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Builder Radio Interview Now Live

Many of you probably know the folks at "Builder Radio", which is now called, "Selling More Homes Media Network". Anyway, today they aired an interview with me that may be of interest to anyone

who owns a business website.

Jerry Rouleau announced... "This week we speak with Tom Heatherington. Even the best websites are of…


Added by Tom Heatherington on August 30, 2010 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Don't pay the ransom... I escaped!

It seems like its been about 3 years since I spent any time on this board… I cannot remember the last time I've been this busy - aren't we supposed to be sitting around doing nothing when the economy is this bad?

Spring is trying to make its way to NW Montana. This week we had a day of sunshine and 76 degrees - and the next day it snowed. Just about normal….

Oh well, time to get back to life in the fast lane in rural Montana :-)

Added by Tom Heatherington on April 26, 2009 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

No problems with Ravens anymore...

Okay, this post has absolutely nothing to do with log homes, and I know I'm bound to make somebody angry… BUT, as a fella who was born in Pittsburgh and has been a life-long Steeler fan…

Way to go Stillers, WAY To GO! We're off to Tampa!

To my friends in Baltimore... I apologize for the inhospitable way we treated the Ravens this evening.… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on January 18, 2009 at 11:38pm — 7 Comments

Happy New Year All!

We've just said goodbye to one tumultuous year, and I for one am pleased to put that one in the history books and say good riddance! Apparently I'm not alone... The Drudge Report this morning has a headline that states, "Americans Under 70 May Find 2008 Was Their Least Favorite Year".

Before I head out to plow the drive (again)... did I mention that we have 2 feet of snow on the ground, 6" coming today, 10" more tonight and 6" for tomorrow has been forecasted? Global warming? Anyway,… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on January 1, 2009 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Happy Birthday to Shelley!, one of our neighborhood's busiest contributors! Hope this is special, Shelley.

Added by Tom Heatherington on December 5, 2008 at 10:24am — 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving all...

...and as he pulled out of sight, I heard him exclaim, "Happy Thanksgiving to all".

okay, okay... it's not original, but it has a catchy cadence and I'm too busy wrapping up things so that I can take some time off for the holiday... no time to think of anything creative. Instead, just let me say how thankful I am to call so many of you friends and hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on November 26, 2008 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Make this Christmas special for a wounded Vet!

I posted a 'Salute to Veterans' last week on Veterans Day, and just today I received the following reminder from a fellow veteran and though I'd pass it along.

When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on November 16, 2008 at 2:14pm — 4 Comments

Black Bears 2, Homeowner 1

As I've mentioned before, we have a lot of bear activity around our home. Just last month I posted "Bears... they're b-a-a-a-a-ck" here on this blog. Fortunately, these are black bears and not their unfriendly grizzly brothers. The problem is that as 'cute' as they are, and as much as we enjoy seeing them, they can be a pest when it comes to the contest of who gets the trash.

I think I just matched… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on November 12, 2008 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Salute to Veterans

I just wanted to say thank you to all members of this community who are veterans. The fine people in our military do their job every day of the year and once each year we are reminded to pay tribute.

Thank you.

By order of the President of the United States , the Purple Heart established by General George Washington at Newburgh, August 7, 1782, during the War of the Revolution, is hereby revived out of respect to his… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on November 11, 2008 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Happy Halloween All!

Does anyone know any ghost stories about log cabins? Something spooky to scare the kids by the campfire? :-)

We will have our first trick-or-treaters in ten years tonight (that's what happens when you live out in the boonies). More...

Hoping you and your family will have a fun,… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on October 31, 2008 at 12:59pm — 4 Comments

The Downside to Log Home Living... Woodpeckers!

In my previous post I complained about the bears being back in town and their fascination with my garbage. No sooner had we got the hot wire installed to foil their efforts - before we were again attacked by local wildlife. This time it was like an Alfred Hitchcock tale…

Yesterday afternoon my wife and I were sitting in my office talking about nothing in particular when we both heard this loud knocking…. I mean LOUD. I looked out the window to the left and no one was at the… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on October 21, 2008 at 12:56pm — 10 Comments

Bears... they're b-a-a-a-a-ck!

Every morning around daybreak, Lilly (our Great Pyrenees) and I take our walk. This exercise is as much for me as it is for her, because the trip home is all up hill for about 1/3 of a mile… a real heart-pumper.

At the end of our 1/3mi. drive is where we keep our trash bins because the garbage trucks can’t navigate our ‘hill’ (mountain) in the winter. Anyway, it keeps the trash away from the… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on October 12, 2008 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

My Custom Firewood Handling System

Many years ago when our homes were heated by wood and coal, homes were built to accommodate the storing of these fuels. Many homes had a coal cellar where a truck (or wagon) could dump coal via a chute into a room located off the main basement where the boiler or furnace was located. Firewood was likewise stored conveniently next to the home on a covered porch and many homes had access doors to the outside located beside the hearth or woodstove.

When electricity and natural gas… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on September 22, 2008 at 2:46pm — 4 Comments

"Hey man, where've you been?"

That's what my neighbor asked me over the weekend. We've had a run of picture perfect Montana days and I was hibernating instead of enjoying the great outdoors. In a land where the summers are too short, it should be against the law to stay inside on pretty days, but when the technology gremlins attack... they don't care about the weather or what else you'd rather be doing.

Unfortunately, my hard drive decided to give up the ghost without warning or respect for my… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on August 4, 2008 at 6:10pm — 2 Comments

How's your vacation so far?

Me? I elected to cram my summer chores into one week... and I almost made it. We define "summer chores" as those projects we do to prepare for the upcoming winter. You know the drill, re-staining, wood repairs, fixing driveway cracks, storing firewood, etc., etc.

My big project this year was to re-treat the horizontals - decking, railings, steps - those surfaces that take the most abuse from the sun and weather. I last treated… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on July 15, 2008 at 3:17pm — 4 Comments

It was a cold, snowy morning in June...

Now that might sound like the opening line of a cheap novel and snow in June just doesn't compute, but that is exactly what I am looking at from my window. It has been snowing here in NW Montana for the past few hours and now it is starting to lay. Seriously, how many times have you fired up the woodstove in June?

My daughter called from Washington, DC yesterday complaining about the oppressive heat and humidity on her side of the… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on June 10, 2008 at 1:02pm — 13 Comments

Log Home Cats

That sounds like a song title from the Lovin' Spoonful (yeah, I know I'm showing my age), but IMHO no log home can be considered authentic unless there are one or more cats patrolling the property.

I was NEVER a 'cat person'. I never owned one -- never wanted one... until I moved to the country. Without a doubt, Living in 'the country' means different things to different people and we don't need to debate how rural one must be to… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on May 29, 2008 at 8:36pm — 1 Comment

WWW - the Log Home Industry’s ‘Silk Road’ to China

Wow! What a pleasant surprise to find that my first post to this blog had 4 comments already… It looks like my statement, “a community of like-minded people interested in the same things” was on the money. Thanks to all, and based on Michael’s remarks, I think I need to clarify my thoughts on marketing log homes to China. (Please see Michael’s comments above)

Michael, “giving up”? Me? Perish the thought!

I absolutely agree with your observations,… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on May 5, 2008 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Anyone want to move to China?

As I begin to type these first few words, my brain screams… “NO, you do not want to start another project”! I’m sure you know that feeling and I’ll bet that your ‘To Do’ list is also lengthier than you would like it to be.

Ignoring the urging from my left brain, the right hemisphere seizes control and I convince myself that getting involved with THIS blog will be different. These are all ‘log home people’, a community of like-minded people interested in the same things. Okay,… Continue

Added by Tom Heatherington on May 2, 2008 at 11:22am — 6 Comments

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