Monday, July 17, 2017

Big Changes in A Year

Yes, July 15 last year we moved to Montana for our retirement.  It's been a fast year.

There are flowers blooming in our yard but I've planted none of them.









Felix still enjoys a ride through the yard.


Kim's cold frame is doing well, although we had low's into the 30's last night and some outdoor plants were nipped.



You can just make out this bee doing its job.


The tomatoes are coming on.


We've been eating cucumbers.


All the kids and grandkids came to visit last week.  It was great.


I've been knitting a lot, Kim works in the garden.  We had one chicken die of old age, the other three are doing well and enjoying life.

Last night we heard the Northern Lights were going to be barely into our area so we drove into the hills at midnight and finally around 2AM we were rewarded.


The summer is flying by.

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their warm weather.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer Things




My latest knitting podcast.  In it you can see some of the places that we took our friend Kamal to see while he was visiting us.

We've been busy.

Kim;  in the garden:

We put up the fence, Kim built a gate and he has been planting like crazy.




Tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, peppers, and cucumbers.


And helping entertain this guy.



We saw a wild turkey on our property with two babies.  (Update below)


Vanessa came for a visit because they are now living in northern Idaho, just four hours drive away!
YAY!!!!!


We're looking forward to a busy summer and more visits from both kids and their families.

Update:
Our hens are doing great:




And we've seen wild poultry as well:  






Friday, April 28, 2017

Time Flies When...

Good grief!
I can't believe how long it's been since I posted.

Guess I've been spending all my time on Instagram!  If you want to connect there, find me as VictoriaJeanW.

So what have I/we been up to?
Enjoying winter I guess.
And it's been great!  Lots of time to do the things we love.  For me that's knitting.  For Kim that's keeping up with the stock market and the news.  And he's been busy with some projects around the house.

Spring is slowly approaching.

The girls are coming out more, as long as we're around to keep an eye on them.



Last fall Kim planted 50 daffodil bulbs in a bed out front.  They're just now getting around to showing themselves.  I'm sure they're later because it's their first year.  We've seen daffodils in bloom on our walks.



This fall I'd like to add some grape hyacinths to this bed and possibly plant quite a few of both in the back yard.

As far as flower gardening goes we've purchased one clematis so far.  It's one we had in Boise that we liked.  And deer are supposed to leave them alone.  Fingers crossed.



Kim wants to do some veggie gardening so he's been very busy designing and building a large cold frame.


We're in the process of dismantling it and reassembling it to it's permanent spot out in the field where the garden will be.

Our big excitement recently was having this bluebird somehow fly into our stove pipe.  Lucky for this sooty fellow Kim managed to fish him out and the bluebird shook himself off and flew away.


I recently spent some time visiting with both my children and their children.  It was a lot of fun.

I tell all about it in my knitting videos.







We still have one small snowbank left but spring is definitely on its way!!!



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winter All The Time

Snow.  
That's it folks.
Don't look for anything else.


Granted, sometimes that snow can be very beautiful.



We've been doing some snowshoeing on our property.


It's an easier way to get around.


I really enjoy seeing animal tracks.




Jessie enjoys being outdoors.


But all the cats like to join me in my warm knitting room.



The hens are adjusting well to the snow.


Kim keeps the paths shoveled.


I continue to play.



View of our back yard off the porch;


There's just no denying that snow and winter can be very beautiful.







But spring will arrive soon enough and we'll get out and get more active and there will less time for this: