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 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 is sunny here today and a beautiful day.