SUNDAY

Sunday is the first of my 3 days off from work each week. It is the only day Bruce and I have off together. Nearly every week I end up doing the same things on my days off….laundry, clean house, pay bills, go to the grocery store, more laundry, etc., etc.

This last Sunday, I got up, was out of milk for coffee, and decided today was a good day for a French vanilla latte! So I hopped in my car and went downtown and bought one ( which is about a 3 times per year special occasion for me).

Coming home, I passed the gas station, and it dawned on me that gas is pretty darn cheap presently!

DAY OFF + CHEAP GAS + SICK OF NOT DOING ANYTHING FUN = ROAD TRIP!!!

Mr. Bruce totally agreed, so we put our heads together to come up with an interesting destination. After throwing out 3 or 4 ideas, I suggested Harlowton, because it is Only 79 miles from here, and I've never been there in my life. We usually road-trip westward because it is more mountainous, therefore a bit prettier in my book. When you head East from here, once past Big Timber it gets fairly flat and prairie-ish.

We loaded up the poochies and were off and running. Just out of Big Timber, we headed north. First stop; Melville, MT. Had never been there before either. It consists of approximately 2 houses, 4 empty buildings, and a little BBQ shack restaurant that is also the post office. Blink and you miss it 🙂 But about another mile down the road is the most charming little church. And you are also on the backside of the Crazy Mountains which gives a beautiful new perspective.

 

 

 

 

It was a kind of funny, overcast day. Even tho it was still pretty scenery, the light was pretty crummy for picture taking. It made the buildings look sort of scary, rather than charming and old. So I skipped pics of the little town.

Next stop, Harlowton. I was surprised at it's size, actually. I thought it would be about half as big. It even has it's own compact little hospital. Checking online, it says they have a population of 991 people.

Here is a photo of their Credit Union. It is such a cool little building! Constructed of all small, round-ish, multicolored local rocks. There were several fences around town built by the same method.

We toured around, took the dogs for a short walk to give 'em a potty break, then headed down the road.

We came upon this sign which gave an interesting history about the Crazies, so thought I'd share.

(For some reason, the way this blog is formatted, all the photos are very small. If you click on the photo you can see a much larger and better detailed version.)

Next little town we hit was Two Dot. About 3 times the size of Melville, making for a grand total of about 18 buildings, maybe 8 of which were occupied. It says online the population is 127, but I think that might be stretching it a bit, unless they may have counted the dogs and chickens 😉

Down the road another stretch, and we came to Lennep, MT. It says online that Lennep is a ghost town, but we saw some vehicles parked by a couple buildings, whatever that's worth. They also had a pretty little church that looks very well cared for, for a ghost town.

 

I think the larger building below was most likely a store, and maybe hotel, guessing by the number of rooms it seems to have held. The smaller building, not sure. The railroad ran right thru the town back in the day.

 

An old squared log home, right on the edge of town.

The next town is Martinsdale. It houses the Bair Family museum, an old ranch homestead that has been restored and opened to the public. It is a wonderful adventure to take in.

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It was closed when Bruce and I drove past, but my Mom, Son, and myself toured it several years ago.

Then we finished the loop by dropping thru Wilsall, Clyde Park, then home. It was a very fun day, and now I can't say I haven't been to Harlowton!

We were blessed by the most phenomenal sunset – it was truly the cherry on top!

 

TTFN,

Teresa

 

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This and That

Not much going on, so this is going to be a scattered, random, pretty nonsensical post.

So, Declan has commenced losing her baby teeth. (YAY) It has been pretty hysterical! She lost her 2 front teeth first, and looked every bit a kindergartener. This was followed by the checkerboard look as the others in the frontline followed suit. Now she has a double row of the very sharp eye teeth. The new ones are coming in, and the baby ones remain tightly anchored. She will not sit still enough for me to take a picture of the full effect, but here is a very close likeness! (TeeHee 😉 )

She is growing by leaps and bounds, but is still pretty little! Since I take her to work with me, she gets to visit with a lot of folks. Most ask what breed she is, and I tell them her story, and that it's pretty much a mystery, but that I tend to think she is mostly Jack Russell terrier. Well, that opens the gate to the guessing game, and everyone has their very own opinion as to what they think she may be – I've been told she's everything from chihuahua to collie (?!?, she's only 8 pounds, don't think there's enough room in there for collie!), with everything in between…beagle, corgi, manchester, and on and on. If I was extremely wealthy I would order one of those doggy DNA kits to solve the mystery, but they are about $75! So I believe I will just start telling folks, with a very definitive air, that she is a genuine terrier mutsky.

I got a new phone for Christmas that has a camera. I didn't feel comfortable taking either of my “real” cameras to work for fear I would damage them. It is so darn pretty out there most days, I was just in mourning when something awesome would present itself (or my little beasty would do something adorable) and I was camera-less. I'm finding it's pretty hit-and-miss with this phone camera, but at least I can kinda capture the moment.

The heater was broken at work for about 3 weeks. It was COLD out there first thing in the morning til I could stoke up the space heater. Declan didn't fuss at all when we would go straight in and bundle her tight in her shop blankey.

After it warmed up some, she was ready to visit with folks as they came thru, or wrestle around with her toys. She is so good at work, no trouble at all. It is really nice to have her for company during slow spells.

There is absolutely no zoom on this phone camera. Which is a shame, because if you could see how the light is reflected off the Crazy Mountains bright and early in the morning – it is breathtaking! Magnify this by about 100 (which is how my eye sees it), and this is just a quarter of the 360 degree view I have all around me at work.

I can remember sitting in my cubicle at my old job (where I had spent my entire adult life), stacks of papers and books all around me, feeling overwhelmed and sick with stress, and just thinking “if I could just sit and look out the window for a minute, I would feel so much better”. Thank you, Lord, I've gotten my wish! It is a grand thing for your mind and soul when you have a phenomenal job!

I've not gotten to the cabin yet this winter. Bruce tries to make it worth his while when he goes, so usually leaves Saturday morning and comes back Sunday evening. I work every Saturday, so our schedules are not in sync. But it has been dreadfully cold and windy this winter so far, so guess I can hold out on going and not be too terribly sad. His snowmachine is out of commission presently, so he is grounded til he can get it repaired. Since we had some weekend time together, we went to dinner at the Chinese restaurant last Saturday and did a bit of tourage on the gerbil wheel here in town.

This big boy came over to see what the dickens we were looking at.

 

A couple of old abandoned log homes down on the island. See the doe standing to the right at the 2nd cabin? I can't believe someone hasn't fixed these up. You just don't see abandoned homes in our area much, if ever. I was appalled when we vacationed in New England and saw so many awesome, historical homes boarded up, or in a derelict falling down state. It just made me heart-sick! I told Bruce if we could figure out how to transport them to Montana for cheap, we could plop them on a couple acres, fix them up, and sell them for bazillions of dollars! But that is a far fetch between New Hampshire and Montana.

 

Even when it's cold and blustery, you can still find something wonderful to do if you're up for it. See the fisherman mid-picture? He's not letting the weather slow him down any! We saw lot's of folks walking their dogs, kids sledding, even one couple cross country skiing right on the streets in town!

We stopped and fed the ducks at the park.

FLASH MOB! Boy, were they hungry! Lots of folks feed them, but it's just been so cold, they need lots of feed.
No skaters tho. It's been too darn windy. It makes the ice freeze like ~~^~~^~~^~~^~~ which is a much too rough surface to skate on.

 

 

 

More of these goofs in town. These guys were about a block from my house. They are totally urbanized and not scared a bit.

My favorite giant.

 

Late afternoon New Years Day out at my folk's farm. We had a fun potluck, and my Mom made a kettle of chili and some delish desserts.

That's about all the excitement I have for now! Bet it about knocked your socks off 🙂

TTFN,

Teresa

 

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So Blessed

It seems everyone in my family had a wonderful Holiday. I know I sure did! And baby Declan loved the toys she got for her first Christmas – she had something fluffy dangling from her lips for about 3 days straight. She even took Santa outside to potty with her!

When I saw her out the window I made a mad dash for any camera I could get a hold of, found the iPad 1st, and tried to catch Glee and Declan both. It was so cute. Glee was following Declan really closely making sure she didn't leave her toy outside 🙂

 

 

After playing so hard, she had to try out her new red bed, even if it was still on the couch.

A quick nap, lots more playing (inside and out), then another snooze in front of the fire to toasty up before hitting the hay for the night.

I'm so lucky to have these 2 little bugs at my house – they are pure joy, and darn cheap entertainment to boot!

TTFN,

Teresa

 

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