Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow Day!

Here comes the snow!

Getting out the skis, snowshoes, snow pants, coats, mittens, hats, earmuffs, hot chocolate, marshmallows, firewood, sleds, boots ...

Severe Winter Storm Warning in effect.
Snow. Snow accumulation of 10 to 12 inches. Highs 24 to 31. Wind chill readings 7 below to 17 below zero.
Snow. Not as cold. Snow accumulation around 4 inches. Lows 17 to 24.
Snow. Snow accumulation of 8 to 10 inches. Highs 27 to 34.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Moose!

Wait a minute!  That's not him!  No antlers!
Is this a new moose?  A moose mate?
Does this mean baby moose are on the way?

More moose

For those of you who have asked, yes we do still have the moose.
We came back from 2 weeks vacation to find him napping
below the bird house.  I think he grew!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Snow is coming!

Check out this forecast!  Snow baby!
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to 11 PM MST Friday...
Cloudy with snow. Snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Lows 22 to 29.
Widespread snow showers. Snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches. Highs 31 to 38.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the evening...then isolated snow showers after midnight. Colder. Lows 15 to 25.
Cloudy with snow. Highs 30 to 37.
Saturday Night
Widespread snow showers. Significant accumulations possible. Lows 19 to 29.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Moose Encounter

It was pretty dark and snowy this morning waiting
for the school bus.  Morgan got on the bus and Mr. B
motioned for me to come to his window.  Oh no.
What now.  He said he saw the moose again,
he headed him off the road and he was headed
toward our barn.
Here is our barn at 7:30 a.m. this morning.  If you
look closely you can see the moose at the top right
corner beside the fence.

 Here he is!  He is huge!  I am on the upper deck taking
pictures.  I asked John if a moose can climb stairs.
He laughed.  I don't think moose can climb stairs.

 This is the smartest move yet from this moose.
He is walking away.  Poor quality photos, but it's
really snowing out here.  Look at that rack!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Moose on the Loose

Did I mention how happy I was when we could turn
back our clocks?  This is Morgan's school bus
at 7:15 a.m.  It's dark!  We live in the mountains!
There are bears out here!

This is Mr. B, Morgan's bus driver.  He promised
to watch out for her.

So last week we were waiting at the end of the
driveway for the school bus.  I could hear it down
the road, I could see it down the road.  Mr. B
was driving back and forth, honking, what was
he doing?  He finally made his way to our house
and motioned for Morgan to hurry onto the bus.

Then he called me over to his window and said very calmly,

A moose?!  Are you kidding me?  He chased a moose
away from the road, it was headed toward Morgan and I
and we didn't even know it.

I went back inside and immediately googled MOOSE.
Was he going to eat us?  No.  But he could stomple us.
(Trample / Stomp, I like to make up words).
My husband thought I was being ridiculous.
My brother thought this was all quite amusing.
My sister was most sympathetic and relayed her own
terrifying moose story.  She survived.  Just barely.
She nearly had moose drool on her snowmobile suit.

Well, the weekend came and I had no reason to be
outdoors before daylight and had forgotton about
the moose.  Until Morgan called me outside and told
me the grass looked funny.

Moose Poop!

We also have a black fox in the front yard

and a deer in the barn

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010


When we bought our house there was a gravel area beneath the upper deck.  Just loose stones and cigarette butts, pewy!  Our general contractor Bill Sherrerd got a crew together and poured a cement base.  It was so fun to watch!

First they poured a base and laid in cross bars to
prevent cracks.

Check out this huge crane!  The cement mixer
was down at the barn and they pumped the cement
all the way up to the house.

Here it comes!

This guy had giant joysticks to operate the crane.

Smoothing, getting rid of all the glumps and clumps.

Almost finished, and tinted green!

All finished, and lots of wood stored for winter.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Happy Birthday John!

John's 50th was Friday.  We had a party and John's brothers came out from New York and Vermont.  It was awesome! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010


I remember in 5th grade my teacher Mrs. Peterson asked us to write a Haiku - the 17 syllable
poem with 5 . 7 . 5 syllables per line.  Ridiculous.  I woke up last night and heard the leaves blowing and thought of Mrs. Peterson.  Okay, no laughing, here goes:

Aspens in the fall
Rustling secret whisperings
Like wings of angels

Okay, lame.  But stuck in my head.   R.I.P. Mrs. Peterson.

My Foot, Her Foot

I never realized I took so many pictures of feet!

Morgan summer happy feet
Cranberry, Pennsylvania

Morgan beach foot
Blue Hill, Maine

Brenda pool foot
Taber pool, Blue Hill, Maine

Brenda and Morgan cowboy feet
Ketchum, Idaho

Morgan tired feet
Patio deck, Elkhorn, Idaho

Lobster foot
Somewhere in Maine

Brenda's ski boots don't fit Morgan feet

Morgan trampoline feet
Neighbor's yard, Idaho

Happy Mother's Day feet 

Rain feet
Boise, Idaho

Walking away feet 

Morgan at the park feet
Hulen Meadows, Idaho 

John taking nap foot