Saturday, July 29, 2017

Summer


Summer is a busy time for me. With working a lot of extra shifts to cover for some coworkers, gardening, and all my other odds and ends of jobs being at their busiest, it's hard to keep you all updated! But summers here are beautiful! 


The garden is looking good. I got an updated video tour done. 

*Sorry about the very loud construction noise especially at the start. It is annoying in person while a neighbor re-builds his lane, but the camera makes it sound even louder. Sadly though, it's going on all day, every day, all summer, so it's hard to pick a good time to shoot a video. I can't wait for them to be done!*


I'm getting lots of fresh veggies out of the garden and even made a little time one evening to go pick wild currents growing near my house. 


There are both red and gold currents growing here.


Due to the high volume of stems and pulp, I decided to run all the currents through my Victorio strainer. The mixture of red and gold berries produced a brilliant orange pulpy juice with a bit of a unique citrus flavor. It made a delicious smoothy with coconut milk! And all the seeds and stems on the right just went back into the compost.



And one evening I had my good friend Beth over for a dinner and spent some time relaxing by the firepit.


Otherwise, it's just fun to work in the garden. Pulling a few weeds, harvesting veggies, and watching everything grow. 





And eating the harvest of course!


The flowers are also looking beautiful.



One of the things that kept me busy for a few weeks was helping with the haying operation near my house.


And then a few more shots of the local wildlife. Almost all from right near my house since I've not had time to drive any further away looking for some of the bigger creatures.












Let me know what you are eating from your gardens if you have one!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Garden & Thunder/Hailstorm Videos


Above is a night time shot of a little northern lights show that appeared over my tiny house a couple weeks ago!

After being way too busy with gardening, work, and the general rush that our very short summer brings, a very rainy day forced me inside and gave me some time to catch up on some computer work. So here's two different videos from one day at my house. 


Showing how things are doing in the garden in the morning.


And then just one of the many big storms that rolled over my house later that day.

There's a couple new wildlife videos up on my youtube channel as well if you enjoy watching those too. And a few new wildlife shots just because I love them. :)








Friday, June 30, 2017

Another Podcast Interview


I've been featured on another podcast! Go check it out.

http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house-podcast/billionaire-neighbors-ariel-mcglothin



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Modeling" Video at my House


Tiny House Expedition shot a pretty cool promo for Home State Apparel when they visited me earlier in the year. This would be my first experience with "modeling" or being filmed for something like this at all. I think they did a great job with a very professional quick peek into my life! My one 4 year old niece adorable thought it was great that her aunt is "famous on TV." :) Check it out.


In other news, it's summer around here now. And most things are growing well. I'm working on a video update from today as well, but need some time to upload that. In the mean time, you can see my garden being watered both naturally and artificially. 




And more flowers and wildlife. 





Even the occasional mountain landscape shot...



A video update from right now will follow shortly!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Early June Update (And a Bear!)


I'm sorry for the long spell with no updates folks. When the weather warms up finally, there is just so much to do! Around my house, and with several of my other jobs. And with daylight from 5 am to nearly 10 pm, that doesn't leave many hours for computer work and sleep once I come inside. :) So thanks for your patience! Here's three videos from the past week though so you can catch up a bit.


The weather has indeed warmed up after our last snow fall about two weeks ago. And now all that 700+ inches of snow from this winter is coming down out of the mountains and flooding a lot of the low lying areas. 


Then a look around my garden now that I finally have everything planted, and much of it starting to grow. If the weather cooperates and we don't get too many freezes and snow storms through the summer, I might even get a lot of food! That's the hope anyway.


And one warm evening I did stop for long enough to host a dinner for several old friends. It ended up being a perfect evening for grilling outside and hanging out around the fire and chatting and catching up on life.


My friend Amy, at 9 months pregnant, came over and hung out and chatted while I worked around the garden one morning. She's since given birth to a beautiful little baby girl!


Some more shots of dinner with friends.



It doesn't look like much now, but there are a lot of tiny little plants coming up in the garden!


And then I had a very close encounter with a bear! While gardening. Unfortunately there are no photos of the bear since I had my hands full of dirt and weeds not my camera, and we were both quite startled! (This is the kind of stories I save for all you faithful blog followers. :) ) 

After running a few early morning errands a couple days ago, I returned to my house. I headed over to the garden to pull a few weeds and check on what seeds had germinated overnight. As I neared the far end of the garden, I thought I'd just walk over to the water tank and rinse the dirt off my hands. About 15 feet away, I suddenly heard a crashing noise. There is a lot of brush and berry bushes at that end of the clearing, so I stopped walking and looked for a deer or something similar that must have come inside the fence while I'd run out for a few minutes. Instead of a deer, elk, or moose, what I saw come out of the bushes was a coal black bear head! He was headed right for the back fence only a few feet away and I saw him hit it pretty hard. Being unsure of wether he'd break through, or get stuck and feel trapped, I quickly headed the opposite direction, for the house. Fortunately he did break down the fence (a deer mesh secured to T posts with zip ties) and scampered off through the woods far faster than I could grab my camera. 

When I later looked to see what he'd been doing back there in the brush, I realized he'd been tearing up one of the large ant hills and eating all their grubs. It's a bit hard to tell from the photo, but this ant hill stands over two feet high. You can see the side he had torn all apart and he must have had his head so busy in there that he never even glanced up or heard me until I was that close. In the days since his visit, the busy little ants have mostly repaired the damage and put their home back together! I re-affixed the fence and have not seen him since, but it's always kind of amazing to know there are big critters like that around. 

And yes, for those who are concerned about my safety, I do keep bear spray right beside my door and do have a gun should I ever need it. Neither one has ever been necessary so far, and I hope it stay that way. I do love seeing all the wildlife that lives in and travels through the woods around my house.