Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer might be here.

If summer is really here, that means it's finally time to clean the fountain and get it operational.  (Retired Mountain Man's job)  This year he had help that came all the way from OKC.

Just in case it gets too hot,  we bought a swimming pool for Maggie.   She has had her front paws in it but is not too sure it's for her yet.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The herd.

The latest photos from Retired Mountain Man's game camera.

Friday, June 22, 2012

We've had two days of sunshine and warm temperatures before the next batch of rain heads our way.  I have been trying to finish planting the vegetable garden even though it is really too wet, but time is up!  Yesterday, after working in the garden until mid-day I decided I needed a few more bags of compost and manure so I made my last trip to the Home Depot gardening department. (It probably wasn't my last trip to the garden department, but it will make Retired Mountain Man happy if he thinks it was my last trip)

While I was at Home Depot Retired Mountain Man called me to find out what the settings were on my camera so that he could take some pictures.  This is unusual as he never takes pictures.  There must be something very interesting to shoot if he is asking how to use the camera.  A bear?  A mountain lion?  A moose?  The Goshawk?

It turns out the camera needed to be on the macro setting to take the photos.

This is what he ended up with.

He's kind of a cute little guy.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I have a diamond in my kitchen!

Our good friends just returned from a trip to France and Italy and surprised us with a wonderful gift, a truffle!  It is has been said that a truffle is the diamond of the kitchen.  I would agree.  Retired Mountain Man and I both spent quite a bit of time just standing and looking at it, saying wow, can you believe that?

I never thought I would ever get a chance to taste one.  When we opened the package, the fragrance filled the entire kitchen.  I have heard that their flavor is very unique and that they can transform a simple dish into something wonderful.  Retired Mountain Man and I are going to enjoy this experience.

t. aestivum

I had to do some research to find out just what to do with this baby.  How to store it, what is the best way to prepare it, etc.

I found out that there are white truffles, black truffles, summer and burgundy truffles.  This one is a summer truffle, t. aestivum.  They say to serve it fresh, by thinly shaving slices over pasta, egg or rice dishes.  They actually make a truffle shaver so that the truffle can be served right at the table.

One disappointing fact I discovered while doing my research on truffles, is that the majority of the truffle oil on the market does not have any truffles in it.  It is artificially flavored.  Bummer.

Summer Truffle resting on an olive wood cutting board.

I can't wait to try this one on top of some pasta with a little olive oil and butter.  Tonight's dinner is going to be very special! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What dads do.  Teach their sons how to do things such as how to catch fish.  The Lake Mary Ronan annual Father's Day fishing trip (which is actually sometime in May) is an event they all look forward to.  Unfortunately, this year Retired Mountain Man didn't make it, but he had already taught the rest of the group how to catch a lot of very nice Kokanee.  We have some beautiful fish waiting to be smoked this summer.

2009 Fishing Trip

Dave with fish on Priest Lake
There's more.

Let's see, how to mow the lawn, dig post holes and build a fence, raise chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, cattle, etc.  Change the oil in your car and repair just about anything that breaks down on your car because it is a very old used car.  

Study at school.

How to hunt and dress out a deer.

 Please Study

How to shovel snow off the roof.

 Keep on Studying.

How to split wood.

A little adventure.  How to hunt for fossils.


JP with his first degree.  The second one to come later.

How to capture a bear.  Well, maybe.

How to clean ducks.  Griz Eileen is helping out here.

Keep on studying!

How to make firewood.

More fishing.

How to play poker. You win some you lose some.

Yes!!  This one was really a "finally"!  Whew!

Dave gets his PhD.  How many years did you say that would take?

And now back to the everyday stuff.......

How to brush the snow off the satellite dish.

 How to be a good dad.

JP and Rylee

Whew!  This is hard work.

Maybe I will get to go outside soon?  He's finally got my shoes on.

 I love this photo.  It was taken in the garden at the Loman Place in 1975.  

Happy Dad's Day! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fire danger - extremely low.

Yes, we had another rainy day yesterday with at least an inch of rain.  It does look like we will get a few hours of sunshine today before the next band of showers reaches us.  Firefighter Dylan has left us and is on his way to New Mexico or Arizona where it is hot and dry and the fires are burning.  There's not a chance of a forest fire here.

 The blackberries and the raspberries love the rain.  They are thriving along with the weeds.  The lawn likes the rain too.

 The grape vines would prefer some drier weather as they are ready to bloom.  We need several warm days of sunshine for the grapes to set.  We will see what happens. 

It doesn't take much change from Mother Nature to really screw up a gardeners life.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Natural disaster caught on game camera.

After five inches of rain in two days Cougar Creek was more than gushing down the hillside.  There are several culverts along the route but all of them started to overflow as they became clogged with all the debris washing down the creek.

The water has overflowed the culvert and is cutting a new channel for the creek down the road.  The water is moving fast enough now that it is activating the game camera.

Travis realized that there might be a problem up Cougar Creek and goes to check it out. Here he is caught on the game camera trying to unclog one of the culverts.

He decides he needs a longer tool.

 Mama and baby cross the new creek.

 Travis and Adam return at 5:00 in the afternoon to check for more problems.

 The following day Travis and Alan return to try to clean up debris.

 Mama and baby are back the night of the 10th and on the 11th.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Here comes the sun? You are my sunshine? The sunny side of the street? Sunshine on my shoulders? I'll follow the sun........

We'll sing in the sunshine.  Walking on sunshine.


Ain't no sunshine when she's gone. 

When the sun goes down.  Waiting for the sun.  Don't let the sun go down on me...

Saturday, June 9, 2012

I'm outta here!

OK.  I've had it.  I'm pouring myself another cup of coffee in my "go cup" and I am getting in my car and driving south until I get to sunshine!  Anyone who wants to tag along needs to be ready to go in 15 minutes.

Today's high temperature, 48 with wind gusts up to 20mph.

Yes, it's still cold, rainy and windy here.  No change in the weather pattern.  We have a Hazardous Weather Forecast for snow above 3500'.

These tomato plants are cold. 

It's definitely time to build another fire in the wood furnace.  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brrr. June is here!

June in Hope America means one thing, rain, cold, wind, rain and more rain.  I think we have had almost 5 inches of rain the the past three days and our high temperature yesterday was 41 degrees.  That would mean that it was cold enough for some fresh snow on the mountains. 

It doesn't matter if the iris are about to bloom or that you have planted your tomatoes in the garden.  When June finally arrives, you can count on a cold front out of the Gulf of Alaska and low temperatures of near 32 degrees.  Retired Mountain Man is extremely upset that he still has to build a fire and burn more of his firewood to keep the house warm. 

Brrr!  #@!%, it's cold!

 Never put your winter coat or thermal underwear away for the "warm weather" until after the 4th of July. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

May game camera photos

Retired Mountain Man's game camera took some very nice photos during the past few weeks.

New baby- hours old