InSPIREd Sunday…

Steeples and bell towers from the road in Spokane, Puyallup and a message in Colville Washington.p1060668

Peace Lutheran Church in Puyallap Washington.

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I think this is the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane taken from Providence Sacred Heart Hospital. I plan to take an up close and personal view of this cathedral in the future.

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For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

I saw this verse on the side of a building in Colville, Washington.

We are having a nice visit with my cousin and friend from college who married my cousin. The weather has changed here with wind and rain and lots of leaves falling.

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We took a selfie. We are eating well with an egg scramble for breakfast, cucumber salsa, and pulled pork sandwiches with beans and coleslaw for dinner and a shrimp cocktail chaser that my cousin Jim served up. Oh and there’s a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for dessert.

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Tomorrow Jim and Jeanie head to Canada and a ferry ride to Vancouver Island. We are inspiring them by watching the survival show “Alone” that was filmed on Vancouver Island. Have you watched that show?

Linking up with InSPIREd Sunday hosted by Sally and Beth! Thank you!

Chewelah Murals and Spokane Mosaics

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It was hard to get the whole of this mural in one photo. This mural is on the side of a building along highway 395 in downtown Chewelah, Washington. Chewelah is a one traffic signal town in the northeastern corner of the state of Washington.

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Dear and I are spending several days between Chewelah and Colville with our son and daughter in law. It’s a nice change to be out in the country, in small towns.

From HistoryLink.org:

The early settlers named the town Chewelah (spelled various ways). According to some sources, this was an Interior Salish Indian word for small, striped snake, which refers either to snakes in the area or to the narrow, serpentine appearance of the river. Alice Sherwood Abrahamson, a member of one of the Indian families still living in the Chewelah area around 1900, offered this explanation in a memoir: “The name Chewelah comes from the Indian word ‘S che wee leh,’ meaning water or garter snake. There was a spring in what is now the southwest end of Chewelah. The old McCreas lived there and their homestead was called ‘S che wee leh ee,’ for the spring that bubbled up there. The motion of the water gave the illusion of snakes moving about in the water”

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Another mural on the side of a building that I spotted along highway 395.  On this portion of the highway the speed limit is 25 miles per hour so it’s a little easier to spot gems to photograph.

I’m linking up to Monday Mural with Oakland Daily Photo.

This Sunday was a full day for all of us. Dear and our son continued work on the pump house and our daughter in law and I traveled down to Spokane for the Bubble Run on the Spokane Riverfront. In the late afternoon we joined in for a birthday barbecue for our daughter in law’s aunt in Colville.

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I’m also linking up to Mosaic Monday with Maggie at Normandy Life.

We have one more full day in the country before we head back home to the city. Hope you all have a great start to your week.

She Said Yes to the Dress!

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Just a quick update on my whirlwind trip to Spokane on Saturday. Thank you for your prayers. The wedding dress shopping couldn’t have been less stressful. We arrived to the wedding dress shop before it opened at 10:00 AM for the appointment and the dress was picked and purchased by 11:20! We all agreed with the bride on her choice of gown. No ordering delays either. She picks up the dress next week and then will make appointments for alterations. Granny even had time to buy her dress for the wedding! After the appointment we went out for lunch to celebrate. The bottom right photo are the mom’s with the bride. So thankful for a very good weekend!

Travelling Surprises…

To Chewelah 001On Friday we left the Seattle Area at 11:00 A.M. and headed east on Interstate 90 for Eastern Washington to visit our son Dan for the weekend. The road across Snoqualmie Pass was clear of snow and uneventful. As we approached the Columbia River we took notice of the lower water levels because of a crack and repairs on one of the dams upriver.

To Chewelah 002When we approached the the Quincy area we saw that the wind was really causing some dust storms and as we got closer to the area we saw this eerie sight.

To Chewelah 003The Attack of the Tumbleweeds!

To Chewelah 009The tumbleweeds crossing the interstate went on for miles. We hit so many and we noticed many trapped underneath cars and in the front grills.

To Chewelah 010It was a lot spookier than it looks in my photos. When we pulled off the interstate in Spokane we stopped so an older man could cross the road. He stopped in front of our car and pulled out the large tumble weed that was lodged in our grill. We laughed and thanked him!

P1040939We made it to Dan’s in record time and unpacked the car and then headed for dinner. This is the road off the highway to Dan’s place.

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The roads from Dan’s place to the grocery store on Saturday were quiet and beautiful. I saw a rafter of wild turkeys.

P1040938It’s great to travel roads in the great open spaces.

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I’ll post more photos of our time at Dan’s place in the next few days now that we are back home again. Hope all is good in your corner of the world.