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 (or paragraph 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 definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2020 - Covid and all. I hope you will continue the ride with me!
Thursday, June 29, 2017
To keep the MOB "calm" before the storm, an early morning hike (6:30 am start) was "needed" and lovely as we "scratched and climbed" up to the third flatiron to take in the view of Boulder. As the morning wore on, and as both our families began arriving, (staying at different locations throughout the city), we went our separate ways until the wedding festivities begin. Once my husband and son arrived, we quickly made the trip over to Golden, Colorado, home of Coors Brewing Company, to take in the tour and beer tastings (yummy).
Lastly, we met up with the Strongsville, Ohio, Tomoff's and went to dinner in downtown Boulder. It was an epic day for sure, and I am thankful for the good times thus far.
BSoleille! The bright side of "inching" ever so closer to Cait/Julian's wedding.
Photos of Mark Pf and me; and a flatiron and moon on the late evening hike
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Interestingly, the Chautauqua movement swept the country at the turn of the 20th century. Named after Chautauqua Lake in New York, chautauquas were idyllic retreats where "average" folks could spend a summer listening to scholars, attend lectures, concerts and plays, and take courses on the great books of that era. A huge learning environment that anyone could partake in.
So it is a "privilege" and great luck that we were able to rent a summer cottage in Chautauqua when our Airbnb fell through less than 24 hours from our arrival! Further, it's fate that there were two cottages available for two Tomoff families traveling to Boulder for the Misencik/Wheating wedding this weekend. I could not be more thankful to stay in this beautiful setting with the mountains/Flatirons and all the great trailheads....right there!
BSoleille! The bright side of history, outdoor adventure, performances and community.
Photo of Linda Misencik and I on the porch taking in the view and then on a late evening hike.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Photos: Mhysa on the grass (some dogs just can't read!); Kyle and Linda, the jazz concert and sunset over Denver
Sunday, June 25, 2017
A treat to our hosts, Caitlin Misencik and Julian Wheating, was dinner on us to help usher in their "wedding week"!
Saturday, June 24, 2017
About 20 miles north of Crested Butte, Colorado, lies some of the most beautiful wilderness in the United States, especially the "white barked" aspens which we hiked through this morning along panoramic vistas at every turn on the pristine Beckwith Trail.
We learned from our waiter, Sam, at the Bonez restaurant last night in CB, that the Kebler Pass, located in the West Elk Mountains of Colorado, is home to one of the largest aspen groves in the United States. This aspen grove has been tested and found to be a clonal colony and grows from a single root system and is a single living organism! It is a spectacular sight for sure. The hike was very isolated (saw only a few people) and forded several creeks and rivers (mountain run off) as we continued to be in total awe throughout the entire morning of the sights and sounds in this mountain range with clear blue skies and striking beauty surrounding us. (Photos simply do not do justice with the depth and breadth of the ranges).
Once back to our primitive Lost Lake camp, we were met with an anonymous delivery of hand picked wildflowers set on the windshield of our car, and we felt it was a fitting send off for our time totally off the grid for almost three days!
BSoleille! The bright side of mountain hiking.
Photos from the glorious day
|Linda in the Aspens|
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Although we are "off the grid" for most of the day, in town we can get on our data/wifi; hence my posts. Thankfully, the phone cameras work (along with the others cameras brought) without service and turn into "data junkies" when service is available.
The Lupine Trail we did today yielded an abundance of photo ops of wildflowers posted today. There is certainly an adventure around every corner as well, mostly culminating in all the majestic panoramic views from any coordinate. This country is blessed with so much beauty and I am/we are grateful to witness a small sliver of western Colorado in all its summer glory!
BSoleille! The bright side of summer wildflowers...
|wildflower in red|
|Linda in the Lupine|
|Laying in the Lupine|
|wildflower in orange|
|view from our campsite tonight - Lost Lake (20 miles and a 45 min. drive from town)|
Deep into the "wild and free" areas of Crested Butte, Colorado, there is "no service" whatsoever and there is a sense of being truly unplugged to the "outside" world. But beauty abounds in every direction; from the snow-capped mountain tops, to the blooming lupine and wildflowers, to the waterfalls and lastly, the babbling Slate River running through Crested Butte at every turn.
Travel companion, Linda Misencik, and I are pinching ourselves on how very thankful we are to embark on this adventure and the celebration of the summer solstice at 10,000 ft. and higher!
BSoleille! The bright side of sweet smelling pine mountain air!
Photos of some of the sights in CB
|Judd Falls Trail Head|
|wildflower of Colorado|
|view from trail|
|beautiful green wild"flower"|
|lupine in all directions|
|home sweet home!|
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Photo upon my arrival to Boulder
Monday, June 19, 2017
BSoleille! The bright side of on the road again...
Sunday, June 18, 2017
My own dad (ojciec in Polish and pronounced: oy-chetz) is gone now, but he gave me lasting "words of wisdom" that I try to implement in my own life on a daily basis (the best one...if you can't say anything nice...don't say anything). And the Father to our children are also lucky to call Bill Tomoff...Dad!
I hope there are "grand" gestures of gratitude for the guys that get ties, hold the bags and put up with a lot of "you-know-what" most of the year. You are loved and cherished!
BSoleille! The bright side of a Happy Father's Day!
Photos of Bill with Olivia and Ryan and my own Dad
Friday, June 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
So I found this family photo while cleaning up some things and wanted to share. I'd say it was early 80's (Annette, Mom, Kimberly, Dad and me).
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A Kickstarter campaign in May/early June afforded them to release their album; with all lyrics and music written by Kelly and Richard! Wunderbar!!
BSoleille! The bright side of bravo to their time and talent in producing such a great body of work!
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
BSoleille! The bright side of being on 'island' time and sharing with family and friends, and still missing a few (Franeks!).
Photos of the tribe; cheering section, Olivia Tomoff, Brian Phillips, Jodie Smith, The Koehlers, Scot and Chris and the Cousins...
Saturday, June 10, 2017
One of the most interesting site on Put-in-Bay is the Perry Victory and International Peace Monument that commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that took place near South Bass Island in which Commodore Oliver Perry led a fleet to victory in one of the most significant naval battles to occur in the War of 1812. The memorial also celebrates the lasting peace between the USA, Canada and Britain following that war. It still holds true today, and that is really something to be thankful for!
And the crowds heading to Kelleys...the friends and family making the trek for the weekend!
Photos from the day!