31 August 2013

Wish Rock, Missoula, Montana

Just in case you don’t know, the wish rock is the one with a ring all the way around it. 
Close your eyes and make it big - finding a rock like this makes for a hefty opportunity!

30 August 2013

Evening View, Stevensville, Montana

“All around me darkness gathers,
Fading is the sun that shone,
We must speak of other matters,
You can be me when I'm gone

Flowers gathered in the morning,
Afternoon they blossom on,
Still are withered in the evening,
You can be me when I'm gone.”

Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones  

29 August 2013

Far-Sighted, Missoula, Montana

So, as regards aging, do far-sighted people fret less because they never suddenly notice via the rear-view mirror that their neck is veering into wrinkle-land? Are they typically less stressed than near-sighted folk because their view always defaults to the big picture and so they don’t get hung up on mind-numbing minutiae? I’m not lamenting my natural state of near-sightedness because it's all I know and there is always delight in the details! I just wonder about obscure, weird things sometimes. Especially things outside my experience realm.

Any aging far-ies out there, please feel free to grace the comment field with enlightenment.

28 August 2013

Dive In, Missoula, Montana

'Tis the season to enjoy fleeting summer glories
Already, twilight dims earlier, and dawn delays. Before we know it, autumn will blaze forth her own astonishments. So, carpe diem
, without delay.
For me, today, this means imbibing in the outdoor luxury of a hammock whilst simultaneously savoring a book and the complex flavours of
Chicken and Waffles potato chips. (How could you NOT want to try them?!) Some things just are not the same when you’re bulked up in cold-weather clothes, so I‘m seizing this day, hazy sky and all.

27 August 2013

Cake, Missoula, Montana

Understandably, the bidding was fierce for this dessert auction item from the always-delightful Bernice‘s Bakery, resulting in a generous contribution to Dress For Success Missoula - talk about a win-win situation! (And the flavour was some combination of Red Wine Cake and Buttercream Frosting....)

For your amusement, a few inspiring cake quotes, because I couldn’t decide on just one:

When someone asks if you'd like cake or pie, why not say you want cake and pie? - Lisa Loeb

I am not strict vegan, because I'm a hedonist pig. If I see a big chocolate cake that is made with eggs, I'll have it. - Grace Slick

I don't exactly know what it means to be ready. A cake when the oven timer goes off? Am I fully baked, or only half-baked? - Jessica Savitch 

The real me now may not be thin but she's got the cake and, if she likes, can eat it too. - Arabella Weir

Stories aren't the icing on the cake; they are the cake! - Peter Guber

26 August 2013

Praying For Rain, Victor, Montana

August is
fire season in western Montana. Smoke blows into the valleys not only from area fires, but also from ones in neighboring states.
Consider a visit later in September, and enjoy clear skies and cool nights.

25 August 2013

Quiet, Missoula, Montana

A co-worker who is mid-stream in a confidence awakening recently recommended a fabulous book, “
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.It reads easily in short bites or long immersions - which are always preferable when a hammock is nearby - and is a fascinating compilation that pulls in data from wide-ranging arenas - from the latest
functioning-MRI brain research to shared personal experience and everything in between. Whether the sub-title intrigues or you just could use a bit of “so it’s not just me” affirmation on your own authentication journey, it’s worth a look-see. You can preview it
here, and read more about the author at her site, www.ThePowerofIntroverts.