06 May 2017

Soul Food aka Hyacinth - Missoula, Montana

"If thou of fortune be bereft, 
and in thy store there be but left 
two loaves, sell one, and with the 
dole, buy hyacinths to feed thy soul."

 - by John Greenleaf Whittier

05 May 2017

Neighbourly Hyacinths - Missoula, Montana

Sharing is a thing in our neighbourhood. 
Among other things, we share fences, conversation, snow shovelling, the company of cats, and - this week - the  fragrant blooms of hyacinths, while they last.

04 May 2017

Seriously Spring - Missoula, Montana

A fabulous evening for ice cream at Sweet Peaks
(Griz Tracks flavour for me - click here to make your mouth water. Their website indicates ice cream ships every Wednesday to anywhere in the lower 48 United States...just sayin'....)

Next up: a calorie off-setting stroll downtown along the Clark Fork River.

And after that, we finally had supper - legendary Mo Club burgers. 
The Best Husband Ever observed that they are cooking on the same grill as decades ago when his dad ate there as a young man, and the long-time seasoning of the grill contributes to the special taste of their burgers.

A veritable best-of-Missoula evening!

02 May 2017

Subaru Sentiments - Missoula, Montana

Well, there's a sentiment I didn't expect to see on a Subaru wagon in Montana: "H8 WLVS". 

I (literally) Laughed Out Loud reading this license plate at the stoplight - not because the statement itself is ha-ha funny, but because I needed a second reading to get it - only due to the seeming incongruity of its location on the back of this particular vehicle type. Good thing it was a long light. 

Wolves are a contentious topic in Montana, particularly in regions where they've been "reintroduced".  I won't go into the bitter debates and gory details here, but feel free to click on the highlighted text links to get a brief intro. Should you want to delve, a Google search for "wolf debate in Montana" will provide plenty of fodder for deep dinner conversation.

The Subaru drivers we typically see in Montana tend to love the outdoors and everything in it, exuding a 'live and let live' vibe often underscored by a plethora of bumper sticker messages. And a couple of tail-wagging dogs laughing out the back door windows.

So, "H8 WLVS" just didn't fit the stereotype, and my brain stuttered because of that - providing yet another opportunity to laugh at my sometimes silly self. Because I know it really is ridiculously pointless to try and stuff people into a tidy little identity box - no matter what name brand logo said box may be sporting

01 May 2017

Campfire Girls - Paradise, Montana

"You don’t have to say everything to be a light. Sometimes a fire built on a hill will bring interested people to your campfire." 

Shannon L. Alder

(And then there are times you do have to say comes back to being fully present and paying attention. 
But roasting marshmallows is always a splendid idea. 
Good times....)