Birding

Western Adventure – Day 4

And thus, the final day in Hamilton. Everyone headed to church, but because I have Key, I didn’t want to leave him in the car and went back to the Lee Metcalf refuge. From there we took a drive out to where some of Mom and Dad’s ashes are spread, which is a pretty drive. Hamilton is buzzing because the…

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Birding

Western Adventure – Day 3

Now settled in at Hamilton, for the next couples of days, it was mostly about fun. Key and I took a walk in the morning (while still cool) then met a friend of my mom’s (and me) to look at horses… …. and then the Lee Metcalf refuge… … and then more horses! After that, it was mostly visiting with…

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Birding

Western Adventure – Day 2

Friday morning Key and I woke up and quickly hit the road again. I wanted to hit the National Bison Range (north) before heading further south to see my friends. The range is one of my favorite places in Montana and I’m glad I made the effort to see it. From there I headed down to see family friends. These…

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Birding

Western Adventure – Day 1

And we’re off. As a shot marking a big journey, in the manner of the initial Polaroid of Thelma & Louise, this leaves something to be desired. But at least I remembered to take something! We got on the road and hit our first official stop around 10am on Thursday. I don’t believe I have ever stopped at Bonneville Dam,…

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Painting

Prepped, prepared, and pending

I’m on the verge (four sleeps, but who’s counting) of leaving on vacation. I’ve spend the weekend cleaning the car out and re-setting for “trip mode.” I’ve made lists and begun to pack what I can. I’ve been browsing sites to see if something better could be along the route. And frankly, I’ve driven myself nuts. I’m thoroughly sick of…

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Health, Painting

Some days you gotta rest

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I am not having the best health season. Tuesday I broke down and WENT to see the doctor. While he was very sympathetic and listened to my concerns, the diagnosis is a severe asthma flare up. I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter, if it was allergies, the COVID shots, a sinus…

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Birding, Travel

ATGNI Redux

As I mentioned last week, I am leaving for vacation within a couple of weeks. It’s long anticipated and also, right now, pretty expensive. Because, folks, I bought a new camera. Again. To be fair, it’s been over three years since my last new camera. I’ve liked it. I’ve used it. It’s certainly capable of good photos, but it has…

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Painting

Preparing for “there”

You know how they say that bad things happen in threes? Let me tell you a story and you can tell me if you think I’m done. Monday I received a notice from the Oregon Unemployment Department (more about this later) that I had an unemployment claim in. Someone is using my information to try to scan unemployment. Much form…

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Painting

Add contraband art supply dealer to my resume

This morning I sat down at my computer and received a message from my friend Ruth Buchanan. “Hey Tara. Hope you, Key, and the cats are OK. How the the art going in the new house? I have a favour to ask. I can’t get my favourite sketching pencils here at the moment. They are General Sketch and Wash (588).…

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Painting

I feel ya’

I had a pretty productive week on the painting front. Not because I was disciplined or anything like that. But I did get a little surge of inspiration. Inspiration 1 On Tuesday, a work friend (I work with awesome people) put on Facebook that she had to say good bye to her heart horse, Smoke, at 32 years old (this…

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