Monday, December 30, 2013

Dashing through the snow

We took a Christmas trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
It sure was Christmas-y!
And by that I mean, "cold"!
I took a photo of this highway sign, since it's one of my husbands' company's own and he worked on this one.
Several miles and a huge back-up later, I took this photo of the vehicle fire as we passed it.  What a traffic nightmare -- not for us, but for those poor people stuck behind it going in the other direction. I was grateful for the sign so we knew what was going on.  (It was a large truck fire that took a long time to put out.)
And even more grateful that we arrived safely.
 The first thing on our to-do list was lunch!
 Later, we bundled up for a sleigh ride in the snow.
Dare I mention the sleigh ride took place after sundown, when the weather dropped below zero?
 My camera didn't do great in the dark; but it was a lovely ride; we were snuggled up under wool blankets...
and their horses, Percherons, pulled us to a lodge for a steak dinner!
And they had sleigh bells on!  Which was one of my fondest wishes, fulfilled!
I was so happy to see the warm stove that awaited us at the lodge!
We enjoyed our dinner and all the entertainment -- not just from the band but also from the other, littlest guests who really got into it with clapping and stomping and tiny hips-a-swaying!
We had a great time.
The next day included a visit to a tubing hill -- out in the middle of nowhere and quite an icy trip, too!
My favorite part was the ride up the tube lift before each downhill run.
(View from the lift -- my feet at right)
Oh my goodness, we had a blast!
The snow was up to our knees, but the runs were perfectly packed.
The sleigh ride and the tubing hill were both family-owned and staffed by a few generations of each family.  Both families lived and worked on their respective land, all together; an old-fashioned way of life that sounded charming.
 Later, back in town, we rode the gondola up the BIG mountain.



We enjoyed the views.  It's such a pretty town -- and sort of like a Disneyland for skiers!
It's a strange experience to be in "Ski Disneyland" when you don't ski.  Dennis and Ben do, but didn't want to the day we were there.  So we spent time on the mountain people-watching which was mostly watching out: dodging sharp objects, being careful not to slip on all the ice...and marveling at all people go through for some time on the mountain.
 While waiting for a shuttle, I snapped these photos of the crew shoveling snow off the roof of the Grand Hotel.
Look at those icicles!
I'm glad for places like Steamboat Springs that put a lot of people to work; to maintain a mountain like this for so many visitors definitely takes a village!
And Steamboat Springs is about as pretty as they get.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

All is calm, all is bright

Our Christmas was warm, bright, and calm.
 A bit of shopping.


 Decorating






 Times with family



Celebrations
 Wonderful surprises

 Fabulous meals
 Wonderful friends

I'm looking forward to hearing about your holiday!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Maggie and the tree

This was one of those years that I didn't finish Christmas decorating...I abandoned it!
Maggie, however, doesn't seem to mind.
Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas magic in Colorado Springs

My friend Kathy and two of her friends, aka The Gals With The Good Stuff, decorated an over-100 year old house on Colorado Springs' old north end with some of their BEAUTIFUL Christmas wares!
Colleen, Kathy and Joyce standing in the living room
I took some photos to show you the loveliness:
That's my husband Dennis in the background...look how cute that toolbox on the table looks!
The Gals had a table full of yummy treats going in just about every room...this was the dining room
 The pantry full of jolly Santas!

 In the kitchen; did I mention everything was for sale?



This dress form greeted you at the top of the stairs
 Vintage lace dresses...
 for the little ones, too!
 A cozy crib

 Do you love the house?  It's for sale!
You know I wouldn't have been able to leave without a few treasures:
First and best: this gorgeous Vera tablecloth that was a gift to me from Kathy!
 Swooning!
 This is a vintage handkerchief.
 I love, love, love the graphics!
Another vintage hankie: this one was filled with lavender and tied up in a bundle by Joyce.  It smells heavenly!
 Have you ever seen these baubles?  I don't think I had...so I had to buy them in a bundle with some other mercury glass and such.
It was a magical day full of Christmas cheer: after Dennis and I left this beautiful home, we went out to dinner and guess who was there?
Yup.
Not only that but just a few moments later look who else walked in:
That's right.  Two Santas.  One Room.