"What's another word for 'mish-mash'"? I asked, peering over my glasses at Spousal Unit. "Context?" he parried back. "I am composing my blog about a mish-mash of events from January and February ..." I explained. "Gamoosh," he proposed. Pausing, he added "Hodgepodge. Random ruminations." Eureka! That's it! What word or phrase would you have suggested?
Since I started this post with a birthday photo, I might as well continue the theme! I was feted with many texts, phone calls, cards, comments on my FaceBook timeline and more. Each of us deserves a day when we are showered with love, and I certainly felt that on my birthday!
Spousal Unit took me out for dinner at a local steakhouse, which is also a treat for him since it is a night he doesn't have to cook!
A former HR colleague scheduled a Zoom call with several fellow members of the team, and for 30 minutes we caught up with each other, and had some good laughs reminiscing about our time working together. We may be fatigued from Zoom and Skype and FaceTime, but these tools to stay connected are surely a silver lining from the pandemic.
I asked for a drone, and my wish was granted. I have begun watching "how-to" videos, and soon I will be ready for my first flight. We'll have to go somewhere that has some wide open spaces!!! #1 Son surprised me with these new reels - perfect for my ski pass - and snazzy bright ski socks. Too bad they get covered up by ski boots!
Thoughtful gifts require some creativity, and knowing what's important to someone. My Dear Neighbor Friend surprised me with this gardening shovel - she knew I "needed" one after she helped me transplant some juniper last fall, and saw that I was trying to dig them up with a spade!! And of course, her cinnamon rolls never come in wrong!!!
On January 23, I wrote about our trip to Idaho Falls to help #1 Son make the move to his new job. Along the way, we stopped at the Dell Mercantile, and although it does not look like much on the outside, it contains an eclectic collection of gift items. I could have taken a dozen pictures of amusing sayings printed on different objects.
And I loved this mural/quote in the ladies' restroom - I had to work to get the whole mural in the shot.
Speaking of decorations, I switched over to a red/Valentine's theme when we disassembled the Christmas tree and packed away the holiday decorations.
As I write this post, we are under a Winter Storm Watch - by Monday morning, we could have 3 - 5 inches of snow, with 6 - 12 at the higher elevations. Of course, for us winter sports fans, this is welcome news. More white stuff makes for better cross-country and downhill skiing!
One of the great privileges of serving as a Mountain Ambassador is participating in the Whitefish Winter Carnival parade, representing the Resort. I have written about this before - 2/16/2020. This year, the theme was 80's Re-wind, and the Resort float was designed around the Ghostbusters movie. (On the mountain, we have snow ghosts, so it seemed fitting!)
I haven't shown you enough food in this post ... one night after "work", we had the mountain of nachos at the Craggy Range.
We have endeavored to add more fruits and vegetables to our diet via smoothies. But sometimes your Spousal Unit spoils you with a huckleberry Danish!
This week, Head Chef made a salad that was out of this world. Mixed greens, freshly cooked beets (still warm), tomatoes, grilled chicken (still warm), pecans toasted with Cajun spices, grilled red peppers and feta cheese. So many flavors - very satisfying!
At the end of January, we tried Mercantile Steak in Kalispell, and we would highly recommend it. It is pricey, but as a treat it is worth every penny, starting with the gigantic popovers sprinkled with Gruyere. So tasty!
Two final, random ruminations. Close to running out of milk one day, we stopped at the gas station for a half gallon, and I was thrilled to read that Horizon Organic has a goal to be the first national dairy brand to be carbon positive by 2025! Buy Horizon Organic! Meanwhile, Spousal Unit was refilling the washer fluid in his truck when he found this critter nest under the hood. The question is: where did all this material come from? I suspect we won't find out until we give the garage its spring cleaning!
***due to a trip to Idaho Falls/Utah next week, I will not be hosting Mosaic Monday on February 27. Come back March 6!
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