Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Daybook

For Today, June 12, 2018

Looking out my window . . . a blue, cloudless sky and a soft breeze.  A hot day ahead, but for now it is cool and balmy.

I am thinking . . . of what the day holds. Work for a few hours, a hair appointment, then a movie with my aunt and a friend. We're going to see Book Club.

I am thankful . . . for my husband who is my partner in life. I don't thank him enough.

One of my favorite things . . . lupine, Sweet William, poppies, Indian blanket, roses . . . they are all my favorites and they are blooming in the garden.

I am creating . . . a new story.

I am wearing . . .  capris, flowered tee and sandals.

I am reading . . . just finished News of the World by Paulette Jiles. It is sure to be one of my favorite reads of the summer, and in fact on my Top 10 faves of all time. I have a crush on Captain Jefferson Kidd. He reminds me of Augustus McCrae in Lonesome Dove.

I am hoping . . . that I can stay in the moment during the full week ahead!

I am learning . . . some wonderful writing exercises from this website.

In my kitchen . . . last night we made paninis on the grill that I keep forgetting I have. Thanks to my stepmom for reminding me!

In my garden . . . lettuce, squash, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, garlic, onions, arugula, a variety of herbs, and strawberries.

Shared Quote
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. ~~ Babe Ruth

A moment from my day . . . Dan and I went to the Rockies game on Sunday. When Siefer found out she said, "Have a tornado!" (It's a wonderful, sugary doughy treat). We took this picture and sent it to her.

To write your own Daybook and share it, find the link here.

Friday, June 8, 2018

June favorites

Joining the Friday Fave Five crowd in a weekly exercise to cultivate a grateful attitude as we count our blessings each week.

~~ This is the time of year when I start my days on the back porch. After years of rushing around in the morning, it is good to have the luxury of easing into the day more slowly. The sunlight casts long shadows across the lawn that sparkles with droplets of water from the sprinkler that ran in the early hours before dawn. 

~~ Our local Farmer's Market opens this week. One of the many sources for delicious produce in the summer, including our own little garden.

~~ The start of our library's summer reading program. I'm reminded of how books provide me with not just entertainment, but comfort and clarity at times. 

Could you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help
and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Distress?
~~ A.A. Milne

~~ Outdoor water aerobics started this week! Splashing and "playing" in the pool is a great way to start the day.

~~ For years, I've been trying to get a clematis to grow in my gardens. I don't know why it has been such a challenge, but I've finally met with success. The deep purple flowers grace the edge of patio.

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Land of Enchantment

Dan and I took a little road trip last weekend to celebrate our anniversary.  Thirty-four blissful years! Or as my dad would say, "Thirty-four years in the ring and no one's been knocked out yet."

We went to the Santa Fe area, where the air is so clear (except for the forest fires at this time of year) and the light shines so beautifully, with unbelievable sunsets, thanks to those same fires. No wonder New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment.  Adobe buildings with brightly painted doors and window frames, and bright red strings of chili peppers adorn the town of Santa Fe.

We drove through the San Luis Valley in Colorado, past the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and stopped just before the border of our state at one of our favorite restaurants.  The enchiladas were just as good as I remembered them from last time. Antonito is a quiet little town where you'll find residents hanging out on Main Street, whiling away the day with friends. 

We stayed at The Bobcat Inn, a lovely little B&B where the innkeepers were hospitable and the breakfasts were scrumptious. The back patio has a nice view of the mountains and a lovely garden with a little pond.

On our first day we went to Bandelier National Monument where beautiful canyons are nestled in the mesa country of New Mexico. Cliff dwellings and petroglyphs line the canyon walls, and bottom of the canyons are lush and green. It's a beautiful contrast in colors.

The National Parks service does a fantastic job with interpretation and exhibits.  We're so fortunate they have employees who love what they do.

Dan and I debated for a while as to what this petroglyph is. I said Barney. He said Eeyore. We were both wrong. It's a macaw.

After climbing the trails (there are 33,000 acres of park. We probably walked one), it was nice to walk in the shade near the creek bed.

Later that afternoon, we had a late lunch at The Teahouse on Canyon Road.

And toasted our 34 years together.

We visited a bunch of art galleries on Canyon Road. My favorite is the Sage Creek Gallery that features the sculptures of a marvelously, gifted sculptor, Scott Rogers. I didn't take pictures inside, but take a look at his website, especially if you are as fascinated by sculpture as I am!  I would love to have this one in my front yard!

An evening on the plaza for ice cream, topped off our day.  This is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi,where we went to mass the next morning. I didn't take any pictures inside, but it is gorgeous.

We stayed in Taos on the way home, where it was a rainy day, but still really pretty. The covered area in front of our room was a nice spot to enjoy the evening, looking out over the courtyard.

We drove home the next day by way of Ft. Garland Museum (funny how all of our trips just "happen to" take us by way of museums), an outpost established in 1858 to protect settlers in the San Luis Valley. The docent said it was the first time in years that they had snow in June. There was just a dusting on the mountain tops, and it looked like a painting against the blue sky.

Our trip was complete with a stop at Serendipity Coffee Shop in Walsenburg. We happened upon this neat little shop on my last trip to Santa Fe, and I had it on our radar to stop for a sandwich and a drink before we continued the drive home.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Welcome, Summer!

Looking back at the week, my favorites all fall under the theme of summer. It was a good week to welcome the new season beginning with a baseball game on Sunday.  We went to Coors Field and watched the Rockies play the Reds. The game was great fun, but what I remember best is after the National Anthem was sung, about a dozen of the Reds players remained standing with hats over their hearts until the color guard left the field. With all the coverage about NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem, I thought this was a real class act.

Speaking of flags, our street was lined with American flags this weekend, with almost every single house displaying Old Glory. It was really neat to see.

We kicked off the summer with a barbecue at Dad and Carol's with brats and all our favorite family recipes. Carol made her broccoli salad, my sister-in-law Lois makes a mean artichoke dip, and I brought the always-requested potato salad, the way Mom used to make it. (Recipe is here.) Auntie Ann brought pies, and we had quite a feast.

The gardens are just bursting with color and they are a busy place.  So far, the resident bunnies have stayed away from the veggies sprouting up, and I thank Lilly for that. This little guy was nosing around in the chives.

Our local library kicks off its summer reading program tomorrow. I love that it includes all ages.  My first book of summer is News of the World by Paulette Jiles. It is our June book club pick.

How was your week?  If you would like to join up with Friday Fave Five, the link is here.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friday Favorites

Here we are at the end of the week, a perfect time to count some blessings. I'm linking up with Susanne for  Friday Fave Five.  

Prayerful Friends - A few weeks ago, I wrote about some struggles that my daughter is having and so many of you came through with prayers. We all know that progress is not always linear, however, I am encouraged that in the past two weeks, her journey has taken a step towards recovery, the first in a very, very long time. 

In the garden - so many things to behold! Two years ago, a neighbor thinned his iris beds, and announced on our neighborhood website that they were free for the taking.  The first year I got maybe one or two flowers -- it takes a couple of seasons for them to take hold. Last week, they all started to bloom. These soft peach colored ones are my favorites.

A writer's conference - Last weekend, I attended a local writer's conference with my friend Kelly. It was a fun day, meeting local authors, connecting with a writer's group, going to workshops, and having lunch with Kelly! A perfect way to spend a Saturday.

Girls day out - Yesterday, my Auntie Ann and I went shopping for shoes for her.  We found a couple pair at a store on a quaint main street in a nearby town. Afterward, we shopped at a bookstore and then had lunch. Then, we went to the mall and bought perfume. It just doesn't get any better -- shoes, books, lunch and perfume!

Unexpected presents - My hubby surprised me one day when a package arrived from Amazon. He was ordering something for his workshop and he decided to get me a little something, too. A week or so ago, we were out at a local nature reserve observing a nest of bald eaglets. He knows I love looking at birds, and I'm particularly fascinated by the hawks in our area. So, he found a wonderful book with lots of pictures and illustrations to identify them while they are in flight. He's a gem, that guy of mine.

How was your week?  To my friends in the states, enjoy the long, holiday weekend!


Monday, May 21, 2018

May Daybook

For Today . . . Monday, May 21, 2018

Looking out my window . . . It's been raining a lot lately and the gardens are loving it. Thankfully, the hail storms have passed us by, at least for now. Over the weekend, I took my camera outdoors to experiment with my new lens. I love the way the raindrops cling to the leaves of this clematis . . . 

. . .  and pool like a little sparkling gem in the center of this lupine.

I am thinking . . . of the special day we had when our son-in-law Sam graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. We're so proud of him!

I am thankful . . . for FaceTime so I can play with my grandkids in Wisconsin. When we were on the phone last weekend, my son Luke gave 4-year-old Siefer the phone to talk to me. She carried the phone outside, and said, "Grandma, let's spin!" We spun around the yard for a few minutes (I had to stop looking at the screen on my phone, I was so dizzy), then she decided we would play a game of tag with Sawyer.  "Run, Grandma, run," she keep saying as she took off around the yard, and I cheered "us" on.  What an imagination she has, and at that moment I was so thankful for technology!

One of my favorite things . . . our neighbors' lilacs. When I step into our backyard, the scent wafts through the air and it's heavenly.

I am creating . . . order out of chaos in my bedroom closet. I took two big bags to ARC.

I am wearing . . . jeans, a t-shirt and sandals.

I am reading . . . The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan.

I am hoping and praying . . . for healing for a dear one.

I am learning . . . Life Lessons. Always.

In my kitchen . . . I had these two cuties cooking for me last week. My niece and my aunt!

In my garden . . . this climbing rosebush is growing nicely on the arbor. (Dan's workshop is under construction in the background. We are in the middle of wiring and waiting for inspection from the city. Hurry up and wait).

Shared Quote
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." [George Eliot]

A moment from my day

If you would like to do a Daybook, you can find the guidelines at the Simple Woman's Daybook blog here.

Wishing you a good week!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

For Today

May 3, 2018

Outside my window . . . 

I am hearing. . . the splash of puddles on the pavement as cars drive by, students heading to the high school up the street.

I am thinking . . . about all of the plants that are loving this wet weather, and how much they'll sprout up in the next few days.

I am thankful . . . for girlfriends who have become the sisters I never had.

In the kitchen . . . a recipe for fajita bowls that we'll make tomorrow night when my niece and her friend come for dinner.  Local family will be here, too, and I'm hoping for nice weather so we can eat outside on the patio.

I am wearing . . . jeans, tunic top, and (grudgingly) a pair of boots, covering up my pedicure because it's too cold for sandals today.

I am creating. . . a balanced budget?

One of my favorite things. . .  this new water bottle.  I bought two of them at the grocery store - one for Dan and one for me.  The top part screws off making it easy to clean and easy to fill with ice. Ingenious!


I am watching hooked on . . . Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. It's a wonderful series about a beautiful, feisty woman detective in 1920s Melbourne.  I love the era, her clothes, and her spitfire attitude.

I am listening to . . . Alison Krauss, "In the Palm of Your Hand" on Pandora.

I am looking forward to . . . having breakfast with a girlfriend tomorrow morning.

Around the house. . . my friend Renee gave me this lovely flowering plant. It's called an Orange Star (that's what the tag says).  It has been blooming for weeks, and there are still lots of buds.

A favorite quote for the day. . . 
"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."
(Deepak Chopra)

A few plans for the rest of the week . . The weather is supposed to clear up and it should be sunny and warm. I'm going to finish planting outside, see a friend who is moving out of state, and see where the weekend takes me.

A peek into my day. . . I found these plant markers at the local garden store. It makes me feel very organized and efficient to have the herbs identified and neatly labeled:)

Happy Thursday to all,