Saturday, October 01, 2011

First Frost – October 1st


This one slipped up on us.  All the houseplants were still out, and we didn’t put blankets over the tomato plants.

Dan quickly sprayed water on the tomatoes.  I don’t know if it is true that this helps.  For whatever reason, whether the frost was light, the sun warmed quickly or a still-warm ground temperature but we did not have any damage.

Maybe because we were gone so much of the summer, but it seems fall has arrived earlier than usual.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Walnut picker upper

Well, actually it is a Nut Wizard


Kim and Marc have walnut trees.  This year may be a bumper crop.  Evan and I were hanging out so we decided to pick up some of the bunch that fell with the north wind that came up this afternoon.   Just roll this cool deal over the walnuts and they slip between the wires.  Works great as long as it doesn’t get too full.

I want to pick out some walnuts this year.  Last year we dried some of these walnuts and cracked them,  but they were not good.  Obviously, they are small, but also were “strong” tasting.  Their neighbor has a tree that produces bigger nuts and I might try them.  Also, there are a few trees in our ravine that produce nice size nuts.

Last year I ended up buying black walnuts at Sam’s.  Very disappointing.  They lacked the flavor I am used to from Kansas trees.  Or, maybe it was the special touch my Dad used to give them.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Home by air

Several weeks ago I received an email from Orbitz notifying me of  low fare deals.  After clicking around for about a half hour, I decided there was a trip to Denver I couldn’t pass up—two round trip tickets from Kansas City to Denver for $99.40 each. 

The question is,  how was flying after traveling so many miles on land this summer?

It was nice, but I think we both still prefer driving.  For us, it is always the journey.  We enjoy the things we see and do in route  and back. 

It took about 5 1/2 hours to fly vs. 8 1/2 to drive.  That’s counting from the time we left Doug & Drue’s this morning until we drove in our garage.  Surprisingly, there isn’t that big of a savings of time.

There was also the hour drive up to Denver & back twice for Doug. 

Still, there were definitely some benefits.  We left for the airport at 8:00 last Saturday and still had lots of time to enjoy the day in Colorado.  It seemed like we had an extra day yesterday as well. 

Will we fly again?  Definitely would consider another trip to Colorado to visit family, but other than that, we are still four-wheel-down people.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Obviously we're in Colorado. The aspens are not at their peak, but very beautiful in places.