Friday, October 31, 2008

A Walk Through the Old 'Hood

We couldn't resist the near-80 degree weather so decided to take a walk around our old neighborhood. We lived very near the downtown area which is designated an historic district. Here are some of the sights:

It was a very lovely walk! Much better than being down there tonight because tonight is the Naked Pumpkin Bicycle Ride. There will probably be lots of participants this year as the current temperature, at 6:30PM, is 72 degrees. A lovely evening for a naked bike ride!

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Wonderful, Hopeful Political Sunday

Sunday we decided to drive north and attend a political rally, my first ever. Can you tell who we saw and heard:

"Believe in a future we can build together."
We got up to Ft. Collins about noon with the rally beginning at 3:30. Senator Obama was speaking in Denver while we were driving and estimates were over 100,000 people in attendence.
The line was already miles long but middle daughter and two friends were already in line so we joined them.

The rally was on the campus of Colorado State University and there were plenty of students in attendance. Many were studying and as the gates didn't even open until 1:30 some even had time for a nap after studying.

Who knew a Chemistry textbook would make a great pillow?
We met some wonderful people while waiting...........
This sweet family with an ever-so-cute three year old daughter "I'm really three and a half" who kept trying to get her big brother, with his nose in a book, to chase her around:

This little fan of both Senator Obama AND the Denver Broncos, with his Broncobama shirt, flashing the peace sign. Ah, hope for the future!

We finally got into the Oval where the senator was speaking. Can you see him? Just in case you can't see him among the 50,000 -- yes, 50,000 -- people, I marked him for you!

Ran into sister number three and her husband who despite having VIP tickets as campaign workers, were actually BEHIND us at the rally:

A great way to spend a blue-sky Colorado fall Sunday, with family,

beautiful scenery,

and a man who has such hope for America.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Gotta Love High School Football

Last evening was the annual cross-town rival football game for our town's two largest high schools. Back when I attended one of the schools, the other was fairly new and somewhat out in the country. I remember that school being referred to as "Farmer High School" and pranks seemed to revolve around farm animals, like chickens being set loose in our school.

One year when my little brother was quarterback there was a snow/ice storm that got worse during the evening game that put the game on "pause." The next morning the game resumed where it left off and I can't even remember who won.

Both teams now play on the same field, the field that was OUR field back in the day. And it will remain "our field" forever, as far as I'm concerned!

Last night's game had a bit of excitement:

The fact that he's carrying a sword which would fit in with the other team's identity as "The Knights" leads me to suspect he was cheering on the other team. And............our team lost.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Something to think about

A billion seconds ago was 1951. A billion minutes ago Jesus walked on earth. But in Washington a billion dollars was spent only hours ago.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fall Evening on Campus

Dear husband and I attended a lecture on campus Monday evening and were struck by the beauty of the night. Everything looked so peaceful.
Late night studies were happening in a few of the buildings.

The trees and stone walls that grace this campus, which we happen to think is the most beautiful campus in the US, looked a bit eerie in the dark.

We found an interesting sign that surely was not needed when we were students here.

Of course, there were still a few houligans to be found.

Why was that handsome man trying to push over the lamp post?
As for the raccoons, we'd never seen any quite as bold as they were last night. So many seemed to be just strolling about campus as we were, enjoying the cool air, earlier freshened by a light rain. And interestingly, daughter number one, up in Glenwood Springs, had a raccoon scratching at her back door yesterday, apparently trying to gain entrance to the warm kitchen.
When we arrived home we found our own houligan sacked out on the living room couch. She looked so comfortable and at age 14 and having taken a LONG walk in the afternoon I'm sure she thought she deserved that wonderful spot, but she wouldn't dare do that when we're at home! She even looked a bit embarrassed when I called her name right after I snapped the photo.

We did accomplish one big thing yesterday and were rewarded with a nice sticker:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Colorado Gold

Youngest daughter sent these photos to us yesterday. Spectacular Colorado gold -- Steamboat Springs. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful state.

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