Back in the saddle…… again

I’m so much better. Whew. I hate being sick. It messes up my plans!

The last several days have seen an increase in the local fires. We have fires west and south of the farm. Parts of Glacier National Park are shut down and many of the campgrounds have been evacuated due to fire.


Our skies are yellowish and everything smells like smoke. My poor husband has a tendency toward asthma and he suffers with an intermittent, dry cough that probably won’t go away until we get some rain.


The animals don’t seem fazed by the smoke. Just the humans are complaining. We are expecting rain (30%) on Friday. Fingers crossed for rain and no lightning.


The green beans are bursting and I’m a little behind with my canning (due to the fever) but tomorrow I’ll start the big push.


Tim took the boys to their super, secret spot (somewhere here in the valley~ I have no idea where) to do a little pre- school fishing (pre- school: as in before school starts, not the other pre-school). I don’t remember if they caught anything. They practice catch and release so I never see any evidence of the day and often can’t remember what they report. (Sorry, dear).



And the biggest news……


….. Rachael left for Missoula with all her worldly possessions packed into her little Subaru (except Rhett~ he gets to stay here on the farm. We need him too badly. At least that’s what we told him :] ) to finish her college education.


The plan was that she was to go to our local community college after high school for two years to complete all her core courses, work and live at home to save money. Then transfer to an in-state university to complete her degree.

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She’s received a couple of scholarships to University of Montana. She has worked all through her two years at the community college. She’s working on campus now too.


She has a heart for kids with undiagnosed learning disabilities especially autism. She’s majoring in Psychology with a minor in education.

We all REALLY miss her.

But we are REALLY proud of her.

Of course, not all the family members understand her absence.



Missoula is only 2.5 hours away.

Maybe we can plan a little dog/ cat/ Rachael rendezvous?


Today’s count: 33 eggs~ the girls are kicking back into egg laying. I’m not really sure why. The warm weather? The strange light from the smoke? Usually, they are in full blown molt by September. A weird summer indeed.

What’s for supper: Baked maple chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Weather: Widespread haze after noon. Widespread smoke, mainly before noon. Sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Tonight widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Light and variable wind. (Uh oh~ 39 degrees. We’ll have to watch for an unsuspecting frost tonight)



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5 thoughts on “Back in the saddle…… again

  1. So glad you are feeling better. We are having unhealthy smoke, fires merging to make bigger fires. The smoke is bad, but we still have our home. Lots of homes lost. One fire is ready to come over the top of the mountains into our valley. Had thunder and lightning last night. Saw some big down strikes. Hot in the day and low temp of 41. More T. & L. the next few days. Autumn is on the way and not to soon. Our corn crop is done. Picking beans, etc. Wish we could share our melons with you. They are wonderful. It is hard to believe how fast time goes. Your daughter in college and our great grand-children going to grammar school. Enjoyed your picture of your Zinnias. One of my favorite summer flowers. Love the colors. Stay safe.

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    1. Oh Bev~ I can’t believe the fires are so bad! Is there a chance you might have to evacuate? I truly hope that you and your family are safe these next several weeks.
      No corn for us this year. (I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not). Corn is always “iffy” for us so I decided to dedicate the whole garden to “sure” veggies (IE: cauliflower, broccoli, squash, beans….).
      I am so envious of your melons. I wish you could share with us too. 🙂
      I miss our kids when they are gone. But it is soothing to see them mature into wonderful adults. I know every parent goes through the same emotions when they see their children live their dreams. It’s good and hard too.
      I love zinnias too! The colors are so much more vibrant than when I was a kid.
      Talk to you again soon…..



  2. Hi Elizabeth, yes we are safe at this time. Wanted to share with you that just recently the U.S. has approved the use of Global 747 Air Attack on fires. Yesterday we watched from our front porch two 747’s dropping fire retardant. It was awesome and amazing. DH had occasion in years past having to jump into his fire truck to dodge a drop. He said it came into his truck anyway. That was a drop in the bucket compared to what these planes carry. Check out Scott Valley News, Ft. Jones, CA. Scroll down. Lots of videos and pics of yesterdays drop. No air attack today. Smoked in!

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