Friday, February 28, 2014

A few more photos from the game camera....

OK, so winter is still here, there and everywhere! What to do?

Well, try holding a Mardi Gras event and parade when the temperatures are predicted to go to -1 with added wind chills and snow.  It should be interesting.  We may all be be huddling around the flambeaus to stay warm.  What do you think of frozen moon pies as hockey pucks?  I don't think our weather is going to be as bad as the rest of the country so we are fortunate.   Let the good times roll!

I spent most of the day yesterday preparing Chicken Gumbo.  When I woke up this morning our house still smells like Chicken Gumbo.  It might be good for breakfast.  ("No, I will NOT eat Chicken Gumbo for breakfast!")
We also shoveled more snow and brought in additional firewood for the upcoming cold spell.  At the end of the day I did manage to get some time in on my music theory course and a little practicing on the keyboard.

The neighbors are logging their property so I have a couple of photos of the burn pile going up in smoke.  RMM walked down to retrieve his game camera chip and there are some photos of elk posted below.

Up in smoke!

On another note, I transplanted all of my geraniums, pansies and tomato plants.  My Wave Petunias have sprouted and will soon be ready to do the same.  I ordered hanging begonias for the baskets for our new porch from a company called American Meadows.  They are beautiful tubers and I have them started in their pots.  It won't be long before things are blooming around here.  Remember, we live in Hope, America.

A movie recommendation:  Gravity 
Absolutely beautiful.  I would recommend watching it in a movie theater but it was still pretty stunning on our TV set.  It is definitely a reminder about how beautiful the earth really is and though our life may seem pretty small and insignificant, how wonderful it is to be here.

Stay warm wherever you are.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Band family dinner..... might be the best part of band practice?  This Sunday Beth Pederson joined us for our practice.  It was a wonderful afternoon and evening, ending as usual with our potluck dinner and some great conversation.

Next Sunday -- Mardi Gras!

Who will be the King and Queen of our Mardi Gras this year?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A glimpse or two of the gig.....

I finally figured out how to upload Jensen's video of the gig.  Joe is singing Statesboro Blues.

The setup takes an hour.

The crowd

Mandolin Gals

Mr. Statesboro

The rhythm section who held us together for three hours.

Our Jole' Blon  (pretty blond) Gal

Our fearless leader

Saxophone Mike

Brass section playing I'm Walkin'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Celebration of a new day.....

What a great way to start my day.  

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Now, what will I do with the rest of my time today?

Guitar Lesson......always an uplifting event with Doug.  


Strength it!

Music Theory........getting difficult, but I do like it.

Piano it!

Transplant pansies into larger pots........I love dirt!

Friday, February 14, 2014

A little photoshop of my African Violet photo and.......

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The clouds lifted and the sun came out yesterday!

Spring!  or the promise of Spring!  

This year's Red Robin Tomatoes and Orbit Geraniums

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's still just like it was when I was in the 8th grade.....

.... which was about a hundred years ago.  Only a few guys want to dance.  The gals just want to dance and will dance together for lack of a partner.   Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and sometimes that means dancing. 

Petra and Ellie - are NOT having fun!

Mike and Marilyn dancing to a song by Mike's favorite group, the Rolling Stones.

The place where the "I don't want to dance guys, hid out".    They did have a great time playing pool.

Some people will dance with just about anyone.  Who is leading?

Luckily, this guy finally found a better looking dance partner.  

The party was hosted by our good friends, Saxophone Mike, and Marilyn.  We all had a great time!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hey! We're hungry! Where's the grub?

We had new visitors to our bird feeders yesterday.  Three Ruffed Grouse flew into the lilac bush.  There was a Red Shafted Flicker on the bird suet when the grouse flew in, but I could never get a photo of him because the grouse was always blocking the shot.  (Correction here:  I did get a shot of the flicker- in this photo.  I just did not see him)

The flicker wasn't too bothered that the grouse were there, but they finally chased him off.

The lilac bush and the fence are about 75 feet from the house, so all my shots were using my zoom on my Canon.  

Saturday, February 8, 2014

If you haven't heard her sing, you should. Those who already have heard her, can't wait for another performance!

Dancing Mandolin  Player, Ellie, will be performing her signature song, Sister Kate, with the Cougar Creek Band at the Hope Community Center on Sunday, Feb. 16.  5:00-8:00 p.m.   The event is free.  Chili and cornbread, along with King Cake, will be served. (I think the chili and cornbread is the North Idaho replacement  for Mardi Gras gumbo?)  It is a Mardi Gras celebration and a fundraiser for the community center.  Wine and Beer will be available to purchase.  

Sister Kate

No one sings Sister Kate like Ellie!  Don't Miss it!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Beautiful haunting melody......

It's still really cold here, there, and everywhere.  Who said we should have winter?  

Ruby's Arms by Tom Waits

i will leave behind all of my clothes, i wore when i was with you, all i need's my railroad boots, and my leather jacket, as i say goodbye to ruby's arms, although my heart is breaking,

 i will steal away out through your blinds, for soon you will be waking. the morning light has washed your face, and everything is turning blue now, hold on to your pillow case.

 there's nothing i can do now, as i say goodbye to ruby's arms, you'll find another soldier, and i swear to god by christmas, there'll be someone else to hold you.

 the only thing i'm taking is the scarf off of your clothesline,
i'll hurry past your chest of drawers, and your broken window chimes,
 as i say goodbye i'll say goodbye, say goodbye to ruby's arms.

 i'll feel my way down the darken hall, and out into the morning, the hobos at the freightyards, have kept their fires burning,

 so jesus christ this goddamn rain, will someone put me on a train, i'll never kiss your lips again, or break your heart, as i say goodbye i'll say goodbye, say goodbye to ruby's arms.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

It doesn't get much better than this one.

I started out my day by going to the Hope Marketplace Outskirts Cafe to listen to Beth, Bruce and Mark play.  Beth's songs were so beautiful.  What a talented lady!  Click here for a link to her web page.  I love her version of Ticket to Chicago.  Mark added some really nice harmonica to some of the tunes and a little trumpet to others.  The guitar player wasn't too bad either.......(What is his name?)

Then I drove home just in time for the kickoff for the SuperBowl.    The Seahawks were awesome!  I did expect them to win, but I had no idea that it would be a blowout!    We have all waited a long time for this day!

I could not stop taking photos!

You might be wondering just how many photos I could post on my blog?

  These are sunrise photos taken on February 1st.

And these are sunset photos from the same day.

I put on my snowshoes and headed for the Underwood's property up the hill.

As you can see, it was starting to get dark when I was on my way back.  I tried to make it to the switchback below their place so that I could take photos of the lake at sunset, but it's slow going for me to break trail going uphill with 12 inches of fresh powder.  I just couldn't make it by sunset.   Now that I have broken the trail most of the way tomorrow I will make another attempt to "reach the peak".

Yes, my Christmas lights are still on.  I leave them on until things start to brighten up in late February.  
Now you know why I love my life here so much and also why I no longer have any desire to travel.
I have seen enough of the rest of the world to have figured out where I want to spend my time.  Right here on the mountain.