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8/22/2017 9:17:25 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

A Perfectly Cloudy Eclipse
I totally take back my disgruntlement with the clouds coming in during the eclipse!

5/14/2017 11:57:34 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Demo Ouch.
While demolition work has long been relegated to the hubby, sometimes things just need to get done... like the demolish and removal of this dog house that mice, foxes, bees, and who-knows-what-else has been using for a party-pad since long before we bought the house.  And since it is too heavy to just move even with two people, it has sat hosting the mating rituals of foxes right next to our bedroom window.  Now that is something you don't want to hear in the middle of the ...
DIY   nature  

2/23/2016 9:21:29 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

More Winter
Just when you think the massive winds, then an impossibly warm day on Sunday, means that winter is over...

2/18/2016 1:28:34 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Wind Warning
Gladly the mountains here are not prone to many of the environmental concerns that other areas need to worry about.  No hurricanes, no earthquakes, very rarely (if ever) tornadoes, and since I am relatively close to the top of the hill on one side of the valley, no worries about flooding.

10/22/2015 1:04:50 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

First Snow of the Winter
While the furnace finally kicked on the morning before last, and the kitties have been telling me "Itz Cold!" for a week, and they finally convinced me to excavate the wood stove that was buried under tools and summer construction supplies yesterday, and I finally re-set the thermostat to winter settings... I just can't seem to accept that it is winter until the first snow sticks to the ground.

Of course, with it ...

4/17/2015 6:16:21 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Playing in the Snow
Yesterday it snowed and about 6 inches stuck, then it snowed more over night and into the morning before turning into beautiful blue skies.  And for the first time all year the snow was sticky. Mountain living is so sweet in the spring. 

1/5/2015 12:04:51 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Some Wicked Wind This Way Blows and A Very Silent Night
Sunday was windy, and while it would be easy to think that the mountains don't get strong winds... just take note of the fact that buildings in our area have to be rated for 120 mph gusts.  We get seasonal 80-100 mph winds a few times a year, but I think some of the current gusts have been running even above that.
Yesterday afternoon the wind knocked out power several times in the surrounding areas, and dropped power to our whole area around 5:30pm.  Thankfully the wind died down completely by 6pm so ...

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A Bitter Breeze and Some Website Work
WIND.  I donít like WIND.  Yes.  That is in all capital letters.

11/8/2014 12:00:06 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Mouse Bait... Lava Soap.
Being just a little bit OCD means that I wash my hands quite often during the course of a normal day, and even the thought of dealing with septic systems and effluent filters sends me grabbing for the disposable gloves and about 5 kinds of harsh-to-skin-disintegrating soaps.  Imagine my surprise, however, when I reached for the third soap in my arsenal only to find someone had gotten there first.
Bite marks on my lava soap.... I mean... WHAT?!?
I know that mice try an invasion each year ...

10/31/2014 11:36:06 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

A Gory Tale for Halloween
Happy Halloween to Everyone!  While I would like to just supply you with cut pictures of scary pets, and long lost pumpkins from years gone by... 

10/1/2014 11:58:21 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A Better Mouse Trap and Thumb-Thimbullina
Just sewing up a stormÖ and did a couple days of jam making as well.

9/2/2014 9:43:43 AM - Read Full Post

Oh-Deer... and other reasons we don't have fancy new cars.
There are several reasons that we don't drive nice new cars.  The first is, of course, the fact that for a good portion of the year there is a lot of snow and ice that will, if you drive enough, eventually slide you into or onto something that damages your car.  And for the rest of the year... an overly-large population of suicidal Mule Deer and Elk, that are just laying in wait to bodily challenge the structural integrity of your vehicle.  (And that is to say nothing about the price-tag of a new car.)
For ...

8/9/2014 1:46:28 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Oh Deer!
Hey!  What are you doing?
Eating your "Deer Resistant" sedum plants... Why?

6/26/2014 7:52:53 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Class it Up... Stacked Clay Pots
After my friend got me looking into Gnome gardens, I found a lot of cool pictures online for miniature gardens and broken-pot gardens.  While I have enough spare clay pots to make a broken garden, I decided that these with a few chips and cracks are just as good as a "stacked garden" and quicker to put together than a carefully planned broken-pot garden.  
While nice planters in the stores can cost a small fortune, since this could easily use old pots that you or friends have laying around, this could be a ...
crafts   DIY   ideas   low budget   nature   plants   style  

5/30/2014 11:58:05 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Spring has Sprung
And in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, it "springs" with what should be an audible "KA-POW"!Two days ago this was the view looking right from our front porch.And now...Of course, the only noise is the change from hollow whistling wind to a rushing sound that is amazingly like the ocean tides as the aspen leaves catch, quake, and rustle in every breeze.While lower altitudes have already "sprung", they never ...

5/28/2014 11:58:10 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

My Public Apology to a Fox
My public apology to Turble the black fox who has been staking out our yard for most of the Memorial Day weekend...   Turble was a young fox.  On the skinny side with dark black fur and a sweeping silver tip to his tail.  He hoped to grow big and strong like some of the many foxes in the area, but for now, he was just a wisp of darker black in the night. The coop was on a hill and protected well.  The wind carried the scent of chickens down the dirt road to ...

5/11/2014 12:32:06 PM - Read Full Post

Foxy Love
From the Archives:  9/11/2013
Some visitors to our yard today... Just a little proof that color means nothing in the eyes of love.

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