Enriching Your Life

Great Backyard Bird Count 2018

“Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.”    SAY WHAT? Translated from Old English, “Birds of the same kind and color flock and fly always together.” Since the mid-16th century this flighty proverb has been used literally and figuratively. Literally, birds of a single species often form flocks. For our feathered friends,  this behavior is a survival instinct used to ward... Read More

Garden to Table

Living in Colorado has many benefits. We experience plentiful sunshine, four distinct seasons, varied outdoor landscapes from the Plains to the Rocky Mountains and down to the desert in the Four Corners region. The unique topography allows for interesting growing conditions which can  provide fruits and vegetables nearly year round – with a little research, building, and planning. The farmers of our state have realized... Read More

How to Slow Down a Harried World

The harried pace of the holiday season is behind us, for now.  Time to take a deep breath and face 2018 head on! A new year, a new outlook, some unresolved resolutions on the horizon? The “To Do List” looms large and we are barely two weeks into January.  What if this year we all resolve to keep it simple.  Take a moment and commit... Read More

Hansel & Gretel and Their Tasty Home

Gingerbread has been a part of culinary tradition dating back to the Roman Empire.  Many cultures have similar versions known as “spice cake,” and “pepper cake.”  This holiday treat can be made in two forms; soft or hard.  The soft recipe is more ‘cake-like’ and good for slicing.  The other form-hard and crispy, allows for shaping and decorating with sweets and icing.  Historically, the first... Read More

Let Us Go Back

Let us go back to the beauties That are pocketed deep in our past, They joys we relinquished with childhood But which hauntingly linger and last! Let us return to the Christmas That remains with the children of time — The Christmas of wonderful wishes, Of stardust, and snowdrift, and chime! Let us go back to the vision Of evergreen peace in our rooms, Pretty... Read More

Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot, Pease porridge cold, Pease porridge in the pot, Nine days old. by Mother Goose Porridge?or Oatmeal? Traditionally, ‘Porridge’ consists of any type of crushed grain such as wheat, rice, barley or legumes (hence, the ‘pease’) and boiling them in milk or water until thick.  ‘Oatmeal’ is made from the crushed, rolled, cut or coarsely ground seed head or ‘oat’ and then boiled... Read More

‘Tis the Season to be Board (Games)

As a society we have been playing games to stretch our physical ability, bend our mental capacity, and just to be entertained.  The entrepreneurs of the 1800s made it a goal to publish and make available a variety of board games to the general public.  From the 1930s to the mid 1980s, one could say these were the “Golden Years” of board gaming. This was... Read More

Starry, Starry Night

“Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this wish I wish tonight.”                                                        Anonymous Many a youngster (and maybe some “young at heart”) have stood waiting patiently for the last light of day to set, anticipating  a glimpse of the first star.  Today, due to the ever increasing population of major cities and their surrounding... Read More

And Now, October

As we close in on the middle of the month, much has transpired in this 10th month of the year!  We saw our first frost which was quickly followed by the first freeze and snowfall of the season. Is fall really settling down or did it just get geared up? Here’s a nostalgic look into the waning season;   When wheat fields turn to burnished... Read More

‘Twas The Night Before….

‘Twas the night before the First Average Frost, when all through the house All the creatures were stirring, even the mice, and the voles, and the spiders, and the… The tools were not hung in the shed with care, Someone was hoping for time to prepare; My family was all snug in their beds; While visions of no yardwork or gardening danced in their heads;... Read More