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Monday, January 26, 2015

Springtime in the Rockies

It's here. Woopi Ding. Springtime has spring. I knew it, I just
knew it. I could smell it in the frozen air and hear it in the
crunch of the little icy crystals as my Snow Trax cleats bit into
the solid ice.

For the past 3 days, temps soared into the 50's and the sun
burned into the newly exposed skin of the runners and even the
strollers. People are coming out of their houses in droves.

Will we have more cold and snow? Perhaps, a little but February
is our month to shine. I'm already planting seeds in the green
house. Goji berries and more alpine strawberries. Who's
gonna be the health nut now????

I know I've been among the missing but the 2 cold months
of winter is the time for catch-up and making future plans.
Look out springtime, I'm a-com'n.

As soon as I say adios, I have to challenge one hungry
Puss to go into her travel bag. No breakfast for her as she's
off to the vet for teeth cleaning and hair matt removal. But
it's sleepy time work and I feel terrible to do it to her.

So with this little newsy tid-bit, I'll say adios and locate the
hungry Puss, who is probably under the bed because I
think she knows what is coming.


58 comments:

  1. I am a winter lover through and through, but I hope springtime comes soon in your neck of the woods (as long as snow makes its way to mine) :)

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    1. I would like just one month of snow, not 2 or 3. I always hear you saying you love the snow and I really do too.I discvered that when I had to live in Florida for 25 years. I'll take snow to Florida, any day.

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  2. Getting tons of snow tonight here, stupid spring doesn't want to show I fear. Poor puss knows what is to come, she may run away and then some. But bet she'll feel better after it is through if you can catch her at your zoo

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    1. Pat
      I know you are tired of that eternally bothersome white stuff. We will get more snow in March but the long term forcast for Feb sounds great.
      Poor Puss. She old, prob around 13 or 14 and I know how that feels. Ha Her teeth have been bothering her and I also know that one too. She is always so good at the vets but this time she has to go to sleep. She's there right now and I can pick her up at 3. I have to get her little corner in the world all fresh and tidy for her homecoming. I always wonder what kind of a life she had before I took her in and then what kind of beast would abandon her when she's old. I know how that feels too. lol

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  3. Spring will certainly come for which I'm grateful. Are you doing the A to Z Challenge this year? The list is up and waiting for you.

    AND

    Your mission, Manzanita, should you choose to accept it is to pick up an award on my blog. As always, should you be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

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    1. Bish
      Thanks for the nudge as I've been on the non-blogging list for a while. Time I woke up and smelled the ....caught or killed.....?? Anything inbetween?

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  4. Good luck on catching that pussy cat. Hope you're bed is not as low as mine.

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    1. Paula
      It most likely is. Whay did they stop making those old high beds where you had to look under every night before you went to bed to make sure someone was not hiding there. No way could a body hide under most beds these days.

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  5. Well thank you for sending all your snow and cold weather my way. I love you anyway.

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    1. Terry
      I thought you needed an excuse to wear the new snow cap and mittens. lol

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    2. LOL. I think of you and Montana every time I wear them to shovel snow

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  6. Be careful. Cats are always up to something. Planning. Plotting. Scheming. Starting fires.

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    1. Stephen
      Starting fires? WOW, I better keep watch on that puss.
      Thanks for visiting.

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  7. Winter is wily, just letting you know. When you think it is time to dig out the shorts and sandals, a sneaky blizzard can sweep in. When living in IL, and Iowa, we had several of those monsters.Meanwhile we are watching New York where our son lives.

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    1. Susan
      :Yes you are correct. I recall when growing up in Minnesota, there was always the worst blizzard at the end of March ..... just when we were in the middle of the basketball tournaments. I think they have them a little later now. Ha

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  8. Also a snow lover here, but tonight's may be more than what I usually like. I am with you on the winter thing, I do enjoy it for maybe 6 weeks, but then we could go straight to May and I would be very happy.

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    1. joeh
      And the sloppy, muddy recovery period is the worst. We are in that right now with the high temps but unfortunately it will snow again and do it all over again. uugghh

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  9. Yea, she is back!!. You are kidding about Spring in February aren't you? We are still waiting for our first snow here. Lucky you with Goji berries. I had some at a garden club meeting and they were wonderful.

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    1. Patti
      Not really. It's like a false spring. Usually high temps but the weather gods always taketh away and the only reprieve we may have depends on if Phil sees his shadow ..... which is coming up soon. Ha

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  10. I like the cold and winter. It is summer here and I feel like I'm melting. I hope the vet visit goes well.

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    1. Murees
      Yes we are upside down from each other but all is still OK with the world. So far, so good. lol
      Poor little Puss. She is old and her teeth were getting bad. They had to pull 2 teeth and shaved all her hair matts while she was under. But she is spunky and eating this morning. Thanks for asking.

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  11. What lovely things you are surrounded with, i mean the Sun, the smell of Spring & you are planting Goji and strawberries! Wish they would gladden you with a generous harvest!
    We have ordered some spalings of three sorts of strawberries to grow in (hanging) pots on our balcony-terrace. One is going to be a white strawberry with a taste of ananas! Let's see if i would be a lucky gardener! ;D
    Sending cheers to your Puss!
    Hugs to you, dear Manzi! 😻

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    1. oh, i see the picture isn't visible... ok, it means a happy cat's face ;)

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    2. Zara
      Right now there is a lovely rebirth of the earth for us but we will have more of winter after a while. This is just a teasing sample and we enjooy every second of the sunshine.
      I hope the goji berrys survive and thrive. The seeds are so small and frail looking and my care is totally responsivle for their life. It's almost frightening and I hope I can do the job.
      I saw the white strawberry in the seed catalogues. They must be a new variety.... at least for my eyes. lol I send you all my luck for your strawberries. Someone gave me some little shoots of the Alpine strawberry last year and they grew like crazy, but they are also so good that I would like a few more plants. Later, we can compare strawberry notes. Ha

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    1. Goji berries give you more bang for your buck. One of the most nutrient-rich fruit on the planet and ranked #1 in Chinese medicine with it's 5 thousand year history of herbs and berries for longivity.

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    2. Fishducky
      I mean longevity. You know, what we mature ones already have. lol

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  13. Stay warm, February and march are always the worst months for winter

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    1. Adam
      Sound advice. March is a roaring snowy month for us. Especially the latter day just before we move into April. I got a new goose down sleeping bag. Everyone living in the northlands should have goose-down. lol

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    1. Holy Ghost
      Nothing like spring, for sure. But we all know it's just teasing us . lol

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  15. Spring has sprung already? Isn't it a little early?
    And how far are you from New York which is currently under blizzard attack?
    But hooray for warm sunshine and strawberry planting.

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    1. River
      We are at least 3 days journey (with my driving) from NY. Amazing.... but we usually experience this early spring in Feb but snow and cold returns in March. I'm so happy I have the little green house so I can start my seeds. People are out soaking up the sun's rays and getting a little vit. D. Probably getting ready for the next round. lol

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  16. Gogi berries, all right! Helloooooooo, Manzi! It's good to read ya. Your description of everyone coming out of the woodworks for the fine weather fitted this past weekend here. Of course our temps were much higher than yours. We're such wimps. Anything below 60 and we're shuddering. :-)

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    1. Suzie
      I think altitude must have something to do with how warm it feels. I recall skiing wearing a halter and ski pants (of course in yonder days...lol ). Yesterday it felt like a balmy summer day and I worked out in the yard most of the day.
      This, though, is not wise weather as the fruit trees think, "Oh goody, it's spring" and they get the buds ready. Then the cold returns in March and buds freeze and no fruit. I have plum, apricot, cherry and apple. Hope they don't get "nipped in the bud" this year. Ha.... I always wanted to say that.
      A wimp you're not the way you ride Hilda all over the country.

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  17. I missed you! I used to feel the same way in New Hampshire. Now that I am a weather wimp living in Florida, it is just not the same.

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    1. JJ
      I think it's all in the altitude, as I said above. FL's all at sea level and so damp. I can remember how I shivered sometimes when I lived in Florida. I prefer the dry mountain air but it also makes more wrinkles. Oh shoot, can't win anywhere. lol

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  18. Animals DO sense the vet. I don't know how, but I believe it's true. My grandma's dogs used to get to the parking lot okay... but once there, they'd fight with all their might to get back in the car!! :)

    We've got a sheet of ice in the driveway. I've salted and chipped...I'll go at it again in the morning.

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  19. Rosey
    That ice is so dangerous. I just talked to the gal who walks by my house on her way to work every morning and she said she fell a couple of weeks ago and hurt her arm badly..... and she is young. !!!!

    That trip to the vet did a wonderful thing for the Puss. Her teeth must have been giving her grief because now she is more social and spends more time with us. They had to pull 2 teeth but she didn't seem to mind as they put her out like a light. Ha

    This whole town was a ice skating rink too, until this warm spell hit. Now it will surely snow again and we have to go through all the ice and water again. Take it easy.

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    1. We've got ice coming in tonight. Glad your cat's feeling better. A bad tooth/teeth can bring the best of us down!

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  20. I see from the comment above that the cat came through it like a champ and is better than ever. Always enjoy the warm snaps in the winter. Just because.

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    1. Robin
      That little surgery created a monster. She must have been hurting before and was very aloof from people. Now she's a pest with her little "social butterfly antics." Always seeking attention. Ha

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    1. Romance
      Thanks...... the warm spell is still hanging on and temps are unusually high. The chickens love it as they can be outside all day. Ha

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  22. It's February!
    The good news? Seven weeks until Spring.
    The bad news? Seven more weeks of Winter.

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    1. Al
      Yeah, where there's a front, there's a back. That ole boy Phil just saw his shadow and that ain't good news.

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  23. Our groundhog here in Georgia (named General Lee, of course) didn't see HIS shadow! It's supposed to be in the mid-sixties and wall-to-wall sunshine this weekend. My kinda weather.

    Ever since we moved here in '71, come January 1, I'm looking for signs of spring. The first year, we were actually swimming in an outdoor pool in February! Of course, a couple weeks later, we had an ice storm...

    I reckon the weather is gonna do what it's gonna do. I hope it does exactly what YOU want it to do. In the meantime, enjoy your springtime planning.

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  24. Susan
    Georgia is a state whose climate I could take. When I lived in Florida (for 25 years) I loved to go up into Georgia because one could feel the change of seasons without all the harshness. We've been in the throes of spring now, for more than 3 weeks and the forecast for the next 10 days is still high. I can take the 60 degree days. LOL
    Trouble with this climate is lulling the fruit trees into fructifying too early and than we get zapped in April with another 2 feet of snow. We've even had a foot of snow here, in mid July. Still have the pictures. Mountains produce weird climates or maybe now, it's the chemtrails and DARPA.

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  25. Goji berries and more alpine strawberries... I LIKE the sound of that. I like the sound of spring, too - except maybe when I'm talking about my neighbors. You know that story.

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    1. Blue man
      Oh I get it.... you mean the bed spring. LOL I rememer bed springs.

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    2. Hahaha! Woopi Ding! Did you you hear my neighbor's bed spring?

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  26. Great to see spring is around the corner!

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  27. Romance Book
    I have the feeling that everyone is totally ready for it. Especially those folks living on the Eastern US coast. I hear they got dumped on again.

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  28. Wish spring would come to stay in Northern Virginia. Temps go up and down.Gorgeous spring day last Sunday, now it's back to frigid temps. As I get older, I'm finding more and more that I don't like the cold. But this is where I have medicaid for my disabled daughter, so we stay. But it's good because we're near my other three children and grandchildren. I'm trying to a positive attitude like yours. I do count our blessings every day. Nice to see you again. I'm back to blogging, visiting some select old blogger friends from the past. You're on my list. Hope life is good to you.

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    1. Ann
      What a delightful surprise to hear from you again. I guess I haven't posted for a a month, either. Sometimes we just get bogged down with life, dont we.
      This weather is a conundrum. We are usually the place that is frozen in time and space but not this year. I heard next week will go up into the high 60's. Help. I'm going to faint.

      You have grandchildren and I recall your first book when your kids were mostly little. Time doeth fly.

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  29. Lucky you!!
    We are in the midst of the coldest spell ever. The arctic air is hovering and icy winds make it pailful to be out doors.

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  30. It's amazing to me that the west is having warmer weather already. Meanwhile, my daughter is telling me how they're getting tired of the frigid temps and snow this year. It's been a harsh two years in the Midwest.

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  31. Kay
    They really got dumped on this year. Here in the West, we really need moisture and hope we get a lot of rain this spring. Never rains, but it pours or something like that. haha

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