Saturday, April 29, 2006

This is for you son!

My son recently commented that I need to post to my blog more often, so here's two in one day, just for you Nels!

Shasta, ever vigilant, waiting for the guests to arrive for dinner.

Uncle John and my dad dishing up. I couldn't make it home for Easter to cook for them, so we had a late celebration.

Neighbor and dear friend Lois joined us for dinner and we had a very nice visit afterward.

It's tough being a hostess! Even dogs need a little relaxation after putting on a big feast.

State bowling ordeal, er I mean tournament

Well, here I am in beautiful Great Falls, MT. To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to this trip, but it has been fun so far. Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday.

This building is in Ingomar, Montana. I think it has seen better days. Still kind of cool though, in my opinion.

The Jersey Lilly, also in Ingomar. Quite a rustic place! There is no indoor plumbing, but the outhouses are pretty nice!

Stopped alongside the road and took this picture. We were somewhere near Lewistown.

I was walking in Glacier, Mt and saw this. Of course I had to take a picture. Small town America, you've got to love it.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Too pooped to think, but I can cut and paste!

Your Five Factor Personality Profile
You have high extroversion.You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.Enthusiastic and fun, you're the first to say "let's go!"
You have high conscientiousness.Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.Most things in your life are organized and planned well.But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.
You have high agreeableness.You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.
You have low neuroticism.You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.
Openness to experience:
Your openness to new experiences is high.In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.
The Five Factor Personality Test

Saturday, April 08, 2006

What a glorious day!

This is the view from the motel parking lot this morning. There's snow in them 'thar mountains! Today was a fantastic day! We took a drive up I-70, all the way up to Silverthorne.

This is my son in the parking lot of the hotel. He is growing his hair out for "locks of love" again. The back of my beautimous car is in the background.

This is one of the "too many to count" beautiful mountain peaks we encountered on our adventure today.

We took the walking path along the Blue River in Silverthorne. It was a gorgeous day, as you can see. You can see the "con" trail drifting to the left of the mountain.

Another picture of Nels, my son. He is such a joy to spend time with. Thanks for the fabulous time buddy!!!

Friday, April 07, 2006

The view from our room

Very pretty view, don't you think? For the last couple days of this journey, we are staying at the Springhill Suites in Westminster, CO. The top picture was taken out our motel window; I was pleased with how it turned out. The bottom picture is from the parking lot of the hotel. Well that's all for now, we are going to go out and adventure!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Just say No! to Coal Bed Methane development, until they can do it right!

As most of my readers (my immediate family) know, I am very involved in the conservation effort in Montana. For the last 3 days I have been at the Coal Bed Methane Produced Waters Workshop in Fort Collins, CO. I learned a lot during this training session and one thing seems very clear to me: Montana is doing the right thing by making developers take it slow as opposed to letting them run the show like Wyoming does. Even though most of this workshop was slanted in such a way as to put CBM in a good light, the truth still came out and for that I am very thankful! 'Nuff said!
Todays featured picture was taken out the front door of my son's workplace in Boulder. My son calls these the "boat houses". I promise to take lots more pictures in the next couple of days and post them ASAP!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Life is indeed grand!

Today is take your mom to work day! One of my meetings got postponed until early tomorrow morning , so my son's boss graciously allowed me to come to work with him. He also hooked me up to their internet server so I am able to do some work from Boulder and of course, update my blog! See, I keep telling you, LIFE IS GOOD!
The top picture is my son hard(ly) at work and the bottom picture is Willow, our momma/gramma cat looking out the bedroom window in Forsyth the day before I left on my trip.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

And I didn't even get lost!

I am so proud of myself, I found the Marriot in Fort Collins on the first try! My son met me here; we had a nice dinner and now we're watching Extreme Make-over Home Edition, one of my favorite shows! Life is very good! The picture, by the way, is of Shasta-the-Disasta. She had a tumor removed from her leg and wore a cone for awhile. She was using it as a shelf for her doggy bone in this picture. We were out throwing the ball for her and she used it like a catchers mitt! She's a smart girl. her wound is all healed now and she is no longer a cone head.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Spring has sprung, the grass is griz, I wonder where the flowers is?

For a day or so there, it was looking like we might need to gas up the jet boat just to get out of the driveway! All together, I think we got almost 2 inches of rain in two days, which is a real godsend since it has been a dry winter for the most part. My brother and dad, unfortunately, haven't gotten this moisture for some reason. They tease me about being a flatlander, but who's smiling now mountain boys? lol!
Anyway, so much excitement here, I am in the final packing frenzy before I head to Colorado. I suppose I will forget something, I always do, but who cares? They have EVERYTHING in Colorado, so I can just buy it!
The picture, by the way, is of an Allis Chalmers tractor my dad owns. It runs like a top and has new tires. He is willing to part with it, so if you know of anyone who is interesting in aquiring one, email my brother at