I’m back!

Let’s start with the most important first – our new puppy Waffles!  9 weeks old and a source of PURE JOY for all who meet her !  She’s a cream golden retriever.  We knew we couldn’t duplicate Lady, so having her look a little different but still be the same sweet temperament really helps deal with losing Lady.    My daughter came up with the name as a joke and the rest of us loved it,  much to her chagrin, it stuck.

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She loves to chew, of course and in addition to all her play toys, friends have suggested all that she has here – ice cubes in a bowl, both chewable.  A water bottle for chewing and the crackling noise.  My favorite rug works for her, too.  Ha.

IMG_4779Waffles is waiting at the bottom of the stairs for the kids to come down – please note the corner of the stair that was not meant to be a chew toy!  She’ll do a little yip to get their attention; she hasn’t figured out they are teens and can sleep through anything.  Don’t you just want to hug her and play with her?!

IMG_4814When we’re not playing with Waffles, we’ve been doing a ton of hiking this summer, even with forest fires and smokey skies.  This is Suttle Lake with a view to Black Butte – an easy 3 mile hike around Suttle, a harder straight up hike to the summit of Black Butte.

In the last few years, we’ve had more forest fires and brush fires because our forests aren’t being optimally managed, and our climate is becoming drier.  Scary combination.  The price of living near our gorgeous forests.

I’ve also been working too much!  This is 778 S Wrangler, Sisters, Oregon, a home I have listed for sale at $534,500 in a new neighborhood.  A charming little town, famous for the Quilt Show and local artists, this neighborhood is near the 5 Pines Lodge,  (a famous engagement/wedding destination) Shibui Spa (try it, you won’t want to leave), Three Creeks Brewing (award winning beer), Islas Rio (you’ve never had mexican seafood like this), the Sisters Athletic Club (you have to be in great shape to recreate as much as we do) and the Sisters Movie Theatre (fun setting, beer & food available).  It’s become more popular to get out of a car based existence, so people are moving to Sisters to walk to all the shops, restaurants and schools. The National Forest is 1/2 mile south, so it’s never hard to get out in the woods when you need a break. Pretty much paradise.

IMG_2272This is 801 S Wrangler, almost done, for sale at $486,500.  A huge corner lot, the yard to the left has a southern exposure and no possibility of having anyone live right behind you – perfect.  It’s so fun to have families come through my open houses and realize they can live a beautiful life in a new home – all without the pollution of a car!

IMG_5016Waffles usually has her head resting on my foot as I work, but she just fell asleep in the middle of playing with her stuffed animal – pretty cute, eh?!  Happy Monday!

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Nordic race @ Willamette Pass

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Eliza had a nordic race at Willamette Pass this weekend, and because Nate was injured and couldn’t wrestle, we were both able to go. Here she is coming down the hill during the relay race.  Cold, 15 degrees, a little windy, but still beautiful!

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Odell Lake with Diamond Peak in the background. We’ve camped and hiked on the opposite side of the lake – a very peaceful area.

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The roads back were fine – that’s ice and snow packed and easy to drive on if you don’t drive too fast!

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I take this picture every time I come back from LaPine because look at that view!!!  Mt Bachelor to the left, then Broken Top and the 3 Sisters.  Glad we had the excuse to get outside for Eliza’s race!

Bend & Snowmaggeden

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View from our guest room window – great full moon and color – can you see the mountains just barely over the top of houses?  This is how we check the weather!  We used to have this view out our front window, but since moving into town, this little peek is all we get.

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Another beautiful day to hike our “outdoor treadmill” Pilot Butte. View west of Mt. Bachelor to Broken Top to the Three Sisters. You can barely see our little town, too.  We’ve had over 50″ of snow in a little over a month, so people are referring to it as Snowmaggeden.  It has had an impact on businesses, including mine, but it mystifies me that people are complaining about it – how can you change the weather?! Just get out and enjoy it.  We are to get rain this week and then the flooding may start.

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That’s our ski mountain, Mt. Bachelor.  It’s been very busy up there – locals very happy.

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Hiking down on the trail, couldn’t resist another pic.

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Looking up from the base of Pilot Butte, the whole hill is covered with ski tracks.  Technically not allowed because it’s a state park, but people have been having fun.

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Doesn’t it look tiny?! You can google for a better pic.  The road that runs up it and is open in good weather is barely visible and locals never drive it, only walk, usually with dogs.  I should probably take more time and tell you it’s specs, but I’m heading out to play!

The Cascade Mountains with Snow!

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2 of the 3 Sisters in the Cascade Mountain range – view from my listing in Redmond, Oregon.  Isn’t it picturesque?!  I could sit on this deck all day – year round – because the view extends fully west and watching the clouds roll by and the sunset is very special.

Go to RealEstateSally.com and type in 1585 NW 35th, Redmond under my listings and you can see all the pictures.  It’s 14.88 acres of heaven, with 4.66 acres of irrigation. For Sale for $525K.  You can see it sits right on the edge of this canyon – breathtaking views.  Would make a great horse ranch, hobby farm, or retirement/vacation mecca for the whole family.

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Mt. Jefferson from the north corner of the deck.  So do I take enough pictures of our mountains?!  Pull up a chair with me, I’ll be sitting here soon!