Saturday, October 26, 2013


The rock path is finished.  I have been working on it all week long.  I dug out all of the sod, hauled in sand and set the rocks one at a time.

I set one very special "rock" in the center of the path.  One of my best friends, Julie Schultz,  made this for me several years ago.   I think of her often.   She was a very special lady.

 I even planted some lemon thyme in the spaces between the rocks.  The grass will probably outgrow it but it worth a try.

Now all I need is that light fixture......

Retired Mountain Man has been working on getting his dahlias out of the ground and into the root cellar.  Our forecast calls for very cold temperatures next week.  Time is up for doing any work in the garden or flower beds.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Back to square one.

It turns out that Retired Mountain Man hates Marty's light fixture.  He thinks it would look terrible.  

How about one of these?

Light #1
 It's a little over my budget, but I do like it.

Light #2

It would be more difficult to change the light bulbs on this one.

Light #3
It seems a little bit too ornate for the porch style....?   I hate trying to make this decision.  I need a porch light design consultant.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My latest project......

Under construction....   

I need more rock.  And a stronger back. 

I am also looking for a light fixture to replace this wimpy looking light that we installed a couple of days ago.  I have looked at hundreds of photos of fixtures on the Internet and still can't decide which one will fit.  Price ranges from $45 to $2200.00.  $2200 for a light fixture?  

How about this one?


I made a decision this morning.  This is the one I want.  It is going to make Retired Mountain Man very happy, as my budget for the new light fixture was $150.   This light was handmade by cousin Marty somewhere around 1992.  Retired Mountain Man will need to modify it so that he can install it outside.  I think he can do it.    

It will be perfect.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The bear went over the mountain.....

The bear went over the mountain - 

Retired Mountain Man set up one of his game cameras a couple of days ago.  

We've had a bear hanging around the last week or so.  He climbed our plum tree, ate all the plums and broke off a lot of the lower limbs.  He had no trouble at all getting through our garden fence.

Retired Mountain Man noticed that a bear had torn up a yellow jacket's nest in the trail in front of the camera.  There's another yellow jacket nest on the ground directly in front of the camera lens.  He was positive he was going to catch a photo of a bear tearing up the nest.

The bear went over the mountain -  (I remember singing this song when I was a kid)

To see what he could see.  

"Hmmm.  This looks like a camera.  I think I'll take my 


 "Maybe I can set this up and get a few photos of the people who 

are following me around".

"I think it might need a slight adjustment........", said the bear.   

He made an adjustment on the camera just enough so that when he went to eat yellow jacket nest, he was out of view of the camera.  

To see what he could see.

The bear did get a nice shot of Retired Mountain Man retrieving his camera chip. 

The bear went over the mountain, to see what he could see.

The bear will probably be back to take the chip out of the camera in a couple of days.  I will let you know what happens.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Next year, I will NOT plant so many peppers......

This week has been all about canning salsa and peppers.  The first two batches of salsa are in the jars and I am finished with peppers.  No more peppers for me.  I am so glad to be done with them.  

Free peppers to anyone who would like them?
As soon as the weather warms up a bit, (the weather person says towards the end of next week), I will finish putting all of my perennials to bed for the winter.  Then I will be ready for the first snowfall.  

Monday, October 7, 2013

How low can it go?

My cholesterol, that is.

My next doctor's visit is in December.  It's time once again to knuckle down and get back to sticking to the DASH plan.  I lowered my cholesterol quite a bit the first go round but I need to lower it some more.

Yes, this is a boring post, but a necessary one.  It's time to get the Nordic Track back online and I start the DASH Action Plan tomorrow.  Whoo hoo!   Did I say that?

I have tried to follow the DASH Diet as closely as possible, but I have to confess that I have strayed from the plan.  There was dark chocolate, cream puffs, wine and other tasty things......

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Music Mess

This is what my dining room table looks like most days.

My sons and daughter's-in-law know that I am definitely into music.  I received these gifts from them for my birthday.  A music theory placemat and a music theory game.  

Retired Mountain Man puts up with a lot of what I call "music mess" around the house.  There are copies of music everywhere.  

Plus, he never knows when I am going to sit down at the piano and start playing.

Or I might start playing the guitar....

Once in awhile I have time for this.....

I also received two CD albums for my birthday.  One, by the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the other by Mumford and Sons.  Where do they get those names?