Thursday, November 29, 2007

Snow Rainbow

Snow Rainbow at 7:15 in the morning

For the first time in my life, this morning I saw a snow rainbow.  We often have times when it snows in the mountains and the sky is clear over the plains.  With the sun rising in the clear, eastern sky, the light shines on the falling snow in the mountains.  The result is a rainbow created by the light reflecting on the ice crystals in the snow.  I just had to share. 

The holidays were very enjoyable.  Janice had the week off.  While I was working on Saturday, she drug out the indoor Christmas decorations and dressed the house in holiday fair.  We had Thanksgiving dinner at Janice's cousin's house.  This is an annual event that has been going on for many, many years.  Her cousin, Richard, is a Mason.  He serves as a speaker at funerals when a fellow Mason passes on.  He is asked to represent that organization several times a week.  Richard told us that he is notified of the funerals by the secretary and very seldom hears from the head of the group.  Last week the secretary was out of town and the head of the local organization had to call and notify him of a funeral.  Richard was not available to take the call, which required him to place a return call.  When he called, a very surprised woman answered the phone.  She said her husband's caller ID did not say "Richard" said "Someone died".  They had a good chuckle over that one.

Sunday morning we took a walk.  We met up with some of the neighborhood girls.

Have a good week.

God bless you all.



Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings to all.  Milo and I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  We hope all of our friends take a moment and say thanks for all the blessings that surround us each and every day.

Work has resumed on the Sunshine Fire Station #1.  After sitting near completion since early spring, Boulder County has decided to allow construction to continue.  The issue was the size of the pipe leading from the bathroom to the septic tank.  When originally build, a 2" pipe was used.  The new code requires a 3" pipe.  They also required the construction of a leach field.  All of this for a building that is actually used for about 48 hours a year.  They have to dig a trench from the fire house, across the road and into a new septic tank.  The funny thing is, now it is near the end of November, the ground is frozen.  The county couldn't make this decision while it was easy to dig and refill the ground around the building.  Anyway, here are a couple of photos.

We are hoping the building can be completed by the 1st of the year.


We have been experiencing the 2nd warmest November in Colorado History.  That event has come to a screeching halt tonight.  It was in the 60's during the Bronco's football game on Monday night.  Tonight it is 23 degrees and snowing.  Thank you Lord for the moisture.

Remember what Robert Benchley said.  A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.

Be of good cheer,


Monday, November 12, 2007

It's been a month?

Milo and I took our morning walk in the dark this morning.  The sun had not yet shown it's self as we started down the driveway.  We made it to the fork and as we turned around the eastern horizon was ablaze with a layer of clouds.  We stopped at the flag pole and raised the flag.  We read the names on our list and paused to honor all of our fellow veterans.  I told Milo that I needed to post another entry.  He agreed.

It was a rather quiet Halloween in Sunshine.  The children's party went well, even though the road was wet and muddy.  The children enjoyed the games in the Sunshine school house and the hay ride through the Sunshine cemetery.  There had been a lot of talk about an adult party but it didn't happen this year.

I lost a good friend this last month.  My girlfriend, Chili died.  Chili was my neighbors gray horse.  She was 28.  I have been taking care of Chile when her owner, Holly went out of town.  She would trot down to see me when I drove up next to the corral.  I would climb the fence and walk across the corral to her stable.  As I did, she would walk behind me and press her nose up against my back, giving me a love tap.  Holly said I was the only man she would show any affection.  I will miss her.


I have been lucky enough to work out of my home office for the last three years.  On June 1st, my contract ended and I found myself unemployed for the first time in a long, long time.  I had forgotten what it was like to look for a job.  I has been hard on this ol' guy.  Nobody wanted to even interview an old fart with gray hair.  I applied at as many places as I could and frankly,it was really getting me down.  I found myself getting very depressed, feeling like I was worth more dead (life insurance) than alive.  I even ended a couple of relationships with some people I really cared about.  One evening I started thinking about someone who had carried me before when I was down.  I prayed.

Three weeks ago I started my new job.  I was hired to manage the Boulder Map Gallery.  It is a quaint store in downtown Boulder, not far from Mork and Mindy's house and the old New York Deli.  I love the job.  Here is the view outside the front of the store:

There is a small park with Boulder Creek running through it across the street.  It seems to be the meeting place for some of Boulder's unique characters.

Thanks for checking in.  I hope all is well in your neighborhood. 

Remember, There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.  - Ben Williams.

Smiles, David