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Sunday, May 22, 2016

And the Livin' is Easy . . .

Well, the livin' is easy now that we have all the work out of the way!  We have been so busy building fence, putting up gates, getting our yard in shape, making raised beds for my garden and basically, just working our tails off! 

It's been a long process, but we finally got all the fencing done, and the gates up, and that was a lot of work for two oldies. 

We have a post hole digger on the tractor, but you always have to clean out the hole before setting the post.  Thank goodness we had a few strong boys to help us, I don't know what we would do without them, they were a life-saver!


Can I just tell you how satisfying it is to look out my back door and see this fence done?  I love it!

The horses are back in the side pasture . . . and all is right with the world . . . well, sorta, a girl can dream, right?!

I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Idaho, the Lilacs have just been gorgeous!  This bush was just loaded, and the smell was amazing, too bad they don't last all year long.

 We my husband worked really hard one day last week to get these raised beds done, and I'm really going to love them.  I don't need as much garden since my kids have all left home, and I think these beds will be just perfect to plant a few tomatoes plants in.  I may plant a zucchini, and whatever else they will hold . . . but not a lot!  I guess we still have some work to do - getting the soil in them will be a big job as well, and my husband still has a few braces to put on the corners . . . and, we still need to plant the rest of the garden into grass.

Well, on to the next project, it's always something!  I'm anxiously waiting to have a spare moment to catch up on my blogging, I'm so far behind!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

XOXO,

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A cute Little Bird and a Wonderful Gift . . .

While we were in Mackay, we saw a beautiful, Mountain Bluebird.  He was so cute hopping around, looking for Mrs. Right I suppose, and he really put on a show for us.  We must attract birds!  I thought he looked too big for a Mountain Blue Bird, but we looked him up, and sure enough, that's what he is.  The Mountain Blue bird, is the Idaho State Bird.  I don't usually see them near my home, but almost always see them in the mountains.  This little guy was especially colorful. 



While we were away, I received a wonderful gift in the mail.  The amazing, Gina, had a wonderful give-a-way, and guess who won!?

 The beautiful teacup has a lovely rose right inside the rim, and the word, "dream" on the outside . . . oh my, I'm in love with it!  She made 6 handmade cards, that are so beautiful!  I have actually already used one of the cards, and the recipient just loved it!  The cards were in a cute little tin, which will come in handy for other trinkets, as I'm not a card maker.  The tea towel hangs in my kitchen with the reminder to . . . Begin each Day with a Grateful Heart.  I think of Gina when I see it each day, I'm so grateful for her friendship.  There was also a beautiful stationary set, under the tea towel, I can't wait to write a letter to someone special on it.  

 Isn't this teacup beautiful?!

This is my favorite card!

I love these fun give-a-ways that so many generous blogging buddies have, I very seldom win any of them, and I was so happy to win this one! Such a beautiful gift - Thank you, Gina!  Much love to you sweet friend!

XOXO,

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Rest of the Trip . . .

Now for the rest of the trip.  After we left our beautiful camping spot on the Salmon River, we headed for the, Mackay Reservoir.   It's another beautiful camp ground, and beautiful scenery that always makes me smile!  We have never stayed here, but I have always wanted to, and I'm so glad we did, it was so pretty!


The water in the reservoir was so pretty and green; it was a little choppy because of the wind, but it was still just gorgeous.

I was sitting on the couch, and just could not resist taking this picture out of the front door . . . I could easily wake up to this every day!  

The campground was so well taken care of, we didn't have water hookups here, because it was too early in the year, but we did have power, and that was awesome!
 
My home away from home!

You can see that there was a storm coming in, and we knew we were in for some rain - and did it ever rain!  You could hear it pounding the roof of the trailer most of the night!  





 This is what we woke up to.  It was so pretty with the fog nestled into the mountains.  I probably took a hundred pictures of the fog, as it would change every few minutes!  It did snow on the tops of the mountains, but we only got rain.  

Another year, another beautiful trip!  We are already planning next years trip . . . and we are dreaming up some really fun ideas!

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
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"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning"
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
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 ~Gloria Steinem~
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
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XOXO,
 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

What have I been doing?!


It's hard to believe that it's been over a month since my last post - time goes by so fast!  We've been busy, busy, busy, and I don't think it will slow down anytime soon.  

The middle of April, we went on our annual anniversary trip  . . . 42 years!  Again, can I just say that time goes by too fast?!  We decided to go back to the Salmon River.  It's always a little warmer there, as the elevation is just slightly less than where we live.   We were not disappointed, it was gorgeous!  We were there four days and the weather was perfect, middle 70's the entire time, I even got a little bit of a sun tan.  We just relaxed, sat by the river, watched the geese and ducks and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!



 It was still kind of early for most campers, so we were the only ones there most of the time.  Our friends decided to come up for two of those days, so that made it even more enjoyable!

The evenings were warm enough to have a camp fire . . . oh how I have missed camp fires during the cold winter months!!

There were resident geese and wild turkeys in this campground.  The geese were wild, but the wild turkeys were very tame  . . . 

 This is the hen, and she would almost run over you if you had a handful of peanuts or a piece of bread.

  This is the Tom, doesn't he look prehistoric?

The Tom was a little more suspicious of us, so he stayed back until he realized he liked peanuts!





 Doesn't he have a face only a mother could love?!  Even so,  I thought he was just beautiful!


 He loved showing off for us. . . :0)  Maybe I should of been afraid, I've heard they can be really mean, he was a sweetheart.


These two Canadian Geese would just strut around and act like they owned the place!

We stayed on the Salmon River for four days and then moved to the, Mackay Reservoir  . . . that's for another day!!

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Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers and grandmothers out there!  I love you all!


This my own sweet mother, I love her with all of my heart!

Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven 
around my heart. 
~Author Unknown~

XOXO,



Friday, April 1, 2016

Snow, Sand and Sunsets . . .

On Wednesday we decided to take a little road trip, you know how I love them!  So we headed out, not really knowing where we would end up.  We ended up north of where we live, near the St. Anthony Sand Dunes. 


These sand dunes are located far from any ocean!  The St. Anthony Sand Dunes appears as a rolling sea of sand on the eastern edge of Idaho’s volcanic Snake River Plain. These vast dunes are the largest in Idaho. They blanket an area approximately 35 miles long and 5 miles wide, and range from 50 to 500 feet high. These white quartz sand dunes are a unique and popular recreational area. The best time to visit is spring through fall; summer temperatures cause sands to reach over 100 degrees.  They are part of a wildlife management area, so they are off limits during the winter, as one of the largest Elk migrations in the U.S. goes right through these beautiful dunes.

I loved the contrast of the snow covered mountains in the background.  The mountains are along way off, so they do look a bit fuzzy.  



You can see the beautiful,  Grand Tetons in the background, still covered with lots of snow!


 When we got home, I peeked out the door just as the sun was setting . . . and this is what I saw . . . a beautiful, red, white and blue sunset!  Sunsets always give me hope!

I hope you all have a wonderful week-end!

XOXO,