Quiet, restful days....Busy Nights

My days these past two weeks have been very relaxing. Not a whole lot going on during the day, so I garden, read, study, doze, do things around the house....it has been wonderful having this down time with my husband. This week Z2 and Kiki Aru have been at church camp, so with only The Princess around, it has been even quieter.

Nights have been filled with rehearsals for the upcoming August show at the Sixth Street Melodrama. PKR wrote this script and is directing the play, and I am directing Kelly's Alley Revue, which has a Roaring Twenties theme. Here are some pictures from the rehearsal last night of "Mesmerizing Merry, or....Thanks For The...Uh...Memories".

The show opens Wednesday, August 5th, and runs through Sunday August 30th. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.


Kiki Aru at Silver Hoops

This past weekend, Kellogg hosted their annual three on three basketball tournament called Silverhoops. Kiki Aru played in the tournament on Saturday, losing her first game, winning the second, and losing the third.

It was a pretty hot day, but it was fun going over to watch and I saw some friends I hadn't seen in a while. I'm glad we live about three minutes by bike from the courts so I could take breaks and get out of the heat.

Z2 also spent the day there volunteering as a score keeper, and got really burned. OUCH!!

This morning, Z2 and Kiki Aru headed to church camp for the week. I pray they have a wonderful week. The Princess didn't get to go this year, because of work.

"D.K. Molar, The Devious Dentist" ended on Sunday at the Sixth Street Theater in Wallace, and now we are getting ready for the August show, "Mesmerizing Merry, or....Thanks For the...Uh...Memories". PKR wrote this one, and is directing it as well. I am directing the review, my first attempt at this. It is all 1920's music. I can't wait until it all come together. The show opens Wednesday, August 5th, and runs Wednesday through Sundays until August 30th.


Z2 Brings Home Juliet


We added a new addition to our home today. Z2 fell in love with this little girl at work, and decided to adopt her and bring her home. We now have another pommeranian at our home. Her name is Juliet.

Juliet is about a year-and-a-half old, and is a little sweetheart.

She has a little taller legs than Sadie, but some similar coloring.


Sadie has been very welcoming to Juliet, but can't figure out why she doesn't like to retrieve toys.

Here they are together.

Juliet and Sadie

And, in case anyone was wondering, Peaches seems to like her, too.


Happy 23rd Anniversary, PKR!!!

July 19, 1986--Our Wedding Day


Harry Potter, Birthday and Sleeping In

I experienced something last night I have never done before...I attended the midnight showing of a newly released movie.

It was actually pretty fun!!

We went to Coeur d'Alene and the plan was to attend "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at the Riverstone Cinemas. When we arrived, at about 10:30 p.m., the line was already in front of Starbucks. So we got in line, and waited to get into the theater. It was actually a very pleasant evening, and it was fun to people watch.

We even decided to get a little nerdy, and Z2 pulled out her mascara, and we all put scars on our faces as we stood in line. We were a little disappointed we didn't think to wear our Hogwarts robes like some of the people in line. Ha! Ha!

PKR, The Princess, our friend RG, Kiki Aru and me.

Once the line started moving, it didn't take long to get into the theater. We were in a little after midnight, and we sang Happy Birthday to Z2. The people in the theater burst into applause.

We had a pretty good crowd in our theater. No one was obnoxious, and people cheered and laughed at the appropriate places. It was funny during the previews how the crowd reacted to the new "Twilight" movie trailer. Lots of cheering on that trailer!!

I admit, midnight is a bit late, and I did catch myself dozing once or twice. But overall, it was a very enjoyable movie, with some very funny parts, and a lot lighter than the previous couple of movies. It is rated PG so not too many really scary parts.

We got home at about 3:30 a.m., and I got a couple hours of sleep before I got up and went for my walk with NR. Then it was back home, and I slept in until 1 p.m. Wow, I haven't done that in a very long time. Now I have been in a bit of a Zombie-like state all afternoon. Z2 wanted to bake sugar cookies, so I'm getting to go do that as soon as I am done here.

Happy Birthday, Z2. I can't believe you are 15-years-old!! You are a very special and precious gift to me. I love you very much. Thanks for the fun evening!!
Me, Z2 and PKR


Is it Really Mid July Already?

I guess the calendar doesn't lie. It is already the middle of July.

So much has been happening this summer, I haven't had time to sit and write as much as I would like to.

Z2 had a wonderful trip to New York City with some family friends. She arrived home late Friday night. Lots a wonderful pictures and wonderful stories. Now I keep wondering when it is my turn to go!!
Z2 and JB at the Statue of Liberty of the Fourth of July
The view from the Empire State Building
Z2 and JB before seeing Mamma Mia!
JB and Z2 before going to "The Little Mermaid" on Broadway.

We had nine house guests this past weekend. They were up here for Kellogg Worshipfest, an outdoor Christian concert put on by our church, Christian Life Center. PKR's sister Laurie came up from Meridian and brought her band, and many of them stayed here, along with members of their families.

I didn't get to see much of the concert, because of "D.K. Molar, the Devious Dentist", the show we are doing in Wallace at the Sixth Street Melodrama. And we have started rehearsals for next month's show as well, one PKR wrote. It was fun performing for family members and friends this past weekend. Crowds have been a little small again this summer....I really hope this isn't that last summer for this type of live entertainment in Wallace...but if we don't get the people to come see the show, it may be...YIKES!!!

(Hey, if anyone wants to come, I can get you $3 off the regular ticket prices. Just email me and I'll get you a great deal!!)

I finished helping with Sixth Grade Summer School last Friday, and so yesterday was wonderful, because I didn't have to go anywhere.

I got up and took a walk, then sat curled up with a book all day long, and enjoyed the rainy weather, and got some laundry done....what a wonderful day.

Tonight Z2 requested we go see the new Harry Potter movie tonight at midnight, since her 15th birthday is tomorrow. So we are heading over to Coeur d'Alene tonight to see the show...my first time going to a midnight movie...hope I can stay awake!!!

Enjoyed having Inland Empire Girl and Raymond Pert around over the weekend. They are both at Camp N-Sid-Sen on Coeur d'Alene Lake at a Writing Retreat this week. They will return again this weekend.

It is nice to have my summer schedule lighten up a bit, and take some time to relax.



Fourth of July---Country Style

PKR, The Princess and myself headed north to Spirit Lake and beyond to enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July with AA's family. AA is The Princess' boyfriend.

We first met AA in Spirit Lake, and walked through the City Park and looked at the booths in the park. Then we headed out to the country to AA's family home...a beautiful area north of Spirit Lake.

We met Dexter, AA's brother's Boston Terrier.

AA's family also had their own pet dog, Buddy.

We brought our Bocce Ball game, and it was a big hit. The "Grumpy Old Men" were the big winners, beating all other competitors.

And here is The Princess and AA.


Special Birthday Treats

As I celebrated my birthday yesterday, it was filled with little special birthday treats, most of them unexpected.

The first treat was sleeping in until 8 a.m. I normally get up about 5:30 a.m. and walk with my friend NR, but I told her I wanted to take Friday off. What a luxury!!

Then I made some coffee and toast with strawberry jam on it, and headed outside to my backyard, and leisurely read the morning newspaper.

While outside my brother Raymond Pert called to wish me a Happy Birthday. We talked for about 45 minutes, and it warmed my heart when I received a message from him later in the day, telling me how much he appreciated our visit, and how our talk lifted his spirits. Again, a surprise and unexpected treat.

I then got on my gardening clothes and headed to the flower beds to do some weeding, mostly pulling grass. You could have never convinced me when I was in grade school and junior high that going out on my birthday and pulling grass in my garden would be a treat...ah, but it was...very therapeutic. And the best part was I could do it without having to be anywhere...no time schedule.

After the weeding was done, I fertilized with Miracle Grow. With the onslaught of heat that has finally arrived in the Silver Valley, I figured my plants could use a little boost.

Then I went inside and PKR went and got Chinese food from Wah Hings for lunch. After enjoying some good food, I looked at music from the 1920's to get ideas for the next Kelly's Alley Revue at the theater, since we start rehearsals tomorrow for the August show.

Z2 flew to New York City yesterday, and called to say she arrived safely, and was getting settled in their hotel (The Roosevelt, right in midtown Manhattan, called the "Grand Dame of Madison Avenue), and then getting ready to go out and explore. She is there with one of our good friend's and her daughter for a week, exploring the City, attending Broadway shows, and making her mother and older sister extremely envious!!

Inland Empire Girl also called to wish me a Happy Birthday. I share a birthday with her husband JEJ, and they were planning a nice outing to a restaurant in Colville. You can read about it here.

I started getting a little sleepy, and felt a nap coming on, so went outside, grabbed a blanket and pillow, and laid down on the grass in the backyard, under out beautiful Tri-Color Beech tree. Again, what a special treat.

PKR came out to get me so I could go get showered and get ready to go to Mom's house for a BBQ. As I was getting ready, I got another phone call from my sister-in-law LDR, who also wished me a happy birthday, and informed me she had bought a new car. The last four cars she has purchased have been white Honda's and she became a rebel yesterday, and bought a black Honda Civic. I can't wait to see it!!

Then PKR, The Princess, Kiki Aru and her friend SG headed over to Mom's house for a BBQ. We had steak, corn on the cob, and fresh green salad from Mom's garden. Then we had my favorite German Chocolate Cake and homemade vanilla ice cream. Yum! Yum!

But all that relaxing all day wore me out, because once we came home, I was in bed by 9:30 p.m.!!