This past Saturday my middle child graduated from University. When we arrived 8 years ago he was 15, had never been to English school and did not have the necessary academic tools to help him succeed. He struggled as many students do, he thought of quitting, it was a difficult time period for all of us.

My children don’t like being in the spotlight and so I will not give the details of his long journey. I will just say, he never gave up and has earned his Bachelor’s degree, found a great job and will be moving away in a few weeks. I feel so many emotions but the one that stands out is– pride. He is an amazing young man, son, brother, uncle, grandson and human being!

The lesson– Never give up.






The Palouse

A few weeks ago we drove up the narrow, windy road of Steptoe Butte. The view was amazing and stretched for miles.  Yesterday we decided to visit Kamiak Butte which entails a hike up to the top, without the scary drive! The landscape was dotted with trees and Spring flowers and off in the distance we could see our little town. I hope you enjoy our part of the world.






Steptoe butte

Yesterday Saleeha and I headed towards Spokane for a track meet. On the way we stopped at Steptoe Butte. The drive up was hmmm, scary!! There was no way to turn around, a tiny narrow road curved and wound up the little mountain. I have read different things, but people say you can see up to 100 miles at the top! I will definetely be visiting again in a few weeks! I forgot my camera so I took these photos with my phone.

I will share more photos this week.



Lamb Shoulder Roast With Spring Vegetables

One of my favorite blogs and an amazing cook!


Friends came over for Easter dinner and I wanted to serve a special main dish that screamed Spring, what comes to mind is lamb and to accompany the lamb a variety of vegetables. I bought a boneless lamb shoulder roast weighing 3.65 pounds trimmed and tied. I really don’t cook or eat that much meat especially roasts and did a search online for some ways to prepare.A meal that was  simple, no fuss and tasty was key. Jamie Olivers roast lamb shoulder sounded great, flavored with rosemary, salt, pepper and garlic and roasted until  so tender it falls apart. The rosemary in my garden is still around, can’t believe it lasted outside all winter and I had just enough for this recipe. Mr. Oliver cranks up the heat in the oven as high as it goes, lays rosemary and unpeeled garlic cloves at the bottom of a baking tray or…

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Dog Walk Challenge: Day 359

A great challenge and a cute dog!

Travels with Choppy

The weekend has been absolutely gorgeous here – which means lots and lots of yard work this time of year! Oh well – it will all be worthwhile come summer, when I can just sit around enjoying the fruits of my labor. Right? That’s how it works?

Date: April 22, 2017
Location: Home
Length: 2.1 Miles
Who: Sarah & Choppy

img_9737 Now this is a nice day for a walk.

img_9732 Contemplating how much trouble she would get in, if she went in the river.

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