Friday, July 13, 2018

Costa Rica

We just started our big summer vacation. We decided to go to Costa Rica this year. It’s the first time I”ve been out of the U.S. since ....... the 80’s, and Crys’ first time out since the early 2000’s. We brought Autum with us, because.... why not?

We left Del Norte this morning at 4:30, and got to our hotel about 10 PM. We didn’t plan on staying at a hotel in San Jose but as we were reserving our rental car the nice man explained that the road we’re taking to Monteverde gets really treacherous in the wet and is especially so in the dark. He found us a decent room at a fair rate not far away and we’ll get up tomorrow and head to our Air B&B.

Everyone is super nice, and the desk dude even handled ordering us a pizza. The flights were fine and even mostly on time. Pablo took us to the airport this morning in Denver.

Now we’re just winding down, tomorrow will be another adventure.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Holiday week around the casa

It's 4th of July holiday week here around the old joint.  We've had some fun and we've done a bit of work here and there.

Last Monday we took Autum to get her TSA PreCheck for flights, it already came back. The best part was we got to have breakfast out.



And on the way home we took a peek at the Royal Gorge. We'll go back and go in when we can stay longer.

 


It's not all fun and games.... oh wait.... yes it is. We went rafting with Autum and Daniel. We used River Runners out of Buena Vista, they were most accommodating for the guy in the chair.



Then they all took off to Tin Cup to visit mom/grandma. SO I have a little time to bang around the house. I did some work on my creek path with the tractor. I also removed all the thistle from the badminton court project and did a little sand pre-delivery for laying down the landscaping cloth.



Nothing gets a project really moving than some asshole that makes it look like a giant mess. :D

I do love my job.

Monday, June 18, 2018

A little more work on the place while we recuperate.

We were both off sick this week. Crystal got a bit done here and there. .... one thing was the mailbox.



Today started with Macha Tea



Yesterday, I got a little bored and asked Crys to cut my hair.



Over the last couple days we got some rare rain. It made some interesting marks on the floor of the greenhouse and then when the sun came out it made some more.



Today we both got some stuff. I got a new push mower to replace the one I trashed mowing rocks and weeds,



And Crys got some dirt



Then we watered the gardens and stuff. :D



All in all it was a good day. We even got some soaking in at Hooper Pool.

Life is good.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A few days off

Doings around the place this week:

We started a Tony Horton dietbet. It's a thingy where you pay a few bucks and agree to lose 4% of your body weight. 

Of course I got ill in ways I usually don't immediately after the original weigh in. BONUS!!!! I'm already almost there. :D 

This led to me calling in sick yesterday and today, actually I went in yesterday morning but things took a bit of a ..... turn...... on the way in. Now I'm debating on if I should take off more time or not. I guess giving them back an entire year of sick leave at retirement isn't the smartest thing anyone ever did......

So we're chilling in the house. The smoke from the fires in Durango are making life a bit smaller. With really bad colds we're trying to not go outside too much and punish the lungs even more. And it gets a bit hot..... But today is beautiful and we might take a walk before the cloud moves in.

I start my new shift at work next week, noon to 8 PM and Tuesday to Saturday. I think I'll like it. It's certainly a different way to spend my last year and a half at work. 

I'm doing some shopping while I'm not moving around much. The solar powered exhaust vent for the greenhouse is on the way and Crys and I are planning a low level bathroom renovation before our company arrives. I ordered the new one piece toilet this morning. Damn there are a lot of choices for toilets.......

No pics just yet. We'll have to see what we get up to. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sunny, smoky Saturday

It's a smoky Saturday here. There are fires burning somewhere to the west and it's drifting up, high overhead. I guess the nice thing is that it's up high, and not down here in my lungs.

Crys went to her fiber thingy today and I decided to see what I might be able to get done around the place. I actually kinda surprised myself. Both Crys and I have a cold right now, it's not the most fun thing to beat yourself up when sick, but when else are you going to get to it? :D

So I worked mostly on the greenhouse today. Got a little work done in my shed as well but that's just because it dovetailed with the other bits.

I kept having to walk around this lazy ass, who has decided that sleeping under the rubarb is the best summer chill place ever.



I got the sides put on the entryway and the door put on today. Wasn't really sure how I was going to do it, but it kinda fell into place.

I did the sides first, lots of weird cuts and little support pieces to make sure our crazy winds don't tear the thing apart.





And then I had to shim the heck out of the handle side of the door. For some reason it had decided to bow out in the middle. No big. As long as there are plenty of shims everything comes out all right. :D



Between getting the side framed and the door on I decided it was time to clean up the job site. That's where I ended up hauling and tidying the shed a bit as well. MAN a lot of stuff collects while you're working on something like this! But now all the detritus is bagged for the dump, the good stuff is categorized and put away and the tools are in their proper places.

The fun part is waiting for the girl to get home while I have a nice beer and relax.

She has no idea that I got this far today. :D


Crys took this one while out for a walk yesterday. It sums up the place pretty well, and I like how it looks like a painting.

We had a half inch of rain last week and the land is making all the use of it that it can. We're watering our newly planted trees as best we can and hoping they make it through the dry spell. Crys is off to a fiber show in Fort Garland today, so I'm looking for something to get into.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

It's starting to get busy around here.

We had about a week off from company. Of course our regular family folks in the valley come by and hang out, so it's often fun around here even if no one is in from out of town.

We're still working on things, like this week, Crys brought home a tree for us to plant,




And some of the more "interesting" summer visitors are starting to show up as well,



But we still find some time to relax in the middle of our busyness


















There's more we've gotten up to, I'll have to take some pictures.