I blinked and it's fall again!

When we got home from our adventure to the coast, we sold the camper. *GASP! Don’t worry, we aren’t done taking adventures just yet. We plan on buying a smaller one without slide outs. Since we no longer live full-time in it, there is no reason to have one that big. After the control panel malfunctioned and we were stuck in Minnesota, the no slide option sounded a lot more appealing. 
 After so much snow and rain last winter we had a full pond and a secondary pond where the water seeped through and filled up a shallow meadow area. What happens when you have standing water and warm temperatures? You guessed it, mosquitos! The previous year we didn’t have many, but this year made up for it! We had a lot of projects that we wanted to get done outside, but they got put on hold until the little bastards died off. So far, that’s the one  negative part of living here. 

 When you've showered off the Deet for the day and the dog needs to go out, my solution to battle mosquitos, wear rain gear! 

When you've showered off the Deet for the day and the dog needs to go out, my solution to battle mosquitos, wear rain gear! 


 As I was looking through the photos we took since we got home, I realize how busy we were this spring and summer! 
  

 We went on an annual off road ride with the Trail Blazers. Our friends, Lance and Stacey are behind us.

We went on an annual off road ride with the Trail Blazers. Our friends, Lance and Stacey are behind us.

 He's smiling on the inside.

He's smiling on the inside.

We have had problems with rodents digging up the yard, and mice trying to move in with us, so we got a couple of cats from a friend of mine. One was a year old (Forrest), and the other was only 10 weeks old (Finley). Forrest was not happy with the move and ran away the first day. Well, I couldn't leave a tiny kitten outside alone on the first night he was away from his mama and litter mates. So I setup a tent on the porch and Fiona and I camped out there with him. The next night I slept on an air mattress inside of the door with him on the other side of the screen. It took me a few nights to be comfortable enough to leave him alone. One might ask "why didn't you just bring him inside?" and the answer is, we don't want a cat in the house. We got him to do a job, and that involves living outside. He has a heated, insulated cat house for the cold months.  

 Fiona greeting the new cats.

Fiona greeting the new cats.

 In the tent. Fiona loves cats but was a bit nervous to share a bed with one.

In the tent. Fiona loves cats but was a bit nervous to share a bed with one.

 Little Finley.

Little Finley.

Paul's parents Rita and Paul took a side trip to see us on their way to Colorado for the summer. We showed them around a bit and had a nice visit. 

 Rita, Paul, and Paul.

Rita, Paul, and Paul.

Since the water around the dock is so shallow and filed with milfoil, I decided to buy a little boat to fish from. I had a hard time getting it to restart the first couple of times I took it out, so I was leery of taking it out, so I didn't go out as much as I should have this summer. The last time I went was better, so I plan on doing a lot more fishing next summer! 

 Bonus, it fits in the back of the truck! No trailer needed!

Bonus, it fits in the back of the truck! No trailer needed!

 Trying to pull start the motor. I think this is the day that I gave up and paddled in. That's one reason I've only taken it up river from the house. 

Trying to pull start the motor. I think this is the day that I gave up and paddled in. That's one reason I've only taken it up river from the house. 

 I rarely see another boat when I'm out.

I rarely see another boat when I'm out.

We've planned on having this huge ponderosa pine cut down since we moved in. The top was forked and there was insect damage at the base. Since it was right next to the house it could destroy the cabin and kill us, it had to go. I gave it one final hug before it was cut down. 

 The photo doesn't do it justice. It was a good 100 feet tall and the base was about 48 inches across. 

The photo doesn't do it justice. It was a good 100 feet tall and the base was about 48 inches across. 

 Paul cutting the tree into rounds small enough to move over to the woodshed. 

Paul cutting the tree into rounds small enough to move over to the woodshed. 

My step dad, Frank had been ill with cancer for a while and this July I felt the need to be there with him and my mama. He and my mom had been together for 45 years. I decided to go down to help my mom take care of him during his last days. I didn't know how long I'd be gone. I drove so I could take Fiona with me. She and I are a little attached to each other. :) I had planned on driving the 1500 miles in two days, but after the first day, I decided to add a day to the drive. I made it there just in time to see him before he passed. I was so glad I was there to be with my mom during such a difficult time. I spent a couple weeks with her before I drove home. 

 Frank's first selfie at 81 years old. Taken last November on my moms birthday.

Frank's first selfie at 81 years old. Taken last November on my moms birthday.

 My mama, brother Doug, sister Penny, and me. 

My mama, brother Doug, sister Penny, and me. 

 The little one's in the family always make sad times a lot better! Teaching my great nephew and niece how to play marbles.

The little one's in the family always make sad times a lot better! Teaching my great nephew and niece how to play marbles.

 We did each others makeup. She was too scared to get the eyeliner close to my eye. She looks like a pageant princess. I named her Honey Poo Poo.  

We did each others makeup. She was too scared to get the eyeliner close to my eye. She looks like a pageant princess. I named her Honey Poo Poo.  

 Fiona was tired of all the action, and spent a lot of time in her crate. 

Fiona was tired of all the action, and spent a lot of time in her crate. 

 Fiona: are we there yet? She's a great traveler!

Fiona: are we there yet? She's a great traveler!

 The plus side of driving through Utah. My friend, Penney came to the hotel with Blue Chair Bay rum for us! Just what I needed after a stressful 14 hour drive.

The plus side of driving through Utah. My friend, Penney came to the hotel with Blue Chair Bay rum for us! Just what I needed after a stressful 14 hour drive.

I got back home in time for the big event of the year, Down River Days. 

 Crazy lady softball at Down River Days. I definitely need to practice before next years game! If you made it to second base, you had to do a shot before taking third. These are my kind of ladies!

Crazy lady softball at Down River Days. I definitely need to practice before next years game! If you made it to second base, you had to do a shot before taking third. These are my kind of ladies!

 Crazy lady softball has crazy rules. This time at bat, you had to have a drink on you. This is my friend, Roxanne trying to drink from the beer stashed in her cleavage. 

Crazy lady softball has crazy rules. This time at bat, you had to have a drink on you. This is my friend, Roxanne trying to drink from the beer stashed in her cleavage. 

 My friend Cindy hosted an all girls camping weekend. Since we sold the camper, I had to kick it old school with a tent. My friend Patrizia shared it with me. It was her first time camping. We had so many laughs!    

My friend Cindy hosted an all girls camping weekend. Since we sold the camper, I had to kick it old school with a tent. My friend Patrizia shared it with me. It was her first time camping. We had so many laughs! 

 

 Camping gives you dirty feet!

Camping gives you dirty feet!

 While we were taking the feet photo, I turned the camera around and surprised the girls. This is Stacey, Nicki, Sharron, Georgie and me. We might have been intoxicated?

While we were taking the feet photo, I turned the camera around and surprised the girls. This is Stacey, Nicki, Sharron, Georgie and me. We might have been intoxicated?

 During the solar eclipse all of the light shining through the trees were sickle shaped. 

During the solar eclipse all of the light shining through the trees were sickle shaped. 

What's a summer without a Kenny Chesney concert? I was lucky to find a friend locally that loves him as much as I do. This is Sally. We flew to Boston to see him two nights in a row. It was such a fun trip! I see many more concert trips in our future! #FriendyKens 

 The shirts our friends at Special Tees made for us were inspired by Kenny's song 'Bucket List'.

The shirts our friends at Special Tees made for us were inspired by Kenny's song 'Bucket List'.

 Cheers to great friends! Greg & Shari from Tampa, FL, Noelle from Eagan, Minnesotta, Sally, and me. Having a little rum before the concert.

Cheers to great friends! Greg & Shari from Tampa, FL, Noelle from Eagan, Minnesotta, Sally, and me. Having a little rum before the concert.

 Sally and me showing some love to Old Dominion.

Sally and me showing some love to Old Dominion.

 We celebrated our wedding anniversary in Nelson, BC. It's just 70 miles from us. 

We celebrated our wedding anniversary in Nelson, BC. It's just 70 miles from us. 

The off road club we belong to hosted the annual dirty diva ride. A group of about thirty ladies drove our off road vehicles over the mountain to Idaho for lunch. One of the rigs broke down, so we were stuck on the trail for a while on the way home. The girl's husband came and trailered it home. We didn't get home until almost 10 PM! No diva left behind!

 Some dirty divas, Kathy, Sharron , and me. 

Some dirty divas, Kathy, Sharron , and me. 

The following weekend, Paul and I did a similar ride with a group of friends. 

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 Toasting to good friends! Cheers, Stacy P!

Toasting to good friends! Cheers, Stacy P!

 We stayed the night at a little hotel in Idaho. 

We stayed the night at a little hotel in Idaho. 

 We stopped for a short hike on the way home from Idaho. 

We stopped for a short hike on the way home from Idaho. 

There has been evidence of a coyote on the property. Finley was up a tree a couple times. I couldn't stand to leave him up there until he decided to come down on his own. So, I got the ladder and Paul got him down. That was until one morning he was so high up a tree, no ladder could reach him. I'd say it was a good 100 feet! He was up there for two nights. He wanted to come down, but was too scared. On the second day, big birds started attacking him. I was ready to have the tree chopped down to get him out of it! Paul was going to climb it, but the tree was too skinny to support the ladder to get him high enough to rope off. Finally, when I took Fiona outside and he saw her, he started to make his way down. I've never been a cat person and said I'd never have one in the house, but he is now sleeping inside. 

 He was even higher at one point!

He was even higher at one point!

 The fall season is upon us. The trees are starting to change color. This is my favorite time of year!

The fall season is upon us. The trees are starting to change color. This is my favorite time of year!

 We had the first snow of the season on October 12th! It didn't last long, but it was beautiful! I can't wait for more!

We had the first snow of the season on October 12th! It didn't last long, but it was beautiful! I can't wait for more!

We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place with a great community.