moose sightings and other happenings

Posted on October 6th, 2015 by mountain girl  |  5 Comments »


It’s been a while since I’ve shown my bloggy face in these parts, but we’re alive and well and loving our lengthy fall season. We’ve been seeing lots of moose strolling nonchalantly around, as if they belong here in the mountains or something.  David sighted this cute and cuddly bull moose (and got this awesome shot) Sunday morning after he took Caleb to work, and also spotted a cow a few days earlier.

Cash and I got our own moose fix when we dropped Zia off at school last week.  As we pulled out of the parking lot, a bull with a huge rack came lumbering along the road beside a line of parents in their cars.  The moose around here look so comical juxtaposed with civilization, as if they’ve been Photoshopped into the scene, and they don’t even seem to notice the humans at all.


Zia finished her 4-week dance class at school and had a recital Thursday evening.  It incorporated jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. The hip-hop was very funny, and the teacher was really energetic and good-natured, considering she is new to the mountains (and lack of oxygen) and very pregnant. 🙂

(Zia is in the middle in black.)


Sunday morning brought a white blanket to our land.  When we stepped outside, we realized it wasn’t snow (yayayyayay!!!) but hail.  A sigh of relief passed through us–winter hasn’t poked its hoary head out yet.  Compared to last year’s summer snow, we are having a very long, very awesome fall.  Someone from down below just complained to me about “a stretch of 90 degree days in September? I’m tired of sweating all day at work!”  My, what a terrible problem.


Our new counter tops are being installed Friday.  I am really excited about launching these motley slate-blue-rust laminate counters out the door.  Not that I’m complaining–they’ve been great–but I’m just really psyched about the black and white quartz and granite coming in, along with that nice big copper sink that’s been patiently waiting in the basement.


David has been working in the kitchen over the past weeks, pulling out the stove and cabinets to form a bigger island for the stove, tearing off trim and repainting exposed areas. I whittled the edges of a new 1″ x 4″ trim for the bathroom door to take the place of the old trim piece that had been notched to fit around the counter top.


I’m reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron again (and this time I’ll finish it 🙂 ) and I just finished Letters to a Young Artist by the same author, a practical instruction manual for artists (in the form of personal letters from an old codger of an artist to a flippant young one) that is profound and beautifully simple all at once–such a good read.


Right now I’ve got two pumpkins in the oven–destined to become pie–a vanilla-clove candle burning in the kitchen, and the sun coming over the mountains in front of me.  My boy is calling me to help build his marble run, so I’d better go.


Hope you’re loving your fall as much as I’m loving mine. 🙂

5 Responses to “moose sightings and other happenings”

  1. Kim says on :

    Fall looks good in your part of the world. Enjoy.

    Love that moose 🙂

  2. Carlin says on :

    Love the shot of the moose! It looks so fallish there (and cold) – we are so far behind! Glad things are good for you.

  3. Mimi says on :

    Papa and I so enjoyed the pics and the wonderful video of our little Zia! Love to watch her move around and I think the pregnant instructor stole the show…hahahaha! Can’t wait to see the counter tops installed. Love, Mimi

  4. Roger says on :

    Hi Mia,
    Love your blog and Moose picture. Especially loved seeing your bright, beautiful Children.
    Zina is precious!

    Been thinking about a move, but only tossed the idea around with Larry, as of yet, no one else. We’d all go together, I’m certain.

    You all have a great life!

    Love and blessings!

  5. Jennifer Miller says on :

    My dad was up at our house up there and videoed a moose walking through the front yard! Of course I wasn’t there so I only got to see the video.