Please welcome a new addition to the Land! He is a totem pole and his name is Thunderbird. Dave brought it over after he found it in the back of a store, rescued it, paid for it...and brought it here. We started painting Thunderbird first. As far as I can tell from the little research I have done, only the NW Native Americans carved totem poles- those tribes located in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. (That's where the trees grow really tall, so don't think you will find Navaho or Hopi tribes with totem poles.)
I made the owl look too skunk-like so we will have to do a repaint job. Most of Thunderbird (on the top) is done. I found out you read the totem from the bottom up. The bottom animal is the most important because it reflects the symbol of the tribe. We think it might be a bear. This could be from the Haida tribe. Actually I think a non-Native American probably carved it with the chain saw, but I am so happy to have it come to the Land. Thunderbird looks out over the land, Chief Cottonwood and my cottage. Very nice view.
The weather certainly has changed! It is roasting now! And more to come!
Can you believe it is already almost Labor Day?
The kids just received their backpacks and the picture above shows Chloe and Katie looking at each other with their backpacks on. I added another cute photo of Jack on his birthday in June. They are the apple of my eye!
My niece, Nicki, and Jeff Wolfe, her husband have just found out that their little 1 1/2 year old Kelsey, will be a big sister by next late spring or early summer. Congratulations, Nicki and Jeff! By the way, Jeff has just graduated from law school and took his bar. He will find out in a month or so if all went well. (We know it did!) Jeff, Angela and I all say congratulations on finishing law school, Jeff W.!
Keep cool, dear Reader! Autumn is just around the corner. Enjoy the pictures of the cottage, as it is the most beautiful time of the year on this little piece of paradise!