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Super Moon as viewed from Jefferson City, MT. June 22, 2013.

Super Moon as viewed from Jefferson City, MT. June 22, 2013.

Tonight was a Super Moon, the largest moon of the year.  My daughter Katie and I had some fun with the telescope and took some pictures of it.  Here is one of them.  The heavens declare His glory! -John

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“THEY” say: “April Showers Bring May Flowers”. April SHOWERS??? It is April 8 today and we are blessed with 19 inches of heavy snow. So heavy and slippery that my snow plow can’t handle it and got stuck several times. It is parked and we will have to wait for a bit of a thaw.

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On May 3, we lost power for several hours due to a severe wind storm. Power was out in areas from Helena to Basin, MT, in which we are in between.  As the evening drew on, we new we needed to make some plans as the kids still had homework to do.  We lit some candles, and fired up our oil lamp.  The kids mentioned that this is how it must of been in the old days.  NOT EVEN! :)

The worse of all though, was the fact that we had no Internet!  Oh My!!  Back in the “Old Days,” when we had to do a research project, we hoofed it to the local library and did “research.”  Now, it is mostly done on the Internet, and a report was due TOMORROW!  It is kind of funny though, as I asked the same questions that were posed to us in the “Old Days.”  “When was it assigned?”  “How long did you have to work on it?”  “When was it due?”  And, you know the answers to all of those questions.  Some things never change.  Click a picture for a larger view.

– John

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The Weather Report V.S. Reality… The weather report says we are supposed to get less than a half inch of snow.  It has reported this for a couple of days.  It has been snowing steadily, but lightly, for over the past 24 hours and we now have close to a half a foot, not a half an inch.  Click on a picture to see a larger view.

We are used to living in this odd little weather bubble at Jefferson City, Montana.  I guess it is time to go plow the snow!

– John

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About a week ago, I had to take one of my daughters over to Boulder for a school meeting.  On the way back, as I came over Boulder Hill, heading down the pass to Jefferson City, the sun was just setting.  It was a very beautiful site.  I stopped and took a couple of snapshots and here they are.  Click on a picture to see a larger view.

– John

Beautiful Montana Sunset Beautiful Montana Sunset

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Winter reared its head today. We received over a foot of snow from last night to today.  The old plow was not very happy that it had to go to work today. Click on a picture to see a larger view.

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We just went through our fourth “last” spring snow storm. We thought each of the last four storms was the last, but we are continually surprised by another one.  This one was a doozy, lasted three days, and covered the center third of the state from North to South.

A while back we got some new bird feeders.  We are amazed by the beautiful and different kinds of birds that migrate through Jefferson City in the spring.  The birds have not discovered our new feeders though, and we were wondering if there was a problem with them or the bird feed.  This last storm forced the birds to notice our new feeders and now we have lots of birds again.  They were quite happy to find some food since the ground had over a foot of new snow on it.

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John

Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm The Birds Were Happy To Find Some Food The Birds Were Happy To Find Some Food Birds eating from our new bird feeders. The Birds Were Happy To Find Some Food A Late Spring Storm Decorates One Of Our Trees. The New Spring Snow Was So Shimmery And Shiny.

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Isn’t it neat when you go to church and God REALLY shows up? Today was one of those days.  I feel sad for those churches that have such a small view of God that they don’t expect Him to show up there.  He is so good, and He is healing lives, inside and out.

After church, we were invited to some friends house for brunch.  We had all of the eggs, bacon, and french toast that we could possibly put inside us.  Oh so very good.

Last Sunday, seven days ago, we received over 20 inches of new snow.  It has been melting quickly, but we have enough left that Ana, Alia, and J.J. could have a fun time sledding on it.   They tried sledding on it last Sunday, but it is almost impossible to sled in 20+ inches of snow.

Here are some pictures of the day.  Click on them to see larger views.

John

Good brunch on Palm Sunday Good friends enjoying Palm Sunday Brunch Ana and Alia sledding on Palm Sunday J.J. sledding on Palm Sunday. J.J. crashing with Ana coming up behind. Alia sledding down, and J.J. walking up. Alia crashes good! Ana sledding on Palm Sunday.

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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.

Almost 20 inches of snow at Jefferson City, Montana Almost 20 inches of snow at Jefferson City, Montana Almost 18 inches as measured on our picnic table. Almost 20 inches of snow at Jefferson City, Montana There must be a hundred pounds of snow on this huge ponderosa pine branch Picnic tables in our back yard at Jefferson City, Montana The kids' playhouse is smothered by snowy branches

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!

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