It’s Back

We had five glorious days with almost no smoke and cooler temps. Saturday the heat and smoke came back. Today, Sunday–the smoke is really awful–we can’t even see the foothills from the house. Rain is in our forecast for mid week and we are hoping the forecasters are right this time!

No mountains to be seen!

The Cowboy is making great progress with the fencing–the last couple days he has only worked until about noon–way too hot out there and now it’s smokey again.

In the past I made a lot of my own clothes–lined jackets, blouses, skirts, etc. For some reason I quit–patterns were strangely sized, I had more disposable income–who knows but I quit. I’ve seen women my age wearing knee length, short or sleeveless dresses in summer and they always looks so nice. So, I ordered a pattern and yesterday I made a dress using some of that quilting fabric I have. I like the dress. Today I began cutting out another one–a longer dress which I also like but made from a stretchy cotton with spandex–not sure why I bought that fabric but an entire bolt was on my shelves.

The Cowboy was to have had two Mohs procedures for skin cancer on his face on Friday at Billings Clinic dermatology. On Wednesday the phone rang and it was a man who said, “is Michael almost here?” Seems they thought his appointment was on Wednesday–nope! I did not receive any reminder calls for an appointment on Wednesday which Billings Clinic always does, sometimes even twice! We live 100 miles from Billings and if we have multiple appointments I try to schedule them on the same day. I scheduled the Mohs procedures and my haircut for Friday–not Wednesday! So of course they had no time available on Friday nor on any day the first part of next week. We have plans so now the procedures have been delayed until September 1. GRRRRR!!

One lonely sunflower attempting to grow in the hard, dry dirt near the garage. The grasshoppers ate my other sunflower that came up in the flower bed–ate everything but the stalk!
Another nice whitetail buck!

I’ve been writing a blog since 2008 and it’s become a chore instead of something I enjoy. I’ve kept a journal for years and will go on keeping that journal but it will no longer be public as of September 1, 2021. We thank you all so much for following along with us during our RVing days and now our restoration days. The restoration of the house in Arizona is almost finished and it’s time for this blog to be finished also.

89 thoughts on “It’s Back

  1. Janna!!! please keep in touch. I know we do see each other now and then via email and I am so sad that of the 5 blogs I read, one of them is leaving. I do so understand about the chore aspect of blogging, though, and I certainly don’t do it that often. I try to keep up with once a month. I journal as well, or take notes I should say, nothing like I used to. Back in the days of angst and hormones and young kids and all the “stuff” that somehow has receded to the farthest reaches of memory. Journaling isn’t nearly as necessary with a life that is mostly calm except for health stuff. Now you have made me realize I still haven’t blogged about our coastal trip last week. Time to get busy.

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    1. I’m going to journal online so that it’s searchable as I do with the blog–we like going back–reading and seeing photos of our past experiences. Thanks for keeping up with us Sue!

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  2. Sorry to hear you decision. I have so enjoyed your blog. I do hope so day you return. If not good luck and enjoy life.

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  3. I love your dress. I have one that I wear around the house. I am sooo going to miss your blog. But I totally understand. I still blog because there are things I want to remember. But during the winter my blogging slows to a crawl. Good luck and have a great life. You will be missed.

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  4. Oh! I’m sorry the blog has become a hardship….I’ve just started following you and I feel like I know you through our mutual friends. Will you still post on FB from time to time? When we first started traveling I blogged every single day without fail, but now I’ve settled down to posts when something of interest (to friends) occurs or when we see something interesting. I’ll miss you. Perhaps we’ll meet face to face this winter when we’re in Catalina SP. Thanks for letting us into your lives..

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    1. Not really a hardship, just something I don’t enjoy doing any longer. And in this day and age it makes me a little nervous to know the whole world knows what we are doing! I also used to blog every single day then went to twice weekly. I do so hope we can meet this winter–we want to meet Gay and Joe too–I think you know those guys?

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  5. I am so going to miss your blog! Only found you a short time ago but always looked forward to you posting! I understand when something becomes a chore. Please update us once in a while. Blessings for both of yall

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  6. Oh no…..I am sad to hear this. I don’t read a lot of blogs anymore like I once did but yours was one of the few I kept up with. It’s almost like losing touch with an old friend. We have known you and Mike for pretty well all of our RVing years. Not a lot of us ‘old-time bloggers’ left anymore from the good old blogging days a decade ago. Yes, I feel very sad tonight. I do hope you throw in some updates from time to time and keep in touch. If we ever get ourselves on the road again we will be sure to drop in to see you in Arizona.

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    1. Thanks so much Al. I remember the morning Mike said, “your blog made the sidebar of Al’s!!” So exciting. All good things seem to come to and end and for me blogging is just something I have no interest in doing. So hope that border opens soon and we can see you guys in Arizona!

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  7. Ah shoot, I will miss you too. I really liked your beautiful quilting projects. And all the amazing updates to your former wreck of a house in Az. Thanks for the many years of blogging.

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  8. Janna, the dress is beautiful! Maybe you’ll have more free time to sew and do other things you enjoy. I completely understand how the blog has run it’s course. You may want to visit again with a new hobby.
    Hope they keep an eye on Cowboy’s skin cancer. It can be dangerous.
    So sorry for the dry conditions and the smoke.
    Hope it clears soon.
    Always hot in TX but we have been experiencing a cooler Summer with periodic rain.
    Until next time. Stay safe.
    Thank you for the tips on plantar fascitis. Haven’t tried yet but need to try everything. Still painful.

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    1. Thanks Deb! It was fun to be sewing again. These are basal cell cancers and not as dangerous as the squamous cell ones. Yes, it’s always hot in Arkansas too but they have been getting rain. Still no more plantar fasciitis for me after I found those shoe inserts!

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  9. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for years and will greatly miss it. You were kind of a weather reporter for me. What weather you got in Montana usually got to us in Nebraska in a couple days. Especially in the winter. Crazy, huh?

    I got a couple calls from a clinic saying they were calling about instructions for Lawrence about his radiology appointment tomorrow. Tried calling the number to let them know they had the wrong number, no Lawrence here. Got some garbled message about roaming and needed to arrange for payment. Hung up. Lawrence is on his own!

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  10. Oh, gosh, I will really miss your blog and your beautiful photos. Plus the constant buying and selling of RVs – I always got such a kick out of that. But I remember when I made the same decision that you have just made. No point in going forward with something that is no longer fun for you. I certainly hope you will continue to stay in touch on Facebook.

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  11. OH GOSH!!! I will miss your blog with its beautiful photos and your updates. But I do realize it would be tough to keep doing it with all the other things life holds nowadays. Please stay well and enjoy life. It’s the only one we’ve got!!
    Don in Okla.

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  12. Oh, please tell me it isn’t so!!
    I’m so sad to know we won’t know how you are and
    follow your adventures.
    I don’t do Facebook but hoping you do a update along.
    Isn’t that possible for all us followers that feel
    like friends? ❣️❣️❣️
    Will miss this connection tremendously .
    Blessings to you both. 🥰

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    1. I may figure out a way to do a periodical update using people’s email addresses–which I have from your comments–the email address is hidden and only I can see it. And yes, our followers are friends–we’ve always thought so!

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  13. So sorry to hear you will not be blogging in the future. I so enjoyed meeting you two when you were in Texas. Best wishes in the future. Enjoy the beautiful sights at both of your homes. God Bless. Judy

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  14. I sure have enjoyed reading your blog and you will be missed . If you ever get a chance I know a lot of us would enjoy an up date . Take care and good luck . Vern in Boise

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  15. Janna and Mike, I too will miss your daily blog and adventures from beautiful Montana and Arizona. I’ve followed you for many years and have totaly enjoyed tagging along…..Happy Trails.

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  16. Thanks for teaching me how to bend over the right way :o) Will miss your projects and your energy that kept me motivated. Much peace, love & happiness to you.

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  17. I understand why you made the decision, just so sorry to hear it. Besides the blog that Greg does, yours is the only one I read. I have so enjoyed all your gorgeous pictures, especially of all the remodeling that you both have done. So glad we got to meet you in Billings all those years ago, that was a real treat. You will be missed.

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  18. I’m sad you are no longer blogging. I always look for your blog in Al’s sidebar as you always have such unique adventures, not to mention motor home purchasing and remodeling! You helped keep us feeling life is good and when the pandemic came along, it’s was great to live an active life vicariously. Don’t know how long I’ve followed you, but I’ve enjoyed every blog. Thank you for allowing this stranger to know you and your family.
    You will be missed!

    Emjay

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  19. I used to sew clothes also, it’s a awesome to design and craft it all. Very smoky in Rapid City today. Retiring from the blog will free up more time. But will miss all your beautiful photos! Just Facebook some!

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  20. Hi Janna so sorry to hear you are not going to blog anymore. We only met once in Florida and it has always felt like we have known you forever. Mike and my husband Sheldon are very similar in the fact that they can turn their hand to anything. Hopefully the border here in Canada will open this winter and we can come south this winter. Enjoy your days and hopefully an update now and then.

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    1. So good to hear from you and so glad you have followed along all these years. I sure hope the border opens this fall–I know all of you Canadians would like to be somewhere warm!

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    2. Sorry to see you go, but fully understand. Just as you, I found it not much fun anymore. Thankful we met you guys back in the days of the pink mh. Hope you do an update every now and then.

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      1. Thanks for the encouragement Jerry–it really was time. Blog reading has gone by the wayside and I can journal online privately without all the crazies out there in the world reading it!! If you guys get close to us on either end of the country, let us know.

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  21. So sorry you’re quitting your blog. Yet I do understand. Maybe do less of them? I will miss your news and pretty pictures.

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  22. So truly sorry that you have decided to stop blogging. I have enjoyed your blogs for a long time. I will miss seeing your mountain ranges, your activities and your little black doggie!

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  23. I am a somewhat new reader of your blog. I’ve enjoyed every post. I am not on Facebook, so hopefully you will blog an update once in a while. Good luck to you and thanks again.

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  24. I feel like I am am losing a dear friend..Have enjoyed your blog for years. My husband also loved hearing about your many projects that the Cowboy does!
    Enjoy your extra time out of the public eye

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    1. Oh Judy–reading all these special comments I feel as if we are losing lots of dear friends. It was just time and your comment about “out of the public eye” hits the spot!

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  25. Oh, I’m sad to hear that you won’t be blogging. I’ve enjoyed your blogging style and your beautiful photos. I’m not on Facebook, but as others have said, perhaps you’ll be inspired to post on your blog occasionally.
    I love the dress you made! The style with the v-neck in the back is adorable. Since moving to Florida, half of my wardrobe now consists of dresses (out of necessity, LOL).
    Take good care and keep on enjoying life to the fullest!

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    1. I’ve seen photos of you wearing your dresses and you always look nice–you were my inspiration! It’s been so hot this summer and at my age I don’t wear shorts in public! Thanks for following along–I will look forward to reading more about your adventures with Magnolia!

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  26. That is a very pretty dress. I enjoy dresses and skirts much more than jeans.
    I understand the lack of enthusiasum for continual blogging, as mine has fallen off so much the last few years, but I will miss seeing and hearing about your trips and the amazing AZ house.
    Best of luck in the future.

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  27. So sad to hear you’ve decided to quit blogging. We moved from Alberta to Vancouver Island 13 years ago, and surprisingly what we miss most is our many trips to Montana (Whitefish, Kalispell, Missoula, Bozeman) … it’s just too far to visit very often anymore. Anyway, I’ve so enjoyed catching up on life in Montana with you, as well as your adventures in Arizona. I’ve never used Facebook (that’s the privacy issue for me). Good luck with “the Cowboy’s” Moh’s procedures … been through that with my DH about 30-odd years ago. Happy and healthy adventures to the 3 of you, wherever the wind blows you!

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    1. Thanks for following along Candy–we’ve always loved Vancouver Island! I feel as if I can control who sees my posts on FB but not on this public, the whole wide world can see, blog.

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  28. I will miss your blog but as so many have said, it is your call to make! Hope all goes well for you and your cowboy in the future. Thanks for sharing your most interesting life!

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    1. And thanks to you for traveling along with us–it’s funny how in these comments people thank me for sharing our “interesting life.” Not sure the Cowboy and I always think it’s “interesting!”

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  29. I have enjoyed every word and picture sharing your quilting, your RV travels, your wonderful meals, recipes, times with your family, travels with friends and your AZ renovation project. But, I totally understand there comes a time when blogging needs to end. It is like coming to the last page of a wonderful book. Thank you for your years of inspiration and sharing.

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  30. Though we really don’t know one another, I have truly enjoyed your writing and photos. Just happened on your blog thru The Bayfield Bunch link a few years ago… Thanks so much for the good reading.

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  31. Seems people came out of the wood work with your latest information. Haha! I can’t say I blame you for stopping the blog. John was glad to stop traveling fulltime and take a break. Now he only blogs when we travel. Now you’ll just have to post photos on Insta and FB so we can see what’s happening. Darn that smoke. We have high winds today that have ushered in the smoke again. Cute dress! So much talent going on in your house with the two of you.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Pam! And I intend to post photos, etc. on Facebook. Our high tomorrow is supposed to be 61 degrees!! Hope the wind and whatever rain we get moves the smoke out.

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  32. I keep hoping you will change your mind but want you to know how much I appreciate the years of enjoyment you have given me. My husband and I travel a quite a bit but I still appreciate your bit’s and bob’s are enjoyed. Much happiness and health to you and your family. Thank you.

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  33. I will miss your blog so much. I can’t begin to tell you how I’ve enjoyed seeing Montana through your eyes. We sold our 5th wheel in February when my husband decided he wasn’t able to properly maintain it any longer (we are in our 80’s). We have been camping for 60 years and stopping is very hard. But at least we still have our health and can travel. Would love to follow you on Facebook, if possible.

    Are you still finding your Kuru’s comfortable? I am on my 5th pair. So glad you took my suggestion!!

    Blessings in the future.

    Marlene

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    1. We both LOVE our Kuru’s!! The Cowboy has a chronic bad ankle from breaking it three different times in his life. The Kuru’s have totally taken away his ankle pain! If he wears a different shoe for very long the ankle pain comes back! I am sending you an email about the Facebook question.

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  34. HI
    I have followed your blog for several years and look forrward to your adventures and my wife enjoys hearing about your quilts and knitting as that is here thing. Hope to you change your mind, Good luck!!!

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