lighthouse lit

January 23, 2015
lighthouse lit

Not wanting to forget turning off our Internet when it isn’t in use, I visualized a lighthouse going along with our brass sailboats. When lit, it would remind us that our wireless and modem were on. Missy dropped it way down my ToDo list quite some time ago by finding a thrift store lighthouse and…

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Spring Lake

January 5, 2015
Spring Lake

This is not what I am accustomed to for January 4th. Neither weather nor scenery are “right” for the season. It is also nothing like what I enjoy by way of elbow room. I pulled off the trick of a photo without other people in…

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signal flags

January 1, 2015
signal flags

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Celtic Woman

December 24, 2014
Celtic Woman

Good friends introduced us to Celtic Woman. The blending of traditional Celtic, classical music, quite possibly the finest performers of their art in the world, with great production and videography make truly awesome videos. The vocals are so clean, clear and pure as to defy…

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storm door

December 17, 2014
storm door

We have been dragging this “brand new” storm door around and storing it ever since I didn’t get around to installing it in our Grangeville home… That’s three moves and seven years ago. I tried selling it a couple of times, but there is no…

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Starting over in Darby

December 16, 2014
Starting over in Darby

Couple opens nano-brewery, finds joy in new simpler small town life Perry Backus – Ravalli Republic JC and Hilary McDowell hope their new Bandit Brewery in Darby will become a family-friendly meeting place for the community. DARBY – It’s no secret that the Great Recession…

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project polishing

December 14, 2014
project polishing

I finished a couple of little projects today. I had lamented the arrival of hard-frozen ground before I could get the grade I envisioned for my new riverside entry door. Nature gave me a reprieve and thawed back out long enough for me to get…

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cheatin’ dog beginning bass player

December 13, 2014
cheatin’ dog beginning bass player

I have spent three Thursdays in a row plunking on my new bass in the neighborhood bluegrass jam. I am playing rather well by feel and everybody is politely welcoming, but it rather obviously is going to take me a long, long time to achieve…

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adjectives, adverbs and other parts

December 13, 2014
adjectives, adverbs and other parts

In many circles, you could be forgiven for thinking the English language is very small with a certain four-letter f- word having deposed thousands of newly obsolete. There it is hugely versatile, replacing verbs, nouns, pronouns, and often being a complete declaratory sentence all by…

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Easter Egg Chicken Ranch returns from the ashes

December 1, 2014
Easter Egg Chicken Ranch returns from the ashes

It has been a long time since we had chickens. I always liked having not just a variety of birds, but of egg colors in our daily harvests. Not in a position to have a chicken coop and yard, we found ourselves with a fortunate…

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maiden voyage

November 29, 2014
maiden voyage

I have owned the bass for 5 days now. Last night I took it to the Conner Bluegrass Jam – normally Thursdays, Thanksgiving delayed it to Friday, started it at 2:00pm instead of 7:00 and ran it a little longer than usual… okay, quite a…

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Conner Combo

November 28, 2014
Conner Combo

I’ve often said that my favorite musical role would be as 3rd trombone in a big band. Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) gave me that opportunity while I lived in Nampa. It was lovely, but didn’t last nearly long enough. My attempt to resurrect the Grangeville…

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crumb

November 21, 2014
crumb

Bad News / Good News Coming back from the local hardware store I dropped down to exactly 25mph in the Strictly Enforced 25mph zone through Darby, and my lovely, faithful pickup did some mild surging for a ways. It was subtle, but I felt it.…

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porch project

November 20, 2014
porch project

Last winter the walkway from front door to car door was a river of ice. I have done several things to change that for this winter… retaining walls, ditch work, driveway re-grading, the way I shovel snow… The biggest change is still ahead. I want…

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river freezing over

November 18, 2014
river freezing over

It has been over a week since we have seen outside temperatures above freezing. Mostly they have been averaging quite a bit below. The ice is flowing and forming while the liquid part of the river gets narrower. This is a look upstream at what…

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self-designing project

November 18, 2014
self-designing project

The fireplace was heating up my desk more than I would like, but I did not want to move the desk from its location I designed into the room. I was building a firewood log rack that would deflect the heat while storing logs next…

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doer

November 17, 2014

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred…

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Hotel California

November 17, 2014
Hotel California

In the 90s, I knew something was wrong, but it took me to the end of the decade to recognize that I fit a culture that was not in California. THE STATE was at war with me, and the majority of the voters therein were…

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The Knights before Christmas

November 14, 2014

2245 hours, Christmas Eve 2008, SW Idaho … Damsel in Distress calls from a snowdrift 1/2 way home from work. Dang weather seems to have followed us south. Valiant Knight dons quilted coverall armor and mounts Trusty Steed (1/2T V6 4×4, white, of course) to…

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post card from Conner

November 12, 2014
post card from Conner

Three days with the HIGH temperatures below freezing while lows bounce above and below zero … add a little snow into the mix and we have what I consider a sudden onslaught of winter. I was clearly right in rushing to get stuff done before…

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Ibanez bass guitar + kit for sale

November 11, 2014
Ibanez bass guitar + kit for sale

I got the best bass setup I could imagine, but “things” got in the way. My research found the Ibanez RDGR bass with active pickups to be THE BEST. So I bought one and a bunch of other stuff to make it work. Now I…

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last yardwork of fall

November 10, 2014
last yardwork of fall

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my baby

November 10, 2014
my baby

My baby and hers ten hours old I have to admit, some new things are dang clever. This “birthday zero” thing is one of them. Of course a home birth changes the rules (for the better, obviously). I love and treasure these people. Thank you…

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Welcome Dash

November 9, 2014
Welcome Dash

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do-it-yourself root canal

October 25, 2014
do-it-yourself root canal

If you think my experience with natural healing a flu I was likely to survive anyway was impressive, I waited quite a while to even post this next one. I’m still struggling to believe it myself. Don’t let the heading fool you, that’s just my…

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flu – rolling with the punches

October 24, 2014
flu – rolling with the punches

Saturday night I felt a bit off. Sunday I was definitely not well, but helped Jeff install the new Conner VHF repeater on the knoll above our house anyway. Monday removed all doubt. . I . was . sick. Missy recalls a candid MD telling…

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ammo load testing

October 19, 2014
ammo load testing

I meticulously assembled 7 groups of loads with 165-grain Hornady SST bullets. The hand-weighed charges ran from 5 with 43.4 grains of Varget powder to 5 with 44.0 grains, every group of five separated by tenth-of-a-grain increments. I also loaded up and tested 7 groups…

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ode to Opie

October 13, 2014
ode to Opie

I was looking here for a photo of The Greatest Dog I ever had, being quite surprised that I had not posted one here. Newfoundlands are designed to be sweethearts… the AKC breed standard uniquely includes loving and devoted to people or it is not…

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post card from Conner

October 12, 2014
post card from Conner

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ENTRANCE

October 12, 2014
ENTRANCE

On my list of Wanna Do Before Winter Sets In was a bit of trim painting. “Where’s the front door?” has been a rather consistent puzzle for first-time visitors. Almost universally, we find them walking by our “front window” view of the river looking for…

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