Standoff at the doggy door

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Felling our big pine

Big Storm of 2010


January 19-21, 2010 saw Mt. Shasta being hit with one of the biggest storms ever. There was over 4 foot (some say 5 foot) of snow in a very short period of time — heavy wet snow with wind. Power and phones were out for over a week — the city was shut down and a State of Emergency was declared. Trees snapped everywhere — Jack and Pat had a branch through their porch roof and our friends John and Stephen had a tree fall through the roof of their house. We were lucky to have taken out a dangerous tree last summer and to have reinforced the barn roof last summer as well. We had no damage to our house or buildings. The fence post on the corner knocked over by a snow plow and our black gate damaged with a plow or someone backing into it. Our trees got a lot of damage — the birches are shattered, one old apple gone completely and the small sour cherry gone.


Our first visit on Presidents Day Weekend (Febuary 11-15, 2010) was our first since the storm. Many trees down all over the area. Most the snow has actually melted because it has been warm and raining since the big snow. A clean up is well underway. We are trying to decide what to do about our trees.

More about this trip later — David is headed back for work but I am staying awhile.

Mt. Shasta in February

A view from Green Acres of Mt. Shasta in February.

Our wedding bird house has residents!

Jennifer gave us this handmade birdhouse for a wedding present (08.08.08 was our wedding day) and this spring we have our visit residents. We haven’t yet identified what kind of bird it is (bluebird, is the answer).


Our Wedding

Our Wedding Video

08.08.08 Our wedding day

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Our Wedding Introduction

XVII (I do not love you…) by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Our Wedding Vows

You are not the air that I breathe, you are the sweet scent that drifts upon it
You are not the sounds that I hear, you are the music of my life
You are not the food that I need, you are the nourishment of my soul
You are not my will to survive, you are my reason for living

It is with you that I experience the wonders of the world
It is with you that I triumph over the challenges in my path

It is your partnership that will lead me to the fulfillment of my dreams
It is your friendship that guides me as I grow and learn
It is your patience and wisdom that calms my restless nature
It is through you that I know my true self

I do not take you for granted, I cherish you
I do not need you I choose you

I choose you today in witness of all the people who love us
I choose you tomorrow in the privacy of our hearts
I choose you in strength and weakness
I choose you in health and sickness
I choose you in joy and sorrow

I will choose you, over all others, every day for all the days of my life

Visiting us or our house

© David Gilmore 2017