This month's theme song is performed by
Talisman A Capella.
It was originally our theme for December of 2005,
but had to be delayed 21 months.
The Main House is up and east from the Carriage House,
and we can definitely say it
"took a whole lotta tryin' just to get up that hill."
September 29 –
Our First Snow
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On Labor Day,
we were enjoying a late lunch in the shade north of the Carriage House
when we spotted smoke rising from behind our ridge to the west.
A quick phone call to the Papke's
(our neighbor about 1 mile west of us)
determined that they could not see any fires.
We jumped into the car and drove out of the canyon to find that there
about 5 miles from us on the other side of the Bridgers.
several volunteer fire departments and aerial units responded quickly
and got it under control before it could reach the forest.
In the discussions below,
the numbers in parentheses are links to the floor plan.
Clicking on a numbered link takes one to the plan,
and the corresponding number on the plan indicates where and in what
direction the photo under discussion was taken.
September 7 was a very busy day.
We scheduled several furniture deliveries and had friends volunteer to
come up and help move things from the Carriage House and our storage
the Main House had been transformed from bare rooms to a semblance of
One neighbor brought some take and bake pizza to try out our new ovens,
and we supplied beer,
wine and champagne to host a small party
High priority was to eliminate the mice that had taken up residence
One night we caught nine mice in one multiple-catch trap.
Eight more obliged us by climbing into a bucket of water and drowning;
we don't know how they got into the bucket.
Soon we were not seeing signs of mice,
but we left the traps around just in case.
We left windows open to clear out the
from the new carpet and furniture,
but it got chilly enough one morning that we decided to close the
windows and check out the fireplace
The weekend after we moved was the canyon garage sale.
Cruising the canyon to people's homes is impractical,
so everyone brings their sale items to a central location
(about a mile from us).
While we were happy to see most of the things we had packed away three
or more years ago,
the sale was an opportunity to get rid of many things we no longer
Proceeds of the sale went to the volunteer fire department.
We helped out by topping off our trailer with things that were not sold
and hauling them to the dump.
By September 12,
landscaping was well under way on the north side of the house.
We have selected native species with low water requirements.
Timber planks and beams at bottom are leftovers from construction that
will be used in the landscaping.
The wind shifted direction and smog from a distant forest fire returned.
Air was so bad that some people's smoke detectors went off when they
left windows open.
We're glad to have air-to-air exchange units with filters to keep the
air fresh in the Main House at these times.
Mid-September is the time for the
Parade of Homes,
where owners and contractors show off the year's production of
multi-million dollar homes in Bozeman
(we were not in it).
The counter to this is the
Parade of Sheds,
which shows off the
side of Bozeman
(we were not in it).
The completed balustrade at the South Patio
should keep the insurance company happy –
and make Pauline comfortable about standing near the edge.
The balusters are twisted square posts to match the balusters in the
One workman noted that the stone pillars,
iron railing and scenery reminded him of Yellowstone Park.
In late September,
Gary's mother Wanda drove from Seattle to visit and brought rainy
weather with her.
she visits with grandson Arthur over breakfast at the Kitchen island.
The white on the trees in the far distance is snow.
The leaves are changing color and elk are bugling across the canyon.
The landscaping we hoped to have done this Fall is mostly in place,
including seeding areas that are to be native grass.
The seed must have some time to germinate and establish itself before
the weather gets too cold,
so we hope there is a bit more warm weather to come.
Our last guest of the month was
who took a break from practicing for an appearance with the
to have lunch with us.
Jon was a German teacher who taught one of Pauline's sons.
They have kept in touch since he won the
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
and began touring the concert circuit.
Now that we have moved into the Main House,
we enter a new phase of our life in Montana.
After so much work to build a home,
we might suffer from a form of
we plan to make fewer excuses not to go skiing in the Winter and take
more time to sight-see the rest of the year.
there are still many projects to keep us busy taking care of the
property and now we have a caretaker couple to help us with those
The reports that began intermittently
exactly 5 years
ago have evolved into regular monthly publications and should now evolve
yet again to reflect the new circumstances.
Our current thinking is that we will begin to issue reports on a
with occasional reports when there are especially noteworthy events.
we're off to Mexico for the wedding of Pauline's middle son Dan.
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