• Adventures

    Winter Adventure

    Our Christmas celebration didn’t exactly come together as planned this year. Or maybe I should say that our Christmas plans evolved and changed quickly from day to day during the month of December. It was definitely a non-traditional Christmas. We ended up making a very fast trip to Denver for the Christmas weekend. We had thought we would take off…

  • Adventures,  Lifestyle

    Heading into Winter

    We’ve been living in the “shadow lands” for weeks now. Short gray days and long dark nights. And that’s just fall. Which is why I am have been looking forward to the winter solstice. Because: more daylight. Random thought. Even though Jesus was most likely NOT born on December 25, I think it’s appropriate we celebrate His coming as the…

  • Adventures

    Ahh, November…

    I have a love/hate relationship with the month of November. On one hand, it’s the month I was born… and the month I got married… plus the month for giving thanks. So there are those celebrations. On the other hand it’s so very dark and a not-so-pleasant harbinger of the winter months to come. There’s not much one can do…

  • Adventures

    Guest Post: Driving

    A month or so ago I teasingly told Lyle that I had scheduled him to write a guest post for my blog. I thought I might be able to convince him to do it if I “assigned” him the topic of Driving. I still wasn’t sure if he would or not, but this past weekend, while we were camping, I…

  • Adventures

    The Japanese Dollar Store

    On one of our trips to Seattle this year we discovered what I call “The Japanese Dollar Store.” It has another name, but I never can remember what it is. Most things are $1.50, not actually $1.00, and a few things are a little more. When I first heard about it I wondered how it was different from The Dollar…

  • Adventures

    The Evolution of Media

    This past weekend we took a little excursion to Bozeman, Montana where we visited the American Computer Museum. Lyle was geeking out over advances in computer technology which is, of course, the whole point of the museum. I was more interested in the displays of pre-computer technology, starting with handwriting… Lyle held his finger up to the original page from…

  • Heritage

    My Parents on Vacation: an Interview

    On Friday evening when my parents were visiting, we sat out on the front porch to visit. I asked if I could interview them for my blog again. This was the result… July 7, 2017 Me: What have you been doing on your vacation? Dad: Well, yesterday we went to the Young Living lavender farm, only they didn’t have much…

  • Adventures

    Montana Day Trip

    When we found out my parents would be visiting over 4th of July we wanted to plan something special to do with them. We knew they would be tired from traveling the day before so it needed to be something low-key but fun. Lyle heard about a small-town car show over in Troy, Montana (about 2 1/2 hours away) and…

  • Adventures

    Glamping in Montana

    When we bought our new trailer a few weeks ago I told Lyle that I hoped we could mix in some “glamping” weekends along with the forest camping we enjoy. “What’s the difference?” you might ask. Well, regular camping, for us, is forest service campgrounds. They are usually in remote wilderness areas. The amenities typically include a fire pit and…

  • Adventures,  Literary Pursuits

    Of Writers and Coffee

    Six years ago I had the privilege of attending the Northwest Christian Writers’ conference with my friend Susan Marlow. That year I took the Greyhound bus over to Seattle, which was an adventure itself. I learned so much at the conference and enjoyed it thoroughly, but scheduling conflicts and other circumstances prohibited me from attending again. Until this year. Several months ago…