Saturday, January 7, 2017

Idaho updates December 2016

Well...turns out this is a record snowfall year here in SW Idaho...more than 15" of snow on the ground and it's been on the ground since December 15th!

When we did our research and found this area of Idaho, called the Treasure Valley, the weather reports were "mild winters". Here's what said about the area...

Located in the heart of Idaho's Treasure Valley, or "Banana Belt," Nampa enjoys a mild climate year-round. Its high desert location is bordered to the north by the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and to the south by the Owyhee Mountains.  Winter lows average 20.2° F. Nampa's winters are mild, with minimal snowfall. Blizzards are rare, and snow that does fall rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days. 

Average Temperatures:January, 20.2° F; July, 92.0° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 21.4 inches of snow

However, it's gotten insanely cold and LOTS of snow that is not going away. Fortunately, our coach has great insulation so it's nice 70 degrees inside.

Minus 13 below !

Top of the coach BEFORE shoveling

half-way done shoveling

RV park picnic tables

Every morning...need to scrape and brush
...even had to buy a snow shovel

Some lovely photos available though

Our RV Park

Could not see the I got the RV park !

Look at the icicle going down the pole !

Of course, Christmas came during this time but we played it low-key....we're already spending a lot of money on the new house...but we still got some presents in and some gorgeous local lights.

One of Kim's presents

my traditional Christmas underwear!
The local town, Caldwell, does a wonderful light show downtown. It is about 6 blocks along the creek that you can walk....that is, if you bundle up.

Katie loved all the lights

We decided to do mac-n-cheese for Christmas this year. Katie approved.

Yummy !
This is BEFORE the big snowstorm!

The happy family

Making...or trying to make...a snow angel

We bought a heated hose so our water never freezes but you can see how it's all melted around it.

One of our 4 daily walks.

Katie doesn't mind the snow at all. 

Look who's inside nice and warm and toasty !

Katie is anxiously waiting for Mom to return

This is her favorite place to lay when we're watching TV.

Isn't this the cutest dog in the world !!??

The house update:
The cold weather is making it so that everything outside is on hold. The brick work got started but then they had to stop. We got our well dug...down 525 feet !....but cannot get the trench dug to the house for the water pipe because the ground is frozen 22 inches down. 

But, inside work is gaining momentum. The interior painting has been done and the carpentry and trim work has been completed. We got our cabinets in last week but, when they came out, they could not get down our street because it had not been plowed. The company had to send out a snow plow!

Next week, we get our quartz counter tops, the shower and master bathroom tile will be done. Then, the plumber, the HVAC and the appliance go in. We're getting close !

The large space in the middle is for the frig, the pantry entrance to the right and the entrance from the garage is to the far left.

We have two kitchen islands for food and cooking

Kim's 12'x12' pantry !
Here's our current pantry !

Master bathroom tile floor

Master bathroom shower tile

Outside brick work....the pattern is called "Georgetown"

The outside painting is done. We have a tan bottom and "champagne" color for the scallops above and Hunter Green for the trim. The brick for the posts out front will be done when the weather warms up. The roof is pretty much done as well.

We had a few nights to do some puzzles....We like 500 large pieces.

All of you Florida people are having a great time I bet ! 75 degrees !!!!

Hopefully we'll be posting our next entry from INSIDE our nice, new warm house.

Keep in touch.


Friday, November 25, 2016

House progress and new phone number

...thought you'd like to see our house construction progress....

Here's the initial site with only the land.

then with walls and dormers

This one was taken 11/23 with most of the front siding on.

...and this morning we took this one that shows the front siding and the scallops.

The scallops are the decorative siding above. We'll be painting the green siding with our own colors.

The electrical. HVAC, and plumbing rough are all done inside as is the insulation. The septic and leech fields are done and covered up. Back deck is almost done.

We'll be starting the exterior painting next week and drywall as well. And the well is being dug. It will probably go down 500 feet to get to good water!

Oh....we'll be changing our phone number to a local 208 area code soon so our 916 phone number will be inactivated. As soon as we get the new number, we'll send out an email.

...and no blog entry is complete without some Katie photos...she's up to 10 lbs. now.

Waiting on Thanksgiving turkey..."can't you hurry Dad"?

Katie's new winter coat...had to be pnk.

Out for a walk to show off her new coat

Katie, the goat and the horses....WOOF WOOF !

She LOVES my shoes.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Peek-A-Boo, Idaho

Actually, the town is called Picabo, but pronounced Peek-A-Boo. The population is 128 souls in the surrounding 40 square miles consisting mostly of large ranches and irrigated fields. We stayed two nights and today I took a walk down the dirt road to the fly fishing river, Silver Creek, a mile each way.

Location of Picabo in relation to Yellowstone to the east and Boise to the west.

The nearest flowing stream is Silver Creek, a scenic spring-fed tributary of the Little Wood River, a key source of irrigation water for eastern Blaine County. The pristine Silver Creek is renowned among fly fisherman and was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who enjoyed hunting and fishing along the stream with local rancher Bud Purdy. The name "Picabo" supposedly derives from a Native American term translated as "silver water".

Looking west across the valley 
Looking back towards our RV park

The Silver Creek, upriver

The Silver Creek, upriver

Towards the southern hills

Heading home


Everyone wanted to watch... I walked by....

....and on the way back too
Two magnificent horses

One decided to look at me.

Our spot with the southern hills in the distance

Our spot

Katie wanted to "talk" to the sheep in the field in front of our coach but they were too shy.

We've been discovering that Idaho is gorgeous ! Scenic ! Way better than we expected ! ...can't wait to explore more of it in the years to come.

thanks for viewing....