Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Rest of the Story.......and Then Some More

No, I didn't forget. It's just been crazy around here. On our way back from Glacier, we stopped to see one of Dick's high school friends, Mary Smart, who lives in Libby, Montana. Libby is also known as the "City of Eagles" and has many beautiful metal sculptures similar to this one throughout the town.

We had fun visiting with Mary and learning how she met her husband Don. Her car broke down just outside of Libby, and while working at a local nursing home to pay for the repairs, she cared for Don's grandmother! Some things are just meant to be, aren't they?

In addition to the eagle sculptures, we saw some interesting things in and around town. As we turned up the road heading toward Libby, we noticed that the traffic was moving very, very slowly. On second look, we could see that a house was in the middle of the road! Apparently it was being moved somewhere on this particular morning and took up the entire highway. Luckily, it turned off onto a side road and its probable destination relatively quickly or we would never had made it to Libby in time for lunch or maybe even dinner!

As we headed out of town and home, these monster trucks caught our eye. Driving one of these must be an interesting challenge!

They were parked at the fairgrounds, and we had to peer through the fence to see them.

Our last stop on the way back home, not counting the two yarn shops and quilt shop, was the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney, Washington. We didn't get to see the promised moose, but did take a little walk in the rain. I was intrigued by this lilac bush and wondered if it had been planted recently or was the remnant of an earlier homestead.

Ever since our company left, we've spent a lot of time outside, trying to reclaim our yard from the weeds. It seems that the chilly weather did not deter them! The flowers have been very slow to bloom this year. This foxglove, however, is next to a rose bush and apparently loved the rose food. It's about 8 feet tall!

I'm also realizing that the colors in our garden reflect my preference for cetain colors in general, but then that's probably not too surprising. Isn't this a pretty columbine?

We've also been getting back to our daily walking routine. Recently the waxing moon has been very pretty, and Dick caught this photo from our bedroom window when we got home.

Speaking or routine, the dryer is buzzing impatiently, and I need to run. After that I've got to get back to work on David's snake. More on that another day.


Anonymous said...

Foxgloves always remind me of my grandfather. He ran a greenhouse where he sold pointsettia and in the spring, vegetable starters.

His outside garden was just FULL of all colors of Foxglove.

Merry said...

It is so wonderful taking these trips with you. Thanks for the photos and the info. Those flowers are so pretty.

Becca said...

Hi Judy, looks like fun times with friends! I'm so glad you mentioned what that flower was...foxglove. I have some photos that I took while we were in Washington and I didn't know what it was...I also have photos of some pretty!

Rosalyn Manesse said...

What an adventure--great photos

Cranberry Morning said...

My 7 year old grandson would LOVE those trucks!! :-)

What beautiful flowers, especially that foxglove! I've often thought I should have a flower garden that's just blues, pinks-to-lavenders, and whites. I'm just not a marigold kind of person, I guess.

Isn't it interesting how easy it is to grow

Wildflowerhouse said...

I have a feeling I shall be traveling this summer through your trips. Where are we headed next?! We have so much to do out here in the "rain forest" I don't think we will go anywhere. The weather has been so strange. I do hope we get some summer pretty soon or I shall get really crankie. Yes we have lots of dragon flies as we have two ponds and a creek that they really like buzzing.

Barbara C said...

It looks like you've had some happy travels. Your flower photos are especially pretty.

Jeanne said...

What a gorgeous foxglove! Loved the photos from your trip, too.

kathy b said...

ahhhhhh. love the images....
I want to grow foxgloves next year...I adore the look!

Linda said...

Looks like you had a great've been very busy. I love foxgloves, but mine seem to get too tall and then tip over.