"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


It Was a Slow Day

Yesterday was the first day people could bring their entries in to the fair. Wow, it was slow. Depressingly slow. I have less than half the entries we should have by now. And it's just not the knitting department. All the departments in the building are experiencing the same thing. I sure hope things pick up today or we're not going to have much to display during official fair time.

The weather is being unseasonably cool for August. 70's and 80's. In fact, the whole summer has been cooler than normal. We have only had 1 day over 90 degrees this whole summer. Yesterday it was almost cold, but the sun was out. To be honest, I've been enjoying it. I can spend more time outside when it's cooler. I feel really bad for those who are baking and roasting in the south and on the east coast. I think they got our hot summer weather.

On Sunday we (we being me, hubby, daughter, brother in law, sister in law and nephew) took a drive up into the Coeur d'Alene mountains over Lake Pend Oreille to pick Hucklberries. My nephew was visiting us from Boise and we wanted to give him an adventure.

The picking crew.
 Where there were berries up higher, they were all green. Where the berries would have been ripe, there were none. Commercial pickers have cleaned the place out. We didn't even find a whole cup worth of ripe berries. The drive was nice though. It's so beautiful up there. At one point we stopped on a ridge that overlooked the lake and ate a picnic lunch.

From the south end looking north.
My daughter had a hard time keeping her cookie away from Tripper.

Tommy enjoyed the trip immensely.

Such a sweet boy.
Further along our drive we saw the lake from the east side.

What a view!
We eventually made our way to the east side of the mountains overlooking the Clark Fork river. The valley is gorgeous right now.

Clark Fork river valley.
Montana is off in the background somewhere. We came down out of the mountains into this valley and then  headed for home. We didn't find much in the way of berries, but it sure was a beautiful day for a drive.

Live long and prosper. \\//

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