Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Recuperating

I think we're going to make it.

After Tuesday's house sale, much of this week has been spent waiting for repairs to finish up, both for the trailer and the truck. We've been staying with friends, who haven't minded us lazing around much of the day. (We've reciprocated by cooking suppers; some housecleaning is in the near future, as well.) Muscles are loosening up, and we no longer feel like we're on the tilt edge of getting the flu. I can feel the peace and quiet slowly seeping into my bones. Wonderful.
     When the truck and trailer are done, we'll put away the flotsam and jetsam shoved into the fifth-wheel, then head up into the mountains for a few days. Fall colors are at their height here in Colorado. (They're a few weeks late, compared to previous years.)
     Just looking at them eases out all the kinks and stress.






A peaceful song to start you out: Tom T's Hall's "I Love..." (Little Baby Ducks Song)



Ten ways marketing has tricked us over the centuries.  (From Listverse) If you liked that:

Ten ways Sacha Cohen got people to humiliate themselves. And these methods say a lot about society, as well.

Weird pictures (and fascinating history) from Burning Man.

Would you ever quit your job and spend nearly TWO MONTHS searching for your missing dog? This woman did. (And found it.)

Ashton Kuchner threw out all his 'trucker hats.' Could the Brick have them?

The funeral that hundreds, including dignitaries, attended in London -- for an Irishman who died forgotten and alone.  (From Irish Central)

Tiny bathroom? Let Emily Bowser's reveal of her 32-foot-square bathroom give you some new ideas. (From Emily Henderson)




Free parking and travel advice for tiny home-dwellers...and RVers like us.

A big snowstorm in Montana -- way too early!

Picking a fight on a schoolbus...in Denver! This one's incredibly wacky.

The most expensive divorce settlements. Some are huge, some not so much.

Bikers in Spain rescue a huge buck...by hauling him up by his horns.

And finally --
    one of my favorites to get you going in the right mood:

Travis Tritt's "It's A Great Day to Be Alive:"





Have a great week.





Saturday, September 28, 2019

Frugal Hits & Misses: September Report

Where did September go?

I know where: waiting, packing and cleaning, waiting some more. Two very happy Bricks saw their house sale finalized last week -- although afterward, I felt more numb than ecstatic. More things happened last week, too: my birthday, and the offer of a new book contract for Arcadia. Wonderful.
     We've been living in the fifth-wheel now for months. It's currently in the shop, getting repaired and winterized. The truck needed work, too, so it's also in the shop. We're staying with friends until both are finished. Then up to the mountains to see the fall leaves, and scout around a bit for hunting.

FRUGAL HITS
(a few of these are from late August)

*Made the drive to Michigan --spending a few weeks to drop off a few more things in storage and spend some time with The Mama, including a baseball game with free entry and a meal ticket, from a company. Hot dogs for a dime! (Lest you think I'm the only Hollander on the planet, I heard of someone who went to this last year...then spent the remnants of her meal ticket on at least a dozen hot dogs [for future meals] at game's end. What a girl!) I couldn't do that well -- they had a limit of 5 dogs per person -- but we got enough for supper the next night, plus an extra drink and a large bag of caramel corn.

(From Rachel Ray's magazine, via Pinterest)

*Found an even-better coffee-grinder than the one we packed early on -- and haven't been able to find for months. (Ironically, we found the packed one -- on the last day before we moved.) This one was $3.99 from the local thrift shop! Other thrift store and garage sale bargains: three pairs of jeans and a few shirts (for me); a few shirts and a sleeveless vest (the Brick); blue-and-white plates, Christmas stocking presents and my favorite -- an old bottle, dug up from an orchard near my hometown, Sparta, MI.

*Fed our cousins' chickens for a weekend...while they went to a funeral. No pay -- but lots of delicious fresh eggs, plus extra dozens to cousins and The Mama. (After chasing one runaway all over the yard, the Brick said, "I don't miss the chickens, but..." I finished, "I miss the eggs." He nodded.)

*Fruit and vegetable bargains: after all, Michigan is a 'fruity' state. I bought apples, peaches and nectarines for lower prices, direct from the orchard. Friend Anne gave us tomatoes, as well. A healthy percentage of these were shared with the kids, along with Michigan maple syrup.
    Other buys: green peppers: 4 for $1.00, zucchini for $1/lb. I would have liked to put up more fruit and veggies in the freezer, but didn't have much time or room.

Michigan apples are wonderful

*Grocery saves -- boneless skinless chicken breast: 99 cents/lb. Bought enough groceries to make a few suppers at The Mama's. High-end bacon at $2.99 for 1.5 lb. Also contributed to the family get-together on Labor Day (a $3.99 chocolate meringue pie from Grand Rapids' Daily Deals, our favorite Grand Rapids discount grocery, and packages of hamburger buns) Three free containers of soup and a box of ice cream bars, thanks to Safeway's rewards program.

*Treated to some suppers out --by the Mama. Very kind of her.

*Took some young family members out for an afternoon of fun. A cousin loaned her swimming pool; we stopped for slushies and ice cream afterwards at McDonalds. Then home to Grams' for supper (their favorite casserole), and a stop at Cousins' house to check on their chickens. (We took care of the chickies while Cousins were gone to a funeral.) I sent them home with a book (50 cents each at -- you guessed -- the library sale room) and a couple of dollar bills. They loved it. (We had fun, too.)


Ahhhhh....


*Moving help
: Daughter #1, along with her partner, as well as Daughter #2 and Son #1, were a lifesaver in this department. D#2 and S#1 in particular spent a few days packing and schlepping. (Thanks so much, Dears.) Good friends gave us a few hours help, as well. We were soooo grateful. I fed everybody (usually Little Caesar's pizza, or something from the pantry), but that was all they would take. The sweethearts.
     We took donations to Goodwill and moved items to storage ourselves, using the truck and multiple runs -- one of those tasks that's so much better, once it's finished.

*Self storage -- we got  the web rate, plus are being charged only for a month's worth of actual days that we use it. (Some charge per calendar month, no matter when you actually use it during that month. Since we were late September through mid October, that would have meant two months' rent. Ouch.)

*Sold the patio set, a propane tank and a saw. Every little bit helps; in fact, their sale paid the storage fees.

*Closed on the house. Finally. Thank God. We paid off all the bills from the renovation and sent the remaining money in several different directions to do their work. Didn't leave us a whole lot of spare cash, but that's how we planned it.

*Saw "Angel Has Fallen" at the movie theater -- for $5. Got a free coke, as well.
     Not as good as "The White House Has Fallen" or "London Has Fallen" -- but not that bad, either.




*A free birthday burger! Thank you, Red Robin. We scored $4.50 wings there, too, for Happy Hour, and a second free burger.

*Turned in Swagbucks points for a $10 giftcard.  If you're interested in an easy way to pile up points simply by doing your regular work, GO HERE.  You can earn Swagbacks even faster, using some of these techniques.  Extra birthday points from Swagbucks, which bought a $3 giftcard. If you don't use this program for shopping or searching, you're missing out.

*More thrift shop buys
-- in Grand Rapids, as well as Laramie, WY: new dress shoes, three pairs of jeans, some shirts for me and a beautiful black leather jacket for the Brick. A few Christmas presents, including a smiley face pillow for The Mama -- she loves this emoji.


*Got more $2 DVDs from our local library's used bookroom, including Gone with the Wind, Jurassic Park and a full season of House. We're currently watching three seasons of Blue Bloods -- free, thanks to borrowing them from the library.

*Another free investment supper -- Italian food and helpful advice on Medicare. A perfect way to celebrate Fall.

*Found a couple of pennies, a dime -- and a handful of change in an old work apron. (Must have been from a past gig.)

*Did a working gig at the Higher Ground Fair. Finished off the appraisals, as well.


*Signed a new book contract! I'm looking forward to writing this book (no. 8) for Arcadia Publishing.

*Postcards, for use in the book -- discounted, and far cheaper than borrowing images from the local institutions. (You must use certain guidelines to do this, but I'm careful about it.)

*Bought a couple of books from Amazon -- marked down. Including one of my favorites: a look at the Inuit interviews concerning the Franklin Expedition. (I've looked for a discounted copy for years. Just checked, and the lowest price is more than five times what I paid for mine.)



(I know -- most people aren't that concerned with an expedition that disappeared back in the 1840s. But it's an important one, affecting modern events -- if Canadians, who currently 'own' the expedition, can solidly prove that Franklin's men and ships completed their journey -- then they'll own squatters' rights to the Northwest Passage.)

*Free or discount magazine subscriptions: I haven't gotten these for a while, so this was extra-nice. I got freebies from Real Simple, Woman's Day*, AllRecipes*, the Whisky Advocate (for Daughter #2's partner) and Field & Stream. I had to pay $2 each for Bon Appetit, Vanity Fair and Good Housekeeping. Oh my.

*Bought some replacement t-shirts: $7.95 each new, free shipping. This isn't much off the usual $5-5.99 price for t-shirts at the thrift shop...these were tunic-style, and in colors I liked.





FRUGAL MISSES

*The whole moving business: it's amazing how the costs rack up. We spent extra on takeout food; diesel fuel; items we planned to return, but couldn't (they got damaged); storage fees (a bunch of extras get tacked onto the standard rate) and who knows what else. You don't even think about it -- until the bills come in.

*A batch of dishes broken when the fifth-wheel hit a bump in the road. At least I had others to replace them. Ironically, one of the victims was the thrift shop coffee grinder, after going without for months. It's cracked, but the Brick thinks we can use it. And we found the original coffee grinder, as well, on the last day of packing. (You become much less concerned about stuff, in general, when you're moving, anyways.)

*More bills from visits to the doctor and the emergency room. Fortunately, these were less than they could have been.

*Truck and fifth-wheel repairs. At least we have the money to pay them now.

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Last month's report is here; last year's September report here. (What a change, huh.)

Quora recently had an interesting set of answers to the question: "What's it like to be poor after you've been wealthy?"  I thought I'd feel wealthy, even if only briefly, after we sold the house -- but I was wrong. They're just numbers on a page. I was rich already: in the love of my husband, our children and our friends. In our time together, our skills and interests. And most of all, in our faith.
       That truly is what counts.





Friday, September 27, 2019

This One's For Caitlin...

...who wants more Bigfoot Stuff.

Well, here you go. With love from him/her to you -- and other believers.





This one makes me laugh -- it's probably happened.




woof, woof, woof-woof-woof
 (with apologies to my Georgia Bulldog friends)









Oooh, scary...









And finally, my favorite: Bigfoot and his buddy Elvis.


 Hmmm...Prez and VP?? 




(All rights belong to the artists - collected from here, there and Pinterest)

A Dozen Lessons Learned From Moving

...and living in a fifth-wheel. It's now been more than four months, which is a surprise. It feels like only a few weeks. Now that the house has sold, we're getting some necessary repairs done to the fifth-wheel, including installing a freshwater tank (the old one was leaking) and  winterizing (for colder temps, and hunting season for the Brick). The truck is in the shop, too. We're using the time to let aching backs and legs heal. Every day feels a little stronger.

     So while we're resting up, here are a baker's dozen of tips we learned:




*Moving out may be the easiest way to keep your house clean and accessible while it's on the market. If you have options here, take them -- a trailer; friends or family who will put you up (even for that first month of showings); a short-term rental. In our case, the fifth-wheel was parked on the other side of the fence by our property, letting us access water and electricity from the 'old' house. It also let us clean periodically without getting in the way of would-be buyers.
     Interestingly, the eventual buyers were at the first open house. Go figure.




*Eat your fridge and freezer down -- but don't forget the canned goods, either. Canned goods weigh a TON.

*Plan ahead...until you can't. What comes first -- what can wait until later? Lists give you the confidence that you won't forget anything.

*Cut your clothes in half. Do the same with shoes and personal items, as well. What do you usually wear? Those stay...the worn-less-than-monthly items go. Don't forget to keep seasonal items; you'll need them eventually.

*Divide your stuff into four parts: what to keep, what to donate and what to throw away. (If you've got time, a fourth part of what to sell is helpful, and covers unexpected expenses. (See below.) You MUST be ruthless about the "keep" items. (Enlist an honest friend or family member, if you have trouble with this. In our case, it was Daughters #1 and #2.)


Books were the hard part  -- I would have kept them all.


*The total bill will always be more than you think. ALWAYS. Therefore, pay attention to even the smallest costs. They may be unexpected: for example, you may have to pay to get rid of your refrigerator, freezer or even television. (Thrift stores don't accept them much anymore, unless they're new and in the box.)
     Extra tip: Where to get rid of your mattress and box springs? This is another item thrift shops don't generally accept -- but homeless shelters do. They may even pick them up.

*No-interest credit cards could be worth the risk, for covering renovation and moving costs. Analyze your situation carefully -- are the odds good that you can sell (and close) in the no-interest period the card offers? We used this successfully, but barely. The day after the house closed, we paid off the bill. In full.

*Renting storage space helps -- but only for the short term. Boxes stored there (for one month only!) will give the Brick more room when he takes the fifth-wheel for hunting season. The $100-plus cost was covered by selling our patio set. (Warning: Our rent was only supposed to be about $50. By the time all the sneaky little fees and insurance finished, it was almost $125. We even had to buy our own lock!)

*Don't investment grocery shop anymore, at least not to the extent I used to. Buying extra while it's on sale is a foundational step for the frugal. It's still a great idea -- if you've got the space to store and move it. We didn't -- and don't.

Food costumes don't count.

*Even a few hours of help makes all the difference in the world. Friends arrived and said, "We've got two hours -- what can we do?" This happened a few times, and was invaluable for getting things moved and transferred. (We made at least 3 runs to the storage facility, and 4 donation runs to Goodwill.)  Which brings up one of the best things learned:

*Good friends are priceless. So are kids. We were encouraged and helped by them over and over -- even if that help was just for an hour, an afternoon or a day. In fact, we're staying with friends now while the fifth-wheel gets fixed.
     They were blase about doing this, but it meant the world to us. Thank you so much. 






Wednesday, September 25, 2019

DONE

We closed on selling the house yesterday.




Now to pay some bills, and as one person said, "stop a lot of interest!"


Finished the garage yesterday, including sweeping it THREE times. We stayed overnight in our usual spot, exhausted. Almost done with packing the trailer with the final bins and boxes, then it goes to the shop for a few days. The truck goes out for repair, too -- we'll stay with friends until everything's shipshape again.

It feels strange to watch the buyers moving things in "their" house. (Which it is now.) They're kind, friendly people, and will take good care of it. During the closing, they mentioned their other news -- they're getting married in the backyard on Saturday! Crazy -- moving out of one house, moving into another, and getting married, into the bargain. What a zany week for them.

We are exhausted. I can safely say that. But we'll have a chance to rest for the next few days, too.

Hope all's well in your world.




Monday, September 23, 2019

Monday Stuff on the Way to Other Stuff: Tuesday

     We woke up this morning to big piles of poo in the 'kitchen'/main area. Unfortunately, that pretty much described last evening, as well. 
     The Higher Ground Fair this year was even better than last year's event...and I'm betting 2020 will be even better. When we left Laramie for home, a wonderful Santana/Pink Martini band was playing; the llamas were out prancing around, and people were having a great time. 
     After three hours of driving, we made it back. Got some pizza, had a slice with friends who came over to help (thanks, guys) -- and got to work. 
     Today, we rented a storage area for leftovers; took a truckful to donations; and finished off the rest. We're both bone-tired, and not sleeping well, but it can't be helped.
                     Tomorrow is, God willing, the closing. 


The primary poo-producer. No pizza crusts for her.

*Michigan got stomped by Wisconsin this weekend!? The Broncos were trounced, too.
I don't want to talk about it.

The whole 'Storm Area 51' thing just pooped out. Darn. That's what serious action (and threats) from the military will get you.

Joe Biden's response, when asked about his son's overseas dealings (and Biden's role in firing the government official investigating his son's business):

“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Mr. Biden said Saturday, NewsBusters reported. “I know Trump deserves to be investigated. He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him the question, why is he on the phone with a foreign leader?"

Ummm...because he's the President, Mr. Biden? That's what presidents do -- talk to other world leaders. And gosh, could President Trump actually be standing up for the country he represents? One wonders...nice try, though.

A two-ingredient angelfood cake? Yup, from Betty Crocker.

Piadina -- an easy Italian flatbread that's good for sandwiches.  (From the Curious Cuisiniere)


This looks good, too:  Shirazi, a Persian cucumber salad. Perfect for end of the summer veggies.



Thinking about touring Australia in an RV? Let Kevin and Ruth tell you about their experience these past 6 months or so.

Surviving on very little money... a classic from Trent at The Simple Dollar. In keeping with that:

A hundred ideas and resources, if you're broke, need help with housing, food, jobs, etc. Some good ideas here, even if you're flush! (From Cash Only Living) And:

"A penny saved:" the tale of thousands of pennies squirreled away, and a portrait of Lincoln made entirely from one-cent pieces!  (From Misadventures of Widowhood)

The best Craigslist hacks for selling furniture at a profit.  (From Emily Henderson)

UFOS: three that the Navy admits really are "unidentifiable."

The woman who had a man living in her attic for months...and she didn't know. (Though she suspected something)

The most amazing bride-demanding gift list ever. Talk about cojones!

A doctor tries to open a new account at a bank -- they call the cops. (There's got to be a backstory on this one...he says it was racial profiling.)

Financial epiphanies -- a classic from yours truly.

So all sorts of Democratic contenders are apologizing, now that they've yelled for both Judge Kavanaugh's (and Prez Trump's too, of course) heads, because the 'new' sex accusations against Kavanaugh weren't proven. (Actually, they're old ones -- just resurrected after being mentioned in a new book.)
       So they're apologizing now. Right? Uh... no.

25 people who died trying to take a selfie. And this list is from 2015! Are you up for more? See Wikipedia's updated list.

Images of the USS Eagle, sunk by a German submarine just a few miles off the coast of Maine in 1945. (So much for the Deutschers not being interested in -- or getting close to -- U.S. shores.) The wreck was discovered in recent years.

Have a good week.



Saturday, September 21, 2019

Higher Ground Fair's Still Going Strong!

     We've been here all weekend in Laramie, WY, at the Higher Ground Fair, celebrating the joys of rural living. All sorts of people are wandering around here, eating Native American food and barbecue. A special area is just for kids, with a Jurassic theme.  




Today, after I taught class, we watched the Wind River Dancers, mostly members from the North Arapaho tribe. More on the dancers are here -- I wasn't the only one who was fascinated.


This 'jingle dress' is used for high-spirited dancing by young girls.
 (who didn't just teach a class...so have the energy to pull it off successfully)

The light-colored embellishments are cowrie shells. This woman carried a fan of eagle plumes.

The rounded pieces? 'Bustles' that swayed with any movement.
The dancing was amazing.





Llamas have been wandering around, too.


They seem to have this superior 'looking-down-their-nose-at-silly-humans' attitude.


A wonderful quilt show is happening, in the merchants marketplace. 

The Higher Ground Fair has one more day to go. If you're within a few hours' spitting distance, this is well worth driving to. Unusual acts; music; exhibits...you'll enjoy it!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Still Waiting...But With Hope

   We've spent a lot of this week out in the garage (again), clearing out boxes and trying to get what we're keeping to a reasonable amount. Are we tired? You have no idea.

The house closing is scheduled for next Tuesday...so far. It really looks like it's going to happen this time, too. 

Is God teaching me yet more patience? I probably need it. 




Monday, September 16, 2019

Bridezilla Takes It One Step Forward

 A true story from Australia...

A bride sends out her gift list on social media.

Amazonflowersus -- via Pinterest






Two questions:

*Doesn't the groom get anything? 
(maybe the floor tile)

and:

*Would you follow her instructions?




Bridal flowers from knotsvilla.com, via Pinterest


Another Great One is Gone

     We came home early from two weeks with The Mama so we could attend the memorial service of a dear friend.




IN MEMORY OF

John Michael Keeling

 Michael Keeling (Mike), age 68, of Castle Rock, Colorado, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 after a brief fight with cancer.
Mike was born on June 3, 1951 in Paducah Ky, to the late John and Louise Keeling. He attended Tillman High School then served as a medic in the Army Reserves during the Vietnam War. He was a graduate of Louisiana Tech University he then attended Cumberland County VoTech and received his A&P License. After years of working as an A&P mechanic he worked many years as a helicopter maintenance program manager.
Mike was very passionate about reaching the amazon people with the word of God. He went on several mission trips with AMOR to the amazon. He was active in his church and loved to play guitar on the worship team.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, John, and his mother, Louise. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cindy, his five children, Stacey (Ethan) Chastain, Walter, Christopher, Michaela, and Kaitlin, his two granddaughters, Maddie Chastain and Zelda Keeling, Mother-in-law Doris Koering, extended brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at Spruce Hill Community Church, 4820 Walker Road, Colorado Springs at 1:00 p.m. 

Donations can be made to Amor (Amazon Missions Organization) by clicking here. Mike loved this group, and the Amazon. It would be a wonderful way to honor him by donating your time or $$.

(Mike's obit and photo are here. If you knew him too, please leave a comment for his family.)


Mike played music with us for more than a decade on Worship Team...but also at our house, his house and elsewhere. The Brick went to a bluegrass camp in Texas with him -- and he talked us into going on a missions trip to Brazil that changed our lives.

He was one of our few friends that started out as OUR friend -- not just one of us. (If you are married or with a partner, you know what I mean. Often a friend begins as his or hers...then often -- but not always -- becomes theirs.)

We loved him very much. And I could tell he loved us back.

He will be missed, not only by his wife Cindy and their five kids (and grandkids), but by many others who thought of him as a brother and friend.

This song was played at his service, in his memory. It's already been an encouragement to me -- I hope it will for you, too.





We look forward to seeing him soon. You will be missed until then, Mike.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Back -- And A Delay

     We're home again, after a few weeks with The Mama in Michigan. The Brick fixed her kitchen sink leak, among other jobs. Charley and Ruby had fun racing around the barnyard; we had fun seeing family we loved. We were on the eve of heading home, when we got news -- the house closing has been postponed for a week. 
     So it's back to cleaning out the garage for the final sale, doing some business stuff...and getting ready to head to the Higher Ground Fair in Laramie, WY this weekend, Sept. 20-22. If you enjoy homesteading, raising your own veggies, doing crafts (including quilts!), and learning more about unusual hobbies, this is your spot. I'll be teaching a class on quilt dating and repair, and doing appraisals.





Meanwhile:

The latest sex accusation against Supreme Court judge Brett Kavanaugh? "The female student declined to be interviewed, and her friends say she does not recall the incident." Because she'd been drinking...and wasn't sure, anyways, that it was Kavanaugh who did it.
     Are you getting as tired of this as I am??

Living in Panama -- a 63-year-old teacher does it for $2000/month. We've considered doing this.

Eight swanky cruises to book -- if price is no object, that is. Sign me up for the Antarctica cruise anyday.  (We Hollanders would only do this at deep discount...just like the world cruise we booked. I'll tell you more about this soon.)

Businesses are arguing about slapping their name on Denver's Mile High Stadium -- including a marijuana company. (Oh goody) Personally, I'd run screaming from this; with very few exceptions, any company that does this tends to go out of business.

A pastor kills himself only a few hours after officiating at the funeral of a "Jesus-loving woman's" suicide -- and on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day. A good reminder that depression can take us all.

Halloween shirts are out there -- like this intriguing one, from Rotita:



The mother of six who's been feeding hungry kids in her neighborhood for years. Good for her!

Sixty birthday freebies -- all you need to do is sign up.  (From Moneysaving Mom)

"What was the worst meal you ate out of politeness?" Lots of interesting answers, via Quora.

Veterans can be eligible for a free military funeral. Click on the link for info.

Six liars who completely fooled the rich and famous. Including one of my favorites -- the 'German heiress.' Who wasn't.  (From Cracked) Speaking of:

The guy whose band was booked for a European tour. Only there was no band...and no tickets sold, either. Results: a lot of pissed-off venues, and hundreds of strange social media posts. Not to mention:

The incredibly strange story of author JTLeRoy. Who wasn't -- either an author or a boy.

A dozen discounts for seniors. Take a look!

"Have you seen this quilt?" Sharon Rockefeller needs her "Flower Garden" (by Martha Opdahl) back. Hopefully she's found it by now. (From Pepper Cory's blog)




Warren Buffett's nightmare scenario.  Read and consider.

More wildfires in Colorado. Sigh...

The Buffs lost to Air Force?!?  Double sigh...not even going to talk about the Broncos.

The weather goes from hot (during the day) and blessedly cooler at night. But still:



Just a little bit longer, before the waiting ends and Fall begins. It can't come soon enough.

Have a good week.