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Bringing it all together now in one place. This site will eventually point to the new one, but not until all the various links and such have been shifted over.

This is the last post on this blog – so head on over to the new site!


Thanks for your support


The moisture has finally come. Rain, sometimes snow, and lately, lots of fog have filled the days here. So grateful for the moisture in any form. The worries of a horrid fire season have been squelched. The outlook from earlier this month should look even better at this point.

But the clouds will eventually part and I’ll be drawn outside much more. One of my goals for this blog (and Geyser Watch as well as SnowMoon Photography), is to get regular, ideally nearly daily posts up. Some will be short, others longer. But each post can take up to an hour or more to craft. All of it costs money.

I’ve considered shutting down this blog over the past few months since it’s really not bringing in much money to support itself. But documenting life is a passion of mine, and I don’t want to shut it down. So things need to change.

To that end, and with the shift of our business to Wyoming made, you’ll start seeing affiliate links here on the blog and a shift to making this a better business. So, if you follow a link, say, to a product on Amazon, and you make a purchase (that item or any other), the business will receive a small portion of that sale. There’s no extra cost to you, but it will help me bring more posts here to this blog and my other blogs without having to spend time on other income generating efforts that, honestly, get in the way of creating posts.

You can help also support a more constant stream of content from the Greater Yellowstone area as well as more examples in my various Field Journals by purchasing photo prints or products, or items in my Etsy Shop.

Thanks so much for your support!

Restacking the Load


The Armful

For every parcel I stoop down to seize,
I lose some other off my arms and knees,
And the whole pile is slipping, bottles, buns,
Extremes too hard to comprehend at once,
Yet nothing I should care to leave behind.
With all I have to hold with, hand and mind
And heart, if need be, I will do my best
To keep their building balanced at my breast.
I crouch down to prevent them as they fall;
Then sit down in the middle of them all.
I had to drop the armful in the road
And try to stack them in a better load.

– Robert Frost

While quiet here, I’ve been stacking projects into a better load behind the scenes. Big projects getting the best of my energy first, intermixed with daily necessities. Then on to the ones near and dear to my heart. Mindfulness practiced daily helps immensely as does my weekly planner that developed over the past few months.

More to come…

Valentine Freebie


Getting ready for Valentine’s Day? Here’s a gift to you – created as a 6×8 file, it will also work as a 3×4 file. Enjoy!



Ravens Dance and a bit more phenology

Raven Behavior 4 Jan 2015

Been meaning to get this bit of phenology up – at least of the ravens in the area. I watched this pair through binoculars for a good five minutes – two steps to the left, then one would bow and display and the other would return the bow. Then it was two more steps to the left. By the time I grabbed and moved the spotting scope to get some photos, the one here on the left was beginning to lose interest in the dance. I’ve not seen a lot of flight dances by them yet, but this was fun to watch.

We’ve been watching the Golden Eagles as well – but no visits that we’ve seen yet to their nest on the cliffs above us. On calm nights, we can still hear owls calling out their territory hootings. A pair from pretty much north of us, and a single return call to the west.

A neighbor reported his first deer shed from this year – about an 8″ spike antler.

Had another windstorm come through – a chinook that melted the snow, and pretty much did in the solid ice building on Buffalo Bill Reservoir much to the ice fishermen’s disgust. Calm, sunny and cold today, though, so perhaps the ice will make a solid return.

Sorry for the lack of regular posts – just a nose/grindstone thing. Lots of projects seeing attention – a few new products coming to the store soon as well.

UPDATE: The Golden eagles were seen close together this evening, and swooping and dancing in the air. Fun to watch.

The Store is OPEN!

2015 Digital Date Stamps - Mon Start

Thanks so much for all the feedback about the store – it’s now here on this site. That will be easier for me to manage in many ways. I appreciate the patience while I worked to find a better solution.

Head on over to grab the goodies.


Shop is on Vacation Mode


I’m so sorry to announce that my shop on Etsy is closed/on vacation mode for now thanks to the EU VATax issue. Seems the EU wants to define taxes by the buyer’s location rather than the seller’s location. That means if someone in the EU buys a digital item (from anyone), that seller now falls under the EU tax structure no matter where in the world they live.

Etsy doesn’t have anything set up at this point to opt out of selling to the EU, or offer a way to charge the EU customers more to cover this tax – so the doors are closed.

In all honesty, I’ve been thinking of shutting the doors there now for awhile, and maybe this is simply the push I needed to really make a decision. More to come after some time to mull this whole thing over.

Journal Keeping – Observations


I used to teach elementary school in another chapter in my life. I strongly believed in (and still do) that the basics of Reading, Writing and Math are so very important. But at this point, I would add in a fourth basic. Learning to observe and record what you observe. Learning early to keep journals and records about the things you find interesting is a Gift that applies to any area of interest a child might have.

Since moving here to Wyoming, I’ve found my writing wanting to expand. I’m still not certain of what form it will take, but that’s not my job. My job is to just put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, and write.

Alexandra Johnson is right when she says, “It’s sinfully fun, observing.” I’ve been observing my whole life. I just never gave it enough credit. But now I am. I want to not only capture our life in my Topic Life album, but I want to capture the flavor of the area not only in photos, but also in words. Here’s just a sample…


June 1, 2014

Cody, Wyoming. One of the last real cowboy towns around.

Talking with a neighbor yesterday about the difficulty in finding a house here as well as the rising costs of houses, she mentioned it would be a shame if the prices went to the Jackson Hole side of things. She said Cody is one of the last real cowboy towns around.

And she’s right. Jackson lost it’s quaint rough-around-the-edges feel decades ago when the rich and famous found it. Cody, though, still has real cowboys.

In fact, I saw one today while waiting at the drive-through for the prescription called in to rid my body of this vile thing I’ve had this week. While in line, I noticed everyone turned off their engines – just out of courtesy – until it was time to shift up to the next spot in line where they would again be turned off. Just a bit of western courtesy.

While waiting, I noticed a dog, walking with his leash folded into a neat, bone-sized coil in his mouth, happy as could be, just a couple steps in front of his owner, who looked suspiciously like a real cowboy – the Cody Night Rodeo starts tonight (rain or shine – which has alternated through the day), and I wondered if he was one of the regulars. The dog, mostly black, but enough white to possibly pass as a Border Collie mix kept looking back every 50 feet or so, and the owner would nod or point.

As he approached the Dollar Store (going out of business after, what, 2 years?), he leaned down, gave a command, and the dog dropped the leash where it fell, just perfectly the length to reach the ground. The owner went inside, and the dog didn’t move.

Two ladies came up and petted him, he was all smiles and wags, but didn’t follow them. He did shift a few feet over during this exchange, and when they went inside, he almost looked like he was checking to make sure he didn’t get caught – and then faced the door.

Another lady came out, noticed him, and worked to step around him. He didn’t budge – of course, she didn’t reach down to pet him and say hello, either.

It dawned on me his owner must be a cowboy because he trained that dog just as he would have his horse. When the leash is on the ground, you don’t move and you wait for me. We walk when it’s off the ground, and while you’re at it, hold in your mouth. No need for a string between us.

Awesomeness. Not something normally seen in a city.

I moved up in line and shut my engine off to wait my turn. Busy today with all the Pilgrims in town. I wondered what he was buying in the dollar store.

It didn’t take long for him to come out – he had something he was eating and gave half to the dog. Then he put the bag of Beneful dog food he bought in his backpack, put it on, and must have given the command to pick up the leash.

The dog was overjoyed and ready to head out, but hadn’t gotten a direction yet. The owner pointed and he trotted out ahead, tossing the leash bundle up in the air – maybe to get a better handle on it. Then a pause to double check the direction with his owner and the two headed west down the ally.

Yep, Cody still has real cowboys.

Getting Buttoned up for Winter


Pardon my lack of regular posts. One of my goals when we moved here was to post more regularly on this blog and my Geyser Watch blog.

That hasn’t happened. And it’s been a huge frustration of mine.

But today it’s cloudy and already threatening rain, so I have a bit of time. You see, this log home we bought needs a ton of work – most of which we’re doing ourselves. The past 4 or 5 days have been window days. We’ve replaced every window in this house with help from neighbors. It would have stretched out to at least a couple of weeks without the help, and this unseasonably warm weather has to break at some point.

As much as I’d like to head out and enjoy exploring this area more or heading into Yellowstone during this amazing weather, having a warm house for the winter takes priority over pretty much everything else in our lives.

While the windows are in, the work continues with stuffing backer rod in the cracks and between logs (what Mike’s doing in the photo above), chinking and finishing up the trim around the new windows and doors and painting the trim is next on the agenda.

But today – thanks to the clouds and rain – we rest.

I have been doing a tiny bit of work on items for the shop in the evenings when I’ve had the energy, and will be sharing some new items soon.

Enter Life as Fully as Possible Each Day

Create Daily. Every day. It’s that simple.

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