Archive for July, 2008

Little Blacktail Mountain

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

I’ve posted several pictures here looking out at Little Blacktail mountain looking East from our deck. The following image is a shot, looking East from the top of Little Blacktail. As the crow flies, Blacktail is only 4+ miles from our house. As the ATV drives, it’s 20 and the views are spectacular.

From blacktail mountain
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Pet Inflictions

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I resist inflicting every breath, movement, quirk, and antic of our cats on anyone who reads my blog. Even though we might enjoy watching them sleep, you probably don’t. It’s been a while and so it’s time. They are getting along very well as shown in this unprompted pose.

cats on ottoman

cats on ottoman 2
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Lucy is getting a little slower and Fur is running circles around him and everything else. If it moves, she’s on it. So far she’s brought two live mice that invaded the house to our attention. Thankfully, we discovered the mice before she could have much quality time with them. I promptly scooped them up with a glove and sent the little creatures back into the wild. We haven’t yet figured out the point of entry but coincidentally they showed up when the sliding glass door was open.

White Water Rafting

Friday, July 25th, 2008

A few hours drive to Montana gave us one of the biggest thrills of our lives as we rafted down a moderately dangerous river (level 3+ out of 5, which means it was more dangerous than your bathtub).


rafting 2
I think that’s us in the last boat. The scenery was spectacular.
rafting 1
That’s Thomas & Jenny at the top in brown and blue hats.
Now that you know where we are, you can view this animation and see our silly faces:

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Friday, July 25th, 2008

While visiting Portland, Oregun (yes, I put a “u” in it so you know how to say it to the natives who will berate you if you say Oregon “uncorrectly”), I observed something for the first time — “apartment dogs”. Never noticed this growing up. But the closer you go to a city the smaller the dogs seem to get. In the downtown Oregon park, there were many people walking dogs that are the equivilent of a compact car. Here a shot of a couple walking a poodle that wasn’t much larger than a guinea pig.

apartment dogs

In the rural area where we live, these creatures would be bate for mountain lions, coyottes, wolves, foxes, black & grizzly bears, bob cats, and very like some other carnivore that I’d forgotten.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Big Town Living does have some benefits. We traveled to a big city recently and rekindled an old love that we haven’t been able to experience for years! It was amazing and one of the highlights of our vacation. I opened a big yellow book, found and called a magic phone number. THEN LIKE MAGIC, about an hour later, there was a knock on our hotel room door. I opened the door, gave the man at the door money and was then handed a box containing pizza. We are almost giddy! Before we opened the box we took pictures of this miracle. Yum!

pizza boxes