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Life on the River

This title makes me think of Texas Hold'em poker with its river card, the final shared card.

Some federal flood recovery money is going to pay for some river design at my house, and the consultants were here today looking at it now that the ice is gone. I'm looking forward to seeing their final design and finding out what it would cost to implement it.

The fish are doing well, I can see some of them from the bridge. If this river project is completed, they will have better habitat, and we'll have more fish.


These are cherry trees that my mother planted along the river more than 30 years ago. I'm pleased that they survived the flood, a tribute to the resiliency of trees because they were deep underwater and there some areas where they could have been buried deep under sand. But they were in just the right spot, and I'm so pleased to see them.

We have a cabin reservation for Memorial Day weekend, allowing Mr. Troutbend two weeks to replace the kitchen window that the bear destroyed. I decided I'd better try to figure out if a standard size replacement window will fit because there won't be time to special order one. I have an idea in my head of what he will need to do and it might involve a sawsall - goes through anything. I warned the guests that we might be still working on that window when they get here, and he said he'd make his wife sleep on the side of the bed nearest it in case the bear came back. They've been here before, don't live very far away, and it's always nice to have them come stay. I found out a comparable cabin downstream from here is $275 a night, and I only charge $100 a nice because I want nice people to feel like they can afford to come back.

posted on Apr 26, 2017 5:32 AM ()


I love the photo of the cherry trees. It's a beautiful spot. You are a generous and thoughtful soul to charge less so people can afford to stay with you.
comment by tealstar on May 8, 2017 5:01 AM ()
NOT RED?????? OMG!!!! I will have to buy all new outfits!!!
comment by greatmartin on Apr 27, 2017 4:47 PM ()
Life on the River makes me thing of the Mississippi.
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 27, 2017 6:14 AM ()
Yes, I see what you mean - on the Mississippi it'd really be ON the river instead of next to it like we are here.
reply by troutbend on Apr 27, 2017 9:36 AM ()
I like the trees too. But if I had a cabin and sometimes bears I'd probably put bars on the windows.
comment by drmaus on Apr 26, 2017 10:28 PM ()
I hadn't thought of the bars, but now that you mention it, we probably need them on that window because that bear is going to keep coming back whether there is food in there or not. It will look tacky, like we are afraid of burglars, but I know a creative welder, and maybe he can help us figure out something better looking.
reply by troutbend on Apr 27, 2017 9:43 AM ()
It is always amazing what can survive anything that Mother Nature tests with but then she controls it all.

How's my red cabin doing?
comment by greatmartin on Apr 26, 2017 12:31 PM ()
It's not red any more, but you will really like it once it's ready to show you.
reply by troutbend on Apr 26, 2017 4:59 PM ()
Your guests will have a lovely time in the Brown Palace. The cherry trees look great.
comment by elderjane on Apr 26, 2017 7:48 AM ()
Those cherries are supposed to be something the deer like to eat. And probably the bears.
reply by troutbend on Apr 26, 2017 4:57 PM ()

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