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‘Twas a Dark and Stormy Night

by on Aug.25, 2009, under Seasons

I came up in the third week of August to finish up the outdoor lights on the cabin. It was sunny and hot (about 96 deg.) when I arrived, and it was good to see the sun finally set on Friday evening. At about 7:15′ish, a storm built right over the top of the ranch, and grew quickly. For the next two hours, I was treated to a pretty good lightning storm. Here are some pictures from that night.

Lightning over the South Mountain

Lightning over the South Mountain

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Installing Outdoor Lights

by on Aug.25, 2009, under Electrical

We picked up four nice lights at Lowes for $20 each.  They look kinda like a lamp you would find in an old mine.  I thought they would look good on the Littlehouse, so I went up to install them over the weekend.

Here is what we ended up with…

Outdoor Light

Outdoor Light

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Critters ‘n Such

by on Aug.25, 2009, under Seasons

On the way out of the ranch on Monday, I came across this recently deceased bull snake at the corner near the Modahl’s place.  Looks like he got squished by a truck.  It’s a shame, as they are pretty beneficial to have around, and really do no harm.

Bull Snake

Bull Snake

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Critters that Don’t Bite…

by on Aug.02, 2009, under Seasons

Alex and Hunter came along for our end-of-July trip.  They like to run around and catch critters (mostly bugs, some lizards, NO SNAKES!).  They found a Horned Toad Lizard near an ant nest.  He was pretty docile, and didn’t seem to mind being handled some.

Here is a front view…

Horned Toad Lizard - Front View

Horned Toad Lizard - Front View

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Adding Outside Outlets

by on Aug.02, 2009, under Electrical

Our trip at the end of July was not very productive.  About 10 minutes before we got to Anvil Rock Road, there was a huge thunderstorm that left hail all over the ground.  Later that afternoon, we got another pretty good storm at the ranch, so Friday was pretty well shot.  We did hear a bunch of frogs or toads across the meadow in the wash and up at the little pond at Gunners Mate Road, so that was kind of cool.  We brought the two gransons along, as they really like running around the ranch exploring.  I kind of stressed my bad knee while we were out hiking with them, so I didn’t feel much like working.

Exterior Outlet Opened

Exterior Outlet Opened

Anyway, we did get the four outside outlets installed… You can see that the sabre saw banged up the paint job pretty good, so we’ll have to touch that up this fall when it cools off a little.

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