No Great Mystery

When Andy was eating lunch yesterday he saw a flash of light out of the corner of his eye and heard a loud BOOM! He looked over and saw bark falling from the tall tree by the shed.



There’s no great mystery about what happened.


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Some of the wildflowers Andy planted last year have been coming up.

July 28,  2014

July 28, 2014


July 28, 2014


July 28, 2014


August 8, 2014

Most of them don’t last long, but this plant has been going strong for six or eight weeks now. It seems to have flowers in the morning.


June 20, 2014

June 20, 2014

June 20, 2014

But by the afternoon the flowers have either closed or disappeared.

June 20, 2014

June 20, 2014

One day a rain knocked all the petals to the ground, and they stayed there, clearly visible.

August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014

We thought maybe the plant was done for the season but two days later it went back to having flowers in the morning, none visible in the afternoon. We have no idea what’s going on. Just another of the mysteries of the universe.

Have you ever seen a plant like this? Have you encountered any mysteries in your life?


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Interesting Phone Call

Yesterday morning Andy got a phone call from a “Certified Microsoft Technician”. The fellow said he knew we were having trouble with our PC, and he could fix our problems if we let him log on remotely. Andy thanked him and said we weren’t interested right now.

Do you think anyone would take the fellow up on his offer?


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With all the rain we’ve been having, we’ve gone from extreme drought to moderate drought. We’ll just have to see if it lasts.

July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014

The drought won’t be lifted until we have enough winter precipitation to replenish the ground water, and it’s too early to predict what will happen this year.

We do know that our local ski hill will have snow — man-made from water that will be pumped up from our local water supply. Does that sound crazy to you? One fellow says it just shows that around here water flows uphill, to where the money is. Does that sound too cynical?


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A Dose of Pessimism

Listen up Pollyannas of the world: A dose of pessimism may do you good.
—Wall Street Journal, A Perfect Dose of Pessimism

Amen to that, says this cheerful pessimist. A reasonable amount of pessimism encourages us to avoid excessive risks and to plan for the future — it helps us live longer. It doesn’t mean we have to be gloomy or feel helpless — instead it can be motivating. What do you think?


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Great Ad

This ad took me by surprise. Well done!


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Torben sent these pictures yesterday.

Here’s Montana.


And here’s Sammy lying under a bush to keep cool.



Thank you, Torben!


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Rabbits and Elk

One consequence of all the rain and greenery is the rabbits and elk are thriving. We see a lot of rabbits on the roads. When we were taking our walk one evening they mostly scurried off as soon as they saw us, but this one waited under a bush until we got a lot closer.


Zoomed in:


And twice when we drove back at dusk we saw a big herd of elk grazing on both sides of the highway. Once we just slowed down, but the other time some were crossing and we had to stop while a baby decided which side of the road he wanted to be on.

On the Fourth of July we drove down late because we had watched the fireworks in Santa Fe from our porch. (They were line-of-sight, but 40 miles away, so they weren’t very big!) That night we came within about a foot of colliding with a thousand-pound bull elk. Andy thinks the elk had seen us coming and tried to get out of the way, but the road curved. Fortunately they were both able to swerve in time. Otherwise it would not have been pretty for any of us.


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Changing Landscape

Little new damage to the roads. There wasn’t much rain last night, and Andy says there was a just gentle drizzle up there today.

Andy did take some pictures of our part of the road. This one is down towards the bottom. When the culverts were blocked some water flowed down the road instead of in the ditch to the left.

August 1, 2014

August 1, 2014

The road is about three feet lower than it was on August 20, 2011. Notice how low the bank on the right side was.

August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011

That all changed a day or so later, when we had a monster gully washer. Here’s a picture taken August 23, 2011.

August 23, 2011

August 23, 2011

As we know, water can be powerful.

A lot of people our age like to spend their money traveling. This is more our kind of adventure. What about you?

(The rest of the pictures Andy took yesterday are on Flickr.)


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As we can see from the pictures Andy took of distant downpours, they tend to be localized rather than over a large area.

July 27, 2014

July 27, 2014


July 27, 2014

Hopefully that means the one that drenched us on the way home from the supermarket tonight didn’t wipe out the roads on the way to our land. I had already asked Andy to take pictures of how the road looks since Tuesday’s rain/hail. He says if we had a gully washer this time, he won’t need to be reminded.

As usual, the adventure continues.


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