Two rooms of painting and caulking baseboards and trim are done. Woot! Woot! Then I took off for a marvelous couple of days visiting friends in Colorado Springs. Good friends, good food, a great new adventure on a UTV, and a cactus skeleton to take home for the yard. What more could a person want? The weather was warm, really warm for February, which is going to frustrate me to no end when winter returns.
It turns out buggy-ing is a hoot. The UTV climbs up rocks like a mule. The only trick is making sure your left boot is actually on the brake when you’re going downhill. The right foot needs to be pushing the gas – which actually slows it down too. It took a couple of descents before I got the hang of it. There is a trick to a really steep uphill climb too – but I wasn’t driving anytime we hit one of those, so I haven’t experienced getting that right or wrong yet. I liked the challenge of driving, but I really enjoyed being a passenger more, because then I got to look at all the neat stuff in the area we were in, both the scenery and the rocks. In fact, that area is rocks, rocks, and more rocks, a landscapers dream.
We explored an old homestead/cow camp, mostly made of stone. Most of the fences were scrub cedar posts, some set by being surrounded by stone. One thing was for certain, those people led a hard life. As if ranching back then wasn’t hard enough, those guys had to be stone masons too.
I am so ready to begin work in the yard. It won’t be long now.
Perspective in the young adult novel that I’m writing is a challenge. I have realized that I like to jump around, so I’m breaking some rules. Not sure that will work, but what doesn’t work gets the delete button come revision time.
and so it goes…