Thursday, May 31, 2007

Once in a Blue Moon

means not very often.

Tonight will be the second full moon in the month of May, the first being May 2. According to the web site that came up when I Googled full moon, "On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years. "


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What happened to May?

I cannot believe tomorrow is May 31st. It is such a cliché, but this month has flown.

We had a bout of spring fever and stayed around home at least one weekend. It was dry enough to plant garden, clean and weed flowerbeds. There was the garage sale weekend. I took a day off work to get ready for that crazy day. We had a couple reunions, graduations and the trip to Colorado.

There is something about springtime, though. My Dad used to say that old people (he never considered himself old, even into his 90s) often die in the spring or fall. The transition is too hard. Perhaps when we can't do all of the May activities, it is depressing and that is the "transition" part.

At any rate, May is all but gone. We need to, as they say, stop and smell some kind of flower, reflect and enjoy. I am looking forward to June and those lazy, crazy days of summer.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

RV Survey

We made it home today in good time even though we stopped by Salina to see Aaron and Adam. I think our third grandboy is going to join their family soon. Kim is looking very ready.

This morning, we joined I 70 at Limon and immediately started noticing the number of RVs (Recreational Vehicles). I suppose today could be considered the start of the actual tourist season since it is the first day outside of the holiday.

At the Kansas line, we decided to make our own informal survey. We counted primarily oncoming traffic and I 70 rest stops. If a RV was entering or leaving it counted. We stopped once, less than five minutes. We ended our count at the I 135 exit at Salina, exactly 250 miles. The total was 150 (about .6 per mile). Here are the results:

Big bus types -- Class A -- 52 (35%)
Fifth Wheel -- 29 (19%)
Travel Trailers -- 28 (19%)
Pickup with camper on back -- 14 (9%)
Big square thing with bed over cab-- Class C -- 13 (9 %)
Pull type with fold up camper -- 9 (6%)
Van conversion-- Class B -- 5 (3%)

It would appear the high fuel prices are not keeping RVers off the road, especially since 73% of those we counted probably take the most fuel to move down the road.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Day Two Hanging Out in Colorado

It's been a good day. We stayed around home and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We did get a couple of things pulled: weeds and an engine!

This was taken on our hike yesterday. Mother and daughter walk alike, wouldn't you say?

Tomorrow, it will be home.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hanging out in Colorado

It was a beautiful sunrise this morning. The prospects for a beautiful day were good.

This morning Drue, Trent, Carly, Sage and I went for a hike. The kids were troopers. The wildflowers were beautiful.

This afternoon we went to a Sky Sox game. The Sox are a farm team for the Colorado Rockies. Reminded me how much fun a baseball game can be.

We are home and the men are doing mechanic work.

The rest of us are just going to hang out the rest of the day.