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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ruth Stout Style Garden Update & Plans + Wildlife

A quick look around my garden where not much is happening now, and plans for this summer if it ever gets here. I'm certainly itching to be able to get more things growing this year!

For some past years garden videos, see any of these.

And then some more of the amazing wildlife I've been able to see in the last month!

Thanks for following and let me know what your garden plans are. Or what kinds of wildlife you might have around your home!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tiny House Cooking - Apple Crisp

Hello folks. I have finally completed another Tiny House Cooking video! A simple dessert, apple crisp. Or actually apple cranberry crisp as this one is.

Please pardon the second camera shots not being centered well. I'm still figuring out the best setup to record things like this. Believe me, I can make a dozen meals in the time it takes to record, edit, and upload one video like this! :)

Enjoy! And don't be scared of cooking. In a tiny house or otherwise.

And just a few more shots of some of the amazing critters around here for fun.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fy Nyth Through the Seasons

The snow is going! As you can see above, my yard is finally almost bare as of yesterday afternoon. The spots where it's been bare for a few days are even looking pretty green! 

As I've watched how rapidly the weather can change around here, I thought that would be fun to see kind of a time lapse of the seasons changing around my house. So I've compiled a little video of the two and a half years of weather as it comes and goes and changes over and around my home.

Enjoy whatever weather you have around your home today!

This shot was just one day before the first photo in this post. A few warm days make a big difference!

And a few of the little things I've seen around my house in the past couple days. I have lots of squirrels and chipmunks. 

I saw the first dandelion blooming yesterday too!

I'm seeing butterflies pretty regularly too. Can you find the one camouflaged in this photo?

Lastly, a grouse that was pecking quietly around the brush. I love these little peaceful birds.

Enjoy whatever weather you have around your home today!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wood Splitting

A little wood splitting yesterday. The sun was out and I got warm enough to shed my jacket pretty quickly. I should just need to split a few more of the rounds that I stacked last fall and have had covered with a tarp all winter, to have enough wood for the rest of the cold weather this spring. Also this is my first shot at a time lapse film, and I think it works well for something like this!

In other news, I saw my first two butterflies of the spring yesterday as well. And even managed to get a shot of one!

Tiny House Cooking Series

Ok folks. Here's the start to a new tiny house related project I am working on. Tiny House Cooking videos. Since I've had a lot of requests for what I cook, how I do it, and what's possible in a tiny house, I will attempt to answer all those things over time.

Check out the introduction first.

And then here is the first actual cooking video I have compleated.

I hope to be able to add new videos to the cooking series on a regular basis as time allows.

And here's a brief sampling of a few of the many meals that have already happened in Fy Nyth's kitchen. Enjoy!