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This Weekend in North Idaho

This Weekend North Idaho

Hidy-ho neighbor! It’s Friday again so you know what that means… time for a This Weekend in North Idaho post (insert roaring applause here).

Hope you all had a great week and were able to soak in some sun. We had our second official softball practice yesterday at Ramsey and I think it went great. We’re gonna kick… butt (yay for self-censorship!).

There’s a lot going on this weekend, so let’s get to it!

Arsenic and Old Lace
This Lake City Playhouse show runs May 2-18. It’s about two old ladies who “love to serve up a nice glass of wine and arsenic to their guests with just a pinch of cyanide.” Their nephew discovers what his aunts are hiding while dealing with his crazy brothers – one of which is a murderous psychopath and another who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Learn more at: LakeCityPlayhouse.org/

Coeur d’Alene Art Show
Head out to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds Friday or Saturday for an art show.

Learn more at: NorthIdahoFair.com

Live Music:

  • Friday – Ron Greene at Fedora Pub, 1726 Kathleen Ave, Cd’A
  • Friday and Saturday – The Usual Suspects at the Moose, 401 E. Sherman, Cd’A
  • Friday – Britchy Folk Duo at Pend d’Oreille Winery, 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint
  • Friday – Laura Love and Orville Johnson at Di Luna’s Café, 207 Cedar St, Sandpoint
  • Friday and Saturday – Jam Shack at the Iron Horse, 407 E. Sherman, Cd’A
  • Friday and Saturday – Country Line at the Country Club, 216 E Coeur d’Alene, Cd’A
  • Friday and Saturday – Pat Coast Band at the Cellar, 317 E Sherman, Cd’A
  • Saturday – Pigs on the Wing at John’s Alley, 114 E Sixth Ave., Moscow

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend!

This Weekend in North Idaho

This Weekend North Idaho

Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week, despite the rainy weather. There’s a lot going on this weekend including live music, the Leadman Triathlon, and the Crimson and Gray football game. Let’s get to it!

We’ve got a lot going on – I’m hoping to get at least some downtime to relax and hang with miss Juneau, but I have a feeling it’s going to be another one of those go-go-go weekends.

Tonight we’re taking our oldest nephew to dinner for his 11th birthday. It’s hard to believe he’s going to be a teenager soon – Kyle and I were freshman in high school when he was born. So crazy to see these boys grow and change so quickly. I’m one proud auntie, that’s for sure!

On Saturday my parents and I are heading over to Spokompton for the Crimson and Gray football scrimmage. So pumped! I’ve never gone before. After that our SINI softball team has our very first batting practice. Hopefully you guys can all come and cheer us on Wednesday nights. I’ll keep you posted on times and locations. I think our first game is the first week in June. Go, team, go! It’s looking like any downtime will happen on Sunday (it’s also supposed to start raining again that day – boo!)

If your weekend is looking a little sparse, here are some fun ideas to pep it up a bit:


  • Nate Ostrander, 7 p.m., Fedora Pub and Grill, 1726 W. Kathleen Ave. in Cd’A
  • The Powell Brothers, 5-8 p.m., the Pend d’Oreille Winery, 220 Cedar St. in Sandpoint
  • Moscow Brewfest 2014, 5-9 p.m., $10-$15 (includes 5 samplers) at the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third in Moscow


  • Leadman Triathlon, Check-in starts at 7 a.m. (I think the Race is at 9), at Silver Mt. Resort in Kellogg. Check out the Leadman webpage for more info.


  • Dueling Pianos at the Cellar, 6-9 p.m., 317 E. Sherman Ave.

If you make if over to watch the Leadman, just start cheering for a guy named Mike doing the running portion. He’ll appreciate it :)

Have a wonderful weekend, can’t wait to share all about our first batting practice.


Rainy Weekend To-Do


I don’t know about you, but Friday couldn’t get here soon enough! TGIF, people! Not gonna lie, we already started celebrating by going to Moontime for dollar beer night yesterday.

I was looking forward to being outside this weekend, maybe get the yards and garage cleaned up, but then I saw the forecast. Rain, rain, rain. So instead of being outside this weekend, here are some fun, rain-free activities to look forward to:

The Great American Trailer Park, the Musical
Join the Lake City Playhouse cast for this comical look into all that is trailer park life.

Read the Cd’A Press review

Buy Tickets

Live Music: 

    Friday, 5-8 p.m. at the Pend d’Oreille Winery
    220 Cedar St., Sandpoint
    Friday, 9 p.m. at the Iron Horse
    407 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene
    Friday, 6-9 p.m. at 315 Martinis and Tapas
    315 Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene
    Friday and Saturday, at the Country Club
    216 E Coeur d’Alene Ave., Coeur d’Alene
  • KOSH
    Friday, 7 p.m. at Fedora
    1726 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!


Spring has sprung in North Idaho

You guys, it’s happened.


I am loving all the sunshine, chirping birds and green grass. Juneau is loving all the squirrels and extra-long walks and Kyle is loving (big understatement) his new mountain bike. He’ll tell you more about that on a later date. Anywhoo…

This spring I decided to sign up for the Mastering Your DSLR class through A Beautiful Mess. It’s amazing. I’ve taken several other “learn digital photography” classes in the past and this one kicks all their butts.


Our main instructor’s name is Candice Stringham and she is killing it! Each week she breaks down the exposure triangle and has us focus on one aspect for the whole week. We can chat with other students or ask questions in the forums and share our photos in the student gallery. As you might be able to tell, I’m super excited about this.

We’re on week three now and our lesson is introducing us to (da da daaaaaa) manual mode. Wish me good luck! I’m a little nervous but so excited to break out of my “hit the easy button” photography habits.


You may be wondering why I feel the need to better my photos. There’s two major reasons:

1. To better your experience on my blog. You want to see beautiful imagery, right?
2. Because I love it! I wish I would’ve discovered how much I like photography a long time ago. It’s so fun and such a great skill-set to have (especially as a writer/communicator).


I think with the changing seasons comes a sense to switch things up and try something new – or challenge yourself in a new way.

What are you doing to challenge yourself or break out of routine? What kind of photos would you like to see on SINI? Action/adventure? Lifestyle? Food? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Spring!

5 Tips for Renting Out Your House for Ironman

I think I’ve mentioned this in the past, but every year we rent out our home during the week of the Coeur d’Alene Ironman to earn some extra cash for home projects. Last year we built a pergola, did a raised garden bed and repainted the living room. This year we plan on painting the outside of our house and garage (eek! That’s going to be a ton of work) and looking into replacing a window in our bathroom.

It's important to capture the best aspects of your home. I love our natural light and new sectional sofa . Cozy, right?

It’s important to capture the best aspects of your home. I love our natural light and new sectional sofa . Cozy, right?

It’s amazing how much we benefit from doing this each year. Great for young couples, new home owners or families that want to get out of town but may not be able to afford it otherwise. Ironman is a great thing for our community.

On that note, here are a few things I’ve learned over the past three years of renting:

  1. Do some word-smithing: If you look on craigslist everyone is saying the same thing, “Downtown home close to race,” “Great renal opportunity!” Make your post stand out. We have a small home within a half-mile of the finish line so we say, “Cozy 2-bedroom bungalow  in the heart of Cd’A” and “within walking distance” because that’s what people are looking for. They want a home away from home and they don’t want to worry about how they’ll get around on race day. Also include written references from other renters when possible. That’s something we still need to do.
  2. Include great photos: People want to see what they’re getting into. It’s important to showcase your home’s best assets to get renters excited about staying there. This year I’m not including photos of outside because A) I don’t have any current ones, and B) It’s not pretty enough outside in March to take any. Our yard looks vastly different from March to June. As long as Juneau doesn’t dig anything up…
  3. Play host: You may not be staying with these people, but you are their local expert. I always leave a map of our favorite places around town, do a special blog post (like this one from last year) and leave them some special treats and business cards from Terra and Fleet Feet. Make them feel special and glad they chose you. They are most likely new to town and looking for things to do and resources; plus they’re paying you a bunch of money to crash at your place. Help them out a bit.
  4. Stash your stuff: If there’s something you don’t want them to see/use then store it somewhere. Also, be sure to leave room in your cabinets and fridge and clear out your closets/dressers. Allow them to move in. Anything in your house is fair game, so if you don’t want them to eat your food, drink your alcohol or use your computer – then move it. We use this as a good excuse to do some major spring cleaning. Also include a rental agreement – that way they are liable for any damage or lost/stolen goods. If they agree to it and sign it, you’re protected that much more.
  5. Trust them: Yes, I just told you to clear out your house, but you also have a lot of time to build report with these people. So far (knock on wood) we’ve had no problem allowing people to use our computer, Wii and they actually do us a favor by eating any food we leave behind. Build a relationship with your renters and gauge how much you trust them. They have to pay a ton of money to compete in these races – I highly doubt they’re going to start a career in petty theft. Just in case – make sure you have all valuables that you leave behind documented and all computer files backed up somewhere. Just because it’s not likely, doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.

So how many of you are planning to rent your house out? You can check out our rental ad on IronmanCDARentals.com for an example.