Category Archives: At Home

When not traveling in our coach we are at home in Loveland

~Two Years Old Today

Riley Ann -what a joy she is!

Two years old today.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner

“A dog is our link to paradise.” – Milan Kundera

“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” -Elayne Booster

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished. ” – Dean Koonz

~Riley Ann

Riley Ann will soon be two.

I can’t believe almost two years has passed since she came home to live with us. She is a beautiful, sweet, playful ball of  joy in my life!

On a walk at River’s Edge.
She loves to play on the stairs with her toys.
She likes to jump in my chair.

Last Friday we had a dusting of snow and she had fun playing in it.

~Friday’s Feathered Friends

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

I went birding yesterday with a friend and we stopped at Jim Hamm Nature Area in Longmont, CO. These beautiful Yellow-headed Blackbirds entertained us with their singing and acrobatic  abilities. And, they also brought back fond memories of when I saw them for the very first time. They were in the ponds across the road from Jackson Lake Lodge.

That was in July of 1985. We were living in Louisiana and took another vacation to the Tetons in Wyoming. 

After many years of vacationing out west we decided to move from Louisiana to Colorado. So in January of 1986 we make the move. The magic and wonder of the west along with its wildlife captured our hearts. 

Thanks for the memories guys!

A little information on Jim Hamm Nature Area:
Originally developed in 1976, the Jim Hamm Nature Area comprises 24 acres, including a 14-acre pond. This land was donated in 1974 by the Hamm family in memory of USAF Captain Jim Hamm who was shot down over Vietnam in 1968 and to honor all St. Vrain Valley Veterans who fought in that war. Jim spent his youth exploring and appreciating the wild environment that once was part of his grandfather’s farm (Elmer Montgomery). The pond at the site is a designated bird sanctuary that welcomes a variety of waterfowl throughout the year.



On our travels this spring, I purchased these cards at Stephen F. Austin State Park in Texas. The art is called quilling.

I took this from the web to explain what quilling is:

Quilling is the art of rolled, shaped, and glued paper that results in creating a unified, decorative design. The name quilling is thought to come from the origin of the art; birds’ feathers, or quills, were used to coil the strips of paper around.

They express my love for photography and birding. I would like to frame them so I am looking for opinions on what color frame to use, should I use matting, direction of cards in frame, etc. The cards are about 6 inches square.

So please comment and let me know what you think!