A daily record of gratitude; from quilting to photography to a mix of technology, books, movies and the musings of life!

Welcome to my Blog of my daily gratitude and photo of the day!

Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has defintely been a challenge every day throughout the past three years, but I welcome the challenge again this year 2015. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Observations from the Road 2018/Home Sweet Home

Thankfully, after driving nearly 3800 miles in the last two weeks, Ryan (in-coming travel companion) and I made it safely home late this afternoon. Wow, what a trip back and forth to "The Colorful State of Colorado." A huge shout of thanks to my first overnight send off in Cleveland, The Kocan's, where a good night sleep helped launch the first leg of the trip with my outgoing travel companions, Beth Tomoff and Linda Misencik.

The last leg of the trip and overnight stay was with my sister-in-law, Jan Williams, in Columbus, Ohio, and a shout of thanks to her for hosting Ryan and me as well!

If you love road travel, maybe you can attest to some of these observations from the road this past July from Maryland to Colorado and back:

*The trucking industry is alive and well, as we saw more trucks over all the highways and byways more than last summer. Plus, this commerce industry was well "documented" with their hauls of logs, pigs, horses, propane tanks, huge wheels, rocket ship parts (threw that in to see if you are paying attention...!), windmill propellers and a whole bunch more. Seems like more trucks that cars this year.

*Corn, yep, the USA certainly has thousands and thousands of acres of corn growing at all rates: knee high, to waist high to head high and beyond. Rows and rows and rows of the stuff in every state!

*Cloud formations and storms...you just can't miss the big sky while driving for miles and miles; and the good thing is, the changes from big puffy white clouds, to streaks of white and grey to dark forming clouds...and finally, the storms. Not a fan, but the automobile kept moving forward despite the lightning and rain (we drove through one storm that was five miles long....).

*RV Travel: Is it a baby boomer thing? Especially the Class A RV's with the little car being towed behind the big trailer; so many more on the roads this year it seemed, but it is the height of the travel/vacation season.

*Last but not least, the driving, and particularly, the drivers out there in any four, two or eighteen wheelers. We love polite drivers, those that use blinkers, give plenty of space when passing, and then stay in the right lane until passing. 99% of the trip, I must admit, polite drivers and driving. And that 1%...well, they could use some brushing up on their skills.

Until the next time...

BSoleille! The bright side of safe travels and being home sweet home!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Soccer Connections and World Cup!

Earlier in the week, the family met up with one of the "The Best Daughter's" youth soccer coach from Crofton, Maryland, Mark Pfundstein, in Boulder, CO, for lunch (and to watch a World Cup semi-final game: France vs. Belgium). It was great catching up with him, especially since he is newly remarried and also a spanking new grandfather (his soccer playing daughter, Sarah, who "The Best Daughter" played soccer with back in the day recently had a baby girl). The Boulder lifestyle certainly appeals to Mark, and I'm thankful he is so happy!

Fast forward a few days, and the France vs. Croatia game came full circle this morning with the excitement of the game watched at the Boulder Theater on 14th and Pearl Streets with a couple hundred soccer loving fans! It was a great venue with the huge screen streaming the game from Russia. The drama, fast and furious play and fanatics of "the beautiful game" was a terrific experience for Ryan and I (plus Linda Misencik and Bill) before strapping it in to drive back home (1700 miles!).

BSoleille! The bright side of "Viva La France" in World Cup Champions in 2018!


Bill, Mark, Olivia, me, Ryan and Brian Phillips
Great Venue for World Cup Soccer
In the Theater!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mountains to Brew Tour

The iconic Flatirons in Boulder stood tall before us while heading up the trail and realizing the surrounding beauty in every direction. The "leg burn" is well worth the toil once at the "top", or very near the top on the second and third Flatirons, I must admit. That fresh mountain air early in the morning can’t be beat (as well as the wildflowers too!). 

After the hike, a cold brew was in the future by heading to Golden, Colorado, and the Milller-Coors Brewery Tour, a staple when visiting this state. The line took close to an hour (typical on a Friday afternoon), but the tour and brews afterwards were the ticket to a successful vacation day all around. 

BSoleille! The bright side of "mountains and ales!"


Don, Beth, me and Bill with Flatirons in background. An hour and a half later, near the top!The family crossing the street "Beatles style."

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Walker Ranch Hike

On this glorious hike, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a cultural landscape, included seeing one fisherman, ten mountain bikers with the fat tires, and only a few other hikers beside our gang of four. The topography change was remarkable, with my favorite part hiking along the fast water of the Boulder River. Brilliant sunshine and slightly cooler temperature at the start made this hike a crowd favorite. 

Lunch at the Dushanbe Tea House with their electic menu and a tour of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art was also a welcome respite after the 9 miles on the Walker Ranch Trail. 



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wildflowers Galore

The hikes, family, and the Rocky Mountain National Park cannot be beat, but the wildflowers growing out of every nook and cranny of rocks and boulders are spectacular! 

I hope I can post a few photos here, but the WiFi and internet is quite spotty amongst the Flatirons that we are very near. 

BSoleille! The bright side of sore legs from daily mountain hikes!


Rocky Mountain National Park!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Rockin’ It - No Pun Intended

I’m thankful for a very busy day involving hikes, tours, and eating at one our favorite restaurants in Boulder. 

*Note: I had a great blogpost that went "poof" and disappeared while writing it... spotty WiFi etc, so instead post photos from the day. Hopefully, the second time is the charm!

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Gang’s All Here

I’m thankful for family vacation with all parties arriving safely to the final destination in Colorado. I forecast hikes, good food, new adventures and deeply breathing in the fresh mountain air. There is nothing like it. 

And...the wildflowers scattered about...



Sunday, July 8, 2018

Colorful Colorado 

The traveling trio made it to our final destination- Boulder (Longmont) Colorado. It was a 100 degrees once we entered the state on I76. Thankful for our hosts, (just for one night) Caitlin Misencik and Julian Wheating. Meeting up with the whole family tomorrow at the Chautauqua Cottages in Boulder. Looking forward to a great week in the mountains!