orihime and dragon

A Colorado Spring

I've been loving the precipitation, lately. The slow fall of snow has been an amazing balm, and it's turned the whole world white. We're supposed to have three nights straight of this, and I can only hope.

Spring time in Colorado
Last year was bad. We had a drought that was very severe and the heat and dryness combined for one of the worst, early fire seasons in decades. We're still officially in a drought, but this year is far closer to what we normally get. March is usually the snowiest month of the year, and April is a close second. Since March began we've had snow or rain nearly every week!! It's been amazingly wonderful, and John and I were able to just go out and actually walk in the rain a few times in the last couple of months!

Of course, spring here in Colorado involves a foot of snow, 12 degree (-11 C) nights, all alternating with 70+ degree days with blustery winds and sunshine.

Yesterday we went kite flying in blowing winds, and the boys flew while I lay on the grassy bank on my back and just basked in the sunshine. And there were enough clouds up in the sky to streak it with deep blues and rich purples. I went back out with a camera just to get a few shots. That was really good.

I'm another 2000 words into the next chapter of Twin Souls. My schedule is shaping up into breakfast and research from 8 am to 9 or 10, then usually two thousand words by lunch time. I have consulting, social things, and appointments in the afternoon and usually fit in a stint on the exercise bike or walking around lakes or neighborhoods in the afternoon. It's been especially freeing to be able to just watch a movie or paint a painting some days when I feel like it, and my art therapist friend has been commenting on how I seem to need some control these days as I'm using traditional watercolor paper instead of the unsized Chinese papers and actually sketching out my paintings before I lay color to paper.

I'm finally tackling my Misfit Toys prompts from my friends, and writing down the story ideas for them. Another friend of mine was talking with me about a series he'd done of three books and how he finally figured out that the fourth book just wasn't jelling for him. I have three or four books now floating around in my head, and some of them have full structures, and some don't. There's are several studies I have to do of the Toys to figure out what I really want to do with them. The people are jelling, the plot hasn't yet, and I am going to be patient about that.

I've had an expert in Female Buddhist teachings and doctrine drop into my lap, three people who went to and taught in Catholic schools, and a man who survived being blown up by an IED are all a part of my life, now. It's going to be interesting pursuing what I really want to know, enough to make the stories come to life, not so much as to bog down my whole process in all this, and still leave enough energy and time to actually tell the Story that comes from all this, too.

Of course, in just a week I'm supposed to pick up a package of live bees from the place I ordered them from. I hope that the weather clears and is kind to the girls for that first week, at least.
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How beautiful! *makes grabby hands at snow* Funny how different Colorado weather can be from region to region. In Southern Colorado where I'm at we're having a lovely dust storm with 60+ mph winds. As I was sitting at a stop light my Impala was bouncing all over the place. It looked like I had hydraulics in and was going crazy playing with them. *sighs*

We're in extreme fire danger due to the drought and it's so very dry. I'd love to have around two feet of snow just dump on us right about now :(
So close and yet so far! Yeah! Down south I saw temperatures in the 70's! Tomorrow we should be getting the winds, too, but yeah, it would be great to have precip ALL over this state this spring. There's supposed to be two more systems coming! Tomorrow evening and Wednesday afternoon, too, but they look to be shaping up more like this one, i.e. more water falling to the north than the south.

I'll wish for more rain your way, too!!!
Thanks. We sure could use some moisture! I-25 north and south had to be closed over the weekend between Pueblo and Colorado Springs because of the dust and severely limited visibility :(

We can hope the weather system comes south to give you guys a bit of a break :)

Have fun with your snow! Anatomically correct snowmen are fun to make and even more fun to watch the traffic stop in front of your house for a closer look. XD
XD!! I need to do THAT! *laughs*

I love the rain and snow, especially after last year and how this winter started... it was so dry up until the end of February it was amazing.

I'm grateful for what we can get!
We're getting lots of wind -- again. The snow has been very sparse all day. I think we finally got...almost...enough to call it a "dusting" if you squint real hard and tilt your head just so. XD
AND! As of this morning there was nearly THREE whole inches of it on the ground! *bounces* =D
WOOHOOOO!!!! *throws confetti*

YAY! We got another two inches, but it's now SUNNY! And that is making me very happy.

*hugs happily*
*hugs back*

Feh. The snow didn't even last on the ground for half the day. If you look outside right now you can't even tell that it snowed at all. *sighs*

Did you get to make your anatomically correct snowmen?
Awww... it's all gone here, too. More on Monday, they say! *laughs*

I didn't have the skills to make the anatomically correct snowmen... couldn't even get the head to stay on. This heavy spring snow is easier to pack, but harder to shape!!