Friday, July 3, 2015

It’s Still Hot

Not much of a blog tonight, it’s still hot and dry in Montana—so hot we resorted to hanging out in the basement!  Our basement is not finished—as in the ceilings are exposed and the walls are just concrete and boards plus there is nothing on the floor but concrete except in my quilting room where I have rugs to keep the quilts clean—but it’s cool!  Earlier this week we drove up to Claire and Robyn’s to retrieve the sectional couch they gave us—we brought the couch into the basement for storage until we head to Arizona in the fall.  So—we have comfy seating while hanging out in the cool basement. 

Yesterday Tammy and I went to yoga in Big Timber and I then spent the afternoon in the cool basement finishing a quilt for PJ—granddaughter to our friend Jeane and Steve.  Photos to come later. 

Today we were not thinking clearly and went to Billings—what a zoo and dang it was hot!  But we did have a great lunch at Jake’s!  I went to JoAnn’s to pick up some wide elastic—this JoAnn’s store opened in its current location two-three years ago to high praise.  Now the store is dirty, the merchandise sparse and they had very little fabric for such a large store.  I was looking for some different (not cotton) fabric to make a skirt—I used some cotton I had on hand to make a test skirt—it was so big another person could have climbed inside with me!!!!  SmilePatterns have not changed in the years since I made all my clothes!  I altered the skirt to fit and am now ready to make another—but struck out trying to find fabric at JoAnn’s. 

Even Emmi is not liking this heat—those nasty little sticky flies are still hanging around and swarm her when we go outside.  She will play ball for a while but then head for the door to be let inside.  Now those dang flies have decided to start biting!  One bit the cowboy on the palm of his hand—he was not impressed.  Me—I have multiple bites as usual!

Happy July 4 weekend—we are sticking close to home.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Water Problems

Not at our house but at the house we sold to Joe and Tammy several years ago.  Their pump is kaput—Tammy arrived yesterday from their home in Colorado and today she retrieved Joe from the Bozeman airport—they also purchased a new pump while in Bozeman and Michael has installed it.  There are a couple more little issues and we will buy those parts tomorrow when we go to Billings.  Joe and Tammy are like me—very thankful to have the handy cowboy!! 

I spent the day mowing and weed whacking—hot and dirty work!  The riding lawnmower creates a dust storm which then blows all over me.  The weed whacking throws pieces of grass onto my glasses and into my hair, not to mention the bottom of my pants and shoes.  That shower I took late this afternoon was heavenly!

More photos from our ATV trip last week.



We had a sad phone call today—Ellie and Jim had to have their schnauzer Mr. BoJangles put to sleep.  He was fifteen years old and had lived a great life.  I remember when we introduced him to that wild haired little ball of mischief Emmi—BoBo was appalled!  BoBo had a particular spot on the couch in Jim and Ellie’s motorhome and if you sat in his spot he would stand on the floor and give you the evil stare until you moved.  He was a special pooch and will be missed!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Good To Be Home

Flying to Nashville and back was a trip without incident—that’s always a good thing—planes were on time, I had good seats and good books to read.  Speaking of good books—The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd was one of those books I couldn’t put down.  On Friday I had a two hour plane ride to Minneapolis, a three hour layover in the Minneapolis airport and another two hour flight to Nashville.  That’s a whole lot of reading hours—I usually people watch but I was so into this book—loved it!

Sunday after arriving in Billings I made a quick stop at Costco for fruits and vegetables then headed home to my cowboy and one happy little dog!  Like much of the country Montana is hot and dry—we have no air conditioning as we seldom need it.  Last night I was thinking we needed it!

Today was catch up time—submitting hours and expenses, laundry, giving all my outside plants a hearty drink.  Michael kept everything watered well while I was gone—he’s a good husband!

We’ve had three peony bushes planted for years and never a peony.  The newest bush planted about three years ago finally has ONE peony—a beautiful, pink one!

DSCN1157 and the columbine are gorgeous as always although with this heat they are starting to disappear.


Due to the heat I am sure, we have these nasty little “sticky flies” which do their best to get in your ears, up your nose, behind your glasses—just about the most annoying little buggers!  The flies were making the horses frantic this morning so I grabbed some horse treats and the bottle of horse insect spray.  I didn’t even have to catch the horses, they just stood perfectly still eating their treats and let me spray them as if to say, “AHHHHH, that’s better.” 

Nashville was fun but it’s good to be home, too!

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Remember last October when I accepted a consulting position with a medical device company?  There hasn't been much call for my services until the phone rang earlier this week.  The original company had purchased another medical device company.  Circumstances suddenly required the training of more personnel, enter my friend Elaine and me.  Nashville is hosting the annual APIC (Association of Practioners in Infection Control) convention and employees of the company were available to do the training.  Elaine lives in Nashville and I flew in Friday.  

It's been a long, long time since I attended one of these huge conferences--culture shock coming from population deficient Montana!��Saturday afternoon Elaine and I learned about securement devices from April--one of the employees of Griploc--she was so personable/enjoyable!

It's a short trip, Sunday I fly home to the cowboy and Emmi.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

An Adventure

IMG_2333All loaded up and ready to roll before 8am this morning—we were heading to Blue Lake with Sarge and Sarah.  Most years we can’t even get close to Blue Lake this early in the season—snowdrifts.  The locals (such as the cowboy) say you usually can’t get to Blue Lake until after July 4.

P6270076This photo was taken June 27, 2011 when our friends Gina and Rollie were here—we tried to go to Blue Lake but were stopped by this snowdrift about nine miles shy of the lake.  Today—no snow on the road, lots of snow melt water running everywhere and lots of puddles.  Plus it was even dusty in places—not good this early in the summer! 

It was a glorious day spent with good friends!  Sunny skies with a few clouds now and then plus enough breeze at the lake to keep the mosquitoes away. 

IMG_2341Callie runs for a while then rides for a while—Emmi just rides and yips at Callie!


The ride to Blue Lake from where we unloaded the ATVs was 43 miles round trip—bone jarring rocks and mud puddles, up and up we went—the scenery makes up for the roughness!  Soaring mountains, wildflowers, green, green grass, and the smell of evergreens in the air—gorgeous!

IMG_2356Pilot and Index Peaks located in Wyoming but still in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness area.  IMG_2389

Blue Lake is located in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness area.  After miles and miles of unbelievable rough riding you arrive at the end of the road—there is a foot/horse path down to the lake.  The lake is as the crow flies less than 12 miles from the northern border of Yellowstone Park—you are out in the middle of nowhere—literally.  Can you imagine our surprise to arrive at the trailhead to find not only a Toyota FJ Cruiser but a PORSCHE!!!  As in Porsche SUV but still—who in their right mind would bring that kind of a vehicle up that road??  These people were from Minnesota and Tennessee—they had tents and gear everywhere and were enjoying themselves immensely! 

IMG_2364Still a little ice on the late and lots of snow drifts.  IMG_2372


Callie enjoying the snow!



We are indeed fortunate to live in such a place aren’t we!  Tomorrow I am heading to Nashville, TN leaving the cowboy and Emmi at home holding down the fort.  Just a short trip, I will be back home Sunday—attending a training session for the company which hired me back in October, 2014. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer In Montana

On the way home from town late this afternoon we saw a doe with a just born fawn—the baby was suckling and mom was cleaning him/her—first fawn we’ve seen this season.  It’s as if the Montana weather knew June 21 was the first day of summer—our temps are warming up and this weekend we may see 90—let’s hope not!

The fly fishing shop in Big Timber changed hands over the winter and Saturday celebrated their “grand re-opening” by having the Sisters on the Fly group visit bringing some of their vintage RVs.  “Sisters on the Fly” is the largest outdoor women’s group in the United States with currently over 6,000 "Sisters." This membership-based community supports women in their journey to get up, get out and become more adventurous!”  from the Sisters on the Fly website.






Finished quilting another quilt yesterday and today we took Nat to Livingston to the audiologist to be tested and fitted for new hearing aides—it’s amazing the newer technology available these days!  My Daddy was terribly hard of hearing due to multiple ear infections as a child when no antibiotics were available.  When he married Mom in 1954 at the age of 25, he all ready wore a hearing aide—it fit in his shirt pocket and a wire ran to the ear mold—technology has come a long way!

We are planning an exciting adventure and I’ve got a work trip approaching rapidly—life isn’t dull around here for sure!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father’s Day

Nat drove up the Boulder today for the first time in a long time—we enjoyed a spectacular lunch of beef filets, garlic mashed potatoes, melons and homemade chocolate/espresso ice cream.  We spent time reminiscing and visiting—it was wonderful—today you would never know Nat is 93 years old!

IMG_2317IMG_2322Nat read on the blog that Michael was creating a “thumb” for the excavator and asked to see it in action.


My dear Dad has been gone since December, 2002—there’s hardly a day goes by I don’t think of him and miss him greatly.

CCI06212015_0001He loved his grandchildren—here he is with Trenton and Clayton—Trenton turned 21 this year.

CCI06212015He loved plowing the garden with a horse or mule!

CCI06212015_0002And he loved visiting with family—my Mom, brother Ross and Mick, the Australian shepherd.  I’m thinking I should have fired my hairdresser in the next photo! Smile

TopDaddy Mom and Me

And then there is my dear husband Michael—he too is a Dad to Lonn and Shannen—and I happen to think he is a good Dad!


So, Father’s Day with joy and with sadness—a good day in Montana.