New adventures

The adjustment from city living, to full time traveling, to country living has gone well. We are enjoying the change of seasons; something we never witnessed while living in Southern California. The changing colors of the trees along the river are amazing. I learned that there are conifer trees that are also deciduous trees. Hell, two years ago I didn't even know what deciduous meant! My friend Jane taught me that it is the name for trees that lose their leaves annually. I always thought that if the tree had needles, they stayed green year round. Not so with the tamarack tree. They look like yellow Christmas trees until all of the yellow needles fall off and cover everything. I mean everything! I'm pretty sure the ones by the house are going to be firewood by next year.

 See the pointy yellow ones? Those are Tamarack.

See the pointy yellow ones? Those are Tamarack.

 The view doesn't suck.

The view doesn't suck.

 The view from the dock, looking north.

The view from the dock, looking north.

 The view from the dock, looking south.

The view from the dock, looking south.

 Sunset over the river.

Sunset over the river.

 One bad thing about the cooler temperatures, is that mice want to come in to keep warm. We heard scratching in the wall. Fiona and I tried to scare it away by pounding on the wall (me) and barking (Fiona). Paul went under the house to see if he could find where it might be, with no luck. After a couple of days, it was obvious by the smell, that the mouse had died in the wall. I cut open the wall to find that there was one freshly deceased mouse and about six mouse skeletons. After removing it all, I had to throw away the baseboards and drywall on each side of the wall. I put some new drywall up, to close the area while we figured out where they were getting in. Meanwhile, two more fell into the same spot. Luckily I hadn't patched the drywall, so I just had to remove a couple of screws to retrieve them. I filled every hole and crack I could find outside the house, but I think I trapped one in. I can smell it, but can't find where it is. I cut another hole in the wall, where I thought it was, but there was nothing there. I'm thinking it isn't an actual dead mouse that I'm smelling, but the disturbed remains from the wall are haunting me. Like poltergeist, but with mice.  Potlermice. 

 Who's there?

Who's there?

 Sandy Noden, mouse hunter!

Sandy Noden, mouse hunter!

 Trying to contain the residual smell.

Trying to contain the residual smell.

 The mouse burial ground. 

The mouse burial ground. 

 Temporary patch job.,

Temporary patch job.,

 The other side of the wall. I need to practice my sawing skills!

The other side of the wall. I need to practice my sawing skills!

 With the temperature dropping, we are getting prepared for winter. The woodshed is coming along nicely. There is still more wood to be gathered and set out to dry for next year. We had some delivered, and chopped and split some dry wood we had on the property. The wood stove is a nice feature to have. We both prefer to have a fire, but we also have electric heat, if needed. 

 Paul driving the borrowed tractor.

Paul driving the borrowed tractor.

 Fulfilling a lifelong dream of driving a tractor. 

Fulfilling a lifelong dream of driving a tractor. 

 Working on the roof of the woodshed.

Working on the roof of the woodshed.

 Swinging the maul. We use the old tire to keep the pieces from falling off the stump.

Swinging the maul. We use the old tire to keep the pieces from falling off the stump.

 Stacking nicely!

Stacking nicely!

 The Lions Club of Ione has a train ride that goes to Metaline Falls, a town just north of us, so we decided to be social and check it out. It was a chilly ride, but the fall colors were beautiful. 

 Going over the river on the train.

Going over the river on the train.

 Looking down from the train to the water. 

Looking down from the train to the water. 

 The Box Canyon Dam on the Pend Oreille River.

The Box Canyon Dam on the Pend Oreille River.

 When we stopped to turn back, we were "robbed" by a scamp from the local Cutter Theater for donations.

When we stopped to turn back, we were "robbed" by a scamp from the local Cutter Theater for donations.

 Paul on the train, crossing over the river.

Paul on the train, crossing over the river.

 Views from the train.

Views from the train.

 The Box Canyon Dam.

The Box Canyon Dam.

 We have made some friends in the area. I've been to a couple of events, an essential oils class, and a skin care party. We went to the local bar for a gathering, and even to a dinner party up the road. 

 Some of my new friends. At Rita and Jerry's house.

Some of my new friends. At Rita and Jerry's house.

I thought my traveling days would be on hold until we got tired of being in one spot for too long, but, I got an email from Kenny Chesney's people about a private concert he was having in Florida. I was asked to send in a short video saying why I should be invited. I sent in my video, as did countless others in his fan club, and I was chosen to attend. Two of my friends that are also huge Kenny fans also won. Each of us were allowed to bring a guest, so the six of us met in Miami for a last minute, unexpected shindig. We had a blast! 

 The No Shoes Nation gang in Miami. Jordyn, Shari, Connie, me, Noelle, Michelle, and our server.

The No Shoes Nation gang in Miami. Jordyn, Shari, Connie, me, Noelle, Michelle, and our server.

 As I was boarding the plane, Paul sent me a video from home. The first snow of the season happened while I was on my way to 90 degree weather. I was bummed to miss it, but I'm pretty sure there will be more snow to come. When I returned home, I was greeted with a little snow shower. It's good to be home!

 The first snow of the 2015 season.

The first snow of the 2015 season.

Here are some extra photos.

 We really need to get something else to put the TV on.We are going to drink this stand soon!

We really need to get something else to put the TV on.We are going to drink this stand soon!

 Building a fire.

Building a fire.

 Well, hello there, deer.

Well, hello there, deer.

 Goodbye deer.

Goodbye deer.

 Train selfie!

Train selfie!

 Excavating mice.

Excavating mice.

 Sunset.

Sunset.

 Chopper up!

Chopper up!

 I didn't miss that time!

I didn't miss that time!

 Burning the fruits of our labor.

Burning the fruits of our labor.

 New window coverings to cut down the glare when we watch TV.

New window coverings to cut down the glare when we watch TV.

 The Pend Oreille River from the train trestle.

The Pend Oreille River from the train trestle.

 Filled the copper bowl my Mama gave me with pine cones from the yard. 

Filled the copper bowl my Mama gave me with pine cones from the yard. 

 Our new Pottery Barn table fits in nicely!

Our new Pottery Barn table fits in nicely!

 The dry air is wreaking havoc on my hair. 

The dry air is wreaking havoc on my hair. 

 Snuggled up on the couch.

Snuggled up on the couch.

 Packing heat. There was a pack of coyotes right in front of the house.

Packing heat. There was a pack of coyotes right in front of the house.

 Fiona likes to stare at us, over our shoulders when she wants something. 

Fiona likes to stare at us, over our shoulders when she wants something. 

 Visiting my new friend, Liz and her chickens in Spokane Valley. This Isn't Liz, but one of the hens.

Visiting my new friend, Liz and her chickens in Spokane Valley. This Isn't Liz, but one of the hens.

 Driving from Tampa to Miami with Noelle and Shari. 

Driving from Tampa to Miami with Noelle and Shari. 

 Up close for the private show. What a great night!

Up close for the private show. What a great night!

 Missing Paul in St. Petersburg, FL. 

Missing Paul in St. Petersburg, FL. 

 Trying for sexy face with Greg's knife, and I got photo bombed by Noelle, and apparently, a security guard. Drunk girl with a knife!  

Trying for sexy face with Greg's knife, and I got photo bombed by Noelle, and apparently, a security guard. Drunk girl with a knife!  

 Look closely, we have tundra swans on the river.

Look closely, we have tundra swans on the river.