leaving spokane

It’s a long drive from Spokane to the lake, but on Tuesday I was armed with music and water, along with looking forward to a stop at the Bear Paw Quilt Shop in Coeur d’Alene.  They opened at 9:30, which meant I could get a good start out of the hotel.

But there was this along Interstate 90, near Post Falls.


Yep, that’s smoke.

I’d guess that some idiot threw a lit cigarette out of his car and onto the strip of brushy land between the eastbound and westbound lanes.   Four fire trucks were on the scene.

These are scary times here in the Northwest.

On to Coeur d’Alene for a little R&R in the fabric displays.


My favorite quilt and fabric designer, Kaffe Fassett, is going to be in town in September teaching an all day workshop on design and also giving an evening lecture.  Both events are sold out, unfortunately.  I have all of his books and have made at least 20 of his quilts.  To meet him in person and learn how he goes about designing his quilts would have been a life highlight.


Here are some of his fabrics.  Yes, they’re bright!  And I love them.

Then it was time to make the 90 minute drive back to the lake.  The smoke from the fires in British Columbia grows thicker every day.  There is no end in sight.  Our Canadian neighbors need rain and lots of it.  We’d greatly appreciate a nice rainy day, too.

Dancing Mandolin Player and I are ready for our gig tomorrow.  We’ve been practicing and trying not to laugh when we forget the lyrics.  There is one song, “Blues Stay  Away From Me”,  that has too many words!  I’m afraid we’re going to mess it up and then get the giggles.

Oh, dear.

If you want to hear us, come to the City Beach tomorrow at 11.  And then you can shop at the Arts & Crafts Festival, an annual event with booth after booth of gorgeous handmade items.  You’ll find me gawking at earrings and sniffing goat milk soap.



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