this is the garden: colours come and go, frail azures fluttering from night's outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering, absolute lights like baths of golden snow. –e. e. cummings (1894–1962)
Hello dear friends and clients,

Say hello to Heidi...she's the personification of "the dog days of summer!" And what a summer it is...long, smoke-free days and the occasional and always exciting thunderstorm often producing a rainbow over the mountains. What a place we live! Speaking of place, there is plenty going on in Bigfork. To find events and local info, click here for the Chamber newsletter. It's a fun read. I want to thank all our friends who came to the 4th of July parade party. Such a great parade and huge turnout. A good time was had by all! By the way, w hat are you doing on Sunday night? How about heading to Sliter's Park for the Riverbend Concerts. Click here for a schedule.

Sales in the Flathead have maintained a healthy pace with many new listings still hitting the market. In fact, when we look at the Flathead over the past five years, we are getting a picture of stability and manageable growth (click here for growth chart). With interest rates staying low and a healthy economy both state and national, we expect to see another banner sales year in the Flathead.

Please scroll down to see my new, contingent and sold properties and some interesting articles, my newest recipe and this month's book choice. If you have been thinking of selling, buying, up or down sizing, I strongly encourage you to act now. Homes are not staying on the market very long. For an in depth breakdown of the past year's Bigfork market, click here . In a nutshell, list prices and sale prices are UP.

Don't miss our beautiful NPR showcase publication, "Welcome Home," on stands all over the Valley and at our office. Stop in, grab one and say hello! If you have recently cancelled, withdrawn your listing or it has expired, contact me. We'll get it listed and sold! My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price. Call, text or email me. We'll have dinner (I have an in with the local sushi joint). 

See you soon and cheers!  Denise
Denise was the first and only realtor we spoke with when we were relocating to the Flathead Valley. She is very knowledgeable about all areas of Valley and in addition to being responsive, she did a lot to ensure a smooth closing. We would not hesitate to recommend Denise. --G ary and Sue
MLS #21910672 $1,250,000
MLS #21910887 $998,800
MLS #21911815 $490,000
MLS # 21909433 $575,000
M  LS # 21909535 $850,000
MLS # 21909737 $598,600
MLS # 21909961 $195,000
MLS # 21910175 $548,650
MLS # 21910792 $734,600
Nhn Highway 35 , Kalispell
MLS # 21911509 $850,000
MLS # 21911598 $350,650
CONTINGENT (waiting to close)

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Local News....(click on the photo to read the article)
The historic wooden boats of Glacier National Park have been carrying visitors for over 80 years. The scenic wonders of the American Rocky Mountains are enjoyed from pure glacial lakes. Read about these historic wonders and the legacy they preserve.
The Jug Tree Liquor Store has been a Bigfork Village icon since, well, forever. But times are a changin' and bigger digs are needed. Follow the new owners, Richard and Nevada Kramer to Streeter's Corner and a new space. You'll see some familiar faces, too.
"Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

This site makes me laugh (and sometimes cry) with its nature-filled photos and fascinating articles. I found this bird and I'm pretty sure he is my kindred spirit (note the splits).

Just for fun! (click on the photo to read the article)... interest is piqued!
13 uses for dryer sheets outside of the dryer!

An abundance of culinary options not only boosts quality of life but also HOME VALUES. Often smaller cities mean lower mortgage bills leaving more room for spending on food and fun. Here are's 10 of America's Biggest New Food Destinations.

The Flathead Valley has an abundance of good food available. I feel like we should be on this map, too although one of the towns, Spokane, is pretty close! Here's the story!
Denise's Kitchen Corner...Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Pie
While the rest of the country is harvesting corn and tomatoes, we are still basking in an abundance of strawberries because it's always spring in Montana...Enjoy!

For the Crust:
12 graham cracker sheets
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Filling:
1 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest plus 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
1 cup cold heavy cream
For the Topping:
3 tablespoons strawberry jelly
1 cup strawberries, halved
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pulse the graham crackers and sugar in a food processor until finely ground. Add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture looks like wet sand. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch fluted tart pan. Place on a baking sheet and bake until lightly browned and set, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheet. Meanwhile, make the filling: Bring the strawberries, raspberries, sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is syrupy and the fruit is very soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing gently on the solids with a rubber spatula; discard the solids. Let the syrup cool. If the cream cheese is a little stiff, soften it in the microwave in 10-second intervals. Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds. Add the condensed milk and beat until smooth. Add the berry syrup and the lemon zest and juice and beat until smooth. In a separate large bowl, beat the heavy cream with clean beaters until medium peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture using a rubber spatula until no streaks remain. Spoon the filling into the crust and spread with the back of a spoon. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours. About 10 minutes before serving, remove the pie from the freezer to soften slightly. Make the topping: Microwave the jelly in a medium microwave-safe bowl until runny, 20 to 30 seconds, then whisk until smooth. Add the strawberries and gently stir to coat. Let macerate 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the tart from the pan and transfer to a plate. Top with the strawberry mixture.
Cook’s Note
Remove the pie from the freezer and let it sit for about 10 minutes before slicing.
Denise's Book Corner...Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Jo and Bethie, two sisters growing up in the 50s and 60s, seem to be living the suburban dream, or not. Pigeon-holed by their generation, Jo is labeled a tomboy and Bethie is all girl. When their father dies, the sisters and their mom are plunged into a new world. The author weaves lived experiences with her own mother. "I think it’s hard for daughters to understand the way their mothers’ lives were circumscribed, the way tradition and expectations dictated their choices, and who they would become," she says. "I couldn’t see my own mother’s limitations. I doubt my own daughters will be able to see mine.”

In my opinion, that is the theme of the book, female limitations juxtaposed with evolving freedom in a backdrop of the sixties "revolution," the 80s and 90s “normalcy” and the current women’s challenges. The book sparks questions: How have women’s goals and sensitivities evolved over the decades. How are they still evolving? Where do we go from here and how do we bring others along? As the author states, “Fiction is always in conversation with fact, with the truth of a specific moment, and it reflects the lived experiences of its author. And, of course, the personal is always political."

I loved this book on many levels. The references to Little Women , the Forrest Gumpian episodes of the 60s, the taste of failure and broken dreams, the female glass ceiling, growing up Jewish and the evolving and ever-changing relationship of sisters. The ultimate question still resounds. How should a woman be in the world? The story ends as Hillary Clinton runs for president, a poignant reminder of both the strides women have made since the 1950s and the barriers that still hold them back.
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