|Photo: The view from the front passenger seat of a car: an open highway stretches forward, underneath a blue sky with some puffy white clouds
1. I'm thankful that John and I had hours and hours to talk. We live on a hill in an area that regularly receives snow in the winter, and none of our vehicles are particularly suited for snowy conditions. The mileage and years are adding up, and we are reluctantly realizing that we need to start at least thinking about buying a different car. So, we spent the entire drive to Colorado researching/talking cars.
2. I'm thankful that we actually got paid to research. Did you know that if you spend hours upon hours on a dealer website, you just might have a pop up offer to receive a Visa card if you take a test drive? It's nice to have the cost of a fill-up more than covered.
3. I'm thankful for humor. Of course, once I accepted the test drive offer, I immediately received a text from someone from the dealership. John and I laughed as we mentally composed replies that all started, "Dear the Doug."
4. I'm thankful for the ease of finding places to stay, thanks to the internet. We rented a vacation apartment in Leadville that suited us perfectly. It was advertised as historic, but I didn't realize until we got there that it used to be a hospital! I think that the balcony off the bedroom we stayed in used to be the front porch; I even found an old photo online that showed stairs leading up to the landing.
|Photo: A old brick building that was formerly a hospital. An area that is now a balcony sports a roof and looks like it was formerly the entrance to the building.
5. As I hoped my roses at home would survive without my attention, I was thankful I could care for a thirsty plant at the rental place. John joked that I need a TV show called The Plant Waterer. (And the roses did survive!)
|Photo: A before and after photo of a spider plant. On the left, it is droopy. On the right, a day after getting some water, it is perky.
|Photo: A sign that appears to be a leaning tree trunk with a chicken roosting in a nest at the top. It advertises, "Cafe Lounge Drive Thru Parking"
|Photo: A sign that reads, "DANGER Avalanche" is stuck on the side of an old church building.
|Photo: A circular sign that reads, "TSUNAMI EVACUATION ROUTE" is hanging on the outer wall of a house
8. I'm thankful for nice hikes we took. One hike took us through an aspen grove, around a lake, and to the old Interlaken resort area by Twin Lakes.
|Photo: A hiking trail leads through the white-barked aspen grove.
|Photo: The Dexter cabin, a square house with a completely-wrapped-around porch. A cupola, with windows on all sides, sits on top of the house.
|Photo: The Inter-Laken Hotel, a two-story white building with boarded-up windows.
|Photo: The four of us pose for a selfie
10. I'm thankful, as always, for John.
|Photo: John and I stand inside the walls of an old log building. There is no roof.
Joining me this week:
The Prolific Pulse
A Season and a Time
Backsies is What There is Not
The Wakefield Doctrine
Viola's Daily Musings