Reminding myself that these paddle boats are at Waneka Lake. We stopped in at the Lafayette Peach festival and found 3 perfect peaches that served to satisfy us for the season. Any others would probably disappoint. There is a doe in the back yard behind the red bench next to Roxie's grave. Sugar didn't know she had been watching him work on the gate for the last hour.
Viehle Lake last night - we were divebombed by a little group of hummingbirds. Friday, we saw the Blue Moon rise from Dakota Ridge and it really was a little blue with the haze then it turned peachy.
We live in a beautiful place.
Great summer so far - temps haven't brutalized us yet and there's enough rain to notice. We've moved into a sort of semi-retirement stage of life and I'm loving it. We put in another plum tree plus some rabbit bushes along with the veg garden. Lots of time spent with Honey discovering present time in a new way, all seasons of "Justified" knocked out and now working on "Breaking Bad". Swimming in our semi-private condo pool, painting some and new curtains for the east bedroom. Yes, working, too, but mainly just enjoying life.
I'm delighted to have found that the password still works and Google generously save my blog for me for these years.
Summer has arrived in town after a wet Spring. The water from last year's flood is still seeping into the cracks and crevices; the air is abnormally humid; the perennially dry ditch overflows furiously with a good rain. Today I'm finishing Under Magnolia and trying my hand at homemade boiled peanuts. All the signs point toward a very good summer ahead.
My Sunday morning ritual: The Gospel Train on KUVO. WWOZ Sunday AM gospel is also good but I forget about it.
I've been visiting OP gardens created by some Boulder Culinary Gardeners members. The one yesterday had a big chicken coop.
The chickens came over to greet me like puppies would.
I haven't yet visited a garden where deer are regular visitors - apparently they don't visit east Boulder very much. I have been inspired to make some adjustments to our yard, though. Yesterday we moved the compost heap so it wouldn't be so visible from the street. Lo and behold we ran into a couple of inch long baby mice. I hope the mama is still around somewhere.
My old favorite bird bath cracked and was repaired this year. There's a doe in the background, the one who had the fawn. She's a frequent visitor this year. Got this new one on sale at Gwynne's in Lyons. Got this one last year, cracked, at a nursery close out. Got this one one sale at Gwynne's, too. This one I threw together before I repaired the cracks and got new ones. It's the one that gets the most use.
CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, a dreadlocked poodle, and the opening of our new church made a fun weekend. A little sweet tea on this 95º day tops if off. (thanks to Erin Banks on FB for top photo)
This morning we went out to do some fence repair work and disturbed a little fawn about the size of a fox. She moved herself down along the fence line and disappeared under the brush and the rambling rose.
I saw a doe in the yard a few days ago, by herself, under the big junipers in the front yard and wondered if she was going to give birth. She didn't look pregnant and nothing happened. She did hang around the yard, browsing and eating fallen apples, new growth on my plants, et al.
Wow, it's hot outside. Not saying that there are always fires here, but there is a huge billowing cloud of smoke from north of Estes park. Last night we had a great time at the Truck It! food fest at Gateway Park. I think they are beyond needing the city's approval since they've found so many regular venues to serve food. Boulder guvmt can be so picky about what events they allow and what they disapprove (noting the emergency ordinance they will enact to have a Flagstaff finish for the bike race but they don't allow food trucks in the city for little family type festivals.) It's still beautiful here, though. Ran into an old neighbor with a new daughter named Nadia.
Last night I dreamed about a supernatural cooking show. It all comes together. I found Nadia's Bitching Kitchen on TFN last night and topped the evening off with some "Deadlocked", the last in the series. Today, I got HBO free for 6 months and then $5/mo after that. The universe is tossing me a few wins! (It's about time...)
Smokey's visiting for a few days. I forgot how much I like having other pooches in the house.
Supper with Honey and Honeybun at Steuben's in N Cap Hill was delish! The wait was long but I guess it was a testimony to the popularity of the place. I had the roasted chicken that Guy Fieri featured and got a glimpse of the stencil that he left behind.
Denver has developed so many interesting neighborhoods since I lived there years ago. Nice to have a son living in a town that I want to explore. But today: Lafayette Peach Festival, the Zydecoasters and Oskar Blues. And also that free Jazz Festival in Niwot with Henry Butler. Great late summer days. (photo from Yelp.com)
I've been an organizing manic over the last few weeks. It started when my old Quicken started to act funny and we had to buy another program. QuickBooks came to mind and was endorsed by our accountant so we picked one up at Costco and started entering data. That was a task that forced me to really organize all expenses. No more "put it on the business card and pay it back later". QuickBooks does not have a category for that. In order to enter everything, we had to get all the files in order, something we normally do when we're working on taxes later. So now, everything thing is entered up to date and I can check our profit/loss and see exactly where we are.
Next, I finally decided to listen to Dave Ramsey and get our finances in order. We started by pulling out the money to cover his recommended cash expenses and getting a rudimentary budget going. This is a little painful because we are in the relatively slack part of the year so but getting the order installed has been so liberating and empowering.
Next we came up with a baby step for turning over some management responsibilities to one of our guys who has been with us a while and has an interest. In order for this to work, we came up with a little routing form to follow to make sure all the steps are done. We mocked up a Google calendar and database that we can all access. It has entirely straightened out our procedure setting up jobs that has worked for 17 years but wasn't something we could easily turn over to someone.
Feels good to be in charge of these areas of my life.
I have a new appreciation for Twitter. #boulderfire has been alive since the inception of the fire with updates, offers for help and needs posted, links to images galore and real data from the boots on the ground + helpful local bulletin boards established.
We took $$ to Longmont Humane Society where they are housing a lot of the mountain horses and a case of new socks and some vits/minerals to the fire camp at the Res.
So many people are volunteering in the area - 3000 people evacuated but only about 25 showed up to the RC shelter. 550 new firefighters and and Incident 1 Command team in place to relieve the original heros, many were with local volunteer fire departments.
Got about 1" of rain yesterday that was the equivalent to 7,000 slurry bomber drops. These helicopters are loading from a lake that's about a 10 minute walk from here.