Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Where Has the Time Gone?

A belated Merry Christmas to all! I have just finished getting most of my Holiday Greetings sent out. This is perhaps the latest I have been in doing so. I see that the trees are from last year's post but, hey, they really are pretty. They were taken up on Logan Pass in August or some such month...a few years ago!

The top picture was taken a few days ago of the trees that I put up this year. I just did not feel like also putting up the really big tree. This is a shame because the really big tree holds all the ornament memories from when we first started decorating a Christmas tree here in Babb. There are ornaments from family, friends, the children made many, I made many -- as we hung each ornament a memory and a friend or family member came into our mind and we would discuss how the ornament came to us!

I attempted to go out to the storage shed to get some of the ornaments but the snow was so deep and was hard to walk through the drifts, so I settled for what I had in our home.

And it was enough this year.

We were able to spend some time with Mitch and Nichole and their four boys right before Christmas. We attended Kacey and Steven's school Christmas program and that was fun. The drive back was very iffy with the various weather and road conditions that faced us.

We had Christmas dinner in our home with Jason and Kara and friends.

I hope you all are well and happy and wish you the best in the coming new year -- 2010!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Jason gets his new handmade saddle!

Our youngest son, Mitchell his wife, Nichole and their four sons came for Thanksgiving. Mitch had been working very hard crafting his brother Jason's saddle.
Here are some pictures of the Jason and Mitch; Jason with his new saddle; Kacey Mitchell; Robert (Bobby) Nicholas; Steven Levi and his Uncle Jason.
Their baby son is Adam Marvin and was born September 23rd of this year.
The brothers had a good visit. The saddle is beautiful. Mitch did a wonderful job crafting it.
Jason and Kara are working on their new home. Completing the wiring then insulating. Lots to do yet.
It has snowed and is very cold here today (12-02-09).

Friday, October 23, 2009

A place to rest on their journey!

The past few weeks it has been very noisy here by the home place. Trumpeter Swans and other migrating waterfowl have been coming in for a "landing" and a rest before they continue on their journey. You will have to look very close in the first picture to see the swans.
At one point there was such a clatter, that I thought a stampede of horses was running through our yard. It was a whole flock of swans taking off at once.
The swans are so majestic to look at...however, it is hard to "sneak" up on them. They are very smart and swim with the ducks. While the swans have their heads stuck down in the water, the ducks keep watch and will respond to any noise or sighting of a human!
The swans are also very noisy when they come in and when they leave.
It has quieted down now and only a few are seen coming in. During the very cold spell in early October they came in like crazy.
The beavers are very busy building up waterways for their own purposes. They love to plug culverts and are very creative in doing so. How they move what they do and put it where they do is truly a marvel! You can see some of their work in the last picture where they have cut off the pond that usually runs into the river or the river runs into the pond at this point.
The days were very cold and gray throughout most of October with a sunny day here and there. It was very strange to see some parts of our waterways frozen over in mid-October! It has warmed up some and the water is open once again.
All the pastures have turned brown, the trees were frozen and still have some green leaves on them -- they were as surprised as we were with the very cold weather we had in October. No fall colors here this year!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Where has the time gone?

Cold and snow here by the Rocky Mountains! This really is too much winter for the month of October!
Just a few weeks ago I was complaining about the hot and dry temps of 80 degrees and then wham along comes these snow storms and cold temps (14 degrees at this moment in time)!
So, the chickens have quit laying -- and I certainly don't blame them. Icicles hang from the roof tops and could certainly do harm if they fell upon a person's head.
The first picture is taken up north on our land facing the Continental Divide and the mountains to the south. Jason and Kara's home is still under construction. Windows are in and the siding is going on.
Progress on my knee replacement was finally getting better and mobility was getting better and better -- until after the last theraphy I did. The day after the theraphy my knee went crazy with pain. I could not sleep in any position, walking up and down stairs is very painful and I feel as though I have digressed a month to where I had began with walking, stair climbing, and bending of my knee after the surgery. I am very disappointed that this has happened. I don't know what happened unless I did too much at one time with my knee exercises. What a setback! I have been in too much pain to even create little lambs. I feel as though I am starting all over again.
A mini blizzard came rushing in yesterday from the north (northwest)...howling wind, no visibility, blowing snow, and freezing temperatures! Thank goodness it did not add up to much snow. But I would not have wanted to be on the highways around here yesterday when it blew in.
I hope you all have a good holiday weekend. Holidays both here and in Canada (their Thanksgiving)! Take care and if you are traveling -- be safe!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mountains and ramblings

These are some pictures I took while traveling over Going-to-the-Sun Highway (Logan's Pass) on Thursday, September 17th. Most were taken while stopping for the construction sites along the way.
The trees are just changing for the fall so it is sad that the Pass will close after this Sunday, September 20th. The closure will be after Logan Pass on the East side of the Park. Most of the current construction is over the top on the West going down. I am told paving will begin on the road that is gravel now. It must be very hard for the construction crew to stop for the traffic so I would imagine this will speed up the repairs considerably with the closure. A traveler can access the top of Logan Pass from the East side (18 miles up) and this will remain open until sometime in October, weather permitting. I think the West side will be open to the Trail of the Cedars area. Best to check with the Park Service for closures, times and dates.
The top pictures are of the beautiful Sun Rift Gorge. I was excited to be able to climb up the short distance to the gorge with my new knee on Thursday. I was very careful and my wonderful husband helped me to be sure I did not trip or fall. No can fall with the new knee!!
My knee is getting better as the days go by. It was a rough three weeks. Meds made me very ill and the pain in my knee at night did not allow any sleep. My leg has almost returned to a normal size and color. The swelling is pretty well all gone. I am going up and down stairs and walking about the ranch area. I still tire easily, am doing my exercises. I have to set up appointments with a physical therapist. More traveling, driving in a car has become almost impossible since my restless legs have returned with a vengeance -- especially in my leg with the new knee.
Have a great weekend. No new pictures on Jason and Kara's building project -- nothing new to report.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Enclosing the house and traveling across Logan

Busy closing in Jason and Kara's new home/garage! The winds are a-coming!
Drove across Logan Pass today to go to the doctor's...it was a beautiful day with quite a few construction stops on Logan. I took the pictures of the "boys" Mountain Sheep at the top of Logan this morning. This little group has been dashing across the road seems each time we come across.
The second picture is of the mountain by my favorite comfort station!!!!
I am exhausted from the trip so I will end this post.........take care!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Is that a Roof I see!!!

I took these pictures on September 5th. The roof is going up! The last picture is from the front of the home/garage. Next is from the south side of the building. And the other two pictures are from the back of building.
They will live above the garage. The building is 30 feet by 40 feet.
It is so exciting to see Jason and Kara's home going up. Lots to do for sure, but it is Happening!!!
The veiws from this site are wonderful. Don't know how the wind will be from this site, though!
It appears to be getting fall here by the mountains. Had a little rain last night. Still trying to get the haying done. Always equipment repairs, it seems! So important to get the crops in for winter feed.
In the summer the sun is up before 4 am and goes down around 10pm...well, it is dark at 6am and getting dark by 9pm...darn, I sure enjoy all that light. Pretty soon it will be dark so early and gloomy in the morning.
Hope you are all having a good Labor Day Holiday! Drive safely if you are traveling!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Total Knee Replacement!

"I didn't wanna do it...I didn't wanno do it"...and so it goes...However, my left knee gave out a few months ago and it was time to do the Total Knee Replacement! Arrrrgh! Right up to the last minute when I was being "snuggled" into the pre-op bed and the tubes were being inserted, I thought, I still have time to stop this, there still is time! But then I remembered the problems with the knee pain and it giving out and there was no trust left in "what was left of the knee parts" on my left leg.
Woe-is-me!!... and so I put my trust into the hands of the surgical team and next thing I know I am trying to wake up in my room. The pain meds made me very ill, different ones were tried. I especially like it when you say you are nauseated and they suggest you eat a dry saltine in a very dry mouth with urges to throwup. So, being a good trooper I try and chew the saltine...it turns to some kind of solid goo lodged against my teeth. Try not to cough, who knows what may hurt. Drink the hospital water. The cracker does not work. Try a little yogart -- does yogart really taste that way??? I was told to drink water, then I was told to not drink water if it was making me throw up -- team, we have to get together if we want this to work. New pain meds were tried -- also shots in the IV to stop the nausea, yikes. Nausea. One night there was the passive exercise machine on the knee surgery, something wrapped around my good leg so as not to get blood clots, an IV that was swelling up my arm and setting off the alarms, the oxygen in my nose and then my nerve pinched on my right side -- the only good side I had left! I thought I would not make it. The nurses propped pillows up against my right back and hips and tipped me over to the left -- yup, off went the alarm on my IV...
The beds are something else! I had Marvin go out and purchase a foam mattress topper for a twin bed -- WOW, what a difference that made. Wish I had thought of that first thing. So, don't leave your foam topper at home.
My husband was allowed to stay in the room with me which made it a whole lot nicer -- not for him, but for me.
Physical therapists helped me with the exercise routine, had me up and walking -- they were very nice and great to work with.
For the most part the nurses and certified nurses aides took very good care of me. I just wish they knew what to do about taking the pain meds. I was given pain meds for the trip home. By the time we got to Logan Pass I was extremely nauseated and wondered how on earth I would do going across the pass with all the delays.
We made it home...yes, home!
I was given pain med prescriptions to take home. The pharmacy put these lovely instructions on the pills -- take with MILK or FOOD. How very simple Milk...I love milk, milk loves me. I could have been taking milk with the pills. Once I started this, no more nausea!
Had some very wild dreams while in the hospital and when I got home. Keeping the swelling down is a problem.
Had a very hard time with my intestinal track! Need better plans in the hospital to keep the old bowels ready to be operational.
So, here it is a week after the surgery, I am walking without fear my knee will give me a sharp pain and then give out. Doing my exercises like a good girl.
The first picture is a lovely arrangement that Margie Lou and her Mom, Linda had sent to hospital. Boy, I really needed that smiley cup and lovely flowers that day!
The other pictures are pretty self explanatory. The scar (about 7-1/2 inches long) with the staples was taken today. I was "lucky" and had some "fracture blisters" on my leg in various places. Felt real good when the tape was stripped off the first time!
I was given a waterproof bandages which I can shower in.
Well, that is it for this post. Gotta elevate that leg!
No more new pictures to share on Jason and Kara's house raising...not much done since last I wrote.
I hope you are all well....................

Friday, August 21, 2009

More Pictures of the "House-is-Arising"!!!

Took these pictures this a.m.

I just took these pictures this morning (08-21-09)! The first picture from the TOP is what you see coming up Jason and Kara's road. The second picture is Marvin and Jason inside the garage area.
The third picture is from the front and the garage doors ( 7 feet high and 9 feet wide). The forth picture is from the south east side and the fifth picture is from the back -- northwest side.
They will live in the top of the building...the garage/home measures 40 feet long and 30 feet wide.
It is a hot one here today by the mountains...it is 85 in the shade...........
Everyone have a great weekend and take care of each other! Enjoy!
I need to add that there will be dormers in the front and back!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kara and Jason's home taking shape!

Okay, I have my pictures a little mixed up but that is okay, too! It is an exciting time here on the ranch, Kara and Jason are getting their home framed in up north on their land. They will have the garage on the bottom and their living area will be upstairs so they have a fantastic view of the mountains to the west and south! There will be a second toilet in the garage area. After the cement pad was poured and completed it began to rain and rain. But it has now cleared up and Jason's good friend, contractor Clint Billedeaux and his great crew are hard at work getting it framed in. It is 30 feet by 40 feet with two separate garage doors and two walk-in doors downstairs. There will be a sliding "patio" door up in the living area for a planned deck.
Jason and Kara will do the work inside once the outside work is completed. There will be lots to do to get this completed.
......everyone have a great day!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Going to "town" over the park pass

Going to "town" for us in the summer means we will travel Logan Pass or as it is also called, "Going-to-the-Sun Highway". We travel over the absolutely beautiful pass to Kalispell to see doctors and to shop. It saves us 60 miles or thereabouts in travel. And you can drive slow and enjoy the sights.
Being summer and the need for so much repair on this historic highway, construction stops allow for some good pictures. The pictures of the, as I call them, mystic clouds down in the lower valleys of the Pass which are following the river down below! These were early morning shots -- we hit the pass at about 6:30 a.m. and came home around 4 p.m. The middle picture was taken on a construction stop on the way back. Going over we had only one stop and coming back we had three different stops.
Today, in our valley at the ranch, it is in the 50's and overcast! A good day to bake bread, make hot meals and create!
Everyone have a wonderful day and if I don't post anymore this week -- a great weekend!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My Little Up and Coming Hens!

I went out to sit with my little hens and thought I would take some pictures so you can see how varied their colors are. I have 24 Ameraucana and four Barred Plymouth Rocks plus five Buff Opingtons.
The gray hen is a "blue" Ameraucana and I love the look of the all white Ameraucana. The Ameraucana hens lay "brown" eggs but they come out in blues and greens and maybe a "brown" pink egg. The Ameraucana develope a "fluff" of feathers on each side of their faces. A true Aracuna has no tail to speak of but look very similar to the Ameraucanas! The eggs from the Ameraucana have very hardy shells.
These little hens were born June 16th of this year and still have some growing to do before I release them to join the older hens that I have now.
Ameraucanas come in all colors and the wide variety of colors you see in the pictures are the Ameraucanas. They seem to be very hardy for our cold climate here by the mountains. I have had Barred Plymouth Rocks before and they are very docile chickens and also seem to be hardy for our climate. I have always enjoyed the Buff Ophingtons, because they, too, are gentle and hardy and live a long life.
Many years ago we purchased Red Leghorns and they were the meanest chickens ever. They picked at each other and if you reached in to get their eggs, they drew blood on your hand!

Haying Time on the Ranch

Haying time on the ranch -- one of the most important parts of ranching -- bringing in the hay crop to feed the livestock during the winter months.
The first picture is of a bunch (alfalfa grows in a bunch) of alfalfa or a single plant of alfalfa. I love these colors together. Some of the alfalfa is two-toned -- a purple and a lavender blooming on the same bunch or plant. Some is yellow or white blooming in another plant of alfalfa.
There is a picture of our front meadow that is at the home place and visible out of our windows. The other pictures are of my dog, Boo-Boo smelling a bunch of sage which grows wild all over and smells delicious!
At this time of year, our biggest concern is getting in the crops -- swathing (cutting), baling, and bringing the bales of hay into a stackyard where the hay will be stored until it is time to feed during the winter months.
So far, August has been wet and cool...being wet makes it hard to do the haying but the rain is wonderful for the meadows that are grazed by the livestock, the trees, and the entire area here by the mountains. Usually, at this time of year, the grass is turning brown from lack of moisture -- so it is wonderful to still see the green grasses.
After a rain, it is so very delightful to drive through Glacier National Park over the Pass (Logan Pass or Going-to-the-Sun Highway). You can smell the pine and all the vegetation is freshly moist with the rains! So very joyful.
I had better end this and check on my new young hens and my older hens. Boo-Boo gets his time to run about and then he goes back to his kennel area so I can let the hens out and they can catch the too many grasshoppers that are everywhere this year. When I let the hens out, I watch the skies for hawks and birds of prey. I have had Anatolians that did not bother my hens as they ran freely about the ranch area, but my two Anatolians that I have now can not be trusted to not snack on my hens!
Everyone have a wonderful weekend...it is sunny here today and a beautiful day.