Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Season of change...







Fall is in the air and the cowmen are busy shipping out of the summer ranges.  Here we have had warm days and cool nights. The days when the North wind is not howling are glorious indeed. 
A sure sign of fall is when Willie starts putting himself under the covers at night.


Sorting...
The sifting through stuff seems never ending at times. I got excited last night when I found a Sage fly rod case high up in a storage area, more excited when I opened it and found a Sage flannel rod holder inside... opened it up, praying for a Sage fly rod.  It contained a Phazer fly rod that is worth less than the Sage case. Ah well, it was fun for a minute there.

The house...
There have been few showing any interest, and we dropped the price by $5K, but no one has come to look at it. I'm concerned, but the fact is that few of the houses in this market/price range are moving right now.  My neighbors, who brought property in Colorado last fall to build on, are having the same problem. Their house is not seeing much interest either. They decided to buy a travel trailer and a new Expedition to pull it, and are headed to Colorado the middle of the month. Said they would rather be there getting ready to start that house than here.  It's great that they have the resources to do that.

Family...
My granddaughter, Taylor, and her husband live in LV. We heard from them shortly after the attack, they are fine.  I'm very glad that they sold their house, (in three days) and are moving up to WA next week. They have gotten good full time jobs there and will live with MySean & Amy til they find a house. Taylor is expecting, so there is that to look forward to as well. I will be a Great Grandma next year! 

Fire...
This afternoon we had a fire start to the NW of my neighborhood.  The North wind has been blowing for days, making things very dry, and the fuel load is heavy. Cal Fire was on it in no time with a fire retardant bomber, a spotter, a helo, a dozer and numerous engines. It was 100% contained at 20 acres. They stopped it within 1/2 mile of our houses.  No easy feat with the amount of fuel available and the wind. 



28 comments:

  1. Willie looks so comfy.

    House selling can be so frustrating. It took us close to a year to sell our last house. Drove me nuts.

    Great grandma? Good grief. You don't even look old enough to be a grandma, let alone a great.

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    1. Adrienne,
      Willie is a funny little dog. He misses Dad, I think because Dad was always talking to him.
      Other than my hair falling out in bunches, an itchy rash on my back and losing 17#s I'm handling the house sale well.
      I'm looking forward to being a great grandma, been too long between babies in this outfit.

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  2. I never fly fished. My dad was from Montana, and he was quite the fly fisherman. I just put a big juicy night crawler on the end of a #2 hook, put a few split shot on the leader and toss it out into the water, slowly reeling it in, fast enough to keep it from snagging on the bottom.

    Seems to work. Trout like night crawlers. Well, some trout do.

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    1. Fredd,
      My grandpa was an outstanding fly fisherman. Dad said he was the best he had ever seen, and coming from Dad that was something. Grandpa buried skillets along his favorite creeks so he could fry up a mess of trout for the boys.
      Most trout I've ever caught was with night crawlers in a stream up on the Klamath Marsh.

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  3. I still have my Dad's fly rod. Think I will hand it off to my son Dave, I have a nice one Dave gave me, one is enough for me, but he loves anything that was grandpa's. Both sons do but they have different interests so it works out fine.

    Sorry about the house sale, real estate is very slow here too.

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    1. Celia,
      Sounds like a good plan. I'm sure your son Dave will be happy with it.
      I have the fly reel that was my grandpa's and it means a lot to me.

      The house will sale when it sells. I've put a St Joseph statue in the living room, didn't have the heart to bury him upside down under the for sale sign.

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  4. I had to chuckle about the rod and case because those of us who know nothing about it wouldn't have even known to be excited. It is the same with old guns that people have no idea what they may be worth. I know you are frustrated about the house but enjoy your time there while you can, going back is never the same.

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    1. changes in the wind,
      It's my Mother's house, and we did not agree on what the important things in life were, so I'm only a temporary caretaker. I won't be sad to see it go. Besides that, I'm ready to get onto the next part of my journey.

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  5. Only had an opportunity to fly fish twice but on a lake when I was young and loved it. We did a lot of rod ‘n ‘reel sittin’ on the bank watching for the line to go out. Was a wonderful peaceful time for harmony with nature. Sorting through a loved ones possessions never easy. I get bogged down with memories trying to go through my own as want to try to not leave the job for my children, but you know the saying about the road to h— is paved with good intentions. Sounds like your patience is being tested on the house sale, but hope won’t be too long. Glad they were able to put the fire out before it burned any further.

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    1. joared,
      One of the best things about fishing is the just being out there.
      The fire could have been very bad news, as it was on the N edge of town, with a strong N wind blowing. We are thankful they got it knocked down as fast as they did.

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  6. Glad the fire got stopped so fast and hope you find a good buyer for your home.

    We are in the midst of selling cow calf pairs and feeder bulls or so we hope. We let the herd get too big for our acreage. I really hate having to break up the families, which makes me a lousy cow person...

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    1. Rain Trueax,
      Thanks for the well wishes.
      I highly doubt that you are a lousy cow person. You are a steward of the land, and those who have never been down that road have no idea how much of our hearts are put into it.

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  7. Glad to hear that you are all doing well.
    Be safe and God bless.

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    1. LindaG
      We are doing well, thanks.
      Blessed be.

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  8. The first time I saw fly fishing was here in Texas. That may be the only time I've seen fly fishing, now that I think about it. They stock some of the cold, fast running creeks in the hill country with trout: whether rainbow, I don't know.

    I surely am glad that fire got contained lickety-split. Have you had any rain at all? When I started seeing snow in Idaho and Montana I was hoping maybe you'd gotten some precip. If not, I hope it comes soon. One less worry would be good.

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    1. shoreacres,
      Fly fishing is so relaxing, and challenging at the same time. Learning to read the water, the fish, and the weather! Been a while since I've been but planning on rectifying that when I get moved closer to some good creeks.
      We did have a rain a month or so back, but it wasn't much. The rain will come, we just have to be extra careful til then. My grandsons have started rice harvest now so they are hoping the rain holds off. Always pluses and minuses, we had so much rain last winter that we had a great stock feed year, which also gave us above average fuel loads/fire danger.

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  9. Glad the kids sold their LV house and are on their way to WA. Much better for the skin! And you, a great grandma...how is that possible?

    Sorry about the slowdown in the real estate market in RB. You may have to take it off the market and relist it. Let's hope for the best.

    And, as one who lives in fire country,I am SO glad they doused it up your way.

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    1. Cheri Block,
      We are all happy that they are going to be close.
      I won't go into the details of how being a great grandma is possible, but believe me it is. I'm excited to have a baby in the family.
      The house will sell when it's time comes, though sooner would be preferable.
      There are a couple of big fields with lots of tall grass and oak trees just to the NW of our houses, and if they hadn't been able to stop it we would have lost houses. Thankfully no structures were lost.

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  10. I watched fly fishers once, and was totally fascinated. All the best for you!

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    1. Cecilia,
      It's great therapy!
      Thanks.

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  11. St Joseph won't mind. You've got to bury him upside down:-)

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    1. Granny Annie,
      I just can't do that to him. He seems happy on the sconce in the living room, where I can say howdy when I go by...

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  12. Hope you are not getting smoked-out! It's pretty thick up here this morning.

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    1. NotClauswitz,
      Not so much up here, today, the North wind is back!
      We had another fire to the N of us last week. Everyone is on Red alert here because of the darn wind. A classmate from HS lost her beautiful home in the wine country to the fires, and a SIL's brother's winery is still in harms way. Not a good fall for a lot of people.

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  13. Glad you're okay! Thankfully, so are my daughters down in Lake County...

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    1. Old NFO,
      Thanks, and I'm so glad to hear your girls are okay.
      I know several that have lost everything and a few more that are still in harms way. Prayers Up!

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    1. SCOTTtheBADGER,
      Thanks, Scott. Tough times for so many.

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