Ed and I went to Walmart to pick up a pair of boots last night. Our old boots hadn't survived The Great Colorado Purge. I thought if I threw them away we'd be forced to get some nicer ones. That did not turn out to be prophetic. I'm not sure if Walmart carries "Dairy Boots" in Colorado, but that's what Ed ended up with. I was fortunate to get a pair of bright red "Rain Boots." While they are not beauties, they were the perfect thing for our Sunday afternoon walk in the back of our property. We tried to follow the survey markers for our new road. We ended up following the deer path back to our house. We met one of our neighbors on the way back. He was friendly and didn't seem to blame us for the fact that a new road would soon be winding it's way behind his house.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The unpacking goes on. Seven years ago when I did this my hands got raw and painful. Even touching another piece of paper sent chills down my spine. This time I nipped it in the bud and bought a box of really pretty purple non-latex latex gloves. In addition to being very attractive, they've made unwrapping all my treasures (?) a joy! Okay, not a joy, really, but less painful than the last time I did this.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Our ride to church is over a pretty pastoral road. There is a nice view of the church at the top of the hill over a little valley. If you look closely, you can see the spire right in the middle of this picture. The building is a little cozy (small) for the large ward, but it is new and pretty. It was fun looking around and wondering who would be our new friends. This is an Internet savy ward. They even have a Relief Society site where sisters can chat online. It was ward conference, and with all the visitors people pretty much ignored us till they read our records in. After that, we made a lot of new friends!
We went to the University of Maryland basketball game Saturday and watched the Terrapins (Turtles) beat the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets. We were wondering why we would even consider loosing a half day of sorting boxes of stuff at home, but it was a good opportunity for us to go out with some friends of Ed's from work. It turned out to be an exciting game, when a last second shot won the game for the home team. We also had some great square pizza from Ledo's, which has been serving Baltimorians (not Baltimorons) for 50 years!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Other than two short periods, where I spelled him, Ed did all the driving himself. We listened to a book on tape (Stone Cold by David Baldacci), and when that got tiring I rested on my lady bug pillow (thank you, Verlene!). We drove into town yesterday, just as our book drew to an end. All the good guys killed all the bad guys in a very definitive, if not entirely satisfying dénouement.
Friday, February 12, 2010
We're already safely ensonced in our hotel in Topeka, Kansas tonight. It's been a whirlwind week. We had the world's most efficient movers. They had almost everything packed and loaded in 4 days. This morning they came over to pick up our bed, a table and chairs, and one sofa. We just vacuumed and swept behind them as they finished rooms, and we had very little to do by the time they left.
Amanda came down from Greeley Thursday night. We went out to eat at Carraba's--the first place we ever ate when we were moving to Broomfield. We haven't exactly kept Carraba's in business over the past seven years, but we thought it would be a fitting end to eat there our last day in town. Poor Amanda had to sleep on the couch and we made her share our bathroom in order not to get hers dirty. She was, however, the grateful recipient of the leftovers in our fridge. (The ones that survived the mold test).
Monday, February 8, 2010
Kenna hosted an open house for us in the evening. It was fun mingling one last time with our dear friends from church. Ed says we have to move now or everyone would be mad at us if we stayed.
The Hartmanns took us out to the Melting Pot fondue restaurant on Saturday. After 24 years in Denver we finally got to go to this restaurant. It was an entire evening of eating. We had a nice, quiet table and were able to enjoy visiting as we dipped our bread, veggies, lobster, steak, chicken, brats, etc. in first cheese, then boiling oil. If that wasn't good enough we got to dip brownies, cheesecake, poundcake, strawberries and rice crispy treats in chocolate at the end. Good friends and good food! It doesn't get any better than this.
The entire Bishopric went out to dinner Friday night to celebrate our move. Or, perhaps, mourn would be a better word. But it ends up being like an Irish wake, a good excuse to get together and talk about good times we've had together. We've had plenty of them, too. The Bishopric will miss Ed's sense of humor. His job has been to say the things the Bishop was thinking, but he couldn't say because he is Bishop. He has turned that job over to Rand now. Mike is the lucky counselor. He gets to be in charge of raising and lowering the pulpit now.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Twisted Sisters had our last meeting today. We didn't even take our instruments. The best part of the band always was the talking, anyway. To make it even more fun we went out to lunch at Buca di Beppo's. They opened especially for us, and we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. It was great fun. They gave us the Pope room, (see picture above). It has a large bust of a Pope right on the table, so we felt like we were in good company. We talked about food, family, friends, church, and even our waiter, whose last name was Clam! We were happy he wasn't marrying any of our daughters!
Thanks to all the Twisted Sisters, past and present for playing with me! It was the best of times!