Scotty's Table dining room

Missoula: Eats: Scotty’s Table

  Is there really anything better in life than catching up with a beloved friend after a long absence? The giddiness of seeing their face again, the unending telling of story after story, the back and forth, as you try to fill in the gaps that time and distance have planted between you. I have a very favorite friend who, though I don’t get to connect with her as much as I would like, is someone I could gladly spend...

Close up of ice cream cone with Big Dipper in background

Missoula: Eats: Big Dipper Ice Cream

On a hot summer’s day, is there really anything better than a crispy, vanilla-y cone full of luscious, creamy ice cream? Well, maybe a cold glass of rosé but that’s a whole other post. If you happen to find yourself in Missoula, Montana then you, my friend, are in luck. Because we have, Big Dipper Ice Cream. Big Dipper Ice Cream They started serving up the good stuff in 1995 and Missoulians have been elbowing each other out of the way...

Moving to the Mountains

Packing Up I’ve been in Missoula for the past couple of weeks packing up our little house, sprucing it up so the next owner will walk through the door and fall in love. I want that with all of my heart, for the next owner to feel that glorious sense of home every time she walks through the garden gate. And, damn, does this sweet house deserve it! In its 102 years, it’s been loved and abused and loved again. I...

Conservatory Skulking

I know, I know. I promised updates and posts about Montana and where we are living now. They are coming, definitely, but my other half had to go to Spokane for a seminar so, of course, I tagged along. Who could pass up the chance of some “city” comforts (i.e. Thai food, Indian food and Anthropologie) when you spend most of your days rattling around the mountains? Um, not me! So, tag along, I did. Spokane is our nearest city...

Back in the Saddle Again

Hello, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? A few years since I’ve stepped into this space to pour my heart out and share my stories. And so much has happened! A return to scholastic life, a tumble on a trail run leading to a broken kneecap and surgery, a terrifying dance with cancer leading to more surgeries, the dreaded chemo and, finally, a decision to settle down for a moment and catch our breath, regroup and get our feet back under...

End of the Road

Well, it’s finally here! My last week on the road. Well, for awhile anyways. I, mean, really who are we kidding here? I think I was born with a passport in one hand and a fully packed suitcase in the other.  But I’m getting ready to hang up my gypsy shoes and head on home to Missoula and settle in to being a full-time student and house-dweller once again. The thought of rooms, and a real kitchen with a real...