Precipitation and cooler temperatures have returned to Montana, and somehow it fires my desire to blog. It's like curling up in front of the fire with a good read, but in reverse - my keyboard is here, waiting for me to create a captivating post. So, if it's chilly where you are, grab a blanket and settle in your comfy chair. For those of you in warmer climes, go out on the porch with an iced beverage. Are we ready? Then let's begin:
Chair One Artists: Ruth Lane, Louise Barker, Paula Rindal
& Sally Glutting
ONE: Would you like to own a chair from a ski lift? Ten chairlifts from Whitefish Mountain Resort were recently donated to the Big Mountain Commercial Association. The chairs were given to local artists to decorate and the resulting works of art have been set up in front of ten local businesses around Whitefish to show off before they are auctioned this month. The proceeds will benefit the local snow bus that shuttles people from downtown to Whitefish Mountain Resort and the new Glacier Park Express that transports people in and out of the park. Here are nine of the ten chairs with some detail for each. Which one is your favorite?
|Chair Two Artist: Lorinda Smith|
|Chair Three Artists: Deb Stika & Susan Miller|
|Chair Four Artists: Students of Summit Prep School|
|Chair Five Artist: Dee Dee Cooper|
Chair Six Artist: Shelby Powell
|Chair Seven Artist: Steven Miller|
Chair Eight Artists: Paula Greenstein &
Chris Marie Campbell
Chair Nine Artists: Michelle Saurey, Mark Baumbach
& Terence Gill
(Chair Ten was not available for a picture.)
TWO: Autumn gets me in a baking mood, but I've had in mind a Watermelon Cake I saw on Pinterest - never mind it is probably better suited to summer! I felt like a kid again, painting by the numbers and trying to get the pink and green just the right shade. Of course, it never looks as beautiful as the original ... which certainly did not keep me and Spousal Unit from eating it ALL!
THREE: Speaking of Spousal Unit, I can't tell you how grateful I am for his culinary skills. He says "Would you like some breakfast?" and the next thing I know I have this marvelous meal catching my eye and dancing across my taste buds.
He'll take anything that's at hand, throw it in a pot and produce a gourmet dish - behold his latest creation - Meatballs with mushrooms, Napa cabbage and carrots. Ummmmm ....
FOUR: If you been following my blog for a bit, you know that we are building a log home. Many days, we are bopping around various stores to make selections for the house. Most recently, we have invested untold hours choosing a railing system (you can be sure there will be a post on this in the future!!!) Occasionally, all this decision-making causes our tummies to growl, and we simply MUST stop at an interesting-looking café along the way.
The Somers Bay Café is located in the old Somers State Building, built in 1905. In its heyday, Somers was a major port, milltown and tie yard. The café is a mini-museum of old Somers, displaying historical photos and artifacts on the walls - donated by local residents who lived those early days and frequent the café today.
FIVE: The sun is now down, and yet it seems appropriate to re-wind to the start of my post: puddles!
I am not a duck, but I might as well be with the delight I feel over these small collections of water outside our house. This is the first real precipitation we have had for over three months. Already the sky is clearing and the fires are getting under control. I captured the following series Tuesday morning (without ANY coffee) because I was SO excited by the snow and the sky. Another serving of blessings for the September Smorgasbord.
Linking to Willy Nilly Friday
Linking to Skywatch Friday