Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Junk Mail...

Every day...junk mail.. some days
more than others..

Most of it comes in my legal name.. and
now some is showing up in my nickname.

I wish there was a non call for non mail..for
junk mail.. There was a number one time I
saw that supposedly you could do that.. Only
trouble was.. they wanted my SS # ... and
that is not going to happen. 

But I don't want their magazines, nor do I
want their fancy newsletters, or even their
kitchen ware.  Or how to earn a lot of money
or secrets that the banks and lawyers don't
want you to know.

So it all goes in to file zzz ... the shredder.
and occasionally I return it to them in
their own envelope.  After all if they are
going to give me a stamped envelope..
the least I can do is use it..  So I mail
the coupon with my address on it..and
write in large letters.. 
PLEASE..  after all you should get a little
bit ahead if you are polite.. right?  Well,

worth a try. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

There was a lady.. and our hearts are broken...

Our county and for that matter the world, got some
sad news on Friday...

The night before, we had heard that a plane had
crashed on one of our mountain tops......

And Friday morning the news went thru the valley
like a wild fire....  it was Pam Bird... 

Dr. Pam Bird.... wife of Dr. Forrest Bird.. who had
just passed away in August.  While we all viewed
Dr. Forrest Bird death a great sadness.. he was also
in his 90's.   But with Pam, she was way too young.
To be snatched from all of our lives, is heart breaking
for all.  For her family, of course, without saying. Her
close friends... of course.. And for all of us who knew
her.. definitely.   Most of us would probably be under
the line of acquaintance..... but Pam made us all feel
like the valuable word FRIEND, applied.   I doubt that
Pam Bird ever met a person who she didn't like.. and
with infectious smile, you had to smile back.

Our own.. my husband and I.. is just a half of a drop
in the bucket of her life.  I met her at the Bird Aviation
Museum, like a lot of us... My husband introduced her
to me.. and her way was like you were the most important
person she has met.

My husband met her on the road... See he was a flagger
for 3 years for Bonner County road works.. And part of
the roads that they took care of,  was on the way to the
Bird Aviation Museum.. or even to their home..
As soon as she knew the road crew was in the area, she
would come down to where they were working and stop
and talk to them.. and tell them.. "now you know lunch is
on Forrest and I... you all be sure to go to lunch at the cafe
at the Museum."  And she meant it.  And some times
meet the crew at the cafe, to make sure they got the sandwich
of their choice with soup and drinks.  And if they didn't
show up, she would stop by to see why and was sad because
they didn't come down.  After the crew found out she was
quite serious about it.. they always went down.. and always
told her and her workers .... thank you..  And she would always
say.. no .. THANK YOU..     That was just Dr. Pam Bird...
A highly educated, highly professional, and inventor, author
and wife of a very well known Dr. Forrest Bird... who was
just like you and I.

God Bless..you Pam.. we know you are with your love of
your life..   You said what you missed was your conversations
with your dear Forrest.. well, I guess you are talking once
again...  But we weren't ready for you to go...  

So rest in peace dear Pam Bird, with your friends the Hensley.
Know the reunion was a joyous one, with Forrest.


Thursday, October 08, 2015

Phase two of gardening.....

Nope, not talking about winterizing the garden..
Got that done a couple weeks ago...

This is the phase that comes in October to December.
The  canning... last week it was peaches.  Yesterday
was marinated sauce, our second case of it.
Next week is the second series of sweet relish,
and followed by sauerkraut.

Then to be followed by Blueberry jam, from the
blueberries we picked from Shingle Mill Road
Blueberry Farm.

Then in November starts the zucchini bread.
All that shredded zucchini in the freezer
comes to play.  I put 2 cups of shredded
zucchini in each bag.. We had our zucchini
plus the neighbor down the road send us
several by the way of their children.. Who
could say no.. not me..  lol
So they are ready for the bread
making. That is the expensive side of it all.
All the flour, brown sugar, eggs, and etc.

If I am lucky, I will have it all done by Dec. 1st.
As a lot of these will end up in gift baskets for


Wednesday, October 07, 2015


I know they are here somewhere.. because I have seen you com out of this door with them. 

This might turn out to be a problem... it is cute now...by the way.. do squirrels hibernate? like bears do?  Or will this little girl be coming down to find peanuts in the snow..

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


I have come to the conclusion, that hate is a lot of work.

Just watching people, who talk about things that are bad to
them.. that they hate it.. or them..  So much work goes into
that hate.. to maintain it.  Keeping up with the lies that usually
go with it.

Even Facebook, you see so many post about something
that the person hates..  And the past it along.. most of it
based on lies.. But they don't care.

Even  an innocent post can bring on such hateful comments.
Some about the news.. or even if some one request help
on something... there will be people who will leave the
most hateful comments. A lot of them about the person
who started the comments.. even though they have never
met that person... and doesn't know anyone who has. Just
because the person asked for help on something, that hate
full person makes assumptions of the character, because
of their need.

I just don't get it..  I can't think of anyone or anything I
hate.  I don't like some people.. and some things.. but
can't honestly say I hate them.

I heard one time.. that one hates something because they
fear it.   They hate what they don't understand.. so fear it.
It is the unknown I guess....... but it does make sense,

most of the time. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

And the survey said...

FORWARNING.. if you aren't interested in
small town government.. then by pass this
post, as it is LONG!! .
And I will see you in another day or two.

About a month ago, the town had a survey sent out
to the residents.  The purpose was to see how the
town was doing.. what would you like to have and
not like to have in the town.

I forgot how many households we have here in our
little title town of 660+. But they said that only 15%
of the people return the survey...  Which is kind of
normal.. some people just don't like survey's, I guess.

After the survey's went out..  they had 3 meetings.
The getting to know you meeting at the elementary
school. There was about 8 or 10 HOME TEAM.
What ever that was suppose to mean. They were
people of different resources. One was from the
Idaho Transportation Department. There was a
man who dealt in small business loans, and the
was one to do with economy (not sure what he
was going to do) and to be honest with you, I
don't remember what the other experts were.
There were 2 residents there. One man and my
self.  Then a little bit later another resident
showed up but he was also on the HOME TEAM.
Being his family was here before the beginning of
time, sort of... I guess his expertise was history
of the town.  

Next day came the "Listening" meeting at the
city hall.  Suppose to be 4 or 5 one hour long
meetings.  But I guess because of the lack of
interest the night before, they narrowed it down
to ... one hour..  Of which there were 3 of us
and the head of the HOME TEAM.  There was
the EMT, who does not live here, but does deal
with the people and streets of our little town.
This time there was a man who does business in
our little town... but lives else where. So he gave
information of what he thought our town could use
from the business stand point.
We were to answer questions that the HOME TEAM
asked... What do you like about our town?  What do
you not like about our town?  What is it you don't want
to see come to our town? and what assessment do you
make on the town?  This was an discussion but also
what we were to write down on the paper that they gave
us which with out our names on it.. was collected at the
end of the meeting.

And last but not least... was the meeting that was held
at the old Coldwater Creek building.. When it was mention
the night before.. I said they better have some good directions
there, as the buildings are 4 large ones and most of us
don't know anything about any of the buildings. They
reassured us they would.    NOT....
We, as in a couple, and a man and myself.. went into the
only building that had a light on.  No one was there and
the meeting was to start in  8 minutes. Some house keepers
came by, and didn't know what we were doing there.. but
did try to find out what was going on for us.. But no luck.
So we went out side and another man and a woman join
us as we walked around the parking lot like zombies..looking
for a building that was lit up.  Nothing.  The couple went for
a drive around all the buildings and came up with the proper
place. The one woman gave me a ride to where that was.
Meaning we were 10 minutes late because of lack of directions.

But at least this one was hopeful, as there was about 20
people there besides the HOME TEAM.  Two of our ex
mayors were there.. a couple of business owners and
several of us residents..(about 4 of us)

It seems that the 15% of the people who did answered
the survey... which totaled 51 people... 67 % women,
33% men.  80% of them were over the age of 56. and
88% lived here and 12% were outsiders.(business

For the most part, the survey people liked the town just
the way it is... with maybe a slight twitting.

It started off with to me.. Bonner county likes.. Fire Dept.
Library, schools from K-12  and Emergency/health care.
All of which we get from the County, mainly Sandpoint.
City wise.. like our water dept. (which is from Sandpoint)
appearance (but didn't like the cluttered junk cars) and
the housing availability.

Low bar was lack of sidewalks, lack of jobs in the town,
and cluttered yards.
High points was also Bonner County.. which was
Farmer's market and entertainment.
Low level was .. lack of support of downtown of our
town. Which really is non-existing.  Where can you
have a parade?  That there really isn't services and
products in the own.

Some of the wants was... low growth, lake access,
better park maintenance.  Concerns about storm
They did like the property taxes were low. and
housing was affordable.

What surprised the HOME TEAM, was there was no
mention of Coldwater Creek building, in any way..
not the closing, or what is coming in it.. NOTHING

Things of the future... were the Railroad Street
area, which belongs to the state of Idaho, not the
city.  Which has a small area of commercial zone. 
Also the concern of the congestion of that area,
the safety, and pedestrians as the growth on the
south side of Highway 200. As there is a area
that will house the museum and the Tractor Club
garage.  Along with the possible small stores, bar?
restaurant and etc.  What can be done? Lower
the highway's speed limit from 45 to lower?
Also was mention.. limited some highway access. Which
to me is questionable.  Anyone who has ever come to our
town.. knows there is only one way out. and that is a big
problem at 7:30am.. It is only by the grace of the drivers
coming from Hope, Clark Fork, Montana and north
of our town, that we get out on the highway. And if you
don't work.. you don't try to get out of town for an hour
during that time.  Even getting back in out own town
at 4pm can be tricky.

So last but not least, was the survey's wants (and the
people at the meetings) was more walking safe zones.
Clean up properties,  have more community programs.
They mention the school as one of the place.. (but I
guess no one told them that the school already does
have things there.  Church, rummage sales, games,
school events and etc.

The HOME TEAM mention more retail near the school
(don't know how that would happen.. who wants to
get rid of them homes that surround the school?)
More youth events.  Build up the business area of
Highway 200. filling up empty stores.
Have movie night at the Park (I presume in the
summer)  Have Easter egg hunts.  Have food
vendors, mobile one (guess they didn't know we
had one and he moved out because of lack of
They thought to revise the park, open it up, take
down the one fence.. or maybe have a dog park
there for off lease dogs..
To have a retail area at the corner of McGhee Road
and 2nd Avenue.  Open up 2nd Avenue and connect
to the rest of town.. (which the city has been working
Have train theme on the south side of the Highway
200 in the commercial zone.  To define our image.
Old logging town, Village and etc.
Build up and join the town, the Sandpoint Tech
Center.. which most of us didn't have clue what
that was.. until it was mention the Coldwater Creek area.
By have a call center and tech jobs there.
They named different business we could have, like the
coffee shop we use to have before the owner retired.

They mention getting grants for some of these.. but they
also mention the two terror's of any town residents... One
that have been voted down before..  L.I.D. AND U.R.D.
just the thought of a Urban Renewal District and mere
mention of L.I.D. sends our residents in to fits. 

One of the things I didn't see them or hear them  address,
at least I didn't hear it.. was the average income of the
resident of our town. I venture to say, that half of our
town is retirees.. We are a bedroom town.. meaning
people live and sleep here, but they work else where.
Not high income people.

Anyway.. it will be interesting to see where the town
takes all of this.  Because the general census is ... leave
our town alone.. we like it just the way it is.. well, maybe
a few things.. like a mom and pop restaurant...and bar-b
que in the park once a year.  and CLEAN UP THE YARDS.

And that is my humble understanding of what all the meetings

were. Like anything else.. it is all up to the beholder.   

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The last yard sale of the year?

                                                                                                                  These are my scores of the yard sale
of last weekend.. which most likely will
be the last of the yard sales for this year.

Not many people have yard sales in October.
There might be a few craft shows in view of
Christmas and people looking for the unusual
for a gift.

Yard sales are a hobby of my youngest and I.
We have a good mother/daughter time with
coffee in hand.. newspaper ads in hand and
off we go... some we glide by, as we aren't
in the baby business anymore... and grand
children all live far away..

Yard art is what catches my eye, unless I
am looking for something special in mind.

We know addresses more by what we bought
in that neighborhood than we do by the number
on the house..  You know.. oh, that is two doors
down from where we bought the lawn chairs, or
the tricycle you bought for Mike without the batteries.
(that one is 15 years old, as Mike is now almost 25).

So here is my last chance scores.. 

the plate says it like it is.. before my first cup of coffee

This is a metal sign, and the shape is like a bottle cap.. way cool.. 

This frog, is in good shape but did not have a rain gauge on it.. but I had a rain gauge at home.. and no where to put it.. until now.. 

Spinner.. I am a sucker for spinners.. it wasn't really for sale until I asked if it was..and then she only wanted a quarter for it.. but I gave her 50 cents as it is in great shape. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Good bye Summer..HELLO FALL ...officially..

The last roses of the summer?

Now matter how we look at it.. summer is dead
and gone.. even with the teases of warm weather,
there is no denying it... Fall is officially here.

The mornings are cold.. the frost is slipping its
cover over the grass, and the garden is turning
yellow fast.

Most of the yard has been put away.. there is
a few things I got to get to before it turns completely
cold and I lose the plants I have left.  As it is, I have
moved the pots up close to the deck.. except for the
ones hanging on the pergola corners.
And the solar lights.. although those are the last to
go into the shed.  Some I leave out all winter long.
A glimpse of light on the snowy nights still are nice.

So GOOD BY SEPTEMBER... you were challenging
to say the least.  Sadness and surprises, and some laughter.

And HELLO, OCTOBER, please be kind to us as we let
go of Summer, gives us a long Indian Summer, before
you bring on the snow...

I know the chores start inside.. with winter clothes
coming out, summer clothes go back in the totes,
and flannel sheets back in the closet.

Only thing that helps, is the beautiful colors you
have started to give us, before the leaves all hit

the ground.   

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 29, 2015

Almost hate to put my pictures up
as there were so many out there that
are far better than mine..

My daughter has one that is in the dead
middle of the ellipse and it is RED. It
is a great picture.

I saw on one Texas television station,
where they did a time lapse of it.. really

The next one is in two years according to
is in January and July 2018.   That is the
Luna ones.

So maybe I will have better luck with taking
pictures.. as it was hard getting these.
First I set the zoom as far out as I can go.
Then steady my body against the wall of
the deck.. and then stop breathing.  It is
funny when you think you are so still you
are weaving back and forth.  And when the
zoom is out that far.. it is hard to find the
dang moon.. as it blurs so bad until you

are so still.. and not breathing. 

Monday, September 28, 2015


Kill them, Kill them all...
Kill every one of the sumofbatches...

No, I am not talking about Congress..
Killing would be too good for them, with
the way they are ruling right now. No, not
making rules.. ruling..

I am talking about flies.. Flies every where.
It is bad enough that they are outside.. but
now that it is getting colder, they are moving

So I walk and keep a vigilant, my eyes
going like a radar... with fly swatter in
hand. And then they disappear, like they
can see the dang  thing.
But as soon as I sit down without the
fly swatter, in they come.. dive bombing.

I didn't think much about flies in the past.
I just swished them away..  off my food,
off my body.. and then  I saw the movie.
THE FLY...   O. M. G. .. uuuaggggghhhhhh.
And they do it as soon as they land on


by the way.. RAID's fly catcher????
the spray might work.. but that new

catcher is crap.  in my humble opinion.