Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Drive

Mike and I decided to go for a Sunday Drive today. 

Blue Heron that wouldn't stay still for me. 

A drive along the Missouri River in the National Monument.

 Osprey across the river.
Then we stopped at Decision  Point  where Lewis and Clark camped and walked up to the top to take some pics.

Overlooking the town of Loma.
 Looking upriver.
Looking down river, where the Marias River joins the Missouri.
A beaverdam

The trail up.
The trail across the top.
The temp at the top. Yep it is 104.3 F.

 Another view.

 These were blooming all over.

On the way home we took another road and went past this old school house then my batteries went dead:(

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Time traveling

Some times I am not sure which direction I am time traveling. See it is like this. The hardware store sells guns, furniture and appliances along with everything a hardware should have on inventory. The pharmacy sells yarn, fabric and all kinds of things along with the regular pharmacy items. The convenience  stores/ gas stations have farm clothes and supplies, heater hoses,  belts and anything else related to automotive or tractors. Kind of like stepping back in time.

Then last night we were invited up to a gathering at our realtor's  house. We met a couple that just bought a ranch north of us a ways. They were telling us that they only get mail 3 days a week. She said that her neighbors told her that in the winter they only get mail every 2 weeks. She said she didn't understand how people paid their bills because by the time you got them and sent them they would be overdue. Everyone laughed and said "By internet of course." I said "What? How, if they are that far out?" They said "Well everyone has fiber optic internet." I was shocked. There are miles and miles of no one and they run fiber optic all over the place, while back in PA we fought like crazy just to get DSL. Oh, and everyone does everything over the internet. Our neighbor is 78 years old and she does everything online. Amazing!!!! I know a lot of people a lot younger then her that don't even know how the internet works. And she isn't alone there are a lot like her here.

On one hand this feels like an old town from a time long ago and on the other hand they are more up to date then some places in the east. Gotta love it!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Some pics from our walk tonight

Kaylin flew into Great Falls today to drive home with Emily. They are heading out on their great road trip on Saturday morning. So we went for a long walk tonight around town. I should have taken a picture of the guy riding in the back of a pickup with his dog that must have passed us 10 times. I think he was just enjoying the view. And I don't think it was the landscape he was looking at. LOL 
Here are some pictures from our walk tonight. Till my battery went dead.:)

Looking upriver

 Metal Art by Misouri River Breaks Center

Looking Down River to the Rt 80 bridge.

Mahlon, Remember these from Utah. It is a western thing not just a Utah thing. They put the initials of the school on the side of the mountains. 

Some views on the river walk pathway.

Shep: Ever faithful

The original fire station now an information center and public restrooms. There are 2 public restrooms in town. Makes it nice when you are on a walk. :)

Looking upriver from the bridge. There were some folks running Jet Skis in the river tonight. 

The walkway through the main part of town.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Along for the ride.

I have said several times that things fell into place so easily for this move that at times it seems we were just along for the ride. Sometimes I wonder at how things have happened. If Mike hadn't stopped at the ranch he did we wouldn't have found our place. If we wouldn't have had a buyer for our house we couldn't have left. And so on....
     The miraculous keep coming happening the most unusual way. Here are a few examples.
The laundry, well first it was a dog kennel with block walls. When we saw it we didn't think that the block walls wouldn't be so hard to take down. They were laid straight up and with no staggered joints it sounded easy. Well it was not so easy. There were false walls between the block that were glued to the real wall. The block walls were filled with cement and rebar but they were not fastened to the floor. Mike broke the first row loose and we slid it to the doorway and dropped it thru the door. Then Mike broke it up with a sledge hammer on the patio. That worked for all of the first wall but the second was 2 blocks higher and we couldn't move it. We gave up for the day and waited for an inspiration. We went back at it and managed to rotate it enough to make the doorway. Broke the door sill in the process but we had replaced the front door and had the extra sill so that wasn't so bad. We managed to get the other parts of the wall down and the last wall was able to be dropped right on the floor inside to be broken up. Of course this was the day it was 102 here. Now I am sure you are wondering what was so miraculous about this......... You see the walls had to come out to make room for the freezer and the washer and dryer. Mike thought he would have to run water and drain lines for the washer. When he took out the false wall in the second kennel there were water lines and a drain in the perfect position for the washer. Couldn't have placed them better if we had tried.

Another thing happened today. From all of our demolition around here there was a load of metal scrap that we took into recycling this morning. Then we were going to stop by the ReStore to pick up a single and a double bowl sink for the shop. Then we would have had to put a counter top in to mount them in. Well Mike pulled the wrong way on the scale and when I looked out the front window of the truck there sat a beautiful commercial 3 bowl stainless steel sink. Mike asked about it and was able to buy it. It needed cut down to fit where it is supposed to go and the end had some odd shaped cuts in it so we dropped it off at the metal shop in town and he is putting legs on it and cutting off the end and adding a splash guard for me. So many things had to happen at exactly the right time in order for us to end up with this sink and they just fell in place. The best part is I get to say how long the legs are and can make them short enough so I can reach the bottom of the sink. LOL

Speaking of the metal shop. They are a great bunch of guys and one day when we were there the owner said "hey if you guys are looking to buy a smoker we build them." Well they are building us a smoker, of better quality and cheaper then I could buy one and have it shipped.

Lots of little things like that have happened and it is almost as if Someone is saying "Yes, this is what I have planned for you." Sometimes I think we are just along for the ride, and what a beautiful ride it is.

some more pics.

I haven't been able to get pictures on here very much because I had some computer issues. Still have a lot of stuff locked in one computer and another one that works for the internet. but.... here are some more pics. 
The sunset out my living room window.

My kitchen window.

The livingroom

As you can see we aren't quite done but it is getting there.

This is a view overlooking the town from the other end.
I will get to posting some more pics as soon as I get a chance. I need to dig the befores out of the other computer. Nite all.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some things are different here.

For starters, all the law enforcement drive either 4x4 beasts or sports cars. Probably because you need a 4x4 to get some places and the speed limit is 70 and people pass you like you are standing still when you are going the speed limit. Of course when there is an accident it is usually fatal.

No one looks their age, or acts it either. It is nothing to see 80 year olds riding a bike or any number of activities usually reserved for younger folks. Our neighbors are good examples of that. They are 78 and 79 and she rides her bike into town every day with a backpack to pick up the mail and anything else she needs. Oh and it isn't flat into town either! He is always out working on something. They are wonderful folks and she makes us laugh. Scared Mike a little bit the other day when she told him that instead of borrowing a cup of sugar she just might raid the pantry. LOL

Most people are very friendly. They stop to say hi when you pass them on the street and always have a nice word to say. We had a rancher from 20 miles north that came into town and heard about us. He stopped into to see if we needed anything and to introduce him self. Told us if we needed anything to give him a call. I told him I just needed a bunch of manure, he thought I was crazy until I explained I needed it for my garden. Told me as soon as they are done putting up hay he will call us to go get some or bring me some down.

We also found out that the wind is wild. The nights get cool and the deer and antelope like to play all day. They are always out in the fields.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Emily's car and the boat that flew.

The Car:

Emily got a car to take back to PA and use for collage. We were able to find a 2001 Ford Focus that was in perfect condition. It looked like brand new and ran like a charm. Mike teased her that it couldn't be her car because it didn't have any dents in it. We brought it home on Saturday and she drove it for 2 days then Tuesday night we had a storm coming up. I was inside the front door hanging coat hooks on the wall and saw something fly past the window. It was the old door that we had replaced and it was laying up against the house. Right behind it was Mike's boat sailing thru the air and down over the back of her car. The boat was sitting right side up in the yard and the wind was so hard it picked it up and smashed it into her car.
The Boat:

The Damage:

Her new headlight is ordered and Mike can fix the dented fender. I was really surprised that this was all that happened to it. It didn't even hit the mirror. We now know that everything must be tied down or indoors when the wind comes up. Oh and the boat is fine.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Some progress

Some before and after of the kitchen. I think it would make my cousin Rhonda proud.

Still need to add the bar behind the sink and get rid of the Green Trim but it is coming along.


We went for a walk last night just in time to see a storm come up and I actually took my camera this time. Here are some pics from around town and the storm.
These are from the walking trail that runs along the river the whole length of town. It has the information boards all along it with information about the history of the town and pictures from the old town.

Then the storm came up.

When it was over this is what we were left with. Nickel sized hail.