My Hometown In The Beautiful Pacific Northwest. Pt.1

I was born and raised in the city of Spokane Washington, home to the 1974 Worlds fair. Spokane has a lot of beautiful buildings, parks and many amazing things to do. There is no way I could photograph everything I find beautiful about this city in one day, so I’m breaking it up into 3 parts. Today I chose a couple places that have sentimental meaning to me.

John Finch Arboretum.

My first stop was to the John Finch Arboretum, where my husband and I got married. It was interesting going back, I got stung on the foot and found a brand new baseball cap that read; “DOPE” on the front…. Classy Spokane….classy. (No, I didn’t keep it).

 

The beautiful array of flowers at the entrance.

 

This is the bench my husband and I stood in front of to say our vows.

 

This old bridge crosses a small stream to the rest of the park, which is rich in many different flowers, trees and shrubs.

 

 

I wish I knew what kind of flowers these are. I feel like I should know, but that would be a question for my mom. MOM??
I really needed someone with me to give you the remote size of these trees. They are huge! And that branch would have been a perfect shot for someone to sit on.
Just a random floral garden in the middle of the park. It was on my way to this beauty that I was stung I might add.
Entry and Information building for the park.

After packing up and heading out, I saw a calf moose running down the street. My camera packed, I tried to keep an eye on where he/she was running to, but since I was focused on not hitting oncoming traffic, I lost track. That would have been a far away, zoom-in shot anyways…Who knows where Momma was? That would have been a cool picture to share.

For more information about the John Finch arboretum, times and events visit: http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/109

Riblet’s Mansion (Arbor Crest Winery)

When I was 5 we moved into an old farm house that sat a ways down the road from Riblet’s mansion. We passed it heading up and down a steep, winding, dirt road before hitting the strait away to our house.

Riblet, the inventor of the tram and ski lift died in 1960 leaving the mansion to his wife and eventually his son. He had the house designed and for years the only way off of the 600+ft cliff it sits on, was a tram across the Spokane river.

I used to ride my bike down that old dirt road when I was 6, 7, 8.. and sneak onto the grounds. There were so many beautiful, interesting things for a kid to discover there, right down to the rusty tram that sat outside the front gates..a prototype…..and something so fascinating that Riblet himself designed it all.

In 1984, ( I was 10) Arbor Crest bought it after Mrs. Riblet had since left the huge mansion. (No more sneaking in.)

 

In 2009 a fire started from a power strip. The day they tore the whole thing down, (It didn’t fully burn, just the upper floor) I cried when I looked up on the bluff and it was gone. I was happy to hear they were going to rebuild to Riblet’s exact blue prints of the original “Eagles Nest” as he called it..but I just recently found out that only the outside is the same. The interior was completely modernized..I haven’t been in it since I was young….still, disappointing.

Since the Winery was closed by the time I got there, I had to take these photos from below the bluff, but….I have full intentions of going back to get more pictures of the amazing things they’ve kept from Riblet’s original life-size Chess board to the rock pool he built and the pavilion. I want to walk the grounds again…..take a walk down memory lane.

Well this has been pt. 1 of my home town. I hope you enjoyed the photos and a little history.

Until next time..

~Spread your wings.

Christa

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Progress can be painful.

Sometimes I really feel ‘progress’ could be done differently. Sometimes the lengths they go through is just not necessary and it can cause the heart to hurt.

When I was 12 we moved into a house across the street that I went to grade school in. The house is almost 100 years old, the trees in the front yard were not even as tall as the fence. My parents have lived in that house for 30 years and watched their maple trees grow to beautiful heights. (I realize that not all the trees in my parents front yard are maple, but you get the jest)

A couple days ago my Mom called to tell me that the three maples trees that were taller than our own, right across the street, that had provided shade and beauty on the street had been cut down to put in a sidewalk. The “city of trees”…cut down three beautiful Maples that were huge when I went to school there years and years ago. It was heart wrenching and there could have been a way around it. There were other options, but this is what they chose. Thanks Mr. Mayor.

I wish I would have know they were going to do it, I would have taken pictures of them, but I never thought in a million years they’d cut them down. Not in this “city of trees” that we so pride ourselves in. Just imagine them bigger and more beautiful then my parents.

If you look in the picture carefully above, you can see a wide area of dirt between the grass and the road… perfect sidewalk area. Ample space. I’m not a tree hugger, I’m really not..but it does make me sad to see such a huge unnecessary change that to me is not progress… to me it was taking the cheap easy way out. All I can think of when I see this is this song..and I blasted it as I pulled up to my parents while the workers took a break, cause that’s how I roll. Give it a listen.

Big Yellow Taxi- Joni Mitchell

Sometimes progress hurts and we have to roll with it, but we sure don’t have to like it one bit.

Until Next Time….

~Spread Your Wings.

Christa

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Here’s hoping your week was better than mine! I’ve decided next week will be better.

It has been a HELL of a week. It was fabulous while my niece, nephew and great-nephew were here, but it went to shit the day before they left.

Saying good-bye to fur-family.

I had to take my cat, Adonis, to pet emergency and left without him, forever. He had gone into renal failure. He was 5, deaf, pure white, quirky, a complete asshole (But OUR asshole) and he was part of our pack. He will, with-out a doubt, be missed and it will take me awhile to get passed making that tough-decision, but I’m not the type to let an animal suffer.

 

 

 

 

Computer Chaos

On my husbands only two days off, his laptop decided to crap out. Something about his hard-drive was full and couldn’t even reboot after installing the windows 10 update, something about partitions and it not saving on the correct drive….. Now, if any of that sounds completely wrong, or not probable, it very well could be, but I don’t speak that language. It’s like Math…we’re not friends.

He has far more patience than I, and doesn’t get frustrated even remotely as quickly as I do… (he seriously has the patience of Job when it comes to computers and other life stuff.) But, this had him frustrated. After getting it wiped to start ALL over again (Just Windows 10 left), he reset his up all his shit…it did it again, right after Windows update. (That pesky update) Yeah. Not a happy person playing computer tech on his only two days off…and not much fun for me either. When he left, it was working…I’m really hoping it’s fixed for good.

Friends and Family of need of prayers and positive thoughts.

I have 4 very near and dear family members that could use your prayers, (If you believe in that) or positive vibes sent their way. I also have a lot of friends who are going through a plethora of issues. In my faith, I know God knows their needs, so I won’t share everything, just please keep them in your prayers/ thoughts as well.

I want to leave with a positive thought and some inspiration..

Until next time,

~Spread your wings,

Christa

At some point I’ll be getting Firework pictures up… And if you’re interested in seeing me do a live nail tutorial Tuesday, join the “Poise Chat” group on Facebook.

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My Favorite Thing About Summer? Going Topless!

I’ve liven in Washington State my whole life, born and raise in Spokane on the Eastern side of the state. We are blessed with four distinctive seasons. The Winters never disappoint for us snow lovers. Spring brings flowers and birds returning from the south singing their “we’re back” songs early in the morning. The Fall brings a beautiful changing of the leaves, in red, orange, yellow. It’s gorgeous to see the changing of the seasons. Then there is my favorite season of the year, Summer. Summer is always hot, 80-100’s, sunny and beautiful. The first sign of these temps for at least 10 days straight, according to the Weather Channel, my top comes off!! I’ve waited 9 months for this moment and get so excited for it when the time nears: My favorite thing about summer is going topless!

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5 Things I Say To Myself All The Time (And What I’m Going To Start Saying Instead)

I am the queen of negative self talk. I can find things about myself and talk myself into a feeling of self pity in less than two seconds. I could list a plethora of things I say to myself all the time, but I’m going to stick to five of the main ones. Here are 5 things I say to myself all the time (and what I’m going to start saying instead).

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8 Things Only Moms With Anxiety Truly Understand

It’s like a daily issue where something, and I mean SOMETHING goes weird. Us moms just seem to have those moments where we can’t find our keys just magically find them in the refrigerator or we can’t remember if we turned off our curling iron before we left home. And those moments cause so much anxiety. It’s hard enough being a mom, but when you put anxiety on top of that? Brutal.

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This was a pleasant and unexpected surprise!

I was just discussing with another blogger how I could get my nails noticed on Instagram by the polish companies I use most. I’d like to be able to try new products and give reviews on them, hours later I got this message. I must admit I did a little dance because being noticed for your work is always a nice feeling and being featured is pretty darn cool!

 

We’ll see where it goes from here, but this was pretty exciting for me today.

Until next time,

~Spread your wings!

Christa

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June Favorites- Anything and everything I love this month!

Since I have family coming into town tomorrow for the next week, I’ve decided to post this early. Blogging may slow down a bit, but I’ll have some great pictures and stories to share when I get back!

I’ve decided to do monthly favorites, to focus on the things that I enjoyed this month and share them with you all.

Let’s start with the girly girl stuff!

Make-up.

I know that Matte lipstick is really popular right now, but I’ve had a hell of a time finding one that didn’t make my lips feel dry and after a few hour crusty, until I tried ULTA’s Matte Lipstick in Sweet Caramel. It goes on satiny and stays that way until you wear it off. I’ve noticed it stays on as long as I don’t eat anything. I love this lipstick! You can purchase this at ULTA for $8.50

 

I got a sample of this in my IPSY and it was a must buy for the full size. It’s the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Highlight in Sin. It is life! I use it everywhere, brow bone, upper cheek, nose, cupids bow…You name it, I use it! You can purchase the full-size at ULTA for $24

 

 

Hair-Care.

I am a stickler for what I put in my hair. I like all natural masks to counteract the harsh chemicals I use to cover up the grey. That’s why I recommend Mark Anthony’s Deep Repair Aloe and Jasmine hair mask. I use it once a week and leave it on clean towel dried hair for 20 minutes and it feels AMAZING when I style it. I have frizzy-by-nature hair and avoid blow-drying as much as possible, but occasionally I need to straighten. This will be a hair mask I use for a long time! This also can be found at ULTA in packets for 2.99. Don’t let the 1.69 oz. packets fool you, this lasts awhile, it takes a nickel size for my long thick hair and totally worth it!

Perfume

I have worn Tommy Girl, J-Lo Glow and Vanilla Musk for years, but I got the most amazing sample that caused me to walk around sniffing myself. Seriously, I can’t get enough!! Gucci Guilty is magical, like lying in a filed of wild flowers and lilacs. This will be an item I put on my wish list for Christmas or something. The price for this is around $32 and you can get it Macy’s, Ulta and Sephora. I’m in love!

Music

My daughter played this song for me, a band I’d never heard and I immediately took to it. As a music lover of all genres, I’m proud to say my husband and I have passed this on to her. Enjoy my favorite June song by the “Black Keys.”

 

Book

I’ve make it a point to read at least a book a month and this months book is Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen.

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June’s Quote of the Month:
Have you tried any of these products, what are your thoughts? Share in the comments!
Until next time…
`Spread your wings!
Christa
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“In a New York State of Mind”

“I wanna wake up in a city
That doesn’t sleep
And find I’m king of the hill
Top of the heap”

~New York, New York

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Ever since I heard the music of Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman’s Original London cast of Phantom of the Opera released in 1986, I’ve wanted to see it on Broadway. My Mom promised me that someday we would go to New York and see a Broadway show, I was twelve.

Growing up I dreamed of New York, wanting to see the Statue of Liberty in person, to really grasp her size and the enormous effort and symbolism in erecting her. I wanted to experience the hustle and bustle of Times Square and see the city lights at night, that New York Skyline…..and… of course The Phantom on Broadway..

In February 2011 my maternal Grandmother passed away leaving my Mom with strict instructions to purchase the Amish quilt she had always wanted. The condition was she had to travel to Pennsylvanian, to Amish country and pick it out.

In 2013 my Mom and I booked tickets to New York for 5 days, opera tickets, and a flight and two day stay in Pennsylvania to pick out her Quilt, (I’ll save that leg of the trip for another blog) We took the opportunity to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ and fulfill promises and dreams..

Hotel

We arrived at LaGuardia and caught our first New York Taxi ride to our hotel. My eyes grew two times that day and didn’t go back to normal the entirety of the trip.

We stayed in an classy hotel called ‘The Belvedere’, just two blocks from Time Square in mid-town Manhattan. The 3-Star hotel, built in the 1920’s didn’t seem big from the outside… As we drove up to the entrance, I noticed it was guarded by golden eagles and gargoyles along the ledge of the brick building. The inside adorned in 1920’s Art Deco, gave off a warm, welcoming feeling. It was a very nice hotel at a great price. I highly recommend the stay here.  The Belvedere

 

The Opera

Our night at the opera was the moment we had been dreaming of for years. Half the fun was getting ready and dressed up for the occasion with my Mom. The Phantom was playing at the Majestic Theater, again only a few minutes from our hotel. The Majestic Theater, built in 1927, was everything we had hoped it would be. The perfect backdrop for the Phantom.

See video for more history and photos of the Majestic here.

I was surprised to see that we were among the few that were dressed appropriately for an evening at the Opera. I’ve always been raised to get dressed up for plays, even in our town.. A sign on the window of the Majestic read; Matinées casual dress, Evening, formal.  It was a packed theater and the majority of the people were wearing Jeans and t-shirts or shorts. My Mom and I both felt fabulous and had the time of our lives!

 

The Sites

We visited the Empire states building, Grand Central Station and Time Square. We were hoping to visit Ellis Island however it was still closed from damage caused by hurricane Sandy. Liberty Island required a months advanced reservation that we were unaware of when we planned the trip however, we were able to take a boat around NY, taking us passed Ellis Island, the Statue, the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. The captain filled us with rich history throughout the entire cruise. It was worthwhile in our opinions since our options to see to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were limited, it was the best alternative. It was a bit chilly on the Hudson in September, I’m glad I bought a sweatshirt at the Empire Store before we went!

Chrystler Building
Manhattan Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Ellis Island
Ground Zero Entrance from the water.
The Intrepid

 

9/11 Memorial

It wasn’t until after we confirmed our trip dates that we realized we would be in New York during the anniversary of 9/11. It was important to us that we visit Ground Zero during our stay, but being there during the anniversary would be emotional and crowded. We decided to go the day before and I can only liken this experience to the reverence and sadness I felt at the Arizona Memorial. It was a somber place, as I’m sure most can imagine… Reading the names on the infinity pools, to see the remains of one of the towers enclosed behind glass. It was humbling. Knowing we stood where 2,606 souls had been lost, it left a heaviness in my chest… I did find a sense of peace being able to pay my respects. I’d like to return and see the progress of rebuilding that has been made since we were there.

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For two ladies born and raised in the Inland Northwest, our trip to New York was a dream come true, and has left a Mother and Daughter with many wonderful memories and a desire to go back!

Have you ever been to New York? What were your experiences? Leave me a comment below and be sure to subscribe to read the second part of the trip to Pennsylvania!

Until Next time…

`Spread Your Wings!

Christa

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