Wow, three in a row. Making up for lost time here!
And it snows here! We had several snowstorms in February, March and early April. Now I'm not saying that I'm about to buy a snow blower or anything. It never amounted to more than 3 inches or so, but it was cool. Here are some pictures of the tree across the street and the yard.
Looking out at that tree is due east. The picture on the left is looking slightly towards the north. Behind that house is a mountain that forms the foothills of the larger mountain, San Gorgonio (11,500 ft.), right behind it. Very interesting rock formations in the ridge, you can see where one slab has ridden up over another. No surprise there, it's very seismically active around here, the San Andreas Fault is just down the hill from us. We are at about 3,500 ft. elevation, which is the reason for the occasional snowfalls.
But the best views are out the back, looking west. Some hills below us, and in the distance, the LA Basin. On hot days, we can see the layer of smog hovering like an ugly smudge down there. I have noticed a big difference in the air quality up here and a corresponding difference in my breathing. Definitely better for my health.
The sunsets are the best. Here are some shots taken from the big room. To the left is the kitchen, to the right the living room or family room. It's just one big open area, with mostly glass along the west wall. There are still some pictures on the floor in these shots. We've made a lot of progress since then. We are setting up the formal dining room as a sort of game room, with bookshelves around the walls, a pool table and a TV in the nook that would normally be for a china cabinet. Still a little work to be done in that room. Haven't found a pool table yet.
We had a big, sort of rustic wooden mantel fashioned for the fireplace. No pictures of that yet. We've been using that fireplace a lot. In our last place we did not have one, although we did have a pool. Given the choice, I'll take a fireplace over a pool. A few of our neighbors are getting bids to have pools built, at outrageous cost. I'm sure they will be beautiful, but I'll pass. 17 years taking care of a pool was enough for me. It was great when the kids were little, but during the last couple of years in that house, no one was using it.
We have had a landscape designer put together a plan for low maintenance, low water backyard landscaping. However, one large section will be dug out and soil amended for wine grape vines. I hope to grow 35 to 45 vines in order to make my own wine. According to the reading I've been doing, it will take 3 to 4 years for them to produce the grapes I will need. By that time I'll be getting close to retirement and looking for a hobby. Sounds to me like an enjoyable way to pass the time.
So there you have it, 3 posts in one night. I'm trying to break this writer's block. Who knows, maybe that story from the Tetons will be next.