Road trip to Wallace, Idaho


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Time for the Wallace High School all-class reunion again.  We packed all the important stuff and headed east/northeast…


We stopped in Mosier in the Gorge…Louis Bunce spent a few summers in Mosier back in the 1930’s with the Givlers and others…R wanted to get a feel for it.

Mosier post office

Mosier bldg

We headed across Washington and by now the heat was about 102 degrees…and against all odds R found a picnic table in the shade…possibly not the loveliest picnic spot in the Northwest BUT…IN THE SHADE!


Eventually we arrived in Wallace, Idaho…


and checked in to the Stardust Hotel, built in 1962…the year R graduated from Wallace High.  Synchronicity in all things.

Starduest by daYFor the Hulls of Wallace this is really a family reunion.  None of them live in Wallace anymore, but all have been influenced by growing up in a place like Wallace.  When the Hull kids were growing up it was a mining town.  Their Dad Piatt, their uncle Alden and their grandfather H.J. were attorneys in Wallace, and the windows still gleam down from the now empty space…


Over the course of the weekend we met  up with 5 of the 6 sibs and 2 nieces, but the first night it was Jennifer, George and Fanny, Carolyn and Terry Lee, and we headed to the Smokehouse for some BBQ…

Fanny contemplate BBQand a long funny evening of remembering…

Fat tire

There were breakfasts and various events, but mostly the reunion stuff was at night…leaving the days for wandering the town…

Shonsone Building

arrow sign


and heading to the Red Light Garage…

Red Light Garage

milkshake machine

for a huckleberry milk shake (and yes easterners…huckleberries are NOT blueberries)…

huckleberry shakes

before the tour of former Hull houses.  We started with 202 River Street because we had been invited to see the progress the new owners had made in making it into a B&B…  It was the first house of R’s Wallace experience, one they moved into in 1949 arriving from New York.  Talk about culture shock…but it’s looking good…


a drive by 313 Cedar…(1955-1963)…


and then 224 Cedar…originally the grandparents house, and then Piatt and Fanny’s house from 1963-1993.  It is being kept impeccably, but all trees and shrubs have been eliminated giving it a sort of “stranded” look…


to those of us who remember it this way…


Past the houses now, up into the hills,

setting up fpr slippery gulch

a dinner under a tent and then, when darkness falls (earlier than elsewhere because of the mountains…) the fun begins.  Words fail…it’s crazy, not like anyplace I’ve ever been, the streets are blocked off, the middle-aged business men in Wallace dress in drag for Slippery Gulch where they dance the Can Can and Swan Lake…I mean, really.  Friends and family meet and greet…too much fun.


Day/Nite Rock

gulch 2

gulch 1

can can


and the blue moon rises…

blue moon

We avoided the 1910 experience…the reason why the downtown is mostly brick…(Tim Egan’s “the Big Burn” tells the tale)

1910 fire

Sunday we head home down through the wheat country, which is beautiful to see…


wheat 2

past towns with familiar names…(and we really could have used an iced coffee right about here…)


In Wallace we had no internet, which enhanced the sense of it being a place out of time…just this beautiful country without thinking of the politics or the candidates or the gun mayhem…just this beautiful country.  Heading home.

heading home


The Coolest Thing I Did Today


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It was 99 degrees today, with 104 predicted for tomorrow…just now at 8:30 p.m. I’m opening the house for a wisp of breeze.  I DO believe in global warming, btw.

But here’s the coolest thing I did today…a long lunch and a warm and lovely conversation with my friend Nadia…in from Tunisia.  She writes a blog of great charm and interest…a blog that reviews her 40 years of living in Tunisia, as well as the current troubles…check it out.  We “met” on the internet, but it turns out she was born in Salem, where I live.  Her Dad was a colleague of R’s in our early days.  Her Mom was a spinner and weaver of great local reputation.  She fled, as children often do…and in Paris she met her future husband.  The rest is history.

But today we talked about quilting, sewing, work, family, grandchildren, dying, accumulated stuff and what to do with it…and DRAWING.  She let me peek into her two drawing books she takes everywhere with her…and I grabbed a couple of photos of her “selfies”…(she got her hair cut!)

Nadia 1

Nadia 2

Her “world” is convoluted and a bit scary just now, but she is a strong woman.  I love you Nadia.  Stay safe.

and for Larry Von Gray…here was the other cool thing I did…

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Taking the Short Cut


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We had to leave the beach today…IMG_5163

but when we got to the highway it was (as Doug would say) “a parking lot.”  As we inched north we decided to take the “secret” shortcut…(I trust you not to tell anyone),IMG_5773

(YAY…it was raining!)IMG_5774

and head up Schooner Creek…IMG_5776

When we got the beach house years ago our friend Don told us about the Schooner Creek road…his grandma had a house in Cutler City and they often used the “secret” route.  Maybe twice a summer season we use it, and today was the day…IMG_5777

The road follows the lovely Schooner Creek about thirteen beautiful miles on a gravel road…(you can see my quilt reflected in the window lest you think I was just riding and not working…) eventually rejoining the highway at Rose Lodge.IMG_5778


this is a clear cut replanted in 2006…IMG_5782

and this one needs a little work…IMG_5784

There isn’t much around out there…IMG_5783

but eventually we made it home to water the limelightsIMG_5175

have dinner on the deck…


and enjoy the white flowers in the dusky garden, coming on alarmingly early but beautiful  nonetheless…IMG_5183


Sidney Day


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We started our Mondays with Sidney about a year ago.  Each day is a gem, and with a person of Sidney’s age you have to live pretty much in the moment.  “Living in the moment” for some of us involves image making…of course.  In reviewing the images from today though I was struck by how much he has grown this past year.  Take a look…delight, concentration, reading and his friends…Elmo and Ted and Bunny pretty much are in attendance these days.



Elmo, Sidney, Bunny & Ted

Bunny and Ted

Sidney Reads to Ted



A Refreshing Interlude


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The thing I really like about the car wash is that you will never see the same image twice…it will always be slightly different.  Each trip through is like a short performance…you enter, you wait and then suddenly you are inside a dynamic set of images…fantastic.  and then when you come out…your car is clean.  All good.

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Beating the Heat


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The weather forecast for today was for 100 degrees here in the valley, so we needed a strategy.  It was clear the deck was out as it was already blazing by 9:00 a.m….


so we grabbed our stuff…



and headed south to Corvallis to pick up a car-load of reupholstered furniture…

chairs and then an iced coffee.  We decided we’d stop at the Corvallis Art Center where I’ll be showing quilts in September, just to check the wall space I’ll have, but it wasn’t open yet, so there was a moment of communing with nature AND iced coffee…


and after I checked the walls we looked at the show that just opened…


I loved Pat Boas’ “nonalphabetical” pieces…about text as stacked and layered letters…

Pat Boas 4

Pat Boas 5

Pat Boas 3 Pat Boas 2Pat Boas 1

and thought Robert Tomlinson’s pieces handsome with text buried and glimmering through layers of paint and collage…

"'Stream' Train Bells"

though the gallery, in an old church, is a great space…the windows, and occasionally the photographer, tend to show up in the glass fronts…

reflecting on art

They just dropped the gallery into the church…

gallery 2

gallery 1

We headed north and began thinking of lunch…hmmm…maybe Left Coast Cellars…yup, they were open.

Left Coast tasting room



…and after a leisurely lunch we headed home through the vines…


and the valley singing with heat.  99 degrees by 5:30.  Yikes.

IMG_5094It’s still in the 80’s late in the evening…and tomorrow maybe 95.  Ahhhh, longing for the beach….:-)



Grilled Romaine


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Sam Sifton in the NYTimes this week had an article on grilling and really, everything looked good…but I was especially intrigued with the grilled romaine…so we tried it.  YUM.

grilled romaine

Here’s the recipe:


1 clove garlic

6 anchovy fillets, rinsed and minced (we had no achovies in the cupboard and so omitted this time, but it would be even tastier if you have them)

2 tsp mayoonnaise

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 TBLSP cider vingar (I used white balsamic because I have it on hand)

coarse salt and pepper to taste


For the salad:

2 TBLSP olive oil

2 heads romaine (we just did one for the two of us), tops and bottoms neatly trimmed, heads cut into quarters (we did it in half as we only had the romaine hearts)

1/2 c. grated parmesan


1. prepare the dressing: minced garlic in the bowl and make a paste with the minced anchovies…add mayo and Dijon and whisk.  Slowly add the olive oil while whisking, then add the vinegar…season and set aside.


2.  Drizzle oil oil over the romaine, lightly grill over a medium hot grill for 15-20 seconds on each side, until lightly golden, remove from grill.  Spoon on the dressing, making sure to let it seep into the leaves.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and put back on covered grill for 1-2 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.  Serve.

No kidding…truly delicious.  we served with salmon burgers and marinated vegetable kabobs we also grilled.  Ahhhhh summer.



Editing Cutler City


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In our two plus weeks at the beach I rode my bike around our neighborhood, Cutler City, several times a day.  Sometimes I had my camera and took pictures of my favorite small cottages, the “old” Cutler City….little  cottages for fishermen built on the sand.  Many many of these are gone and some (like ours) have been put on foundations.

The charm of the houses themselves and the scale of the community are what attracted us to Cutler City years ago.  Small.  Intimate.  Easy to care for.  Sand on the floor.  Over the years big houses have been built on the edge of the Bay and the neighborhood’s perimeter by people who can afford to capture the view…in the center there are many deteriorating 1970’s and 1980’s ranch houses, quite a few double wides jammed onto (sadly in my view) lots cleared of all kinds of native growth.  When you ride or walk around you can’t help but see the whole range of building.

HOWEVER, in a blog you can edit out the ones you don’t want to look at, so here’s is my edited version of Cutler City…a sweet neighborhood on the Siletz Bay.

Cutler City arch










bottle fence












Sidney Week



We just came home from two splendid weeks away at the beach house, (no media, no blogging), and one whole week Sidney was there too…

chair and sandals            IMG_5601

IMG_5598We noticed he is a guy on the move….

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strider IMG_4877IMG_4733

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making FRIENDS

But there were quiet moments…a quick Elmo video while breakfast was cooking…


LOTS of reading, including this one from 1974 that was a favorite of Zach’s and is now a favorite of Sidney…

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Sidney, Last Year


This week Sidney has his first dentist appointment and we were given the day off…so I’m reaching back into my now VAST archive of pictures of this small person…and this is how he looked last year at this time…what a miracle of growth these first few years are, and how lucky we have been to watch it happen on a weekly basis…

4th of July, 2014


Broom guy


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