Photo Taken in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


...I just realized it's been almost a year since I've made a post. Here's a random picture to show I'm still around. It's from my mountaintop.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Frozen Mountain

When I was driving home from work yesterday morning I had a hard time taking my eyes off of the 8 that was showing for the outside temperature until I rounded the bend into Cape Fair and saw my frozen mountain. This is the best spot where you can see the Ozark hill I live upon.

It's not snow. It's just frost that coated the earth white on the high spots.

Bridgeport is a lakeside resort. The bridge you see is Highway 76 crossing Table Rock Lake.

Monday, January 5, 2015

First Snow and New Additions

We finally had our first snow yesterday and it didn't consist of much accumulation, but it sure was pretty falling.

You can really see the snowflakes much clearer in this one.

This is what most days this winter have looked like.

The woods above and Table Rock Lake below.

Considering the weather, the new additions aren't regarding the shop/house build, but rather to some new fur friends that have joined the household.

First, we have Samantha, a calico kitten, and Lily, a Yorkie mix. They are both from the Stone County Humane Society. John and Lily are BFFs and can't be separated. Samantha is like a parrot and sleeps on my shoulder or chest/neck. I've never seen such a cuddle monster of a cat in my life. They've been here since November.

I guess since they came home together, they bonded.

They spent the whole first day in bed. Samantha spent most of it under the covers where she still loves to sleep. They even ate together in the beginning.

Then a random new addition from this weekend is Vince. John named him. He's the hotel kitty.

We get strays in Branson that come around the hotel. Most of them won't let you within a mile of them, but this black and white kitty would let you pet him and he'd come running whenever he'd see me at work. A hotel guest bought a box of cat food and when it ran out, I brought in some cat food from home. My coworkers would put out sausage and eggs from breakfast for him.

I couldn't take it anymore and figured this is no life for a kitty and brought Vince home. He spent the first day on the shelf in our pantry adjusting. Now he's out and about and he's playing!

It's a new year. Happy New Year! May all you dreams come true this year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I've been meaning to post about the roof, but I've been slacking. The color is rustic. I love metal roofs and here's a pic.

The white in the shop are skylight panels and I must admit I like their look much better from the inside than the outside.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Peel Ferry

I don't believe I've posted about the ferry that runs between Missouri and Arkansas across Bull Shoals Lake. You get to it by going to Protem, MO or Peel, AR. They're both little out of the way places on the western side of the lake, not too far from Branson or Harrison. I like it because it's different. How often do you get to cross water on a ferry? Not often. And it's free.

I'd taken pictures of the Peel Ferry before, but I never got around to posting them. I know I don't see it show up in my list of Tags or in the Search Box. It's nice when another time comes around to do things you wanted to do before.

This is what the lake looked like when we pulled up on the Protem side. The ferry was on the Peel side when we arrived. The white speck off in the distance is the ferry dock on the other side, the Peel side.

Here's us waiting in our Avalanche. The sign looks a little bent up. It's windy here at Bull Shoals. Word has it that it's always like that. The ferry is ran by The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD).

The ferry approaches our side.

Taking off.

Out in the water.

We had a good conversation with the first mate on deck. Boy, did he have a traditional Arkansas accent. His dad worked on the ferry and now he does. He grew up down the road in the Peel area. I should've asked him for his pic. I almost did.

We got into a great exchange over the various crossings over the tri-lakes and he had a good one to share. Way back when him and his buddy were dating girls on the Missouri side. The boys had missed the ferry to get the girls home and had to drive the 100 miles around to cross at Bull Shoals dam. That's a good story, especially when you're sitting on the ferry looking over at Missouri on the north side and Arkansas to the south and they're not too terribly far apart from each other. But when there's water between, not much you can do.

Here's Missouri.

Here's Arkansas.

We're approaching our destination.

The captain or pilot.

You reach the Peel Ferry from Highway 125.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cat's In The Bag

There's no great secret or surprise being kept. It's just Hawthorne in a Cracker Barrel bag. She loves bags and boxes.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cathedral Ceiling Rafters

I'm very excited about this post. When John was doing the rafters over the house, I was thrilled. I just loved the way they looked when I'd drive to and from work.

There's going to be cathedral ceilings over the house.

 Sunlight shining in.

There's a loft too.

See the pretty trees that surround.

This will go out to a balcony.

The walk up the drive.

Notice Hawthorne in the bottom of the picture. I didn't realize until later that John is at the top of the picture. You have to zoom in to see him.

And not to be outdone by the cat, there's Ponca peeking through the doorway.

You may have lost faith, but it's coming along quite nicely. We're not under the time crunch we once were and there's no pressure. Better to enjoy the building journey along the way than rush.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Trusses and Mailbox

The trusses are up over the shop. Where the tractor is sitting is nice and level. There were huge piles of dirt there. Now it's ready for a patio.

The mailbox is down the lane.

I love the cedar log. It's so pretty and reflects my style. We chose a huge mailbox because I love to shop online. As I put it, "I like happy mail."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

House/Shop Update

Things are coming along. We have walls all around and a roof over the downstairs living area. The biggest news is that we have the walls up on the second story. That was a job that required some manpower. This morning John went down the mountain looking for some help. Folks on the road below us are building a workshop/garage and the three builders came up and gave John a hand lifting the second story walls. It's wonderful to see them up.

Just a little explanation of the design. The living end is two stories. There's 18 x 30 down and 18 x 30 up for 1080 sf of living space. The large open one-story end is John's woodshop. It's 30 x 34 for 1020 sf. There'll be a total of 2100 sf when we're done.

That's roughly half the size of the lake house right across the road where we still live. It's for sale, a beautiful 4300 sf bargain at $216,500, if you know someone who wants to be an Ozark Mountains Table Rock Lake dweller. And we're your neighbors.

Another important development is utilities. We have electric, which is great for giving the neighbors a break from listening to the generator. We have water too. Internet and phone is in place, just a phone call to hook it up when needed. Septic will be coming soon.

The rains gave way and it's been HOT. I encourage John to take it easy and wait for Autumn temperatures. Again, it's amazing what a person can accomplish. I'm very impressed.