Saturday, July 28, 2012

Play time in the Rockies

We have spent the week with our kids...exploring Colorado.  It's fun to share our adventures with family.  We never expected to get up to Pike's Peak (I am not very good with high altitudes - an understatement, if there ever was one....and I am not very good with large drop offs...brings out the fear in me).  However, with the kids cheering me on, we made it!!  

I may not be back for a few more days, but I had a moment to post, and sort of missed checking in with you....

So, here are a few shots of our adventures of the week!  

Picking up the kids at the airport,
in our (I wish) 'bug'.  Just kidding!
This car is covered in beads and is a work
of art.....and on display at the
Denver International Airport.

Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs

Balancing Rock is on the right.
The road went right between the rocks.
Kids loved this one.

Leaving the Garden of the Gods road,
and heading up to the top
of Pike's Peak.

Okay, now it is getting serious.
We are above timberline....just rocks up here
and of course, Tourists in cars!!

The air is getting pretty thin at this point!

We are at the top.
This is where Katherine Bates
was so awed
that she wrote, "America the Beautiful"
upon visiting the top of Pike's Peak.


The valley below was stunning from the top.

Yes, that says, "14,110 ft.

"Rules of the Road"
There is no room for error on this road.
The rules are made for a reason.
There were lots of people at the top,
who were struggling with the altitude,
so the cautions are clear,
so you get up and down the road safely.

....And not to forget the fires....

The danger of fire was still very high.
Even though this sign is fuzzy,
the message was clear.

There were many "thank you's" to
the Firemen along the way.

We continue to have a lot of will share more next week.

I hope that you are having a good week.  See you soon....

Monday, July 16, 2012

Oh Dear.....

I just checked in and realized that my
last blog was on July 11th....

I don't think that I am gaining on this
summer stuff.  I just seem to get
further and further behind.

but it's all good, so no worries...

It's just that we are trying to make some
order out of chaos.
Sweet Hubby is at about 80% now, so
the garden needs tending, the projects that
were put on hold seem to loom LARGE!
....and my kids are coming for a visit.

well, not all of them, but half of them.

I am cleaning, like a busy beaver,
I am getting the guest room ready,
and filling the fridge with favorites.

can you tell, I LOVE having the kids come!

So, it doesn't seem like the blog is going
to get much more attention than the garden.

I hope you will consider 'benign neglect'
an opportunity for you to go out and play,
just like I plan to play a bit.

It's Summer!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Butterflies and Bees

We have been neglecting the garden,
but the butterflies have not.
They are in heaven with all the color around them.
I am thinking that this is a Monarch,
but it a lot lighter in coloring
than other Monarchs around the garden.

Up close and personal, you can tell
that the Echinops are a bit weary.
However, the worker bees are happy and healthy
and quite busy out there in the garden.

The hostas are happy
and starting to bloom.
I have never seen such large leaves.
Up close and personal, this
picture brought out the lovely
shades of purples in this bloom.

Of course, the Morning Glory, can thrive
anywhere.....especially this year,
on the south side of the house.

Isn't that just the best name for a flower?
Morning Glory
love it....

The Allium is long gone, but with benign neglect,
it has become an ornamental statement
in our garden.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Benign Neglect

My yard is suffering from 'benign neglect'.
I have not been in the garden to work on it,
for five weeks.  You can tell.
Sweet Hubby usually gets in there and cleans
out the weeds, grass, clover, etc,
and I love to give the haircut.
As you can see, we have done
...none of the above.

However, given that we have done so little,
the garden has managed to sustain itself
with a bit less water and no maintenance.

Sometimes, 'benign neglect' is not so bad.
Sweet Hubby did get out there today, and
did some weeding  on a very small scale.

I took a few photos of the flowers and
the yard....with hopes of getting in there
this week and cleaning up just a bit.

Hope your post 4th of July weekend is relaxing.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Calm again....

Life is calming down again.  Sweet Hubby is walking two miles on crutches....working on transitioning to a cane and actually driving a car (very short distances).  What a huge sense of freedom for him.  This is a good thing.  

I look forward to a renewed spirit for art work and an opportunity to get out and photograph or in the studio to draw.

With heat up in the high 90's, we walk early and then take a break in the afternoon.  it's a bit too hot to do much, other than read.  However, I am loving the simple luxury of reading in the afternoons.  Who does this?  It's a grand idea, I think.  

Okay.... maybe, next week, I will be back on track.  I am just letting the universe take me where I need to be.  

The Fires are calming down.  There has been much sadness and heartbreak with these fires.  There were so many houses lost and more importantly, people.  However, the fires are contained and there haven't been any more started.  I pray that the firefighters get a much needed break.  

The storms in Florida have passed....moved through Washington, D.C. and north.  I know that Florida is getting back to normal...and I am wishing the same for the East coast.  It's time for a bit of calm.

No fireworks here.... too dangerous, for sure, this year.  I think we will watch some on T.V.