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Saturday, December 02, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Who would have thought.....
Back on 19 May 2016 my blog was listed on Past Impressions ,a UK based company, in their article "6 Of the Best Cross Stitch Bloggers".
You can click the link to see the article and to check out the Needlework Kits, Charts and Accessories that they sell (not affiliated).
I was super surprised and honored that I was listed, and only found out about it last month because I clicked on their link when checking the traffic sources that were leading other stitchers to my blog.
Of course I sent them a thank you email right after.
Take Care Everyone
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Our cabin has been needing some TLC for a bit so last weekend it got a bit of a color change, at least two sides did. Looks better in the summer when all the flowers are blooming. The swing on the porch is a back and butt buster, only good for short sits, so uncomfortable.
This is how the cabin looked when we bought it back in 1999. It has an exterior coating that has been flaking and peeling off on the sides that get the sun and weather ever since. So not wanting to keep putting the same stuff on it we opted for an in the wood stain that repels and kills bugs such as termites, carpenter ants and borer beetles.
So next year the front will get sanded with an electric hand sander and stained.
This is the new color that the cabin will be wearing for the foreseeable future. We also want to add stone to the two chimneys to add to it's rustic charm.
Yes it also needs a crap ton of landscaping. I've always like the light color that is on the front side of the cabin, but the stuff just doesn't hold up under the sun and weather.
Looks more rustic with an old cabin feel from the outside now.
That's it for today, so until next post..........
Take Care Everyone
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 02, 2017
(Lots of pictures)
Back in September we took our last camping trip of the year to the Little Belt Mountains in the Lewis & Clark National Forest.
Headin' to the Little Belt Mountains
We stayed for four (4) days going home a day early because of bad weather.
This is where we ended up parking.
Beautiful mountains, a creek and a meadow to enjoy the views of while at the campsite.
We got to watch a fawn playing in the tall meadow grass under mama's watchful eye. Unfortunately the grasses were to high to get any pictures of it.
There are lot's of beautiful dispersed (free) campsites there for those who don't need to have all the modern conveniences and rules of a KOA or monitored style campground. No electrical or water hookups and definitely no WIFI.
I do take my laptop so I can preview the photos we take to make sure we're getting the shots we want instead of getting home and finding out they were blurry.
Here are a few of the named campgrounds in the area.
Bill & Ruth Korell Memorial Campground
There are 3 or four free campsites here with a beautiful creek, picnic tables, a vault toilet and a water pump, there is also a large two-story cabin that can be rented through the forest service.
Fred M. Ellis Memorial Campground
There are at least 6 free campsites here but no amenities only a few picnic tables. It's still a nice campground with mountain and meadow views.
This is a Forestry campground that has 3 or 4 site with picnic tables, fire pits and a vault toilet in the main area and 3 or 4 sites up the road just past it with picnic tables and fire pits.
Saw these while driving down a dirt road....
Someone spent a lot of time on these and run almost a mile down the creek.
Relics from the past are everywhere....
as are the beautiful views.
And finally here is our campsite on the day we left for home.
Snow in September, not unusual for over 8,000 feet up.
That's it for our camping trips of 2017. Now that we have the 5th wheel the hubs wants to start our 2018 camping season as soon as the snows melt. Speaking of snow, it's still snowing here.
So until next post........
Take Care & Have a Great Weekend
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Fluffy white crap from above.
Angles having a massive feather pillow fight.
If you've read my blog for a while you know which is my choice.
It started around 9:30 am and is still going at it with BIG flakes turning my yard into a white wasteland. And because of the weather report with the temps in the 30's and 20's for the high's for the rest of the week and into next week it's sure to stick around.
Time to fire up the wood stove and make some cocoa or hot tea.
Take Care & Stay Warm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
I a member of The Stitchers' Village and a month or so back they had a drawing for a fabric orphan so I entered and much to my surprise I won this beautiful 18"x27" piece of hand-dyed 16 count Aida from Picture This Plus.
Pretty shades of gray.
I think this would be perfect for a Halloween piece or smalls or even a stormy weather scene.
I caught the ending of the sunset the other evening.
Such a beautiful sight to see with the sun reflecting off the huge storm cloud above.
That's it for today, I'll try to get the pictures ready from our last camping trip to share this weekend.
So until next time.......
Take Care & Have a Great Weekend
Monday, October 23, 2017
Our second camping was to the Upper Sunshine Reservoir just outside of the town of Meeteetse (pronounced: Ma-Teet-See) Wyoming. Next time we go back I want to take pictures of the town, but this trip they were holding Labor Day festivities which made for a lot more people than the towns under 400 people population.
It's a big lake with a couple of islands at the far end.
We were parked on one of the many peninsulas that jut out around the lake.
This was the view I had while cooking or doing dishes.
The reservoir is surrounded by the mountains, so the views were beautiful no matter which way you looked.
We spent from Aug. 27th to Sept. 2nd, an overall relaxing trip with great weather and always a cooling breeze coming off the lake again the smoke from the western Montana fires made for somewhat smoky skies.
On about our third day there a family that I can only think to describe as "white trash" parked on the peninsula across from us, there were four adults and six kids. Their trailer must not have had batteries since they ran their generator all day and all night and were loud around their campfire way past midnight. They yelled obscenities at any boaters with skiers or tubers being pulled behind because they were fishing, which I kind of understand, but it just made the a-hole boater pass closer and more often.
Oh, and their small old trailer must not have had a bathroom, because when I sat down at our table with the big window to have lunch the mother/grandmother walked to the end of the truck facing our trailer, dropped trough, parked her bare butt against the tire and took a pee, none of them cared if anyone saw them, then one of them brought out a homemade porta toilet the next day which they put on the side of the trailer facing the road out in the open where everyone could see, not even a tarp to shield it.
Even though we have had a few laughs about it since, it was a sight I had never seen in my whole life and hope to never see anything like it again.
Well that's it for this post, up next will be our last camping trip of the year.
So until next time..........
Take Care & Have a Great Day
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Here are some pics from our first camping trip of 2017.
We started our trip on Aug. 17th my hubs birthday and the day we picked up our 5th wheel.
There were some beautiful views despite all the smoke from the fires in western Montana.
The hubs wanted to go climb around in the rocks and look for tipi rings and vision quest sites that have been there for ages.
Tipi Ring there were quite a few in this area but this was one of the clearer ones.
Vision Quest site on top of an overlook.
There were lots of strange rock formations.
I dubbed this one "King Croc". Thought it looked like a giant crocodile.
Rock Cairns that were used by freighters in the 1800's and 1900's to denote routes.
Nature making it's own bridge.
I had never seen rocks like this before.
Saw some wildlife.
A couple of good sized bucks with their antlers still in the velvet.
Thought he was way to cute peeking up over the boulder.
This Marmot actually stopped, turned and posed for the hubs when he asked if he could take his picture. After the pics we told him he was handsome and said thank you and he turned and went into his burrow that he is standing in front of under the rock.
Evidence that this area was once under water......
Fossils of strange sea creatures forever in the rocks.
This was one of the best ones.
There were lots of smaller fossils all through out the rocks and a few that resembled sand dollars.
You can click on the pics to see a bit more detail.
When we were coming down off one of the mountains we took a pic of the camping area that was very popular, it looks like a small city of campers. We were not camped there but it was a very pretty area for camping.
That's it for the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming for this year. We went to areas we hadn't been to before and saw new things, it was a nice trip with good weather despite the smoke, we came back on Aug. 21st. Until next time..........
Take Care & Thanks for stopping by