I see a few of you here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100218433907
My son voted for the first time today. We voted for city council and mayor. Our mayoral race is going to be tight. One of our choices is funded by the National Organization of Realtors and thats something that has young people in our city paying attention. Housing is unaffordable here. With single family homes selling for over $700k on average, it is possible that my son will never be able to buy a home in the city he was born and raised. That along with our ever increasing homeless population were the issues my kiddo was focused on.
What were the issues/policies/ideas that your kids were voting for/against?
My 18 year old kiddo got his private pilots license last week. For my birthday, he said he would take me for a flight
wherever I wanted to go. FYI, his training plane is a Cessna 152. A very tiny plane so we stayed somewhat close to home. I asked him to take me north of where we live to the Mission Mountains
the gateway to Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park.
Our little plane had to get a jumpstart because it was so cold this morning but it got better from there.
Heres a little of what we saw and yes, its winter here already:
It was such a good day.
I know the news is as bad as it has ever been and Im feeling the weight of it as Im sure you all are. But, I wanted to share with you that my kiddo, Owen, passed his flight test with the examiner and Im just thrilled for him. He took a gap year from college to sort through lots of things but hes been working on this goal since last January, the middle of his senior year in high school. He had hit a rough patch and was feeling pretty down when a friend of ours asked if Owen would want to take a plane ride. It was a school day but the child needed a break and we encouraged him to go. From that day, Owen decided he would learn to fly a plane. He found his own instructor and asked if we would pay to get him going.
For the past 4 months, every time I wandered into his room to visit for a minute, fully expecting to be gaming with his pals online he wasnt he was looking at charts and figures and flight plans and doing this work on his own. In July, he came to me and said he wanted to pay for his instructor on his own and asked if I would be willing to keep paying for the plane rental, which, of course, I was.
Owen passed the written exam in August and we were finally able to get a Designated Pilot Examiner up here to Missoula to flight test him. It took about 4 hours. Owen didnt want us to come to the airport so we respected that. But Im not gonna lie, I had his location pinged on my phone and watched as he drove from the airport to our shop where we were anxiously waiting in the parking lot and he told us that he had passed!
It was just the best day. It is a complete joy to watch your kiddo doing what they love. Owen will begin working in his instrument rating next.
Thanks for reading.
Image credit to Vic Sepulveda (instagram)
Its HOT here in western Montana. Not Phoenix hot but 100 degrees is hot for us northerners. Three plays a day keeps my border collie from losing her mind. We usually hike but its too hot for me to get very far and Maybee needs movement. Her tongue is epic, btw.
I cant even believe it. Ive been giving away tomatoes and green beans left and right. Ive made a crap ton of salsa verde courtesy of a bullet proof recipe from DUer Hotler. Im looking for recommendations for a canned tomato salsa and a canned marinara. I havent canned in years but this year, Ive got to get my act together. Fast. Im grateful for this short sweet season.
when Im not attending to the frisbee fast enough. Is her tongue long enough? Cue the Sarah McLaughlin song
Ive got a bumper crop of tomatillos, cilantro, Serrano and jalapeño peppers and posted about it the other day:
Hotler suggested a recipe: https://mexicanfoodjournal.com/salsa-verde/ I made the recipe yesterday and oh my gosh its so good. Highly recommend. My first batch came out quite hot I made a second batch with no peppers and blended them and now its perfect. I should have seeded the Serrano peppers and will do that next time. Really flexible recipe, freezes well.
Thanks Hotler! 🌶️
After Owens last visit to his pediatric dentist this morning, we stopped at the voter services building here in Missoula to get him registered to vote. The man who helped us talked directly with the kiddo which both he and I appreciated. Our first primary election is in two weeks!
Owen continues to work on his private pilots certificate and takes his first night flight tonight. Its a big day. Im feeling all the feels.
Today was a good day in the garden.
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