Archive for July, 2007

Why Idaho?

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Many have asked why we moved here. The answer is complex. But here’s a few hints from a recent ATV ride about 30 miles from our new house, plus another 20 miles on our ATVs.


At the top of a mountain called Roman Nose, there’s a 300 foot cliff. In this first picture, I’m sitting on the edge and in the second, you’re looking at a pristine lake below.

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In the third image, there’s a moose there if you look closely. And in the final shot, you’re looking off the top of the mountain once again.

If you can view this video file  video_00002.mp4 you’ll see my neighbor, Robert, riding his ATV across a river on the way home. This was shot from my phone so excuse the poor quality.

To have the priviledge to see God’s beauty up close and personal is one of many reasons we came here.


Saturday, July 21st, 2007

While I dig holes for concrete, help the contractor with floor and the wireless internet guy install my dish, I stumbled upon this woman just sitting around relaxing in the sun. And that’s fine.


Are the wild if they are on your property?

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

If you buy land and then find these great raspberries on your property, are they wild berries or not? My friend says these are not raspberries but rather “thimble berries”. No matter, they taste great!


Rob does, in fact, work for a living

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

This post is dedicated to the hard work of Rob English who has been orphaned by the contractor to live (well almost) on the property and fix every last detail on the punch list, baby sit subcontractors, and assure Jenny and I that this job will get finished some day. I threatened him that I’d put his picture on the internet. Rob, here it is! And as you can see I kept my promise not to show what usually shows when one is working in that position. It’s a family rated web site.

Rob English

Here Rob is finishing the concrete floor in our basement as part of a repair.

What do these images have in common?

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

This is not just a picture of a mountain.


This IS just a propane tank and a generator…

propane generator

Now what do these have in common? If you look closely at the top image, you’ll see a not so concealed wireless internet dish on the bottom of the deck. Many have asked how Jenny and I will be doing our jobs and that is the answer. That dish is pointing to radio towers on top of Baldy Mountain across the valley. This will enable us high speed internet access to pay for this house. During a power outage (which up here, 4 days without electricity is not that uncommon), the propane will power the generator, the generator powers the house. In case you were wondering, the tower on Baldy also has a generator to keep it up and running during an outage. Life (and work) goes on.

Coming Soon! We can’t wait.

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Well, the exterior is getting pretty close to finished. The deck still won’t pass OSHA standards without a railing or stairs, and you can’t see much at night without lights but you can finally see our house as it nears completion…. at least on the outside. There’s still much to before you come and visit.

Click on image to enlarge!

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

I guess this can happen anywhere. However, I’ve never seen it before. First, the horse in this picture has a mask on. Yepper, I’m from the big city and I can only guess that the mask is to protect the horse from sunlight or bugs. Second the horse has a little feathered friend on his back.

horse and bird

Again, I can only guess that

A) There’s a lot of good bugs to eat on the backs of horses. Who knew?
B) Birds know that horses with masks are fun to sit on. It gives them a sense of power.
C) The horse is in therapy for fear of birds. Without the mask the bird would chase the horse all around.

D) The bird is in therapy for fear of horses. With the mask the horse ignores the bird and thus helps the bird on it’s way to full recover.

E) The bird is playing “Guess Who??” with the horse.

Progress is slow on the house

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

We’re just dying to move in. Trouble is, progress has just seemed slow. Some highlights though. We have a pump in our well and water is flowing into our 2000 gallon cistern. Lookie, here’s a picture!


Yes, it does look like a big hole with a spigot in it doesn’t it. And the drywall is going up. Here’s a shot of our living room that gives some perspective on how tall the ceiling is.


Once the drywall is taped upstairs (probably another week) we can start painting while they drywall downstairs. We’ve picked out our floor coverings. The deck is done but the railing is waiting for materials (special order custom stuff). That’s the current status.

Oh, one dream did come true. We were able to watch fireworks on the lake from our deck. We’ve been dreaming of that since November of last year.

Climbing mountains in my spare time

Monday, July 16th, 2007

OK, I admit it, I’m addicted to riding my ATV. Recognition is the first sign of recovery.  I Was HERE! From our front door to the one of the highest mountains in the area (called Roman Nose) is 35 miles. The final leg of the ride would be rated as extremely difficult but let’s tell mom it was fun. The views were spectacular.

DIAL UP USERS CLICK THIS IMAGE to see The Beast with the peak in the background


High Speed users and patient people click this image for a 360 degree view from the top of a mountain at about 6000 ft.

roman nose panorama

A drink of water, phone call to let Jenny know I was alive (yes, I got cell signal up here), and I was back home in a few hours. My muscles are still sore but the pain was well worth a little slice of heaven.