Flashback to September 2016

From the Other Side…

…of the Great Divide. The only side of Washington that is predominately red in their politics. The line between the blue and red counties cuts along the Cascade Mountain range. The blue side has the highest population, largest cities, with Seattle (652,405) being the largest. The red side has the most farmers and ranchers and many small cities. The largest city on the red side of our state is Spokane (210,721), then Spokane Valley (91,113) and Kennewick (76,762). All the population numbers I’m sharing are from 2013. The city I live in on the blue side of the state has a population of 21,611.

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Dear and I travel across the great divide when we visit our son and daughter-in-law. We enjoy our time on that side. We find it refreshing. There are lots of great fences and barns to photograph. Here are some of those fences and barns all taken in Stevens County.

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Happy First day of September to all of you! I started the morning off with fresh strong coffee in a new cup to me that I bought at the Habitat for Humanity Shop in Colville, Washington (population 4,668). It was half off and I only paid 40 cents for it. It’s Churchill made in England with a population of 53.01 million.

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May September bring good things to us all.

“The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

–   John Updike, September

Here is it September 1, 2017 and we are off again to the other side and I hope to share many photos with you as we travel a different road across the mountains to a wedding reception and then on to our kids home in Colville. Our little Addy May started crawling and I’m excited to see that new milestone and I’ll be getting lots more steps keeping her out of trouble. May September find new joy and fullness for y’all.

9 thoughts on “Flashback to September 2016

  1. I live on the ‘blue side’, too – the side closest to the beautiful Puget Sound and Pacific ocean. I like the cooler temperatures on this side of the divide, but the beauty on the ‘other’ side is just amazing. Wonderful photos of the beautiful barns. Enjoy that sweet baby on your visit! xx K

  2. May you revel in the beauty of the eastern part of your state. Enjoy Addy and give her lots of hugs and kisses.
    I guess I live on the blue (Pacific) side of CA although most of the state is blue, I suppose. It would be interesting to see the statistics.

  3. Love barns, I wonder how much these have changed since last you photographed them! Enjoy this special time with your family. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind thoughts.
    Blessings,
    Sue

  4. happy September to y’all too! (Sounds like we’re from Southern Washington/Oregon there instead of Western)…. yep, of course same divide in Oregon as well … and we too love to visit ‘the other side’ … for the scenery, the people, the natural beauty, if not for the red state politics (but of course every place is a mixture of both). By the way, I may already have told you, we were both born and raised in Eastern Washington — even further East than your kids …. and three of our kids were born in Clarkston.) But we’ve all been converted ;>))

    Have a wonderful visit with Addy (and her parents too of course).

  5. How exciting to be beginning the month of September (which almost feels like a new year) with your dear ones, including little Addy! Have fun chasing her down for hugs and kisses!

  6. Happy traveling over the Great Divide and enjoy that sweet Addy May time! Will pray for you to have a great time and safe travels going and coming. LOVE your new cup! I couldn’t imagine why…haha! Great price! Autumn is definitely in the air.

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