One could use label "perfect storm" when thinking of yesterday because seemingly all elements lined up to form a perfect day.
Storm, not at all! Perfection, yes!
What's not to like about the photo above? Mother with her daughter-in-law Mary smile as Mother's oldest son snaps the picture.
And, at Talache Landing, Lake Pend Oreille at its finest.
Mike and Mary took Mother for a drive to Talache yesterday afternoon. Talache is located off Sagle Road, past Mirror Lake and beyond.
Stories of Talache history abound, of its mining history dating back to the early 1920s and later when its lodge and fine dining lured many an angler and some Hollywood stars back in the late 1940s-'50s.
One of my earliest memories of Talache came when our great uncle George and his wife came out from Chicago to purchase a boxcar load of lumber for his Brown Wood Products Co.
They were the rich relatives, and, if I recall correctly, they took some or all of the family out to Talache for a steak dinner.
I'm sure a few memories came back for Mother as they enjoyed the beautiful day and the breath-taking scene where all that activity is but a remnant of the past.
Meanwhile back at the Lovestead, I enjoyed the most perfect of days: planting some posies, transplanting some lettuce and cabbages from the greenhouse and taking a leisurely trip to town in the morning.
Early afternoon involved bathing my Lefty horse with medicated shampoo. Poor guy was born with a skin disorder/allergy.
No one has ever figured out why he rubs his hide raw and just as that patch grows new hair, he does it on another part of his body.
Well, Saturday night, he found a spot on the barnyard shed where he could rub his rump. Yesterday as I watched him go from the gate into the pasture I was sickened by the sight of the biggest raw spot ever----about six inches long and four inches wide.
So, with the warm weather, I thought giving him a medicated bath might soothe his hide. No dice. He has another rub area on his neck this morning.
He did enjoy his bath, though, so there was a plus. There was another big plus later in the afternoon when I saddled up Lily for the first ride of 2012.
She was a perfect girl as we took off down the road and plodded along for a couple of miles. When I returned, I saw activity at the Meserve Preserve and rode in to their driveway.
They were about to embark on a great plan for a gorgeous Mother's Day: bonfire, hotdogs and smores. Sounded great to me.
Later, Mike and Mary dropped by for a visit and when Willie and Debbie arrived for our barbecue, we all enjoyed Debbie's stories of London and France.
Mike and Mary headed on to a Mexican Restaurant in Bonners Ferry while we prepared for a perfect barbecue---steaks, chicken, Wood's German sausage, corn on the cob, potato salad and beans heated in the Dutch oven.
Yesterday was so relaxing and beautiful, and it was great to know that everyone was able to do exactly what they wanted on a most perfect day.
Lots going on this week, including the construction of our dog run, more gardening, and tomorrow's election-----BE SURE TO VOTE!
I read in the paper yesterday and have learned from other voters that diehard party faithful and independents can unregister themselves for any party affiliation at the county Courthouse Wednesday after the election.
I call that the Morning After Political pill!
Special Note: Maybe, for logistical purposes, we should call it the "Week-After Political Pill." Please note the comment [in comments section[ from my friend Helen who works the elections. Thanks, Helen, for your insight.