Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ghost Story

The year that I was 13 my family bought 40 acres of beautiful property in the northeast corner of Oregon.

It had everything a family would want, a creek, a pond, gorgeous views & plenty of trees & bushes for kids to play in. It even hosted it's own resident ghost.

Mom & Dad picked out the perfect spot for a pole shed, with living quarters, that would become our temporary home, while building a log house up on the hill. Early that fall, when the evenings began to turn crisp, we noticed some mysterious occurrences.

We had moved in before drilling a well, so had no running water. Consequently we had to carry water from the pond for our menagerie of animals.

One dusky evening, while at the pond we heard people calling "Karen, Karen" We quickly packed the water in that night. It continued to happen, so there was no lolly gagging at the pond in the evenings.

Sometimes the sent of a sweaty man hung in the air.

While we, "Noisy children" where in school & Mom was at home alone, she would often have things pulled from her hands & would see a little girl sitting on the ladder leading up to the loft.

Even though I heard the calls for "Karen" I never truly believed we really had a ghost until one day in the middle of the afternoon.

The bus dropped us off as usual at the end of the driveway.

I was the first one down the driveway & to my dismay, saw a little girl running around our yard. She had long blond hair & wore a long dress.

I went in the house expecting my Mom to be visiting with a lady friend & said "Mom who's here."

We had no visitors, only a ghostly apparition, by the name of "Karen"

We believe "Karen" was a little girl from the 18 hundreds, traveling with her family. She must have become lost on the property we later purchased. Her parents ghosts have been searching for her ever since.

Children have always felt safe & comfortable around my Mom, so I believe, Karen liked to play at our house while we where in school.

Do you have any ghost story's?

Friday, October 24, 2008

New Cleaning Service

I called the local cleaning service & look at the cute little man they sent out.

He worked very hard all day!




I highly recommend "Noah Bean" cleaning services

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fabulouse Library

"The bookshop has a thousand books, all colors, hues and tinges And every cover is a door that turns on magic hinges."-Nancy B. Turner

The new Park County Library opened up October 4rth .

It is spacious, with twice as much room as the old Library.

I can imagine spending hours reading in the different nooks. Most of them have huge windows, over looking the grounds & in one there is even a fireplace.

It has a teen center, which is very hip.

A great children's department, that includes an activities room and outdoor play area.

There are gobs of computers, so you no longer have a 15 minute time limit.

There is even a cafe with an out door seating area.

Grizzly bears are the mascots of the new library. They have been painted by local artists.

The library is spectacular! If you are ever in the Cody area you must stop by & see it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lost & Found

My daughter dawn is ruining my husbands reputation as a manly man.

Being the very forgetful child she is, she has lost quite a few things this fall. First her precious cell phone, her swimming bag & the latest her pretty, little, green wallet, in which she had been carrying her dads expired drivers licence, hair clips & some Avon perfume samples.

Willie received a call from the police last night asking if he had lost his pretty, green wallet.

He replied "No, I don't think so."

They said that it had his drivers licence in it.

I went & picked it up this morning & imagine the people at the police station had quite a laugh.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Frost on the Pumkin

We are having our first winter storm of the season. It's a little early, but not unusual to have a snow storm in October. The snow is supposed to keep coming all weekend & then be up in the 50's Monday.
It seems like a great weekend to stay home, read by the fire, sew, bake & do crafty things, while sipping on hot apple cider.
Well, so many things to do. Got to go, toot-a-loo

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Beef Stew

Doesn't this look like great ingredients for beef stew. It all came out of my garden this year. Root crops seemed to do the best for some reason.

Here is the recipe:

1 pkg. stew seasoning

2 lbs. beef stew meat

3 Tbsp. flour

2Tbsp. oil 3 cups water

5 cups cut up veggies

1. coat beef with flour. heat oil in skillet. Add beef; cook until browned on all sides.

2. put all ingredients in crock pot & let cook all day

This recipe works great with wild game to. The first year we where married we had an old elk in the freezer. That meat needed to simmer all day, so it would be tender enough to chew!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I've always liked Cosmos.
Here are some I planted this year.
"How would you like to own a universe? This will probably never happen but you can grow a plant which produces "showy flowers" in an "orderly arrangement of cosmic proportions". Cosmos is the flower you should grow. Spanish priest grew cosmos in their mission gardens in Mexico. The evenly placed petals led them to christen the flower "Cosmos," the Greek word for harmony or ordered universe.