Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Solstice

I'm a day late, but the solstice day found me fatigued,and I missed the timely observation. Mary and I were in a festive mood last night reflecting on and projecting forward on the consequence and opportunities my position in Greeley brings. After the holidays until now have been an anxious period. I will need to retire someday in the next few years. Landing this job gives me a break to arrange our affairs for a smoother return to the Rancho Groucho. Back in Loveland, birds roosting in the tall pine outside our bedroom window tweet at around 4:00 a.m. No such alarm here, only the cool breeze blowing through the windows. I am composing this entry on my iPhone in the living room, it's very tedious. I will stick to the Mac mini in the green room. However, if any of you Tweet, I could start sharing just in time observations and insights via @delnortian.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Two Months Later

Dear Ones, a correction - I mentioned in these posts that I had been married 27 years. A pity as it was 37, now closer to 38. However, what's a few years between best friends? A decade or so ago Mary and I dealt with the illness of her dad and from then after returning a struggle. I was lucky to find work after returning from Dallas, more fortunate to have landed the position that pulled us away from the homestead in southern Colorado to a new life in northern Colorado. Though our only son was far away, we found ourselves close to the four daughters. "I can't believe we're living in Loveland" and "Back to the 'Burbs" were frequent outbursts the first two years, even after Mary found a remarkable little foreclosure with lots of space I grew to love. However, it is all up in the air, that old black magic pales and I have to re-tool and re-market myself for one more trip up the sigmoid curve - look it up!
For now, we are back to the homestead to prepare the grounds for the best wedding experience we can muster for our second ranch wedding. Not ironically, who can foresee the weather, climate or fire season, it occurs during another dry spell marked by smoke and fire bans. Let 'em try to stop us from roasting marshmallows!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mid-April Return

Yesterday Mary and I observed our 27th anniversary as a legal married couple. Actually, I remembered it and Mary observed it by bestowing me with a pocket Henley T-Shirt and a new pair of shorts, a Courac tray with a hummingbird man kachina image, a ceramic fish to match other pieces of a line she has collected and an uncharacteristically artistic Hallmark card featuring two stylized cranes. Thank you, Mary - I love you.

The real celebration occurred at Hannah's house warming party yesterday. Jeremy grilled some hamburgers and franks, Hannah prepared the sides and drinks, Mary brought two angel food cakes. Pele entertained us with songs and later challenged me to an indoor bout of paddles in the den. I took over a pair of mobile modules of six horizontal decorated paper triangles glued to garlic stalk frames that Jessica said reminded her of a kite. Later that afternoon I handed Lucas my stock of garlic stems for him to try his hand at mobile making. Eve didn't make it, but she said later she was rested and feeling better.

The weekend weather warning prompted me to tend to yard chores and to planing a set of seeds in the reduced space garden lately turned into a flower bed. Our trips and returns to and from the valley leave me with two short growing seasons, one about two months long before and perhaps three after returning. On our way back from a shared anniversary dinner, Mary and I stopped at the two big box hardware stores looking to replace the one bleeding heart perennial we lost to the winter - two returned and have started blooming! More on all this and my job situation later.  CIAO