Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thunderstorms and Hail

When darling hubby and I retired in 2012, we made the decision to become renters instead of home owners. We want to use our spendable income to travel so that was an easy choice. We rented a house in north-east Fort Collins and started to settle in. For some reason, I didn't feel  entirely at home. It may have had to do with the property managers of that home. If anything went wrong, they were pretty slow to fix it and the property manager was a pill to say the least. I used to joke with my husband that I thought she hadn't taken her meds that day... As it turned out, I was right not to unpack everything, because the property owner decided to put the house up for sale. We found ourselves having to move after just one year. Ah, but God had a plan, even if we didn't.

We found Middel Realty in mid-town Fort Collins and decided to rent from them. A really good decision. They own all the houses that they rent and even offer two year leases. They are a Christian business and we have only had courteous, kind service for anything we need. They treat us with respect and we treat their property as if it was our own.

It was a good choice to move to mid-town because we are closer to our kids, closer to doctors, shopping, bus line and movies. I was really happy with our decision when we got a severe thunder/hail storm last night. We had some damage to screens on our windows and damage to some of the landscaping but our property owners are right on it and fix things as they come up, so we have no worries.

These pictures were taken seven hours after the storm. My lilies all had buds on them and were getting ready to bloom. The hail knocked all the buds off.

These were the piles of hail left.

This is the size hail I picked up after seven hours on the ground.

Rips in our screens. I was actually amazed that we didn't have any broken windows, because the hail was hitting the windows that hard.

It also ripped leaves off of the trees and bushes.
If you don't like the weather in Colorado, just wait a minute and you'll get something new!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Random Thoughts and Writing Topics

Many times over the last several months, I've opened up the page to write a new post. I don't know what to write about. I don't want to write about my struggles with weight loss. I don't want to write about all the ills that my hubby and I have had to deal with in the last year. That's too old lady for me. I'd like to write about quilting, except I haven't done any in the past year. I'd like to write about my new hobby of pistol shooting but I don't have the energy to deal with people that don't like guns and think I'm weird if I enjoy it. Here is a list of topics I've come up with that I'm going to try and write about. Not necessarily in this order.

List of Topics to Write About

1. Pistol Shooting (I'm gonna do it anyway!)

2. What I'm Reading

3. Trips I've Taken

4. Recipes I've Tried

5. Weeds I've Pulled (Har Har)

6. Walks I've Taken

7. Times with the Grand kids

8. Wildlife in my backyard. Literally and figuratively

9. Writing for the simple joy of writing.

10. Music I love

11. Art I love

12. People I love

13. What I love about America.

14. Festivals in Colorado

15. The Max Bus

16. Long Trips in the Blueberry.

17. The Blueberry

18. Books I loved as a Child.

19. Classes I would like to take.

20. Photography