Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving walk

Walking off the turkey dinner. The temperature had warmed up to a toasty 18 degrees. The sun was shining so beautifully on Mt. Sopris.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Need some quiet time

The first part of this week has been so busy. Doctor appointment (new city, new doc, makes me so nervous), climbing a mountain, spending the day in the elementary school library, evening concert, and tutoring -- and always in the background, how will DH's retirement really affect us?
~~~So, for a little while, I'd like to be this swan that I photographed earlier this month. She was just floating on the water, her beak tucked neatly under her wing, paddling just a little with one foot, so she stayed circling in one spot ever so calmly on the lake. Sounds good to me right now!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Catching up


Caroline Pond singing and playing her ukulele at the Bluebird.












One of the downtown murals.







Interesting sculpture downtown.






More creations:










Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bits of life

Some recent ATCs:



a couple cards:



an organizational thingy to put in an old mug, to hold pens, pencils, etc.:


some plants that are now doing well since I moved them indoors for the winter:


and a lazy old dog:



Friday, November 5, 2010

Bike Accident Dilemma

Most of you know that I dearly love bicycling. I much prefer to ride my bike than use the car to run errands around town. Earlier this week as I was riding home I was approaching an intersection where the cross street traffic had a stop sign and I had the right of way. I spotted a large truck at the stop sign, saw that he was stopped so continued riding. As I got right in front of him he drove forward and hit me. Yep, broadsided by a truck! As I laid on the ground, tangled in my bike, all I could think of was "Please don't drive over me." He didn't. He, and his three passengers, got out and helped me up, checked my bike, and the driver kept saying repeatedly, "You OK? Sorry." I felt I was fine, my bike was still working, but I realized whatever I said would not be understood as he spoke Spanish and I spoke English. And all the men had terrified looks on their faces. I felt so sorry for them. So, I took the driver's arm, and gently patted it as I said, "Please be careful." Then, I was off to continue my ride home.

By the evening I realized I had hurt one of my hands -- the one I put out to slow down the fall. But I think something was just dislocated as I was trying to exercise it and something "popped." A couple aspirin, and a good night's sleep, and it was fine.

Now, the dilemma: I have been told by some folks that I should have called the police and reported the man who ran into me. What do you think? What's done is done, no turning back. But if there's a next time....... What would you have done?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Elections, a Mantid, and Halloween


Saturday began very early with a rally for Sen. Bennett down at the Bluebird. It was a huge crowd for 7:30 AM on a Saturday! Hope that's a good sign of things to come.

It finished up in time to see the sun shining on the mountains on the west edge of town.


The budding entomologist next door could hardly wait to show me his new treasure! I did point out that I think he will have hundreds before too long!

Halloween came and went without many kids at our door. I don't think my jack-o-lantern was too scary, do you?
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