Archive for September, 2010

Summer’s Gone, Fall Begins

In Colorado we seem to wait forever for summer. Spring is bipolar, sunny and warm one day, snowy the next. We had four inches of snow on our deck May 12th.

12 May 2010 Snow on the Deck

When summer finally comes, I greedily plunge into gardening and savor morning coffee and evening wine on the deck. With the arrival of the autumnal equinox, the days are golden and beautiful, but I’m left wondering where the summer went.

Klaus and Hanghang found time in their busy schedules to come visit in June. Hanghang is now in her 4th year of med school at Dartmouth and Klaus has started law school at the University of South Carolina.

Klaus and Hanghang

During their visit, we got together with Richard’s brother Barry’s family and got to see Elijah, the new family member, as well as Aunts Donna and Bette, visiting from Californina.

Cindy with her new grandson Elijah and big sis Avari

Aunts Donna and Bette from California

In July, Vanessa started her two month sojourn stateside. Her travels to New Orleans and Seattle still left time for hanging out in Colorado. We are grateful that she was eager to work and painted three rooms in our house.

Vanessa Painting

Master Bath

My Office--oh so clean!

Vanessa's Room

In early July, my friend Val, from Richmond, Virginia, and I went camping in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Val and I Hiking in RMNP

Later in July, we met our friend Peggy in Pagosa Springs and enjoyed hiking and soaking in the hot springs.

Hiking with Peggy near Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs Hot Springs

Camping west of Buena Vista in August was beautiful.

Tent is Pitched and Ready to Go

Cottonwood Hot Springs

Hiking above Cottonwood Pass

We said good-bye to Vanessa in September, as she returns to Madrid for another year of teaching.

Farewell Vanessa

Closeup of Caligraphy by Hanghang

September is a great time for a roadtrip, and we visited relatives in Lincoln and Omaha and a dear friend in Iowa City. While in Lincoln, we took some time to see the sights.

Tractor Museum at University of Nebraska

Cool mosaics in the floor at the Nebraska State Capitol

Under the Sea

Door at the Nebraska State Capitol

Bust of Willa Cather

It was fun seeing the cousins and their offspring

Nebraska Cousins

In Iowa, we had such fun with Mary Westbrook, including a visit to potter Clary Illian’s studio in Ely, Iowa. A small toad was perched in a pitcher hanging from her fence.

Can you see the little gray toad in the pitcher?


Mary set a beautiful table for a high energy, fun birthday celebration. Notice the lilies in the frogs floral arrangements.

Mary Westbrook's Artful Table

Richard enjoyed torturing Snickers, Mary’s quirky kitty.

Torturing Snickers

I bought a small face plate from Clary to add to my collection of her work.

Clary Illian works

I love my art from Iowa.

Shooter by James Petran of Iowa City (Mary's former neighbor)

So now we’re energized for fall, preparing for our two-week visit to Berlin in October and beginning the process of purging the house. I sold the piano on Craigslist

Bye bye piano

and have started organizing the photos to be scanned. Next April/May we’ll finish emptying out the house for renters and head back to Berlin for a year of adventure in another country. Life is good.


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