Updates on Cabin

We were able to squeeze in a little time to work on the cabin back in May. It was in need of a fresh coat of stain, so with the help of our spray gun, we got it done in no time. And it looks so much better. We also cleaned up and threw away a lot of things that were just lingering around. We wanted a little color, so we built some window boxes, painted them green and filled them with petunias. We used some old wine barrel planters to anchor everything and added some climbing jasmin, snapdragons and daisies. Now we have color. Just doing that little bit made the place look and feel much better. Our friends and neighbors said we were making them look bad and to stop it. We all had a good laugh with that. Next on the to do list is to do the window trim and add gutters. We’re already making plans for an add on and the long porch on the west side. Hopefully if all goes well with our summer shows, we can buy the materials for that and get started.

Nothing new on the inside, but the addition of a treadmil. We were able to make room for it. The additions would help with being able to move the treadmil in there along with the workout equipment we have stored.

We are finally getting elk to come through our property and not on the outskirts. I have a trough out for them and with this hot dry weather, they are stopping quite often. Unfortunately it’s when we’re sleeping. But at least they are coming through. We have lots of beautiful birds here right now. Between them and the hummingbirds, we are going through a lot of seed and sugar. But they are worth it. We just love watching all of them. We’ve had a lot of wind the past few months, making it scarey with all the fires in our state and AZ. We were getting lots of smoke from the AZ fire, making short work days. But it’s been clear lately and now we just pray that our area doesn’t have a wildfire like so much of the state.

Below are some photos of our little cabin to date. I have also included a photo of the freak snow we had in May. It melted that same day, but what wacky weather. We went to below freezing temps to the 90’s in no time. June has been hotter than normal by about 10-15 degrees with no acclimation for us. I lost a few plants with the unexpected May weather and now they are having a hard time with the heat. Gardening is quite a challenge here.

Cabin with a darker stain, window boxes and planters.

View of trees a little ways from us, with our new feeder station. This is looking out our french doors. Elk came up on the other side of the raveen right after this photo was taken. This view was blocked by a storage carport and we had just moved it. Great timing.

May 9, 2011 Snow fall. View from our french doors.

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