Monday, May 23, 2022

Snow Surprised!


We had a spring surprise this weekend--snow! It was 89 degrees (31.6 C) on Thursday, and then on Friday a cold front and rain came in from the west.  As the temperature dropped the rain turned to snow and it snowed throughout the night.



We woke up Saturday morning to this!





Our area had about 10 inches (25.4 CM) in total and some areas had up to two feet (60.9 CM) of snow!




What happened to Spring? Even the deer was confused!

This sweet yearling buck is growing his first set of antlers.

 


The snow melted very quickly on Sunday as it was sunny and temperatures rose. The snow brought much-needed moisture to much of the state which is a blessing. Sadly, though, many tree limbs fell during the storm as the trees were fully leafed out and the snow was wet and heavy. Many people lost electrical power as a result, but the community I live in has underground electrical lines so we were fine.




I was so glad I held off on planting outside the tomatoes and peppers that I had started growing from seed in March. I had given some to our son, and a neighbor, that they planted, but experience told me I could not trust that we had our last frost as yet.  I will wait until June to put them out and hope for the best.





Our oldest grandson's Lacrosse team was able to play their championship game today!  As you can see the snow had all melted with just a bit left in the foothills.





Our oldest granddaughter's class went on a field trip to Denver, last week and I had to share this cute photo of her hugging the 40-foot-high (12.2 meters))  Big Blue Bear sculpture that is outside the convention center.  The sculpture is by Lawrence Argent and its official name is "I See What You Mean."  

This is the last week of school for the grandchildren and we are all looking forward to a wonderful summer. Do you have any special summer plans?

Have a wonderful week! 

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Monday, May 16, 2022

In the Merry Month of May



This was the view we had today at our oldest grandson's Lacrosse first playoff game.  It was a wonderful view of a large section of the Colorado foothills with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains in the distance behind them. His team won the game so they were all excited.  The beautiful field was artificial grass astroturf, I'm sure it is a good solution to have fields like this in a recent drought plagued state.



 
Another large beautiful cloud hung over the Little League baseball field where our middle grandson played in the middle of the week.  It always looks like it could rain but it never does. 




We attended our last Opera Colorado production for this season--the always magnificent Georges Bizet opera "Carmen,"  It was a lavish production in four acts.  The orchestra performed the music exceptionally well, led by conductor Ari Pelto. Soprano Kate Aldrich was magnificent as Carmen, and baritone Nmon Ford brought the house to their feet with his dramatic regal portrayal as the flashy toreador Escamillo, with tenor Bruce Sledge singing the emotional role as Don Jose. Another standout was soprano Susannah Biller in the poignant role of Michaela.

We wore our N95 masks during our entire time in the opera house. just to make sure we'd be safe from any covid exposure, even though masks were now optional to attend the performance. We were surprised by how few in the audience chose to wear them! I'd rather not take the risk, but I guess many do not care any longer.




May is the lilac season here and the air is perfumed by many throughout our neighborhood.




The weather is lovely so we can do much more outside...




...and soon beautiful wildflowers will be blooming along our local trails.



I'll close with this sweet photo. 

 I opened my side shade early one morning to see two deer resting in my yard. Next to the lower deer, in the lower right of the photo, was a young sleeping rabbit. They were so content and very close to each other. It was a vision reminiscent of the "peaceable kingdom" to me. Do you agree?

Have a wonderful week! 

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