Off With Your Heads!

On the letter O today and I’m using an old saying to show our tree service chopping or felling two trees we were concerned about on our property. Two Douglas Fir trees came down in a jiffy with the right equipment. The grinding of the stumps took a bit longer.

We didn’t like how this tree was leaning towards our bungalow.

Timber!

Our experienced tree service guy said it was a really good choice to take this tree out as the base of the tree was rotting on the side of the trunk towards our house. We were thankful for that decision. We were only going to have the one in the back taken down until the tree people offered to do this one for half the price since they were on our property with all of their equipment already. They got in a full day of work with good pay and we got two down for the price of one and a half! We are counting our blessings!

There are more photos I’d like to share from the grinding and the chipping but my country broadband is acting up again. I’ll have to also show the wide open spaces we now have with these two trees gone. Dear and our son chain sawed the logs into manageable rounds that have been hauled up to our sons place to be stacked to dry. Our son will have enough wood to keep his place warm next winter from these two trees and then some. We haven’t had to burn wood to keep warm at our country bungalow.

Today is Friday y’all. I know some of us need to remind ourselves each day about what day of the week it is!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

 

A to Z Challenge ~ Burn Pile

B is for Burn Pile.

In our part of the country we do not have any yard waste pick-up. There are times during the year that we can have burn piles. When the fire danger is high there are burn bans. There are limits to the size of our burn piles. We were in compliance.

There are different methods to get the fire going. Before we start we connect a hose and we make sure the water is turned on and ready to spray if the fire gets out of hand. I’m happy to say we’ve never had a fire get out of hand.

Once we get the fire going we watch it all day long and keep feeding it with the rest of our gathered brush. If you look behind back to the fence you will see the pile we hope to get through.

For several hours we added limbs and cones and anything else we trimmed around the yard. We made it through the big piles we had. It was a good productive day and we did not have to worry at all about social distancing. We were bushed by the end of the day!

We hope to borrow our son’s tractor sometime and take care of more brush on the property that needs to be cleared.

Life in the country is very different from life in the city. My life went from City mouse to Country mouse in September of 2018 and so far it’s been a joy.

We are complying with the President’s guidelines, 30 days to Slow the Spread.

Summerlike, Summery…

We’ve had a week of very summerlike weather.

Can you see the sun shade dear put up for me so I could weed and not get burned to a crisp?

Now all I need are some nice knee pads.

The shade cloth was a relief to my body for the section I was working on. I need to get out in the early morning hours to weed again.

The Clematis at the end of the deck is moving up and clinging to our garden trellis. This one is a deep wine color or maroon.

Many more blooms are getting ready to show off.

The purple one and first one to bloom is continuing to show more blooms.

Way on the other side of the yard is the last to bloom Peony and it looks like it will be pink. We have 5 deep red peonies, a white one, and this pink one.

The lawns are mowed. Some weeding is done. Some weed killing is done. Watering is ongoing. We are looking forward to a Father’s Day celebration here on Saturday evening. It will be the first time our little Jaymison comes to Gramps and Baba’s house. It’s been several weeks since Addy has been here, too. She came once after Jaymison was born with her Auntie Laura.

Tomorrow is Flag Day. We’ll be flying our flags and I hope to have my red, white and blue buckets off the shelves to do some decorating at our Country Bungalow.

Happy Flag Day and Happy Father’s Day Weekend to all of you!

Red Squirrel

Another surprise on our property.

This is the one and only squirrel we’ve seen on our property. We were excited to see it since we’ve never seen a red squirrel in person before.

Latin name:
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
Category:
Mammals
The red squirrel is about the same size as the Douglas squirrel and lives in coniferous forests and semi-open woods in northeast Washington. It is rusty-red on the upper part and white or grayish white on its underside.
The squirrel didn’t stay long but I was really happy that I happened to have my camera on me when it appeared.
We have more surprises to share soon from around our Country Bungalow.
Have a good day everyone…

Tuesdays With Moisi

Today is Tuesday but my Tuesdays with Moisi posts will have to be put on the back burner because I do not have the proper time to research and find the photos I need to continue. It will take a while before I can resume.

The photo above was taken in May at the last home our parents owned before they left to Russia as missionaries in 1997. This home was in Yorba Linda, California. The town where President Nixon’s Library is. I’ll make a guess and say Pop was barbecuing for a family get together to celebrate his and our sister Kathy’s birthdays in May.

Springs demands are keeping us busy at our country bungalow. It took me over 4 hours to mow our property on the riding lawn mower yesterday. Dear did the weed whacking for the same amount of time. We purchased a back support for me to wear while I mow since our ground is uneven and there is quite a bit of bouncing about as I move across the acreage. After that kind of work we are a wee bit brain dead and just fit for vegging for a while.

Our Canadian friends enjoyed their Victoria Day weekend and now we have our Memorial Day weekend coming up here in the U.S.A. Do you have any plans?

Came across these verses in my readings this morning and thought they were a good reminder for our times.

So, flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.  (2 Timothy 2: 22-26, ESV)

The Pond and Beyond

After several warm days and Dear’s hard work the pond has dried nicely.

This is another necessity on most properties in our neck of the woods. Everyone says they are unusually big this year. We are hoping they aren’t as prolific as they were last year.

First of 3 stumps we want to get rid of. And on the very bright side…

Lily of the Valley. We’ve heard from those of you who know that this plant is very invasive. I’m happy to report they are in an isolated planter.

These succulents are in the rockery that borders the pond area.

We have a nice healthy looking Peony. Looking forward to seeing what the blooms are like. We also have a white bleeding heart blooming and three clematis that are reaching towards the sky.

On the way back from the mailbox Dear stopped to chat with our neighbor and heard some stories about the rattlesnakes killed from year to year. Yikes. We’re being careful especially when we clear out brush.

Happy to report that our Heat Pump is working as it should and we’ve been able to cool things down when we need to. The technician found wires that were wired wrong. Glad it was an easy fix.

To Northport

On Sunday afternoon we turned left out our driveway and headed north to the town of Northport.

We followed our road to highway 25 and turned right headed for Northport. Northport is just shy of 10 miles to Canada.

Northport was given its name since it was once the northernmost town on the Spokane Falls and Northern Railway. It was officially incorporated on June 1, 1898 but has a history stretching back to the 1880s when it was a port and shipbuilding center for steamboat services running northwards into British Columbia during construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, related to its location at a stretch of the Columbia known as the Little Dalles, a rapids and narrows that was a barrier to navigation and which also was an alternate name for Northport itself. In 2010 the census of Northport registered 295 people.

We had a meal at the River Town Grill.

We crossed the bridge over the Columbia River.

Sometime in the near future we’ll follow the highway all the way to Canada and check out some of the towns close by like Rossland, Trail and Nelson. Nelson is where the movie Roxanne was filmed. (Steve Martin)

On the way back home we stopped to take some photos of the Columbia River.

At this spot we recognized the property across the river and the structures at the top of the slope. Our Eastern Washington kids got married on that property in 2015. I zoomed in to make sure it was the spot.

Flash back to June 30, 2015.

Home again, home again, jiggety jig.

We hope to have many more day trips in the future to learn more about our new part of the state.

Mother’s day plans here are going to be last minute and flexible as our kids are still pretty much homebound. The guys are prepped and ready to barbecue something for a meal on Sunday for all the usual suspects.

Spring Visitors

In April, before we drained our pond, we had 3 real ducks land in it. I had to look up their name on google images. They are Common Mergansers.

In May we had some more visitors. This Quail sat on top of this birdhouse for the longest time calling out.

This turkey kept pacing our side fence and it seemed like it’s bird brain could not figure out how to get out of our backyard. Dear went on the deck and made some noise and it finally realized it could fly over the fence.

Finally caught a Tom Turkey fanning it’s tail feathers!

Colville claims the title of the Turkey Capital of the Pacific Northwest.

The Swallows continue to entertain us with their flying.

Our Spring clean up continues. We are working on getting the pond liner cut and removed. It’s a toilsome job especially because of the scum. Pond scum is a real thing.

We’ve been in the 70’s and there are predictions of soaring in the 80’s on the weekend!

Hope the merry month of May is going well in your corner.

The Swallows

Birds have been very active in our back acres and we’ve enjoyed watching them fly and sit for a while, too.

We have a couple electrical wires that run the length of our back yard and birds perch there.

The colors on this bird are so pretty.

Thank you for sitting pretty little bird.

I’m pretty sure this is a Swallow and they seem to really enjoy flying and they are so fun to watch. Tree Swallow or a Violet Green Swallow?

We’ve been working hard outside and the temperatures are getting warmer everyday. We have a forecast for Saturday in the upper 80’s. We’ve started draining our pond and will have our work cut out for us to pull out the liner. It is a man made pond and the liner is huge and thick and after being covered with water it is very slimy. We rented a trash pump and two 50 foot 3″ hoses that emptied the pond at 400 gallons per minute. We stopped with a few inches left in the pond and will let that naturally evaporate. We plan to fill in the area with material we have on hand and then we will have to bring in fill dirt to finish the space off.

The pond could be pretty but that requires a lot of work that we do not have the energy for. It’s enough work for us to mow and weed and clear brush. We also are concerned about attracting too many mosquitoes or worse yet breeding them in the pond. Last but not least, I don’t want to worry about my little grands falling into the pond.

How’s your May coming?

Mowing Season

Mowing season is upon us. I’m so thankful for our riding lawn mower. We finally were able to start the burn pile today.

Addy had a good view from the inside.

We were outside to see our water feature before Addy had to go home for her nap. After Addy left with her auntie Laura, Dear and I tended to the burn pile and did a lot of weeding.

 

My sister Vera was here for the weekend and she was a hit with Addy. Addy couldn’t say Vera and calls her Sarah. Too cute.

We managed a selfie at Douglas Falls with Vera and enjoyed some meals out on our drives to and from Spokane.