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Cowboy gathering in a small town

February during President’s Day Weekend is the time for the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering, a weekend filled with music, poetry, cowboy workshops of every imaginable kind, and a special kind of camaraderie for both the locals and drop-in visitors!

Whilst the town is busy for the three day weekend, I had opportunity to meander and see the sights on Saturday.  The venues are spread out between the University, the Fairgrounds, and the Downtown area, so gratefully, nothing ever seems very crowded, nice for us locals!

I got in on the mule packing demonstration.  The wrangler was showing his exertise with the use of a decker pack saddle, and preparation of manties.

The Gear Show is always a favorite, with cowboy gear and clothing, saddle makers, hat dealers, artists, and saddlers.  There were demonstrations on pine needle baskets, the souvenier table, and I had an interesting talk with the livestock brand inspector.  Lunch was served during the weekend by the folks using cast iron cookery!

Heading downtown, I stopped at a couple of venues for music and poetry.  Fitterer’s Furniture was nice, comfortable chairs and couches while listening! and the Clymer Museum kept your attention with both artist and artistry!  Downtown venues were free of charge.  I rotated between a couple during the forty five minute sets.

The Music Hall at Central Washington University kept music lovers entertained all three days with concerts in the afternoon and evening.  Saturday night finished up with a dance at the Kittitas Event Center.

Whether you hit it or missed it, mark you calendar to be in our small town next year!  You’ll enjoy it!


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Pure cleaning in a small town

Bluebell duskWe have our transfer station here along with recycle stations.  Certain days are held to turn in oil and other chemicals.  Why not minimize and make your own household cleansers?  The ingredients may be more basic than you think!

Here’s a simple recipe for to revitalize your carpet.  Isn’t this the time of year when we think about fluffing and buffing, and deodorizing the carpet from the winter high traffic?

Carpet Revitalizer

1 cup white vinegar, 3 cups warm water, 2 cups baking soda, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and 4 drops vanilla essential oil.

Mix the vinegar and water together and lightly scrub with a brush (do not saturate).  Store excess in a glass jar.  (Shelf life 3-4 months.)

Next, sift the baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oil together using a hand sifter.  Sprinkle over dry carpet, let sit for an hour, then vacuum.  (Powder shelf life 2 weeks.)

 – From Natural Cleaning for Your Home, Casey Kellar

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