Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ATV Riding and Farmers Market

Plans with Lonn didn’t work out for a longer ATV ride today so we just headed up the East Boulder—to Lewis Gulch and Moccasin Lake.  The morning started out less smoky than we’ve been seeing but the smoke rolled back in as we rolled along giving us hazy mountain views.  We are playing with a new toy—a GoPro Hero 3 which was gifted to us and tonight I’m struggling with the GoPro software—anyone out there using something easier for GoPro??  Geri—how do you export and edit yours??

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Late afternoon we left Ms. Emmi holding down the fort and we traveled to Livingston for the weekly farmers market.  If you know anything about Montana it would be that we have short summers as in about the only thing you can grown at our elevation (5200 feet) is lettuce! SmilePeople try, oh how they try and get struck down by hail, wind and August frosts. Sad smile  About the only way to grow produce such as tomatoes is in a green house!  Folks in Big Timber and Livingston have a little better luck but not much!  Lots of lettuce, kale, carrots, and herbs for sale plus there were tomatoes grown in a greenhouse.  We purchased some good looking corn grown in Clark, Wyoming—at a much lower elevation. 

This summer Joe and Tammy gave us a gift card to the Rib and Chop House restaurant in Livingston.  Our plans were to go to the farmers market then have dinner but we just weren’t hungry enough for that expensive a meal—so Mark’s In & Out it was—we split a burger and each had milkshakes. 

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OK, I’m giving up on the GoPro videos for tonight—will try again tomorrow. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Favorite Season

It isn’t summer—don’t get me wrong, I do like summer, late June and then July usually but August stinks and lately it stinks literally of smoke!  I guess summer is like winter—I don’t mind winter in November, December, January and February but when it’s still snowing in May, I’m done with winter!  I’m that way about August, I’m done with summer!  At least our temps aren’t unbearable—today it was in the low 80’s but the smoke from all the forest fires is thick!  My heart goes out to all those fire fighters working in this heat trying to get a handle on the multiple fires—and my heart especially goes out to the families of the three firefighters killed. 

Not much excitement around here, we did see a black bear on one of our evening walks—but that’s about it.  Mom and Chuck made it home to Arkansas.  Michael has been working on the cargo trailer and our Can-Am hauling trailer and I was industrious today washing all our windows.  The windows really needed washing—they were grubby!

Sunday afternoon we went into Big Timber and visited with Nat for a while taking him a huge stack of jigsaw puzzles a friend was getting rid of.  Should keep him busy for a while! Smile

Here are some more birthday photos:

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lora Elizabeth’s Birthday

It’s hard to believe our little great granddaughter is now one year old—it seems only yesterday we were in a Great Falls, MT hospital eagerly awaiting her arrival.  Her actual birthday was a little earlier in the month but due to Mom and Dad’s schedules the party was today.  Friends and family gathered in Great Falls where Laci and John live on base—it was major ordeal (due to lack of staffing) to get me and my car on base.  John was sent to sponsor me and when it took so long I’m sure John was thinking Mimi had a past she didn’t want anyone to know about! Smile

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DSCN1563As you can see Lora Elizabeth is a much loved little girl!  Before the cake attack we enjoyed burgers and hotdogs along with various other good stuff and while the cake attack was going on, the adults had cupcakes.  I’ve tried to post a video of the cake demolition but my internet seems to be really, really slow tonight and uploading isn’t happening—will post later.

Mom and Chuck left this morning after a too short visit—they’ve been gone from Arkansas several weeks and were ready to head home.  They traveled through California and Oregon visiting friends and relatives then into Montana visiting more friends, relatives and lastly—us. 

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Upgraded to Windows 10 while gone today and hope that isn’t the reason for this slow, slow computer tonight.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Home and Family Visiting

The hospital in-services lasted until almost 11pm Tuesday night and my 3:30am wake up call Wednesday morning came awfully early.  I had uneventful flights but by the time I drove up our driveway yesterday afternoon I was running on pure empty.  

My Mom and Chuck were here when I arrived—the cowboy and Emmi were also very glad to see me.  Diane, one of my first cousins, her husband Brent and their son Wyatt from Washington came for happy hour—it was so good to see them!  They are renting a beautiful guest house near us.  The last time we saw Diane and her family was in 2006 when I was doing an interim management assignment in the Seattle area.  Wyatt is 20 years old and a delightful young man—personable, easy to talk to, helpful and he didn’t sit looking at his phone the whole time he visited with us!  Diane and Brent have done a fabulous job raising their only child!

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Mom and Chuck went into town for errands and stopped by to visit Nat.  Michael spent the day loading and securing a huge window into our cargo trailer—the window is headed to our house in Arizona.  He also washed the Can-Am—I think he likes that ATV—he sure is concerned with keeping it clean! Smile

Diane, Brent and Wyatt joined us for supper tonight and we ate like kings!  Ribs, corn on the cob, chicken tenders, Caesar salad with brownies and homemade ice cream for dessert.  They are starting their journey back to Washington tomorrow. 

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Oh my is it ever smoky around here—heavy, heavy smoke.  The mountains have disappeared behind a wall of smoke.

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And the FedEx lady delivered my iPad—it’s so good to have it back!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Delta Rocks

Monday morning early I received an email from Delta, “we are still looking for your lost item.”  At 11am when we came out of the hospital after in-services I had another email from Delta, “we have found your item.”  Delta rocks!!!  My iPad was password protected and of no use to the regular, everyday computer user—I’m so happy it was found and is on its way back to me!

I told you it was busy in Yellowstone Park this summer—record busy!

We’ve spent a busy two days in San Diego at a large hospital performing product in-services for nursing staff in two ICU departments.  In between the varied in-service times we’ve been eating well—a little Cheesecake Factory lemon cheesecake:

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IMG_0580My coming from the airport view out the taxi windows.

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After the last in-services tonight I will board a plane Wednesday morning heading back to my cowboy and Ms. Emmi—and to visitors from both sides of the country—my Mom and her husband Chuck, plus my cousin Diane and her family from Washington are staying in a guest house near us for a few days.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Smokey Skies

I know I shouldn’t complain—I grew up in the hot, humid south and my family still lives there, they know what HOT is!—but I am so tired of being hot!  We have no air conditioning as the temperatures don’t often rise above 85F in summer but this run of heat is getting on my last nerve making me crabby.  Rarely does it stay warm at night but Friday night was one of those nights—our temp Saturday morning was 70 degrees at 6am making for a very warm day—usually we are at about 50-52 degrees in the morning.  And to top it off, we now have so much forest fire smoke—you can even smell it in the air. 

Still no iPad, a commenter, Chris, asked if I had tried: http://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my-iphone.htmlMy iPad is cellular capable but at this time we have no cellular plan for it—so I wasn’t able to locate the iPad using iCloud.  I contacted both airports speaking to people in lost and found plus I spoke with a Delta/Skywest desk agent in Billings—still no iPad.  I’ve been reading using the old Kindle I have—it belonged to LoraLee but she wasn’t fond of using it so gave it to me—I keep trying to “swipe” the screen!  It has buttons along the side which say, “next page” and “previous page.”  You have to press those buttons to move forward in a book.  It also uses an USB cable to transfer books from Amazon—isn’t technology progression a wonderful thing!!

Our sweet baby girl has been sick—she doesn’t often go to daycare but this past week Lora caught a bug and ran a high fever.  When someone said, “little kids are the best petri dishes,’' they weren’t kidding!  She is all better now. 

11846627_738211359623211_2578082619249336155_nI am suspecting Aunt Katie had a hand in the diaper on the head trick! Smile

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Today, Sunday, I flew to San Diego to work a couple days leaving the cowboy and Emmi home alone—a little too soon to be away again but I won’t be gone for long.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Massage, An ATV Ride, Quilting

The cowboy and Emmi took a friend up to Moccasin Lake this morning—Emmi has decided the Can Am is her personal carriage—she gets very grumpy when left behind and will try to follow even when Michael runs up to the shed in the old Kawasaki mule. 

It’s unusual for me to be home alone—no husband, no dog—all morning I went around looking for Emmi—the cowboy not so much! SmileI took advantage and worked on a customer quilt—belonging to my friend Linda.  It was a block of the month quilt from our local quilt shop—barns, fences, stars—lots and lots of stitch in the ditch and stitching around applique—it’s going to be gorgeous!

This afternoon I headed to Big Timber for a luxury—a massage from the best massage therapist I’ve ever been to—Gayle.  She isn’t one of those touchy/feely feel good kind of massage therapist.  Gayle makes spots hurt but when she is finished you absolutely feel better!

I appreciate all the encouragement about taking Crestor—I really do!  And the emails suggesting alternatives—I just think the time had come for me to take a statin.  We really love to cook and eat—we eat well and we exercise.  I’ve lost 15 pounds over the last year and even that didn’t reduce my cholesterol—so statin it was.

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