Sep 24, 2016

September 2016

Do I still have 12 followers? Well, if they are who I think they are...Thank You for keeping up with me. ...since I know all the reading involved {funny}
Well, do you realize what yesterday was?  A year. A year since Nugget went over The Bridge. Somehow I felt I needed to wait a year. Why? I don't if a year would mend a broken heart?

I am to the point that I need a dog.  Yes, there has to be a want, but ....I am in need. 
However, I DO love my hood cat though! :)

{Taking selfies with a cat is near impossible}

I leave you with an awesome 9 am cloud picture when I was walking back to the 'bus barn' one morning.

 ..and one of our first 'Pikes Peak' snow a couple of weeks ago.

Jul 1, 2016

Made my Heart Leap

 Took a day trip! To Fairplay, CO (middle mountainous part of the state)
I had already preplanned from my topographical detailed Colorado map book and my CO ghost town book. At this point I'm at around 11,000 to 12,000 feet elevation.  
 Found it!!
An 'arrastra' for prospectors of 1860. Mule driven grinding ore down and water would be channeled over leaving gold behind. Most have been removed from South Park area for museums...this is a rare one left near the road going to 'Kite Lake' (I could not go the entire way comfortably in my car) Just west of Alma, CO in Buckskin Gulch on County Road 8.
 At the end of Buckskin Gulch you would see 3 out of the 54 Colorado mountain peaks that are over 14,000 ft! I turned around here. You can't see in the picture, but the road was getting a little much for a sedan. Oh, how I wish I had a small 4x4...maybe a Colorado (chevy's small pickup) might have to be next...maybe in 8 years or so ;)
 The air, the smell, the alone-ness, the complete security I feel in the mountains. Yes, believe it or not....within the city you feel 'oh, what if something happened...' reminds me of the days I would just take off into the mountains on a mountain bike with my dog.  Yes, I dearly miss Nugget esp. these times.
My Good Thins wanted to explode! HA could you imagine!? By the way, they are very tastey. I got them free on one of the 'Free Friday' that King Soopers has. (Ralphs, City Market, Kroger...few others..all same my Daughter hooked on the APP, too!)

Jun 25, 2016

Half the Year!

SURPRISE!!!! I'm here!
So, I'm going through my bookmarks on my laptop and there was Golden Oasis! Wow, home sweet home! I reread my last entry and I think to myself I should update everyone!

"Blaaah, blah, blah..." "We do not go blah, blah, blah," Oh, Hotel Transylvania 2 is such a cute movie! Life is Good!
....but I guess that's my GRANDMA side coming out!!!  That's right!  If you know me from other social media you know it!

I have an idea to leap from my own starred tidbits from last post.
  • Goodreads- I have read a few books this needs to be more! I'm milking this Stephen King 'Mercedes Man' need to get it done.  (I believe my link is correct on the side of my blog for Goodreads...will check it out shortly)
  • Still haven't enjoyed my National Park or train DVD's....I'm enjoying some Netflix movies. I'm finding that I'm a little odd.  I'm sure you all could have told me this long ago! I'm finding I don't enjoy the 4-5 star ones, but the 2-3 starred movies.  So, on a whole I don't like what other people tend to like.
  • Drawing and watercolor.  For Christmas my daughter gave me one of those coloring books! What a hoot! and I haven't done any pen and ink lately. I used to do birds with Bible verses. Maybe they were soothing back then. I did do a oil pastel. I was looking through Pinterest (I'm addicted) and had to get it out of my head.

  • Wood burning....needs to happen in the next week! Why not?  I have some scrape wood and some nice branches that I would like to make some small picture frames.
  • Which leads into 'Crafts'.....I'm not sure if my heels are digging into the ground -or- I just haven't gotten back because I put them down out of a sideswipe and just haven't picked them back up. My last memory of seriously attempting something was Fall 2011. This a shame.
  • Next pet? 
'Snowflake' she is about 10 mos.

She was my Son's cat and he realized she needed a little more time than what he can give. She loves me and I love her. It was hard at first...she is a cat! But now I can't see my life without her. Let's see? would love to add a grey one! Yes, I'm a empty-nester and over a certain age, but it's not the crazy cat lady thing. Trust me.  Another dog? hmmm...right now I have my moments losing Nugget, but kind of enjoying not having to let in and out and I can go away for a weekend....So, it will hit me when it's time.
  • Pride of Son and Daughter....goes without saying for both ...they are both doing well! :) My daughter and son-in-law had their first child!  Ohmygooooodness, to only pick three... I've been there the birth and just came back!

  • yes, routine is good. I'm selfish with my time. and next school year will start my 9th year of driving that bus! (not driving this summer. I'm annualized, so 'summer driving' is extra-I've done it a couple of times and not sure it's really worth it for time spent back and forth twice a day and starting a year feeling like you never stopped.  Many people probably think this job is easy, but it's mentally and physically trying. Needed a break!  So, Happy Summer!

Jan 3, 2016

A New Year...2016

I will not let the days go by....I will not let it get away. I need a new direction. 

Oh, now I need to figure out why my phone pictures have stopped saving on my google images? It was fine until end of October....

So, great... I have no photos and I just got back from San Diego!

A list format always work in my mind! I really don't 'do' resolutions...because I am resolute about what I am resolute about. Ah-ha! there, I said it.

  • Goodreads wants to know what is my goal is for this year....I certainly hope more than last year!
  • went through my DVDs ...picked out some I would like to revisit and even some I haven't watched! (some Ken Burns National Parks and one on history of railroad)
  • ***I. Have. Craft. Projects. THAT I WANT TO COMPLETE!***
  • I would like to try my hand at drawing and watercolor. (pen and ink type)
  • I would like to try my hand at wood burning. (it's been almost a year since I bought a burner)
  • I'm so proud of my son and daughter.
  • When to get my next pet. what and from where?
  • I like maintaining. I like routine. ....but why am I getting bothered when I don't think people understand it. -or- rather they really don't care and I"m just thinking something up. After all, everyone is in their own 'bubble'
  • need some new music
  • ....I AM resolute about adding to this list and using my blog to enhance on each item!
Yes, that last one seems like a nice direction!

I'll leave a photo of the plane we rode in Orlando FL last October...yes, planes are a nice representation of direction! ;)