Just another day in Paradise…?

30 Apr

Life isn’t without it’s obstacles, eh?

Most of my readers know that my family is currently in the Pacific Northwest, establishing the required network of ISBU Conversion Facilities for the production of Oil/Gas Housing and Remote laboratories, State Government Remote Testing facilities, Commercial Real Estate buildings (think “Company Towns”) and (gasp!) Family Residences while the likes of Yahoo and CNBC sing our praises like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!!

As we do that, we’re struggling with acclimating to strange digs, establishing the necessary services and trying to remember to stay healthy.

It’d probably go to our heads, if we weren’t spending most of our time worshiping the porcelain throne…

Okay, so we’re not doing great in the “healthy” department…

Our systems, used to the balmy South, weren’t prepared for biting cold, snow, sleet and change in humidity. As a result, we’re a bit under the weather right now. Like a gallstone… it’ll pass… LOL!

While we’re taking our meds and doing our “frontier work”…

.. we’re watching the rivers (you can’t drive more than a few miles in any direction without crossing one) overflow their banks due to the bizarre fluctuations in temperature that we’re seeing here.

Today was gloomy and cold. Yesterday it snowed (okay, just a wee bit). The day before that it rained. The day before that… it was 80 degrees.  What the heck?

Can you say “run-off”?

The rivers are indeed overflowing their banks.

Even with acres of graze covered in inches of water, it’s a beautiful,  amazing site. Wildlife is EVERYWHERE you look. I have never felt so at peace… when my head isn’t swimming.

The mountains look like oil paintings.

Wild Deer and Elk herds stretch as far as you can see…

I’m not kidding. You have to chase them out of your gardens.

You find wild turkeys and rabbits in every organic hue imaginable your front yard – right out of a Disney movie. Pheasant are constantly  standing around posing like portraits in an old “latenite TV”  Men’s Club Lounge…

You get the idea.

This is a land filled with hearty, grass roots people, living with the land and getting it’s measure in exchange for toil and sweat. People who take a careful measure of time and materials and then they use both to fulfill their needs and dreams…

This is a land filled with barns… hundreds of them, built by families to house man, beast and machinery.

You’d be amazed at what you can find if you just jump in your truck and drive along the river in any direction, for a few miles…

Next time, we’ll talk about barns…

I like barns.

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3 Responses to “Just another day in Paradise…?”

  1. Amanda J. April 30, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    WOW! That’s some serious weather changing!!! How long more are you there for? I am so enthused about building a container home for my family now, I hang on every word you say lol !! I have followed through on many of your fantastic-no bullshit links and am more and more enthralled!! Can’t wait to get started! Thanks for keeping this blog, so interesting!

    Amanda :-)

  2. Andrea Blackwell May 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Yeah, welcome to the Pacific Northwest. I moved from the heart of California and it took a bit for my system to adjust, but after a trip back to where I grew up, I realized I’ve finally become an Oregonian. Hope you feel better!

  3. madrigorne May 2, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    I like barns too! I need to make you guys some soup and sweaters. Poor dears.

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