Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Save the Trees, Please!

With news from around the world being as troubling as it is, it feels like slight hyperbole to "rage" against what is happening right in our own Sunnyside neighborhood...alas, trees are being removed systematically without any public hearing or community input and it is quite troubling. Here is a brief note sent today to our County Commissioners -- if anyone else wants to weigh in in support of green, here is a link to their office: http://www.co.bonner.id.us/

Good Morning,

I understand from my brief conversation with Commissioner Rich that there will be time on today’s meeting agenda for public sentiment to be shared regarding issues facing our county. While sadly I cannot be there in person due to work obligations, I would like to voice my strong opposition to the devastation which the Sunnyside neighborhood has wrought over the past week. The multitude of trees which have been systematically downed is startling. Where once a beautiful stand of aspen lined the road, bringing shade to walkers and homes to birds and other animals, there is now NOTHING. The barrenness literally brought tears to my eyes last night coming home.

Even more infuriating are the older pines which are situated on the Petersen’s property with large pink circles awaiting their demise. These trees have been on this property since the time the Petersens bought it many years ago. Due to illness and age, the Petersens themselves cannot fight to save these trees, so I am imploring you to STOP action on removing these living beings – they are not only part of the unique nature of our community, they sit in fragile waterways which house many, many species of wildlife.

Commissioners, I ask that you please take a few moments out of your day today and drive to Sunnyside Rd. See for yourselves how barren it looks and how many other trees are marked for removal. Please consider how sacred our habitat is – how vital these trees are not only to the historic beauty of the area, but to the survival of the many birds and animals that use these trees for food and shelter. Just this spring I watched for quite some time a spirited pileated woodpecker playing in the same set of aspen trees which I described above – sadly, this will never again be possible.

I understand the unique challenges you face as Commissioners trying to mediate between the needs of many different constituents. I understand at times you must make very difficult and unpopular decisions. Today, on this matter, I ask that you side with the citizens of our county, with the residents of Sunnyside, with the trees and the animals who live among us.

Thank you very much.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Celebrations a Plenty!

What a fun week of celebration! 41, 1 & 3 never looked so good! The highlights included our birthday trifecta gathering on the 11th, complete with Shannon-style margaritas, awesome friends and lots of play time on the slip-n-slide! Then came watching Hope eat her first cupcake -- huge bites stuffed eagerly into her mouth -- surely she has learned to eat from watching her moms! Added wonders were Henry's first beetle in the Bug Bungalow, the whole gang, including Grandma Linda, in attendance at The Wiggles Live in Spokane and an evening swimming with the kids in their birthday suits down at City Beach.

Live feed of Hope's cupcake inhalation can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EpBIJLtphg

Friday, July 17, 2009

summertime in action

So many birthday updates yet to post...alas, I did get the chance to finally play in video again. Here is our latest, "summertime": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA1KrS9p7Js

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Potty Present

41 years old today...all has started off well.  I awoke to a serenading trio offering up an early morning "Happy Birthday" rendition, then opened a lovely hand-drawn card from my lovely family and a personally signed David Sedaris book.  I went to walk Java and when I returned, I got the BEST birthday present of all -- Henry was jumping with joy waiting for me to see it...he had gone poop in the potty!!!!  A first!!!  This is a day to remember -- and of course, it tells you a lot about the things that get this gal excited now that I'm 40+!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Festive Fourth

We enjoyed a festive national birthday celebration with PG, Deb and Maggie coming for a visit. We indulged in Sandpoint's finest parade with fire engines aplenty for Henry and enough troublesome righty-politics onlookers to make you gag. The evening offered an amazing gathering of more lefty-folks at a friend's BBQ and then fireworks at the beach. Sadly, Henry went quite excited but as soon as the first bang sounded, he hid his head in my shirt for the rest of the coloful, but loud display. The weekend sure had the feel of summer!