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Love our Ennis Arts Festival


Ennis Arts Festival

We had 55 artists exhibiting their creativity at this wonderful Ennis Arts Festival today.

Come and see a few of the booths, artists, and special visitors with me.

One of our artists, Ivette Kjelsrud, designs creative fine, wearable art.

The center of this bison by Ivette is melted wax, a technique called encaustic.

It was fun setting up tents on a beautiful Saturday morning…

One of my favorites: Scott Wheeler Photography Scottwheelergallery.com

This photo of Yellowstone’s Artist’s Point is a sample of Kim Tolotti’s wonderful photography. Kim died this year  –  a great loss to us, to art, and the world.

Kim’s Photography was/is gorgeous. We are establishing a scholarship in her honor to be awarded to an Ennis High graduating senior who will focus on art as a major

 

My 2 mo. old great-granddaughter was the only bored person in the crowd!

Bob & our great-Grandson, Xander, enjoyed the rock painting area.

We’re a dog friendly park. Isn’t this one a cutie?

The Tune Tanglers kept us entertained from 10: to 5: with their great music!

Aimee Heimberg shared a booth with Ruth Hauri.

I love Sunny Glass Mosaics by Sunny Jaye.

Tiki Contemporary & Western Art by Kathleen Van Diessche is amazing!

When time to take a break, the porta potties are right handy! Couldn’t help myself… just had to share this corner of the festival with you.

These boys were ready for a break, too.

Don’t miss Wildfire Photography – Images by Gary Slane – Spectacular!
John's Rustic Originals John’s Rustic Originals made with old kitchen silverware and utinsels were so clever! Pottery booth

There were several wonderful pottery booths with a myriad of pottery to choose from.

Barbed wire art The barbed wire artist was new to us this year. His creations were fascinating.

Members' - Carle+ One booth was for Ennis Arts Association members who wanted to display one to three items, but didn’t want to fill a booth space of their own. The three in the background are the work of Carle McCambridge.

Spoon Cross Carla Cavaiani used old spoons to create beautiful art pieces.

I love this bluebird photography by Scott Wheeler (see my reflection in the glass taking this photo with my cell phone?)…Makes an interesting study, doesn’t it? Blue bird photo

Come fly on over here next year – second Saturday in August – for another phenomenal festival.

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See ya tomorrow.

Blessings Amidst Tragedy


Blessings > Problems

My heart is aching
In the midst of mass shootings
National Problem

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My life is blessed and I am grateful,
But how can I rejoice as others cry?
How do I count my blessings
While watching innocent people die?

My heart aches for the dear ones
Who have needlessly lost loved lives.
This week was a sad time in our country –
Gone are daughters, sons, husbands, wives.

The national problem of violence,
Assault weapons in the hands of the sick,
Makes me want to write or call our leaders
And demand solutions to the issues – quick!

No way should one man in the Senate
Have the right to singularly block
A measure the House of Representatives passed
And sent to be voted on… at least to have a talk!

Gun violence is exacerbated
By the proliferation of guns of war
In the hands of unstable citizens.
It’s got to stop. Tolerate it no more!!!

Universal background checks
Have got to be a must!
Sales of weapons must be given
Only to the folks we can trust!

I’m not against a hunting rifle
And I think handguns have their place,
But magnums with rapid-fire magazines
Are not for ordinary citizens. It’s a disgrace!

My life in rural Montana
Is a sheltered one, I know.
My blessings outnumber my problems
And I live in a loving glow.

But I’m affected by the violence,
By the deaths and hate and crime.
I don’t live in a bubble.
The fears of this nation are also mine.

See ya tomorrow
(God willing)

July Memories


Another Gerry Mooney
rodeo shot from July 4, 2019
in Ennis, Montana

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A bucking bronco
(Too good to keep to myself)
Topples the cowboy

Have you ever been to a rodeo?
Don’t you think they should wear helmets?

Tell me about your experience!

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See ya tomorrow.

Marvelous Mountains


Nature at its Best!!

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The Gravelly Range

With its wildflower fields

Nature at its best!

Another great day

With super four-wheeling friends

And our pup, TazE

That’s our TazE (Taz for Tasmanian Devil and E for Ears). She’s a love.

The wildflowers were spectacular!

pink wildflowers

wildflowers in Gravellys

Here are our friends, Barb & Don, brought their dog, Charlie.

Charlie in wildflowers

And here are Barb & Don with both dogs:

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And below I’m the one in short sleeves…
and Bob’s the guy in short pants!
Our buddies are great fun!

Won’t you click the arrow and come join us?

Yes, we got a little rain before we returned home,
but “Lucille” (our red-headed ATV – Polaris Razor –
who is a Ball), kept us dry!

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What are your plans for this week?
In the USA we’ll celebrate Independence Day.
It’s a big deal in a Ennis, MT.
Nearly 6,000 extra folks come into our town
– our population’s only 1,000 –
for our Firehouse pancake breakfast,
4th of July parade,
and rodeo.
I’ll post pictures on Thursday. OK?
If you’re in the area, join us!

You have a blessed week.

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See ya tomorrow

Montana Mountain Trails


Montana Mountain Trails

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I love living in Montana.
I love the opportunities it provides for me
and my husband, Bob, to get out into nature.
I love the mountains, the numerous trails,
and the scenery – everywhere I go…
… everywhere I look,
it’s beautiful in a unique kind of way

 

Come along with me, and Bob, and our Boston Terrier, TazE,
and three other couples and a single guy with his dog.
We headed north-west outta Ennis
to Twin Bridges and then
turned west, took a break,
and went north into the
Big Hole area.


The ride on “Lucille”
(our red-headed Polaris Razor on which we have a BALL),
was much tamer than the ATV ride I took earlier this week!

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We made a rest stop in Twin Bridges
– a little more than 3/4 of the way to our destination.

Rest stop - Twin Bridges

Then on we went – seemingly forever – off the main road –
headed for some unknown destination
(at least it was unknown to me and Bob and our trusty traveler, TazE).

 

You couldn’t hear me over the roar of the engine.
I said, “Wide-open country-side!”

We had no idea our destination was a remote graveyard
in what used to be Rochester, MT
and an old abandoned mine far up the trail
in those mountains out there –
where the sky kept getting darker and darker.

Cemetery sign

There are eleven graves labeled “UNKNOWN” in this cemetery.
How strange!
In a community of only 2,000 at its max,
how was anyone “unknown?”

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Most of the gravestones were well marked. Some even appeared to have had recent visitors. We were way the heck away from civilization… but here were flowers at the grave site of 3 Claridge siblings who died at 3 1/2 months and their sister who died at birth a year before. Doesn’t your heart go out to those parents??


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In these harsh conditions, some did live to full adulthood.
I wish they could tell their stories.

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I loved Margaret’s tombstone
(as much as “love” and “tombstone”
dare go together in the same sentence!).
Look at it… I think she was 90!
Her story was partially told on this stone:
“Do not go gentle into that good night. ..
Rage against the dying of the light.”

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When I die, I am sure I will not “rage against the dying of the light.”
I want to fly toward the Light…
and indeed, that Faith is what keeps me going!
I wanna keep loving extravagantly until I am 90+
Don’t you?

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Isn’t this old gate that greeted us
when we entered the cemetery a treasure to behold?

Cemetery gate

The sagebrush in this area inspired the clothing
I have chosen to wear to my granddaughter’s wedding next month.
I love the earth tones of pale green and beige.
Don’t you?

sage brush

We stopped at an old mine and had lunch.
Just finished before it started to rain.
Whew!

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Those are two of our ATV buddies, Caroline and Gail,
chatting about whether or not to chance
getting the chairs and lunches out and sitting down to relax.
We all did… and finished just in time.

Here’s Bob – looking down at TazE – asking,
“You wanna get back into Lucille?”

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She said, “You bet!”

TazE ATV

I had her on a leash
because she was not friendly with Boone,
the other dog on this trip.
TazE is an “only child,”
and not used to being around other dogs.

We passed some wonderful white-faced cattle
on our way back to the pickups and trailers.

cattle in Big Hole plains

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Some of them ran to get out of our way
(our four-wheelers are noisy),
but others ran alongside to try and race us!

The remains of civilization were everywhere along the way.
Hard to believe there were 2,000 people living back in here once upon a time!

Fence remains

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Cattle guards kept the animals from following us out.
We returned to our bluer skies –
getting hooked up and into our pick-ups
just before a huge hailstorm hit.
I thought I’d see dents in the pickup hood when we got home.

But, no… all was well.

It was a fun and an interesting, educational day.
Thanks for taking time to travel vicariously with us!

Someday you need to make a trip to Montana
and come out four-wheeling!!


heart of love
See ya tomorrow.

Montana Four-Wheeling


Montana Four-Wheeling

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Up, up, up we went on our Polaris side-by-side

Until we felt like we were at the top of the world –

The top of the Tobacco Root Range

ATV at mtn top

We took a very rocky, steep mountain trail
and passed by some phenomenal scenes
to get to that high mountain view
where the air was so fresh and clean.

The skies were threatening, but the rain held off.

Fence w Lake

Sureshot Lake always is an inviting place.
There were kayakers out on the water.
It’s quite a trail to get there!
We stopped at the one out-house available on the trek.

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Four guys and a dog… all chatted while Caroline and I used the facility.
(Tom, who let me ride along with him, is on the right)

4 guys + dog

No friend like a like-minded, outdoorsy, ATV-ing friend!
I am blessed to know this wonderful lady.
Thank you for your love, Caroline!

Caroline & Jan

I wish this panoramic picture was brighter for you to see the vista better!
Pictures just don’t do it justice!

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The wildflowers were beautiful.
Hard to capture their charm!

We traveled back past the rushing stream as we headed home.

Rushing Stream

It was a long, windy road back down the mountain
before it leveled off…

Gravelly Range road

Then a long, scenic road home
through sheep and goat farms
(should have got some pictures of them) …

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Many thanks to Tom Riggs for letting me ride along
on his Polaris Ranger side-by-side!

From Gravelleys to MadisonValley

There’s our Madison Valley down there.
We were a long way up (above the 8,000 ft level).
Home is at 5,000 ft
I love our view!

Home Sweet Home

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When are you gonna visit Montana?

Come and go ATV-ing and then
come sit awhile on the porch with me!

heart of love
See ya tomorrow

Stay Positive


Stay Positive

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Today is my Happy Day!

Today is a good day to be alive!

I get to go out four-wheeling in the mountains with friends.

Bob is going fishing – and I don’t drive the four-wheeler.

I could, but only to the grocery store and back on flat, back roads.

Not on rough, rocky, twisty-turny steep and dangerous mountain trails!

Well, they don’t have to be dangerous… but they woud be if I was driving!

So, a friend whose wife is choosing to go to a meeting instead of going ATVing

Has invited me to occupy his empty seat in his Polaris Ranger side-by-side.

We’ll be with a few other “Happy, Warm, and Genuine People.”

Stay tuned for pictures. It should be a beautiful day!

heart of love
See ya later!

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