The Water

I was perusing through the photos that Steph brought back from Tennessee and came across this one of her 14 year old grandson, Dillan. I don’t know about you but this kid looks like a young Elvis to me. Presley was born in Mississippi and grew up in Memphis. Dillan was born in Washington and has grown up in Tennessee. Maybe it’s the water?

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Wild Ride

My little buddy lets his hair grow long but the ride to school this morning must have been particularly wild. Judging from the smile I assume it was enjoyable…

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Tree Down

I came home for lunch today and found a tree down. This was a key young tree that helped block the view of Ski Hill Road and we’re sorry to see it go. What’s more concerning is that the base looks rotted out and definitely needs an autopsy by a specialist. I think we should just let her stay there until that happens…

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Flow

I realized this morning that I hadn’t run the new carb/header setup on my truck past 45mph so I took her out for a spin. Once we pulled out of Tetonia into the 65 zone I let her loose. She rapidly shot up to 3300 at 75mph and roared like a lion. Maybe I should get a muffler I thought briefly before quickly discarding the thought from my mind. This old girl runs! I pulled into Lookout Point, shut her off, and popped the hood. There was minimal heat and the clakety clack noise I used to hear as the emissions hardware cooled down was completely gone. I closed the hood, smiled broadly, then took this photo of the Teton River over it’s bank. Who cares about that…

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On Her Chair

Piper has quite the morning routine. At 0400 with the moon shining bright through my bedroom window I hear that meow. If I ignore her she jumps up on my tall bed (which is getting harder for her every day) and walks over my body. She waits patiently while I do my stretch and prayers and then we head to the kitchen. Piper likes to walk (waddle) in front of me as if she’s leading me.

I start the coffee, turn on my computer, open the garage door and flash the driveway lights to scare off any large animals and out she scampers. When she comes back in she gets her gravy, her stomach massage, her back brushed, her treats, her lap time, and then off to bed on her chair where she sleeps the rest of the day.

Which strongly begs the question “Who’s got who trained“?

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June 9

This day always tugs at my heart a bit, it’s the birthday of someone I lost touch with many years ago. Today she turns fifty and as I extended my body this morning in prayer, I sent out a special one in her direction. Happy birthday great.

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New Carb

Our mechanic Bob came through big time for me this week and installed this gorgeous little Weber Carburetor that I bought off Amazon. My sweet little travel truck is purring (actually, I should say roaring) and ready to roll this summer.

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Springs Stop

I’ve got a new first stop going on down at Teton Springs. It’s pretty cool cruising through all the million dollar homes sitting on a gorgeous golf course early in the morning. I pull up right to the curve at Headwaters Grill and wait for my ride to emerge from the resort area. I’m learning all sorts of good stuff about the place, like the $400 plus room rates and the type of people that can afford it.

I’ll take my $25 a night Laughlin Nevada rate any day…

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Marker Pond

I’ve been staging in the morning at the Teton Range marker since I don’t have to go to Hatches Corner. It’s a nice little park area with lots of shade and today I walked across Hwy 33 to grab a shot of the pond:

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Butternut Chicken

I really don’t like cooking for myself, but today I figured I better whip up something I can eat for a couple of days, so here’s my new creation, Butternut Chicken:

I started with a large butternut squash that I cut in half, placed face down in a baking dish with water, and cooked at 350 for 1.3 hours. The free range organic expensive chicken breasts were cut into pieces, seasoned with sea salt and ground pepper, coated with a flour, cornmeal and flax seed mixture and then browned in grape seed oil.

I sauteed some onion, mushrooms and garlic up, which I overcooked a bit because I was busy flipping chicken, but they came out pretty tasty. When the squash was ready I stripped the skin off and mixed it up in a bowl with a little organic maple syrup. I put that mixture back in the baking dish, layered the chicken on top and then finished off with the saute. Then I baked it at 350 for 20 minutes. This is my own recipe btw…

It came out great! You can see more pictures by clicking on the photo below.

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