Slow Dance

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Greetings from my home in Sun Valley, Idaho, where Summer and Fall are just beginning their slow dance.

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The view from my bench at the river’s edge

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The water level is lower than I can ever remember it in all the years of coming here

I could actually walk out, almost to the middle and fish.

(if I knew how to fish. Love those cute waders though.)

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It also revealed this big pile-up of wood  right below my house, which I suspected might be the work of naughty BEAVERS!

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So after going back in and changing into Rabid Beaver Bite Protective Gear…

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I carried a long stick and bravely ventured closer.

(everyone that could save me from attacking beavers was still sleeping)

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On closer inspection, the wood was all charred and was just the stump of an old tree felled by the forest fires much farther north this summer.

Phew.

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But Mother Nature had also been very busy creating new life, even as we approach this season of dormancy.

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The Hops vine I planted eons ago finally took root and decided to blossom.

I’m not saying I’ll be starting a home brewery anytime soon, but I might have some nice garlands to festoon the mantle for Fall.

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growing hops

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But the biggest and best surprise of all (and boy, was it a surprise!) was opening the door of our home to find New York Son standing there waiting for me!!

My husband was in on the secret, but somehow managed to keep it under wraps (truly, a miracle ) so when I said “I’ll turn off the alarm” and my husband said “I told them to leave it off for us” you might well imagine the split second of horror I experienced upon seeing a big dude in a black leather jacket standing in the mud room!

Once my heart started beating again, it was overflowing with happiness!

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That afternoon we hit all our favourite spots in Ketchum

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The Iconoclast Book Store

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Where the husband picked up this beautiful edition of  “The Beautiful and Damned”, my son bought the latest Junot Diaz book and I found an old book about coconuts (can you say obsessed?!)

 I finished “Gone Girl” and I’ll say this; it was a real page-turner.

In fact I really didn’t want to put it down until the end, which-oh I hate to say it!

was so implausible that it ruined it for me.

soorrreeee :(

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Hot dogs were consumed at Irving’s. Me: 1.  Son: 4.

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Some fun window shopping at Jensen Stern Jewellers 

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How fun and unique and very “Sun Valley” are their windows?!

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Good beaver hunting chandelier earrings

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Vegetarians look away now

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Mighty Man-sized steaks were grilled

Books were read and football watched(ish)

No hiking for me due to the tail bone injury.

We also enjoyed the documentary “My Best Fiend” by Werner Herzog about his relationship with the actor Klaus Kinski.

Listen, if you’re ever worrying that you might be going crazy?

Watch this documentary and you’ll feel better. You’re like, so normal compared to Klaus.

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All in all, a most excellent time was had by all.

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The leaves of the trees on our property snapped with my iPhone, and not enhanced in any way.

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So I might even go so far as to say I’m almost ready for Autumn…

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But not for the clocks to be adjusted.

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In the park, downtown Ketchum.

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Wishing you a terrifically splendid and sane week

xoxo

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