Colorado

I told you we were going on an adventure. Well, we did, and it was awesome! We went to Colorado to visit our son and his family.

Until this trip, I had only flown once in my life, about 30 years ago. I was scared to death to get on a plane for this trip. We have been out to Colorado several times, but always during the summer, and we always drove. Being winter for this trip, we decided it made more sense to fly.

We flew out on Christmas night. As scared and nervous as I was, I used my essential oils to help keep me calm, and it wasn’t so bad. I actually enjoyed looking out the window at the lights below.

We arrived in Denver around 9 pm, and Tim and his family were waiting for us. They took us to their house, where we would stay for 4 nights. Their house is gorgeous, and we were very comfortable there.

We went into Boulder the first day. We did some shopping and had lunch. The scenery out there is incredible!

The next day, we went up into the mountains to Winter Park. We had never been to Winter Park in any previous trips, so this was fun. It was an icy drive through the mountains to get there, but the views were spectacular. We went tubing up there and had a blast!

On Wednesday, we went into downtown Denver to shop and have lunch. Another great day.

We were heading home on Thursday evening, so we just relaxed at their house that day.

The flight home was good, we all survived. We were so happy to see Zeke when we got home! He was very well taken care of while we were gone, but he missed us! And I missed him like crazy! It was hard to leave him, even just for a few days.

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The view out the window shortly after takeoff.

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This is the view out the upstairs windows at their house in Colorado.

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A five minute walk from their house gave us this gorgeous view!

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Driving up into the mountains.

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The views are amazing!

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This is where we went tubing. We had a blast here!

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I would never get tired of looking at these views.

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This giant bear is peeking into the Colorado Convention Center.

We had an amazing trip! It was great to spend time with Tim and his family. We certainly don’t see them enough! I love the mountains! And, yes, I would fly again.

The most wonderful time of the year

It’s here! The Christmas holiday has arrived. Today is Christmas Eve. I love Christmas! I love watching loved ones open their gifts and seeing their faces light up. I love spending time with family and friends. It’s a magical time of year.

There will be time spent with family tonight. Love, laughter and good food. Always a great combination. Tomorrow, we will open presents. I can’t wait to see how everyone likes their gifts!

Soon, we will be off on an adventure! It will be fun, and I can’t wait to share with you!

Merry Christmas!

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Snow pics

Last weekend, we saw our first significant snowfall. We got around 10 inches of snow, and we have had extremely cold temps this week. A couple more inches of snow fell last night.

I took my camera out after the snow fell last weekend. I thought I’d share some of the shots I got.

Snow covered pine tree.

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The pine trees at night.

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Adam and I tried making a light trail. Pretty good for a first-time attempt.

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Christmas Wreath.

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Jeep!

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I took this pic of Zeke with my phone. He LOVES the snow and loves trying to catch snowballs.

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Snow

So, it’s gonna snow here starting late tonight. First significant snowfall of the season. It’s gonna snow all day tomorrow. Now, I’m not really a fan of snow, or even winter, anymore. But, I’m kind of looking forward to this storm so I can take my camera out and get some pics of the snow. I am not the best photographer, by any stretch of the imagination, but, I’m having a lot of fun with my camera lately. I even asked Santa for some new camera gear. So, when they first started forecasting the storm for this weekend, that’s where my thoughts went. Getting out there with the camera. I hope I can get some good shots. I’d love some close-up shots of snowflakes. So, for this storm, I say, bring it on!

Of course, I’ll have to shovel too! And, run around in the snow with Zeke!

 

Cookies

Do you make Christmas cookies each year? It’s a tradition for me to at least make some cut-out cookies. But, I usually like to make more than just that. I made a big batch of cut-outs yesterday. It’s a big job that takes a good chunk of the day. But, I got them all baked in the morning, and then in the afternoon, I frosted and decorated them. I forgot to take a pic of them after I was done, or I would have inserted it here.

Tomorrow, I hope to make a batch of gingersnaps. I don’t make as many of those, because not everyone likes them. Also on the list for tomorrow is a small batch of cookie press cookies. I enjoy these!

The last thing will probably be a batch of pretzels topped with candy kisses and one m&m. There’s a name for them which escapes me at the moment. They are super easy to make. I use waffle shaped pretzels, spread out on a cookie sheet. Put one candy kiss on each pretzel. Heat them in the oven on a very low temp, like 200, just til the candy kiss starts to look warm (they’ll look shiny). Pull them out and gently push an m&m into the top of the kiss. So yummy!

If I remember, once I’m all done, I’ll post a pic of what I made.

I remembered! Here’s a pic of what I’ve made.

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What kind of cookies and treats are you making?

 

Pics

A couple of days ago, Adam and I went out to our local state park, along the shores of Lake Erie. He wanted to do some vlogging, and I tagged along with my camera to get some pics.

It was late afternoon, almost evening, when we got there. So, it was starting to get dark. It was good practice for me, having to find the right settings on my camera.

I thought I would share a couple of pics I shot.

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It was cold and cloudy. But, the clouds looked cool and I had to get some shots.

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I think I’m improving!

By the way, here is Adams’ vlog from that day. I actually did a little of the filming for him, wasn’t expecting to do that. Subscribe to his YouTube channel to see his videos. The Thanksgiving dinner one is hilarious!

 

Wheels

So, a while ago I told you about getting Adam some different wheels. He is loving his Jeep Renegade. And I love knowing it will handle better when the snow starts falling. They are saying next week we will see some white stuff here, so we’ll see how his Jeep handles it.

I also mentioned, at the end of that post, that maybe I had gotten new wheels as well. I did! Mind you, I loved the red Dodge Charger I was driving! It was a great car, and got great gas mileage. But, it really did not handle well in the snow. But, I still loved it and swore I would drive it til the wheels fell off. They didn’t fall off, but we found such an amazing deal, we decided we couldn’t turn it down.

Most big decisions we make these days are related to Tim’s retirement. He says he’s gonna retire in a few years. So, we are trying to set ourselves up for that by making decisions now that will better serve us once he’s retired.

My new vehicle is actually one that the dealer wanted Adam to take a look at. But, it wasn’t on the lot that day. Some big-shot’s wife was driving it. It didn’t matter, Adam ended up getting the Renegade anyway. But, the next day, our salesman had gotten the car back and called to see if we wanted to look at it. We had mentioned wanting to know what kind of trade-in value the Charger would get, so he thought we might want to look at this vehicle for me.

We went and took it for a ride. It’s pretty darn nice!! It’s used, actually, but very low miles. It’s a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. It’s green, probably not a color I would have picked out, but, it’s growing on me! It was a corporate car, so it has a lot of bells and whistles, something I didn’t have on my Charger. Plus, it’ll handle the snow much better than the car.

The price for this car was fantastic, and the trade-in value on my car was even better than we thought. So, we did it! We’ll have it paid off before Tim retires and we’ll have a newer vehicle that should last lots of years.

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I’ve been driving it for almost a month now, and, honestly, I love it! Can’t wait to see how it handles the snow.