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"If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." --- Yogi Berra


More Progress Pictures

We just received some progress pictures of the house project. Compared to the huge sky and view around the house, it looks so tiny sitting out there all alone. It was great seeing the dry wall inside. The best and most exciting picture is taken from inside showing the view out the 3 windows of “The Crazies” in the background.

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Progress Pictures

We got a few progress pictures on the Montana house today.  The windows and doors are in! Looks like the builder is getting the rock ready for the fireplace too. He sent a couple of pictures of the stone.  Looked good to me 🙂 With the house now in the dry, we should begin to see some of the cosmetic …

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AQS Quilt Week in Charlotte NC

The American Quilting Society celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary with “Quilt Week” in 5 different venues! The Schedule: Paducah, KY ~ April 23 – 26 Charlotte, NC ~ July 30 – Aug 2 Grand Rapids, MI ~ Aug 20 – 23 Chattanooga, TN ~ Sept 10 – 13 Des Moines, IA ~ Oct 1 – 4 I was fortunate enough to …

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Progress Report

Looks like the “little box on the prairie” project is moving along nicely. The porch rafters are going in and most of the windows are hung. The firebox is in with the flew and the plumbing is on track. It should look great for Phil’s first sighting in September.

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July 25, 2014

I guess it is a good thing that Chimney Rock State Park is so popular. To view the Chimney and get the most out of the park, you have to climb a whole lot of stairs. The forced exercise is all part of the experience. Today, I waited until around 11 am to go the park and the line at …

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Pisgah Inn Retreat

Once again, we took a few days and ran away to one of our favorite hide outs, Pisgah Inn. Going to the inn for a few days is a great retreat from the usual busy-ness of our life. We eat all of our meals in the Inn’s restaurant. Their daily specials are exquisite with a mix of surprising flavors. On …

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July 15 Update

We received a few pictures of the outside of our “Little Box on the Prairie.” It looks like the windows are inside the main room. The guy that took the pictures took them at a low resolution, so they are a bit small. Every little addition brings new excitement!  Looks like the porch roof is going on.  When that is …

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Sightings at Chimney Rock

Every once in awhile you get come across a neat little creature.  This doe and fawn was so peaceful until I interrupted them.

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July 4, 2014

Mt. Cammerer is also known as Sharp Top or White Top. The Appalachian Trail traverses it’s south slope and is part of the Smoky Mountain National Park system. Elevation 4928′. We began our trek up Mt. Cammerer at the Cosby, TN Campground in the Hiker’s Parking Lot (else you will get a ticket). This adds about 1/2 mile to the trek. This is …

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June 30, 2014

Distance: 7.1 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1844′ Difficulty: Strenuous Park in the Hatchery Parking Lot and begin the Cat Gap Loop trail hiking counter clockwise. You will walk past Picklesimer Fields. Continue on this trail bearing right toward Cat Gap at the intersection of the shortcut cut-off trail.  When you get to Cat Gap, turn sharply to the right on the …

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June MT Trip

It was time to make more choices for the Montana House.  Phil was busy with work, so I had to fly out alone and meet with our builder and 2 interior designers. The 2 designers had spent many hours ahead of time narrowing down the choices so we would be sure to stay within the budget and still have top …

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Western Storms

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Musings …

I’ve pondered where our sons are and how their lives have played out.  Other parents would lament that they are too far away. I don’t. They have been the captains of their own ship and laid out their lives that it best for THEIR family. I think that they did that part a lot better than Phil and I did at that …

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We Have Water

We got a call from the builder Sunday. Apparently, the well drillers had spent a few days drilling for water at the spot that Mr. Bandy (Dowser) had indicated that we would find water. The drillers drilled 400 feet and only found 2 gal/minute. That flow isn’t enough. The builder made the call to go another 100 feet. At 500 …

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Framing Continues

The framing has been a few days delayed due to rain in the area. Looks like next week will be dry, thankfully. More news on the progress of the well coming soon.  Looks like Mr. Bandy might have been right on spot about the depth. But, I’ll post more on this at a later date.

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June 20, 2014

Tailhead: Rough Butt Bald Overlook Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 425.4 Elevation: 5300′ Park at the Rough Butt Bald Overlook and walk across the Parkway to the Mountains to the Sea Trail. This section of the MTS runs parallel to the Parkway for several hundred yards before it forks right into the Middle Prong Wilderness proper. Wanderings: It had been some …

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Crawlspace Update

Construction continues…

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Sunday at the Biltmore

Living near the Biltmore House in Asheville has it’s advantages. Bloom reports are sent periodically to all season pass holders. This week’s bloom report was all about the roses. They are gorgeous. Walking out of the green houses, you immediately smell their aroma. Your blood pressure lowers and everything slows down. I imagine what it would be like to spend …

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Wolfpen Gatehouse Update

Apparently our homeowners association has found an architect to handle the replacement of our gatehouse. It was just a tiny little nothing shack with fancy rock work. Having a high powered architect seems a little “overkill.” But, since the county water department knocked it down, I guess they are paying and our HOA isn’t that worried about cutting costs. LOL! …

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My Patterns Were Featured

Three of my sewing patterns for dolls were just featured on this week’s newsletter publication from YouCanMakeThis.com! This is huge in the doll clothes market! So excited. You can find my patterns featured on etsy.com, craftsy.com and youcanmakethis.com as well as my own website at bonnetsandbums.com. The next big thing is to get these ebooks on cd’s and get them listed …

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I am such a hypocrite. LOL!!! As much as I hate Facebook, it is great to see progress postings pop up on the Montana project. The foundation is in and Richard has brought the dirt back up around the footprint.  If we were building here in the southeast, the foundation hole would remain until the house is nearly done. There is …

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Memorial Day at White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs, Montana is a small town with a  population of approximately 960 people as of 2012. The town’s well tended cemetery is located just a block from Main Street. We were in town over the Memorial Day weekend and were humbled by what we saw there. Several hundred flag topped crosses lined the entrance and the outside of …

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And So … It Begins

Over 10 years ago, our family decided that we wanted to build on our dream of a small home in the Montana Rocky Mountains. It has taken years, but finally we broke ground on our house yesterday, Phil’s 59th birthday. We kept our start date a secret from our sons until the shovels began to dig. We met with the …

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Happenings in Wolfpen

It was only a matter of time. Eventually, there would be a vehicle that doesn’t fit through the gatehouse at Wolfpen. To enter the community, a visitor must go under the portico of the gatehouse to get to the box that calls the resident who sends a code to the front gate to open. If you don’t have a resident’s …

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MTS – Flat Laurel Creek Loop

We park in the grass on the side of the parkway at the intersection of the Art Loeb Trail between the turn off to Black Balsam and the Devil’s Courthouse at approximately mile marker 421.3. Go north on the Art Loeb. The trail accents immediately from the parkway rising over 400′ in the elevation from the parkway .2 miles to …

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