After a flutter of visiting friends, we have had the time to really dig into this simple, cozy life in Montana the past few weeks. Getting to know Corn and all her quirks, enjoying the tomato-tastic bounty flowing from Elizabeth’s Mom’s garden, discovering new birding spots on our bikes in the evenings. We have been woodworking, jewelry making, and painting, and then bringing our goods to our local farmer’s market to sell. We’ve gotten to know some faces in our community. This place is starting to feel like home.
A recent development of the Sawtooth Fire less than seven miles away has put a damper on some of this. We haven’t seen the Bitterroot Mountains in a couple weeks, as the billowing smoke has blanketed them. Huge chunks of ash have been falling from the sky, and a sooty film coats the window sills. Waking up with sore throats every morning, we’ve been staying inside much more than usual. But there is much to do and discover yet, as we wait out these fires. Our thoughts are with those who have been evacuated.