LIfe is Good

LIfe is Good

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Springtime in the Colorado Rockies

Hello again friends and family,
It's been a quiet winter here at home, enjoying the cold temps and sometimes snow.  I've spent my time knitting an Irish Aran cabled sweater and  wool socks, watching my favorite shows on tv, and living the simple life.   I didn't make a trip to the Southwest this year, and was a good decision.   My neighbor and friend put a used furnace in the unfinished basement, and it was active a couple of months ago to use.  very nice...didn't have to keep the wood stove going all the time. I still use the wood stove though.  Love it's warmth and the way it heats the room.  Paddy and I are content here.  It's getting warmer every week, now in the 50's in daytime and 20-30's at night.   Spring comes very late in the high country.  The aspens maybe have a few buds starting to burst.  Have to get through April to see the real Spring in May.

It'll soon be time to start bringing in firewood for next winter. Have 2 friends that go into the forest to cut and gather free firewood, so I'll have enough.  I almost ran out this winter. Thank goodness for the furnace.  There's trees to be cut down here, too, and hauled up by the house to cut and stack.   good exercise I say.

I had to replace my beloved Nissan Pathfinder in March.  It finally decided to quit, not the best time to buy another car, but with my son's help, found another SUV and drove it home from Denver.   I donated my Pathfinder to Colorado PBS.  pics below of my "new" to me car.

So that's the news for Dragonfly House.  Hope to do some camping this summer.
enjoy your days with friends and family
Diane and Paddy

 My first Aran Irish Fisherman's Wool Sweater!   love it and already started the next one!
 A snowy day this winter
 Interesting clouds one day
 My beloved Pathfinder leaving...a few tears that day...I've had that truck since 2004, when I moved to Colorado.  Many memories for me....
 Here's my new truck, older but a good vehicle.
 My sister Denise visited me for a week in February!  We had a wonderful quiet week.  And didn't go anywhere....
 Paddy in his t-shirt to help him keep warm this winter in the house.
Deer visiting...always enjoy watching them from the house windows.

Enjoy your days!   Big Hugs to all!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hello Friends and Family......time I write something here again.  When I don't travel, it's stories from home here.  Summer came and went fast.  Winter arrived with cold cold temps, and some snow falls.   Today at last, it's going to be over 30 degrees. yay!   Entire country has been in the deep freeze literally.   
Deer visit my yard often looking for something to eat under the snow.  I feed the birds and squirrels in the deck feeder.  Stellar jays and chickadees and one squirrel I've named "Lucky".  He has a white belly and has been eating at the feeder for a long time.   

I am reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  Have read 5 of the series and today will start the 6th in series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.  I highly recommend this series.   Each book is over 1000 pages; if you like historical fiction, you will love them.    
Of course there's knitting, always knitting.   Socks on the needles all the time, one pair at a time, and have knitted some sweaters this year.   The current sweater on the needles is an Irish Aran with lots of cables.   It's a slow process, and I have to look at the pattern for each row.  My winter project......

one of many socks knitted

sweater knitted this summer

Irish Aran Cables

I enjoy TV and Netflix, too.  My favorite TV show right now, is Alone on the History channel, in it's 3rd season.   love love adventure survival stores and shows.  :)       

Have some good news!   My house is getting a propane furnace!   Have used a wood stove here since moving here.   It will be nice to have a furnace to supplement the wood stove, and will continue to heat with wood.  The wood I have on hand is from my property cut and stacked this summer.   Of course I had help for some of it.  I bought a chain saw and cut down the trees myself.  My sister, Mom and Dad were here this summer to get the wood in.

Paddy in the snow

pretty snow scenes here this week

bundled up!

2016 is on the way out.   2017 looming.
I hope your year has been a good one and many blessings for the next.

Diane and Paddy