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The evening sprinkler play with Maybee and Nova.

Itís HOT here in western Montana. Not Phoenix hot but 100 degrees is hot for us northerners. Three plays a day keeps my border collie from losing her mind. We usually hike but itís too hot for me to get very far and Maybee needs movement. Her tongue is epic, btw.

Montana vegetable gardens can be a crap shoot...but this year

I canít even believe it. Iíve been giving away tomatoes and green beans left and right. Iíve made a crap ton of salsa verde courtesy of a bullet proof recipe from DUer Hotler. Iím looking for recommendations for a canned tomato salsa and a canned marinara. I havenít canned in years but this year, Iíve got to get my act together. Fast. Iím grateful for this short sweet season.

The face that Maybee dishes out

when Iím not attending to the frisbee fast enough. Is her tongue long enough? Cue the Sarah McLaughlin songÖ

Made a wonderful salsa verde yesterday...courtesy of DUer Hotler.

Iíve got a bumper crop of tomatillos, cilantro, Serrano and jalapeŮo peppers and posted about it the other day:


Hotler suggested a recipe: https://mexicanfoodjournal.com/salsa-verde/ I made the recipe yesterday and oh my gosh itís so good. Highly recommend. My first batch came out quite hotÖI made a second batch with no peppers and blended them and now itís perfect. I should have seeded the Serrano peppers and will do that next time. Really flexible recipe, freezes well.

Thanks Hotler! 🌶️

My 18 year old son registered to vote today!

After Owenís last visit to his pediatric dentist this morning, we stopped at the voter services building here in Missoula to get him registered to vote. The man who helped us talked directly with the kiddo which both he and I appreciated. Our first primary election is in two weeks!

Owen continues to work on his private pilotís certificate and takes his first night flight tonight. Itís a big day. Iím feeling all the feels.

Montana garden bounty.

Today was a good day in the garden.

Attention Dead & Co fans. Last concert tonight!

You can stream it here: https://www.nugs.net/live-download-of-dead-and-company-oracle-park-san-francisco-ca-07-16-2023-mp3-flac-or-online-music-streaming/32683-WEBCAST.html

Itís $35 unless you already subscribe to nugs.net. Iíve streamed several of their shows via that service and itís very good. Per Dead & Coís Instagram, theyíre planning a 5 hour show.


Reflections on the Dead & Company concert I attended last weekend.

For the record, Iíve never been into the Grateful Dead or Dead & Co. I know a few songs and appreciate the longevity of the bands over the course my 58 years of life. However, my 18 year old son Owen is an old soul when it comes to all things, especially music. Heís a a huge John Mayer fan and when Mayer began playing with Bob Weir and Dead & Co., Owen was all in and therefore I began to listen to them a few years ago.

When Dead & Co announced their final tour, we tried to get tickets and couldnít get it done. In October 2022, I was about to go to an after market ticket seller when Owenís dad was, miraculously, caller #7 on a local radio station and won two tickets to see Dead & Co at The Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA. The child was beside himselfÖand looking forward to this concert got him through the doldrums of his senior year in high school.

He was going to make the trip with one of his buddies and one by one, Owenís friends backed out due to college tours, family vacations and work schedules. Owen wanted to take the trip alone and I wasnít down with him driving 5 hours, staying in a hotel and attending this event alone so we agreed that I would be his companion on this trip.

We hit the road a week ago todayÖas I said, itís a 5 hour drive from Missoula to George. As we zipped over the two mountain passes, we listened to true crime podcasts and of course, plenty of Dead & Co. We talked about friendships changing with the start of college and the worry that things might not be the same. We talked about making adult decisions and how he might know if heís doing the right thingsÖwe talked about making mistakes and how to get back on track. He told me how much he loves flying and how happy he is when heís in the cockpit of the little plane heís using to get his certification. I was grateful for every exchange we had on this trip.

The concert was amazing. The people watching, second to none. I was impressed with the quality of the music and the production. The Dead Heads received John Mayer quite well. One thing that I did not know is that the set list for this tour changes every single night. I think thatís is a sign of immense respect for the people that see the band night after night. The show is new and different every single day. I inhaled more weed than I ever have in my whole life! It was the happiest crowd I have ever been around. It was a vibe and a culture that was easy to be in.

We had a blast and I will treasure it forever. Iím actually kinda sad that this is the final tour and Iíll never experience it again.

Thanks for readingÖ❤️

Attention!!! New cake purchasing policy!!!

*stolen off Reddit*

Every cake begins with "I'm gay and I would like to order a wedding cake". Wait for the response and, if they're accommodating, you can say "Actually I need a birthday cake for my son...I just wanted to make sure you weren't a POS."

Has anybody here been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness?

My kiddo, Owen, graduated from high school last weekend. He and his 4 best pals left yesterday morning for the Boundary Waters Wilderness of MN. He will be gone for 10 days or so. I am missing him terribly, but, at the same time I am so excited for him. This is a rock solid group of boysÖall raised in the outdoors. I donít at all worry about their skill setsÖtheyíve all lived their lives hunting and fishing here in MT. They are not likely to run into a grizzly bear like they might here at home. Iíve talked to a lot of folks who have done this off grid adventure and they say itís just fabulous.

Owen is my only child. I donít mind telling you that heís just a wonderful kid. Smart. Funny and he gave a tRumper hell today in Ely, MN. Thatís my baby!

Have any of you been to the Boundary Waters? It sounds like an amazing place.

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