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


Mothers Day Flowers

It was Saturday evening. We were watching Dr. Who on Netflix, minding our own business, when our wonderful Panasonic 42 inch Plasma television shut off, all by itself. We tried to get it to come back on, but it refused. The little red light on the power button was blinking. I noticed it was blinking 7 times, then pausing, then repeating. Hmm, this must be significant. Ruth Googled and we found out it's a signal code for television repairmen and we had the blinks of doom. The tv was gonna cost a fortune to repair. Sweet Hubby declared "We're getting a new tv."

Fortunately, we can watch Netflix on a laptop, so our evening wasn't a complete disaster.

Mothers Day morning we headed to Sears. Our original plan, if you'll recall, was to go for a drive up in the Coeur d'Alene mountains looking for wild flowers, as is our tradition for Mothers Day. However, the tv was more important. God forbid we should have to live without television for more than 24 hours! We found a wonderful 46 inch Samsung LED set with an awesome picture, and an awesome price that would fit in the space we have.

If anyone had told me a few years ago we would be able to get a larger, better, fancier tv for 1/3rd the price I paid for that now broken Panasonic 42 incher, I would have laughed.

After purchasing, we went to Wendy's for lunch, then headed home to install our new tv. Installation went fairly well. We got done just after 1:30pm. Well, the sun was shining, it was a beautiful day, and I still wanted to see the mountain wild flowers, so we piled into the 4-wheel drive Toyota Tundra and headed for the mountains. We had a wonderful drive. There wasn't as many flowers out as have been in past years. Spring in the mountains is about 2 weeks behind this year. I took photos of what we found though.

Glacier Lily

Erythronium grandiflorum

Spring Beauty (a tiny ant is hiding in the right flower)

Claytonia lanceolata

Blue Eyed Mary

Collinsia parviflora

Biscuit root

Lomatium nudicaule

Leafy Bluebell

Mertensia oblongifolia

Last is this little beauty. I don't know what it is. Haven't found it in any of my books or online, yet.

Each petal has fur along the edges. The flower grows low to the ground and is about half an inch to 3/4 inch in diameter. When I find out it's name, I'll edit this to reflect it.

There were Trilliums, white Anemones, and Gold Threads too, but my camera battery went dead, and the spare I had with me was dead too (that rarely happens). So no more pics for me. What I didn't see was violets. A little too early for them I think.

We usually try to drive through the mountains and come out on the Montana side, but this year there was still too much snow in the upper elevations to get through, so we turned around and drove out the way we came in. Then we headed up to Ponderay to have dinner at Sweet Lou's. I love their steaks. We finished up the day watching our new tv. All in all, it turned out to be a very good day.

Live long and prosper. \\//


  1. Sounds like a perfectly lovely day.

  2. The flowers are gorgeous! What a great day.