Friday, July 26, 2013

Flutter By, Butterfly

We have all kinds of flying creatures up here and it's been fun to discover the new ones as our first year here passes.  Lately we've been noticing the butterflies.  We haven't been trying to identify them, but we have been enjoying them.  This past week we seem to be inundated with this small, yellowish ones fluttering among the pines.  

I hope you can catch sight of the little things in the small video size I seem stuck with on the blog.  I am trying to upload from YouTube rather than my computer, so maybe that will help. They're quite charming and enjoyable to watch as they move about up there. We hadn't been able to get a good look at them until I found about a dozen floating in the Beastie Grrrlz swimmy pool.

They're wings are quite white with black tips on top, but they look as though they're a buttery yellow from underneath when they're fluttering in the trees.

Luckily, I was able to get all but one out and drying off on the deck rail. I don't know if any or all survived, but I saw a few fly off and none were left on the railing half an hour after I set them up there.  The pools was getting filled with wasp and ant carcasses as well as pine cone parts from a squirrel tossing them down from the tree above, so I drained it to save the butterflies.

Speaking of yellow and black flying creatures, two weeks ago Eric, the BGs, and I either went through or too-close to a yellow jacket* nest while walking through the forest to the creek.  Eric was first and came through un-stung; he was with Delia who pooped on the "trail."  I came next with Betty and thoughtfully picked up a stick to push the poop off of the "trail."  That seemed to be the final straw: Betty and I were set upon.  Thankfully, I was wearing long socks and while it felt like dozens of stings between my ankles and knees, I ended up with only seven (7) or so real welts.  I don't know how many stings Betty got on the underside of her body and on her legs, but she seems to be allergic and by the time we got home her pretty face was swelling up.  We got her some benedryl, but it took overnight for it to completely reduce her swelling.

Poor Ms. Betty!
Her face was not stung, but it did swell up and looked like she had marbles under her skin from the stings on her legs and possible chest and tummers.

Delia got a few stings, too, but the cool water of the creek seemed to fix her right up.  I think it helped me quite a bit, too.

*FUN FACT! Stevensville, the town just south of ours in the Bitterroot Valley, is the Home of the Fighting Yellow Jackets.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bitterroot Rush Hour

I'm not really going to start putting lots of video in the blog, it just seems lately the things I've been posting "real quick" about are video-centric.

Oh, no!  We ended up having to drive home from Missoula at 5:00 pm on a weekday!  The horrors!

Yup. That's about the speed limit (70) on I-93 between Missoula and Florence with slow downs in Lolo & Flo, of course.  And yup, that was kind of heavy traffic.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Lawn Mower Man

The last couple of weeks have been heck with our network and at first we thought it was my computer, but it turned out to be something with our radio receiver-thingamajigger (that's the technical term, look it up) and now it's all fixed. We get such great customer service with Cyber Net 1, I don't know why we dread calling.  We're conditioned to by the rest of our customer service phone conversations, I imagine.

We bought a used lawn mower a couple of weeks nearly a month ago.  We don't have what you could really call a "lawn," but we do have a lot of grass and wild flowers that we should probably keep under control for fire suppression, especially as we won't irrigate it.

We let it get pretty tall, partly because we wanted all to let the balsam and lupine to finish blooming before Eric hacked it back.  At least he's got the boots for the job.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hot Fun in the Summertime

I have been having trouble with all my Google accounts, including blogger so a few posts I had started and planned are sitting in the queue without photos or videos.  I thought I'd try a new one with a video from a different source (iPhone, rather than camera).  

We had a bit of a heat wave like so much of the rest of the country in the week or so before the Independence Day holiday.  Is there anything sadder than too-hot dogs laying around?  Sure there is, but too-hot dogs is something we could easily do something about right quick: swimmy pool!

I can't tell from the preview if the video has loaded and will play.  Here's hoping!