Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I baked...

If you know me well, you know I don't often bake. I'm a good cook, but not a stellar baker. Man of the house's (MOTH) birthday was Sunday and I bought a cake that really wasn't very good. I woke up Monday and felt he deserved better. 

MOTH has always raved about his grandma's Maple Pecan Chiffon cake and I decided that was the cake I would bake. I've never baked a chiffon cake but it really wasn't hard. It turned out pretty decent and tasted, well, just this short of amazing! MOTH loved it. Gave me the thumbs up and that was worth the dishes that filled my sink. 

Want to bake your own? Google "Maple Pecan Chiffon cake" and you will get dozens of recipes and they are all basically the same.

*** I sort of like MOTH as a name for that guy. Might just keep it. ;)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Good news and bad news...

The good news is that is is only 77 degrees at 10:00 a.m. I get out to the pool by 10:00 because it's been around 90 degrees by then. 77 feels downright chilly.

The bad news is that forecast. It's been the same forecast for weeks on end. To my family and friends on the west coast... "I wanna come home!!!!"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hiking in Colorado...

We thought we took a wrong turn and stopped to turn around. 

What we found was a trail, and a creek,

Crossing... "Be careful! Don't slip!"
"Ha! Ha! We made it!!!"
Crossing back... "Don't fall!!!
Oops! "Now you have a story to tell, Noodle."

a cave, 

 and some amazing views.


We later found Seven Falls and hiked a little more.


There were chipmunks everywhere! 

They knew those silly humans were suckers for a cute face!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cave of the Winds

Yesterday we visited the Cave of the Winds and so far it has been our favorite location. The views of the canyon were stunning. 

Original cave entrance.

The interior of the cave was haunting and beautiful. 

Rope ladder used to access a room in the cave.

Our guide was knowledgeable and very funny. I know it's her job, but she shared so many interesting tidbits and seemed to really enjoy her job.

Today we are driving down to Cripple Creek and we will see where the road takes us.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Walking, walking, walking...

We left early yesterday for Colorado Springs. The dogs and cats and house were left in good hands. Thanks Bill!

I will say this once, the roads in Colorado Springs were not planned by a normal person! But we are learning our way around.

Today we headed west and stopped first in the Garden of the Gods. Gorgeous! 

Truly breathtaking!


After a pretty good hike we made out way to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. I was awed by the simple beauty. 

Getting Grumpy!
Even Grumpier!

We drove up to Woodland Park and had a ho-hum lunch at a local Mexican joint. We then walked around and visited a lot of cute little shops. After that we drove back to Manitou Springs and walked and walked some more, visiting more shops. I have to say, the shop keepers we met were so helpful and friendly. 

We are spending the evening relaxing at the hotel, resting our tired feet. Tomorrow will include more walking.

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Dashboard

I do not like the new Blogger dashboard. That's all I got this week. 

I'm headed to Colorado for vacation, so I will have more to say when I get back. Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The long holiday...

Because it fell on Monday, the "4th of July" seemed to never end.

We started Friday with more time in the pool and lunch on the patio.

Begging for hotdogs. Full time job!
On Saturday, we shared neighborhood fireworks with wonderful friends at their house out in Piedmont.


Sunday we worked on the gardens around the house in the early morning and hid in the house from the relentless heat in the afternoon.

Yesterday we opened our home to more wonderful friends and shared food, laughter, and fireworks. 

We are seriously dry here in Oklahoma and many places banned the fireworks. But not in our neighborhood. We sat by the pool, some of us in the pool, and watched the sky explode all around us and prayed nothing strayed into the dry fields, or water starved lawns. 
Our neighbors mounted their show from the roof of their shed until something went terribly wrong. The result was a friend of those neighbors was taken by ambulance to the hospital for broken bones and 3rd degree burns. The fire was put out fairly rapidly, but was too close for comfort. As we watched the mayhem, Sophie asked, "Is this why we don't buy fireworks?" I answered, "Yes, this is why." 

Not the original fire.