Sunday, January 07, 2007

Dinner and a Mountain


The wind howled most of the time I was in Absarokee. We had gusts up to 80 mph for 3 days straight. It calmed down some in the late afternoons so we were able to take a few river walks, but I didn't take any photos because it was too dark (and I didn't want to risk pitting my lenses). When I left this morning, it was still fairly windy, but I managed to get out in the field and take a couple of mountain shots to share.


I also wanted to share a family picture from last night. My uncle John, our neighbor Lois, my dad and brother are shown here eating dinner. I made a pork roast, potatoes with onions, gravy, and biscuits. Lois brought over her famous jello salad and a cake that looked wonderful although I did not try it as I am watching my waistline (expand).


18 comments:

Cathy said...

We'll just have to wait for gentler weather to get those river pixes. Now - that's a real blow - 80mph. Winds like that in Ohio would find me cowering in the basement. So those must be the Absarokee mountains? Beautiful.
The family picture looks so cozy and those biscuits look um um good:0)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I would not face 80 mph winds except in a matter of life or death.

Thanks for the dinner photo and words; it reminds me that I really must stop dining alone—except from Alex, the cat, of course.

Laurie said...

Cathy, Winds like that are fairly rare in the Absarokee area, thankfully!

Nick, I hardly went outside this weekend, and that's unusual for me. I wish you lived nearby. I'd invite you to dinner!

Within Without said...

Gorgeous pix, Laurie...I lived in Alberta for a bunch of years (was born there, in fact) and it's one of the most unbelievable sights, hitting the foothills and seeing the Rockies in the distance.

Lovely photo too of the dinner...unfortunate you didn't get a pic of you in there.

Loved the pic of you as a young lady...

Is it pronounced Ab-Sah-ROE-kee?

Laurie said...

WW, I'll take more mountain and family pictures when my son and I go up for "Christmas". You are right, seeing the foothills with the mountains rising up behind them is an amazing experience.

I'm glad you like the dinner shot. I've not taken any photos of myself since I bought my new camera. I spent far too much money on it to have it broken! I might let my son take a photo or two of me with his new camera. I’ll promise to replace it if it breaks. 

You were very close on the pronunciation; it’s Ab-saur-kee.

threecollie said...

Wow, that is some wind. It would drive me crazy. I hate the wind. Nice pictures though and your dinner sounds wonderful.

bonita said...

Greetings to a fellow Montanan...and thanks again for stopping by 'Flitzy Phoebie'. Although I grew up in central Montana, I never got over to the Absarokee Range, which is one of Montana's most beautiful areas.

Dark brooding skys make photographing so difficult; I have that problem here in Washington state. Sometimes, through a photoshop (DIMIN n5) device, I can lighten and brighten a dark photo a little. That gives me a little encouragement to keep taking pictures. Good luck.

Laurie said...

Bonita, I know what you mean about dark photos. Lately the skies have been really gloomy. I had been using Adobe 3.0,to lighten my pictures, but I just bought Elements 5.0. I'm looking forward to playing with it. My main concern this weekend was the wind pitting on my lenses. Gusts in the 80 mph range can do a lot of damage.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Where did you live in central Montana? I have been all over the state for work and pleasure. I love the Lewistown area, which is usually thought to be central Montana.

ThomasLB said...

What beautiful scenery! You must wake up happy every morning!

Laurie said...

Thomas, I was born and raised in the mountains but I live in eastern Montana now. The prairies have their own unique beauty, but I am glad I can go visit my dad every couple of weeks to get my mountain fix.

Potato Print said...

Wow, beautiful photos! I lived in NEw Mexico for a while, and really loved the open expanses of land. We don't have that here.

The wind sounds horrible. Wind really bothers me a lot. It is unsettling.

Also, it brightened my day to know that my drawings brightened your day.

Laurie said...

Potato Print (aka Caroline), I haunt your blog looking for new drawings; if you watch your site stats, you might think me a stalker.

Fortunately, the wind doesn't blow like that very often. My dad, who has lived in the area for 83 years, says it's the worst he's seen and it's not just in the mountains, it's settled in over a good portion of the state. I'll be very happy to see this weather pass.

lee said...

The sound of that dinner makes me feel hungry! :). Over here what you call biscuits we call scones and what you call cookies we call biscuits. Trivia for the day :).

Laurie said...

Lee, It is always good to learn something new. Thank you!

Squirl said...

The 80 mph winds are pretty scary sounding. But what really impressed me was that you were able to avoid eating the cake. Now that's a great achievement. ;)

Laurie said...

Squirl, Thanks! I was rather proud of myself as well.

Rhea said...

I love Jello salad. No one I know makes it anymore.

Laurie said...

Rhea, Lois makes awesome jello salad. She is going to give me the recipe. I'll post it soon.