Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Our House...

Well, we're listed! Here's the link to the listing with pictures (except they forgot the bonus room which is one of my favorites!)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Oh No!

I know, 2 posts in one day but I had to fill you all in on this news...

You all know how I love ghosts, spirits, mediums, psychics, bigfoot, blah, blah, blah...

Well, the other night I watched a show that focused on "The Ghost Train" of North Carolina. The investigators tried to recreat or find the "ghost light" but couldn't do either. I find it all just fascinating.

How I'd LOVE to go on a ghost hunt or a quest to find bigfoot or the chupicabra or see a UFO. But, I have a feeling something like this would be the outcome...

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Authorities say a man who was waiting with several friends for a "ghost train" from a North Carolina legend was killed when a real train came down the tracks.

Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond says 29-year-old Christopher Kaiser of Charlotte was killed about 2:45 a.m. Friday as he waited with friends at a railroad trestle. Redmond says witnesses said about 12 people were on the trestle hoping to see a ghost train when the real train rounded a bend.

Everyone but Kaiser was able to clear the tracks at the end of the trestle. The train struck Kaiser, who was thrown into a ravine.

The legend developed from a train wreck on Aug. 27, 1891, that killed about two dozen people and injured many others. Folklore Web sites claim the accident can be heard on each anniversary.

Yep, that would be just my luck...

Putting the House on the Market...

I have my wonderful grandaughter Grace here but she's gone to a friends house to play for a few hours so I thought I'd take a few minutes and update our lives. I should be touching up baseboards but I'll do that after Grace goes home.

Boy have we been busy. Taking things to storage, staging the house and cleaning and painting. The photographer for the realtor came yesterday to take pictures for the virtual tour and the fliers so everything had to be perfect. Damn it takes a lot of work to be perfect but the house looked wonderful if I do say so myself!

Our realtor, Tyler, told me that the photographer told him that he sees hundreds of houses and ours was one of the nicest he's seen. He told Tyler that the colors we've used are wonderful. Let's hope that means it will sell! We're supposed to close on the property on Tuesday.

Here's our little slice of cheetgrass/bitterbrush/dirt - I mean heaven! If you click on the picture you can see it better. I stood on Cartwright Rd. taking these pictures. So in this first picture, our property starts at the very lower right hand side of the picture and goes up to that arrow.

Then from that first arrow it goes off to the southeast to this little arrow. And see that big green gate - it's ours!

Then over this mountain...

to this little arrow above the pond up yonder.


I'm hoping now that things will slow down some and I can get back to blogging.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Middle Fork Clean Sweep...

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. It was good for the boys to get a taste of community service and they had a great time.

The boys spotted this beautiful bald eagle...

This is George's Tavern. Conversation is free, but don't bring your guns in. You can't get cigarettes here but you can buy beer. Beer is $12 a 6-pack. But, the good news is, if you buy a 6-pack you get a free lap dance. No, I'm not kidding.

We did see this little bear cub across the river from where we were eating. They said they had taken three unruly bears out of this campground already this year. Tons of bears in this area...

This Lew. He's a Game Warden in Idaho Falls and Master Dutch Over Camp Cook. The food was soooooooooo good. Thanks Lew!

It was a magnificent day!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I just got on the Hidden Springs Facebook page and noticed a new post -

"Is there some kind of noise ordicance my neighbors are breaking by having a rooster?"

Damn hillbillies.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Middle Fork Clean Sweep...

On Saturday, Elmer and I and Adam and a friend are participating in the second annual Middle Fork Clean Sweep.

The Middle Fork of the Boise River was one of dad's favorite places and was his work territory for much of his time in Boise. When he died, the Forest Service named a trail after him.

I've only been up there a couple of times - mostly due to the fact that both times I've been on the trail, I've seen a bear within 100 yards of leaving the road. I'm terrified of bears, thanks to my brother.

But Saturday, we'll be cleaning the section of the Middle Fork near dad's trail and I'm going to get brave enough to take Adam up the trail. It should be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to getting Adam involved in community service. I'll take lots of pictures and will share some over the weekend.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My High School Reunion...

We met Friday night at the Dirty Shame. I had fun - and a few too many beers. We had plans on Saturday but my stomach wasn't feeling so well. Jacki, my daughter, told me I had the "beer sh!ts" - I don't really drink. I wish someone had told me about the "beer sh!ts" before I drank the beer - we had to come home early.

This is my best friend from school Kathy (and her daughter Beth) we were the two muskateers. I still love her so much, what a wonderful friend...

This is my friend Jerry. He came from a HUGE family and they lived in a tiny shack near the Garden Valley airport. I'm so proud of him. He put himself through college and now has a wonderful engineering job in New Mexico.

A lttile dancing at the Dirty Shame...

This gal, she didn't go to school with us. She was so drunk she stood in the middle of the dance floor, head down, bobbing back and forth - for hours. After the beer I had I was beginning to get sick just watching her. Her mother was also there - very drunk - from what I understand, very typical for her. She's the GV bus driver - nice to know.

After finally finding a spot at a table and passing out, daughter was finally taken away. I love watching people like that, and so glad it wasn't me!

Here I have to tell you an Elmer story. Elmer and I have dated off and on since he was 16 and I was 18. At one point of breakup, I lived with my friend from Garden Valley, Christie Ann. That's how she met Elmer. Elmer and I got back together and then broke up again. Soon after, Elmer and Christie Ann got married. I even went to their wedding. They didn't stay married long, less than a year. Well, last night, guess who showed up at the reunion? Yep, Christie Ann. Even though she lives in Boise (and worked for many years for Elmer's cousin) I hadn't seen her since she and Elmer got divorced (about 30 years ago). Elmer hadn't seen her in that long either.

Elmer decided to be the "bigger person" and walked up to his ex-wife to say hello. She looked at him, very puzzled, and said "Should I know you?" Trying not to sputter, Elmer replied "You should, we used to be married."

When he told me that I about died laughing! I called her over and we just all cracked up. Really? How could you forget living with Elmer????

So, after breakfast, Elmer and I were driving around and came across a small park - yes, there's a small park in GV now, where 3 miniature horses were just walking around. No fence, just wandered in I guess. I got out of the truck to take pictures and was down on one knee because they were so tiny. How friggin' cute is this????

As soon as I knelt down, the cute, tiny baby started walking up to me...

He got closer...

and closer! He walked right up to me and I started scratching his neck and talking to him real sweet. He nuzzled up to me

and bit me.

Little bastard.

So how was your weekend?!

Monday, August 2, 2010

I Needed a Laugh...

Have you ever really noticed the warning labels found on everyday objects?

•On a blanket from Taiwan: Not to be used as protection from a tornado.
•Warning on fireplace log: Caution -- Risk of Fire.
•A warning on a pair of shin guards manufactured for bicyclists: Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover.
•Warning on an electric router made for carpenters: This product not intended for use as a dental drill.
•On a hair dryer: Do not use in shower.
•On Sainsbury's peanuts: Warning: Contains nuts.
•On Nytol Nighttime Sleep-Aid: Warning: May cause drowsiness.
•Warning on a cartridge for a laser printer: Do not eat toner.
•A wheelbarrow warns: Not for highway use. Evidently someone tried this one...

•Can of self-defense pepper spray warns: May irritate eyes.
•Warning on a Conair Pro Style 1600 hair dryer: Never use while sleeping.
•Silly Putty package warning: Not for use as earplugs.
•Baby stroller warning: Remove child before folding.
•Household iron warns: Never iron clothes while they are being worn.
•A fireplace lighter cautions: Do not use near fire, flame or sparks.
•A handheld massager warns consumers: Don't use while sleeping or unconscious.
•Warning on underarm deodorant: Do not spray in eyes.
•Cardboard car sun shield that keeps sun off the dashboards warns: Do not drive with sun shield in place.
•Warning on a sharpening stone: Knives are sharp.
•On a snowblower: Do not use on roof
•On a box or rat poison: Warning: Has been found to cause cancer in laboratory mice.
•An electric cattle prods warns: For use on animals only
•Toilet bowl cleaning brush warns: Do not use orally.
•Cheap rubber ball toy warning: Choking hazard: This toy is a small ball.
•Caution on a package of dice: Not for human consumption.
•In the manual of a chainsaw: Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand.
•Stamped on the barrel of a .22 caliber rifle: Warning: Misuse may cause injury or death.
•Instructions for an electric thermometer: Do not use orally after using rectally.
•On the wrapper of a Fruit Roll-Up snack: Remove plastic before eating.
•A TV remote controller warns: Not dishwasher safe.

Really, shouldn't we remove these "warning" labels? Maybe such a move would expunge the world of stupid people...