Milestone: I happened to notice that after this post, I'm six posts shy of 1,000. In some ways, it feels like I've already surpassed that, perhaps because I have a zillion partial posts in my drafts. At the same time, it feels like I just started blogging yesterday.
I'm now pondering what to do, if anything, to celebrate this upcoming milestone. I'm taking requests. You can suggest a topic that you'd like me to cover, or would you prefer I do one of those ASK ME (almost) ANYTHING posts? Or would you like to challenge me to keep under a certain word count (ha, good luck there)? Or shall I dig something out of my drafts? Or should I press onward, continue on my THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENING stream of consciousness? Is there a story I promised to write and haven't done it yet?
Please jump in and share your thoughts in the comments, even if your comment is unrelated to the 1,000th post suggestion request. I live for comments. I'd love to hear from you.
New favorite book: I don't usually mention books that I'm reading. I'm NOT a speed reader (speaking of speed readers, Hi, Nicole). I feel like by the time I finish a book, most people have already heard of it/read it, and it's old news. I read The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig for my book club last month and I loved it so much. The other women in my book club felt similarly.
Think Little House on the Prairie meets Dennis the Menace. That comparison doesn't really due it justice. It is beautifully written and entertaining. The characters have a lot of depth and quirks. I often prefer non-fiction, but this fiction was still a big hit for me. If you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
So sweet: Tank came home the other day and told me that he'd just gone to pick up payment from a woman who he did some landscaping work for. The total for planting bushes (maybe pulling out old bushes too) was like $220.
Lady: Tank, sit down.
Lady: I just wanna tell you something. My dad died when I was 11. My mom raised four kids on minimum wage jobs. I appreciate hard work. You are a very hard worker. I'm giving you an extra $50, plus a pass to get your car cleaned. I'm a member there and I get these cards, but I never need all of them.
How nice is that?
OUR YELLOWSTONE TIMELINE, also known as OUR QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL
2010 - we took our 6 very young kids to Yellowstone. Our tent flooded in the rain because we were rookies who didn't know that the fly isn't supposed to touch the tent. It was late May and there were no crowds or heat. We saw lots of wildlife, but were most excited by many bears sightings. We became hooked on National Parks.
|The drive home from Yellowstone, after our |
visit to Custer's Last Stand, thus the hats.
|I feel you, Curly. It was a great, but exhausting trip.|
|Back when Great White, GW, was 12 years younger. |
Oops, we forgot to pack the kitchen sink.
|Tank and Coach - like father like son, "DO YOU SEE IT? AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MOUNTAIN, BY THE CLUSTER OF TREES, NOW LOOK TO THE LEFT. . . ."|
|Tank, Curly, and Coach.|
|Mini: YOUR COONSKIN HAT NEEDS SOME ADJUSTING, REG.|
2018 - while in Scotland for World Championships with my dad and the girls, he suggests that we go to Yellowstone, and he'd like to accompany us. This is two years after he barely survived being thrown from his horse while visiting Yellowstone with my brother, Pat and Pat's kids. I shrugged and told him I'd get us reservations. He believed I wouldn't get a room for the upcoming summer. Did that sound like a dare to anyone else, or was that just me? I got home from Scotland and reserved a few Rough Rider (bathrooms down the path) cabins. The dates weren't ideal and my dad wasn't interested in roughing it. We scratched the plan and agreed to try again the next summer. Sounded easy enough.
2019 - the reservations I made were perfect, except that they conflicted with the big golf tournament the kids caddy in and we decided taking the whole family to Vancouver for a week when Curly Irish danced there was a once in a lifetime experience. We couldn't do both trips back to back because hello work and obligations and our money tree had yet to bloom (will it ever?), so we said LET'S DO YELLOWSTONE NEXT SUMMER. Again, sounds like a no brainer.
|Curly snapping photos at Butchart Gardens|
|Remember this is a few months after I gave Mini the world's worst haircut.|
|Watching a street performer. I know all 6 of those butts.|
|Spotting a whale on our whale watching ride.|
|Also at Butchart. I used this photo of Coach and|
all the boys in our Christmas card. I realized
afterwards that Reg looks like a peg-leg. The
way he's standing 'in' the shrubs makes it look
as if he's lost part of his appendage.
*BTW we really loved Vancouver and have no regrets about turning that Irish dancing trip into one the entire family would enjoy.
2020 - SORRY FOLKS, THE PARK IS CLOSED. MOOSE SHOULD'A TOLD YA OUT FRONT . . . pandemic closes the park. Couldn't have seen that coming.
2021 - Roosevelt, the part of the park where we had our Yellowstone reservations, wasn't going to open because of staffing shortages as a result of the pandemic. Again, minds blown.
2022 - flooding, natural disaster. For real?
Fortunately we are a people who can be disappointed, but who are also good at laughing at situations that are downright LAUGHABLE.
Hit me with requests for my 1,000 post. An unrelated comment will also make my day. Have you read The Whistling Season? Used a photo on a Christmas card and realized after that someone looked as though they'd had an amputation, or some other issue? Do tell.