It’s way past that time of the year when I ask folks to opt-in or opt-out of my infrequent blog post emails. So, two questions:
- Do you want to stay on the email distribution this year?
- Would you like an occasional postcard from the Northwest? If so, please send me your address. They'll come from places like Craters of the Moon NP, Bend OR, Yellowstone NP and who-knows-Nowhereville ID.
Now on to the fun part – a quick recap of where we’re at in life and on the land…
· The Maryland house deal closed as hoped and prayed for. As much as I liked that house, it’s someone else’s joy now. My mind is mostly in Idaho day-to-day, so I don’t want ever again to think about moving!
· Life: our older son is nearly done with his US Navy enlistment and plans on attending the Univ. of Montana (in Missoula) in the fall. He even may spend a couple months with us. As for here, my daughter and I have a week-long campout upcoming in mid-May to eastern Oregon and west-central Idaho, to places with good museums (Oregon Trail, regional and Native American), great vistas and hiking choices. Sometimes, though, we’ll just sit back, burn some wood and play a game.
· Property: our 5 undeveloped acres means we’ll never run out of things to do. We’ll soon begin putting up back yard pasture fencing, along with front yard rail fencing for our dogs. This project will continue into next year. Michele continues the charge of building-out the basement rooms, and that’s going well and we hope to get our daughter into her new bedroom later this year.
· Work: Ooops, I put it last. Wonder why?! I really do enjoy my job and its potential to let me lead and contribute so much more than back in DC. I’m teleworking four days a week, and can change my hours on-they-fly between 6-6, so also will start working just a half-Friday this summer. As an IT project manager, I get immersed in techie gobbledy-gook as well as learning about wildland fires’ lines of business. No sequester effects out here, so our staff prepares our applications for fire season as usual, though without fun money to expand capabilities. Meaningful work near the front lines of helping others ... perfect.
Time “to get my shine on!” (a new country song), and head over to a volunteer leaders’ planning session for an annual community cleanup day. Mixing up work and play … just another interesting day in our Ag (Agricultural) Land!