*Work was hopping today. Lots of people in town wanting to take a mine tour.
*A local gentleman often comes in toward the end of the day to have coffee and do some work. I visited with him a bit today. His name is J. Fulton Gadbois, and he is the owner of the 506 Bank St. Gallery & Studio. He is working on a major project called INCUBATOR, a 100 year Panorama of the 20th Century. He had all kinds of drawings in front of him, as he tried to shape one section of this project. I enjoyed visiting with him, and learning about this project. To read more about this project, here is an article from our local newspaper here.
*After work I met Paul at Kellogg Middle School to look at the room we were going to be using this week at the Dare To Imagine Camp.
*Please keep our family and extended family in your prayers. A lot going on on many fronts, and prayers would be good.
*We came home and I fried up some spicy Italian sausage with some tomatoes and basil, and topped it with some Parmesan cheese. We talked about the upcoming week, then Molly came and joined us at the table. Paul picked some raspberries and I enjoyed them after dinner, too. It was a nice night.
*I decided to get a little extra sleep this morning, so no walking for me this early a.m. But the extra rest felt good.
*The morning was spent cleaning house and getting ready for a BBQ we had planned for this evening.
*Around 11 a.m., April M Lee arrived, and we enjoyed some time outside. I gave her a tour of the gardens, and we enjoyed lunch, and catching up. After lunch we went over to The Bean coffee shop for coffee and more visiting. Before she moved, that would be a weekly routine for us, so it was fun to do it again today. After our time at The Bean, April left to do some errands, and I went home.
*Our guests started arriving around 5:30, and it was a wonderful evening. It was full of people I haven’t seen in a long time, as well as people I had just met. First arriving was Tina Marshall, who I spent time with in Italy last summer, and her friend Vance. They came with Kellee Crall Mills, and Kellee’s friend Rex, who is also Tina’s brother. They also brought Kellee’s dog Koach. Molly and Travis arrived soon after. Then Andy Broaddus, Jamie Broaddus and Jenna Broaddus arrived. Andy lives in Oklahoma, and is visiting here for a few days, as well as his daughter Jenna. Their daughter Jamie lives in Glendive, Montana, and is also visiting. We missed mom Stephanie, who plans to arrive tomorrow. Then friends Nikki and Rob Ross arrived, and also April and Eric Lee. We had a delicious BBQ with marinated elk steak Rex brought, some grilled chicken and some fish. We also had cabbage salad, potato salad, fruit salad and chips. Later for those still around, we made s’mores around the campfire. It was a wonderful evening with some really wonderful people, many of whom I don’t get to see that often.
*I think it is so important to keep connections with people, even if you don’t see them often. It has been a year since I saw April and Eric, but when they are here, it is important to spend time with them. It has been a year since I saw Tina, but making that connection again with her, and talking about what has been going on in her life was very special tonight. The Broaddus family members visit here every so often, and it is always a treat to see them, and make that connection. And even though Kellee is around Kellogg more often, because of our work schedules we don’t see each other that often, so it was nice to see her a couple times this week. Even if for a couple hours at a BBQ, making and keeping connections with the people you love is very important to me.
*I have been enjoying listening to Brene Brown, and this is her take on connections. I agree with her on this one, and am so fortunate to have people in my life that I do have connections with, and that I value, and that give me value.
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ― Brené Brown
*Happy 32nd anniversary to Paul and I today. And what a wonderful day it was!
*Around 9 a.m. Paul and I rode our bikes over to Christy and Everett’s house, and loaded them onto their pickup. Bill came over from next door and was our special shuttle driver, taking us to Mullan and dropping us off at the Trailhead so we could begin the first of three bike rides we have planned to ride the entire 72 mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.
*I had never ridden my bike on this part of the trail. Back when I used to do more bike riding, most of the riding I did on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes was between Kellogg and a little past Cataldo. I enjoyed seeing this part of the trail. It is so beautiful. You begin in the town of Mullan, and you travel along the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River until you arrive in Kellogg. There are signs along the way that tell a little history of the Silver Valley, and we stopped and enjoyed reading those along the way. The trail is downhill all the way. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is part of the Rails to Trails system where they took the route of the railways, and converted them into paved trails for people to walk and bike on. This trail is also part of the Idaho State Parks system.
*We arrived back home after our ride, and decided to go to The Hill Street Depot for lunch. We both enjoyed a couple of their salads, and some ice tea. After lunch we went next door and each ordered an Affogato, which is two scoops of ice cream with two shots of espresso poured over it. Delicious!! While enjoying our anniversary treat, we had a nice conversation with Josh McDonald about Kellogg, and his work as the reporter at our local newspaper.
*An anniversary celebration would not be complete without a celebratory nap in the afternoon.
*After awaking from our nap, it was time to ride down to the Kellogg Farmer’s Market to check out the booths. Things were hopping at the market, and we saw lots of people and enjoyed visiting with them!! I have always admired my friend Christina Wood Mace’s jewelry she sells at the market each week, and today I finally had a reason to purchase a couple pairs of her earrings. She does a beautiful job! I bought some cleaner for my eye glasses that are suppose to keep them from fogging up. I hope it works. Then I visited with Joy Persoon for a bit. It was nice to see her out and about. We also stopped at the two local cheese vendors, and purchased two new kinds of cheese. I saw Bill and Debbie having some dinner in the beer garden, but by the time I made it over there to say hello, they had already departed.
*Throughout the evening, we received messages through the phone and Facebook from our three daughters wishing us a Happy Anniversary in very unique ways. All the messages brought us smiles and laughter.
*We rode home, and decided to grill some oysters for our anniversary dinner, along with some Romaine lettuce. We also added some of the cheeses from the market, and opened up a bottle of Elderberry Mead we had been saving from our visit to Camas Prairie Winery in Boville last spring. Almost everything we had for dinner was made locally. What a great way to celebrate!!
*After dinner we christened the new chess board Paul made on the birch tree stump in our backyard. I conceded, so Paul won. We will have a rematch soon!!
*Thirty-two years ago today, our marriage began here in Kellogg. And thirty-two years later it continues here in this beautiful part of the world we call home. I wouldn’t want to be sharing my life with anyone else but Paul, or live anywhere else but Kellogg.
*Taking a nap at 10 in the morning is a luxury these days. And a luxury I took advantage of today, because it was my day off, and I could!! While I was sleeping, I kept hearing a whirring sound, and wasn’t sure what was happening. When I woke up from my nap, I looked at my phone, and Paul had sent me a photo of his latest project. He was using his new Dremel to create a chess board on the stump of the birch tree that was cut down. So tomorrow we will have the inaugural chess match to christen the birch tree chess board.
*Around 1 p.m., Paul and I drove to Coeur d’Alene. He dropped me off at The Porch restaurant in Hayden where I met Kellee Crall Mills for lunch. We had a great time catching up. The Porch is a great restaurant, and it is in a beautiful location.
*Kellee drove me to Frey Meyer where I met up with Paul and we did a little shopping. Then we drove to Costco and did a lot of shopping. Then a quick stop at The Well Read Moose bookstore, and then we headed home.
*After putting the food away, we hopped on our bikes and went to Christy and Everett’s house. Christy wanted Paul to look at her recliner, because it was not working properly. Paul found the problem, quickly fixed it, and now the recliner works again. Christy gave me an update on her recovery, and it was nice to visit with both of them. Then we went next door to visit with Bill and Debbie. We went over to see if either of them would be available to drive us and our bikes to Mullan tomorrow so we could ride our bikes from Mullan to Kellogg in the morning. Bill said he would be able to do that, and we made plans to be at his house at 9 a.m. to head up to Mullan.
*We cut up some Dry Italian Salami, Pecorino Romano cheese, pickled asparagus and cucumber and tomatoes in oil and vinegar, and enjoyed this light meal on our patio. It fits right in with the book I am reading, that is set in Italy.
*I loved the fact that a teenage girl from Switzerland, traveling with her family in the USA, wanted to buy souvenirs in Wallace, Idaho to take back to friends and family. Part of the reason I love working where I do is the variety of people I meet, and the variety of places where they live. So far this summer I have met people from Switzerland, Australia, UK, Boston, Arkansas....to name just a few.
*I got home from work, I was looking on the computer and kept falling asleep. Instead of fighting it, I laid down on the couch and took a half hour nap that seemed to help revive me for the evening.
*As I was walking around the yard, surveying the gardens, I got a call from Zoe. We had a great talk, and she shared about a job she is thinking of applying for, and it was exciting talking to her about it, and I think she would do a marvelous job if she gets it. I pray it all works out for her.
*The Swiss Chard was look fabulous, so I decided to pick some and fry it up for dinner to go along with the drumsticks Paul had grilled earlier. Paul had a meeting at church, so when he arrived home, we ate some chicken and Swiss Chard. Yummy!!!
*During dinner, Paul and I had a great discussion about how we are going to approach teaching our lessons at the Dare To Imagine camp next week. We really want to incorporate the art of storytelling into each and everything we do. It will be fun in the next few days to plan out our lessons and activities.
*Today was a particularly long day. Which is a rather funny thing to say, because each day consists of 24 hours. But those hours seemed to be full to the brim today.
*It was a busy day at the mine tour. It was fun to see Betsy Bethke, a woman from Coeur d’Alene I met last spring who is a member of P.E.O. I enjoyed visiting with her, and meeting some of her family.
*Things were hopping at the mine tour today. I rode the trolley up to the mine tunnel to take a photo of one of our miner guides, Lenny Hoiland, so I can feature him on of the Sierra Silver Mine Tour Facebook posts. Lenny is a great guide, and always gets glowing reviews from our customers.
*After work, I picked Paul up at home and we went to Kellogg Middle School to attend a dinner and meeting for the volunteers who will be putting on the Dare to Imagine Summer Camp next week. Paul and I are helping out during the week, sharing a Bible lesson each morning with students, then doing some Drama activities with students throughout the week. I am really looking forward to next week. I feel like I have been a bit self-absorbed with all the changes going on in my life, and it will be nice to focus on these first through fourth graders and showing them love as we “Speak Life” (the theme of the week) into their lives.
*I had put some lamb chops in a marinade a couple days ago, and decided they should be cooked and eaten tonight. So I fried them up, and Paul and I enjoyed some lamb chops, fresh pea pods dipped in Tsaziki, and some marinated feta cheese. What a beautiful evening on our patio as we each read and enjoying the peace of our backyard.
*Around 9 p.m., it was time for bed. I was tired. I think I fell asleep the moment my head hit the pillow!! That mine tour business is hard work...lol!
*Happy 24th Birthday to my daughter Zoe!! Zoe is a beautiful young woman who is doing amazing things working with students at Meridian Middle School. I couldn’t be more proud of her!! Praying special blessings to you on your 24th year on this planet.
*I slept in a bit this morning after being wide awake for a while in the middle of the night. So I rushed around to get my things done in the morning, and then packed up my work bag and headed to Wallace to the Sierra Silver Mine Tour office. In the aftermath of the Wallace Blues Festival that had gone on this weekend, it was a pretty good day, with a steady stream of people taking the mine tour and buying ice cream and coffee.
*Molly was here at the house for most of the day before she headed back to Post Falls. I didn’t get to see her, but she did take this cool photo of Clark, who now likes to climb up on top of our arbor. Oh Mr. Clark!!
*After work I drove to Bill and Debbie’s house. They hosted family dinner tonight, and Debbie prepared a nice “salad bar” that was just right and hit the spot. It was nice to visit with everyone, and catch up. Later we came home and Paul and I worked some on what we will be doing next week for the Dare to Imagine Summer Camp, where we are in charge of the Drama activity. What a great opportunity to love on some kids for a week.
*The birthday girl called and we visited with her for a while. It was fun to visit with her, and she had a really good birthday.
*Also heard from Cosette. We found out her and her boyfriend Taylor are starting a painting business. They realize they love to paint, and, besides the painting company they currently work for, they are doing side jobs as well. You can find them on Facebook or Instagram at @saphirepaintco.
*I got up and made my coffee, and did some of my regular morning routine things, and started getting ready for the day.
*I headed to Wallace a little before 10 a.m. to be a part of the final film shooting day for the movie filming I have been a part of for the the past few years. It was a great day with some really wonderful people. I will miss seeing all of them.
*Around 5 p.m. Molly and I headed over to be reunited with April M Lee, who is here in the states visiting from Italy. It was great also getting big hugs from her husband Eric, and her sons Nicholas and Alexander. I also got to meet Alex’s girlfriend Candy, too. They are both here visiting from Los Angeles. Then the three of us drove to The Snake Pit restaurant to join Connie Drager, Brenda Adams and Mary Khoury. We had an awesome visit and a great meal. It was so great catching up with everyone!!
*When we got home, Molly, Paul and I sat out on the patio and visited for a bit, and then it was bedtime. I was really tired, and fell right to sleep!!
*Nikki and I had a nice morning walk this morning. At 8 a.m. I hopped on my bike and rode over to The Bean to have coffee with Christy and Debbie. We were also joined by April Muhs. We had a nice visit for most of the morning.
*I came home and took care of some more business, and hopped on my bike again to deliver an envelope of information to someone.
*My new VIPKID job is in the works. There is information I want to read up on and watch online before I start scheduling classes. Once I put in timeslots online that I want to teach, I will start teaching 25 minutes sessions in teaching English to 5 and 6 year old Chinese students.
*This month the Sixth Street Melodrama is performing a play I wrote 12 years ago, titled Nightmare at Dream Gulch, ...or Wake Me When It’s Over. It is a melodrama based on a story about Reverend Davis, who came to Murray during the Gold Rush and found lots of gold based on a dream he had. It was so fun to see what the director Pricetag Antiques Anita Price did with the show, and the cast did a great job. To be honest, I didn’t remember a lot of what happened in the play until I started watching it again. Paul and I really enjoyed the production!! If you want to enjoy a fun and entertaining evening, go see the show. It is performed Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 29th.
*Today I spend the majority of the day with the Reagan family from New York City. The father is the Police Commissioner, the grandfather is the former Police Commissioner, the oldest brother is a detective, the youngest brother is a beat cop, and the daughter works in the District Attorney’s office. I was excited the other day when I saw Season 8 of Blue Bloods was on Netflix. Today, I needed a day of doing a whole lot of “not much”. So I spent a majority of the day laying on the couch and watching episode after episode of the television show Blue Bloods. Some people refer to this as binge-watching.Sometimes I would drift off to sleep and I would have to go back and re-watch part of an episode. But it was a much needed day of rest and relaxation.
*Paul had his last day of driver’s ed today, driving with students from 7:30 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. When he got home, he was worn out, and he joined me on the couch, dozing and watching Blue Bloods.
*We both eventually rallied from off the couch, and we had dinner. Paul grilled some fish and some green beans, and we enjoyed a salad with greens from our salad garden. I picked some raspberries from the never ending raspberry patch, and also picked some peas. Paul did some weed eating around the yard. Then I relaxed on the patio, enjoying the cool evening, and read my book for a while. Kind of a perfect evening if you ask me.
*Sadie and I had a good night’s sleep, and all seems to be going well for her. Thank you all for you messages and well wishes. I believe we are on the road to recovery!!
*After I returned from my walk this morning I was sitting in doing some work on my computer, and I hear some noises from the front foyer by the front door. I had an inkling as to what was going on, and I was right. Clark, the mighty hunter, was playing with his latest bird catch, flinging the poor dead thing around, and knocking into things. I quickly disposed of the poor creature, and was thankful it was not still alive, and that there was no blood involved. (been there, done that!!)
*It was an enjoyable day at the Sierra Silver Mine Tour. It was fun having Chris Schonewald Meyer stop in to look around the gift shop. Kelli Bruce- Aiken also stopped in with a friend to look around and we had a nice visit, getting caught up on what each other is doing. I also helped a teeny tiny bit with some job interviews today as we are in the process of hiring some people to work in the ice cream parlor. I believe we successfully hired a couple new employees.
*Once I got off work, I headed home to take care of the pets, and then hopped back in the car to drive to Post Falls to pick up Paul. He had flown into the airport in Spokane this afternoon and Travis picked him up, and they went down to the Spokane River to the Fun Unlimited business where Travis works, and waited for me to arrive. Once I picked up Paul, Travis went to get Molly, and we met at the Cosmic Cowboy in Coeur d’Alene for dinner. It was really good. Then we arrived home safe and sound. Paul is home. I am home. And all is right with the world.
*Last night is a night I do not want to repeat any time soon. Last night I helped our dog Sadie through an evening of hourly seizures. At around 10:15 p.m., everything was routine. Paul is in Meridian, so I am home with all the pets. I am getting ready to start another Blue Bloods episode, and Sadie is sleeping under the hearth of the fireplace, where she usually sleeps. All of a sudden, she starts having a seizure. Sadie doesn’t have seizures. It lasted 1-2 minutes, and then she stopped, and recovered fairly well. I called our vet Dr. Cook and he told me some things to do. About an hour later, she had another one. Again, I called Dr. Cook back. He said to stay with her throughout the night, and bring her into the clinic first thing to have her checked out. Because the seizures were short in length and around an hour apart, he said they would not harm her. So Sadie and I had a routine throughout the night. She would have a seizure. I would hold onto her through the seizure. Once it stopped, I would let her down, and she would pant, and pace around the room. But she would eat and drink, and did go outside to go to the bathroom a few time. Eventually she would settle down, and once she drifted off to sleep, this was when another seizure would come. They were always about an hour apart. Needless to say, I did not sleep alot throughout the night. Neither did Sadie. The report from Dr. Cook is that he thinks she ate something toxic. I suspect it was in our backyard during the evening. He gave her activated charcoal to help flush out whatever was in her system. Her bloodwork overall looked good, but the liver levels were a bit high, and could be because of trying to flush out the toxin. They gave her seizure medication when she arrived at the clinic, and she didn’t have any seizures all day. We will continue with the medication for a few days. But overall, she is doing very well, and I hope whatever it was that caused the seizures has left her body, and she will not have to go through that again. It is heartbreaking to see your pets go through something like that.
*What would my work day be like today with only a couple hours a sleep? Actually, it went better than I thought. I kept busy, and my brain actually functioned pretty well. It really hit toward the end of the day as I was getting ready to leave, and go get Sadie from the clinic. I arrived home, and dropped on the couch and napped a bit. I did a little watering outside, then was in bed fairly early. I really think my healthier eating helped me survive this day better than I would have in the past. I had my “Keto coffee” to help me get through the morning. I had a nice healthy salad for lunch, along with fresh picked raspberries from the garden. I had my “Fermented Green Supreme Food” drink early afternoon, followed by my Yerba Mate drink. Plus lots of water. And I survived the day!!
*I am very grateful for the way things turned out with Sadie. I was praying all night long she would be okay. And it looks like she will be.
*Today I also got notification that I am a VIPKID teacher, and I can start scheduling classes to start teaching. I will sit down on Thursday, and work out all the details regarding setting up class times, and what I need to do. I am very excited to start this next adventure!! A big shout out to Megan Mills who shared this information with me, and helped me through the process of getting hired. I you are curious about VIPKID, let me know, and I can share more about how I got hired.
*My Monday morning started out walking with not only one, but two dogs. Usually we have Nikki’s dog Butter’s the Poodle with us. But today we also had Clifford, who is Nikki’s granddog. He is a Wirehaired Pointed Griffon. He is a cutie. Having Clifford along for the walk made things a bit more interesting, but but dogs did very well.
*We had an early tour bus coming to the mine tour this morning, so I was asked if I could be at work by 8:30 a.m. I said I could, so my day started about an hour earlier at the mine tour office. It was fun visiting with some of the couples on this tour who are from Australia, and they LOVE this part of the country.
*It was a slow but steady day at the mine tour. Some new merchandise had arrived, and I worked on it some. I also helped post a job that the Ice Cream Parlor needs someone to work part-time.
*When I arrived home, I did some hand watering, and then realized there were raspberries to pick as well as peas. The raspberries are going crazy this year!! And I hadn’t really picked any peas, so I got busy picking some. There are still many more to pick another day. This is the best my pea plants have done in many years.
*I spent some time out in the cool of the evening reading a new book I picked up at the library today. I really love our Kellogg evenings.
*Things got very quiet around the house this afternoon as our houseful of people are now down to one...me.
*The morning began with Zoe having a 9:30 a.m. dentist appointment to have her tooth checked out. She lost a part of it tooth recently, and need to get it checked out.
*I went to church and helped lead worship, then headed home to say farewell to Zoe, Jason and Paul as they drove down to Boise. Paul is spending a few days with his mom and dad, and Zoe and Jason need to get back to their jobs.
*After I said goodbye to everyone, I ran some errands. I went over and visited with Debbie. Her and Bill are traveling back East for their daughter Adrienne’s wedding in August, and Debbie wanted to talk some about their travel dates, and our August plans, so we would be available to watch their dogs. It looks like there should be no conflicts.
*Then I went and purchased a new hose and paint brush a ACE Hardware, and went up to KHS to scan some documents and get more items out of my office. It is getting very close to being cleaned out.
*After so much activity the last few weeks, I decided I needed a day of rest. So I took a nap. It felt so good to have a Sunday afternoon nap. When I woke up, I realized that Season 8 of Blue Bloods was now on Netflix, so I started watching it. I went outside and watered a little bit, and before I knew it, it was time for bed.
*Zoe said when she tells people she is from Kellogg, she is often asked about the Hiawatha Bike Trail, and if she had ridden it before. She doesn’t remember riding it, but I swear we all rode it together one summer after we moved here in the early 2000’s. But, since she didn’t remember, (or maybe they didn’t go!), Paul and I decided to gift Zoe and Jason with a bike ride on the Route of the Hiawatha for their upcoming birthdays on July 13 and 15.
*THE "CROWN JEWEL" OF RAIL-TO-TRAIL ADVENTURES
The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike or hike trail is 15 miles long with 10 train tunnels and 7 sky-high trestles. The ride starts with a ride through the 1.66 mile long St. Paul Pass Tunnel, also know as the Taft Tunnel. It is a highlight of the trail that follows the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains near Lookout Pass Ski Area. The best part is.... it's all downhill with shuttle buses available to transport you and your bike back to the top. This family friendly trail is easily enjoyed by a wide variety of people from young children to super seniors.
*If you want to learn more about this phenomenal bike ride, you can go here. I meet people from all over the country, and the world at work at the mine tour who travel to North Idaho to ride this trail. This summer is the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Hiawatha.
* Since 1965, more than 1,200 trails have opened on former railways nationwide, drawing bikers—along with hikers, bladers, and wheelchair users—in droves. No wonder: the paths are often flat (so even fledgling riders can get rolling) and almost always scenic (mountains! rivers! bridges!). Here in Kellogg, we happen to have quite a few very close, but the two I am most familiar with are the Hiawatha, and the one that is practically outside my front door, The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. If you want to bike on some easy trails that go through beautiful country, come and visit us here in Kellogg, and we will take you for a ride!!
*When you get to the end of the Hiawatha, a bus shuttles you back to the top. Our bus driver was Ed, who had driven trolley for us when Paul and I used to do the Ghost Town Trolley Tours in the summer. We also saw lots of other familiar faces working on the bike trail.
*When we arrived home, it was time to change into painting clothes to make my contribution to the painting of the house. I painted the front door, the back door, and some of the trim on the front windows. When we were gone, Taylor, Cosette and Travis all painted some areas, too. As of right now, the Chimney Smoke is pretty well done on the whole house, with maybe some little touch ups here and there. There is still some window trimming left to do, and some painting on the back door and back garage door still need painted. We are so thankful for all the help we had from everyone this week. To thank them for all their hard work, we took them out to dinner at Radio Brewery last night to say thank you!! When we got home from dinner, we grabbed paint brushes again, and worked some more. Then Travis and Molly loaded up and headed back to Post Falls, since Travis had to work in the morning. And a bit later, Taylor and Cosette headed back to Moscow. Paul, Zoe and Jason leave for Boise in the morning. It is a rare treat anymore to have all three girls home at the same time, and it was fun to work together, enjoy meals together, and play together throughout the week.