Wednesday, November 18, 2015

End of October

I missed Halloween at Home this year. I put the pumpkins and gourds I bought in Palisade, Colorado, in the planter on the front porch and cut some tall ornamental grass from the yard to go with it, to dress it up. Looks nice.

10-27, Drove to Cedar city spent 2 days with niece Corrie. She is coming along fine after surgery. Drove to Las Vegas, had 3 days and Halloween with my Daughter, Son in Law, Grandson and Granddaughter. What a treat, and a wild time. Vegas and Halloween, Wow ! Then I drove back to St George and had two days with a friend who is beating cancer for the 3rd time. We celebrate every chance we get.

Now it is November and Winter has arrived. The Ski areas are open and the snow levels are rising, in Utah and in Colorado. The last few storms to move through here and across the country have been good for some and  destructive for others. It is cold, got my heavy coats out, and put away the light weight jackets.

I want to drive to Colorado, Springs and have Thanks giving with my Son and his Lady Diane and her family, next week. I am at the mercy of the weather. I can drive on Interstates all the way to Denver and then South to the Springs. But the elevations are high and the hills can get slippery. The semi trucks have a hard time and can make a mess of things. I have driven past them as they slide down hill and you are in the center of the road, going up hill. The Highway Patrol Guys are escorting them down, trying to keep them on the road.  I have driven these roads a lot, in the winter. I will try to miss the worse spots. I25 south to the Springs can be bad, and I do not know how to get around it. It is the only way to get there. Hope the weather breaks for the last week and the first week of December.. I will stay in Palisade coming and going and one day in Denver at The Art Hotel, before I start back.

I love to travel. I am glad I am able to do it. I plan on Christmas in Montrose, Colorado with my Daughter.

Very little decorating this year !! Well,  there will be some ..... I love the Holidays and I have sooooo much to put out for Christmas. so I just won't put up a tree, .. maybe.

Friday, October 16, 2015


Fall ! It is still so warm Fall has had a hard time convincing us to put away our white pants and cotton blouses. The sandals still sneak out for a walk on a warm day.

I want to take some Train rides. So, to find out if the cost of a sleeping room was worth it, I went to San Francisco.  The train was 4-5 hours late leaving SLC and Emeryville ! But once you get going it is great !! The sleeper was worth it. You have your own room, with a door, lock, sink, shower, toilet and a couch, chair and closet. The couch makes into a double bed. The service is great and the good food is included. The observation cars and club cars are a good way to meet people. Amtrak sent me a map of the US. I am going to plan some trips. My only problem is I have slow mountains to get over to go anywhere !

I drove to Denver Sept. 6 th. I read about The Art Hotel. Only 3 months old downtown next door to The Denver Art Museum. Wow what a hotel. Wonderful original art in all the lobby's, rooms, hallways, and public areas, ie. convention and meeting rooms. My room was really special. the hotel car took me shopping, one day, and to dinner another. I saw family for a few hours over the weekend. I attended an exhibit at the museum over two days. It was good to see what has been done with the museum. It is more then double the size it was when I left in 1974.  The staff of the hotel was wonderful. They went out of their way for me and greeted me as Mrs. Cope. The maids work in the rooms with the doors shut, so you never see them in the halls. It is part of the  Preferred Hotel chain.

I staid in Palisade, Colorado overnight coming and going, in the Wine Country Inn. I cannot drive all the way in one day any more !! Nice hotel surrounded by vineyards. Good food and people. Great wine.

Now I am going to get ready for Halloween !!

Friday, June 26, 2015

June 2015 Update

May was a good month. The last week I drove over to Montrose Colorado and spent my birth day with my daughter Kalena.  Attended the first concert of spring season in on the golf course, where she and her husband played with their band "The Blue Gators" . Then we went to a bar for a CD release party . Bought a CD and a Tee shirt. Long fun day.  

June has been busy. The flower business is steady  at Unity Salon. Other businesses come and go. Right now I am not going after any new ones. I want to travel this summer and I cannot get too many things covered when I am out of town.  I am going out on Friday the 31st of July and coming back the 2nd of august. That is easy because I take flowers Monday and Tuesday, so I am home. The 1st of August is The Olatha Sweet Corn Festival, in Colorado. The Blue Gators are playing. It will be a real good time. All the sweet corn you can eat and good music all day.

I had a funny thought about being put in boxes, or groups.
  I have fought being put in groups all my life. In High School kids would come up behind you and turn your collar down, too see if you had the right label in your clothes. I cut all the labels out of my sweaters.
  Now my Dentist tells me I have to be in a box. Smoker, non smoker. He is a dentist, is he passing out Salem's ?
  Male, Female, can't you tell ?
  What color are you ? Did your Great-Great-Great come over on a big ship or a raft or swim ?

In the 50's and 60's, when I was in Los Angles, our views of the different races was easier than it is now. When a group of black and white couples found a restaurant that would seat us but not serve us, we went back as African Royalty, and were served. An entertainer on Alvaro Street billed himself as the President of TWA.

At 73 + you think you have seen it all, but just wait. New things every day. That is why I want to go and do while I still know my name and yours and can walk un aided.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 2015

April was a very wet month and May has been too.

My flower business is doing well. Unity Salon takes a bouquet every week. Salon NV decided not to take anything for awhile.

I have flowers in the English Bakery and The Spectacle on spec to see if they like them. I take them in for two to three weeks and if they decide they want to continue we sign a contract. The Bakery changed from a bouquet to bud vases for her tables. She did Poinsettia's at Christmas but quit after that. Right now my roses are beautiful.

I am not looking for any more right now. I have to depend on someone else to cover me when I travel, so I have to be realistic.

more later

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring is here !

Spring is here and my last entry says I am decorating my Christmas tree! My life just took over and I sat back and let it. I got out all my stuff and opened all the boxes and looked at all the accumulated goodies. The bathroom got decorated, the living room, dining room, tree, kitchen and still there was stuff that was not used !! My house looked great. I cooked a turkey when Kalena and Joe came over because she and her Band played for a Community dinner at Thanksgiving and the leftovers were not much. We had a ball shopping and hooking up my TV. I sent it all home with them.

As I took things off the tree I decided I could sell some of the older ornaments. My niece follows sites on the internet where they buy and sell vintage stuff. My Mom brought some ornaments with her when she moved in with me. She bought them from decorators, they were used in store windows. I had a few from the governors tree, I bought at fund raisers. These were satin, velvet, beaded, very ornate. They sold easily. A week ago I went with my neice to a Antique Fair. It was only advertised on the internet. We went at 9am. an hour and a half before it opened and were in line with a crowd. This was the 2nd day and they were expecting 300, tickets sold over the internet. They had over that many the first day ! It was fun finding out I am Vintage - I have or have owned almost every thing they are selling. So now she and I are going to go though my cupboards. $$

In January I spent a few days with a friend in St. George Utah. She is getting over cancer for the 3rd time and getting her appetite back. We ate our way through St. George. I gained 8 pounds ! In March I spent a few days with my brother and sister in law in Kingman, Arizona. Warm weather, bought purple Turquoise and had a good time. We found a great steak house, I enjoy their company.

Now my taxes are almost done and maybe I will get back to this ... Maybe.