Off the Grid  Retirement at our remote log cabin in Colorado

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Snow Play

Little dog, big snow bank! The road to the bottom of the property is somewhere in there but we might not see it until July!

Bella has finally decided that Destin makes a pretty good playmate and vice-versa. We watch them closely because Bella is such a big oaf, but she is surprisingly gentle with him. 

Air Destin says ready or not, here I come!

And playtime commences!

Play position!

And for a fun comparison of snow depth, here is last year's photo taken the day we arrived which is the same date as now. Compare it to the top photo!

After Dinner Drive

It was such a pretty evening last night that we decided to take the Ranger out for a short drive down to Bucky Beaver's. Bucky wasn't ready for visitors but we did see this cow moose, right where we saw the one yesterday morning, (same one?). She was camera shy and beat a hasty retreat.

The light at this time of day was wonderful! 

Clouds, always clouds!

Patient Rick waits as I snap some quick shots.

Poor us!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Game Camera Shots

We have a couple of game cameras set up on the property. And, we move them around based on where we think the wild traffic will be. We also use some to monitor the property just in case we get unwanted visitors of the human kind.

The game cameras can take still photos, videos, or time-lapse videos. Right now, I have two set up at Serenity Point where two game trails come together. One is taking stills, the other video.

We got this nice shot (and video) of a coyote a few days ago. I've created a Game Camera gallery that you can visit occasionally to see what't new. It doesn't make sense to post every interesting game camera shot here on the main site. And, for videos, I'll try to set up a YouTube playlist or something. In any case, you can visit our YouTube Channel to always see the latest videos we've taken whether with the game cameras, normal video, or slow motion.

Here is the video of the coyote:

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Yet Another Moose

The meadow was a busy place early on Thursday morning. First, three buck deer visited. They hadn't been here very long when they took off, looking over their shoulders as they trotted off. I looked at the other side of the meadow and saw four long brown legs at the other mineral lick. A moose. 

Due to the placement of the mineral lick, which is right behind a pine tree when looking out the dining room window, I couldn't tell which moose it was, only that it appeared to be smaller than either Morley or Hannah but it did have antlers. We waited patienly as he took his fill of minerals, camera at the ready. When he finally came into full view we could see it was indeed a different moose altogether. A very young bull moose. He didn't stay long after that but we're happy he stopped by anyway.

Settling in (kind of)

We are starting to settle in. Well, mostly. We still have two huge dish pack boxes sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor to deal with this weekend, and also a box of assorted bathroom things that we have no place for and need to figure out where to put them.

Even though we have now been here longer than any other of our exteneded cabin stays, it still feels a little bit like we are just on vacation except for the fact that our little cabin is starting to look more like a home than a weekend place. Some people might think it's a bit crowded but to us it just look cozy. It still has a long way to go. We need a file cabinet to put next to the "desk" and something else to put all the related TV gear in/or on (TiVo, VHS/DVD, etc.) but those are not critical right now. Hopefully we'll get to spend enough time in town to snoop around Bart's and find something unique. So far we have so much to do when we do go into town that we can't leave Destin for that long. Forty-five to fifty minutes each way, plus errands adds up in a hurry. So, he is cramping our style a bit right now with so much going on, but what a cute and wonderful little style-cramper he is!

On Thursday Rick and I parted ways and I went into town to do laundry and a big grocery shop at WalMart, while Rick stayed home to babysit and wait for the electrical inspector to come. The drive into town was almost surreal to me. I had never driven those roads by myself before. How can that be, I asked myself?  I left the house at 8:30 arriving at the laundromat just before 9:30. I loaded up 5 washers in a row. I don't really like laundromats but one thing great about them is that you can do a lot of laundry in a lot less time than the one load at a time at home! By just before 11:00 all the laundry was washed and dried (except for what I would come home and hang out on the line) and I headed off to WalMart.

We needed quite a bit so it took me a while in a nearly unfamiliar store. By 1:00 p.m. I was ready to head home, arriving about 1:50 p.m. I was exhausted! We still need to work out trips in to town and try to minimize what we have to do. Normally we would have both gone in and one stayed to do laundry while the other went to do whatever else was needed to be done. But Destin changes all that, just like any baby. I don't feel good about leaving him in his crate that long yet, plus he would have his feeding schedule all messed up. You can't do that with little ones!

Today we are sticking around the house because the Direct TV guy is coming to install our HD. We have those boxes to unpack and find a place for everything that's inside them. Rick is cutting little aspens that have popped up over the ten years that the wind generator pole has been on the ground, trying to make way for its reinstallation on Tuesday. He's putting around out there with the Ranger, collecting the cut up trees and dumping them near the cabin.

And me? Well, I'm sitting here typing and telling you all about the minutiae of my daily life. I'll bet you're bored silly. I really appreciate your taking the time to read this!

In other news we have a new renter for our new bird house.

See the sticks poking out of the hole? We're excited even though it's a house wren in the bluebird house and not a family of bluebirds. Wrens are such sweet little birds with a lovely song. It has so many sticks in there now I am not sure how it even gets in!

Okay, I am beginning to feel guilty that Rick is out there working hard so I need to go and at least see how he's doing, then to get busy on the seemigly never-ending unpacking! The unpacking is not the worse part, it's the deciding where it all goes that wears a body down.

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