The Love of Books


I have loved to read for as long as I can remember.  Many summers of my youth ere spent taking trips to the library then spending hours being lost in whatever land the book took me.  Family camping trips, trips to visit relatives, and moments of relaxation while at home were spent with my nose deep in a precious book.  I am so grateful for my love of reading.  It means there is never a dull moment or a time when I say I am bored with nothing to do.

One of my ALL-Time favorite authors is Gene Stratton-Porter.  Her wholesome, sweet books, are full of flowers and birds and wild gardens that just makes my heart soar.  I would recommend all of her books with my whole heart.  She was born in 1863 and died in 1924

Gene Stratton-Porter

Following is a prayer that John Guido taught Amaryllis from the book THE MAGIC GARDEN

“Gentle Saviour, at thy knee

A little child looks up to thee.

Keep me safely through starshine

Make a loving heart of mine.

When you want me for your own

Guide my footsteps to your throne.”

Many lessons of how to love and cherish each other run riot in her books.  I am always so sad when I finish one because I so want it to keep going.   There is a little fly in the ointment – her books were written at a time when people were more openly prejudice and it was acceptable so there is a tiny bit of that in her some of her books.

We took a couple of trips this spring to visit family and friends.

We have been busy around the house, repairing the damage that comes with living in a home for 14 years.  It has been hard work but so rewarding.  People won’t notice the newly varnished wood floors, or the repairs to the living room ceiling where there was water damage from the leaky pipes in the bathroom upstairs, or the tongue and grove up in the rafters of our front porch.  BUT Hubby and I know it looks better when we sit in the living room and face the fireplace not to have a big bad spots on the ceiling and when we see the fire reflecting on the newly varnished floors.  It will also  be far easier for me to battle the spiders on the front porch! Those buggers will still be out there trying to take over the ownership of that ceiling but now a quick swipe with the broom will bring those webs, nests and spiders down!!!  (I know, I know, they will still be up there, hiding in any cracks, crevices or tiny hole they can find but I can fool myself into believing I have a chance to wipe them out!)

Here are some pics for your enjoyment!

We went to see the Shoshone Falls with Carrie. 

Shoshone Falls

Jesse and family

Talayla enjoying some spring flowers!



Cuties!     We didn’t get to see Sarah and Tay in person just threw these in.  

In May we went to Hubby ‘s nephew’s graduation!

Graduate Eli with Mom and Dad and Oma

Eli with Uncle and Auntie

Took some great Silo pics on trip home!

Went to hear Code Red and got a signed book and a picture with her and her Dad Larry!


We did some “fixer Upper” stuff around the house!


Had and to move everything OUT!



Summer weather is here so that means lots of gardening (which is mostly weed pulling).  It has taken up so much time and I have not conquered it all yet. Praying you have a great June with lots of relaxation (enjoy some for me too!).

Oriental Poppy! “Royal wedding”


He is Risen! We rise too!


It is so easy to fall…  fall down the stairs, fall over a bump, fall under the table, fall into a swimming pool…

Rising up is not as easy!  Pulling yourself up by “your bootstraps” takes effort, dragging yourself out of bad situation takes guts, rising above temptation takes willpower…

A dear friend posted on her Instagram that she used to think of self-control/self-discipline, as a form of punishment.  But now she sees it as a gift.  These words made me really stop and ponder… (After all self-control is listed as a fruit of the Spirit!)

Lately, I have been working on loosing weight.  It has been about giving up sugar, (my major downfall), gluten, grains, and some dairy.  It’s been about eating less, drinking at least a gallon of water a day and getting a good night sleep.

Bottom line, it is about self-control.

I am having to use willpower and self-discipline.  I’ve been pulling myself up by my bootstraps and trying with all my guts.  My reasons why have been a good motivation.  Being healthy at any age is worth any amount of work it takes to get there.  BUT I have also been thinking about this hard work as a punishment for my lack of self-control.   If it is a gift to use, this self-discipline stuff, then why am I looking at it as “my just desserts” for my overeating?  It is time for an attitude adjustment and long overdue!  Maybe it is about reminding myself that, with God’s help, all things are possible.

Anyhoo!  Moving on to my point!  As I stated earlier falling down is easy.  Rising up is hard work.  With it being the season of Easter we put our minds to the Risen Christ!  His hard work, his suffering, his death on the cross was not easy.  It took self-control to be spit upon and not, at the very least, spitting back.  His rising up from the grave is our salvation and hope.  Because of Jesus Christ we will rise up and live forever with Him!  Alleluia!



Spring Cleaning (blog pictures anyway)!


So…  I am needing to clean out my blog picture file.  There were many pictures that were never posted so I broke them down into seasons and am going to post them on today’s blog.  (Thanks for bearing with me.)  I am also posting some clips from Ann Voskamp’s blog that spoke to my heart!  I hope my post will be a blessing to you!  You are all a blessing to me!

Summer 2017


Summer Morning


Fall 2017

Blue Sky, Full Porch

Guys and Doll


Smiling in the Rain

Some Fall Leaves

Talayla with Leaf

Sammy walking in the golden grass



Winter 2017/18

Cold Morning Mountain Tops

Jess and family came up to get a Christmas tree in November, the grands all fell asleep before they travelled home.

Sunrises and Sunsets


Feather Clouds

Sun Ray

Pink Swirls

March Sunset in the East

More March Sunset


And finally one shot of a picture from my sunroom that blesses my heart!

Dutchmen Shelf

Spring might come soon, might not!  But it can always be spring in your heart!  Kimmy

Weird Winter Weather!


It’s been a weird winter here in Lake Woebegon, oops, I mean Cascade!  No snow except in mountains, the temps have often been above freezing (even at night!), Winter Carnival in McCall, especially the second weekend was strange, (sculptures melted to where it was hard to say what it was!) the aspen tree is starting to bud out already, the red winged black birds are back and the geese look like they want to start nesting.  We had a four helicopter drill fly around and over our house today, talk about loud!  It is drab and dreary with the gray clouds all around and the brown dirt everywhere.  Sorry, that’s the end of my complaining!!!

On a happier note our oldest celebrated her 40th birthday.  They live in Wales, UK and it looked like she had an excellent weekend!!!!

Last weekend was SuperBowl Sunday and we enjoyed that!  We were really happy that the Eagles won!!

The Teens that were there for the game!

Kelly and I enjoyed our time together!


Jimmy Fasa sat in on some of the game but did not like the loud yelling!

I snapped this picture after work last week just to enjoy the McCall pedestrians!

Deer Crossing

I took some pictures of animal tracks in the mud!

Some animal tracks I have come across on our walks.

And then there was this!!

Sasquatch!!! Wowzer!! Barefoot in Feb? There were more but this one was the best!!

In closing here is a beautiful mountain picture:


And finally, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!   Love makes the world go around!!


Total Eclipse 2017 (Old post that didn’t get posted!)


So a BIG THING happened here on August 21st!  Cascade, Idaho was in the path of TOTALITY!  Hubby and I were both glad that we would be able to see a total eclipse.  Up until the week before, I was going to be at work and would miss the total but would get to see a partial.  Fortunately, the hype was so big that no one wanted to schedule an appointment and get caught in the traffic.  Word was, you needed to have a two-day supply of water and food in your car if you traveled anywhere.  We were told that we would see a huge amount of people traveling up to our area just to see it!

Hubster and I could not believe that people would travel so far just to see a total eclipse.  We had both seen partials before and thought they were neat but nothing to drive long distance to go see.  (Boy were we in for a surprise.)  As the weekend before came upon us, we noticed a smaller number of cars coming up from down south than usual most weekends.  In our little town a concert had been set up for the horde that would descend upon us.  There was a beer garden and the ball field was all set up for a huge crowd for the concert that was going to take place on Saturday and Sunday.  They had even set up 20-25 outhouses (not KIDDING!)  On late Saturday afternoon we drove by on our way into town and there was only about 8 people sitting at the concert.  Same thing the next day.  We felt bad for the people that had gone to all the trouble and expense to set it up.

I did profit a bit from the eclipse because a friend of mine asked if she and her guy could bring their camper up and park it in our yard the night before.  He was really excited about it and did not want to miss it. I said sure! When they got here she gave me a pie and a bottle of red wine! We had some good friends in McCall that came up for breakfast and then we all gathered out in our yard and driveway.

We had our chairs, our snacks, and our cameras but most importantly we had our eclipse glasses.  They are strange!  In the middle of a sunny day you can not see a dadgum thing through them EXCEPT the sun if you look directly at it.

Cute Glasses

And so it began…  We did not know it until someone looked at the sun and noticed it was blocked out a tiny bit.  Then began the waiting and watching…  someone brought a colander and someone else a vegetable steamer to see if we could see the crescents the sun made through the holes.  We did see it a little bit but was not THAT exciting.  We continued to watch and wait.  We live right off the Cascade airport and the runway goes right by our house.  We noticed that several planes were landing.  They just kept coming, every few minutes there would be another one.

Left Side of Airport

Right side of airport. So many planes.

Picture taken at about 1/2 eclipse.

Before too long we noticed that it was getting cooler, it was strangely dark in the house and before too long people were getting their jackets on.  Closer and closer it grew to a complete eclipse.  I had done some research on things to look for during a total eclipse and one of the things was “snake shadows” that were explained to look like long wavering shadows that move in the same direction.  I was watching closely to see if I could see it happen.  We were standing on our road all together as it got close to total and I was just as busy looking down as up and THERE THEY WERE!!!  I called out to everyone to see it and most everyone did.  They were moving out and away from us up the road and it was crazy.  (Right after eclipse they came back this time moving towards us and across the road!)

When the total eclipse came our group gave a shout and we could hear people at the airport and people parked on the road cheering with us.  We could take our glasses off and look right at it!  AND it was cold!  There was a sunset appearance on all horizons.  It was pretty dark.  We were stunned and amazed and so excited.  We supposedly had total for 1 minute and 58 seconds but the time went so quickly it felt like 30 seconds!  In that small window of time we all felt the mighty presence of God and his amazing ability to align the sun and moon and the planet earth in such a way that we got to witness this stupendous sight.  (It was disappointing how the pictures we took just don’t even give an idea of how crazy it was!)

Shortly after, when the sun’s first ray of light came back it felt like a spot light shining down on us!  We noticed a mama deer and two babies had come out during the eclipse and had come down to the river.  Soon they were heading back to their bed in the trees.  Other then that there was not much crazy animal behavior.  I did hear several dogs barking over at the airport.

Before we experienced the total eclipse, Hubs and I would comment that “we would not be willing to travel very far to see a total eclipse” but we changed out tune after we were a part of one.  We are so thankful we got to experience that for the first time and we would travel again (not sure how far) to get to witness that again.  What an amazing gift it was!

Pic taken through eclipse glasses.

Cool white balls when taken through eclipse glasses

This is a picture of total eclipse. We could not see any light around the sun with our naked eyes although some people commented on the “corona” shooting out.  (I think that is what we are seeing here!

We are so thankful for our Almighty God and his handiwork!  When it is on display in a HUGE way it thrills my heart!


Hollydaze 2017


Just wanted to post a few pics from our family gathering for New Years 2017!

Fun Cousins

Fun Couples (Brothers and wives – who were twins without planning to be!) Notice the “Ugly Tree” in the background to go with the “Ugly Sweater” theme!

Fun Darth Vader

Fun Cousins

More fun cousins

Fun Son

Fun Couple

I also wanted to add some pics of our New Years Eve Appetizers fun!

Yum to the Max

Drinking from the mug!

Chowing down!


And some Grandchildren pics!  (of course!)

All the grands in one place with the old grands

The Girls





Larissa brought an “Ugly Sweater” cookie kit with frosting!

And finally some random pics!




Kel and me!!


And some pics of the family across the pond!!!

Special Christmas Cake

Christmas Angel

That face!

Dave Sarah and Talayla

Winter Beauties in Sunshine

Kissin goin on here!


I took my tree down this weekend, it was crispy!  It went from fine last weekend to a crying shame this weekend.  I have packed away every bulb, bell, and bawble, and swept up every tree needle, tinsel, and ribbon shred.  I did leave a winter scene on my mantle.

Snow flakes and candles!

Merry Christmas (belated) to all and to all a good night!

Taken Christmas Eve spent with just me and Hubster!

Merry Christmas 2017


Manger Scene


Manger Scene in a Snow Globe


Snowman Plates


Snowman(s) and Christmas Tree


A Welcoming Front Door

Before the Holiday Season is over for 2017 I wanted to post a few pictures.  We had a very quiet Christmas Eve and Day!  It was peaceful and relaxing.  Got walks in and hot tub time with music and candles and a slivered moon.  It snowed off and on and at one point the sun was shining while big huge flakes were coming down.  We reflected on our blessings and prayed for continued blessing on our whole family.  We also prayed that our eyes would be open even wider to the many blessings we take for granted.  Yeah, we all face hard times but putting God in the middle of each one can only help give hope where there is no hope, and watching for the blessings in the trial gives it purpose for our good!

The following are pictures I have taken recently!  I hope you enjoy them.

The Old Homestead

Still able to wear boots, but soon snowshoes will be necessary!


Tall Pointy Pine Tree near my office in McCall


Captured from a window in my office in McCall. A storm is coming over the lake.


Purple, Sparkling Water


Reflected Clouds in River


Frosty Pine Trees on Other Side of the Fence


Mountain Majesty Across the River


As we head into the New Year 2018 I pray that it will be a wonderful year for us all.  Peace, joy, patience, goodness….  Hey, I guess I am speaking the Fruit of the Spirit into our lives!  Yes and Amen!!!!


Frost a Plenty!!!


We have been experiencing good ole frost.  Not much snow to speak of but the frost is beautiful!

Frosty Branch

Frosty Weed

Frosty Weed 2

Frosty Grass

Gloaming Frost

I took this picture real quick thinking it was an eagle, later as I was looking at it I am pretty sure it’s just a black bird.

Eagle in Flight (or maybe just some blackbird) Still interesting.

My walking companions seem to wonder why I am constantly stopping and bending over something or looking at something really close but they are fine with waiting until I am done.

Patient Dogs (Luke sometimes just waits until I am done taking pictures.)

Some pictures speak peace or closure, either closure of the day or closure of the growing season when all leaves have fallen and the ground starts to have its winter blanket.

Frosty Gloaming Picnic

This next quote is out of the book The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani, page 422:

“It seemed to Ciro that so much of life was about not holding on, but letting go and in so doing, the beauty of the past and the happiness he felt then came full circle like a band of gold.  The night sky, the cemetery, the memory of places past and the people who had been there to bear witness, provided all the constancy his heart required.  This is what it means to be part of a family.”

I am thankful for my family, the close and the extended.  We are there for each other through the good and the hard, the sweet and the bitter, the complicated and the simple.  We may not alway be able to fix each other’s problems but we can listen to a loved ones troubles and help them share the burden.  At times, when the unexplainable or the unwanted, or unacceptable things happen, we can lessen the pain. We can also lift one another up and double the joy when we share the blessings and the successes.  They are not always easy, impossible to be perfect, but family relations bring so much into our lives. At this time of year may you find yourself surrounded by loved ones – even if it’s on social media!!!

Almost Christmas!





Oh to Long to be Holy


River Reflecting the Sun.

Words to live by:

“If you feel the call of the Spirit, then be holy with all your soul, with all your heart, and with all your strength.  If, however, because of human weakness, you cannot be holy, then be perfect with all your soul, with all your heart, and with all your strength.

But if you cannot be perfect because of the vanity of your life, then be good with all your soul . . . .  Yet, if you cannot be good because of the trickery of the evil one, then be wise with all your soul . . .

If, in the end, you can neither be holy, nor perfect, nor good, nor wise because of the weight of your sins, then carry this weight before God and surrender your life to His divine mercy.

If you do this, without bitterness, with all humility, and with a joyous spirit due to the tenderness of a God who loves the sinful and ungrateful, then you will begin to feel what it is to be wise, you will learn what it is to be good, and you will slowly aspire to be perfect, and finally you will long to be holy.”

RUTHLESS TRUST, by Brennan Manning, Page 126

SOOOOOO  GOOOOOD!  If only . . . .   So many times I feel I fall so short of my potential, ability, purpose and plan.  But a daily laying down of my burdens helps to get me back to the start line if nothing else.  All things are possible ….   right?! …..

No River Running in Winter (In the summer the river forks there and goes around to make an island.)

Frost on Snow.

Sun on frosty snow


Can you find the hunting dog?


Now can you find him?

Happy December!



So a while back I decided to not pay the $100 a year to keep my Cascadecountry blog as big as it was.  I deleted old post and pictures and thought it would be no problem.  BUT!!    Once that went through it was as if I no longer had control over the blog.  I could NOT figure out how to access my desktop!  Praise the Lord!  Today I was finally able to figure it out!  I am one grateful girlie!!

More to come but just for now here is a picture I took of our resident eagle sitting in his favorite tree across the river!  One grateful girl checking out!!!