Sunday, June 14, 2009

Busy Doing Nothing


The weekend's over and I'm exhausted.
Exhausted from doing ...well...nothing.
Here's a smapshot of our weekend.


Up at the cabin we were treated to a spectacular water display put on by our local fire department. They were down at the lake testing all their hoses and equipment shooting these great plumes of water a couple of hundred feet up into the air. You can see my kids down on the dock...they said it felt like rain falling on them. I was quite impressed with the eco friendliness of these firemen...what a great idea to pull up at the local lake to do this testing rather than waste hundreds a gallons of water testing somewhere else. Good thinking guys.


After all that excitement we took the kids into town for an ice cream. There's this neat little icecream parlor that is essentially unchanged from the way it was 50 years ago. Owens in Newport. For $2.00 you can get an ice cream nearly as large as a child's head.


This picture was taken AFTER he was half way through.


After polishing off those mammoth ice creams a wander through the tiny little local pet store was in order. Ah yes, hamsters, kittens, a cute little bunny rabbit, a tiger, a puppy...
Hang on, back up there....a TIGER???????
True...this is Lilly. She lives at the pet store after being rescued from a group of animal smugglers. The pet store owners are in the process of trying to raise money to build Lilly an outdoor enclosure that seems far more suitable for such a beautiful creature like Lilly. I must say though my heart skipped a beat when I came face to face with her...she really is a massive animal. AND she was growling...which kind of made me go weak at the knees. I apologize for the quality of the picture but this is about as close as I was going to get to her.



  1. Ha! Before I started reading I was a little confused looking at the first picture. Huh? Is the lake on fire? ;)
    Very green firemen up there in N. Idaho. :)

    I'm glad you were able to get away and relax after all your busy weekends with your patio. :)

    Enjoy your 1st day of Summer Vacation!

  2. The ice cream parlor looks so quaint! Wow, $2 for those huge ice creams?!

    I don't think I would have gotten that close to a growling tiger!

  3. I think I would have been out on the dock with the boys, too. Looks like fun.

  4. lol a tiger in a pet store, well why not is the best answer for that.
    for a moment i thort the lake was on fire :)

  5. Okay, I want one of those ice cream cones! The ice cream parlor is so cool. Reminds me of a Woolworths store from when I was your son's age. My mom would take me to get an ice cream cone and we'd sit at a counter, much like the one in your photo.

    I hope they raise funds soon for a new enclosure for that poor tiger. She deserves some room to wander about. I think I'd be growling, too.

  6. Oh Donna, Stop wasting water or squirt it this way.

    Those icecream's look really really good.

  7. Yikes! I would be so nervous about the tiger. I'm glad to know they plan to build her a better enclosure.

    The ice-cream place looks so fun.

    And I agree about the eco-firemen. Awesome!!

  8. Great pictures! That was a great idea to use the lake water.

    That ice cream looks yummy!