In Memory

May. 26th, 2014 09:39 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (sparrow)
I hope everyone who got to celebrate it had a wonderful Memorial Day.

We had a pretty busy day... )
liralen: Finch Painting (bee2)
It was 70° today and yesterday. The girls have been tumbling over each other getting in and out of the most restrictive entry. They even shoved the bar over so that they could get in and out one side of it, and they're all carrying pollen. There's silver maple here than blooms early, and I saw the aspens blooming as well, but they're not bee-friendly.

So I went in, today, opened up the hive, put more of the feeding patties on, as I have plenty of them and the girls were gobbling them up, using them as brood food. There's enough sugar and corn syrup in them for me to know that they're not going to starve. There are a lot of bees in the box, and I'm going to have to watch to make sure that they don't swarm. I didn't take apart all the frames today, simply because it was cloudy and there was a wind blowing, and my snow cover is a pain to take off from over the hive and it's supposed to snow tomorrow.

I know. Colorado weather.

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liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
The high-desert moan of the wind has been omnipresent for the last week. The warm winds melted away the eight to ten inches of snow piled everywhere, other than in the most persistent shadows, still mounded with dirty ice. So the world, in the low slant of morning sun, was all the dusty taupe of Front Range winter. The trees were black lace against the grass and cold pale sky, and flocks of geese rose in deep V's heading, inevitably north. Their compasses already pointing toward a spring that still feels so far away.

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liralen: Finch Painting (socks)
For most of the last week we've had snow. Thick snow, heavy, wet spring snow, and for a full day and a half it lay nearly a foot thick everywhere. Jet and I had a blast going out and sledding and building snow men, because the usual Colorado snow falls when it's so cold the stuff is powder dry and can't pack worth a darn.

Yesterday, the temperatures got into the 60's, and everything was melting.

We went out walking in the afternoon and the sound of dripping, running water was everywhere. It was absolutely wonderful! All the grass has gone green, and the local weather report says that Longmont is even with its annual average of precipitation for the first time in a few years, and the state as a whole now has 75% of its usual snow pack, so we'll actually have some water this summer, unlike the last few years, which have had unusually warm springs.

TV and movie watching, writing, knitting, and painting things I've been doing... )
liralen: Finch Painting (pumpkin)
... it was 72 degrees yesterday.

Who would have thought there was a foot of snow less than a week ago?

Cut for today's picture. )
liralen: Finch Painting (pumpkin)
... it was 72 degrees yesterday.

Who would have thought there was a foot of snow less than a week ago?

Cut for today's picture. )

Snow!!

Oct. 10th, 2009 10:08 am
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
We have four inches of snow this morning. 28 degrees.... and the quaking aspens still have green leaves!

The boys are out sledding. Jet is just so excited!

It's supposed to be 60 tomorrow. *laughs* Colorado weather...

Snow!!

Oct. 10th, 2009 10:08 am
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
We have four inches of snow this morning. 28 degrees.... and the quaking aspens still have green leaves!

The boys are out sledding. Jet is just so excited!

It's supposed to be 60 tomorrow. *laughs* Colorado weather...
liralen: A pictures of one of my bees (bee)
In which we brave rain, mists, Forest Service Roads, the high plains, lowing cattle, and camping in the cold, get taught the ways of the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. We learn how to identify four different kinds of high-altitude wild grasses on the plains of Wyoming, pick just the ones they want, eat a lot of great food, listen to a real black-hat rancher who seemed to be a good guy, sleep again in the cold, do more gathering, and end up being dispersed by a thunderstorm to the various parts of the square states we belong to and get home again.

Read more... )
liralen: A pictures of one of my bees (bee)
In which we brave rain, mists, Forest Service Roads, the high plains, lowing cattle, and camping in the cold, get taught the ways of the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. We learn how to identify four different kinds of high-altitude wild grasses on the plains of Wyoming, pick just the ones they want, eat a lot of great food, listen to a real black-hat rancher who seemed to be a good guy, sleep again in the cold, do more gathering, and end up being dispersed by a thunderstorm to the various parts of the square states we belong to and get home again.

Read more... )
liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
Last night in the middle of the night, I heard a crack of thunder and saw the room lit with a flash even though the curtains had been drawn in the bedroom. The window of the bathroom was open, so I hopped up and went into the bathroom to close the window; and just as I managed to get it closed and battened down, the rain started pouring down as if someone had turned on a faucet.

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liralen: Finch Painting (superglue_flake)
Last night in the middle of the night, I heard a crack of thunder and saw the room lit with a flash even though the curtains had been drawn in the bedroom. The window of the bathroom was open, so I hopped up and went into the bathroom to close the window; and just as I managed to get it closed and battened down, the rain started pouring down as if someone had turned on a faucet.

Read more... )

Fire

Jan. 7th, 2009 10:19 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (fire)
The fire line on the hill glows bright, almost like some high school prank gone chaotic.

The winds today were typical Boulder winds. Steady 50's, gusts from 75 to 100 mph, with this light air it's not quite as strong as at sea level. But then the fire started from a downed electrical line. When we went to pick Jet up at his school to get him to the passport office on time, the whole hillside, one of the Front Range "hills" was on fire. The air filled with smoke, and when we came back home, the sunset was browned by the huge plume of smoke blowing to the West.

We're out of the path, but the Denver coverage is saying "Niwot" and "Longmont" for the location north of Boulder. We're close enough that the air is full of smoke. Close enough to be able to see how quickly the flames move. The fire is south of us and the wind, the Jet Stream (made Jet giggle) is doing the usual Western thing. The weather is dry and warm, the snow of a week ago is completely gone. It was nearly in the 50's this morning, and abrupt change from the days before.

They're on it. Keeping the "structures" safe, and reverse 911 gave some folks only five or ten minutes as the wind was moving the flames FAST, but everyone's evacuated. I'm very glad that the local news crews are sane about getting out when told to by Hot Shots.

Fire

Jan. 7th, 2009 10:19 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (fire)
The fire line on the hill glows bright, almost like some high school prank gone chaotic.

The winds today were typical Boulder winds. Steady 50's, gusts from 75 to 100 mph, with this light air it's not quite as strong as at sea level. But then the fire started from a downed electrical line. When we went to pick Jet up at his school to get him to the passport office on time, the whole hillside, one of the Front Range "hills" was on fire. The air filled with smoke, and when we came back home, the sunset was browned by the huge plume of smoke blowing to the West.

We're out of the path, but the Denver coverage is saying "Niwot" and "Longmont" for the location north of Boulder. We're close enough that the air is full of smoke. Close enough to be able to see how quickly the flames move. The fire is south of us and the wind, the Jet Stream (made Jet giggle) is doing the usual Western thing. The weather is dry and warm, the snow of a week ago is completely gone. It was nearly in the 50's this morning, and abrupt change from the days before.

They're on it. Keeping the "structures" safe, and reverse 911 gave some folks only five or ten minutes as the wind was moving the flames FAST, but everyone's evacuated. I'm very glad that the local news crews are sane about getting out when told to by Hot Shots.
liralen: Finch Painting (snowflake)
There are things I love and hate about the first morning at the bus stop when there's snow everywhere.

The things that I love include my liquid velvet leggings under my sweatpants, my big wool scarf, my rabbit-fur bomber hat with the ear flaps to die for, my felted wool mittens, and my big, huge sub-zero REI boots that I got at like 75% off from one of their spring sales. I love Jet's snow pants (which he wears over his shorts because he is my husband's son), [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene's gift of a hat with the huge pompoms that he wears religiously (even when half the kids are like, you look like a girl with pigtails!! He just laughs and throws snow down the back of their necks), the big coat my Mom got him because she was too cold when she looked at him, and the snaky blue-green scarf that he loves to wear along with the felted mittens he goes no where without when it's cold out.

With all his stuff on, he can play in the snow before the bus all he likes, take it all off when he gets to school and he'll be warm and dry for the day.

What I hate... )
liralen: Finch Painting (snowflake)
There are things I love and hate about the first morning at the bus stop when there's snow everywhere.

The things that I love include my liquid velvet leggings under my sweatpants, my big wool scarf, my rabbit-fur bomber hat with the ear flaps to die for, my felted wool mittens, and my big, huge sub-zero REI boots that I got at like 75% off from one of their spring sales. I love Jet's snow pants (which he wears over his shorts because he is my husband's son), [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene's gift of a hat with the huge pompoms that he wears religiously (even when half the kids are like, you look like a girl with pigtails!! He just laughs and throws snow down the back of their necks), the big coat my Mom got him because she was too cold when she looked at him, and the snaky blue-green scarf that he loves to wear along with the felted mittens he goes no where without when it's cold out.

With all his stuff on, he can play in the snow before the bus all he likes, take it all off when he gets to school and he'll be warm and dry for the day.

What I hate... )

A Good Day

Nov. 18th, 2008 11:58 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (powerLir)
Thank you, everyone, for your responses, you've helped me out a great deal.

It also helped that it was 76° today and sunny and I ran around in it for a while like a loon. Got a ton of writing done, though mostly not my personal projects. Jet had a special musical program. And I wore out a bike seat.

Yeah. Actually wore out my bike's seat to the point it was breaking down and John actually had to go buy a new one.

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A Good Day

Nov. 18th, 2008 11:58 pm
liralen: Finch Painting (powerLir)
Thank you, everyone, for your responses, you've helped me out a great deal.

It also helped that it was 76° today and sunny and I ran around in it for a while like a loon. Got a ton of writing done, though mostly not my personal projects. Jet had a special musical program. And I wore out a bike seat.

Yeah. Actually wore out my bike's seat to the point it was breaking down and John actually had to go buy a new one.

Read more... )
liralen: Finch Painting (teacups)
... of a cold. Where it get all thick and horrible and sits in the top part of my lungs and aggravates my asthma. And it's sunny out today, the light with that crystal clarity that can only be found up here, refracting off every drip from melting snow, the grass dusted with white as we walked the boy to the bus stop, but dripping off the roofs, the cars, and the back patio's screen. It'd be a beautiful day to be out... but I sit inside and drink hot drinks and cough... damnit.

Maybe it'd be a good time to channel Ukitake rather than Shunsui... *laughter*
liralen: Finch Painting (teacups)
... of a cold. Where it get all thick and horrible and sits in the top part of my lungs and aggravates my asthma. And it's sunny out today, the light with that crystal clarity that can only be found up here, refracting off every drip from melting snow, the grass dusted with white as we walked the boy to the bus stop, but dripping off the roofs, the cars, and the back patio's screen. It'd be a beautiful day to be out... but I sit inside and drink hot drinks and cough... damnit.

Maybe it'd be a good time to channel Ukitake rather than Shunsui... *laughter*

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