This Man’s Home Truly is His Castle

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If you would like to see an honest-to-goodness castle right here in Star Valley, Wyoming read my story in Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine. Here’s the link! http://www.wyolifestyle.com/currentissue.html Page 8. Enjoy.

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Tree Swallow Families

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We have a couple of families of tree swallows that have taken up residency in bird houses in our back yard.  They are such fun to watch.  I think there is only one baby yet to leave the nests.  He appears to be afraid if height. :)  Last year I saw one that would come out a little ways, look down at the ground and go back inside.  Then he would repeat the action.  I figured he was thinking it sure was a long ways down to the ground.  I had to leave and by the time I got back he had apparently gathered his courage because he was gone.  Of course, his parents and siblings were hanging out on a nearby branch chiding him for all they were worth.  That was probably embarrassing.  Looks like this one is going to follow suite.

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Branding Iron Cafe, Bondurant, Wyoming

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We recently took a road trip to Cody, Wyoming to celebrate our 57th wedding anniversary.   Heading down HWY 189/191 east from Hoback Junction toward Pinedale we came across this delightful little cafe in Bondurant.  It is so cute, tastefully decorated inside, and thoughtfully arranged.  The food is good and the staff is friendly.  If you are traveling that way you won’t regret stopping in.

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Fox Kits Near Our Home

IMG_0303A couple miles from our home is a golf course. Right next to that fence a fox decided to make her den and had five kits there – on the street side. They have provided so much joy for the community with many people stopping to take photos. Naturally, the inevitable happened and one got hit and killed. I wasn’t surprised but it broke my heart anyway. Life is hard for the animals too. They face daily survival issues same of we do.  They have since been taken to a safer place.

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The Home Without A Kitchen

THE HOME WITHOUT A KITCHEN

There are homes without a bedroom, where davenetts suffice,
There are homes where parlors play no leading part;
There are homes that have no dining-room, no pantry nor bath,
But the home without a kitchen is a home without a heart.

It’s a sort of filling station to a boy of nine or ten,
It’s the family trysting place with apple pie,
And the smell of hot, brown, ginger-bread upon a frosty night
Is a memory you’ll cherish till you die.

It’s the room where you’ll find mother, where little folks can come
to tell their troubles and have broken hearts made whole;
Oh, a house can be most anything, a mansion or a shack,
But a house without a kitchen is a home without a soul.

Poem by Miranda Snow Walton
“From Rags to Riches – A History of Hilliard and Bear River”
by Margaret Moore Lester

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Saying Goodbye to Summer

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We tangled with a deer recently so my car has been in the shop while the fall colors were at their best. I did find a few at a golf course. Wyoming transitions fast (except for winter…), and this year it seemed like a switch was flipped: one day it was still summer – the025

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Dialing the Remote

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Ah, the joys of growing older. I used to joke that we knew we’d arrived when we were offered senior discounts at restaurants without asking. We just laughed about it – now it’s not so funny.

Weird conversations due to our hearing don’t seem nearly as comical as they used to. The volume bar on our television is a mile long on the low side now and almost nothing on the loud. Having to find the phone via the locater is commonplace; trying to find what Continue reading

When Do You Plan to Retire? At the Age of 62? 82? How About 102?

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Do you think you would want to work until you are 102? I recently interviewed a gentleman that is doing just that. He is still healthy, agile, and sharp as a tack! Mr. Baker works every day, at least in the summer, since he is a surveyor and much of our land here is covered with 4-5 feet (or more) of snow through the winter months. Check out my article on pages 56-57 in Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine. http://www.wyolifestyle.com/Current%20Issue.html He is truly an inspiration.

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Ready or Not – Winter’s Coming

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We went for a drive today but the colors weren’t quite as far along as we thought they would be. That’s okay. It gives us an excuse to go again next Sunday. It is so beautiful here,002

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