Thoughts & Musings

We’re Here

March 19, 2020

“Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist.
Everything we do after a pandemic will seem inadequate.”

— Michael O. Leavitt, former Secretary of US Department of Health & Human Services.

We would add “during,” as well. There is a lot to worry about in this seemingly scary time. This thing is here and we all have to do what we can to slow it down and whatever is necessary to help manage it. But, we can also never lose sight of what is real in this life.


Town + Country Cedar Homes and our collaborative partners are all still working, but all at a distance. Everyone is working remotely from homes, home offices, home workshops, etc. and, most important, no illnesses to report, knock on Cedar.

Stay happy. Stay healthy. Stay safe….


The Cedar Snooze Button

March 9, 2020

Or why SPRING AHEAD can be a wonderful thing

Trying to keep the early-bird title of the Town + Country Cedar Homes crew had me battling the snooze button on this first Monday after that dreaded spring-forward calendar day – Daylight Savings. Daylight Saving Time is the practice of advancing clocks during warmer months so that darkness falls later each day according to the clock; the typical kick-off of this much maligned practice is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring, “spring forward”, and set clocks back by one hour in autumn, “fall back”, to return to standard time. In other words, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring and one 25-hour day in the autumn.

People tend to have more heart attacks on the Monday following the spring forward switch to daylight saving time, according to a study published in 2009 in the Journal of Applied Psychology showed that during the week following, mine workers got 40 minutes less sleep and had 5.7% more workplace injuries than they did during any other days of the year, and since humans set the routines for their four-legged loved ones, dogs and cats living indoors and even cows are disrupted when you bring their food an hour late/early or come to milk them later/earlier than usual.

This popular internet meme says it all. WHO THINKS THIS IS A GOOD IDEA? Read more

Split Decision

November 21, 2019

Once again, the outdoor chores of this log home lifestyle have got us thinking. Thinking about those specific chores, about options available, about the abstract, about cost/benefit analysis. This time it’s cost /benefit analysis of firewood. We have already discussed, and continue to discuss, at length, the trade-offs of gas v log fireplaces; that is left for a different time and place. For this discussion, we are sticking with the sheer antiquity of burning wood for heat and ambiance and going old-school fireplace, the type a log homes and ski lodge are designed around – a big, focal, Volkswagon-sized boulder, wood burning fireplace, the kind that swallows hardwoods like cocktail wieners. Read more

A Horse of a Different Color

November 4, 2019


Spent the better part of the day yesterday with a leaf blower strapped to the back. There is something oddly relaxing about the Fall chill and the drone of a blower motor adding a layer of bass to the private Pavarotti concert playing in high quality Skull Candy earbuds; almost Zen-like. As the brain does in these meditative moments, mine set off for a bit of a mind walk – The latest client Mountain Contemporary exterior design. Window configuration. Stone configuration. Stone configuration on another client’s over-the-top Log home. Window configuration for the log truss design. Exterior color of the window cladding. The absolute pop of those purple-red Burning Bush leaves on the brown and gold background of the Oaks and Silver Maples. The clients that broke with convention and chose something other than the tones that Mother Nature dictated for White Cedar…The fall leaves and those clients had me smiling and thinking deeper about color. Read more

Fall = Ratatouille

October 21, 2019

The classic dish, not the movie…

There is something about that Fall wind, swirling those colorful leaves outside your window, the chill in the air while walking your Berner in the woods or the geese squawking their goodbyes for the season, that makes you crave that soul comforting bowl of inner warmth – Ratatouille. This iconic stew of eggplant, tomatoes, corgettes (zucchini and summer squash to us) and onions is indigenous to the South of France and, while it seems simple on the surface, each chef that has cooked this dish since its inception has had subtle and various nuances in style, flavoring and technique.

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