heels! We had such fun. And as you can see, (middle pic, second collage) I was pretty tired out by the end of the day. But it was so worth it.

We also took in the fair. It was lovely to see all the exhibits and the kids won ribbons! I got to wander about the animals and hold hands with my best guy. 

 Well, this day is coming to a close and it has been a good one. My Broncos won and my Angel Food cake came out yummy. Always, Kit

PS: Get Vaccinated and Wear a Mask

 Linking to Letting Go of the Bay Leaf for Mosaic Monday.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Now where did that month go?

I am sitting here with my cat on my lap in the quiet of my home and I feel so contented.  I just finished mowing and watering my flower pots. This year will go down in history for the best flowers. I have to give credit to the heat and everyday watering. They are huge!


Though I am grateful that we are now back down into the high 70's and have gotten some much needed rain. And the smoke has cleared from the air. Our night time temps are now in the 40's and there is a hint of autumn in the air. My Burning Bush has a pink glow to it. And I found my first red leaves from my Autumn Blaze Maple. 

The world is a bit of a mess again. But I've come to expect it. We are still reeling from 4 years of the worse president ever. #45 is a disgrace and his followers are no better. Biden is doing his best to give us a better world and they just want to drag him down. I wonder how long it will take to get back to normal. We are still wearing masks and I am eager for my booster shot. I just don't get it. Anti-Vaxxers are worried about what's in it. I take 4 medications a day, and to tell you the truth, I have no idea how they work but they keep me alive. Just like this lovely vaccine. Thank you scientists. 

In July, right after we got home from Oregon we had a memorial to attend for my husbands best friend. It was held at the Carousel for Missoula, a hand carved creation started by Chuck K. He taught my hubby how to carve and they were friends for over 30 years. Such a sad loss. 

Back tracking a bit, we celebrated our daughters birthday in July and it felt great to safely be together. We ate donuts and chatted and did a lot of laughing. 


I love the Olympics, and I spent those two weeks glued to the tv. I couldn't get enough and am proud to say I think I caught almost every event. It had a strange feel to it without fans, but I think Japan did a great job. My favorites? Track and field and swimming. Now I can't wait till February!

 Well, I think I remembered everything of consequence. In between happenings, I read and garden and enjoy long talks with my hubby. It is a most pleasant way to spend my time. Always, Kit 


Saturday, July 31, 2021


I was still hemming and hawing a month before on whether we should go. Covid was still happening and tho we were both vaccinated, how safe would we be? How were the airlines handling it? Was Oregon even open? Well, I did my research and we took a leap of faith. And everything worked out. Alaska Air was wonderful, masks required and our flight was only half full. Once we got to Oregon, we could relax. Our stores and restaurants were open and masks were being worn everywhere. Sigh of relief. I felt safe. 

Now for the pics! We got our rental car and for the week we were from It really comes in handy when you're trying to change lanes in Portland. Everyone stays away from "Out of towners!" With a shaken fist! The drive is gorgeous. And the condo a welcome sight. 

Our first day on the coast is always spent at Cape Foulweather and Newport. Sadly the gift shop was still closed But we wandered the shops of Newport and had a lovely lunch at Local Ocean. Yummy crab!

Headed north to Cannon Beach next. What a pretty town! The flowers always amaze me. Found my favorite antique store and bought a vintage sewing basket. The drive was so lovely and I always get a kick out of the giant marshmallows (wrapped hay bales) in all the fields.

We spend a lot of our time just relaxing at the condo. The view is beautiful and so private. But we headed to my favorite beach, the Marine Gardens in search of sea glass and agates. And were not disappointed. A lovely lunch at Kyllos in Lincoln City of clam chowder really made my day.

Traveled south to Florence. On the way, we hit the Flea Market in Waldport and that place never disappoints. A wander in old town and the harbor and a great lunch at the Zebra Bar. I really would have loved to have that

On our last full day we went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium to see their new exhibit, SeeTime. A wonderful display. The perfect way to cap off our trip. I am so glad we took this trip. It recharged us and gave us new stories. I found some lovely treasures and just enjoyed watching the sea. And being with my best friend. Always, Kit

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Summer is here!

I am so drowsy. It is hot out! For about 3 weeks it has been sunny and in the 90's. I try and get up early, but I am no early riser. And I tend my yard and flower pots. Lots of watering. Everything is looking good and I am happy with the design. I hide inside with my AC and read and keep up on my politics.  From my seat, there is a lot of lovely green and birds to soothe me, after the 

I never got a June post in since we were away the end of the month, in Oregon. Not much happened in June. I planted flowers and took care of some pesky medical procedures. Let me tell you, do not delay if you are 45 and older and get a Colonoscopy. Mine was a routine one and all is fine but they did remove 3 polyps and two could have turned into cancer. So great to get them taken care of. But we did celebrate the best father I have ever known. The father of my children. You know him as Hubby. We had a great time, he got some great presents and a lovely visit from our kids. And we all shared a nice Chocolate cream pie!

We got away to Oregon and I was still so nervous to see what it was going to be like to fly and travel with Covid still causing problems. All in all, it was lovely. And I will detail the trip in my next post with lots of pictures. It is now nice to be back home and working on projects. But I sure miss the temps of the Coast! Always, Kit



Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Lovely month of May

A sigh of well being. From where I sit I see new snow on my mountains. It looks like it's going to rain a bit more today and it is rather cool. I even have the fireplace on. My cat is curled in a tight ball and earlier looked at me like it was me who made all the nice weather disappear. I keep telling her it will come back soon. 

My world is now very green with dashes of shades of purple. So pretty and it smells great. I finally had blooming tulips and the forget-me-nots are going crazy all over the back yard. I began work on my garden beds and got out most of my yard art before bad weather sent me indoors. 

On the 8th we had a wonderful event to go to. The Spring Showcase Ice Skating Spectacular! Our youngest has been taking lessons for the past year and our oldest played ice hockey for the U of M. So they joined up and did a little ice dancing number together. It was so cute and fun and we cheered like we were at the Olympics. Flowers and kudos were given and friends were met for the first time in a year. Just lovely.




My oldest celebrated his birthday with a trip to Glacier Park to roller blade the Going to the Sun Road with his sister. They had a wonderful time and great weather. 


We all got together for Mother's Day and it was so lovely. I had cake with cherries and we just sat around and chatted. Anymore, just give me my family and dessert and I'm happy. 

Now that the world is opening up, I have had to catch up on all my neglected appointments. I got my hair trimmed finally and she said I didn't do too bad a job keeping it cut. Hit the Dentist and eye doc. And then my main doctor. Then my cancer doctor (all was clear) Yay! And finally coming up is a routine Colonoscopy. Whew! It feels good to get it all taken care of. 

Well, tomorrow is my 66th birthday! We shall keep it simple with a picnic supper, homemade cheesecake and my kids. That is all I need. Give me laughing and stories and lots of hugs and I will be the happiest birthday girl. Oh and just like I told my cat, the good weather has returned and it is lovely out!  Always, Kit 


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Enchanted April

Today is a bit rainy and cool. But I see Green Fuzzies starting! Spring is taking her sweet old time this year but can you blame her? I kind of want to hide out still too. Take one introvert, add a year of staying home, and you get a person who is totally okay with her small circle. I rather like shopping online and there really isn't anywhere that I really have to go. I pick up books curbside at my library and nice people load up my groceries each week. I have gotten really good at cutting my own hair and I have never saved so much money. And with all my extra time I have finally tackled my attic, still a work in progress and I putter out in my yard doing cleanup. So, for now I'm staying put. Besides I don't think the human race is out of the woods yet. 



We had our Easter Party a week late to make sure we were all vaccinated. And it was everything I wanted it to be. I was supposed to make a turkey dinner but that got waysided when my oven died. We ordered a new stove online but it won't get here till mid May. Damn covid. So I made us all a picnic dinner with fried chicken, salads and pie. It was delish! My youngest loves Easter egg hunts and so Jules and I set one up and Em and her Daddy ran all over the yard. We laughed so hard and the big hit was the Jesus Easter eggs I found online. Yes, they actually make eggs in his likeness. We played games till late and the champagne flowed. We didn't want the day to end.

So, as we get to the end of April I've come to the conclusion that my blog has to change with the times. I think I will continue it but only recap once a month. I am really enjoying Instagram and the many new friends I have made. I don't even have to buy magazines anymore, I just love scrolling thru the squares. It fits my time and I have fun coming up with a photo that depicts what's happening in my world on that particular day. So for now, that is where you will find me. @amontanalife Well, I am off to do some chores and watch a little golf. Take care, still wear a mask and get vaccinated. Always, Kit