Archive for September, 2007

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Shots Fired! Shots Fired! No big deal here.  Our neighbor about a half-mile away is preparing for hunting season. I know this because we can hear the crack of his guns being fired at targets in his yard. It’s far enough away that  it isn’t a bother.  Where I grew up this type of thing would draw quite a bit of attention. Here the most people who don’t like it can do is complain about the noise if it’s bothering them.

It’s really pretty quiet here. Other than an occasional car on a gravel road, quad, dog barking and chainsaw, we can hear the wind in the trees, some birds, the highway about a mile away and the railroad near the highway. Nothing is loud enough it disrupts conversations or causes a distraction.

Sounds we don’t miss. Banging rap music emanating from cars in front of our house. People talking or dogs barking below our bedroom window at the ungodly hour of 9:00pm; Airplanes overhead; Sirens; Loud cars and motorcycles. All these things can be found in Northern Idaho. All too far away to hear from here.

I worry that the lack of noise, contact with people and solitude will be a challenge. We may hate it some day. For now though, it feels peaceful, like a retreat.

Dissaster averted

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Did you know that they pressurize the drain system after installing drain pipes and a septic tank? Well, they do to test for leaks. The problem came 4 days after we started living here when some water started coming up through the drain in the utility room. The eighth plumber I called on Sunday morning answered and was out in an hour (Shameless plug: Three Amigos Plumbing Jeff Janssen, 208-255-4380). It took him about 5 minutes to walk out to the septic tank and pull out the plug used to test the system during pressurization. $113 of my contractor’s money later, and the problem was solved. We’re back in the flow so to speak.


Friday, September 14th, 2007

On Sept. 13th, we packed up our 14th trailer load of belongings and locked the door on our wonderful rental house and moved into our new home. I had my office hooked up and connected in a few hours and then we shut off all the lights in the house so we could see the amazing array of stars shining through the upper windows in our great room. It was an amazing event. Last night, Jenny saw a moose about 1/2 mile from our house and then this morning saw two dear cross our property. Cats probably didn’t sleep as they investigated every nook and cranny of their new digs. I went out and took this shot today which remind me, I have to plant grass.

the house on day one

We don’t know why God permitted us to come here and enjoy this area and this house, but it’s important that we give credit where credit is due. For many years during devotions together Jenny and I have been praying that if this wasn’t where God wanted us for some reason that he’s direct our path elsewhere. He didn’t. Whatever he has planned for us, we give him all the Glory.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Friday, September 14th, 2007

The City Dump! Where we live there “ain’t no garbage pickup” (local speak). Instead you have to pack your cans into that handy trailer you bought 5 months ago for A) Your ATV; B) to help you move all your stuff into your new home; C) for taking your garbage to the city dump. Today the little trailer has proven it’s worth when Jenny said, “That trailer really has come in handy. The thing’s paid for itself already.”

Men, follow the ways of the master and your wife will endorse your purchase of toys. Soon, my plow arrives for the ATV and it TOO will “pay for itself”!
…I digress.

Anyway, we live 5 miles from the dump and we can take anything except “cement” (according to the attendant) up to 16 cubic yards of stuff. Welcome to small town living.

Unusual weather forcast

Friday, September 14th, 2007
patchy smoke

OK, this is the first time on the National Weather Service Forecast calendar that I’ve ever seen a forecast for “SMOKE”! Fortunately, many of the wild fires have been quelled. We’re hundreds of miles from the nearest fire but the smoke is a good reminder of the local danger.


Friday, September 7th, 2007

On Monday, September 3rd we hooked up our modified little trailer to Gritz (the car) and began the first of many drives down to the property.


Today is Friday and we’ve driven down 6 times. Each trip includes unpacking the truck and a “hunny do” item which includes hanging ceiling fans, finishing the install of the bathroom vanities, hanging curtain rods and more. All the carpet is in except for the greatroom which is waiting for a shipment from Georgia on Tuesday or Wednesday. We plan on sleeping our first night there next week!

Proof that God knows all about the future…

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Well, thanks be to God for proving his soverenty by putting Black Tail Mountain across the valley long before we even existed. Clearly he knew then that we’d need an internet connection many thousands of years in the future. Way back then he put this mountain in place knowing that Infinity Networks would be putting a wireless internet tower on top of it so that we could have an internet connection in our new house. It takes more faith not to believe in God than to see the obvious!

On September 6th, 2007, before furniture, before all the carpet, before the showers and a toilet, we connected to the internet from our house. It looks like we’re actually going to be able to work and pay for this house.


The latest addition

Friday, September 7th, 2007

For those who, like me, were wondering where we are going to put our snow blower, ATV, gardening tools, and such here’s a quick shot of our new shed. After it was built I told the guy that we need to remove the safety latch on the inside because if I lock the kids in there they could get out. He didn’t blink but said, “Do you have kids?”. I replied, “No, they took them away years ago.”


Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Life Without Lines

Small town living might be described as life without all the lines. While in the big city, such a sight as the photo below would call for a city council meeting to rework the budget to allocate funds hire a contractor to put lines on the parking lot, along with some shiny new city ordnances, here in rural America, people realize that there are more important things to do than worry about nice neat parking lots.

parking lot