• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • Adventures

    Shoshone Falls in the Spring

    A few weeks ago Lyle began to talk about how beautiful Shoshone Falls is this year. He follows several Idaho scenery accounts on Instagram and he kept showing me pictures. “We should go down and see it one weekend,” he said. Let’s see. It’s about a 9-and-a-half-hour drive so… um, yeah, I guess we could theoretically fit it in two…

  • Adventures

    Almost Like a Mini-Cruise

    I’ve never actually been on a cruise. Lyle and I like traveling by car so well that I don’t know that we will ever go on a cruise. I won’t say never, but it’s not something on our bucket lists. However, we’ve discovered that we do enjoy taking the Seattle Ferry across Puget Sound, and that’s kinda like a mini-cruise.…

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    America’s Car Museum

    We’ve had several weekend trips to Seattle come up recently as we do business with an envelope company over there. It’s actually cheaper for us to drive back and forth to pick up product rather than having it shipped, and if you know anything about Lyle you know he’s happy for any chance to drive. The drive takes about 5…

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    Adventures

    In Which We Get Lost and Walk for Miles

    It all started on a whim. “Hey, why don’t we run over to the Seattle RV show this weekend?” he suggested “Yeah, that might be fun,” I said. “Let’s do that.” To be honest, I wasn’t all that interested in going to the RV show, but I knew the weather in Seattle, gray though it likely was, would be warmer…