My Town Monday: March

It rains. And it rains. Soon, the weatherman tells us, the snow will be gone from our yards and gardens, slowly whittled away by pelting water that falls steadily from the bleak skies.

Spokane River in March, rain and melt

The river roils with energy, its power unleashed and clearly visible.

March River, strength and energy

The water pushes its way through town, tumbling toward the lower (but truly higher) falls where it hurtles over the edge and drops to a wider and more peaceful valley flow.

From above the falls, Spokane River

This is not the highest it has been in the past five years; there have been times when to stand on the suspension bridge meant getting soaked from the spray. However, more rain is expected over the next two days, with temperatures that will encourage continued snowmelt.

 

Downtown was quiet this afternoon compared to the noise of Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. We avoided the crowds and noise then (sorry, no parade pictures due to our 5th year of not going) but today SuperDad and I had a late lunch/early supper of corned beef sandwiches at the Irish pub. The taste was so rich and flavorful that I had to close my eyes and focus on each bite. As I write this, four hours have passed and I’m still smiling — this is what good food can do to a person.

The view across the street from the restaurant, however, is different story.

farewell to the old carrosel building

I’m not smiling over this scene, despite it being positive progress; this structure that was erected for Expo ’74 — and has housed the 1909 Looff Carrousel since 1975 — is being dismantled, torn down after 42 years. The carrousel itself, with its band organ and wonderful painted horses and other animals, is safely in storage (and/or being restored) during the time needed to take down the old building and put up a new one. The park feels achingly empty without the carrousel. I’ll have to wait another year to have that space filled once again.

Memorial Day at Manito

 

DSCN9181  red rose with many buds, websized

Last Monday, SuperDad and I had a picnic brunch up at our favorite city park. The rose garden was not yet in total bloom, but here and there were some lovely roses to smell.

DSCN9199  yellow rose with bee, 4x6  WEBSIZED

The bees were certainly busy.

busy bee in Allum, flowering onion 4x6 cropped

DSCN9217 Allium (flowering onion) in perinneal garden WEBSIZED

The perennial garden almost always has something lovely for my camera to capture. The [both photos above] purple flowers are Allium, or flowering onion.

DSCN9272  WEBSIZED Duncan Garden, sunken garden, freshly planted not yet mature, May 30. 2016

The formal sunken garden has been planted with annuals, as it is every spring, but they are nowhere near maturity. In another month it will be quite lovely here.

from blown glass swans to plastic pink flamingos

Twenty-eight years ago, on Saturday the fifth of March, there were flowers and blown glass swans on top of a tiered cake. Family and friends wished us well as we drove off in an old pick-up truck in the rain. Together we have bought 11 vehicles, driven thousands upon thousands of miles, moved 11 times, purchased 3 different houses (and sold 2 of them),  and raised 4 children.

Today is also Saturday the fifth of March. We are expecting rain much of the day and I’m sure we’ll stay home, but it will be a day of quiet contentment.

Pink Flamingoes in the garden, WEBSIZED

We don’t always see eye-to-eye…

DSCN7611  baby rhubarb, WEBSIZED

…but we continue growing together.

DSCN7610  baby rubarb, closer, WEBSIZED

baby pink rhubarb = future pies for SuperDad

 

Ten on Tuesday: Spring Break edition

DSCN1421 Lonely Dell Ranch

1. It’s all about FAMILY. Family in the vehicle on a journey of 2,000 (or was it 3,000?) miles… family at the terminus… family visited along the way.

2.  Did I mention it’s a long drive? Our minivan now has over 107K on the odometer. A few hours of time were put in behind the wheel by the resident teenager driver-in-training (45 minutes of which was 75mph in a strong headwind between Flagstaff and Phoenix, poor kid). EB helped out for an hour or so but he preferred looking at the scenery. I drove a few hours each day but SuperDad put in the bulk of his time in the driver’s seat.

historic minivan

historic minivan

3. If you want to sleep along the way, I can recommend listening to the audiobook of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. The combination of prose and narrator’s voice conked me out multiple times. I had no idea that Thoreau had written a lullaby.

4. Strangely enough, Machiavelli’s The Prince was more engrossing although ultimately it also lulled me to sleep.

5.  If it is an audiobook, do I still underline the title or should I use quotation marks?

6.  For the safety of the passengers when I was driving, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, episodes of “Car Talk” and my Rush Permanent Waves CD were put into play.

7.  The desert in springtime is lovely.

DSCN5653  blooms opening UP at Zion Nat'l Park

8.  The desert is actually quite lovely any time of year.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

9.  My older brother, his lovely wife, and two of their three kids were also visiting in Tucson on spring break. The 8 of us might have been a little overwhelming all at once, but my father and his wife seemed to enjoy having us there.
It’s all about FAMILY.

Clockwise from top left: posing with my dad and the book I made for him, my almost-twin brother with Dad, 4 cousins, me with my sweet SIL, my niece with my stepmother (a.k.a., Grandma), 4 cousins with Grandpa

Clockwise from top left: posing with my dad and the book I made for him, my almost-twin brother with Dad, 4 cousins, me with my sweet SIL, my niece with Grandma, 4 cousins with Grandpa

10.  On the way home from Tucson, we had a brief visit with my sister and an overnight with SuperDad’s younger sister and her family. Our final stop matched our first stop: my dh’s parents live just a couple hours away from us and they kept the dog occupied and content for the week.

My Town Monday: Bleeding Hearts

We had several bleeding heart plants in Virginia but my camera could not do them justice as evidenced below.

2011-april-080-bleeding-heart VIRGINIA garden

Early in the farmer’s market season last June, I purchased this wee plant from a landscaper who rips out plants as requested by homeowners, takes the unwanted ones home and rehabilitates them. I was happy to pick out my very own small bleeding heart plant and hopeful for its new opportunity. Here is proof that it is blooming and that I now have a camera to do justice to such beauty.

DSCN5773 bleeding HEARTs

I look forward to taking more pictures as the blooms mature.

DSCN5775 bleeding HEART

Zion National Park: hiking Angel’s Landing

Last week I quizzed you as to where we might be on our spring break trip. Here is one of our destinations:  Zion National Park in Utah.

Angel's Landing hike at Zion National Park

Angel’s Landing hike at Zion National Park

SuperDad, EB, and SnakeMaster went on this hike. I have a healthy fear of heights with no desire to fall to my death as six people have done since 2004 on this very same hike. 

My boys proving that they don't need to hold on next to that drop-off. THIS is why I couldn't go on the hike!

My boys proving that they don’t need to hold on next to that drop-off. THIS is why I couldn’t go on the hike!

The park does warn that those with fear of heights, pulmonary disease, heart disease, and those who cannot hack a strenuous hike should not venture forth. Also, young children are disadvised. Obviously they could not be trusted next to such an edge. (I wouldn’t trust my 15yo, either, but I wasn’t there to tell him to HOLD ONTO THAT CHAIN!)

See that shiny tram on the road below?

See that shiny tram on the road below? We rode in those 2-car trams throughout the park — a huge improvement over the RV traffic jams we experienced 25 years ago.

This is my husband's foot. He held the camera with one hand and the chain with the other hand to take this photograph.

This is my husband’s foot. He held the camera with one hand and the chain with the other hand to take this photograph.

I am grateful that my dear husband took a camera on this hike and used it to take some great pictures so I could share them with you. I’m also grateful that I didn’t see them until we were all safely together later that night and was too tired to freak out.

SuperDad deserves center stage today.

SuperDad deserves center stage today.

It was a fabulous view from up there! The colors are so captivating and the heights are so dizzying. I’m glad they went but I’m also glad I kept to lower ground.

Over time, the chain has worn into the sandstone rock. I'm not sure if this is a comfort or a worry.

Over time, the chain has worn into the sandstone rock. I’m not sure if this is a comfort or a worry.

A proper Friday Five post would have only 5 photographs, but here are a few bonus pictures for you.

The high desert has amazing sights, including trees seemingly growing out of rocks.

The high desert has amazing sights, including trees seemingly growing out of rocks.