LIfe is Good

LIfe is Good

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hello Friends and Family......time I write something here again.  When I don't travel, it's stories from home here.  Summer came and went fast.  Winter arrived with cold cold temps, and some snow falls.   Today at last, it's going to be over 30 degrees. yay!   Entire country has been in the deep freeze literally.   
Deer visit my yard often looking for something to eat under the snow.  I feed the birds and squirrels in the deck feeder.  Stellar jays and chickadees and one squirrel I've named "Lucky".  He has a white belly and has been eating at the feeder for a long time.   




I am reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  Have read 5 of the series and today will start the 6th in series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.  I highly recommend this series.   Each book is over 1000 pages; if you like historical fiction, you will love them.    
Of course there's knitting, always knitting.   Socks on the needles all the time, one pair at a time, and have knitted some sweaters this year.   The current sweater on the needles is an Irish Aran with lots of cables.   It's a slow process, and I have to look at the pattern for each row.  My winter project......

one of many socks knitted

sweater knitted this summer

Irish Aran Cables




I enjoy TV and Netflix, too.  My favorite TV show right now, is Alone on the History channel, in it's 3rd season.   love love adventure survival stores and shows.  :)       

Have some good news!   My house is getting a propane furnace!   Have used a wood stove here since moving here.   It will be nice to have a furnace to supplement the wood stove, and will continue to heat with wood.  The wood I have on hand is from my property cut and stacked this summer.   Of course I had help for some of it.  I bought a chain saw and cut down the trees myself.  My sister, Mom and Dad were here this summer to get the wood in.




Paddy in the snow


pretty snow scenes here this week


bundled up!



2016 is on the way out.   2017 looming.
I hope your year has been a good one and many blessings for the next.

Diane and Paddy





Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall is here and Winter is coming

Summer is almost gone here, and it was a very nice summer.  Fall is in the air with lower night temps in 30's and 40's and highs 50's and 60's.  The wood stove has had some fires lit to take the chill off some mornings the past few weeks.  I've been home all summer, except for one camping trip.  No need to go camping when I live in a forest where it's beautiful everyday with wildlife to watch out my windows.  
The squirrels have been busy dropping sap-filled pine cones, landing on the deck outside, getting the sticky sap all over, to get on my shoes and Paddy's feet. Everyday I sweep them off, and every morning I can hear them hitting the roof, falling onto the deck. The eaves are most likely full of them; a job that needs to be done sometime, but not before they are still dropping them.
 
This morning's batch


Summer was fun this year here.  My Mom and Dad, William and Evelyn, sister Denise and nephew Andrew came to visit in July for 10 days.   The weather was perfect for them.  We drove to Fairplay one day for lunch at the Brown Burro Cafe, browsed the tiny thrift store, hardware store, and of course a few groceries to get.    It was a week of family good memories.   Mom and Denise and Andrew helped me get firewood, too.   We cut down trees, cut up all the logs we gathered and dragged to the house.  Mom and Dad broke up kindling into bins, to be stored downstairs.  My, it helps so much to start a stove fire with that kindling.   With the trees I've cut down and blocked into logs since they left, I should have enough firewood this year without buying any, like last year!   There's so much dead wood on this property no need to buy any.   And that's what I've been doing with my new chain saw.  






Dad had painted a portrait of Satori last winter, so it was presented to her.  Isn't it good?   They kept it a secret, and she was surprised!



Mom, Dad, Denise breaking up sticks



 Loggers Andrew, Denise and I
Logger Denise



We took a drive to Tarryall Reservoir.  This bison herd was running by the highway.  Beautiful animals.


 The spillway at the reservoir is a gorgeous place, with the river running by us.


Mom and Dad came back to visit again in August, flying into Denver, where I picked them up.  Another 10 days with them here was very nice.  Mom helped me with firewood this time, stacking it on the deck where I can get to it easier, and we started a big pile of logs out in the yard.   Of course we went to eat in Fairplay again!    They were here during the Summer Olympics, so we watched that quite a lot.  

Made pizza for dinner one night, good good.  We always had good food, thanks to Mom helping with the cooking.   She bought some Colorado peaches and canned them here.




A momma bear and two cubs came to visit.  Mom spotted her first out by the camper.  She walked down into the yard and turned and left.  Two cubs were with her.  We all watched from inside! They've been seen all over out here this summer.  





Peach tarts I made.  Colorado west slope peaches were wonderful this year, and the west slope Olathe sweet corn.  


The one camping trip this year was the yearly family and friends gathering in Lost Park Wilderness, pretty close to where I live.   A week of fun and games.  We couldn't have any campfires, because of the fire bans, but we still had a good time.   


 Saturday was kick ball, where many played and had a great time.








Satori and Peach


Now the aspens are beginning to change to yellows and golds, and there's a chill in the air.  Time to get ready for another winter here.  Who knows when the first snow will fall?  I hope not til December!

til next time
Enjoy your days