The End of Summer 2017

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Sunflower Fields withering away

Summer is officially over! Mine was spent outside as much as possible. You just can’t beat the Colorado weather!

I was able to catch a few fading Sunflowers from a local field around the end of August. They were trying to hang on to the sunbeams as long as possible, I think. Kind of like I was doing outside myself.

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Most of the Sunflowers were already dried up

My husband and I went to the Taste of Colorado over Labor Day weekend and I, of course, had to get a funnel cake whether I needed it or not. YUMMY in my tummy!

While we were there, we caught a band of brothers called “AJR” performing. It was awesome to have an intimate, hour-long, free concert. They played their popular song called “Weak”, along with a few others I enjoyed.

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Delicious Funnel Cake with powdered sugar and strawberries

Did you watch the “Great American Solar Eclipse” that was near 100% totality for the first time in Colorado from where you live? We hit 93% in Denver, while other parts reached 98% and through my solar glasses, I got the below picture.

But before Aug. 21, the last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the contiguous U.S. was in 1979. 38 years ago! At the time, only the Northwest U.S. was able to witness it though.

According to NASA, on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will stretch diagonally across the U.S. from Texas through the Northeast U.S. That means no more Colorado viewing for a while! I’m very glad I was able to catch it here.

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93% totality in Denver safely taken through a solar lens

My husband and I were also able to catch the last outdoor training practice of the Denver Broncos this Summer. It was our first time watching them practice in their helmets and pads running through their plays. We have never even been to a game so, this was a close as we were getting to the action.

After practice, I was able to get a few autographs from players who stuck around to sign autographs. Most notably Trevor Siemian #13, who is their quarterback. I also saw popular players, Jordan Taylor #87, Demaryius Thomas #88 and Von Miller #58 up close enough to touch them. Von gave the crowd a preview of all his quarterback sack dances. He even got his fellow defensive linemen dancing to a few of the songs on the loudspeakers. Cracked me up!

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The outside of the Denver Broncos Indoor Training Facility

One of our most recent hikes was somewhat interesting. As my husband, stepson and I were hiking 5 miles checking out the Fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, we were suddenly surrounded by 6 or 7 Elks on the trail.

I had my husband and stepson checking out for the male, since it was rutting season after all, while we stopped in our tracks and remained quiet. Talk about awesome and scary at the same time!

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Elk on the left

There was one that kept circling us just eating while we remained still. As soon as she moved further away from us, we backed away quietly. It was amazing.

A couple of them had large collars around their necks placed by Rangers, I’m sure.

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Elk on the right

Oh yeah, here’s the reason we were in Rocky Mountain National Park in the first place. Most certainly not to have my heart pounding out of my chest because of giant Elk surrounding us! LOL!

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Aspen trees on a mountain side with Evergreens

I think that’s it! Not much going on over my Summer, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I will have a puzzle and cross stitch post update soon. I hope you enjoyed your Summer and made the most of the warm weather because, you know… Winter is coming.

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Cold outside? It’s Puzzle Time!

Alas, November has come and gone. In less than 3 weeks, Christmas will be here. Then New Year’s. That is a lot of indoor time with family! When it gets freezing cold outside, I tend to crank out more jigsaw puzzles. I should do a big post on all the Springbok puzzles I completed in 2016. Most of which I purchased from thrift stores. Until then, here are a few I have completed this year.

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‘Golden Sunset’ released in 2006 – 1,500 pieces

This one my husband bought me for Christmas one year. I finally got around to finishing it and find out one of my cats took off with an edge piece. No idea where it went. LOL

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‘Bear Lake’ in Estes Park, CO released in 2012 – 500 pieces

A score from one of the thrift stores I go to. This is cool because it’s complete and it’s close to home. Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park is beautiful! Perhaps one day I will show you!

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‘Knit Knacks’ released in 2010 – 1,000 pieces

A friend loaned me one her Springbok puzzles. We switch puzzles with each other and try not to get duplicates. This way we work on many other different puzzles. 🙂

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‘Snow Leopard’ released in 1979 – 500 pieces

A thrift store find that has all of the pieces to it as well. You’d be surprised how many I’ve gotten complete from there! Usually there’s a piece or 2 missing. Not this time. All that white was very tedious though. Ugh! At least it’s done now! Whew!

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‘Gotta Love Snow’ released in 2007 – 500 pieces

This one is from a thrift store too and is missing a piece. It snowed, so I decided to do a snow puzzle. It didn’t snow enough to make snowmen but it was the first snow of the season.

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‘Book Shop’ released in 2015 – 500 pieces

I got this one for my birthday this year from the close and dear friend that switches puzzles with me. We both worked in a public library, so it was perfect.

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‘Candy is Dandy’ released in the 1970’s – 500 pieces

Yet another thrift store find I finished around Halloween. Complete with all pieces. I like to do seasonal puzzles and this one was fun because, it was shaped in a circle. COOL!

That’s all, folks! Next post I will show you more puzzles. Seven puzzles in one post is long enough! See you soon!

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12 days of Christmas Blogging: Day 7

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love said to me…

… let’s order in Chinese.

And then proceeded to make a roaring fire. It warded off the chill of the below freezing night. Our cat, Phoebe, and I curled up next to it, after I stuffed myself full of delivery Chinese food, and lazily daydreamed.

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The crisp, cold night also allowed me to catch, in between clouds and trees, a glimpse of Jupiter to the left of the last Full Moon of 2013. It was the Cold Moon or Long Night’s Moon according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

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Did you catch the last Full Moon of the year? Did you see Jupiter? It was truly beautiful.