"Feral ~ from feminine of ferus wild: having escaped from domestication and become wild"...

February 22, 2015

A 2014 True Story

Sayle Hall

The band started up
western swing in motion
giggling children ran
between dancing couples
across ancient sanded oak floors
married to the walls of rough local logs
holding up this old community hall

the Social was in progress

the big wood doors were wide open
inviting starry night cool air in
those who stood outside were silhouetted
white cowboy hats nodding
in a circle of clean pressed shirts,
wrangler jeans and scuffed boots,
tipping cold beers back in unison

the night was still fresh

the small kitchen in back
lined with a counter of  homemade goods
brought forth wonderful smells
lulling neighbors and friends of all ages
to stop, graze, and drink, 
and to pause to shake a neighbor's hand  
 while holding a plate of earthly heaven in the other.  

all were having a good time

glittering in sync with the music 
colored lights wrapped on strung wire
shone on those taking a deserved break 
 benches, chairs, old movie theater seats
held catch-up conversations low
and in the middle of our Sayle Hall,
 the smiling couples swirled on by

poetry dancing in motion...

 - then the band leader interrupted -

"will someone please get the dog off the dance floor?"

                                                          ~ J. Grinyer   8/16/14


And someone did get the Corgi Cattle dog
off of the floor, 
and the dance continued on....

Looking back, It was one of my favorite memories of 2014!

Sometime when the weather gets cold, 

everything is blanketed with fresh snow,

I need a reminder that Summer will come again, soon. 

Today I share my reminder with you!  

Keep Warm Everyone, Summer's coming!!


February 14, 2015

Montana; it's a State of Love...

Remember when I said I would do Part Two of Organized Elopements?

Well, what a better time then now?

It all began with this post  Here

When Abby & David 
said they wanted to get Married in Montana, 
it all made sense.  
Montana is where they met (at Griz UM College!) 
Montana is where David grew up,
where Abby's family moved to, 
Montana makes it easy for people to get married!

Yep, they make it really easy;
They have whats called "Marriage of Declaration"

Pull up a margarita and a box of chocolates 
Let me tell ya a story...

Back in the days when it was trying to become a State (1889), 
all of a sudden 
The Federal  Homestead Act of 1862 
became very important.

Without people, it makes it kinda hard to be a State.

 Montana even today
 is in the top three States of lowest population density! 



Anyhow, The Homestead Act was a Federal Decree
that stated anyone could own 160 acres
if it was unclaimed,
if you managed and lived on it 
5 years.

With all these people coming in trying 
to make a homestead of 160 acres,
(later 320 acres)
It brought a lot of womenfolk into the equation.

Single women could homestead property in Montana! 

In fact, 
Did you know Montana 
was one of the Ten States in 1914 
to first ratify the right
for Women to Vote?

the First Woman in Congress (1916), 
Jeanette Rankin, 
was from Montana?

the first Homestead Claim in Montana
in 1868
was filed
By a Woman?

Women are People in Montana!


And heads up you Canadian Readers,

Did you know that many single Canadian women 
came to homestead in Montana 
due to the fact 
Women couldnt own land in Canada until the 1930's?

photo by William Crawford

With all this influx of women coming to homestead in Montana, 
one of the most largest, remotes states ever,
It meant that people werent just friendly,
they were lonely.

A whole lotta loving going on.




Because Dang it, us women love romance,
especially when it involves 
land, plows, cattle, cats, dogs and horses.


But the problem was,

There wasnt enough Justice of Peace's and Preachers around 
with all that remoteness!!

 So the 

"Marriage of Declaration"

was born.

This is a legally binding contract
drawn up by BOTH parties!

photo by William Crawford

In the Homestead Act years, 
every new county was developing their own District Court.
The Clerk of the District Court's Office
 is where you went to file your Homestead claim.

guess what?

In Montana,

Your Marriage of Declaration!

This way, a marriage contract was recognized as legal,
property rights shared,
without all the fuss and muss.

All busy women appreciate that!

Especially those who that were working hard developing their land
blending two homesteads into one!


photo by William Crawford

Here's just another great thing about Montana;

still to this day Montana recognizes 

"Marriage of Declaration"



(residents, LGBT community, non-residents)

can get

Married in Montana!



Montana is the State of Love.

Both of my Daughters filed these Declarations with their Spouses.

not just because
they did it for Love.

Cant forget Love.

But they also did it
because they love Montana,
Montana's History.

Montana's Herstory.

photo by William Crawford

Montana, the State of Love.

For all the right reasons!


References for you fussy ones and MORE READING MATERIAL *YES* :

Montana Law Review Volume 10 Issue 1 Spring 1949,
United States Senate, Senate History-Jeannette Rankin
Yellowstone Co. Montana Government, Declaration of Marriage.
Flathead Beacon, Nov.5, 2014, Dillon Tabish
Montana Women's History.org
Montana Kids.com

February 5, 2015

Confession; I killed my mother...board...and others.

She was gone. No life.  Just the black screen of death, and two little mocking lights on my keyboard. Of course I did the feral thing first, and then after i got done writhing on the floor in angst for a while...because  after all, my photos, novels, poetry writings, and oh yeah, my Forestry work were ALLL GONNNEEEE 

*insert irish keening*

Once I got done writhing and keening 
I then did the grown up thing and got a grown up.

(thanks Mr. Foresterman!)

to help me sort through the different Computer techs

that were in three different states.


We found someone what is known in these parts as a "computer god"
(he knew how to pick up a telephone, and knew he could speak my language)
But most importantly, He found out my 3 year warranty was still good with HP.

HP replaced it all.  

For free.

I think the only thing that was original when i got back my laptop would have been
the orange Dorito chip that was stuck between the letters "K" and "L".

I was pretty excited to have it all okay, my stuff back, and everything almost new again...


Why am i telling you this?

Because recently I reached my actuations.
You photographers know what Im talking about.

This also involved keening and writhing.

This time I didnt have a grownup nearby,
as Mr. Foresterman was out of town for a week
I was left with the animals, alone.

Dont worry, they took good care of me...except for the cats.  I wont let the cats take care of me anymore after i read that Researchers (who thinks of this?) recently found out that if you die without being discovered, in a locked room (who donated for this study, really?!),  cats will eat you within 24 hours.  Dogs tend to wait three days -we'd like to think its because theyre faithful-but they wait for things to soften. The cats really dont care. They just dont. Lets not pretend that we dont know this already. Just dont tempt fate, and do try to die when someone is there to stop Fluffy.

i digress. 


I normally would take pictures and show you what im talking about
I have no photos to show you,
" Shutter Actuations limit"


What is Shutter Actuations?  

Well, like gods, somewhere there are Researchers who put a limit on how many pictures your shutter on your camera can take, and then it dies. It just dies and you cant even eat it. Its so sad. Mine lasted for over 600,000 shutter releases, which for a mirrorless system is pretty normal. But now its done. 

*keening softly*

So why am i sharing all of my  confessions?

My faithful little shop vac now sounds like "R2D2" from Star Wars.

It goes 

"whhhooooooooooo beep"

each time I shut it off.

All the cleaning up after the fire has maimed it,


its dying.

im trying to replace it quietly so it doesnt want to die today without a backup.

I would take pictures but...


If the new vacuum gets wind of the fact that 

I seem to kill every living domesticated electronic thing 

that seems to come my way,

it will never show up.

I would insert a picture right here but...


Writhing and Keening.

Good thing ill be back in the woods in two months.