Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Firewood isn’t the only way we’re getting ready for winter. I was fortunate enough to have parents who planted fruit trees. They can’t use the fruit this year and my sisters didn’t take their fair share so we ended up with a lot of fruit. I spent all of last week bottling. ALL. My kitchen was (let’s face it, it probably still is) a sticky mess but we ended up with 

19 quarts of pears

26 quarts of apple pie filling

12 pints of apple jam

10 pints of apple sauce

4 pints of chutney

3 pints of Apple Cider Syrup

And 1 ½ pints of Apple Butter. 

Previous to this I’d made and frozen a dozen peach and blueberry pies. 

Looks like it will be a yummy winter. 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Somehow I thought life would slow down into regularly regimented sections when the kids went back to school. Instead I'm still running around here and there, trying to catch up and get everything done.

Cooler temperatures are sliding in, inserting themselves between beautiful days of seventy degrees sunshine. Winter is coming. This will be our first winter here, living in the mountains. We're trying to prepare.

This is the first of our firewood stacks.

There are plans for more.

We have lots and lots of log piles, but we're trying to get them cut and sorted and ready to burn. There have been a few nights already we've thought about lighting the stove. We have no idea how much wood we'll go through in the course of a winter, so we'll keep splitting and stacking. We have the wood so it's not a problem. And if we don't use it, it will keep for next year.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Not only are we getting to know the altitude, we're getting to know the weather. This summer, and people have told us this is not completely irregular, June was the long, hot, dry month. In July and August there are almost daily afternoon thunderstorms. Our potted vegetable plants haven't done as well as we expected, in part to cooler weather then we are used to, in part due to....I don't know yet. But last week we had an unexpected storm.


It covered the ground completely by the time it was done. An inch of white on the ground. It melted quick, fortunately, but it destroyed a few things on the way down.

Our plants were shredded.

We wont' get much of a harvest this year.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


We had a spectacular storm last night. The kind you stay awake in bed to listen to. Safe in bed I find the rain drumming on the roof to be very soothing.

We awoke to a mysterious, mist filled world.

It's going to be a good day.

Monday, July 10, 2017


When we first moved in we had so many plans. So. Many.  It was a little overwhelming. Where did we start? How did we do everything we needed to do? We made a list and prioritized what needed to be done first. Still, it was exhausting just looking at it, and things kept coming up. So finally, we just started. No use waiting for an 'opportune time', cause that would never happen.

Know what?

It made things so much better. Just having that first step done made it easy to go on. Having something to build off of was much easier than looking at a blank canvas.

Now all we have to do is keep working and not give up.
Easy peasy.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Gone but not forgotten

We've finally had time to go through all our boxes. Twice. And we're still missing things. We are beginning to think we lost a box on the road somewhere. I've thrown away so much, and donated more. Why couldn't we have lost junk, rather than pictures from our travels, and momentous from our parents?

Ah, well. Loved or not they are still just 'things'.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Night, night.

We've lived in the new house for 7 weeks and we are loving it. It' so nice for the kids to go outside and play, to be able to hang things on the walls, and unpack non-essential but sentimental objects. It's taken us awhile to get sorted. In fact, this last weekend we finally put up our bed. Before that we were sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Which has been infinitely better than the air mattress and fold out couch bed we've slept on for the last two years.

Two years without my bed. I missed it so much.

We inherited our bed at least 15 years ago from my mother's neighbor. She'd had it 20 or so years after inheriting it from her grandparents, so it had been around the block. Add two cross country trips with us and it was pretty banged up. So I decided to re-finish it before we moved in. I didn't quite make the deadline. Of course, we had so much work on the house we barely made the deadline for moving in, so I can't be upset that I didn't get the bed finished, also. It was sanded, re-stained and varnished within two weeks of moving in.

But still we couldn't put it up. We couldn't find the brackets to put it together. We went through all the boxes. Twice. No brackets. I was beginning to worry we would never get our bed back when a lucky thought led us to exactly where they were.

I haven't even started the headboard yet, but we don't need a headboard to sleep on it. It takes up almost our whole small bedroom, and I've never been happier.

Good sleeping.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Easy Street

I don’t know why Lumberjack and I always do things the hard way. Maybe if I could figure it out I could stop doing it. Why do we always make the decisions contrary to popular practice, or financial benefit? Do we see the world differently? Or are we just stupid? 

The problem is, sometimes, we know it’s not the ‘best’ decision by worldly standards, but we know it’s the ‘right’ decision. And all the way through the struggles and living, we still know it’s the right decision, but that knowing doesn’t make it easy.   

Maybe someday we’ll reach easy street. Until then, we’ll try to keep making the ‘right’ decision and hope that someday it’s also the ‘easy’ choice.

Monday, May 1, 2017

April showers...

...bring a lot of snow.  So much so that our civic was buried.

Yep, snow up to the mirrors.

While it dumped a lot of snow on us in 24 hours, there was something so very nice about being in our home, a fire in the wood stove (remember all the firewood we have?) And being together as a family, safe, in our very own home. All in all it was a very pleasant day.

Until it wasn't. 

Lumberjack had an early flight Sunday morning, and we were a little worried about getting out of our driveway. So we decided to do a test run. We needed one more door for our bank inspection Monday morning, so Saturday afternoon we decided to try driving out. We didn't take the civic. Even in our four wheel drive we ended up sliding off into a ditch. And couldn't get out. Luckily our neighbor came by after awhile and pulled us out. Lumberjack went to the store and we parked on the road until conditions were better.

Yeah, it's a 700 or so yard walk up to the house. Uphill. Which isn't fun while carrying a door and lumber. But much better than getting stuck again.

The kids were off school today for assessments so decided to go sledding this morning. While doing that we found these near our shed.

I"m pretty sure it's a bear track.

Here is a picture of it next to my son's foot for a size reference.

I love living in the mountains! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fast forward

Lumberjack could also be known as Star Wars Nerd and those posts were fun ones we did for the family along the way. The house is now almost done. So close in fact that we're moving this week. There will still be bits to finish up along the way, but we can do it from the comfort of our own home. I'll leave you with this bit of our progress over the last 9 or so months. You can look at it and think of us lugging all our boxes of books.

This summer the grasses will grow back, the flowers bloom and we'll be loving life. Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tree Wars Episode VI

Return of the Builder

So we finally closed on our construction loan (July 2016, only 4 months behind schedule) and the builder came up and got started. This is pretty much the same location as I took the photo in Episode II. You can see a stake on the right hand side that will be the back right corner of the house.

We have been pretty blessed so far. No bedrock so no blasting. The soil is so good the engineer said we don't need as big of a septic system as originally feared. We have enough fill dirt that we may not need to bring any in to fix the road. The driveway which was pushing a 10% grade in the plan (10% is the limit allowed by the county) is actually more like 7%.