We moved out here on the Edge because we wanted seasons.
4 real seasons.
Not the ones we had...
Winter Torrential Rain
Spring Sideways Rain
No, we wanted to be down right warm in the Summer, cool and crisp in the Fall, bundled up in the Winter, and Chilly and muddy and squishy in the Spring--ok, well maybe the spring isn't the best...but it's pretty.
We have that here, albeit this summer could have come just a tad bit sooner and hung out for awhile oh, and the snow could have fallen this past winter and actually accumulated on the ground so the dogs didn't HAVE to track in mud every day from our not yet landscaped new house yard!
But here is the good news...though I guess not if you are planning to travel for sports or want to bag that Elk or Deer or whatever 4 legged beast is open for hunting season right now...
From the Weather Service:
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT ABOVE 4000 FEET... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ABOVE 4000 FEET...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 6 OR MORE INCHES. * ELEVATION: ABOVE 4000 FEET.
* TIMING: SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL BELOW 4000 FEET BY MONDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS LIKELY LATE MONDAY MORNING AND MONDAY AFTERNOON. CONTINUED MODERATE SNOW IS POSSIBLE THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT.
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN ROAD...FLOWERY TRAIL ROAD...MULLAN...LOOKOUT PASS * WINDS: WIND GUSTS TO 35 MPH ARE POSSIBLE MONDAY...PARTICULARLY IN THE CENTRAL PANHANDLE MOUNTAINS.
* IMPACTS: WET SNOW ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE AT LOOKOUT PASS ON I-90. IN ADDITION...GUSTY WINDS MAY LEAD TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW...AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES.
THIS STORM IS THE FIRST POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON. PEOPLE PLANNING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE MOUNTAINS SHOULD MONITOR THE WEATHER FORECAST CLOSELY.
Now, this doesn't sound like we'll be seeing DD playing with the plow on the front of the ATV...but maybe it's time he put it back on...
Oh, but this does mean that I will have some fun picture opportunities...FIRST SNOW ON THE MOUNTAINS!! Bring on the snow Mother Nature...we are ready for you this year...well, mostly ready...the chicken coop is just about there...oh and we do need more gravel...and the rain gutters on the shop...
Well come to think of it...we aren't quite ready yet...uh, see you later.....
A rainy Saturday morning and a few moments by myself led me to The Pioneer Woman's blog. I've been reading her blog since before she became a published author, before she finished the tale of her and Marlboro Man's courtship, and back when you could actually post a comment.
So I'm not sure how you can find time to be an amazing photographer and chef with 4 children that you homeschool! But apparently she doesn't need as much sleep as I do or maybe it's just that she knows how to fit 26 hours into a 24 hour day. I wish she would share that secret!
Well, if you won't share that secret....I do appreciate that you shared another secret! I am now truly in awe and would love to kiss your toes...after you pick them of course!
I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 6. Yes, dark ages...I take baby steps...but it works for me. But I have been bummed that I couldn't download those cool Actions I see other people use to spice up their photos. This morning, thanks to The Pioneer Woman, I learned that Actions are possible!
Here is the Pioneer Woman Link that shows you what her layers will do and leads to a couple amazing websites that you just have to bookmark if you are even slightly into photography....
I can listen to this song over and over. I love it. The beat is fun...the lyrics saucy and clever...the tune is catchy. Not everyone is a country music fan...but this one has to at least get your toes twitching!
This was forwarded to me in an email. I had to pass this one on...no, I didn't write it, but I wish I was this clever!
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; - Life isn't always fair; - and Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights I Want It Now Someone Else Is To Blame I'm A Victim Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
I know I'm a school teacher, but something tells me that these gutters have a problem. We have only one downspout on the back side of our house...yes just ONE. Do you think this is enough when we get a good rainfall? NO! So Loser Larry...another short cut taken when you built our house. I would love to get the list of all the contractors you hired for building our house. Then we will know who NOT to call when we need something done around the house.
Last week they fixed the flashing around the stove pipe so the rain stopped leaking down our the pipe and staining it. Now we have a sanding and paint project to fix. Oh, and about the pitted driveway? Still waiting on your newest not-so-best-friend the cement guy. Did he tell you how annoyed he was with you? Are you wondering why he isn't answering his phone??? You guys go ahead and fight amongst yourselves...just fix our darn driveway before it's covered in snow!!
But to be fair...we do have the names and numbers of the GOOD subcontractors. We were at the house build often enough to see when quality work was done. Boys, your names are on our bulletin board and we will be calling you all whenever we need something done!
Such an Idaho plate! Did you know that in some states you can't put God on your license plate?! And they wonder why people move to Idaho....it's God's country after all!! It's incredibly gorgeous here and God is not a 4 letter word!
There's my girl! JV cheerleader this year. She has made some great friends and it's been a fun way to start high school. What better way to not get lost as a Freshman in high school...become a cheerleader and wear a bright yellow uniform on game day!
Daddy says she isn't really watching the game. Not sure what she is watching then...she does know a little bit about football now after two months of watching the game. She knows which team to cheer for and she knows what offense and defense is...but not always when the team is ON offense or defense.
The garden may not have produced much over the summer...but our ducks and chickens are earning their keep! We have so many eggs...we share them with as many friends and neighbors as we can! Instead of flowers, we bring eggs. So feel free to invite us over if you need a dozen!
7 eggs in one day!!! It's the most we've gotten, but a common number the past few weeks!