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a mother duck sitting on the nest with her new baby ducks

Easter drama

Every spring we have watched a pair of Canada geese occupy their nest on top of our potting shed, protecting the eggs they’ve laid there and eyeing us suspiciously for weeks as we walk to and fro nearby.  Yet every year they have departed without succeeding in their quest for a family.  Something always seems …

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outdoors pool in the middle of the woods

Odds and Ends

It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted a blog and there is a lot to report. First of all, our pool is finally finished. It is beautiful, but goodness, dealing with the pool contractors for the past five months was a total pain in the ***. I recently heard someone compare pool contractors to …

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‘Tis the Season

You would think that owning 32 acres in the forest would mean we would never need to buy a Christmas tree. That’s certainly what we thought when we moved up here.  And the first few years Ramon did cut down smallish cedar trees and bring them inside to stand in for our tree.  They made …

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Nature’s force

Now I understand that many of you have seen enough about the solar eclipse that just graced the USA. Or you feel it isn’t that interesting and/or you have seen way better images than I can possibly have taken. Of you I ask to give me a chance to not only show you some amazing …

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A bouquet of wild flowers

The other day we went on a hike a little higher in elevation from Reverie retreat on the Lyons creek. We were expecting it to be nice but also that the forest would be pretty dry when further from the creek. But were we surprised when we entered a bouquet of wild flowers all around …

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Clean Water

As some of you know and have seen we are fortunate to have a lot of water on our property.One of the best things is the “irrigation ditch” in which we have the rubber ducky race.   But when we are not duck racing we use the ditch water for irrigating our fruit trees, vegetables …

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Our first new employee

    A few weeks ago Otto, our Chief of Vermin Control, had yet another stroke from which he miraculously seems to have recovered after being on death’s doorstep for a week. This is not only really hard since he is a beloved member of our family but it also laid bare a business problem …

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Building a bathroom 2

You might remember that after I finished building our Yome I wanted to build a bathroom (outhouse) behind it so that anyone staying in the yome has some additional comforts. I also mentioned that due to the bark beetle infestation many of our big trees have died, but since our neighbor now has a sawmill …

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Great News!

    Great News! Finally! We haven’t written a blog lately because for the past two months we were preoccupied with preparing for our hearing at the Planning Commission for our conditional use permit and didn’t want to write anything that would give anyone who might object to our project a stick to hit us …

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Building a bathroom

        As you all saw in my one of my previous entries we now have this beautiful Yome Home that is spacious, comfortable and cute but it is was lacking in one thing: a bathroom. We’ve all been in hotels or have rented a house or a room or even have stayed …

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