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  • Rabbit Ears - 7-2-20

    7/2/2020 1:03:58 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    The mountain pass leading into our valley is named Rabbit Ears, after the basalt rock formations left over from a volcanic explosion: The rock formations look like rabbit ears and can be seen quite far. Cyndi Marlowe (above) hiked up to the rabbit ears and got a photo with one of the for... Read more

  • She's at Her best here...

    7/2/2020 8:56:37 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Hello there... Hope you have a great day. 104 213 Aren't these photo's amazing... just to see Mother Nature at her best? Some lake in Northern Ontario... 479 ... Read more

  • Hawks - 7-1-20

    7/1/2020 4:08:21 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    We see lots of hawks in this area, including this Swanson's hawk Rod Hanna found reflecting...on a reflector... A beauty, right?!? So is this hawk spotted by Jeff Welton: Jeff noticed this hawk during a snowstorm last month (yes, last month! Hopefully we won't have any THIS m... Read more

  • Tonight's the night...

    7/1/2020 9:11:26 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Today... JULY 1st., IS CANADA DAY. And the best celebration is at Niagara Falls. The fireworks are set off from within the Niagara Gorge, behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls around 10pm tonight. You'll get the best view from right in Queen Victoria Park. If you're outdoors, ... Read more

  • Lake Catamount - 6-30-20

    6/30/2020 5:16:44 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Kevin Dietrich stopped on Rabbit Ears Pass to get this photo of Lake Catamount: The view from up their is enough to convince ANYONE to move here! In fact, it was this view that persuaded my DH (at the tender age of 9) to declare his intention to move to Steamboat when he grew up.... Read more

  • Hello there....

    6/30/2020 8:10:41 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Good Morning... Hope you have a great day... 213 It's a typical, sunny and hot Summer's day here... Perfect for a BBQ of ribs, baked potato and corn on the cob. 104 That's what's for supper here, but right now it's all about my breakfast and coffee. On Saturday or let'... Read more

  • The Leap - 6-29-20

    6/29/2020 2:54:45 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Kevin Dietrich found this fox just as it launched into this LEAP, apparently after some prospective lunch.... Focus! I wrote out a contract with the 9-yr-old for some work I need done, moving a pile of weeds and branches from next to my flowerbed down the back hill and into the brush... Read more

  • This is our weekend...

    6/29/2020 8:54:33 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Happy Canada Day Weekend..... July 1st. 636 104 Our Maple Leaf below, is made up from hockey sticks... We're all suffering badly from Hockey Withdrawals...196 We'll still be seeing Fireworks over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls...but no huge crowds. 479 283 ... Read more

  • Silver Linings - 6-28-20

    6/28/2020 2:54:47 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Jeff Hall caught the silver lining of a rainbow at the golf course: We have mixed weather today - looks like it's going to clear, then spits rain again. DH has the 9-yr-old grandson working on his fine motor skills by sorting screws in the garage. At least, that's the excuse he's using ... Read more

  • Can't wait to see her...

    6/28/2020 8:37:32 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    We'll be going to my youngest daughter's for a brunch with her today. She wants my fresh fruit salad and she's making a quiche. It'll be fun catching up on her doings... Hope you also have a great day. 213 ... Read more

  • Gotta be Quick - 6-27-20

    6/27/2020 4:15:25 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    To get a photo of a flying hummingbird! Jeff Welton was able to do exactly that, although I suspect it was because he found the little fellow perched, first! Looks like this hummer is checking out Jeff to see what he's up to! Our hummingbird feeders are busy early in the m... Read more

  • Hello there....

    6/27/2020 8:41:05 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Hello there, hope you have a great day... wherever you are. 636 213 ... Read more

  • Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area - 6-26-20

    6/26/2020 5:46:33 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Noah Wetzel is a professional photographer who specializes in adventure and landscape photos. He achieved both with this photo of the highest point in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area! My intrepid campers were worn out last night - actually had to wake up the 9-yr-old nearly 90 minutes pas... Read more

  • Comfort Food...

    6/26/2020 8:47:31 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    My Mom made this every Saturday for lunch. Comfort food at it's best, especially if you were a child. 4 (or tea) Sunny and hot again... but hey... it's Summer. 213 ... Read more

  • New Life - 6-25-20

    6/25/2020 4:07:48 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    There's a lot of new life in the valley! Kevin Dietrich found a mama elk with a new little one trailing behind: Jeff Welton has spotted both newborn deer: And a new little colt: And Shannon Lukens found these robin eggs in a nest under her deck - about to be n... Read more

  • Today's Doings...

    6/25/2020 9:06:33 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Oh yes... I 'get this one'... do you? 211 And this one is a no-brainer for me... books are best! I know the other choice is a convenience for many, but I need the whole 'book experience'. 149 I'm having Library and used book store withdrawals here. ... Read more

  • Paddleboarding the Yampa - 6-24-20

    6/24/2020 1:50:10 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    People here are BURLY! Cyndi Marlowe got a photo of a local paddleboarding the Yampa River (OK, she actually caught a photo of a local about to NOT be paddleboarding, but still....). I don't have the strength to do this on STILL water, much less on a river during runoff! DH and the ... Read more

  • Hello there....

    6/24/2020 8:19:27 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    And it is a good morning here today. Sunny and a beautiful 20c. (70f.) out there. That thunderstorm we had cleared out the humid, hot days we've been having. 104 Should stay like this for at least a couple of days. in S.W. Ontario. 479 Hope it's a good one for you too, where e... Read more

  • Taking a Dip - 6-23-20

    6/23/2020 4:49:41 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Jeff Welton found this moose taking an early morning dip: We've been up to practically 80 during the day, so I guess it's a good idea to start the day by cooling down! The grandson slept WELL after his adventures at the lake yesterday - Grandpa had to wake him up this morning, which ... Read more

  • Good Morning...

    6/23/2020 8:04:57 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    This is me this morning... 271 213 We had a bit of rain last night, but looks like a storm heading our way this morning. We need the rain... 250 ... Read more

  • Capturing Steamboat's Summer - 6-22-20

    6/22/2020 4:52:07 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Cyndi Marlowe is a talented professional photographer who has chosen to live in Steamboat. I love how adept she is at spotting the beauty here, whether it is stopping to closely examine a columbine: Or taking in the contrast of wildflowers with the civilization of a barn beyond: ... Read more

  • Cats & Dogs... LoL

    6/22/2020 8:53:29 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Never a dull moment with pets in the house. 246 ... Read more

  • They Don't Come Much Bigger - 6-21-20

    6/21/2020 1:19:58 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Kevin Dietrich noted that, in our area, they don't come much bigger than this fellow! I don't know why, but somehow a very large bear seemed to be a fitting photo for Father's Day!... Read more

  • Just for You...

    6/21/2020 8:51:45 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    My hubby's five sons and one daughter, plus my two girls and two granddaughters will all come to visit their Dad, Granddad, today, in small shifts with masks on. 129 It will be a fun day for everyone, especially for Bob. So here's to all you other Dads out there... and Fur-Dads too.... Read more

  • From the Top of Hahn's Peak - 6-20-20

    6/20/2020 4:39:06 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Noah Wetzel got this view of Steamboat Lake from the top of Hahn's Peak: DH is happy to have another adult here he can harass for awhile. While he enjoys goofing with the 9-yr-old, teasing our DD is MUCH more fun....... Read more

  • Hello there....

    6/20/2020 8:39:17 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Let's make it a great day... 104 213 Just staying out of this heat and hoping for rain. We might even have a thunderstorm. 250... Read more

  • Sitting for my Portrait - 6-19-20

    6/19/2020 10:45:44 AM, by KOFFEENUT

    Kevin Dietrich found this fox, posed as if waiting to have his portrait taken: Kevin obliged! Taking the 9-yr-old grandson to swim lessons today (private, as they aren't offering group lessons yet and the pool is restricted on how many people can be in the facility at one time). I'm... Read more

  • BBQ handy tool...

    6/19/2020 9:08:53 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    My favourite morning greeting meme... 213 Anyway, here's something for the griller that maybe useful for BBQ season. Believe it or not, your hand can tell you a lot about the doneness of steak; an unsuspecting tool that will turn you into a grill-master in minutes. Here’s h... Read more

  • Humor on the Core Trail - 6-18-20

    6/18/2020 12:55:46 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    We have a paved Core Trail through town that mostly parallels the Yampa River. Some folks have property that backs up the the Core Trail, so it's a good place for locals to demonstrate their sense of humor: That is a "Stay Healthy" sign next to the mix of animals, including a dinosaur wi... Read more

  • Coyote in the Dew - 6-17-20

    6/17/2020 4:09:25 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Jeff Welton managed to get this photo of a coyote in the morning dew: I know we have coyotes around here, but I've seldom spotted one. Which makes me happy.... Read more

  • Fur and more... fur!

    6/17/2020 8:29:03 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    That's like my Maine Coon cat, Layla... we can brush her everyday and still get bags full of fur every time I vacuum. 20 I'm SO GLAD that she doesn't do that. 224 Well... Hope you have a great day... I know I will.... Read more

  • Splashes of Color - 6-16-20

    6/16/2020 3:19:12 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Folks have been out appreciating the wildflowers, like this columbine Jeff Hall found in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area: As well as more cultivated varieties, like these lilacs Cyndi Marlowe noticed against the backdrop of a blue sky: Or the burst of color Teri Wall found: ... Read more

  • Do you like Irises?

    6/16/2020 8:05:39 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    And it is a great morning here; sunny and still a mild, sunny 20c.ish (70f.) As my main page always shows what's in bloom, you'll see that it Irises right now. So with that in mind, I picked a small bouquet of my own. I just wish you could smell them. I got this Fu Manchu ... Read more

  • Over two weeks now ...

    6/15/2020 7:32:45 PM, by BARCLE

    ... and positive progress is being made and is continuing. Hi all - hope this finds you safe and well and possibly (would be great) bring some encouragement and inspiration to you too. It's day 16 for me and I am keeping on keeping on track. Things are slowly beginning to become easier as ... Read more

  • Moose Snacks - 6-15-20

    6/15/2020 12:15:40 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Shannon Lukens often spots moose around her house: They are typically there to enjoy a snack of fresh greens: Not only does she spot them in her yard - she often sees moose around town, too! Our dog rocketed off her dog bed early one morning last week, using he... Read more

  • I need my FIX...

    6/15/2020 9:07:56 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    I sure need an equine fix. This one looks friendly enough. 100 This is what I call a horse-fix. Soft, whiskery muzzle, and lots of nickers. It's been a long time for me, and if you grew up with horses, you'd understand. 213 ... Read more

  • Hahn's Peak - 6-14-20

    6/14/2020 3:29:42 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Things are busy in North Routt, where Cyndi Marlowe snapped this photo of Hahn's Peak: The trees still have the bright spring green blush, and the campgrounds at the lakes are full this weekend. Cyndi also stopped by Hahn's Peak lake at sunset: DH is talking about taking the 9... Read more

  • Hello there....

    6/14/2020 8:38:04 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Got my daughter and her fiancé coming over for a visit today. I feel like a little kid, all excited that company's coming. 104 It's been over a month so there will be lots to catch up on. Hopefully, they will bring Geddy, their terri- poo. He'll liven things up. Hop... Read more

  • Catching Some Rays - 6-13-20

    6/13/2020 4:34:38 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Jeff Welton found these yellow bellied marmots (locally known as "rock dogs" or "whistle pigs") catching some rays: Jeff was out on the Mad Creek Trail when he spotted them: DH laughs at me, but I DO enjoy watching these fellows. He assures me they are little more than large r... Read more

  • In the eye of the beholder...

    6/13/2020 8:46:00 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Well there ya go... 40 246 So true... and why a second look is well worth the effort. 224 It's another perfect day up here in S.W. Ontario. A breezy, sunny 11c, (50'ish F.) 479 and maybe get up to 15c this afternoon. Wish it stayed like this all summer. 104 Hop... Read more

  • Flag Day

    6/12/2020 8:27:25 PM, by CHERRIET

    Flag Day is a day honoring the national flag, observed on June 14. commemorating the date when the United States approved the design for its first national flag. Here’s a little history: On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the... Read more

  • Sense of Humor - 6-12-20

    6/12/2020 1:13:03 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Folks in town have a sense of humor. Outside our courthouse is a statue of three kids playing - one with a rancher's gear, one with a miner's hat, and one with skis - each representing an aspect of the valley's heritage. Here is a little added accessory they each now have: Jeff Hall caug... Read more

  • "For The Bees"

    6/12/2020 8:57:52 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Bees are becoming scarce these days...and they do so much for us. No wonder we say "Busy As A Bee". 198 Bee houses (or bee hotels) are similar to bird houses, but instead of attracting birds, they attract native solitary bee species. Unlike honey bees, these solitary bee... Read more

  • Balancing Act - 6-11-20

    6/11/2020 5:52:40 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Cyndi Marlowe caught this squirrel performing a balancing act on this branch: I used to watch squirrels outside my 2nd floor window years ago as they traversed the phone lines; they didn't seem to be concerned about not having a safety net if they slipped! (In truth, I can't say I ever S... Read more

  • Car Hacks... LoL

    6/11/2020 8:35:43 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Well.... yes I agree that this must of been the lesser used car. 100 And the next one IS a joke okay? Not true... don't do this! 198 I'm sure we're all smart enough to know that was just to give you a good laugh. 246 213... Read more

  • Spring Snowstorm - 6-10-20

    6/10/2020 3:52:19 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    I hope snowstorms in June doesn't become the norm! Our temperatures plummeted and snow pounded down this week. Jeff Hall got a shot of the snow-dusted mountain along the Yampa River: And Cyndi Marlowe got the same shot from the main street through town: While Kris L... Read more

  • It was perfect...

    6/10/2020 8:21:34 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Just got back from my walk along Lake Ontario shores, while it's still some what cool. Few of other folks had the same idea. This is my favoutite time and place of the day. The on-shore breeze was cooling, and I can see the clouds forming for rainstorm coming in this afternoon.... Read more

  • Soaring with Eagles - 6-9-20

    6/9/2020 3:27:05 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    We've had our share of eagles spotted in the valley, including this mating pair perched on a branch that Kevin Dietrich captured: An eagle getting ready to take flight that Cyndi Marlowe spotted: And this eagle in the snow that Rod Hanna noticed: It started snowing h... Read more

  • It's calling to me...

    6/9/2020 7:27:54 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    The heat is returning today... that cool air off the lake was good while it lasted. So it's a huge basket of laundry calling out to me... then maybe some Netflix later on. 213 ... Read more

  • Fox on our roof?

    6/8/2020 8:33:01 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Yesterday, one of our resident, neighbourhood foxes was seen ON our roof... Now tell me how did it get up there? Guessing a coyote was patrolling the area and getting to high ground was the best option. 40 We got a call to come out the front door to see it. Here's what ... Read more

  • Coming Into the Valley - 6-7-20

    6/7/2020 4:46:19 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    The view of our valley coming down Rabbit Ears Pass is what convinced my DH at the tender age of 9 that he wanted to live in Steamboat Springs when he grew up: Noah Wetzel, a professional photographer, got the photo above, and Cyndi Marlowe took this one: They say you can catch... Read more

  • Today's Doings...

    6/7/2020 8:54:36 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    It is a gorgeous day here today. Sunny and a perfect 20c. (70f.) 104 Perfect for my walk and later, doing some garden work. My hubby will be BBQ'ing some ribs, potatoes and mixed veggies for supper. while we sip some hot coffees on the patio. 550 Now I call that a perfect day; ... Read more

  • 7th day of June 2020 and ...

    6/7/2020 1:48:42 AM, by BARCLE

    ... here I am. I have consistently tracked 7 days worth of food now, completed some walks, eaten mindfully and been working towards my goals. Tomorrow - Monday morning - is my first weigh in. I am not sure what to expect. I am more keen for my clothing to feel looser and body movements etc to... Read more

  • Double Trouble - 6-6-20

    6/6/2020 11:29:05 AM, by KOFFEENUT

    Jeff Welton encountered these fox kits, who LOOK like double trouble! Don't ask me where the little rascal found the glove. Mom denies all responsibility for their antics: I'm hobbling around a little today - my calves are still complaining about the workout they got yesterday... Read more

  • A little 'self-care'...

    6/6/2020 8:23:30 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Sunny and hot here today but cooling off soon. It's been a scorcher so far for June. And after such a long, cool Spring, no one's complaining about it... right? 211 A little 'self-care' can go a long ways these days, for sure. 224 Here's to a great day for all of us... anyway.... Read more

  • Pause - 6-5-20

    6/5/2020 4:15:41 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Cyndi Marlowe's closeup of a dandelion with seeds about to be distributed to the wind is a great reminder we need to pause and appreciate the small beauties around us: Somehow they never look quite this attractive in my lawn. Perhaps I'm not pausing long enough... Hiked up to the qu... Read more

  • Cats & Dogs... LoL

    6/5/2020 8:47:47 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Better hurry with opening that door.... 40 Patience and Wisdom really can serve us well.... 246 Here's to having a safe and happy weekend... 104 224 213... Read more

  • Baby Owlets - 6-4-20

    6/4/2020 11:21:40 AM, by KOFFEENUT

    Jeff Welton made the trek out to check on the baby owlets, and they are apparently being well fed! Did you spot all three? Here are the first two: And here's the adventurous one in the family: Jeff has been keeping an eye on this nest for quite awhile, waiting for t... Read more

  • BIG CHEEKS ... ?

    6/4/2020 9:05:02 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Bet you don't know “Big cheeks” *In light of what's happening today, I thought we all needed to see this. 129 Big cheeks. A grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighbourhood of New Orleans known as the "Back of Town." His father abandoned the family when the child was a... Read more

  • Yampa River Botanic Park - 6-3-20

    6/3/2020 12:48:25 PM, by KOFFEENUT

    Our botanic park is open and things are blooming! Barbara Robinson took a stroll through the park and enjoyed everything from bright tulips to the pond in the middle of the park: Cyndi Marlowe got a photo of the same pond: And Jeff Hall snapped a closeup ... Read more

  • Chocolate AaaHaaa's....

    6/3/2020 8:45:35 AM, by TERRACOTTAGE

    Ohhhh... I'm learning something new everyday. 475 211 AaaaHaaaaa..... so that's what happens. Good thing I've cut way back on Chocolate. 246... Read more