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It is still remarkably green here in Colorado, due to our unusually wet spring and early summer. Most years by now, the vista is brown and dry. But as of last week, the wildflowers werestill showing their fancy, making a lovely foreground for one of the sandstone Pawnee Buttes.

Butte and Rudbeckia
Pawnee National Grasslands, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.” — John Steinbeck

Daily gratitudes:
Getting fancy
A lovely date with my MKL
A generous pour of Glenmorangie
Loving attention to my wounds

No, in order to see flowers, we have to look back, back, back to a late summer day several years ago…I had high hopes that soon we would be basking in the glory of sun and blooms, but noooooo….we’re expecting snow again next week. In the meantime, I gaze longingly at beach pictures and images of flowers past. Just for a little while longer.

BVIs January 2010 113

Bozeman, Montana.

Quote of the Day: “Have you ever wondered why certain people cross our paths or are put into our lives? I wonder how many so-called chance meetings are really part of a bigger plan. Then that leads me to wonder if my presence has the same impact on someone I seemingly just passed by. Maybe if we approach every other person we encounter as if there is a specific reason and greater purpose than chance to why we met at that very moment in time, there would be a lot more civility and much greater care taken in our interactions.” —  K. Wierman

Daily gratitudes:
Books you don’t want to finish because you don’t want them to end
Making Kelsea’s day with funny texts
People watching
That my ankle finally hurt a little less today

We are having a pretty early Fall here in Colorado.  When Kelsea and I were away for Labor Day, the aspens were already starting to turn.  It’s been so dry that colors may be elusive altogether.  MKL and I head for Cottonwood next weekend, and we hope to catch what may be the tail end of that golden part of autumn.  Until then, here are lingering wildflowers caressing a mountain view.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Any change for better or for worse always requires courage. Abandoning old ideas that usually give us a comfortable sensation of safety and control is not easy at all.”  —  Marcelo Gelciser

Daily gratitudes:
That my niece found my missing pre-engagement ring
That MKL always carries handkerchiefs
Sneaking Kelsea out of class (on the phone) to talk to her
Putting the past to rest – a thing that must be done many times

I’m thinking I may start posting flower and garden pictures to see if it helps encourage spring to arrive just a little bit faster.

Somewhere along the road, Wales.

Quote of the day: “Over thinking ruins you. Ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worried and makes things much worse than it actually is.  Stop over thinking and take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t and incredible changes will happen in your life.”  —  Lessons Learned In Life

Daily Gratitudes:
A herd of mule deer running through the open space
Tulips poking their greenness up through the cold, dead, brown leaves
Pool tables
Sleeping easily with someone you love
That Roscoe brought me a toy when I came to ex-Pat’s house yesterday!!!

Photo title: High Mountain Bouquet

Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Flowers grow out of dark moments.”  —  Corita Kent

Daily gratitudes:
The drama of stormy skies
Help from friends
Bad movies found in obscure country mercantiles

Photo title: Cripple Creek Columbines

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens”  —  Carl Jung

Daily gratitudes
Tiny baby goats
The mountain
An ice cold beer on a hot day
Generous souls

October 2021


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