Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Around the house


Returning home always makes me thankful for:  beautiful trees outside of every window, a home that welcomes me and feels like "home". I am so excited for the crispy cold air. It means cranking up the wood stove, cuddling under quilts, and slowing down just a bit.




Friday, October 24, 2014

Colorado - other landmarks

We tried to make the most of our trip and hit some major landmarks that were within an hour or so of where we were staying. 

 We went to "dinosaur ridge"In 1877, some of the best-known dinosaurs were found here, including ApatosaurusDiplodocusStegosaurus, and Allosaurus.


 The Red Rocks Park stage is amazing. My sister in law and her husband saw Hillsong United here. I can't imagine how beautiful that must have been.

We also went to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. It was pretty interesting to see these structures build into the cliffs. It's so hard to imagine what life was like long ago, but this provides a small glimpse into the past world.
Our last hike was to Garden of Gods. My phone died so I didn't get any pictures. It was kind of nice to just hike and enjoy the moment without photographing everything.

We all really enjoyed our visit. My son kept saying he felt like we were on another planet because the trees, rock, mountains...everything is just so different. And, no matter how much my sister in law tried to convince us we should move out there, we all agreed we LOVE where we live and were happy to come back home to the changing leaves of WV.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Colorado - Winter Park

Our second day in Colorado, we went to Winter Park so my husband could mountain bike. This was their last day of the bike season before prepping the slopes for winter. I'm so glad he was able to ride. It would have been disappointing for him to visit CO and not bike or snowboard. 

 While he was biking, my son and I rode the lift up the mountain to do the Alpine Slide. You can see it in the above picture, It was kind of scary, but very fun.

The Aspens were all turning yellow. They looked like fire on the mountain, they were so vibrant!


We took advantage of the activities they had at the resort and then drove to a neighboring town to this little antique shop.
Luckily, my son loves thrift and antique shops, so he was just as content as I was.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Colorado - St. Mary's Glacier Lake

We went to Colorado to visit family that moved there about a year ago. This was my first time as well as my son's. My husband has driven through the state, but never had the chance to site see.  Our first hike was at St. Mary's Glacier Lake. The lake is fed by a melting glacier - you can see the snow in the picture below. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. 







I just love this picture of us. I could never dream up such a beautiful backdrop!

Monday, October 13, 2014

An Excerpt: Elsie Venner by O.W. Holmes - 1861

On our recent trip to Colorado, I took this lovely, old book that was given to me from a friend.

I thought these lines were just perfect.

The garden was Abel's poem. Its half dozen beds were so many cantos. Nature crowded them for him with imagery such as no Laureate could copy in the cold mosaic of language.




The rhythm of alternating dawn and sunset, the strophe and anti-strophe still perceptible through all the sudden shifts of our dithyrambic seasons and echoed in corresponding floral harmonies, made melody in the soul of Abel, a plain serving-man.







Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Weekend!

It's Friday and there is so much going on around here lately.  I am hoping to be able to get a few things accomplished this weekend, including scheduling a few posts.

Have a wonderful weekend ~

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Freshen the Coop



Some of our herbs were in flower or just in need of a good trim.  Rather than sending the extra herbs to the compost pile, I like to put them into the chicken coop.


Not only does this provide a pleasant smell as they dry and a midnight snack for bored chickens, it also has microbial properties to keep the coop clean and free of mites.


Once the herbs are dry and mixed in to the shavings and droppings, the coop is cleaned out and then all refuse is composted. The herbs serve triple duty before becoming soil again.