Enriching Your Life

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

Can You Say, Senescence?

Senescence can be traced back to Latin senex, meaning “old.” There’s also the much rarer senectitude, which, like senescence, refers to the state of being old (specifically, to the final stage of the normal life span). This event happens every year – senescence –  to the deciduous trees in Colorado, including the beautiful stands of Aspen at higher altitudes. The leaves have grown “old,” and... Read More

Holly’s Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup

Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Soup 1 ½ sticks of butter 3-4 tbsp flour 1 package of frozen “soup” veggies (onions, carrots, celery) 3-4 potatoes (peeled & cubed) 3 cups chicken broth 4 cups water 2 cups cheddar cheese (mild or sharp) I use sharp 1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese. ½ block Velvetta cheese – cut into cubes 1 bottle of beer (depending on your taste... Read More

Fall Planting Guide

What to consider when planting a Tree, Shrub, Rose, or Perennial – Planning Purchasing Preparation (of area) Planting     Materials to have on hand for planting a Tree, Shrub, Rose or Perennial – Ferti-Lome Root Stimulator Nature’s Yield Compost Organic Mulch Hand Trowel Spade/Shovel Garden Fork Garden Hose/Watering Can Tape Measure Plan: Measure the bed area, the amount of sunlight the area gets and... Read More

Adieu, Adios, Sayonara and Goodbye Summer?

Looking forward in the calendar, Summer doesn’t really end until Autumn begins on September 25th.  So, why is Labor Day considered the “end of summer?” It could be a throwback to our agrarian society, a reason for the retail industry to hold another sale, end of summer break and beginning of a new school year…?   Actually, the U.S. Department of Labor initiated the first... Read More