Famished after taking one of her final exams, Deborah and I stopped at a hole-in-the-wall barbeque diner for a quick dinner last night. We were seated at a corner table. Outside the window, a holiday scene of colored lights, icicles and a still snow-covered, older model pick-up truck.
Tara and Elizabeth will have later finishing final exams of their own tonight. Perhaps, it may be another late evening stop at this barbeque diner.
The food, you may ask. It’s very good. They serve primarily St. Louis and Memphis style barbeque.
A touch of seasonal pretty …
With the bitter cold relenting today, many of the residential streets in the neighborhood have cleared nicely. It’s making for scenes of snow and ice covered streets a distant memory. And, making the need to take curves, like at the end of our block, less of a problem.
On the less-traveled roads, the snow and ice will continue to linger until it is warmer and the shadows are fewer. This particular road, on the JN Ranch, likely won’t be free of it until we have a serious warm-up and becomes a muddy mess.
About the photos -
The first photo was taken at “large-dog eye level”. It gives a different perspective of the curve as opposed to standing up, or sitting high in an SUV.
The second photo was taken by Amanda at the JN Ranch, on a secondary access road leading onto the ranch property. Whenever they have snow cover, certain portions of the ranch has ground fog which lingers until mid-morning. On the main access road, seen in the previous post, ground fog is not encountered too often.
Sunrise, from Saturday morning, at the JN Ranch. It was a very cold morning at -9°F/-23°C, and 8 inches of snow on the ground. The horses were waiting in their warm barn, wearing their coats. No riding, of course, but plenty of grooming and pampering.
While our cold weather continues today, we finally had a nice sunrise to begin the day.
The cold temperatures are expected to relent, beginning tomorrow. Our temperatures are forecasted to return to seasonal norms by the end of the week.
On a rural Colorado road, at sunrise …
Driving the rural roads, whether it be nice or wintry, is always a pleasant drive. Throw in a classic Gordon Lightfoot song, you’ll have an even better drive.
It’s Gotcha Day here.
Two years ago, today, we adopted Miss Susie and Miss Pinky from Colorado 9 Lives. They were the last two kittens from a litter that was rescued with their mom cat in April 2011. They had taken up residence in the old commissary at Peterson AFB, which was being prepared for demolition. One of the construction workers heard some meowing coming from a “pit”. There, he discovered a mom cat with her litter of five kittens. One by one, the construction worker and a few other workers lifted mom and the kittens out of the pit, placing them in a large box. An avid cat-lover, the construction worker took home the rescued family. Knowing he couldn’t keep them all, he contacted 9 Lives to help them find good homes. The construction worker kept the mom cat and two kittens.
While the intention was to adopt Miss Susie alone, we asked if she had a littermate or another foster that she played with on an everyday basis. If there was, we would take the littermate (or other kitty) also. It would certainly help with the transition into our home.
When we brought them home, Egypt and the Musketeers were very interested. Having kittens meet adult cats, however, required a measured introduction.
That introduction, and their integration into the household didn’t take long. The hissing was minimal. Within two days, they were fully accepted by Egypt and the Musketeers. It was like they always belonged. And, they didn’t mind having their pictures taken.
baby kitten Pinky
baby kitten Susie
quickly learning to cat watch
After two years of playing and romping together, and with Egypt and the Musketeers, the fun continues on.
Pinky helping make the bed
an inquisitive Pinky
Susie on the search
Susie blue eyes
Pinky and Susie taking a play break
We would like to thank everyone at 9 Lives in keeping them safe until we could bring them home, where they belong.
Miss Susie watching the snow and cold …
A change of window didn’t seem to change the scene. Still snowy and cold outside.
“A sliding car, even with 4-wheel drive engaged, is still a sliding car.”
Fortunately, we dodged our share of sliding cars when the roads were an icy mess on Wednesday and Thursday. Only the residential streets remain icy and snow packed, with the freeway and main arterials quite clean.
Though we’re seeing much more sun today, the deep freeze continues. Temperature wise, it’s the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be more of the same, but with a return of the snow. The “warm” is expected to return next week Wednesday.