Happy Birthday USA!

I really can't believe Independence Day is this week! When I was a kid, it seemed the 4th of July marked your summer vacation half gone. It has been so cool and wet it still feels like Spring to me! But, according to the weather forecast, we are in for a baking spell starting tomorrow. That's OK, because this little town really hops over the 4th holiday, and it will be nice to be warm and dry for all the outdoor activities. The parade is Wednesday afternoon, and the 1st of 3 nights of Rodeo action starts that night. They have a terrific high purse rodeo here that draws pretty famous rodeo competitors. People drive for miles to attend. When the rodeo ends each night, they have a phenomenal fireworks show. They set off the fireworks on the golf course, which is directly behind the fairgrounds, so the extravaganza is huge, and explodes directly above your head! Pretty intense! There is also a wonderful crafts fair the 2nd thru 4th, and I will try to catch a few photos of that to share.

Anyway, thought I'd show you some patriotic tagging we have in our little town. We have our fair share of vandalistic scribbles here and there, but this is quite serious and a real benefit to our community.

Several years ago, a couple of teenage boys asked and were granted permission to paint this mural on the interstate bridge supports. Ninth street island is a small island (with homes on it) that runs between 2 chanels in the Yellowstone River. You can drive on the island and look at the mural and also the conglomeration of art on the other support. I believe this mural represents the planting of the flag at Iwo Jima.

Pretty awesome job if you ask me. Pretty awesome kids to have enough pride in their Country to take the time out of their busy kid schedules to gift our town with this reminder. It is starting to show some wear and tear. I hope it hangs on for many years to come.

This is what is painted by various artists on the other support.

 

 

 

 

 

Very interesting!

Then, unrelated but still fun to see, off the island and down the road to the baseball fields, there is an Osprey pair nesting on a support between the ball park and the river.

I couldn't see their babies heads popping up yet, so they must still be fairly little.

 

The male was flying back and forth over the river, fishing for his young brood. He was too fast for me to catch a picture of him.

This is pretty much the view they have from their perch.

The high water is clearing off enough now that I'm sure it's nice and easy for them to spot their fish.

We are getting time off work to go to the parade, and will also be closed all day Friday (YAY! Thought they were going to stay open – bonus!), so looking forward to having a fun week! Hope you do, too!

TTFN,

Teresa 🙂

 

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My Secret Garden

Yup, it's summer. I practically need a flashlight to get from room to room in my house because everything in my yard is so big and green and forest-like, it makes it very dark in most every room.

This is an unusual year for my flower gardens. Almost everything that is flowering right now is in shades of lavender and pink.

The Bleeding Hearts were very pretty this Spring. Too bad the bloom lasts such a short time.

The Fern Leaf Peonie was loaded with blooms this year. They, too, have a short time span for their blossoms.

 

 

 

 

My kitties are sure happy to be out camping in their basket on the front porch. They use the doggie door to come in and eat when they feel like it, but for the most part, we rarely see them in the house all summer because they turn into “Porch Panthers”!

 

These are Dames Rocket. Their blooms last a very long time and smell heavenly, a lot like carnations, or cloves. You have to monitor them fairly tightly because they will happily take over your entire garden.

 

 

I planted pink Lupine last year, but so far only the established purple ones have started flowering.

Still waiting for my other peonies to open. The Fern Leaf Peonie beat these by a whole month. That's OK with me. That way, when they all take turns showcasing, you have something pretty to look at all summer.

This is variegated Dead Nettle. The have a very tiny, delicate pink flower, and are a wonderful, hardy ground cover.

 

In about another week I should have a some beautiful red roses to admire.

It's been a very cool, wet Spring here in my part of Montana, and the plants love it! Today is my day off, so I hope to make some rhubarb jam and rhubarb crisp. I have a bumper crop of it this year.

I miss playing in my yard, but it's nice to know that I'm getting some moolah to get my big little son thru school, and fix up our cute, derelict little cabin….. and the gardens seem to be perfectly happy without me hovering over them!

TTFN 🙂

Teresa

 

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Happy Father’s Day

This is a picture of the outside of my Dad's work shop on the farm.

I think it is so interesting to look at all the bits and pieces of tools and whatnots he has found in his travels while working around the farm.

Each and every piece, I am sure, could tell quite a tale. This has been a working farm since 1865. Montana became a State in 1889, so my folk's farm was established while Montana was still considered a territory!

In her corner of the farm, my Mom has her beautiful, colorful, artistic flower gardens that are a splendor to the eye. My Dad, on the other hand, has his own style for artistic display shown in this very interesting, historic collection for all to enjoy on the walls of his very unique shop.

TTFN,

Teresa

 

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Randomness

My itty bitty brain is just whirling – just a few weeks ago it was snowing pretty mightily around here; now it feels like full blown summer. I mean windows open, birds tweeting, grass growing inches per day summer! A few weeks ago, I was a domestic diva 🙂 tending my house, chopping wood, keeping my laundry up; now I'm back to alarm clock waking, trying to figure out what would be fastest to prepare for dinner after work, and making lists so I can try to keep up with everything that needs to be done in my very condensed at-home-time. Yup, no mo fairytale, it's back to the real world.

So, in order to try and achieve a little zen, I will share some pictures of random this and thats I have captured in the spare minutes I've grabbed over the last several days.

 

 

 

I have lots of pretty little flowers popping out. I was sad to see that I did lose many plants and ornamental bushes to this vicious winter we just escaped from – what a cold mean bugger he was!

We have had a few pretty substantial downpours over the last few weeks, and the bright side to that, along with the glorious greenness that presents itself, are these wonderful gifts from nature –

Morels! Oh, they are so yummy! Just soak them in water with a few teaspoons of salt and about a teaspoon of vinegar to dislodge any buggies trying to make a morel it's home, drain 'em, make sure they are nice and clean, cut them in half lengthwise, and drop them into a frying pan with a little butter, olive oil, sea salt, smoked paprika, and a smidge of pepper. For real, they are a gourmet gift to your taste buds! My big little son went down to the river and scouted out a few, which we ate for dinner that night. The next day he went out to my folk's farm and found about a quart of them. They are shiny clean and residing in the freezer, to be carefully doled out on special occasions.

 

There were at least a dozen Western Tanangers in my yard today, flitting about, eating from the suet feeder, and having a merry time. I just love watching all the birds that come to my yard. I think this giant window we put in during the kitchen remodel was the smartest thing we've done with this house. Actually, that would probably be second to the Tulikivi.

I changed a few things around in the family room. I found a beautiful print by one of our local artists, downtown at an antique/junk store. I needed another picture like I need a hole in the head, but it was so reasonably priced I couldn't resist.

I had the frame which I'd purchased several summers ago at a yard sale, so just had to have a mat cut and was good to go. It is a Russell Chatham print. I looked thru his archives online, and I believe this one is named “March Afternoon”. I truly love his work. He has lived here for decades, and the biggest majority of his art is done of this area, primarily Paradise Valley. His lithos and oil paintings go for many thousands of dollars, so I was happy to just be able to have stumbled across a print I could afford. Any kind of affordable work of his is about as scarce as hen's teeth to find. (Sorry about the reflections on the picture – I don't know how to get around that in photography yet.)

I found the “Indian Lane” street sign at a rummage sale the week before I started work. (Don't even get me started on having missed the last 4 weeks of rummage saling – I could just cry about it!) The metal Indian head is also a rummage sale find from a summer past.

Work has begun on the cabin.

 

Yikes.

It's still chilly enough in the evenings to have to start the wood stove up.

Coming home we saw this Mama and baby. Within a half mile stretch we saw the moose, at least a dozen deer, 10 antelope (which was strange because we were still in the mountains and they usually prefer being out on the flats), and these 2 courting cranes below.

So, that's a lot of randomness for sure, and is probably just the tip of the iceberg for what the summer holds. We have a lot of irons in the fire! Guess I better stock up on Wheaties! Or spinach!

TTFN,

Teresa

 

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