Meet Gladys

We had house-guests at The Hotel Rasmussen, and look what they gave us!

Meet Gladys!

She’s gorgeous.

I’ve never had an orchid of my own. I’ve always admired them from afar.

Here’s hoping we can keep her alive. (Knock on wood.) 😉

The Great Social Media Unplug of 2018

I’m in the midst of a much-needed break from all things Social Media. I’ve not been on Facebook since school got out for Summer Break. Twitter and Instagram were the next to go in the Great Social Media Unplug of 2018, as my posts & pictures dwindled right around the time summer officially graced us with its presence.

For as much as I loved those platforms back in the day, I feel a sense of calmness (along with an odd mix of giddiness and joy) in my decision to abandon them for the time-being. I’ve not closed any of my accounts, and I’ve not deleted any content yet. I have made some of them “private.” I’ve not decided what my future holds in the realm of Social Media, but I do know that this break has been an amazing thing in the grand scheme of things.

Behold the power of unplugging to reconnect.

One Last Shot

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I was taking photos of a beautiful bird at the lake. It flew away before I got one last shot. Or so I thought… 😍

New Floors!

We finally did it! When we moved into this house in 2001, we were greeted with brand new builder-grade carpet. It was never our favorite, but it suited our purposes. Over the years, we made improvements here and there, but we knew we wanted to ditch the carpet and get new flooring. The timing had to be right, and there were lots of moving pieces to consider. We’re nothing if not patient. (Heh…when it comes to major projects, that is.) Fast-forward a few years (more like a decade-and-a-half!) and look what we did! WE LOVE IT. The crew we used was fantastic.

This was QUITE the undertaking, though. I keep the place pretty well organized, but even I had things on the floors of closets. All of everything on this main level of the house needed to be sorted, purged, and moved to the lower level of the house.

This was one of our more ambitious projects, but it was worth every pulled muscle!!


We picked something that is waterproof, pet-proof, scratch-proof, and yet it looks just like hardwood. It’s the best of both worlds.

*happy sigh*


Spring Break in Tucson 2018

The last week of March was spent tooling around Tucson, Arizona! A great time was had by all. These are just a couple photos. When I get my act together, I may post more!


Tucson Hikers!


Crazy Driver! (It’s a good thing we have a few years before she gets her permit!) 😉

That Time of Year Again

66% of the household is unbearable this morning. 33% is faking enthusiasm & took a selfie in her new birthday necklace. #daylightsavingtime

The First Hike Back

OH MY GOSH, YOU GUYS!! Almost a month ago, I was struck down with Influenza, (sorry to be dramatic; there’s just no other way to describe it!) and I haven’t been able to do my daily hike UNTIL TODAY. It was the first time around the lake in almost a MONTH, and I feel great! I haven’t even needed my inhaler (a wonderful side effect of the virus). TODAY IS THE BEST DAY EVER! (Once I start the drama, I can’t stop it.) *wistful sigh* 

The Red Bucket

Five years ago, an artist living in Barbados contacted me. She had come across a photo here and wanted to know if I’d give permission for her to paint it in oil paints. Her own daughter was well past “the red bucket stage,” and our photo spoke to her. She said she’d give credit to me on her website when it was done. I granted her permission to do so.

It was a photo that we had printed and have hanging in our hallway, because we love it so much. How cool that someone in Barbados noticed it, too! (Behold the power of the Internet!)

Every once in a while, I’d think of that random artist and wonder how she was doing. They were just fleeting thoughts, not enough to warrant any research. She’d pop into my head, and I’d go about my day.

At the beginning of February, I got another email from her. It’s done! It’s beautiful. It’s our little Claire, exploring the beach in California, red bucket in hand.

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Groundhog Day 2018

The threat of “6 more weeks of winter” has never made sense in a place like Colorado.

Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado

This is NOT a sponsored post. I reserved (and paid for) our tickets online, and then we went with my sister and her husband on New Year’s Day. WE HAD A BLAST. If you’re in the area, you should GO.

HELPFUL HINT: If you’re using GPS to find the location, search for “Dillon Town Park.” If you try to search for Ice Castles, it will take you to where it was last year in Silverthorne.

The Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado are absolutely amazing. My husband was taking my brother-in-law skiing on New Year’s Day, so the ladies and I dropped them off at the resort and then headed into “town” to do some shopping. (“Town” being Dillon, Silverthorne, etc.) That afternoon, we picked them up at the resort when they were done, and we headed to dinner. After that, we headed to the Ice Castles. We’d reserved tickets for the 8pm time-slot at the Ice Castles, and seeing it at night was MESMERIZING. The lights inside the massive icicles are constantly changing colors.

It was cold but bearable. It was harder to walk around than what we thought. We anticipated it being slick (I mean, it’s made of ice!!), but we had thought it would be like walking on a hard-packed surface. It wasn’t! It was like trying to walk in icy, snowy, sand. This wasn’t a deal-breaker, but just something that would have been nice to know before hand. (And we have some fun pictures of my sister and I helping Claire get all the snow out of her boots at one point! They lose a lot in translation, so I haven’t posted them here.) 😀

All in all, we had a fantastic time!!

Claire and her uncle raced down an Ice Slide. (There was a longer slide, too, but the line was just as long, so we passed on that.)

The icicles were just amazing. The constantly changing lights and colors really added to the experience!

They look like bubbles!

…and feel like marbles!

Here we are posing with some massive icicles.

Don’t forget to look up!

A picture of the picture-taker, and the pictures I took while looking straight up:

In a few sections, the pathway was a bit of a tight squeeze! (Don’t worry. You don’t HAVE to go that way. I went that way ONCE, and that was enough for me. These two goofballs went through more than once.)

And there were tunnels you could take to other rooms!

I mean, come on. If you’re in an Ice Castle, you HAVE to take a selfie.

Is this water, ice, or lava? …or all three?

If you want to see this fountain in action, click on these two links:

Click here to see a video I posted on Instagram of the fountain.

Click here for another video I posted of the same fountain, and the different colors make it magical!

The *almost* full moon was hiding behind the clouds and just added to the ambiance!

So, if you haven’t done so already, get tickets for the Ice Castles! It’s an awesome experience! (Even those of us who aren’t too fond of the cold had an amazing time!) 😉