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Under a Red Roof

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New sage growth filled the air with its intoxicating scent and had Greg and I swooning. Our wonderfully cozy digs (and sweetest dog, ever). Greg and I have never been so enamored with a rental, envisioning, were it to come on the market, how we would make it our own. The Taos Museum of Art […] The post

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Mt. Maestas Blanca Peak & Mt. Lindsey When Greg and I were first together, a woman we knew had a rather curious comic taped on her refrigerator. Front and center. It read: “It’s not a vacation if your husband goes with you.” I imagine her snickering while carefully clipping it from the paper. Then,

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We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently […

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A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars. Victor Hugo The post Garden appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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All the blooms to greet me yesterday morning and some greens, too. Not every beauty is a blossom. How I love this space and this patch of earth that is ours, no strings, save those attached within our hearts. Sometimes, when the city noise rattles uncomfortably beneath my skin, I ponder leaving for more solitude, […

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The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir <<>> Happy Birthday to my Mom!! The post Clearest appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Griddle cakes, pancakes, hot cakes, flapjacks: why are there four names for grilled batter and only one word for love? George Carlin <<>> My recipe for pancakes (a form of L O V E ) here…. The post Pancakes appeared first on

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Hopped on the bus for a trip to the J.C. Raulston Arboretum… Greg’s new favorite tree – a crepe myrtle Made friends with a bench named JUDY God bless the jasmine – intoxicating our senses for the whole of our stay. ternstroemia evergreen dogwood symphytum x uplandicum This maple, whose name I fail

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Welcome to Raleigh part deux one day late! It’s been a busy week. Anyhoo, we spied many a cool mural during our stay, and the BRIGGS is a loving nod to Great Grandpa Howard’s namesake. Sweet! all broken up Deco delight located near a fab store of the same name. They got A LOT of […] The post

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Pike’s Peak floats among the clouds… Off to Raleigh (Walter the namesake pictured above), North Carolina for a little work and R & R of the pleasantly green and humid variety. I have never been so gobsmacked by a tree canopy in my life, dear peeps, even after sixteen years in the Pacific Wonderland of [&#

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We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. David Mamet <<>> Delicious recipe here… The post Strawberry Rhubarb appeared first on Under

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This morning as I walked along the lakeshore, I fell in love with a wren and later in the day with a mouse the cat had dropped under the dining room table. In the shadows of an autumn evening, I fell for a seamstress still at her machine in the tailor’s window, and later for […] The post

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Oh, gosh, the pleasure of early morning! The first beams of light and bird song. Last year’s planning and planting is really making itself apparent now. Every plant is bigger and mostly thriving, though the bomb cyclone did have its casualties. I will be replanting milk weeds, mostly, and every bud on our witch haz

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Had a super fun time with our nephew Jett this week! He was working locally and bunked at our place. We ate a lot and nearly drank our weight in boba tea! These were the last photos I took of him, some seven years ago, when he was shorter than me, so it was about […] The post

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There is a between place. The trees know it. It happens at dusk at that perfect moment between light and dark, when the air is festooned with shadows and the atmosphere is heavy with possibility. Here things are in balance, the world is a slate, without even the slightest tracings of the scarred markings you […]

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Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And [

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Took a step back in time today, to visit Glen Eyrie Castle, the home of William Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs. Though we all know my Native American ancestors had a bit of a jump on him! It was a rare treat, as every room of the castle was available for viewing, including each […] The post

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Last weekend’s surprise snow. Greg and I and our weekend guest and very dear friend Jeff cozy at the dining room table, playing a game, as we always do. It lasted long enough to take the requisite photo of Pike’s Peak looking dreamy. I didn’t used to have a favorite season, each bringing their own [R

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Yesterday afternoon, sweet rabbit necklace resting on an equally sweet magazine read. Greg took a very long lunch. Sadly nothing remarkable until we stopped for dessert at Amy’s for bomb-diggity donuts – Nutella fluff, apple fritter, and chocolate filled with cream. Eeek, that place! We ran errands, too. A co

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Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed, we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation. Wendell Berry The post Feast appeared first on

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Hello, and happy Friday from my FIRST visit to Greeley! It’s funny how I was born and have spent the majority of my life in Colorado (31 years!), yet so much here is undiscovered. In an effort to remedy this, Greg and I went with my parents last weekend, mostly to visit the grave site […] The post

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Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. Cormac McCarthy The post Scars appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. Don’t try to lie to yourself. You are not a solid citizen. You are not a Greek. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird […]

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Welcome to Monday and April (!). Tonight’s dinner was a pretty Thai salad with protein noodles made from wild Alaskan pollock. I am always trying to find ways to reduce carbs (so I can indulge my sweet tooth without having sugar overload), and these were a great surprise find at Costco.  The noodles were yummy an

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We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. Henry Ward Beecher The post Peak appeared first on Under a Red Roof

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Lucky – a man near the end of his days, Lucky follows a rigid and routine existence in a small California town. Yoga, the same seat at the diner, puzzles. With fear of the end, he moves forward, sometimes awkwardly, always with intention. Paddleton – two loner best friends live a small existence of regularit

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Greg and Juniper looking particularly relaxed and happy after a weekend chock full of activity. Friday night we watched the cousin’s kidlets while they enjoyed a rare evening on the town. There was MUCH play – of the football catching, block building and demolishing, and video gaming variety. There was also B

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A bird is safe in its nest – but that is not what its wings are made for. Amit Ray The post Nest appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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The crooked jolie laide, looking rather upright, was delicious! And what a marvelous time we had with our friends, too. Not so great was Wednesday’s snow bomb, wreaking all kinds of havoc all along the Front Range. The winds were positively horizontal for hours and hours, with icy snow closing highways and airports

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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. Mother Theresa The post Make it Happen appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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