Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A White Christmas in Connecticut

Before we headed east, we joined in the festivities at the Christmas party at the Club house.    Good to see everyone in their red and green.   More end of year gatherings filled our days and then we packed our bags.

 First thing on the VIP list  was Mason's Jazz band concert.    They were impressive.!   Great sound, impressive solos and all from 7th and 8th graders.     He even mastered the tying of  his own green tie !

The adults headed out one cold day and were awed by the NY Botanical Garden's train display.   All exhibits were made of natural products and the Haupt Conservatory is always breathtaking.   They have the best gift shop but I was relatively restrained and left the blooming flowers and perfect potted plants to live a life elsewhere.   I attended a few years of classes at the Garden and it made me want to get out my pencils and spend the day in studies.  


 We baked a few cookies....

And decorated a few.....

And right on schedule, it snowed............

 Not too much, just enough..........

 On Christmas Eve, we continued the tradition of going to see the latest Star Wars.   I really enjoyed it and believe that I am understanding more of the nuances.   Of course, the discussions were animated as we debated various plot lines and genealogy over dinner at Franco's, a lovely Italian family's restaurant that welcomes us each year.    I fell off the wagon and had my favorite indulgence, a meatball grinder.....oh the goodness !    I had them put just a smidgen of the meatball on it so didn't feel too guilty....Once a year it's a good thing !

Andy and Mason have the largest collection of Legos in the world.    This year, their choices were from the SW movie and after many many hours, they completed these highly detailed pieces.
So far, Andy has not changed clothes since Christmas morning when he received his hat and robe.    He has a cold so has no interest in venturing out and about.    I think he looks about perfect.

And in case you're wondering....that is a TV pretending to be a if it only put out heat !

I'm not necessarily ready to head home.     It's been a relaxing and cozy holiday, great food, good friends, the best family  and perfect days.    And when we get back, we need to gear up for our trip to AZ.    This time, packing up the RV is going to be a challenge in the cold.    

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Thanks is given...

The bird was delicious by all accounts.......all I know is that the trimmings were perfect.  

 The grand girls did some serious relaxing over the holiday and it was fun having Lizzie home from her busy college life.     (That's an aquarium behind them which didn't show up well)

We avoided most of the shopping hoards but had to search out any bargains over bagels.   I got my mall (maul) fix but didn't find much that I had to have.   Is that a sign of old age or just that fashion has passed me by ?     Even Nordstrom's couldn't take my $$.    

 The sunsets captured the end of good days............

 On the way back home, we managed to catch up with those busy CT kids who seem to be everywhere, doing everything.     Here they are posing in front of the many sculptures in downtown Grand Junction.      They made their Grandma Rae very happy and spent time with their Great grandma Mary as well.
And back at the home front, we wandered about the other day to check on the snow in the mountains....there isn't much and the ski areas are either closed or using very few trails.  The temps are warm and quite lovely.     We played 11 holes of golf yesterday and actually peeled jackets off.   And we  played well.....of course, we can't post our scores to improve our handicap since our course is considered seasonal and officially closed by the Colorado Golf Association.  


 We drove over to Ouray for breakfast and were welcomed into town by a committee of 3.   This buck was watching his harem of 2 and never moved an eyelash as we stopped the car next to him.   He did have a pair of antlers but wouldn't move so I could get a better view.     The cattle and sheep are down from the high pastures and fill up much of the open space along the roads.    The yak are growing longer coats and the local deer are wandering about our yards at night looking for snacks and foliage to destroy.     We've never been here this late and find the social scene to be busy as ever and the weather is great.

AND, we celebrated 54 years of our official pairing !!    

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thoughts on a Saturday........

A touch of the white stuff last night and now a crispy 22 degrees.    The sky is Colorado blue and the mountains have a fresh cover of snow.     

But last week, it was in the 60's and I actually played some golf. ... twice .     

There was an enthusiastic crowd on the 11th fairway.     The views from the back 9 are always inspiring.  

Newtown HS Marching Band accomplished a 1st in the school history.    They captured FIRST PLACE in their division in the National competition at Met Life stadium in NJ.   There were 55 bands total and 16 in their division.    They came in 4th overall.     We really wanted to be there but we settled  for frequent updates from the support team.    Can you tell it was really cold that night.?

I wonder if the school trophy case is big enough.    The kids worked incredibly hard and we are so proud of Andy.    Can't wait to see what they accomplish next year.

Speaking of accomplishments....... this kinda sums up the Bronco's year!

So many books....... I have such a long list of books I can't wait to read.   But, I also like to knit a lot so I finally gave in and got once again.   In the past, I have listened to a couple books while I walk.    It really makes the time pass quickly.    It's not cheap, $14+ /month with one book included.   But it really is an addictive way to get involved in a book.   

I've wanted to read this one for awhile.   Reviews are very mixed but it has garnered several major awards and the critics loved it.    I think the audio version works really well  for this book as there are  so many voices and they add a real richness to the dialogue that would be lost in print.    I recognize some of the voices as well known actors.    It's not an easy listen and I could use a guide but it is one I will not soon forget.  

 At the same time, I'm reading all about this amazing Renaissance Man ( I had to ask Siri how to spell that...I'm so easily wowed by technology)...   Anyhow, this is a read to be savored.    I was hesitant to put it on the Kindle, afraid I would lose something in the included illustrations.    But, just the opposite as I can enlarge to get a better view of his drawings and paintings and sculptures.  

 Did you know that he wrote everything in mirror image, from right to left ?   Both Jenna and I can do that as well.....I've been doing it since grade school and can write about as fast backwards as I can the normal way .   I can only do cursive, not print.     Jenna may be descended from daVinci, considering her many creative talents, but I certainly am not.!

We're really looking forward to being with family this Thanksgiving.    Living in Florida, we never made the trip on  that busy holiday.    So we will head East, over the mountains and thru the woods to be with favorite people once again.      And then head back home to see some more favorite people.....stay tuned .

Friday, November 3, 2017

No news is good when you're this old........

I enjoy the morning's still a surprise that it comes so late and I find that the day is getting on before I realize it.    I am highly synced to sunrise and sunset.     The leaves are gone, there is fresh snow on the mountains and we are thoroughly enjoying the fall weather.   This is the latest we have ever been here and I'm liking the wearing of the jeans and sweaters.    It's still quite warm in the afternoons.   

Speaking of sweaters......this has been a project for about 10 months.   But it mostly sat in its basket as I pondered some of the harder aspects.    But, I'm wanting to look at new projects so trying to finish up those floundering along the way.    This is made of Lopi wool  which is what Icelandic sweaters are made out of.   It is quite coarse and I"m hoping it will soften after a nice soak and take on a finished look.   I made this in the round and then actually cut it down the middle.    This is a very intimidating thing for knitters but so far, it is behaving as the youtube knitters said it would. 


The other day, a friend and I went" shopping in Delta"......that sounds like an oxymoron I realize.   Delta is about 30 min north and is reminiscent of towns from the '50's.   We pass thru regularly coming and going to Grand Junction.    Many stores are empty but those that are open seem prosperous.   There is a nice shop that many go to for good brands of clothing and accessories.   We also had a great lunch at one of two Mexican restaurants on Main.   Note that Colorado blue sky !  

Montrose has some very nice shopping on Main as well.    And surprisingly, a very high end boutique.....cashmere and beautiful boots and leather wearables.   Altho it looks like just a stoplight on the way to somewhere else (Telluride), there are some impressive homes and ranches out there in the hills.  

And I've been remiss in tooting my horn !!    While we were away in CT, the last luncheon of the Ladie's Golf League was held.    And guess who won Most Improved Golfer for 9 Holes ????   I was stunned.    On League days I usually play 9 holes but not always so guess they thought that's where I fit in for this award.    I didn't get a big check or $$$ to spend in the Pro Shop but I'll take my name on a plaque anytime.    Now I just have to prove that I deserve it.    

And on a happier note.........  This book seems to be the rage of late on the many blogs that I read.

I think we've been doing this for awhile now.....