A trip back to the little red house.

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We had a holiday weekend and decided to head up north. We are redoing my husband’s office and turning it into a little bedroom, and we needed an extra bed we had up at the little red house.

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Our trip up north this time was not an easy one. Our neighbors here in the city were leaving that weekend as well, which left us with no one with experience with chickens to watch our little chicks.

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Since we couldn’t find anyone to watch our new baby chicks, we loaded them up with us. I did not want to leave baby chicks with anyone that doesn’t know chickens. They are so tiny I am afraid we are going to loose a couple of the small ones and I didn’t want one of our neighbors or friends feeling guilty or sad if that were to happen. It is bad enough when I am sad about that.

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With chicks, one spoiled and jealous cat, two teens and two adults, it was a little crowded in our truck on the drive up north. It also didn’t help that the road into town once you hit the dirt road was rough again. I really wish someone would upgrade that road. There have been a lot of loggers hauling out logs, thinning the forest to cut down on the wildfires we have been having lately, which has caused a lot of damage on an already damaged road. Most people avoid this beautiful little valley because of that road.

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When we finally made it to the little red house and everything was still there, we were happy to be done with that three-hour drive. I am sure those chicks were wondering what all that bumpiness was about.

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Driving up that road into town, we are always happy to see the little red house is still there, like it has been waiting for our visit patiently. We decided a long time ago to stick with found, re-cycled and cheap second hand items to fix that place up with, so as not to get upset if it ever came up missing. Things are just things…it is people that matter.

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We not only had to get that extra daybed up there (have you noticed the prices of furniture lately) but we also had to finish packing up everything inside for those Winter months. It snows up there, not a lot, but it can still get pretty cold.

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I always love to hear news about what goes on in town. It is so different from what we hear about in the city, which is kind of scary right now. In town we hear the cute stories about the little potbelly pig from Cherry creek store. Sometimes the little pig gets out and crosses the street to check out the horses at Deadbroke Inn and Saloon. A horse at the saloon was not too happy and let the little pig know, so the pig went back home, but he still wanders on over now and them, keeping his distance of course and stares at those horses. I think he wants to be friends.

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The news this trip wasn’t much. During the Fall and Winter things slow down some. Our neighbors got two new pets, two llamas. The only restaurant in town will be closed for two months starting in December, which will not be easy on the people in town. It is nice to go out once in awhile for a nice dinner. Our friend had an accident fixing his tin roof and fell and broke his hip. They have to helicopter you out up there to our hospitals in the city. People ask us why we have a helicopter insurance sticker on our truck when we are in the city and we explain that there are some places where you need a helicopter to get to a hospital. Our friend is back home now recuperating and hopefully he will be back to normal soon.

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We stopped off at the town library to say hello. This is the place to find out what is going on that weekend. There is a little bulletin board out front with postings of help wanted and a Thanksgiving potluck at the cowboy church that all are welcomed to attend.

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I got to hear about who won my basket give away I left for the local kids. It was a drawing for a basket filled with tons of craft supplies. Every book a child read would earn them a ticket for the basket drawing. A little girl won and she will be sharing fun times making little handmade items with her family and sister. I had another basket to drop off for this trip as well. I have a ton of craft supplies I was getting rid of from my closet remake (I will post about that later), thought it would be nice to encourage reading by having a giveaway.

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We drove around dropping off Christmas cards and baskets filled with Swedish cookies (click here for recipe) to friends and neighbors, a very early Christmas gift. Last year we couldn’t deliver gifts until Easter because the roads were closed from all the snow they got that year (click here for Easter story)

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We forgot to pack beans from the city but thankfully we had some stored up there. We got out our crock pot and made some beans for dinner to go with fresh homemade salsa, and tostadas…an easy meal to prepare and pack. The chicks were put into the bathtub with the heating lamp on; did I mention how cold it gets up there, I am just another desert rat I guess…I hate the cold. I figured the bathtub would be easy to clean up, so that’s where the baby chicks spent the night.

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We had to block the bathroom door with a little boat shelf to keep Alley out, the bathroom door does not close all the way, you have to lock it from the other side to keep it closed (hey, the home is old, it’s from the 40’s). I still caught Alley in the act of visiting the babies when the door was completely opened. Thank goodness, she is just curious for now.

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We got up at 5am for the drive back to the city, it was cold and dark, but the traffic was non-existent, so that was nice.

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I hope our next trip does not involve taking chickens because that was exhausting. We are back in the city now, chickens are outside scratching for worms, our cat is angry at us for that trip, curled up in her favorite spot, with her back turned to us of course. She will be like that for a week. Now we have to get that office done and Christmas is just around the corner. I know what I want for Christmas…more hours in the day.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely post and that was a great idea for what you did with the basket for the kids at the library! Way to get them reading! There is a world of wonder in reading. I Love to read, I always have a book in my hand or laying around some where or a couple open amd reading!

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    1. Thanks, it is so important that kids read. My father never learned how to read and I always felt sad for him because he missed out on so much because of that. He loved Star Trek and I always thought about all those science fiction novels I knew he would have enjoyed reading. I like to think he is reading up in Heaven now all those books he missed out on reading down here.

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  2. And I hope your chicks will be okay! Hoping and praying!

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    1. Thank you. In the city we get our chicks from the feed stores and I believe they were sold to us too early, so be careful of that. One lady bought her chicks online and half showed up dead, so she drove down to the city to buy some in person. She bought 90 chicks. This was someone in line at the store with my husband. I hope her chicks are okay also, she had seven kids with her and she was raising some chickens for meat and some for eggs.

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  3. This is such a nice read. It’s a blessing to hear that there are still close knit communities no matter if they are a little more spread out. Praying your neighbour heals quickly, and that Alley doesn’t stay mad for too long lol. I’m not much for cold weather either but that picture of your farm with the snow was beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, I never knew how hard it was to be around snow and ice. We got stuck up there once and the pipes froze so we couldn’t get water from our well and the bathroom was out of order. We did not have snow chains or a generator, just an old cookstove to burn wood in to keep us warm. It was an adventure we called the storm of the century. That one is quite an interesting story to tell. Our friend and neighbor got us out of that situation and he is the one healing right now. Him and his wife helped another family that night who got stuck in the storm ( they were from Alaska) they ended up spending the night in the Saloon. We were all warm and toasting that night and safe so that’s what matters most in the end. Our friend is doing better the last I heard. Alley is still mad at those chicks though.

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      1. What a great story! I mean sorry it happened but it’s a good story, you know what I mean :):) It always makes me wonder, how did they do it with out all the modern conveniences we have. But then again, they probably were always prepared because they didn’t have all the things we are use to lol That’s good your neighbor is healing. Poor Alley hahaha.

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  4. Just saw this post and love it ! Especially the Swedish cookie recipe ! Still know those cookies from the time we lived in Sverige 2015/2016…..and just love your Dalarna horse…that is sooo Swedish 🙂 !! Don’t have all the ingredients here at the moment but will get them and then go for those cookies (as if I haven’t gained enough weight already 😉 ) Best wishes and a happy healthy 2018 !!

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    1. Those Swedish cookies are yummy, the original recipe calls for Maple syrup in place of corn syrup. Corn syrup is everywhere and easier to find so that is the recipe I used. The Maple syrup is the best though. I also add a couple teaspoons of milk if it is super dry. We do love our milk. I started making those cookies when I was 12 years old. It’s a once or twice a year treat that my Italian mother-in-law would love to have every week.

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