Monday, August 10, 2009

Colorado thoughts

I am writing this as I look at Pikes Peak in the distance.  It is in a haze now but it is early morning and cool—jacket weather for me.

I frustrate our 15-year Colorado resident family by even talking about the weather.  People don’t do much of that out here which makes me wonder what is their small talk topic.  I am also bad about looking at the sky and making the prediction that I think a front is coming in.  They have to remind me this is not Kansas and weather does not come in from the southwest, nor does it “set in” rain.  Out here, there may be a cloud and a little rain and then sun again, all within an hour and sometimes daily. 

Monument lies on the Palmer Ridge so is a higher elevation than Colorado Springs or Denver.  Highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s makes for absolutely beautiful weather.   There was a wide assortment of vegetables at the farmers market Saturday, however not many tomatoes.  They are hard to grow here perhaps because of the cooler temperatures. 

Dan and Doug are replacing all the windows in the house--a busy, three days with all windows replaced except basement which Doug and Drue will do later.  One of the interesting aspects of this project is the lack of any mosquitoes or flies in the house despite no windows in the process of replacement.  A leisurely evening on the deck does not involve the inevitable hum we are used to in Kansas this time of year.

Tonight we are going to a Colorado Rockies/Chicago Cubs baseball game.  I’m buying a Rockies sweatshirt.  I’ll need it.