Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Clothes on the line

I will have you all know that I just got done hanging clothes on the line. Yes. Hung them outside to dry instead of in the dryer. It was FUN!!!! Not real sure why exactly, but I had fun hanging wet clothes on a wire stretched between two metal poles in the ground. Maybe it was the weather worn wooden (I love alliteration) clothes pins, maybe it was the warm Montana sun on my arms (notice I said warm, not breath sucking hot and humid as I assume it is in Houston), maybe it was just knowing that life moves as a much slower and kinder pace here...no need to rush your clothes through the dryer when you can hang them out to dry.

That's a perfect example of how I'd compare life in Missoula to life in Houston. Everyday Cierra and I walk to the park (it's about 8 blocks away), with Ryland in the stroller...we WALK there yall. Kevin has the car most days and I really don't mind. We have to cross a semi busy street to get to it and EVERYtime the cars stop to let us pass. Missoula is cool like that. In Houston if you saw a lady pushing a stroller holding the hand of a three year old you'd just zoom on past and think she was a loony for walking somewhere she easily could have driven....not here, you step up to the curb and traffic halts. Love it.

Not to mention how great it feels to WALK places. It's that same feeling as hanging clothes on a line to dry. It's almost old-fashioned, but in a really good way. Like going to the farmers market to get your veggies...well the veggies you don't grow yourself in the back yard. And going to potluck with the neighbors every Thursday night. Neighbors who cut their kid's hair themselves. Neighbors who hold your baby so you can eat. It's just that kind of life here.

Yesterday morning when I'd noticed our bread (brand name, Montana Wheat...no Mrs. Bairds up here yall! they buy local...LOVE it) had gone moldy I just walked three blocks to the bakery and bought a small honey wheat loaf fresh out of the oven. Maybe you should re-read that sentence. In case you decide not to, I'll repeat it for you. I WALKED TO THE BAKERY AND BOUGHT A LOAF OF BREAD FRESH FROM THE OVEN. Oh, and I ate it (still warm) with some home-made strawberry rhubarb jam I got at market. It was as good as it sounds...maybe better.

And the park we walk to? It's a huge grassy expanse sitting under a mountain....and it has a splash pad....and an awesome play structure. It's full of Moms and kids and day camps and nannys. If you're there at lunch time you'll see the occasional Dad meet his family there for a picnic on his lunch break. Today a 10 yr old boy set up a lemonade stand that offers free refills...he never leaves without making $50 a day he tells me. I may have crossed paths with a future business mogul. Even though I'd packed snacks and drinks I still bought CC and I a cup of pink lemonade (as did most of the Moms)...you gotta support that kind of entrepreneurship. There are usual a handful of college girls laying out (I try not to focus on them, they haven't had babies....they're 20...you get where I'm going here). It's probably the greatest park in the history of parks.

So I just filled yall in on my day...feel free to be jealous. Missoula is amazing. Oh, and on Sunday....we went hiking :)

One day I'll take my computer to a wifi cafe downtown and post some pictures to go along with these stories...and I can assure you that they'll just show you that these things I'm describing are even better than you can imagine!

happy sigh,
E

15 comments:

bethany said...

Hmm....maybe we'll move there. Sounds fabulous-did I mention there was a drive by shooting a couple blocks away about two weeks ago and our car got broken into last week?

The Barfuss Family said...

You living on a movie set? ha ha Sounds great, and I am so glad you are enjoying it so much. My mouth was watering at the fresh bread from the bakery! I would be all over that!

The Van Fam said...

ohmyword...it sounds marvelous. I've always wanted to move. I love *Texas* but not so much Houston. I think we'd be outta here in a heart beat if it wasn't for work. Maybe one day...for now, living vicariously through you!

Amanda said...

It sounds amazing!

Sophia said...

I'm crying. I don't know if it's because I'm jealous or because I really really really miss you guys!

P.S. - La Madeline's country loaf and jam doesn't sound so great anymore.

Lone Butterfly said...

You sound like you are having a beautiful time. I hope you are able to make your family's dreams come true, especially with that kind of simple life at your fingertips.

The Silva's said...

It sounds like you are having a wonderful time!!! You have left me speachless, and jealous!! I want to walk to the park with the kids, and not have to worry about the hoodrats playing basketball with their mean pit bulls tied to the poles!!! Enjoy every second, and share lots of stories and pictures when you get back!!!

cece said...

Sounds wonderful! I'm so glad you're having such a great time!

KISH said...

jealous..green with envy

Keri said...

You're making me re-evaluate my thoughts on how boring our little town is. It sounds like you're in Bluffton, IN (except for the mountain part). When you put it the way you have here, it makes me thankful for my little "boring" simple life and town!!

I'm glad you're enjoying yourself there and I hope and pray you get to stay there for good!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey -- I just returned from walking 6 blocks, in heels, in 95 degree weather with 70% humidity -- are you jealous??? (but I do have a chicken pasta pesto deli salad from Cafe Express in my hands, and I know that makes you just a bit jealous!!!) Mom

~Holly~ said...

That sounds so fun. What a great place to raise the kiddos!

lgrumbles said...

That's amazing Erin...at least if you have to be away from family and friends (who miss you dearly) you can be in an environment that's easy to love!

Linda Vujnov said...
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Linda Vujnov said...

So great Erin. So simple and great.
Your book stand, selling my books, will be perfect there!!!! Thanks BTW!