Category Archives: Life in General

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Happy Birthday, Colorado. You’re still looking good after 142 years

Today is one of those crystal blue, clear skied day which coincides with Colorado Day where good citizens from California, Texas, Michigan and a host of many other states celebrate its 142nd birthday along with the natives. Why single out those states? They seem to be the ones moving here the most, judging by their license plates. With a great economy, 300+ days of sunshine a year, Colorado has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. In fact, there are 5.6 million of us now in the Centennial State according to the Census Bureau. Often they all seem to be on the road at the same time these days.

Colorado Capitol Rotunda

So on this day, let’s take a moment to stop driving and start celebrating her birthday. For being 142, you’re looking pretty good, Colorado.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ July 30, 2018

It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

With a break in the heat, celebrating the Year of the Dog at the annual Dragon Boat Festival couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve attended this festival many times in the past and it’s usually one of the hottest weekends of the summer so imagine my delight when pizzas actually came from the food trucks, rather than the sidewalk. Billed as the largest of its kind in the nation — this festival has been a source of pride and cultural preservation for thousands of Asian-Americans across the Rocky Mountain region. With killer boatsmanship, entertainment galore and enough food trucks and vendors to choke a horse, this year’s version was bigger than ever, with an estimated 120,000 in attendance. Opening ceremonies included a dragon dance and the dotting of the eye ceremony (which I sadly missed).

Photo courtesy of Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Dotting of the eye ceremony photo courtesy of Colorado Dragon Boat Festival Facebook page

Along with cultural performances, the festival boasted tasty food, shopping, family activities, dragon boat races and other celebrations of Asian and Asian-American heritage and all around good fun for everyone.

Team logo

I think these guys just might be hard-core judging by the Captain’s name

Does this particular heat seem as unfair to you as it did to me since the geese don’t get to race with oars? They did perform nicely, nonetheless.

Hey…not fair…where’s our oars?

 

Snagging the flag ~ we have a winner here

Attendees came in all sizes and shapes

There were many canine cheerleaders

Even the geese cheered

Meanwhile back at the lagoon, a bunch of kids went spinning in these bubble thingies

Racing in unison wins heats~this team was wicked fast and seem to beat everybody

Colorful and practical umbrellas kept sunny conditions at bay

For those not competing yet wanting to get out on the water, there was paddle boarding

People watching opportunities galore

All an all, it was a great two-day dragon adventure certainly worth telling others about. Tolkien would have been proud. How was your weekend?

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Twosome Thursday

So I’ve been working on a few “Did You Know” posts that are taking longer to put together than I had hoped. As I was catching up this morning on blog reading and research, this happened. It’s not often the ying-yang gangs lie this way. On a day when the temperatures will hover around 100, we hope you are able to stay cool as you get ready to welcome our good friend Friday back.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Summertime and the Living is Easy

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, today marks the longest day of the year and the official arrival of summer. Around our Ranch, summer seemed to arrive about six weeks earlier. Now after a few lovely springtime-like cooler days, we’re going to begin a warm up.

So today we think we’ll just kick back in the shade of a nice tree and maybe slurp a tasty lemonade this afternoon. What are your plans for the first ‘official’ of the solstice?

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Moving Slowly

We’re moving a bit more slowly for a couple of days. There has been a pleasant change in the weather which has actually been accompanied by a little bit of moisture which means there’s some actual humidity. Something we’re not familiar with here at all. Though it’s not enough moisture to say the drought has been alleviated, it is certainly a slight reprieve.

With that moisture has come some very severe hail storms. I saw a very battered car this morning and remembered last year’s costly storm. I wonder how this guy handles those golf/baseball sized hail storms? For the record, this is the biggest snail I’ve ever seen here. HIs ‘house’ was just about an inch or inch and a half in size and stretched out he must have been almost three inches long. Eeew-they are fascinating but creepy looking little chaps, aren’t they?

Live, love, bark! 🐾

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

No caption is necessary really. Happy mid-week.

Sunrise – Sloan’s Lake

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What’s Going On Thursday?

Oh May…you’re turning out to be a real stinker. What started out with loads of promise has turned into a real cluster. With migraines, seizures, and hail storms this week (my garden and I say thank you very little Mother Nature), I had to wonder out loud when I recently heard the classic Marvin Gaye song from the 1970’s. Little things have started to add up to give current times a flavor much like what was going on back when Marvin was ‘sultrifying’ the airwaves. Though different issues, there still is this pervasive question at the back of my mind: What’s Going On here? 

This little guy seems to be asking the same question as I have this week…what is going on? Elsa and I are on the mend (with special thanks all for the kind well wishes and POTP). With temperatures rising into the 90’s for the next few days, we plant to hunker down and ride the waves through life’s up’s and down’s. It’s all a person or pup can do, right? How are things on your end?

Live, love, bark! 🐾