Friday, October 26, 2012

The Hoot Owl

Our visit to Sandpoint would not have been complete without a stop at the Hoot Owl Cafe.  It was kind of fun to see some of the places our friend Jason wrote about and captured in photographs - almost like stepping into a movie set that was the background for his life story. 

The outside of The Hoot Owl was just as inviting as the inside with its bright flowers and fun adornments.

We quickly learned that every female that steps through the doors is called 'Sweetie' and every male, regardless of age, is referred to as 'Young Man'.  We were told of the breakfast special and handed our menus which were as fun to look at as the walls of the Cafe.

 (When my kids saw this picture of Janelle one of my girls immediately said, "She's so pretty!"  Own it, Janelle!)

Seriously - the menu was awesome.  There were things like Red Neck Eggs Benedict and even Green Eggs and Ham!

As we waited for our food I was scouring the menu, determined to find some kind of error.  (Yeah, I'm a nerd.  It's what I do.)  Sure enough...

Once the food arrived, all steaming hot and smelling delicious, it filled the table.

The patrons of the Cafe must have thought we were crazy when we got excited about a fly who buzzed around our table.  "One of the trained flies that Jason talked about!" Janelle exclaimed.  We got out our cameras and tried to capture it but it wouldn't hold still.  It finally came to rest on a knife and I got a blurry shot before it buzzed away to another table.

The walls inside the Hoot Owl are covered with all sorts of fun sayings and signs.  I think this one was my favorite, though:

 When it came time to leave we noticed this sign on the bulletin board just outside the door.


I kind of wanted to pull just about every tab, but decided to leave it there for others who might be more in need of what was offered.  (Wouldn't it be great if it was that easy?)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Extreme Makeover

 My friend Janelle and I took a road trip recently.  We went to go visit a friend.  The drive to his new place in Sandpoint was long, but we hardly noticed due to the beautiful scenery and great company.

As we drove through the mountains and valleys, enjoying the awesome fall colors and our picturesque surroundings, we couldn't help but think of our friend and how much he would have enjoyed being there with us.  As we came into Sandpoint and drove down the road which led to the cemetery we looked in the sky and noticed some Z-shaped clouds welcoming us.  Coincidence?

Maybe.  But we didn't think so.

We easily found the marker at Jason's little spot of ground.  I gave him the pumpkin that my family had all signed, a gift we decided on knowing that autumn was his favorite season.  Because of the time of year, everything looked barren and gray.  Janelle and I decided that we needed to cheer things up a bit.  We did what girls do.  We went and purchased some items for a little makeover.

When we returned the next day, we tried out some of the decorations.  First, a sweet little kitty.  

It's true that Joey Dosent Like Kittys, but this kitty sure liked Jason.  However, we decided to go with something a little more manly.  Jason's favorite holiday was definitely Halloween, and since his headstone wasn't in yet we found a temporary fix along with a couple of extra items to make his place look festive.  The skeleton on the headstone even wore a little smirk - we thought Jason would like that.

We worried a little bit about what others might think if they came across our awesome Haloween makeover.  So, as much as we knew Jason would say something like "That's brilliant!" or "This is awesoooome!", we went with a more traditional kind of autumn decor.

Here's the whole family plot.  It's in a beautiful, peaceful place, just up against some trees in a far corner of the cemetery.

We took some time to sit and chat with our friend before leaving on the next leg of our journey, to visit some of the places he talked and wrote about.

As we drove away I looked back at our little makeover and thought, we did good.  I loved how we were able to transform his little spot of earth into the bright spot of the cemetery.