Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Could it be April Fools' Day?

Do you feel you're living in a dream?  I keep hoping I will wake up and no-one will know what I am talking about.  

Or maybe this is the most sophisticated April Fools' joke anyone has ever pulled.  If only that were true.

We've all resorted to COVID-19 humor to pass the time and bring some levity to the otherwise horror-movie scenario.  Today I am doing my part to contribute distraction by pulling from my archives and linking up with my blogging buddies.  Please visit these linky parties, and maybe in the comments below, you can tell us about the best April Fools' joke you ever performed (or were subject to).  

March 30, 2020
LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color hosts I Like Thursday, and don't we all need some positives right now?  Head on over there and you're sure to find something inspirational.  I just cried my heart out at her 3/29 post featuring the "For Good" duet by Kristin Chenoweth and Rachel Levy.  It's a perfect tribute to what many of us bloggers mean to each other.  This post covers many of my "likes", from Montana sights to critters to food.  Enjoy!

Amazing Crepes Restaurant - March 2019
I've said before I am motivated by food.  It just brings me bliss. I have no doubt that it springs from the delectable meals prepared by Head Chef every day.  Having said that, I am looking forward to dining out.  Being served.  Enjoying a cocktail I don't make at home.  Feeling the vibe of other people, as laughter and conversation ebbs and flows.  This longing came over me as I looked back at some of my restaurant meal photos - something we took for granted not so long ago.  Check out Friday Bliss, hosted by Riitta, to see what bliss means for some other blogging friends.
Spotted Bear Distillery - March 2019

Red Columbine - May 31, 2019
The advent of April prompted me to pull out my gardening journal, and my plans for spring planting that were developed six months ago.  With that came the sudden realization that I should be sowing Columbine seeds soon.  The official guidance recommends sowing on top of raked soil 3 to 4 weeks before the last frost.  We live in Hardiness Zone 5a, and its average date of last frost is April 15.  Yikes!  I need to get moving.  And wouldn't you know, the next day I woke up to an inch of snow?  So, this is a Columbine picture from last spring; you can find more current flower photos if you link to Floral Friday Fotos.

Last May, I was helping my Dear Neighbor Friend with some of her students, and I had some spare time before one of the sessions.  I recall that it was a glorious spring day; I was drawn to walk the neighborhood around the school, and I made a terrific discovery.  The East Side Historic District of Kalispell is in the National Register of Historic Places!  It features no less than 74 buildings, mostly homes, each one sporting its own plaque with a detailed description of the building and its history.  I photographed nine homes that day, which are worthy of their own post sometime.  For right now, I will show you my favorite and link up with Betty at My Corner of the World, who is making the world a smaller place one week at a time!
McIntosh House - Queen Anne style built in 1894
Animals are never far from my mind since we live in the woods.  I have only to look out the window and I will see some sort of wildlife, most commonly birds and deer.  A couple of weeks ago, I offered to collect the trail cam disks for one of my neighbors, and I am sharing just a few of the resulting pictures in this post.  To put some other "wild" into your life, pop on over to Saturday's Critters, hosted by Eileen.
Mr. Coyote out for a stroll

Father shows Son the ropes
Not sure if the turkeys think of the driveway as a runway or a red carpet, but they sure like to strut their stuff!
You might not be a flower person, or have access to wildlife, but everyone can see the sky.  Be it blue or gray, dotted with clouds or studded with stars, the sky has been a fascination for man through the millennia, so it is no surprise to me that Skywatch has a multitude of participants every week.  I have been saving this picture from our visit to Skipton Castle Woods back in October, and I think this is the time to let it fly!  Be sure to look heavenward over at Skywatch!

We are cat lovers in this house, so I never need an excuse to visit Brian's Home.  Dolly, Simon, Zoe, Seal and Brian are always up to something, and it is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.  (It may be a wry knowing smile, like "yep, my cat does THAT too!")  In this case, we are joining Thankful Thursday, because I am particularly happy this week to be the lucky recipient of the 2020 Little Bird Calendar from Sylvia.  Thanks again, Sylvia!
I feel better the minute I look at this charming little birdie!
Optimistic we will have a baseball season!
Tom the Backroads Traveller has been a faithful participant in Mosaic Monday, often linking up twice.  Thanks, buddy!  He also hosts entertaining linky parties such as the Barn Collective, Tuesday's Treasures and Willy Nilly Friday, which I am joining this week.  Just as the title implies, you can post anything!  If you are in a willy-nilly mood, or WANT to be spontaneous, check it out! The ideal opportunity to show you some murals that were outside the American Sign Museum, which I wrote about here

Hopefully you have found some diversion with my post today.  I will leave you with a final mural.  The future is out there waiting for us.  Have faith.  Show a little kindness to someone who needs it today.  Say a prayer for the health professionals who are putting their lives on the line.  Until next time!


  1. ...the McIntosh House sure is a sweetie!

  2. It was nice to read about your days here and see the photos. Tom is a master blogger for sure with lots of linky parties. It will be good to see how we all come through this time we are in. Blessings!

  3. Wonderful diversionary post with great photos too ~ Love the McIntosh House~
    I too miss 'dining out' among other activities too~Hopefully, this will all be history soon and life will get back to a bit of 'normalcy' ~ whatever that might be.

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  4. It's a lovely post! Thank you so much!

  5. Blessings Angie … well done :)

    All the best Jan

  6. Wonderful post, thank you Angie, that old house is amazing. I am off now to explore your links. Keep safe.

  7. Your neck of the woods is so darn pretty, the wildlife is amazing. Hey, it does feel like we're living in a bad dream sometimes but we're trying to keep it light and cheerful here. Thanks for the shout-out, we appreciate it. Thankful Thursday posts Wednesday evening at 8PM EST.

  8. That old house looks like it just popped out of a story book! Love it!

  9. Hello, what a great post, very inspiring with great ideas. I miss eating out in the restaurants. I love the columbine blooms and the wildlife. Thanks for mentioning my blog and critter party. The blog world has so much to offer, so many great blogs from around the world. Take care and have a happy day!

  10. Hi Angie! I have enjoyed your post so much today. It is rather dream-like and I'm hoping we can all wake up by the end of this month. My heart goes out to those in NYC, and I am thankful that my great-niece, who is a ballerina and lives there was able to get out and return to her parent's house over two weeks ago. Stay healthy and safe. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. I love the future poster, Angie, we live in hope. Stay safe!

  12. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  13. Great post, Angie!
    Have a lovely day and stay safe!

  14. I had one of those, this is a dream moments yesterday when it all felt unreal and the constant threat cause a panic attack. I like Tom and his pics too, love a historic section of a town and that house is so pretty, love animals, love food... thanks girl!

  15. Oh so many great likes. The columbine, mine for some reason all turned purple a few years ago. I like the multi colored ones. Fabulous house, love the colors, and I always adore your trail cam pictures.

  16. We all need a bit of distraction these days and your post is a great on with so much in it! Loving all your photos :)

    Your link is a great addition to 'My Corner of the World' this week! Thanks for linking up!

  17. A most interesting post, Angie, with lots of distraction opportunities. And you've reminded me that I also need to sow my columbine seeds.

  18. OH these are trying times and your blog helps remind me that one day, things will be back to normal, a new normal though right. The idea of going to a restaurant and ordering food and drink and enjoying oneself seems a long time ago.

  19. You managed to pull this post together very nicely with the subjects and the links. And, of course, all the great photos. It certainly is a difficult time for so many in so many ways. Who knows now when I will be able to travel to the states to see my boys, my mom and brother. I try not to worry but there are times when I just can't help it. Thank goodness for all my many hobbies to keep my hands and heart happy. The Historic District of Kalispell definitely looks like a wonderful place for some wandering. Take care.

  20. Hi Angie, a marvelous array of great things to keep us amused and interested. Enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Love that McIntosh house! I always enjoy your wildlife. And I can get behind what you're saying about eating out. I miss all that.

  22. Such a great post and a wonderful assortment of blogs to view for our enjoyment. Thank you for sharing all this.. You said that April made you take out your gardening journal, well staying at home made me think now to do what I always wanted to do.. grow herbs.. bought all the things I needed online this morning.

  23. Wonderful trail cam footage. Thanks for the quick diversion!!

  24. Thanks for the information about blog shares. Some I use, some I visit and some are new ones I'll check out. - Margy

  25. I agree food is the bomb. I look forward to each wonderful meal.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  26. It is so important to try to stay positive and thankful in this situation. Here in social media there are all sorts of joy campaigns: people share their youth photos or trip memories and put teddy bears on the windows for kids to see. I personally need to get out in the nature - so great that it is still allowed here.

    Thank you for linking Angie, have a fine weekend and take care.

  27. Nice post. The McIntosh House is adorable. Love your animals too!

  28. Hello,
    I have the same impression of living in a bad dream. Let's hope it will end soon.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be well!

  29. Good morning!
    I enjoyed your post very much! A delight to read!
    Love the Queen Anne style house!
    Be careful, stay safe, and have a good weekend!

  30. Hello Angie, I enjoyed your critters and the post. You are lucky to have the "head chef" there, I wish I had one. I have been checking out various recipes online, I never tried making crepes. They look delicious. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, stay safe! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend. PS, thank you for the commend and visit.

  31. I wish this pandemic crisis was just part of the April Fool's :( Anyway, I enjoyed reading your post! So nice of you to share this to your readers. :)

    Saw your blog and thought if you would like to follow each other? Follow me and I'll follow back asap. Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear something from you! :)

  32. I enjoyed all the photos and the links. Love those turkeys and the old home is so sweet. I'm finally able to get back to reading blogs again - I've missed everyone so much. Stay safe.

  33. Hello. Wonderful serie of photos. The mural is awesome. Take care.

  34. So far, other than for the lack of socialization, life has changed little for us. I still get out birding each day, but more and more areas are being closed off, some where I hardly ever meet another person, so that's a bit of a mystery. And the virus is hardly a threat on trees and lakes! Miriam has started making masks, double-layered with an interface, which she gives to anyone who requests one and we deliver them to their porches. Pretty soon, however, she is going to run out of elastic and there is nowhere open to buy any. Like everyone, I would like this period to be over, but I fear it will be a fact of life for several weeks or months yet. Stay well, Angie.

  35. Oh I found a lot of inspiration in this post! LOVE that house in Kalispell - and the Murals!! and your amazing columbine! Beautiful!

  36. I enjoyed your critter photos.
    We might it a reprieve during the summer but the press is on.
    This post explains it exactly.


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