Life in the Forest

When I’m not working, I’m looking out the window, because, well…there is a LOT to look at via our new home in the forest! I don’t think a day goes by where my husband and I don’t gawk at something outside. We have plenty of visitors like this guy who decided to lick the salt off our truck:


Then he proceeded to try to eat our truck antenna and ended up bedding down nearby after a dinner of bare winter branches. He (or one of his friends) came back and feasted on my little compost pile just this morning!


We were also visited by a baby and mama moose. Here’s mom nibbling twigs, standing in our driveway.

moose mom

Her adorable baby was struggling through the snow in what is going to be my garden (hence the ribbon markers and the windmill base).baby moose

You lookin’ at me?

moose calf

We’ve also been visited by a flock of turkeys who decided to roost in our trees a couple of times:


I never saw a turkey FLY until this winter:

flying turkey

There are also a few resident red squirrels. This one is living in the squirrel hotel (logs that came from trees cut down for our homesite). They like to scold us with their incessant chatter.

red squirrel

There is also a downy woodpecker who regularly visits the peanut butter I smeared on a nearby tree. She’s such a pretty bird! I say “she” because she doesn’t have the red head markings of a male. 🙂 I’m having fun learning about all of our new “friends”.

downey woodpecker

We’ve also seen some ruffled grouse browsing some of the snowberries and such:

ruffled grouse

Sometimes we aren’t looking at animals, but at the scenery. It’s raw and peaceful, with mountains all around and a forest stretching in every direction.

If I’m not looking at the scenery, I may be watching my husband who has new chores like shoveling the roof. No one told us we’d have to have the roof shoveled!!! Living where it snows as much as it does here is a lot of physical work. Our house is heated entirely by wood (our choice), so there is trekking to the wood pile, digging paths so we can take the dog pee and get to wherever we need to go in our yard, shoveling and snowblowing the driveway, chipping away at 5 inch thick ice that is melting and starting to flood the garage, and so on…Those of you who live in the snow are probably rolling your eyes and thinking, “Yeah, so?”, but this is all new to us.

My husband is my hero with all of the brawny work he does around here. 😉 I help, too, but I don’t do nearly as much as he does!! Yay for husbands, lol!

Check him out on our roof. He had to get as much snow off as possible because of creepy things like ice dams that can ruin your roof and flood your house walls with melting ice.

Don’t think I’m whining about all of the extra work. There is something so satisfying about seeing the results of genuine old fashioned labor vs. sitting around working on a computer. I know my husband doesn’t miss his previous 2 1/2 hour commute (ONE way on a GOOD day). We were made for this.

I can’t describe how much we love it here. It’s like when you are on a vacation and you look around and wish you lived wherever it is you are…well, we are living THAT. We live where we dreamed of living. If you are in a situation wondering if you will ever get THERE, wherever THERE is, don’t give up. You never know what God has in store for you down the road. Just hang in there and keep working toward it. Don’t let dark days and difficulties cloud that distant hopeful view. God is GOOD. Keep trusting Him and you’ll get to where you need to be. <3

That’s a little slice of our new life in the forest. We will be very busy this coming year building the infrastructure for a garden, small orchard, and so on, as well as working on Guest Hollow, which has started to really take off now that we are working on it full-time! I’ll post more about our life here, as time permits, as well as Guest Hollow updates.

P.S. My husband took most of the above pictures. 😉