Saturday, December 25, 2010

City Mouse - Christmas View

This photo is more about Christmas in California than about city vs. country life.

Here's the view from my backdoor:

Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blue Fox Theater

My little town of about 3200 people has a movie theater. Located on main street, it shows one movie a week, Mon-Thurs at 6:30pm and on the weekends adds an extra showing at 9pm. Last week my husband and I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows there and really enjoyed it. Living in a town with very limited forms of entertainment makes one appreciate a small town movie house.

Friday, November 5, 2010

City Mouse - Now That's Scary

Last Monday we carved a couple of pumpkins for Halloween and put them outside on a chair near the front door.

On Saturday afternoon Alex told me he was sorry he broke the pumpkin.

When I checked it out I realized it had gotten so soft it fell in! I looked inside and it was furry with mildew.

No way was I putting my hand in there to rescue the candle. Everything went in the yard trash bin Saturday night.

Lesson: Jack-o-lanterns shouldn't be carved more than a day or two before Halloween in California.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Country Mouse - Drive In

I haven't posted anything about life in my small town lately. Think about that what you will. But last night our family went to the drive-in movie and saw Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me and I couldn't resist blogging about it. We put the kids in their jammies and popped popcorn and had a great time watching the movies together in our car. It's fun to have a drive-in theater in our little neck of the woods.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Birthday Wishes

I couldn't resist blogging a birthday wish to City Mouse today. You are amazing, talented, smart, funny, beautiful, and one of the most selfless people I know. I am so blessed to have you as my sister and friend. Happy Birthday!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

City Mouse - Lunch on Wheels

Living in "Mexicalifornia," I see a lot of taco trucks. I haven't stopped at any, but I did stop at this little truck called the Chowdermobile and try their clam chowder and lobster roll. It was seafood heaven!

I just found out there's a Belgian waffle truck in the Bay area too!
I am so there.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Country Mouse - Sunshine and Roses...

...except not all the time. I've really enjoyed doing this blog with City Mouse because it makes me think of all the good things about my small town instead of dwelling on all the things I miss. But this week I had to draw the line. My son loves Oreo ice cream cake for his birthday and because I didn't plan ahead and buy them at Wal-Mart the last time I was in Lewiston (it's 75 miles away), I had to buy the Oreos at the local grocery store. And do you know how much one package cost?

= $4.65! So not crescent fresh.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

City Mouse - The Beach

We finally made it to the beach!

It was a little different than Country Mouse's Beach.

Just a tiny bit more crowded.

And it definitely had more sea lions.

No wild turkeys though.

Friday, August 6, 2010

City Mouse - Gymnastics

Country Mouse has really thrown down the gauntlet lately! I have to stop forgetting to bring my camera with me. How can I be in California and no beach pictures?? I'll hopefully rectify that before the summer is out.

Liv has always wanted to learn how to do a cartwheel, so this summer I signed her up for gymnastics at a club about 5 minutes down the road from us.

She'd been to one or two classes back in Virginia, but that facility was nothing like the one she goes to now. I imagine Olympians could train at this place. I should have taken a pic of all the trophies on the walls.

Although Liv won't be an olympian, (she still can't do a cartwheel), she's having a great time and learning a lot.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Country Mouse - Homemade Jam

I really am turning into a Country Mouse. Yesterday I picked raspberries and today I made them into homemade jam. Tomorrow I plan on making some fresh bread to try it out. Mmm!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Country Mouse - A Day at the Beach

I had no idea we lived so close to a beautiful beach! Yesterday our family went to Skookumchuck Park and played all afternoon on the banks of the Salmon River. It's a scenic site featuring a swimming beach and shady, grassy picnic area that's only 20 miles south of Grangeville. Other than the water being a little chilly, it was almost like being at the ocean... practically in our own back yard!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Country Mouse - Border Days

"Border Days" is a 3 day long 4th of July celebration in Grangeville. The festivities begin each morning at 9am with street games. Kids of all ages run races down the middle of main street (which has been closed off, of course). After the races they have the biggest egg toss I've ever seen. Hundreds of people line up main street in pairs and toss eggs to each other and the last pair with their egg in tact wins a small sum of money, a plastic trophy, and bragging rights. A parade goes down main street at 1pm with lots of horses, tractors, a couple of fire engines and people throwing candy. They do this every day for 3 days!

One morning after the egg toss there was a toy scramble for kids under 6 years old. Kids line the side of the street while people spread candy, toys, and coins out (not in the same part of the street where the broken eggs are though). They give each kid a bag and let them fill up their bags with whatever they can get. Jack and Nate loved it!

We had delicious "fair" food - my favorite part. Harrison and Rio climbed a big rock wall, Jack jumped on a bungee trampoline and Nathan rode on a pony. We didn't go to the rodeo (Border Days' biggest attraction), but plan to next year. We all had a great time and Border Days is easily my new favorite part about living in small town USA.

Nathan and Jack tossing the egg

The parade coming down main street

Nate getting his goodies in the toy scramble

Riding a pony!

Monday, July 5, 2010

City Mouse - Front Yard

Gardening services are extremely common here. I don't think anyone on my block mows their own yard. I certainly didn't trim our shrubs into these crazy alien space-shapes.
I know renters can't be choosers, but I wish our landlords were more into something with flowers! I've walked straight into one of these shrub-nubbins with my face - ouch!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This One's For You...

We were looking at some property about 12 miles north of town when all of a sudden...

Baseball in the Country

Because our little town is so limited in the entertainment options, baseball season is a BIG deal. Everyone signs up his kid to be on a team and the adults have a softball league too. This year 3 out of our 4 kids played (our youngest can start next year) and Micah and I played on his company team.

So far it's my favorite part of being here. The baseball fields are beautiful! They're kept groomed and green, there's a line of trees growing behind with a small creek running along and occasionally you can see a cow or two beyond the fence. There are playground toys for the kids who don't want to sit and watch the games. Popsicles are only a quarter and the hamburgers smell delicious. We played in an all night tournament a couple weeks ago and watched the sun set behind the mountains in the west and then watched it rise up over the mountains in the east.

Our small town field:

And the trees/creek that run behind the fields:

Monday, June 21, 2010

Baseball in the City

Here's what our first ball game looked like:

Can't wait to see some pics of baseball in the country. I've heard there may or may not be cows.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


I loved Country Mouse's pretty flowers so much I had to go get some for my house too. I got these at our weekly farmers' market for $10.

City Mouse

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Baby Chicks

Our friends, Joy and Gunther Williams, live a few miles out of Grangeville in the beautiful mountains. This is the view from their porch:
Last weekend we went over to the Williams' to see their new baby chicks.

It was a fun spring thing to do in the country!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

City Mouse - Go Cars

We took the kids to meet some friends for a picnic in Golden Gate Park today and then drove around San Francisco for a while.

These little yellow cars were everywhere. They fit 2 people and have a GPS system which tells the pre-recorded tour what to tell you about while you drive.

I am the city mouse.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

City Mouse, Country Mouse

Welcome to our new blog! We are 2 best friend sisters who live in completely different surroundings. I recently moved to a small town in north central Idaho and my sister moved to the Bay Area in California only 6 weeks ago. We thought it would be fun to share our differences and similarities through a blog.

My husband came home last night with fresh flowers for me. He didn't go to a florist, but instead stopped and picked wildflowers on his way home from work.

I am the country mouse.