Thursday, February 1, 2018


The various colors you see on the house are primed hardiplank and will not be stained and painted until this spring when the temperature allows.  It will look much different!

Happy New Year to Everyone!

Our new home is coming along as planned with the start of 2018.  We are getting our "in town" house all prepared for selling and hope to market it around the first part of April.  Our plan is to move into our new house, if all goes well, in May.  We do not want to move twice so our plan is a squeeze but we think it will all work out.

We had a nice white Christmas at home this year.  Cathryn's son, Bart, was in the Philippines for a month scouting out new fishing and guiding opportunities, John's #1 son, Josh was working in Medford, Oregon and John's #2 son, Jason, and the little grandkids, were having their family Christmas at home in Portland, Oregon.  Maybe one year we will all be able to have a Christmas dinner together someplace.  Since we usually have snow we are hoping to get together here!

Cathryn and I had elk steak at home for Christmas dinner!  It was delicious!

We went out to dinner after Christmas in Bigfork with our friends (below).  It was cold!

These cold looking folks are our dear friends, Brace and Kathleen.  

Annie wanted to show you one of her many Christmas presents!

This Chevy Traverse is our replacement car.  We were rear ended by a truck just before Christmas and our GMC Terrain was totaled!  It was a very frustrating experience for us but fortunately no one was seriously injured.  We were so lucky Annie was not with us!
Construction continues......

It has been a very cold and snowy winter resulting in a few set backs to construction.  Here are some pictures of the progress made the past six weeks.

Our back patio area before windows and doors.

After windows and doors.  Much better!

Insulation is being installed prior to the sheet rocking.

This is looking from the great room across the media area to the kitchen and dining area.

This photo shows the future kitchen to the left and the panel will become our media area.

This will be our studio - office.  We plan a sliding barn door on the large door.

Looking at the hallway coming in from the garage and the kitchen and media area.

Great room looking toward the front door.  A temporary door is installed to keep it warm.

It's getting there!  The ceiling will have tongue and groove stained wood on it.

Scenes of the surrounding valley from our new home.

This is our view of the Swan Mountains while standing outside our east facing bedroom window.  
Another view of the Swan Mountains while standing in the front yard.

This view is looking south toward Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains.

We took this picture driving to our house from Somers, a small town about three miles south of our new house.  We love watching the ever changing weather patterns in this valley.

Looking out the windshield at the road as we were driving to our new house after a big snowstorm.

This is looking out the window of our present house before it got real serious about snowing!  My BBQ (to the left) will be under cover at the new house!

Well, that is about all we have to share at this time.  We have been very busy picking out our paint colors, flooring (going with hickory hardwood), custom cabinets for the kitchen and other locations, bathroom stuff and on and on!  We look forward to sharing all of that with you in the next few months. 

We laugh in the face of old man winter up here in the North Country!! 

Until next time.....Happy Trails!

John, Cathryn and Annie

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