02 September 2013

A Visitor for Breakfast

Yesterday morning while I was washing dishes, all of the birds that were feeding in the backyard suddenly disappeared. I was wondering what could have caused them to scatter so quickly so, when I looked out the window, I saw this guy, most likely a Sharp Shinned Hawk, sitting on the fence...

photo of a hawk sitting on our fence

Yeah, if I were a bird, I would have scattered too.

21 August 2013

A View from the Dump

A few days ago, I had to go to the Ada County Landfill to properly dispose of some hazardous waste. Every Friday and Saturday from 8:00AM- 5:00PM, you can drive up to the landfill and they will dispose of your hazardous waste (old TV's, computer monitors, paint, oil, car batteries, liquid propane tanks, etc.) The view from up there was incredible, so I thought I would share a few of the photos.

Here's a view of the road leading up to the landfill

Here's a view looking out over the valley. You can notice the smoke from the fires that are burning around our area. Most notably, the Beaver Creek Fire (by Sun Valley)

Just between the power poles, you can barely see downtown Boise. Although it is very smoky in this picture, it was much worse the day before.

17 August 2013

Saying Goodbye to Yum Yum

Picture taken of Yum Yum as my wife and daughters took her for a last walk in the yard Picture taken of Yum Yum as my wife and daughters took her for a last walk in the yard

Just before 11:00 AM on Friday, Yum Yum crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to begin her new journey: free from pain and suffering. I firmly believe that she leapt into the arms of our Lord Jesus and will be waiting for us all when it is our time to join her.

She was only with us a few short years, but the impact she had on us all, will last a lifetime. From the way she would steal Katie's seat on the couch; playing with her beloved twist ties; sitting in the sink; jumping up and hanging onto the edge of the cat tree; laying full-length on Mary's legs; sitting on the vent when she was cold; sitting in the kitchen window and watching the birds; stalking Anna while she ate her supper; laying next to me when I was saying my prayers; to walking on the kitchen counter when I was making supper, she imprinted herself on all of our hearts.

Yum Yum, the day we adopted her from the Humane Society Yum Yum, the day we adopted her from the Humane Society

Yum Yum sitting on the heat vent Yum Yum sitting on the heat vent

Yum Yum playing with her spring Yum Yum playing with her spring

Yum Yum sitting on the heat vent Yum Yum sitting in her favorite spot

Yum Yum sitting on a fan Yum Yum sitting on a fan

Koko and Yum Yum sleeping together Koko and Yum Yum sleeping together


Goodbye, Yum Yum. We all loved you dearly and even though you are no longer with us physically, you will forever be with us in our hearts.
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