Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer - The "Project" Season

T has been working hard all spring to clean up the area from our front gate to the barn . It is clear of old fence and junk; and now he has staked out the area for the new corral.  He always does a great job building fences -- I know it is going to look so much better when he is done!

Clean Up this Spring

Falling-Down Fences - this is what it looked like when we moved in.

Falling-Down Fences - this is what it looked like when we moved in.

Falling-Down Fences - this is what it looked like when we moved in.

Another Project:
Remember this from last winter?

We are working hard to "fix the problem" before we have another winter of frozen sewer pipes.

Wishing you all a busy, productive summer just like us!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Before and After

I put together a few before and after photos of the yard.  It is satisfying to see the progress we have made so far.








Sadie - The Garden "Helper"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stella and I took a walk....

Stella and I took a walk, last Friday evening.  It was so calming and peaceful.  The week had been hard for me.  I had been worrying all week about a close family member who was in the hospital, and work had been extra stressful.  

But, at that moment, I had my little buddy, Stella, the fresh air, the birds and the beauty; and everything was okay again.

The area that is clear of sagebrush is where we are going to build our house.

Our Spring

Curious Calves

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Joy and Sorrow Interwoven

A Frosty February Morning

 The last three months have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for me.  Last November, just a few days before Thanksgiving, my dad passed away at his home in Montana.  I traveled the 1000 miles to his and my mother's home to help her with the arrangements, then traveled back home in a snow storm, missing a flight and staying an extra night in Salt Lake City.  

In December, I celebrated with my youngest sister, her husband, family and friends at a shower in honor of the impending arrival of their first child.  

Late January and then early February, word came that my mother was not well.  After her second round in the ICU, my sisters and I decided that I should travel back to Montana and spend some time with her.  I spent a week with my mother trying to help her adjust to her new life without dad, then came home not sure if I had accomplished anything.

The end of February, my beautiful nephew was born; and I spent two weekends in a row making the 600-mile round trip to visit my sister's little family.  It was wonderful to experience that new little life, especially after the sadness of the past few months.  

I am glad that Spring is here and so thankful to be able to feel, see, smell and experience it.  

The snow is mostly gone from the mountain.  

Two Horses and a Donkey

Clean Up - The old Loading Chute is gone.

What should we do with this - Counter top, bench?

Burning rotten wood and sagebrush.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Better Things

The locals tell me that we are having an unusually mild winter.  The weather does seem odd to me.  I've never lived anywhere before where it rains in January.  I can't complain about the beautiful weather, though.  Last Saturday we had blue skies and it was "jacket weather."

T. decided to burn some piles of branches from his clean-up efforts around the place.  

Stella and I decided that meant it was time for roasted marshmallows.

I only had mini-marshmallows - but they did the trick.


 Here are some photos of a recent frosty morning at the Nobel House:

Driving up to the gate.

T. holding the gate

And off to work we go.


Thankfully, the day after my last post we were able to thaw out our sewer line; so no more troubles there (I knew you were wondering.)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Ugly Blog Post

Well, I hate to start out the New Year with a post titled "The Ugly Blog Post" but reality is reality, so here goes:

For the past 5 weeks, we have been dealing with plumbing that doesn't work properly.  To say I am frustrated about this would be an understatement!

During the Thanksgiving weekend, we traveled out of state to attend my dad's funeral.  As soon as we arrived back home, our little area of the country was hit by a cold snap and our water stopped running.  We did what we needed to do to get the water running, only to find out that are gray water drain had frozen up!

So -- we had running water with nowhere for it to go except up the shower drain and all over the bathroom floor.  After trying to get that thawed out (heaters under the house, heaters in the pump house, heaters under a makeshift tent at the drain outlet) -- Yes, our electric bill went up dramatically -- we finally gave up and put in a makeshift drain for the gray water.  See photos below.

Every night when we are done running water for the night, we unhook the hose, drain it and hang it over a tree branch in the yard.  When we get up in the morning, before we take our showers, we go out in the yard and hook the hose back up.

Make-shift tent mess at gray water outlet.

We solved the gray-water-drain problem just in time for an out-of-town trip to visit our son for Christmas.  When we arrived home 4 days later, and went to use the toilet after a long drive, it overflowed all over the bathroom floor and into the kitchen -- Did I mention this is a post about "ugly" things?

T. said, "Well, the sewer pipe must have froze up while we were gone."  I said, "No way!  Who ever heard of a sewer pipe freezing up!"  Well, to make a long story short, we called a plumber who came out and looked and said, "Your sewer is froze up, because your pipe is only 8 inches below the surface of the ground."

Good Grief!! Who buries they're sewer pipe 8 inches below the ground?  --- That explains why there were areas of the yard with gobs and gobs of ugly straw lying around.  Ugly straw that we hauled away last summer.......... Ugly straw that the former owners used to insulate the pipe that was only 8 inches below the surface of the ground!

The plumber dug down to the pipe, cut a hole in it and told us to run hot water into the hole until it thaws out.  See photos below:

Messy, dirty and smelly - and, as of this evening, it hasn't worked.

I guess I can be grateful that we own an outhouse.

                                                                           The End.