A Tourist In My Town

July 26, 2017 at 2:32 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Middle age, positive thinking, Single Parent) (, , , )

 

I started my stay cation Sunday.  My sons best friend (Mike) picked me up after work and took me on my first ride on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. It was an interesting adventure. You feel like the wind is either going to snap your head off or crazy glue in place forever. I survived the first leg of the trip.  What  a beautiful ride through the national forest, seeing the Lake beside you,watching the water skiers, and the paddle boats enjoying the beautiful summer morning. We had breakfast the world-famous Snake Pit restaurant famous because it’s humble beginnings were as a bordello. Tours are given if you dare. After breakfast, Mike and I continued out tour of the area. The mountains are breath-taking, as you follow the river along the road. It was fun to see the people floating down the river enjoying the warm sunny day. I was afraid the camp ground would be so crowded, but a few campers had a spot on the lake. It is the best kept secrete of North Idaho.

Yesterday a good friend and I decided to be a tourist in Sandpoint. What a quaint small town surrounded by a huge lake. In the 1940’s the Military used to test submarines. No one really knows how deep the lake is. It was fun to be a tourist; We had a nice lunch,followed by shopping in the beautiful down town. Every restaurant has outside dining looking out over the picturesque Lake. I always thought of moving to sandpoint on I retired, I love the charm of the small town.  I thought it over and decided I like livingin my hometown,in my house friends and family helped me to refresh with a good coat of paint, new roof, nice landscapping. and the lake one block away. Everyone knows each other and looks out for one another. I have great neighbors I can count on,  I am near concerts in the park, farmer’s markets, every small town has to have a great Library, boat cruises, or just enjoying a cup of cold coffee in my own backyard.

It is nice to have a few days off where you can just relax, stay in your night gown a little longer, can move at a slower pace, meet a friend at Starbuck’s for a coffee and a good conversation. Soon the Summer will make way for cooler mornings, shorter nights, layers, changing leaves, apple cider. I have a few more weeks of heat(I wilt if the temerature reaches over 75 degrees.) I can always swim in the neighbors pool or go down to the local beach and cool off. I look forward to the local Garden Tour. I am amazed at some of the unique gardens with truckbeds filled with flowers rusting sitting beside the tree. one Actor showed his home overlooking the lake and his secret garden. A cuple years ago, my friend and I toured a older  home where the Alpacas were part of the tour. I kook forward to visiting the mnay wonderful Historic homes as well as the small quaint ones in the middle of town. I get some great ideas I can try in my own yard( I would not call my yard a garden, I need a serious yard doctor to help). Even though I do not have a green thumb, I enjoy hearing the crickets at night, the bids setting in the trees chirping, and the quiet neighborhood after he kids have gone to bed.

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The Lazy days Of Summer

July 15, 2016 at 9:32 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Middle age, Poetry, positive thinking) (, , , , )

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I remember making home-made ice cream with the family. The salt rock,cream and all the fixings. I loved when my grandparents would visit us on the farm. We had dinner in the kitchen around a generous sized picnic table and benches. Our living room was huge-we had a slate pool table in the center of the room. friends would come over for saturday afternoon  pool tournaments. My parents hosted opening day hunting season at our house. We could have up to 50 people show up for hunting. Mom made chili and hot dogs to feed so many at once.

I treasure Kern Ville, the many weekend visits with my cousins. We had our own (secret) everyone knew about swimming hole. I never could figure this one out; we brought our camper, but slept in the converted garage. we all lived for whiskey Flat days. The town has not changed since the 1960’s when my family visited. Family came for turkey hunting and quail hunting season. I am from a long line of hunters and fisherman. Now the relitives call my mom and reminisce about the good old days of opening day of hunting and weekend visits Kernville.

I hope you are snapping up every precious moment of summer to be a tourist in your town. so many festivals left to see,summer concerts in the park,farmer’s markets,lake cruises, hiking,biking,library visits. So much to do with the kids. I always take a few minutes everyday to enjoy the beauty around me. I love to see beautiful garden yards and all the love and work put into them. I love to see families going for the after dinner bike ride together or walking the dog down to the bay to swim. I need to get down town more often and enjoy First friday, walk the boardwalk with friends, catch a summer play, drive around some historic homes in my area.  I love that I live in a area that has all four seasons.

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