One of the memorable events of this month was Neko and Pumpkin's
discovery of a skunk.
Gary let them out to pee before bedtime and they immediately took off
after an interesting sound.
Within a minute they dashed into the house,
blinking wildly and foaming at the mouth.
They must have both gotten a face full of spray.
A quick trip to the store was needed to get the ingredients for an
It works quite well,
but we can still detect a slight odor in the house.
The cited page recommends that ingredients be stored "to be handy when
they are needed." We would prefer to think that Neko and Pumpkin have
learned a lesson.
It has been a good year for skiing,
and this month we were blessed with several days of
the best skiing of the year.
And there is plenty of season left for more....
In order to save most of the garage,
we had to separate it from the foundation.
This was done by
the concrete wall and roof,
then carefully breaking down the portions to be removed.
Careful observation here reveals where the straight vertical cut
separates the wall being removed.
The concrete removed is being buried to the right in what used to be the
Media Room and Wine cellar.
These rooms will be located further west
in the new plan.
The most risky part of the demolition came last:
removing the heavy concrete roof covering the Mud Room at the south of
This roof was 10" thick,
with #6 rebar
(twice the strength of typical rebar)
Bracing the roof with steel columns and pulling the east wall out with a
chain caused the roof to fall out and away from the Garage.
Note that the removed portion remained largely intact even after
dropping about 10'.
there is plenty of snow at the Carriage House.
Since the Thanksgiving storms,
there has been a healthy layer of snow for over 3 months now.
Old-timers say this is a normal year.
The weather has been relatively warm and gray,
with temperatures hovering around freezing.
Exceptions have been some sub-zero nights at the beginning of December
and some days around February 18 with highs less than 0°F and lows
Pauline watches CA visitors Deanna and Andrea slide down steep slope on
a snow shoe hike around the property.
It was -2°F,
but no wind and blue skies.
Friends Nancy and Eva chose to do cross country at
further up the canyon.
The Elk Go Marching By
The Bridger Canyon Elk Herd has been hanging around our place lately.
About 100 filed past our satellite dish one morning,
much to the dismay of Neko and Pumpkin.
If only it were hunting season,
we could have gotten an elk without leaving the Carriage House.
The large clumps of snow are the result of plowing the Main House road
and site above.
Click on the picture to see a wide angle shot.