Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mosaic Monday #79 - Three Years in Montana

May 9, 2017 - First time I ever saw Calypso Orchids
Can you believe it?  May 3, 2020 marked the third anniversary of our arrival in Montana.  (If you need a refresher on our epic cross-country journey, check out this post.)  I perused my blog and came to the shocking realization that I have not written about this anniversary.  You can read posts about the first, second and third recurrence of my retirement, but you will find zip, zero, zilch about an event that was a decade in the planning. Well, I ask you - what's more significant, the retirement or the destination?  It's the destination, my friends.  So, I am about to rectify this disappointing oversight.  Buckle your seat belts, and welcome to Montana!
June 12, 2017 - Day 2 of the re-set of our log house
July 2, 2017 - Black Lake - hike in Jewel Basin
July 11, 2017 - Man with Hat on the Highline Trail with Heavens Peak
August 31, 2017 - Mama mountain goats with kids - Crater Lake
October 19, 2017 - Golden glory - Middle Fork of the Flathead River
October 27, 2017 - Golden larches reflected in our house, 7 months into
October 31, 2017 - our first Halloween in Whitefish
November 6, 2017 - house bedecked in snow
January 2, 2018 - skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort
March 2018 - snowshoeing at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Moose at our lake - May 2018

May 23, 2018 - reflection in Hodge Lake
June 24, 2018 - we moved in April 14, and by June the landscaping
was completed
July 11, 2018 - Lupines and blanket flowers
near Many Glacier, Glacier National Park

August 12, 2018 - Man with Hat and me - overwhelmed by Grinnell
Glacier and Grinnell Lake
September 2018 - apple pie made with Goodland apples from the tree
we planted in honor of my Mother
November 2018 - Mission Mountain views
December 26, 2018 - the family skis/rides at Whitefish Mountain Resort
January 11, 2019 - my favorite picture
of Miss Josie before she died in September
February 28, 2019 - dog sledding!

May 24, 2019 - Great Horned Owl in a larch tree outside our house
June 8, 2019 - Columbine in my garden
June 10, 2019 - Holland Lake
June 13, 2019 - Sunrise at our house
June 2019 - bear collage - all bears from trail cams near our house
July 20, 2019 - at Logan Pass before we start hiking the Highline Trail
July 20, 2019 - beargrass along the Highline Trail
July 28, 2019 - Female Nokomis Fritillary on the bee balm in my garden
January 27, 2020 - mountain lion caught on trail cam
March 21, 2020 - Man with Beanie practicing social distancing at Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park
If you were counting, that was 32 pictures and collages. Boy, it was tough to choose!  Someday, when I have nothing else to do (hah!), I will count the number of pictures I have taken since May 3, 2020.  Hundreds!  A shout-out to my Spousal Unit, who applied his ruthless editing skill to help me downselect from the original 93 options that I compiled.  How appropriate that he stands out in the last photo of this post!  

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  1. I really enjoyed the tour in time and places. It gives me an idea of what to do when I finish my float cabin tour series over on the Powell River Books Blog. So far I'm doing a #ThrowbackThursday series since we aren't home to get new pictures and stories. You home is amazing. If I didn't have a float cabin I would love a log cabin. - Margy

  2. So much interesting places, interesting Post to read, fascinating captures - especially the black bear.

    Angie, your house is wonderful. And I love the picture of Miss Josie.

    Stay healthy. Happy MosaicMonday

  3. Hi Angie, hard to imagine that you have been living the good life in Montana for over 3 years, it must have been a challenge to find the photos which would best describe those precious years. I have been away far too long to catch up on all that has been happening in Montana but now that we have located back to UK I hope to be a weekly visitor from now on.
    Maggie Xxx

  4. about living in God's country, it's beautiful. I hope that you are having a wonderful Mother's Day.

  5. Hello,
    Happy Anniversary and Happy Mother's Day! Your home is beautiful and wow what a gorgeous location. Hubby and I enjoyed our visit to Glacier NP, it is a beautiful park. I loved all the critters, especially the moose. Wonderful photos and mosaics. Thanks for hosting. I will link up tomorrow. Enjoy your day and a great new week!

  6. You are so very lucky to live in such a beautiful place! I am jealous of all the wonders about you! Happy Mother's Day to you! Have a grand week!

  7. I remember following you while you built your beautiful house. Then I went from blogging to IG and now I am tired of IG :) Blogging is more personal and more fun really. Glad to see you still love wildlife.
    But, I don´t think you have to be alone on that lake :)
    Take care. stay safe.

  8. Three years!? Wow time flies when you live life to the fullest as the two of you do! It was fun to look back and see all the lovely photos and events over the last three years. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary! Happy Mother's Day, too.

  9. A bucket full to the top of great memories and wonderful photos of what you see. Thanks Angie, so very much appreciated.

  10. Such a wonderful view of so many wonderful views. Happy 3 years of living your dream!

  11. Such a wonderful post Angie, great memories, happy house anniversary. I don't know how you managed to decide on which photos, not an easy thing to do.

  12. What a fun review... all amazing pictures. I was taken aback by the pic from Crater makes perfect sense that there would be more than one but at first I thought you’d been to Oregon’s one and only National Park by that name )j. I think the pictures from “your” NP, Glacier, were my favorites of all the wonderful ones here. (And yes I really know and am really grateful that *all* the National Parks belong to *all* of us.

  13. What an adventure! What a wonderful place. (and going back to old posts - I have an appreciation for your blog name!)

  14. Oh wow! I don't know how you were able to narrow them down. So many beautiful images here. Such gorgeous scenery around you. A fortunate sighting of the moose and lovely photo of mama goat and her kids.

  15. Beautiful memories shared. Happy Mosaic Monday


  16. I bet it was hard to choose! I do a calendar every year, and narrowing it down is rough.
    What amazing mountains. It's so flat around here!

  17. What would we do without our brilliant hubbies? I rely on mine for some of my photos and help on the computer....oh and everything else! heehee! I've enjoyed seeing your home go up and photos of your early days in Montana! I know you love it there!

  18. Looks like you made a brilliant decision three years ago, Angie! You really do live in a little corner of paradise on earth!

  19. I remember your earlier post when you were building and moved into your house. It looks truly idyllic, and obviously a great decision. Enjoy every moment of it.

  20. Montana is so beautiful as is the whole west.. So, glad that you are happy in the destination! Thank you for sharing your photos.

  21. Wow … the home you built is fantastic! So much work but what a dream come true. And how lovely to plant an apple tree in honor of your mom and then making pies with the fruits of your labor. Your mom would be so proud!

  22. Montana is a beautiful state and it looks like you have found it to be perfect----well as long as you like snow---LOL

  23. It's obvious you don't have any regrets about moving. What majesty. It makes me want to move there too.

  24. Angie, Loved the moose video and the bear grass! Life is good. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

  25. So many glorious photos of your amazing landscape! A very big slice of heaven if you were to ask me. To wake up every morning and drink in all that beauty would be a most wonderful thing. Your beautiful home sitting pride and place in all that beauty is just perfect. Love the last photo of your husband.....yes indeed, it's a big, big country!

  26. What a gorgeous home! THe kitty, wildlife, home, hiking, lake, view, the sunsets...oh my. You must not allow visitors because I'm telling you they would not want to leave.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  27. Whoooo hooo! Happy Anniversary, Angie! You've got yourself a ruthless editor, from 93 to 39. :-) I'm very happy to take part in your Montana adventure virtually, now and then. Cheers to you and Spousal Unit!!

  28. Wow!
    So much beauty to behold. And all those glorious wildflowers to add to the overflowing cornucopia of beauty. It's enough to take my breath away. Good for you!
    And what a lovely house.
    Best Wishes

  29. Wow - what a beautiful area to live in and a gorgeous house.

  30. You chose a beautiful place for your new home.

  31. Happy Anniversary Angie. I can’t believe how those three years have rushed by. I well remember those early photos of your beginnings, the location, the plans and the sheer scale of the project. I must admit I thought you both heroic but probably partly mad!

    You have many amazing photos there to remind us and of course yourself of the wonderful changes in seasons, the scenery and the wildlife you enjoy. Yes, you were right.

    I award Full Marks to you and to Man with Hat for your stupendous joint achievement.

  32. Wow ! Time flies ~ Happy Anniversary ~ seems just a year ago or less that you posted about moving ~ Gorgeous photos and wonderful memories shared ~

    Be Well, Be safe,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  33. Beautiful places you posted. The Moose is happy in it's large freedom. Nappy Anniversary Angie.

  34. there are so many things i really loved about this live in such a beautiful place. the landscapes, the view the flowers are just amazing!! i enjoyed the video of the moose, he was very curious!! dog sledding last year looks like so much fun!! i have enjoyed going back in time these days as we are still in our stay at home order!!

  35. i forgot to say, i took pictures when we built this house, almost every day and made a scrapbook, we love looking at it!!!

  36. You are surrounded by so much natural beauty! I miss our "retirement" home in the mountains of New Mexico but not the snow. We moved to Florida to be near our youngest grandchildren but their family moved to Illinois before we even settled into our new home! We can at least look at our backyard lake when sheltered in place, but certainly cannot expect to see a moose!

  37. In terms of the pictures we all accumulate I really have to start getting brutal. I have enormous numbers, and I mean that literally, of every aspect of nature, especially of birds, broken down into subsets, the vast majority of which I will never look at again. And if I count the hours I have spent downloading and editing it really becomes ridiculous. Add to that the time Miriam has spent with her pictures too and someone should have us tested for computer syndrome, far worse that Covid-19 perhaps! And after she has edited her pictures the job of classifying and assigning to folders falls to me. As a measure of how much time this can take, and how we really have to wean ourselves away from it, Miriam still has pictures on the camera from a visit to Australia in October 2018, that she has never downloaded. I suggested to her that she delete them. We don't know what's on there, but we haven't missed what we don't know, and I certainly don't need another twenty or thirty pictures of Sulphur-crested Cockatoo to classify and file! We rarely ever take pictures of each other or of other people so there is nothing to be lost there. In fact I think that some blogs are an exercise in narcissism, people use them purely as a vehicle to post pictures of themselves ad nauseam, interesting only to themselves, I suspect. Whew! That was a long comment!

  38. Wow, what a post, fitting for three years. Beautiful house in a gorgeous setting and I love that you are living an active life. Such a collection of critters you are showing your space with as well. I guess I could put some trail cams out in greenspace behind our house but I am not sure that what they would record could be put on a family friendly blog post.

  39. What a great post. Three years went by like a breeze. Glad you are living where you want, I think that is one of the most important decisions a person can make. Lovely photos and views. Onward now to the next three years.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Angie.

  40. Wow what a great post!
    Three years in Montana and I loved all of your 32 pictures and collages!

    Keep well and have a lovely weekend.
    Where did the week go!?

    All the best Jan

  41. Wow, the autobiographical trail of your trip is amazing ... lots of exploring to very beautiful places. I see this series of photos as being invited to explore ...

  42. Finally, a post where I've already left a comment. Hurray! :)


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