Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 19, 2017

The light coming into the house late this afternoon was yellow.
This is what greeted me when I stepped outside to take a look.

Colorado is the only state we've lived in 
where you could have clouds like this
and no rain.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

November 8, 2017

It was snowing again when I went to bed last night.
Still just a dusting...
but we're hopeful all these dustings are just a warm-up for a very snowy winter.
Also, I really need to get that hammock and umbrella put away!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

November 7, 2017

We woke up to our fourth snow of the season!
Again, just a dusting, but we're still pretty excited. :)

This window is in an upstairs loft.  
Our neighbors rebuilt their chimney last fall (I think) and it is really beautiful...
I think it looks like a cupola.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

November 5, 2017

The sky was amazing today on our drive home from our church in Boulder.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

November 4, 2017

Jed and I went out again this evening - two in a row!  :)
The local museums were free from 5:00 - 8:00 PM and we took advantage of the offer
to visit the Golden History Museum.
Jed was pretty intrigued with this old snow shovel - 
can you imagine shoveling with a wood shovel??
I hope it makes his shoveling this winter seem a bit easier by comparison.  :)

We love the light rail!

An interesting bit of history about the "M" on Lookout Mountain. 

 That's our view of South Table Mountain.

This quilt was pieced by the Ladies Aid Society of the First Baptist Church of Golden in 1887. The sunburst signature quilt is composed of 30 red squares about 14″ to each side. In the center of each square is a white circle surrounded by 17 white diamonds. Key events in church history are written onto the center of each circle while church member names are written on the diamonds. All together, over 500 names appear on the quilt.

Golden history is literally written into this quilt. Another square records Golden’s first bell: The church built a tower for the bell presented by William Austin Hamilton Loveland in 1865. While the date is slightly off (it should be 1867), Loveland offered to give the Baptists a bell if they’d built a tower to house it. The Baptists met the challenge whole-heartedly and the bell finally swung into place on June 17, 1868. As the only bell in town it was put to other uses such as signaling town meetings and fires.    from

I had no idea Boppy pillows originated in Golden - how cool is that??!

I also had no idea the designer of the Pullman railroad car lived here in Golden.

We got to bring home a souvenir - a metal disk laser-etched by a machine that was designed and built in Golden! 

Friday, November 03, 2017

November 3, 2017

Jed and I went out tonight to run a couple of errands.
I used to have the full moons noted on my calendar but I didn't do that this year,
and we were flabbergasted at the moon that greeted us -
not only was it full, it was huge and it was golden - a harvest moon!

These pictures are horrible - cell phone again - and it's a little heartbreaking because the moon was so gorgeous.

Moving the camera to the left to get away from the Staples we were parked in front of 
really darkened the sky.
That's Golden in the foreground and Denver in the background, 
with the southern portion of the South Table Mountain mesa separating the two.

A wide swipe to the left reveals the rest of Golden with the Rockies in the background.
The white light on the mountain slightly to the right of center is the School of Mines "M."

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November 1, 2017

Jed has a class on Wednesdays to discuss the work he's been doing at home during the week.
We have to leave at 6:45 AM to avoid traffic jams on I-70.
The sun was rising behind South Table Mountain and the sky was so pretty.
Too bad we were taking pictures with a cell phone in a moving car.  :)

It looks like Jed might have captured a shooting star in this shot!

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

Another dusting of snow last night - our third snow this season!
A really scary thing happened today because of it...
I was heading to a dentist appt in another town, and was driving down a highway at 65 mph.
I had the windshield wipers on because of a light mist that was falling.
All of a sudden - and I mean that, it was sudden - I couldn't see out of the windshield,
except for one tiny vertical slit near the middle.
I fumbled to get the defroster on, but it didn't seem to be working very quickly,
so I used the back of my hand to wipe the fog off the inside of the windshield.
Nothing happened.
There was no fog.
That's when I realized it was ice on the windshield.
It was all I could do to keep from panicking.
I cranked the defroster up all the way and prayed for help.
I was in the left lane with a cement wall beside me, 
and it didn't occur to me to take my eyes off the slit in the windshield long enough 
to look to my right to see if I could move over and pull off on the side of the road.
Eventually the ice started melting, but it was a scary couple of minutes.
Thankfully my dentist has nitrous oxide.  :)

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

We got our second snow of the season last night!
It was just a light dusting, but we'll take it!  :)

Our backyard is tiny, but I love the morning sun in it.
Also, I guess it's time to get the hammock and umbrella put away. :)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017

We also make it a point to go to Smithfield Station every visit.
It's a restaurant in Smithfield on the Pagan River, about 45 minutes from Portsmouth.
Smithfield is known for its ham and bacon.

No trip to Smithfield Station would be complete without the bacon-wrapped scallops served with remoulade sauce.
Although my parents have told me they have indeed survived without them - but why tempt fate like that?

 My sauteed crab sandwich.

 My mom's seafood quiche.

Yet another Eastern Carolina BBQ sandwich for Jed.

Still loving after 60 years!  :)
Happy anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

We drove to Portsmouth, VA to spend a week with my parents and celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

We always drive down to the waterfront while we're visiting.  

That's the Elizabeth River - it separates Portsmouth from Norfolk.

A Carnival cruise ship was docked across the river in Norfolk.

While we're driving around downtown, we always visit my favorite neighborhood in Porstmouth - 
Swimming Point.  

It's a tiny neighborhood - only two streets go down to the water.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017

We celebrated this little princess's birthday the next day.