We got a rude surprise just after our November report:
the county wanted us to submit a request to get a permit for building
the Main House.
the contractor had neglected to obtain the necessary permits.
This created a lot of ill will all around,
and required us to stop construction on the Main House.
With some luck,
we will be able to resume construction at the end of February
(with a new contractor).
Further details are omitted to protect both the innocent and the guilty.
Pauline attended a Bridger Canyon Women's Club luncheon,
where she met the current owners of the
We now have yet another confirmation of the superstition that one must
pay proper respect to the whale as one travels to and from skiing at
there are more superstitions that include monetary offerings and
candle-light ceremonies that the owners are not invited to!
We were invited to Thanksgiving by our neighbors who border the western
portion of our northern border,
along with some other near neighbors.
It was good to have a small get-together instead of having just the
three of us.
We hadn't seen much of the elk until we heard bleating north of the
we walked up the hill carefully and spied about 100 elk running through
across the creek and back down the West Ridge.
This herd hangs around Bridger Canyon for the winter and has been
increasing in size every year.
No reading this month!
Gary is collecting books on "contracting your new home" to study between
now and mid-February.
December 3: Buttoned up. The Main House is sealed up with plastic.
There isn't much snow here, but 8 miles away as the crow flies
Bridger Bowl opened December 4 a week earlier than projected.
There has not been much new snow since then and the weather has been
quite warm. We would rather have it cold because then there is no mud.
Neko keeps a lookout for deer and elk.