Thursday, November 30, 2006

Furry Friday

This picture was taken less than 2 minutes after I finished dressing for work. Most of the "kids" made a bee-line for the bed to lie on the jammies I had just taken off. Aren't they precious?

This is Shasta, after Thanksgiving dinner. She had eaten more than a few "scraps" and the tryptophan from the turkey was kicking in. What a love dog.

I think the tryptophan kicked in for brother Mike as well. Notice how Shasta is guarding him as he sleeps.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


The weather here has been frightfully cold and of course wouldn’t you know; the heating system at work chose NOW to quit functioning. The office building is leased by the federal government and the landlord lives out of town. Of course the men-folk tried everything they could to make it work, but after two full days of temperatures hovering around 60 degrees, we called the owner. He hurried right over and figured out the problem immediately; the thing-a-ma-jig that houses the doo-hickey was broken. (Sorry if that was too technical, I work with a bunch of engineers). Anyway, apparently the whole sun-of-a-gun needs to be replaced.

The landlord, being the nice guy that he is, brought numerous space-type heaters to place around the office to keep us from freezing our arses off until it can be replaced. As you can imagine, it hasn’t a very productive week. It’s difficult to type with mittens on.


Monday, November 27, 2006

My Cubicle

One of my co-workers is going to move within the office tomorrow. Even though we don't have cubicles and our jobs aren't stupid, I thought this was appropriate enough to post.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Christmas Lights

I know it's early, but my neighbors were all in decorating mode today, so I thought it was time to deck my blog.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Friday vs. Monday

Okay, it's not Friday, nor is it Monday yet. However, I finally (with help :-O from Google) figured out why I couldn't upload video to my blog, so consider this a test.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

In Anticipation of Furry Friday

I will be at my dad's for Thanksgiving, so I am posting my Furry Friday photos early (try saying that 5 times, real fast). Is it any wonder I have trouble sleeping?

Fuzzy, furry Friday.

I realize that NOTHING about this photo is in focus, but it's just too cute not to post.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

From Stem to Stern?

Well it’s done. I’ve cleaned the entire house, stem to stern (where did that phrase come from?) and I must say, it's quite satisfying to see it this way. However, if “He Who Doesn't Do Dishes” complains about the way I’ve wrapped up the vacuum cleaner cord again, he may get that particular appliance inserted into a place the sun doesn’t shine.

In other news, my camera is on the way home! I will be so happy to see it (and HWDDD, of course). Apparently the hunting trip was successful and there will be fresh elk in the freezer this year. If you are wondering why the camera was invited along on this adventure and I was not, it is because I always root for the elk. I much prefer elk framed, rather than frozen.


I am having withdrawal symptoms. My camera has gone adventuring without me and I am not a happy camper. Everything I want to do is dependant upon my having it. Take neighbor dog to the river…what fun is it without being able to take pictures? Drive to Miles City to shop? Wrong again…there’s a tree on the way that I need to photograph. Take a drive up north? Once again, no fun without my trusty Rebel by my side. Clean house? Well that doesn’t require a camera (although documentation would be nice), but I don’t feel like doing it. What to do, what to do?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Tongue River Fish By-Pass

Over the past 125 years, irrigation diversion dams in the Yellowstone River system have prevented most warm-water fish from reaching their traditional spawning and rearing habitat. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologists say the result has been a major decline in the populations of these species, including the endangered pallid sturgeon, which no longer spawns in the lower Yellowstone.
Now a determined eastern Montana farmer, whose family has managed one of these dams since 1935, is leading the way to make his dam more fish-friendly. Roger Muggli (in bibs and blue shirt) is backed by The Nature Conservancy and by the irrigation district he heads, as well as several state and federal agencies, which are providing financial and technical support.
Ladders for fish species like trout and salmon don’t work for warm-water fish, which swim around, rather than over, obstacles. So the project partners are building a fish-bypass canal around the 12-Mile Dam on the Tongue River, a major tributary of the Yellowstone. The canal, targeted for completion in spring 2007, will help at least seven species of warm-water fish regain access to almost 50 miles of their native spawning habitat. Meanwhile, the dam will continue to divert irrigation water to about 300 farm families and 9,400 acres of thirsty crops.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

You Can Tell I'm Tired......


You surround yourself with art and music and are constantly driven to express yourself. You often daydream. You prefer honesty in your relationships and believe strongly in your personal morals.

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What kind of dog am I?

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I stole this from Courtney

Saturday, November 11, 2006

These are for Shauna

We saw this when we were on our way to Whitefish for training a few weeks ago. We didn't get a chance to stop and take photos until we were on our way home.

We thought it was pretty amazing.

Now that's an archway.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Last one I promise

Your Hidden Talent

Your natural talent is interpersonal relations and dealing with people.
You communicate well and are able to bring disparate groups together.
Your calming presence helps everything go more smoothly.
People crave your praise and complements.

Still able to cut and paste, but fading fast

Your Element Is Air

You dislike conflict, and you've been able to rise above the angst of the world.
And when things don't go your way, you know they'll blow over quickly.

Easygoing, you tend to find joy from the simple things in life.
You roll with the punches, and as a result, your life is light and cheerful.

You find it easy to adapt to most situations, and you're an open person.
With you, what you see is what you get... and people love that!

Once again too tired to blog, but I can cut and paste

You Belong in Paris

You enjoy all that life has to offer, and you can appreciate the fine tastes and sites of Paris.
You're the perfect person to wander the streets of Paris aimlessly, enjoying architecture and a crepe.

Monday, November 06, 2006

A November Walk

I spent the weekend in Absarokee again. My brother and I took his dog to the city park which is on the Rosebud River. Part of the park is developed, with picnic tables and tennis courts, but the rest of it is not and that is where we usually go.

This used to be part of a powerplant. Obviously it isn't in use anymore. My cousins and I used to hike to it and hang out...usually plotting the overthrow of the free world, or at least our parents.

Will someone please tell this dog that it's November?

Just a dried up river channel.

Back in the day, people used old cars as river armor. That's frowned upon today, but there's still some around, as you can see.

And so ends another fun-filled day.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

I'm a Proud Mom

I am so happy for my son. He landed an amazing job in Colorado, working for Sun Microsystems. They just got a huge new contract with the US government and he is in on the ground floor with the new unit they set up to handle it. He is making really good money and loving it. He has been there less than a week and has already been moved up to a much more complex job. As you can see, my brother's dog is very excited about it.