A nod to the ol’ timers

A nod to the ol’ timers

I was on a walk around our little town awhile back and it made me wonder. How many of us appreciate the trades men and women (got to keep it politically correct….) of yesteryears? Our downtown was built before most of us were born. Segments of an old bridge are still there to admire, an old generator on display on the north west side of city hall. I invite you to tour your town with a new set of eyes….

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The Idahoan

The Idahoan

(Tips for the prospective Idahoan.) For you the prospective Idahoan. We already covered the Idahoan’s staple food. The Huckleberry. Now let’s cover the actual Idahoan itself. We already know, generally speaking, that the Idahoan is a blunt, kind, and a patriotic critter. What you may not know about the Idahoan, it is perplexing, is that they are never happy yet full of joy. Now the Idahoan is constantly changing their minds. You will hear them complain….. A LOT! So these…

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Follow up comlaint

Follow up comlaint

(Also taken from North Idaho Life post I put up) I have a FORMAL COMPLAINT (From the Raul portion of this account). I would appreciate it if someone could pay attention to it this time. Some time back I requested you folks stop putting beautiful photos which entice my family to Idaho. I was assured “the contest” was ending soon and the flood of photos would slow. WELLLLLL they didn’t. They continued. Then this guy Keith gets my kids involved…

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A plea to an Idaho Group…

A plea to an Idaho Group…

(This was originallyposted on North Idaho Life on Facebook on March 30, 2016) *Click North Idaho Life to go to the original post* If this doesn’t fit here go ahead and remove: I am the Raul portion of this account. I’m here writing today to file a complaint. First, a bit of background. My wife, my kids and I had gone out to CDA on a truly random road trip from the plains of Fargo/Moorhead. I’ll be the first to…

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The Huckleberry…

The Huckleberry…

(Tips for the prospective Idahoan.) Huckleberries. A strange little thing. The quickest way to start a war or thank a North Idahoan revolves around this strange little berry. If you would like to offend the Idahoan I can give you the quickest route. The Huckleberry. As in my previous post (on North Idaho Life), I informed you the Idahoan is a fiercly patriotic/loyal creature; to their country, state and county. But that pales in comparison to how a North Idahoan…

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We killed all of them?

We killed all of them?

Bees are truly incredible creatures! As you may have read in my wife’s post earlier, our bees were doomed. It was sad. Our package starving, likely with bee dysentary, a third dead. Then the weather was against them. Cold and raining for a week!  We were like new parents. Sure that everything we did was wrong, that we had doomed these little critters! Then, we fearfully checked the hive. They were clustered. Barely any syrup consumed. In our minds….. goners. …

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Our lovely Marmot tent

Our lovely Marmot tent

Who would have thought that I could love a tent as much as I do? Our  Marmot Halo 6 person tent has been used for several years now, and it very quickly became our favorite. We have used several other name brand tents in the past, but there has always something that broke easily or was inconvenient about them. This tent has been amazing.  The poles are STRONG. There are tabs on the corners that are color coded, allowing  you…

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Our seasons first package of bees installed

Our seasons first package of bees installed

Unfortunately the night before we picked our package of bees up, there was a big freeze and the bees were left unprotected in the back of the suppliers truck.   About 1/3 of our bees were already dead when we picked them up. The supplier did not offer to discount our package-  which was our first red flag. Unfortunately, package bees are very weak already- as they’re unprotected, without any “home” or honey stores and already stressed being with a…

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Homeschooling freedom.

Homeschooling freedom.

We thank God for the ability to raise our kids in this beautiful state.    Not only is the area we live and learn in breathtakingly gorgeous- but our state has some other qualities that makes it the ideal place to raise our children. The primary reason for our moving here would have to be the freedom we  have in homeschooling here.  Even though Minnesota wasn’t really a horrible place to homeschool- Idaho had more freedom in doing so. Here in Idaho, we aren’t required to contact our school district each…

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GSI Outdoors camp dishes for everyone! 

GSI Outdoors camp dishes for everyone! 

We recently put a post up on Facebook stating that we would be replacing all of our stoneware with enameled steel camp dishes. I bet some people probably thought we were joking,  but I was serious. I have bought 2 different sets of nice stoneware dishes… and we have destroyed all of them. I have 6 settings left from my last collection that have gotten by with only minor chipping. When you consider I started out with 12 sets, it’s…

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