(bigfoot authoring here)..
We made a whirlwind trip to the cabin over the wknd, driving down Friday and returned today.
2.3 days at the cabin and we really hated to leave this morning. EVERY late afternoon and evening we witnessed massive rain and thunderhead clouds to the east, west, south and sometimes north of us. But only got a few chilly raindrops Sunday evening, and it did not even wet the ground. Possibly some fell late today (Monday), after we left.
It did cool off the night time for sleeping with the windows and doors wide open, and mornings were pretty nice, weather wise. And amazingly ..No cone nose beetle injuries were encountered.
Also we were able to catch up with most of the neighbors. Met with tffnguy, James J., and John Wells of TFL fame. Hung out a bit at the Legion Sat afternoon and ran into "Just Me". Also saw Benita... and Pepper, the amazing elect-cord gnawing pup. James stopped by with his constant companion, Thunder, his horse that follows him like a faithful dog.
Not much work progress, but great thunderstorm viewing and even a rainbow yesterday was seen.
Our neighbor James (the surveyor) who has been living on his 100+acres offgrid for at least 8 years, introduced us to Strawberry Cactus fruit. He gathered a few, showed us how to peel them and eat 'em. Sweet, and slightly tart taste, with the texture a bit like Kiwi fruit....tffnguy came up with the superb idea of making wine from them..!! (James and tffnguy came over for some late breakfast one morning)
a few pics from the trip...lunar eclipse as well.
back home now to "normal" life, tracking the Voil-cano, waiting for the next Obama-legislation, the never ending stream of life changing laws for us small people, and tending the garden here at home.
adios y'all..for now.