Spring time in Fort Collins, Colorado - April 2014

Expect Snow in April


Spring time in Colorado is about snow.

Spring time in Fort Collins, Colorado - April 2014

It’s the heavy and wet kind of snow that takes down branches that are just beginning to bud.

The state gets most of its snow accumulation during March and April.

Those are the Spring time in Fort Collins, Colorado - April 2014months when people get antsy to declare spring has arrived only to have their tree limbs fall, their tomato plants freeze and their lovely flowers droop with the early planting.

It’s wonderful and cyclical and predictable.

And it’s all ok. Because this little dose of Spring time in Colorado - April 2014winter will turn the lawns green and add some creative contrast to the dull brown colors that cover the area. The browns are leftover mulch, leaves, twigs and branches that have yet to be cleaned.

The snow makes for a lovely canvas that disappears as the sun warms the ground.

The best things about these last few storms is the hope they offer of spring. It’s here … well, almost.

I hope spring is unfolding ever so gently for you in your world as well.

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Fort Collins Museum of Art Exhibit (2014) Masks

Blank Mask Becomes Art


More Fort Collins art at the First Fridays Gallery Walk …

Big exhibit at the Fort Collins Museum of Art -

One mask, MANY ARTISTS, colors, ideas, variety, love, time, dedication and the most amazing results… GO VISIT THE MUSEUM and smile away the day!

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Good Penmanship by Elizabeth Morisette: Fort Collins Art Exhibit (2014)

Good Penmanship: An Art Exhibit in Fort Collins


Image“Good Penmanship”. A show by Fort Collins artist Elizabeth Morisette celebrating the cursive alphabet. showing Friday through Saturday at the Community Creative Center, 200 Matthews street! Artist Reception Friday April 4, 6-9.

Find a way to see this exhibit!

Good Penmanship Art Exhibit 2014

And so, the following images are cursive wrapped in fabric…colorful, cool, creative!

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This is how I learned to write. Big, Bold, Clear handwriting. The nuns expected it. My sons were not taught cursive and thus most of their correspondance is printed.

ImageM is for Margekatherine!

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Good Penmanship by Elizabeth Morisette: Fort Collins Art Exhibit (2014)

Good Penmanship by Elizabeth Morisette: Fort Collins Art Exhibit (2014)

Penmanship in colorful fabric!

On display at Carnagie Library, Fort Collins.

Enjoy!

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Look at how red those thighs are!

Nippy Irish Festivities in Fort Collins


st patricks day parade-3-15-14-6I went to a St Patty’s Day parade yesterday. The streets were lined with people of all ages, tons of strollers, lots of dogs and everyone was bundled up. When the parade began the sky was clear, as it progressed the wind began to blow and gray clouds covered the sky. There were over 80 entries in this parade so it lasted a very long time. I walked to the beginning so I could see all 80 entries but I was unable to stay for the whole event. I was chilled to the bone.

One troop of dancers that came along was dressed in very short dresses. They didn’t have any leggings on and it was evident they were EXTREMELY cold. As I watched them, I remembered how my legs used to look like that when I walked home from school in my plaid uniform skirt. Whether it was sub-freezing weather, blowing snow or just winter weather … I remember it was brutal.

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Warm and happy to be in the parade!

Arriving at school it took forever for my body to warm up and feel normal again. The return trip home was dreaded just as much. Somewhere along the line, I started to wear long pants under my uniform. It wasn’t cool – in fact, it was pretty dorky but finally my legs were no longer tender to the touch.

I haven’t been that cold in a very long time but seeing those young dancers put me right back in my school years in upstate NY. It was a relief to get home and get warm again!

I is for the Irish in your bonny eyes my dear
R is right for when you’re right, you have no cause to fear
E is for Eileen, my mother’s name I mean and
L is for the love I have for that sweet colleen
A is for the angels who are watching over you
N is never fear, keep smiling through
D is for your daddy’s lesson that I pray will be a blessing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

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A beautiful day in my neighborhood!


It’s amazing weather here on this lovely evening in Northern Colorado.

The birds are singing, the children next door are playing, geese are flying south and the sun is shining. My head cold is gone and my body is happy to be in motion again.

hotThe yard is raked, the bike ride is over and now with the daylight savings time in effect it is light and bright and warm outside.

How warm? Currently at 5:48 pm on this gorgeous Sunday March 9 evening it is 72 degrees!

Spring has sprung and it’s evident by the amount of people on their bikes, in their yards, on the trails and just outside. It’s a thing of beauty.

And this lovely weather will be here with us until Tuesday. Then more snow.

For now –true bliss!

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Ahhh Chew!


ginger brandy, honey and lemonI have a head cold today. You know the  drill – runny nose, sneezing, sore body, fullness in the head.

Therefore I am drinking my special tea…

In the daytime the tea consists of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, honey and hot water.

When the sun goes down and I’m in my warm jammies and robe then I add ginger brandy to the mix. It’s sure to stop the cough and put me to sleep.

I don’t get colds very often so when I do I treat it like a holiday!

Lucky me, huh?

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Strega Nona at library

Everyday Life at the Library: Amen!


I’m here again. Surrounded by students, mothers, teens, cyclists, tutors and volunteers. I’m at OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the library and it’s connected to a community college. There is a sign on the door that says no food but I look up and see an open bottle of soda on a table, next to me is a young man eating a sandwich; a volunteer is perched on her seat ready to answer questions with a soft drink nearby.

To be truthful, beside me and out of sight I have a cup of water and a small bag of pretzels to snack on. I think the policy is actually to ignore people who may eat or drink in here as long as they don’t leave a mess.

cds at libraryAcross from me is a student with a pile of books who just answered the cell phone. She is talking quietly (which is nice) and the overall atmosphere is one of study and learning. Laptops are open and the majority of those around me are focused. Ok, she is still talking on the phone and this writer, for one is not liking the sound of her voice anymore – but it is quiet in a library sort of way.

This wing of the library is sunny, comfortable and quiet. The student is off the phone and all is well again. There are 2 group study rooms across from me with the invitation to use the room if you are a group of 2 or more for up to 2 hours. It’s perfect for a student-tutor work session or a group project gatherideep bookshelfng or such.

I am drawn to libraries in a way that;s like coming home. There are books, computers, magazines, music, newspapers, and so many other avenues of learning. I know librarians don’t make much money but I always longed to work in a library.

For me, being in a library is sort of like being in a church. I feel awe and an amazing feeling of gratitude. The fact that I can borrow almost anything in this entire building is so cool. In fact, I can borrow many, many items. And best of all, I can borrow from several different libraries across the state all at once and return them to my local library… sweet, huh?

Strega Nona at libraryI can view new art, listen to authors, play games with other gamers, take my grandson to story hour and take classes on how to use various software products. How wonderful is that? Yes, we all pay taxes for these privileges but how many people actually have a library card and use these services?

And did you know you can download audio books and ebooks to your electronic devices? You don’t even need to visit a library.

For me, going to the library is like Christmas – I walk away with something wonderful, something I didn’t have to buy and something unexpected. It’s not just good, it’s amazing!

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