Monday, August 27, 2012

~ Making time for ~


Making time for;
the last few days of summer with my children
at the beach
eating ice cream
 school shopping
getting them ready for a new school
new teachers
 new friends
  new adventures
realizing it all went by so fast
a time for new beginnings
Making time for;
finding the right colors
fall colors
warm colors
dyeing yarn
finding beautiful fibers
 different fibers
taking my time
enjoying this slow process
Making time for;
Making time for;
noticing changes
 that fall bring
the Canadian geese are back
 the sun going down a little earlier
 the nights a little colder
Making time for;
 noticing that I have been going a mile a minute
needing to slow it down
  taking it all in
I will back in a while sometime in September
until then...
love to all
 peace out

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's official.

Well, it's official.
Basecamp is up and running
we're in the local paper
Hungry Horse News
You can read the article here:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

~ Fresh Beauty ~

Fresh beauty opens one's eyes wherever it is really seen, but the very abundance and completeness of the common beauty that besets our steps prevents its being absorbed and appreciated. It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common everyday beauty.

-John Muir

I have been watching an ongoing lovely series on PBS on National Parks these past weeks, and learned so very much. Lately I have become obsessed with John Muir and what he really has done for us that live and visit the US. A man from Scotland pored his heart and soul literally into nature and helped preserve some of the most pristine places from becoming developed- places that we all can enjoy and be outside in peace and nature. Showing us that the wildness of nature is perfect the way it is, man can never improve what has been created here. No matter our social status, ethnic background the national parks are for everyone. I am also really taken with Teddy Roosevelt and what he and Muir accomplished together as a team- President Roosevelt has become a favorite of mine as well.. Seeing that I live right next door to Glacier Park I reap the benefits of their passion for nature and hard work. I will forever be grateful to them for this opportunity to enjoy this amazing place with my family and friends - my children will have memories from this most beautiful place that we enjoy all 4 seasons forever. Hear we can find peace, rejuvenation and fresh beauty.

Wishing you all that you find a little fresh beauty in your day.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Enjoy yourself!

...and that is exactly what we intend to do!

Testing lots of baked good and dishes for breakfast and lunch this week.
 We were interviewed by the local paper today
 folks around town are getting curious.

Oh this is delish!
Does it get any better?
 Iceream is a SUPER important  part of my diet.

and this amazing book....ooooh how I love this.
I think this wonderful designer
made this book for me.
I love

We'll be
beaching it with our friends

 and I am bringing some fun reading along

Just watch out for the pirates of Lake McDonald!

Enjoy yourself!
Happy Weekend.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Water under the bridge

Looky what we discovered the other day.

This bridge used to be the main entrance to Glacier Park

On the bridge you can see kayakers camp on the shore
 and play in the rapids

Good Grief it's gorgeous.

Maybe I should just

This river is where all the rafters end up into Glacier Park

A fury swimmer

Even chef is taking a break and cooling his tired feet.

Sometimes I just have to hold my breath and take it all in.

Sandy little beaches tucked away

Sand on my feet

Fog horn was enjoying this magical place- of course he couldn't stop talking.

 Rafters coming thru
 enjoying a late after noon on the river


What makes a river so restful to  people is that it doesn't have any doubt
-it is sure of where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.
Hal Boyle




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Yarn Along- Citrus

Knitting:  Citrus
Inspired:  by Karens lovely shawl
Yarn: Claudine lace  - Twist & Twine yarn "Neptune's Dream"
The wavy- ness and lightness of the yarn  made me choose this colorway to reflect water. Although 1 million stitches- it is fun to see it come along and with the hand dyed yarn it takes on a life of it's own...

Reading:  "The untethered soul" by  Micheal A. Singer.
It is a fabulous read- very interesting. I love non fiction - there is so much to learn!
This is one of those books up there with Suelo- "The man who quit money" It makes you pause and think...thru out the day.

What's on your needles?

Joining Ginny for Yarn along today.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Base Camp Cafe open for business.

This is the beginning of the beginning.

So much left to do- the camp is still a mess, the yard still needs work, bike rack needs to built
constant tweaking of menu
 and baked goods
so much fine tuning.

What a journey!

It truly is unbelievable how it all has come together.
This time last year Pierre was a sous chef at a golf course and was on his way to loose his job
because of the seasonal layoffs.

He now has his own business.

We put all our savings into this,
we are up in our eyeballs in bank loans and credit cards.
 Working outside in subzero degrees in winter
sleepless nights wondering if we were ever going to pass all the damn inspections
 and having to do them over, over,over again.
All the hoops and red tape .
But we did it!

 We are part of this community
 and we will be for a very long time.

 We love this place we love the people that live here
 and we wanted to give them a lovely little place
 where they can feel like home.
This town is changing
and we want to be part of that.

Thank you each and everyone for all your kind comments and support-
even though we are miles away it has touched our heart to read your words of encouragement

oh yeah, by the way.....

...dreams do really come true.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

All I need is a moment...

Life has been a whirl wind of events and constant busy-ness. Pierre and I opened the cafe quietly with out too much fanfare on Friday a very soft opening basically pitched the door open. So many lovely compliments on the rustic & comfortable decor and atmosphere .
All I can say is that our coffee is wicked good!

I will post pics thru out the next week.

I feel it is a huuuuuuuge weight off my shoulders as if we have run an 8 month marathon- it took us 4 inspections to get the hood on the stove to pass- we had to set off smoke bombs too see if it would suck it up and the Ansel system would shut it all down in case of fire....who thinks of that??? Really.
I have less than pleasant things to say about the hillbillies that run show in this area...but I guess I will keep my trap shut ....for now.

My father has Alzheimer's and lives in a memory care  a town over from the midst of the opening of Base Camp Cafe I get a phone call to meet him at the ER....he had fallen and hit his head and needed 5 staples....this is opening day-
Are you kidding me????!!!
I am already juggling my kids trying to keep foghorn happy in the midst of the chaos....These days I literally cry having to choose what apples to buy at the market. It is truly all a blur.
All I need is a moment.

Bitter sweet news on the yarn front... I closed Magnolia Handspun
It was time.
My hands were hurting and I just couldn't press on any longer.

Had my redesigned...and it looks so clean and beautiful
getting more yarn ready for fall and thinking about colors and combinations and that makes me so happy...
I am "dyeing" to dye.

...and then there is my bunny in the midst of it saving grace- therapy on 4 legs.

All my crap just melts away when I am with her. Started riding her on a weekly basis. Her mouth is so soft and easy to collect - she is like a little butterball.. I also bought a new saddle here which just of course makes all so dreamy....ehem.

Stephanie has me riding all her horses to get me ready for Fiona - this is Forest a Thoroughbred from San Luis Rey in California, funny thing I used live there...who knew?

...and here is Stephanie and Fiona

it's all amaze balls.

You'll find me and the fam here today
hanging out with our dear friends
packing some tomato sandwiches and Flathead cherries
and spending the day

and I think here
I will find a moment.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday

Love to all
peace out beansprout.

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