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Our little 'Salsa Garden' is coming along quite nicely :)

 
 
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Well here's what we started with.  This is a little patch of next to our tiny house that's been nagging at me for awhile now.  It was a little garden at one time but it's been neglected for a few years and has been overgrown with field grass.  

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I had to cut back the thick grass before I could even start turning the soil.  The grass had been so thick in there that I had to turn the soil then pull clumps of grass roots out and shake of the soil.  Good thing this was a small area because it was really tough work.  

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My handy husband watched me start this garden project then decided to dress it up a bit with some timbers that we had laying around.

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Can't work on a project like this without some of this :-)

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Here's what our project looked like when we were done.  Now it's ready for planting.  

 
 
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Good-bye for now Papa Neil.  We will miss you so much...until we see you again in heaven.  You gave so much to this world and taught your children very well.  Thank you for being the best father-in-law a woman could ever hope for.  
Rest in peace and have a wonderful adventure up there in heaven!  We love you!!!

 
 
A new little Swenson has arrived, our Great Nephew, Silus Aaron Swenson born to Mercedes Swenson.  He's perfect and completely adorable!!
 
 
Our friends, Bob & Reba, invited us to go along with them on a rafting trip along the Salmon River.  This was my first float trip along the Salmon River in a raft and Mike has done this float a few times before.  I was pretty anxious about the rafting trip but as it turns out, it was just plain fun!  No scary to it!   
Bob and Reba's daughter, Summer and her husband Kevin where on the trip too...along with their daughter.  The first 3/4 of the trip we had clouds but it turns out, that helped us from getting extra crispy in the sun.  The last leg of the trip we had nice sunshine. 
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We put in a Spring Bar about 10 miles out of Riggins and got out at Lucille.   

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Our trusty navigator, Bo,b at the oars. 

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Bob & Mike taking a relaxing moment. 

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Mike just kicking back. 

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Getting ready for a rapid!

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A little play time on the beach. 

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One very wiped out pooch!  Missy was wore out by the time we were done, and she didn't even float the whole trip with us. 

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Our casa in the mountains. 

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Relaxing at the end of our day in our nice camp, booga, booga lights in the background.  If these lights are up, you can bet Reba is your camp host. 

 
 
We took a nice float down the Weiser River in Council.  We put in at the bridge in Council then took out at the bridge on Jackson Creek Road.   This is probably the last time this year that we'll be able to float the river as the water is getting pretty low...a few more days and it will be low enough to walk down it.  On this day, it was still pretty good although it was low enough in a few spots that we had to scoot over it or drag our floats over it.  Otherwise it was a perfect day for a float trip!  If you look at some of the pictures with the river banks in it, you'll see how high the water sometimes gets in the spring.  You can see how the river flow is much higher and carves out the banks.  
 
 
We took a trip into McCall for our 2nd Anniversary celebration.  The weather was perfect and the skies were a gorgeous blue, free of clouds.   We enjoyed a nice dinner at The Mill, our favorite place to eat when we are there and enjoyed a nice walk back to our hotel after dinner. Not sure how we would have improved on that evening.  
 
 
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After Jayme's successful find of a hay swather, we were able to cut our first crop of hay this summer from the family farm in Council.  It was quite an experience for me.  We had to haul our baler up to Council from Nampa and as usual I was the driver of this interesting and unusual load!   After finding a decent replacement tire to get the baler up here, we packed up the hay rake and a kayak on one trailer, a TV in the bed of the truck and the baler in tow (a triple load) and drove the load up to Council...at no more than 35-40 mph.  A hot and slow drive but thankfully all went just fine and we made it without any problems.  THis is how it looked when we pulled out of Nampa.  Yep!  I drove that load!

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The new John Deere Swather.

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Once we arrived, Mike started baling the hay that had been cut the previous weekend to get it ready for the crew that was on their way up.

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We had great help from good friends.  Jayme rounded up Jeremiah and his wife, Tanja, and Kramer to help with the whole process. After all the hard work, everyone was starved so the girls and I came in a cooked up a big fried chicken dinner to fill all the hungry bellies! Once all the hay bales were picked up and secured on to a couple of trailers, we were on our way back to Nampa where the cows are that will feast on this harvest all winter long. 

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One of two loads we hauled back to Nampa.