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the view from here

December 7, 2013

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brr.  baby, it’s cold outside!

as i write this at 5:40 pm it is -2 degrees out there.

outside in the sun at midday it was not too bad.

when i let the horses out they all got a good petting.

the temperature might have reached about +20…

honestly, though, the cold and the snow make it feel like christmas.

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a very, very cold christmas…

the bird feeders outside the living room windows have been getting lots of traffic.

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the birds quickly try to grab a mouthful

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before the next in line tries to take their place.

we get quite the variety of birds each day.

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i waited a long time to get a picture of this guy.

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now he brings a couple of his friends with him.

word has gotten out, especially in this cold.

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in addition to all of these we are now visited by an entire flock

of redwing blackbirds.

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we got away to estes park for a few days at thanksgiving.

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it was so wonderful.

sunrises there are exquisite.

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and no matter what time of day– or how you crop it–

the view from our front door was just perfect.

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estes park might be a small mountain community, but there are plenty of photo opportunities

everywhere you look:

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like this awesome xylophone along the river walk–  how cool is that?!

and yes, of course i played it!

“the twelve days of christmas”…

then some kids arrived.  small ones, i mean.

not like us big kids.

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or how about these stick horses, as pencilfox referred to them?

it’s incredible how lifelike they were.

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we tried to go to the trailhead for bridal veil falls, but the road was closed due to the flood.

although much of the region bears no sign of the flood, there  are certain areas

that are devastated by the raging force of the river.

the community of lyons took a huge hit at the base of the foothills.

several sections of road have been rebuilt,

but many of the homes are destroyed–

places that we have driven past for decades are no longer there.

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i was very happy that we were in estes for the big holiday weekend.

it was very well attended, and the merchants were thankful for that.

being the newbie knitter that i am i decided to check out the only yarn shop that was open.

score, baby!!!!

not only did i get some very nice donegal tweed to make a scarf for brandt for christmas,

but i found a merino wool “bump”–

something i’ve been looking for since i got the last anthropologie catalog.

they have these scrumptious hand knit merino throws for sale for- gulp-  five hundred dollars.

you can buy the kit for half of that and knit it up yourself in 2-3 hours as well.

or, as the case may be, you can shop the stitchin’ den in estes park and do even better.

for those of you unfamiliar with a “bump” (as i was two weeks ago…),

they look like this:

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they are huge, and you knit them on size 50 circular needles as shown.

this truly is a pattern for beginners, and had i not doubted myself and cast on

(ahem) three times before i was sure of myself,

it is indeed a 2-3 hour project.

mine ended up being about 28 X 50–

perfect for curling up with a good book on a day like today.

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and speaking of knitting,

as a gratitude gift to my ever-faithful tribe i knit each of them

a scarf or a cowl of their choosing.

pardon the grainy, low light-no flash iPhone photo,

but this is all of us wearing our new goods.

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these ladies were instrumental in my transition home after my little “mishap” of three months ago.

did i ever mention that the hospital staff thought i needed to go to skilled nursing

for a couple of weeks before going home????

these girls would not hear of it (THANK YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!),

so i owed them a debt of gratitude.

good thing i learned to knit, huh girls??

girls??

heh heh…  they love them.

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and speaking of healing, boy am i ever on the mend!

walked three miles a day in estes, and then did five miles

on the stationary bike in the rec room each evening.

now we are moving on to strength!

the doc and the physical therapist are quite happy with my progress…

although when i looked at wednesday’s x-ray i had my doubts…

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am i missing something??

does this look great to you?

oh, well…  since i neglected to put in the additional ten years of formal education to make my own call

i’m going to have to take their word for it.

i can say that i feel a whole lot better than that makes it look.

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so there you have it, the view from here.

horses are good, donkeys are good.

few photos of those to share due to extreme cold.

tomorrow i’ll try to get a photo of a different view

as i fly to california to spend a week with my parents.

gotta get that holiday cheer in gear for them–

get the tree up, bake some cookies, play carols,

and generally be silly and playful.

hope your holidays are going merrily along!

ho ho ho!!

xoxo

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Harte permalink
    December 7, 2013 2:43 pm

    Okay Jan, really want to know more about the bump knitting. I’ve been thinking of undertaking knitting, but want something really easy like this beautiful throw you made. I love the color too! Also, who’s the young lady in the photo above Sara? Don’t recognize her. Happy holidays. Hope you got my card. Love ,
    Mary

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 12, 2013 9:49 pm

      okay, mary, i’ll be in touch with you about the bump knitting! I love it. i’m still in California so i’m not spending much time online, but surely we will connect during the holidays!
      xoxo

  2. Laurie permalink
    December 7, 2013 7:37 pm

    OMG! that x-ray!!?
    i am so proud of you for all that you are doing to heal yourself!

    and, i am so happy that you are able to come and see your dad! that will be your very best Christmas gift, huh? we’re having cold here, too (LOL!) how does 46º sound . . .

    you’re doing so well my friend, and i love seeing proof of it here!
    xoXO

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 12, 2013 9:51 pm

      yeah, isn’t that x-ray a beaut? i’m happy to be home, although it is going so very fast. both of my sisters will be here tonight and we will celebrate a little pre-Christmas cheer! perhaps on my next visit out we can get together!!
      xoxo

  3. December 11, 2013 11:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, Janet. Remind me not to vanish from the blogverse for so long ever again–not only have I missed you in general, your beautiful words and photos that express so eloquently your sunny vivacity and love for life, but I also feel so terrible for not knowing about your injury until now. I’m so glad you’re on the mend–I know how devastating a pelvis injury can be, and I wouldn’t wish that for you in a million years. Your optimism and strength through this is so amazing. {{{HUGS}}}
    ~Amy

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 12, 2013 9:54 pm

      thanks, amy! I’ve missed you, too, and was so happy to see you start posting again! i’m still in California so I haven’t been online much, but I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos. thanks for your support!
      xoxo

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