Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Fun

Avalon is here!  After a year and a half living in Colorado I finally had my horse brought here.  Keely is loving walking around on him.  He is living on a beautiful ranch living the life of a pasture horse.  He has spent his entire life (he's 17) living in a show barn so this is quite a new experience for him.  Not to mention neither one of us knows anything about "western" riding.  We are both fumbling through this change!

My daughter and her family came out for a visit and we had a wonderful time visiting some fun places up in the mountains.  She loves Colorado and did not want to leave!

Played up in Winter Park

visited Garden of the Gods
We did some hiking

We also had a visit from my son and his daughter!  Jason spent 3 years stationed at the Air Force Academy.  It had been almost 20 years since he had visited the base.  A fun walk down memory lane for him.  We then drove up Pikes Peak!  Beautiful!!

Visiting the Air Force Academy

Keely and Zoey in the Chapel

Friday, March 7, 2014

Jury Duty

A process that started January 6 came to an abrupt end today.  I was selected and juror #6 in a capital murder death penalty trial.  Needless to say I was quite concerned how this would all play out and how I would feel if in fact the defendant was convicted and we had to determine whether he lived or died.  There was no doubt he murdered the prison guard, but the defense contended he was not guilty by reason of insanity.  What little I did her I would have questions the validity of the defense claims.  As it turned out he was offered a plea deal of life without parole which he promptly accepted.  This case had been going on for nearly 12 years and the victim's family in that time decided they did not want him put to death.  They wanted an end to it.   I respect and completely understand their feelings.  To say that it was an interesting experience is quite an understatement!  After it was over we were able to speak with attorneys on both sides and I really felt for the ADA who had been involved from the very beginning on this case.  He clearly was not satisfied with the outcome and truly felt the defendant deserved the ultimate penalty.  The defendant murdered a prison guard when his back was turned with an industrial sized ladle in the kitchen.  He told those who spoke to him that there was enormous amounts of evidence disproving the insanity allegation.  The DA's concern was that it only took one dissenting voice in the jury for a lesser charge would in turn could perhaps allow this man to walk free someday.  I did ask one of the defense attorneys why to took this case and her simple answer was "I don't believe in the death penalty".  I would have liked to have been able to see this through, but frankly I am just as glad it ended the way it did.  It would have been really challenging and very emotional.  I am comforted by the fact that this person will never see the light of a free day!
Now back to the world that makes me happy.......


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Quilty Kind of Day

Keely is home from school today not feeling well.  She is snuggled up in her bed resting and since I am unable to go anywhere it's QUILT TIME!!! Was able to complete a table topper that I had cut out last night.  Really like the pattern and colors.  It was a kit, however, I will definitely use this pattern again and again for gifts.

It is a spectacular day out today in Castle Rock.  The winds are down a bit and the view from my kitchen never ceases to calm my spirit.  I love it here!
I also finished another table topper on Monday that I got as a kit.  Totally hated the fabrics that came with it, they looked nothing like the picture I used to order it from.  Instead I substituted charm square packs I had in my stash.  I am pleased with the result and this will make a nice size table topper.
Finally I had to put down a beautiful picture of my little one going to her first dance.  It was a daddy/daughter ball and they looked fabulous if I do say so myself!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

It's been quite a ride this last year.  Moved back to Colorado after being away for 32 years!  Get to look at this amazing view every time I look out the delightful

Keely is growing like a weed.  She turned 8 last month and it is so much fun having her in our lives.  She brings so much joy and definitely keeps us young.  Parenting as grandparents is as rewarding as it is challenging.
We walk back and forth to school almost every day, weather permitting.  It's a great time for us to share what's on each other's mind.  Our rescue mix Chloe is our walking buddy.  She gets pretty put out if we don't take her with us.

Quilting has kept me very happy.  I am so in love with every step of the process.  Have fallen madly in love with using a long arm and a saving like a mad fiend to purchase my own machine.  It's getting harder and harder to rent time where I have been going as they have become quite popular! 

Made this for my youngest grandson, looks so yummy.