Saturday, August 21, 2021

Arts: Visual, Musical, and Sports

Nana and Papa started off the day by joining Rachel and Heather in Golden, CO to visit the annual Golden Fine Arts Festival there. We started out at a cool little coffee shop called Windy Saddle Cafe (excellent cinnamon rolls), then enjoyed the art show, and finished up with lunch at the Buffalo Rose. Gotta try the sweet potato tots. Though small, the art show really is worth a trip to enjoy; good stuff. As if that wasn't enough for one day, Nana, Papa, Matt, and Matteo went to a concert at the Boot Barn Hall (just down the hill from us!) in the evening. Members of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic provided the music. It was so nice to hear live classical music again! And as if that wasn't enough, after the concert we went across the street to the new TopGolf facility. OMG! Even played for a while (at 11pm!).

Coronavirus jewelry! (They didn't call it that.)

The art show was just behind the park where the school
house is that a great-grandfather went to school.
See all the pics from a day along that creek.

Buffalo Rose

Members of the Philharmonic play at Boot Barn Hall.
That's a bass trombone far right.


Beautiful note from Hannah.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Maybe Plan Ahead...

We've had an insane amount of road work being done starting last Spring. And with seemingly no rhyme or reason or evidence of a plan. We started betting ourselves if they'd wait to do the road in front of the school until the first week of school. Sure enough. David got to do horses today! While Matteo and Matt were boiling eggs, Papa prepared some steaks and a mushroom sauce. Today was Dennis Prager's Cigar Party in Minneapolis which one could attend by Zoom. Unfortunately, I waited too late to sign up. So, I had a cigar fireside and watched Dennis' 200th Fireside Chat.

Off to the ER...

It all started with Jonnie "falling asleep" in class. Turns out it was a little more serious than that, though we don't really know "for sure" (whatever that means with Jonnie). He and Tracy spent two nights in the hospital running all kinds of tests. Nothing confirmed, but they did send him home with some rescue meds. The rest of us managed to keep the home fires burning. And poor Tracy missed back-to-school for Fina and Matteo.

Considerably calmer around here without Nala.

Right in the middle of Moana!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021


We took Matteo out to lunch at Sushi Ato on his last day before school. The puzzle got interrupted by all the activity of the week, and I think even got put away before it was barely started. It'll be out again...

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Repainting the House

The house gets repainted! Started this week. We're going from browns and tans to black and white (with a smidge of blue) for the stucco and wood. The rock remains the same, of course.

Chutes and Ladders


Monday, August 16, 2021

A Painting Theme

"Paint" a carbonate on a rock. Paint the house. Paint parking spaces.

Here's what the Popcorn Rocks from the Mining Museum have done over the last several weeks. It was a slow process. Matt remarked that the house looked like a Chutes and Ladders game with the painters jumping into the repainting project today. There were ladders everywhere, some of them reaching the 3rd floor. And what did Fina do most of the day while her siblings were in school?... She helped her senior friends paint their parking spaces at school.

Back to School

DCC Elementary and Middle School started today! So off we went on our traditional morning walk (that continues for some of us much of the year when the weather allows). 

4th, 6th, 4th, 1st.