One of the things I like to do is take pictures out of the car window as we drive along. (I wasn't driving) Sometimes they turn out and sometimes they don't, but the fun in it is that you don't have much time to compose your shot. It's more like a gesture drawing and sort of how we see the world one glimpse at a time as we drive along. I was remarking on how big the sky looks in this part of Alberta south of Edmonton. Montana is called Big Sky Country, but Alberta is the same. Click on the picture to see the horses.
The minute I saw this magazine rack I had to have it. Queenie wasn't as thrilled as I was about it, but she loves it now. The thrift store hadn't opened yet and this was outside with other great items, so I hid it until we could get in the store and pay the $2 they wanted for it. I'm gonna put it in the cabin next to the piano for music or magazines or even LPs.
I saw this mid century dinette at an antique mall a month or so ago. I thought it was so cool but they wanted what I thought was too much money for it, $275 or something like that. So I left but I did regret not buying it.. Well I wandered back into that shop the other day and they had dropped the price down to $125. I thought it would be gone and they had moved it. So I got it for $100. The chairs are from a later set but I think they match up well. It replaces my older 1940s set that can be seen here
I know what you're thinking,. the yellow one is cooler and I do love the table, but chairs are torn up and it wasn't a matching set either. Actually this "new" one is much nicer and more unique. I can relate to the design better. It's a little more space age. It's larger also and more comfortable. This thing makes me happy just to look at it.
I took this picture yesterday morning of a fishing boat on Flathead Lake. When I was a kid I had a little wooden fishing boat with a five horse motor and my dad just turned me loose with it. I guess he figured he could track me down if he had to. I spent many mornings cruising along just like this guy, and I always managed to make it back safely. Sometimes I returned with a few fish in the boat too, and that's what Dad wanted. Click on the picture to see it large it's much better that way. I reserve all rights to my photography.
I found these mid century metal lawn chairs at an antique store yesterday. I bought the rounded back one first. This morning I took my coffee out on my deck and sat in my new old chair and and thought, this chair needs its fellow old chairs on my deck. I told myself, to heck with plastic molded chairs I have. I want mid century coolness on my deck. So at noon I drove back down wishing nobody else had purchased them, and with luck they were still there. So I bought the matching pair.
One of them is a rocker, but they all kind of bounce. I really like the fiesta orange color but the blue one probably should be painted. I've been looking for some of these for the longest time. I suspect they are from the 1940s, but they've been painted a few times. I think the original color on the pair was green seat and back with white arm rails. I might paint the pair but I'm going to leave the single one with the rounded back just the way it is.
Here's a picture of our Aristocrat travel trailer in Glacier Park. There's a little tear drop trailer in the distance going through the loop. I really only saw two other vintage trailers. The tear drop and one canned ham. Both were really nice. Ours will be nice with paint and a few repairs, but it works really well as it is. We stayed in it a total of 6 days now and with the fridge running the whole time and have yet to use one propane bottle, and didn't need to charge the RV battery. No need for a generator with this trailer. I hate those things anyway. If you are going to annoy people with a generator at least shell out for a Honda. I was blown away by one massive triple axle fifth wheel some guy pulled through the campground. My gosh.. It was huge, and only two people using it. I wouldn't have had the nerve to pull that thing through there like that. I had to wonder if they need a structure that big for camping why not just stay home? They pulled into one spot and didn't stay. I think because they couldn't extend all of the slide-outs. When they built Apgar Campground I don't think they ever imagined campers that large trying to squeeze in. There were a few Chalet style campers which look like an A frame pop up. That seems to be the choice for people wanting a small camper these days. I guess that would be my choice if I were forced to have a new camper.
Here's a picture of Queenie doing her toes at our camp in Apgar Campground in Glacier Park. We like it there because there's a bike path that goes to the bus transfer station, Apgar and also West Glacier, as well as good access to Lake McDonald. There's also a dump station for the trailer that's easy to get to and use. We figured out that we like campsites where we can have the door of our trailer facing the campsite. So as we drive around the loops we prefer campsites on the right hand side of the road. I also finally figured out how to unfold the little steps under the door of the trailer. Duh..
Here's a picture I took of the highline trail in Glacier Park. Sort of having Glacier on my mind lately. I recently bought a bear bell for my pack and have some pepper spray. Queenie has a bell also. Thankfully we haven't had any encounters with bears in Glacier. Both of us have seen them from the car or a distance a few times, but the last time I saw a bear from the trail was years ago. That's not to say they aren't around.. A guy just shot and released a bear in the park last weekend. It's so pretty up there though. We made lots of noise and there were lots of people on the trail when we did the loop last time. We won't be as far back in for a while now but bears are always on my mind in Glacier.
I scored this vintage Westinghouse roaster oven at a thrift for $15. It will match the retro kitchen in the Gochenour cabin nicely. It works great! I almost didn't buy it and I walked away from it once. But I took a second look and thought,. I gotta have that! It's just way too cool and the price was right.
The knob lights up red when it's on, and the whole grey pan and rack lift out for cleaning. There's also a window in the lid to look down and see what's going on inside. First thing I'm going to do is roast a chicken in it on the 4th of July weekend. A nice addition to the Gochenour collection! * I reserve the rights to my photos, do not use without permission *
Dead and gone, my grandmother used to say about people. Dead and gone.. Not just dead, but dead and gone. Well one way to be remembered is to build things. You might be dead and gone but the things you build will out live you. Even the memories you build will out live you. Mr. Carraway has been dead and gone for years, she'd say about a neighbor who lived down the street. She was always talking about the Carraways. I formed a mental image of these people I'd never met. Mrs. Carraway was living when my grandmother talked about them. Of course they're all dead and gone now. Mrs. Carraway might have been my grandmother's only close friend in the neighborhood in those later years of life. She seemed to be full of life though, or at least my grandmother breathed a lot of life into her. I imagined Mrs. Carraway to be quite the gal, but I never thought to say, let's go meet this Mrs. Carraway. It was enough to hear my grandmother talk about her. I've been doing a remod on a bathroom in the cabin my dad built years ago. He built things to last but everything has it's time. I had to put in a new shower. I think about my grandmother and the other old folks who would come to stay in the cabin. The memories we built there trickle out of the walls. So I built my new wall connected to the walls he had built so many years before. It was father's day and I was feeling pretty connected to my father. He's been dead and gone for years now.
Blackberry that is.. Don't get me wrong,. I do like my Samsung tablet, but I could never warm up to the phone without a physical keyboard on it. I do a lot of texting and the hunt and peck method on the touch screen just didn't work for me. It was actually frustrating and made me feel like one of those people who never learn to type.
My thumbs know where the keys are on the Blackberry without looking for the most part. Just like regular typing the words flow out effortlessly and it's a good feeling. Not so on the touch screen with the Samsung. I had to hunt and peck with my index finger. I'd slowley hit the wrong keys and spend most of my time correcting mistakes. Sometimes I'd just say to heck with it and not send the text. I suffered with that for long enough. I tried the option where you drag your fingers along and all of that other crap, and I don't want to talk text as I don't want the whole world hearing what I'm texting. The keyboard kept turning if I didn't hold the thing straight. I do admit that the online experience was better on the Samsung but it wasn't something I used very much.
I thought the track pad on the Blackberry had failed. That was why I got the Samsung in the first place as my service no longer had Blackberry. Very sad.. so I went in hunt for a place that could fix mine. I charged the battery and the phone worked. I'm not sure if it got wet when I took it skiing or not, but now it works and I'm back in black.
It was grey and overcast on our hike to the top of the Hoodoos outside of Fairmont. So that's never the best for photography when it comes to the sky. I have a fondness for junipers like this one. They remind me of Flathead Lake, but like everything they have their place.
It seems like every day I get behind a great big diesel pickup truck on my commute to work. That's what happened today. And that means I can't drive with the window down. I want to smell the morning air, the river and all of the springtime plants before I'm stuck in the office all day. But instead I get a headache from the diesel smoke and arive at work feeling sick and in a bad mood. Those trucks have their place but commuting to work in a vehicle big enough to haul freight isn't the best. How do people justify that? I reserve the rights to my photos. Do not use without use without permission.
Well it's happened again.. Someone else decided to post my Flathead Lake photo without my permission.
I retain the rights to all of my photos. Please do not take them and use them without PRIOR PERMISSION. Grrr... There I put a great big copy right stamp on it... Original post is here: Flathead Lake Picture
Here's a nice piece of yard art. It's sort of like dutch people like old snow machines or something.. Is the message.. But I like it. (you can click on the pic to make it bigger) Well the snow is gone and the snow machines have been put away for the summer. My redneck neighbors have taken to their quads. Such is life in Spokanistan. (the pic is from Canada actually) Soon people will be mowing and I'll be constantly mowing myself. I've ridden my bike to work this week and also been out on my road bike once. (bicycle that is) That feels good. I fully intend to ride my bike a lot more than I did last summer. Mostly I suspect it will be riding my bike to and from work. It really does end up being one of the better parts of my day. As long as it isn't raining of course. I'm sorry but I'm not going to ride my bike in the rain. I'd have to be totally out of options before I will do any more of that, even though my Varsity does have fenders. Now I do like to ride right after a spring shower, that's really nice, but not during one. I guess the other new thing, as spring is full of newness, is that I've taken to the 5 string banjo. It's one of those things that I never really got into, thinking I have other things to play that I haven't gotten good at, but there's something about 5 string I really like. Maybe because it's so different from guitar and mandolin. I don't know. I don't really care where I go with it, I just like to sit down and noodle on it. Maybe I can put an old snow machine in my front yard to sit on and play the banjo..
I've been thrifting as usual.. I just don't have enough old stuff, so here are my latest finds. My mom had a set of this stardust flatwear and I've been looking and looking for a set but its sort of hard to come by. I found this spoon at a thrift store in Montana. I like spoons with holes in them for making poached eggs, and this one is perfect for the travel trailer. One of my favorite things for breakfast is poached egg hummus and pita. I fish the egg out of the water with a spoon like this, and this one has cool stardust holes.
Also I picked up a set of mid century wall art ducks to go with my similar pheasants. There is only one duck in this picture, but there are three matching ducks and I have two pheasants. All three ducks have their wings in different positions. I was pretty stoked when I found these ducks! You can check out my pheasants at this link. mid century wall art pheasants
Also I picked up this mid century lamp at an antique mall which goes nicely. It wasn't exactly cheap but that's just it. It isn't cheap, it's well made and you can have one two or all three of the lights on. I'm going to have the ducks fly around my Monte Dolack Suburban Refuge print (which I picked up framed for $5 in a Canadian thrift shop) and I'm going to use the lamp as a studio lamp. The ducks and the lamp will be nice additions to the Gochenour collection.
Here is a picture of the village of Radium and some trees on the hillside at Redstreak. I always want to call it Red Steak for some odd reason.. If you click on the picture of Radium you can see where we stay lower center with a sort of a rounded pointed entrance.
And below is a picture of the hoodoos outside of Fairmont Hot Springs BC. There's a Fairmont Hot Springs Montana too..
What a lovely winter weekend it was in British Columbia. I retain all rights to my photography. Please do not use without permission.
Last year I bought Queenie a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and it's been problem free for a year. So this year I decided to get myself one and I bought the Tab 3. The new version. I took it out of the box and plugged in the charger. The screen sort of blinked a faint light then dark faint light then dark. I thought it was charging after all night on the charger, when I turned it on it only had17% charge. I discovered that it would only charge when it was turned on. That didn't seem right. So I went onlineto find information on how and when it should charge, and finally after a lot of searching found others were having the same problem. The tablet should charge when not turned on and a green battery symbol should appear on the screen. There's no mention of this in the start up guide so that's why I'm posting this. It should look like this:
If it doesn't look like that it's probably not charging. The problem would be that if you couldn't turn it on, then you wouldn't be able to charge it. Mine came with enough charge to turn on, but I could see it going totally dead then not being able to charge. I took it back to Walmart and they exchanged it no problem. That's one reason I like shopping there. Plus I bought the $28 two year replacement coverage which I figure on something like this is worth having. It's a great little device for internet however. It boots quickly, it wasn't that expensive and it's easy to travel with.
It's grey and sloppy here today and I was wanting a little color in my world. So here's a picture of my kayak on Lake Pend Oreille not far away in Idaho when the world was alive with color. Looking forward to spring and all of the things that go along with it. I retain the rights to all of my photos.
This is how we deal with Christmas when it's over at work. Just put it in a box and take it out back. Have someone put it in the furnace room when they get around to it.. We don't even bother to take the ornaments off of the little fake tree.. I used to think we should celebrate Christmas every four years like the olympics to keep it special but when I suggested that idea to a co-worker he pointed out that we wouldn't get a day and a half off that way.. Good point. I really enjoyed being with family and friends but for some reason the Christmas spirit doesn't enter me at work.
I have an old Bell slide in pickup camper that I use mainly for hunting. (not to be confused with our Aristocrat travel trailer seen in the pevious post) Here's a pic of the Bell on the Ford.
For years I've been nursing the old Hydroflame furnace in the Bell camper. I'd take it apart and clean out the orifice where the gas comes out into the burner. It's a little hole that gets clogged up. Then the burner won't burn properly. I used an old guitar string for that task. And that worked for quite a while. Finally after several years of cleaning it out, the thermostat on the Hydroflame quit working so this year I decided to try a Buddy portable heater as a replacement. There are thee kinds. Big Buddy, Buddy and Little Budy. The Big Buddy seemed to big for my camper, and the Little Budy too small as it just screws on the top of a propane canister. But the Buddy seemed just right for this brown bear. I tested it out the other night when it was freezing outside and inside the camper was in the mid 60s F with the heater set on low. It only has low and high.
I didn't want to keep screwing the little propane canisters into this thing as they seem to be sort of an expensive waste to me, so I bought the propane hose and also the filter that you need to use with the hose. That way I can have a regular propane tank outside of the camper and the heater inside. I'm able to feed the hose through my electrical cord access panel. These heaters are safe to use inside but they do consume oxygen so you have to keep a window open. So far this has been a good solution for replacing an old heater. I'll let you know as I'm going to take this to late hunting camp soon. *** Update:
It worked great! The temp dropped down to 21 deg F this weekend at hunting camp and the buddy set on low kept the camper in the 60s. It was actually a little warm so I kept a few windows open a bit. We figure it will go 128 hours set on low with 4 gallons of propane. (what you usually get in a regular propane tank) And it will use one of those green propane canisters every 4 hours on low. But I just have it hooked up to a regular propane tank that sits outside of the camper.
Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. *** That's my favorite quote. What I want to know is did he just come up with that off the top of his head or did he compose it? I'd give anything to be able to just come up with stuff like that at the drop of a hat. No wonder he got to be president.. Others may hate you? I always thought you had to give people reasons to hate you. Maybe you don't have to give people reasons to hate you. What do I know?..
I took our Aristocrat travel trailer up to hunting camp last weekend. It's way back in the woods of Washington state. The larch trees are turning color and it was beautiful in the mountains. The larch trees weren't in full cry yet but they were getting close and it was still pretty in the forest.
I guess sublime is the best word to describe how Flathead Lake was this last weekend. I've been to a lot of different places and seen a lot of beautiful lakes. The color of the glacier fed lakes is lovely, and beautiful mountains along lakes, but there's something really special about Flathead Lake.