Busy Day

We had more somewhat-damaging rain/hail Tuesday evening. Beate and Tim unblocked the big culverts, and Andy worked on our part of the road — after removing a tree that had fallen across it.


Parts of the tree pushed to the side of the road.]

Parts of the tree pushed over the edge of the road.

He said all of the culverts needed work, but the first seven closest to the house were easy — the other seven not so much. For instance, this culvert was a hard one. It was completely buried…


not only with dirt, but with a part of a fence post and big hard-to-move rocks.



He still has three more to do.

Hopefully your day was an easier one. (Mine was!)


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It turns out we have two cherries, not just one, ripening.


And it turns out two trees, not just one, survived the fire.

We’ve known about this one all along:


We thought it was the only one, but Torben and Kaitlin noticed this other one when they were looking through the binoculars on our porch during their latest visit.


Here’s another picture of it — in the background — when Andy and I took a walk about a week ago:


Trivial stuff? Of course. For me happiness is being curious and appreciating the little things in life. What about for you?


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Yay, Torben!

Torben just sent a new video. (It’s also on YouTube.)

Yay, Torben! Yay, Sammy! I’m glad Sammy got most of the treats, since he did all of the work. :)


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It can go right across the lawn if you fly it right.
—Famous last words

Things don’t always go the way we expect them to. My first reaction to this video was to think of the U.S. and the war in Iraq. But today is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, an even more powerful example.

I keep thinking of Sigmund Freud, who at first got caught up in the patriotic enthusiasm for a war that was supposed to end quickly, but who within a few months shared the general shock and disillusionment. He eventually said he had been a “foolish old man.”

Do you think that kind of foolishness will ever stop?


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Too Hot

The Chronicle of Woos had a short post last Wednesday. It was just this picture of Phantom…

with the caption,

Please turn the heat OFF, Mom!!!

Amen to that, said I! It was about 90° here yesterday, too hot for us. But we weren’t complaining — we’ve had a fairly mild summer here so far. They predicted it would start cooling off today, and the change came even earlier — in a form of a refreshing shower last night. Yes, on the whole we’ve been lucky with the weather.

What about where you are? I’m especially thinking of you, tammy. It looks as if you might get some relief, and rain too.


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Here in town we’ve been warned to be careful if we use Dempster Dumpsters — there may be a bear inside! A fellow resident posted this video:

For an even more interesting bear story read KB’s A Magical Meeting with a Bear and Her Cub. Here’s the picture KB took of the cub:

KB had previously taken a course on bear behavior, so she was able to soothe the mother, take the cub’s picture, and walk away with Shyla, her canine buddy.



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House Number Revisited

We needed a house number — Andy picked 75 — in order to get a building permit, so in June 2012 Andy nailed it to a tree at the start of our driveway.

June 16, 2012

June 16, 2012

June 16, 2012

June 16, 2012

Here’s what it looked like last Monday:

July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

And here’s what it looked like Wednesday, before and after Andy cut down the aspens and bushes obscuring it.

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014

The 75 is still hard to see, but we’re happy about all the new growth. A lot has happened here the last two years. What about where you are?


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New Flower

Yesterday Andy saw a new flower blooming in front of the house. This time he took a picture right away, before some critter could eat it.


We’re also excited about “all” the grass and clover growing there.

We believe in celebrating little successes. What about you?


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Cherry and Poppy

Andy’s cherry is ripening! It can be hard to see, but there is a net protecting it from birds and critters.


When he came home Sunday evening he said there was also a big red poppy blooming in front of the shed. I asked him to take a picture of it, but when he got there Monday it had already been eaten. It can be a rough life up there.


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Doing His Daughter’s Hair

This father had a quick, creative solution.

I love it! What do you think?


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