Full of Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Now we jump into the thick of the holiday season, and as hectic and wonderful as it all is, it's done in a flash, so enjoy and appreciate every minute of it!

Thought I'd toss in a quick cabin update. We did make some progress this Summer – big ticket items, so although it doesn't add much curb appeal, it is a big step toward getting to the finished product. First, a brand new septic system was plotted, permitted, and installed. This is “part one” in getting the much needed plumbing in place to facilitate kitchen water and a nice little indoor potty once again at the cabin.

This is the septic drain field, and lids to the underground holding tanks

The horrible, smelly, rotten old floor and foundation were demolished and hauled away. The old septic system, which had been inactive for years, was opened up and filled with dirt. Then, the whole area was somewhat smoothed out and left to fill in with native plants.


Even though it is still torn up, it looks 100% better than before. We have 1 burning pile left to take care of, and I'm sure Bruce will do that on New Year's Eve (prior to the big, annual New Year's celebration), when the fire risk is very low with the cold and snow.

This is all that is left to burn.

He rented a trenching machine to prepare for electrical and propane lines to be run over to the new cabin site. It was hard going as it is very rocky ground, and required much hand digging to remove rocks when the trencher couldn't get past them.

There was a bit of winterization that needed to be done, so Bruce took the time last weekend to go up and tie up as many loose ends as he could.

I had Election Day off work, and was having such an awful, anxiety ridden day from this horrendous election, that I decided to toss my poochies in the truck, shut the darn radio off, and take a “back roads” road trip up to the cabin.

This is up Brackett Creek.




This is the old Sedan Church, refurbished, and all decked out with Christmas lights, ready for the Holidays.

Such a pretty drive went a long way in soothing the senses. When we got to the cabin, I sat on the deck in the sunshine, read some cabin decorating magazines til about dark, then went in and popped some popcorn. I put in a DVD, sat in the middle of that gosh awful mess of a cabin with Declan and Piper, covered us up with a fuzzy blanket, and proceeded to watch a crazy sci-fi movie. Then we locked up, loaded up in the dark, and hit the trail for home. I felt lucky to have a nice escape day with no TV or computers.

I only put a dab of Thanksgiving decorations out this year. Trying to conserve energy to really get after the “Christmas Extravaganza”!




Already had my Native Americans out. I just love these Skookum dolls.

My big little son is at his new job 200 miles away and can't come home for just one day, so Mr. Bruce and I have been invited to the farm for dinner. My good Mom is cooking, and I will bring a salad and a pie. My Dad is going to BBQ steaks for he and Bruce. It's supposed to start storming tonight, so hope the roads won't be “slickery” for all the Holiday travelers.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!





Country Churches, Country Blessings

I thought, since Easter is just a few days away, it might be fun to see a few Montana Country Churches. I'm sure many will be visiting churches this Sunday; you can see if your own Church is similar to any of these by chance.

This is the St. Francis Xavier church in Missoula.

A true country Church, the D'Aste Church near Charlo, MT

St. William's Church in Gardiner, MT, in all it's springtime splendor!

The inside of the St. Ignatius Mission, St. Ignatius, MT. Aren't the paintings beautiful! There is wonderfully interesting history that goes along with this Mission.

The Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Missoula, MT. I bet a lot of rice has been thrown outside those doors!

This little Church near Malta, MT is so lovely. The photograph is by a photographer named Todd Klassy, and I found online he has many beautiful country church photographs from all over the state that you can buy.

And probably the most grand church in the state is the Cathedral in Helena, MT. It is extremely beautiful inside and out. Probably doesn't much fall into the Country Church classification 🙂

All of the above pics came from Google Images.

All of the following pics I took in and around our little town.

This is the church I went to when I was a little kid. I remember sitting in the balcony, listening to a serman delivered by our very hot tempered Irish priest, which was full of fire and brimstone! I couldn't have been much more than 4 years old, and let me tell you, it certainly made an impression on me! (ie: scared the daylights out of me!) They later sold this church and built a new one on the other end of town. This Church is now called the Living Hope Church.

Pine Creek Methodist Church is in Paradise Valley, about 12 miles from town. They have a most awesome fall auction every October, where they auction fresh pressed Apple Cider, chocolate cakes that at times have fetched up to $100.00 plus dollars, split firewood, even cow dog puppies one year! The ladies in the church get together and make a quilt every year to be auctioned. The event is just like something you would see in Country Living Magazine. Free sandwiches and chips for lunch, a many feet long table covered with a huge variety of homemade pie slices for just $1, and just good old fashioned socializing! So fun!

If any of you saw the movie “A River Runs Through It”, this is the church they used in the movie. Brad Pitt's character's father (Tom Skerritt) was the minister of this church in the movie. It is the Redeemer Lutheran Church.

This is a window in the Holbrook United Methodist Church, which is located directly across the street from the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Guess that's small town for ya! Many churches clustered together in one part of town; many bars/saloons clustered together in another part!

Here is the pretty little church (I showed you all a few posts back) in Melville, MT.

And, from the same road trip, the church in Lennup, MT.

The First Baptist Church, here in town, has a faux bell tower. But they used to “broadcast”, over speakers that reached every corner of town, recorded ringing church bells. I just loved listening to them. But some folks must have complained, or the church's equipment gave out, or something, because they quit doing it. 🙁

This is the only pink church we have in town! It is St. Mark's Church of the A M.

Personally, my favorite church is the one the Good Lord provided free of charge!

The one with the sky for a ceiling…

And the good earth for the floor.


Where the mountains stand in for altars –






And all of nature surrounds us, reminding us of the many, many blessings and gifts the Good Lord has given us! That is where I have my best conversations with him 🙂

Wishing you all a very happy Easter!