Friday, April 26, 2019

Ready for an Adventure?

We had pretty much given up on going to our mountain cabin until late May or early June 
because there was so much snow up there this year. 
We'd heard our area had more than seven feet of snow!!!

What a wonderful surprise when we heard from a cabin neighbor that 
the county road had been plowed and was passable. 

So we planned a day trip to the cabin. 
Although Denver was completely socked in and rainy, 
the roads looked bare and the sky was blue on the mountain cams. 
Rarin' to go!

I couldn't wait to see what the cabin looked like in the snow. 
(Here's the cabin with about three feet of snow).

We hoped we could drive up our old road to the cabin. 
If not in the Jeep, we thought we could shovel a path.

Yes, the road had been plowed 
but the snow and ice had been piled up on each side of the narrow road. 
You can barely see the cabin in the distance. 

We were grateful for Ron's Jeep and new tires 
but we had to park on the county road and hike into the cabin. 
We couldn't carry any of the things we'd packed
as we were trying to stay upright.

The mountains were breathtaking with puffy white clouds and a stunning blue sky. 

Now to make our way to the cabin. 
In the morning, the snow pack was icy and solid, easier to walk on . .. 
except for the few times we fell through the snow past our knees. 
Believe me, it's not easy to climb out the this situation. 
It made me wonder how people ever survive an avalanche. 

Here's one of the waist-high drifts in back of the cabin. 
Good thing we didn't need to visit the out house.

The propane tank was buried too.

But the weather was just perfect -- blue sky, sunny, warm temps, no wind 
which we appreciated since we get some pretty strong winds up there.

Inside, it was cozy and surprisingly warm.
We didn't stay too long, just enough to check the roof and skylight.
No leaks!

On the way out, the snow had softened and we kept falling through it. 
Then we found some wide boards that distributed our weight on the snow
so we could work out way out to the road.

(I saw something similar once on Survivor where they had to build a bridge with two boards)!
That came in handy.

Although it was still pretty wintry at 11,000 feet, we had an exciting adventure.
Still, it's always a little tense, thinking we might get stuck in this remote area.
So I'm fairly sure we'll  wait another two to three weeks before attempting it again. 


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Friday, April 19, 2019

Spring Garden Update

When warm weather arrives, 
I can't wait to head outside to work (and play) in my garden. 

Honestly, I don't even think about indoor decorating once the garden calls.
It's like my favorite naturalist, John Muir, said, "The mountains are calling and I must go."

For me, spring is calling and I must go!
It won't be long til the allium and phlox, early bloomers, 
are blooming and the garden looks like this photo from last year.

This year I finally ordered a load of compost (a level amount in the bed of a pickup truck), 
to enrich my soil and feed my plants. 

Let me tell you, my friends, a "yard" of compost is a LOT of compost. 
The pile under the white tarp was originally double the size in this photo.
It's gradually shrinking. 

I've spread it over the bare spots in my lawn and sprinkled grass seed, 
then added it to all my perennial beds and put some aside to mix in 
with my potting soil when it's time to plant flowers. 

And guess what?
I still have enough left over to cover both of my neighbors' yards!

Ron also pruned a dead limb from the big ash tree this year 
and I snagged the smaller branches to lay over the seed. 

Hopefully, this will keep birds and squirrels from snacking on the seeds. 

We recently had a big snowstorm and the moisture should help the seeds germinate. 
Once the snow is melted, I'm going to spread more compost on the lawn.
That can't happen too soon. 

Although I'm fine with using dried or artificial plants indoors, 
there's one faux thing I can't handle. 
Artificial Grass!

Yes, the real thing is more work but you can't beat walking on a cool grassy lawn 
in your bare feet on a hot summer day -- once the snow melts. 


Friday, April 12, 2019

Happy Easter !

I don't do much decorating for Easter but did want to wish you all a Happy Easter!

As for me, I take time to appreciate the beauty of nature . . . 

. . . and be thankful for all our blessings.

Roxy, on the other hand, enjoys a good Easter egg hunt!
Mine, mine, mine. 

Blessings and joy to all.


Friday, April 5, 2019

See Why I Love This Vintage Market

I've always wanted to go to Round Top, Texas for its amazing antique fairs in the spring and fall.
It's definitely on my Bucket List.

But meanwhile I've discovered a wonderful vintage market here in Denver called
The Market Beautiful.
It was originally called the Vintage Whites Market.

Recently Jana and Vanessa moved their vintage market closer to downtown Denver 
at the National Western Complex at the Denver Stock Show. 
It's all arranged so there's plenty of room to see everything without stepping on somebody.

The market is in four states (Montana, Colorado, Mississippi and Utah).
And it's definitely worth a visit (or two).
We went to the market last weekend.

There's more than 150 vendors, lots of vintage stuff, entertainment, and classes.
So much fun!

The market has been ranked among the Top Four markets in the U.S.
by Romantic Homes and Flea Market Style magazines.

Although I didn't buy anything this year, I love seeing all the creativity and displays. 
I always come home with tons of ideas.

This is the market where I bought my favorite red farm table 
and my beautiful Hollywood Regency  candelabra.

Antiquing, inspiration, and our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Tapatio, 
where we enjoyed margaritas, chili rellenos and tamales. 

A perfect way to end a perfect day.


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