Archive for March, 2009

Ad Nauseum: Latin term used to describe an argument which has been continuing “[to the point of] nausea”.

Our snow is now no longer a point of fascination.  It has turned “monumental.”  When I posted my previous entry, we had eight to ten  inches of snow.  Now, several hours later, I plowed one more time and need to do it a third time, we have close to 20 inches of snow.  And, it is still snowing like crazy.  I am not looking forward to plowing yet a third time, but I will need to before it starts getting dark outside.

While I was plowing, I noticed flashing lights on the Interstate exit to Jefferson City.  Carol informed me that they closed the road beyond that point and were sending people back toward Helena.

I remind you it is March 29th — Spring time in the Rockies.

Here are a few more pictures of the ever piling snow, and a quick video of our Sunday morning church service at home.

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Here is a small video of a portion of our Home Church Worship Service.

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A.K.A. – Where Is Global Warming When You Need It?

This morning, we woke to a LOT of snow on the ground and much more falling from the air.  While everyone got ready for church, I started up the snow plow and plowed the road up to our house.  There was a lot, and it was very heavy.  After breakfast, we all piled into the Chevy Suburban and attempted to go to church.  We made it about nine miles, and turned around.  The highway had several inches of snow on it and there were signs of vehicles off the road in many places.  We feared that we would not make it back to our house later if the snow kept falling at it’s current rate; and the heavy wet snow on the highway was a very dangerous place to be.   I am glad we made the decision to turn around as we already had a very difficult time getting back up the road to our house.  If we would have come home a couple of hours later, we all would have ended up walking home from the bottom of our hill.

Since we did not make it into town for church, we decided to hold our own church service.  Carol played the piano, while we sang several hymns; then we read a portion of Proverbs 3 and I expounded upon it.  We would have preferred to have made it to church in Helena, but our own was good too.  God is good!  All the time!

John

P.S. As soon as I got done posting this, I checked out the road report, and our area is now “Emergency Travel Only.”   We already knew that!

Click a picture to see a larger view.

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Alia just loves horses and wanted for a long time (even at her young age), wanted to learn how to ride them.  The owners of the historic Kleffner  Ranch go to our church, and Stacy and Alia have fallen in love with each other.  Alia has had several opportunities to visit their ranch and has on occasion, ridden one of their horses.

Stacy also wants to learn how to ride a horse, so Alia and her are going to learn how to ride together.  Alia is so excited, she can hardly stand it.

The other day, Alia spent some time drawing a horse with her on it.  She very carefully cut it out and proudly posted it on the refrigerator.  I scanned the picture and here it is.  Click on it for a larger view.  Good job Alia!

John

Alia and her horse.

Alia and Her Horse. Click for a larger view.

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Desire’ has started her own little web site. With my help, we set it up at http://desi.McDougallsHome.net .  Stop by her blog and give it a look, she will be encouraged if you did.

John

Click to go to Desi's new blog

Click to go to Desi's new blog

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This morning we woke up to a thick fog filling the canyon we live in. We could barely see the outline of the trees on top of the mountain on the other side of the canyon where we live.  A little while later, the sun started to burn through the fog and gave us another eerie picture.  Click a picture to see a larger view.

Jefferson City Montana Fog Fog near Jefferson City, Montana

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Last Best Space Business Card

Last week, I posted several pictures of some nice mountain sheep that I saw right in front of my brother and sister in law’s storage units near Missoula.  Kathi (my sister in law) responded with a copy of their business card.  She said that when they were in the process of constructing the mini storage units, one day a bighorn sheep was right in the middle of the project, so they decided to have bighorn sheep on their card.

Yesterday, I was again in the Missoula area and about five miles east of Clinton, right in the highway, this nice bighorn sheep was standing, and the highway traffic did not seem to bother him at all.  Yes, once again, this a a reason I love this beautiful state.  Click a picture to see a larger view.

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We were reminded today that it is still winter in Montana. And, it is not over until it is over.  We received over a foot of very heavy wet snow.  It was very difficult to plow, which I had to do twice during the day.  Click on a picture to see larger views;  click the video below to view a short film of the snow.

By before noon, we had close to six inches of snow. By late afternoon we had over a foot of heavy new snow Winter Wonderland in Jefferson City, MT Winter wonderland in Jefferson City, MT Our children's playhouse was engulfed by the large snowy tree.

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Desire’ and Ana decided to make some chocolate chip cookies. There was an apparent malfunction in the process and they turned out flat as potato chips.  I named them “Chocolate Chips”, not for the chocolate morsels that are in them but the cookies turned out like chips.  Click a picture to see a larger view.

John

Desire' and Ana's chocolate "chips" Chcolate "Chips" Chrispy thin "Chocolate Chips"

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Alia and J.J. seem to be on this dance kick lately. Watch this cute video of them dancing to an Irish tune.

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Montana is well known to be “The Last Best Place”. My brother and sister in law own some storage units in Milltown, Montana (near Bonner, which is near Missoula).  Their storage units are called the “Last Best Space”.

Today, I was traveling by while on my job, and was stopped by a nice group of mountain sheep right in front of the “Last Best Space” storage units.  This is why I love Montana so much, and my brother’s the “Last Best Space” storage units are indeed located in “The Last Best Place” – Montana!

John


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Click to see more photos that I have taken from around Montana

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