the barn is changing

April 15, 2010

The barn (built in 1890) was due for a paint job so we are going to return it to it’s semi-original color , white.


We had some aspens down that needed to be chopped up, not the best firewood but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.


March 22, 2010

Our small town police dispatch log reads like a play by play account of the trials and travails of the town of Mayberry.  In the winter months the dispatch log mostly says “no incidents to report”,  but this week things took a turn for the worst.  I think we can all take a page out of deputy Fife’s book and nip this trend in the bud before it gets out of hand around here.

remember there won’t be any mollycoddling out there and be safe with your guns.

Wendy’s cousin Karen visited from southern California and brought gifts of hard to find and exotic fruits.  The most unusual of and photo worthy of these gifts was the cheriymoya.  Despite looking like a pimply ogre’s butt it tasted quite good, kinda like a papaya.  Thanks For the tastes of far off lands Karen.

major award, awarded!

March 2, 2010

Thank you all for your help in obtaining this major award.  Apparently having a blog and directing people from it to a specific sight then having them click something can make you money (interesting).   Everyone who voted will be receiving a check in the mail for 1/1000th of a share of the 20 dollar prize.

my 15 fishing trip losing streak has finally come to a close with my first kokanee and it was delicious.  We braved icy wind and a crust of ice on the lake to catch 4 of the tastiest fish money can’t buy.

the ski bike rides again

February 18, 2010

I cobbled together this monstrosity last year during the snowpocalypse in Portland.  Now that I’m in a place in which I can use it I brought it out for a little slide around the property.

video taken by Cari in Portland last year

greens grow!

February 18, 2010

The greenhouse has awoken from it’s hibernation and has begun producing veggies and salad greens again.  Erica was able to harvest over 5 pounds of mixed greens the other day, Spring is unavoidable.

major award imminent

February 12, 2010

The Wallowa county Chieftain is holding their annual photo contest and I have sold out (definition) by whoring my beautiful art work for the possibility of a major award.  The fame that can only come from winning a small town photo contest is a also a nice lure.   You can help me attain this pinnacle of photojournalism excellence by clicking on the accompanying photos then the save vote button at the bottom of the page.  You can vote for other submissions also if you really want ( I secretly love this one).  Thanks and I promise to remember you after I win, “Fame won’t change me”.

There is no ice on the lake but that hasn’t stopped us from fishing.  We went and scraped some holes in the slush to try and entice some trout with our Swedish Pimples (this) not (this).  My friend Bill showed up, caught one in twenty minutes (his first fish in 9 years), Then decided to end on a high note and went home.  Bruce of course caught the biggest fish of the day, which we will be eating for dinner.  I caught nothing (my usual), so I will stick to what I am marginally good at which is being witty.  This post title was inspired by my favorite rainbow sun catcher design ever (collect them all).