Colorado Springs Summer Concert in the Park

August 25th, 2014

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It’s always fun to bring together friends and families to the neighborhood park for food, drink, and games. Add in a band playing retro music from the 80’s is the frosting on the cake. Hugh and Perry toast days gone by!

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The band leader reminded us of retro clothing.

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The kool band really rocked it out. We had fun playing name that tune at the beginning of every band number. Perry won!

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Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO

August 18th, 2014

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I put a colorful cup cozy in my purse to use at the Denver Botanical Gardens because I knew it would be a day of many hues and shades!

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I thought, “So many flowers, so little time!”

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If you haven’t visited the Denver Botanical Gardens, you are missing one of Colorado’s many gems!

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Tea house and tea garden at Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO

August 11th, 2014

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At the Denver Botanical Gardens, a Japanese tea ceremony is served at the tea house located in the tea garden. The tea house was designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana and constructed in Japan. It was then disassembled and shipped to Denver. A team of Japanese craftsmen carefully rebuilt it.

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Sean and Pam stopped to read the information sign at the entrance to the tea garden.

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The fountain in the tea garden is stocked with fish.

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There are several bonsai trees on display. The trees not suited to the Colorado climate are in a greenhouse.

Visit this tranquil garden and you will feel more peaceful when you leave.

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Chihuly Exhibition at Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO

August 4th, 2014

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When we visited the Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO it was a hot dry day. We found relief at the Café next to a beautiful pond. There were outside tables under a huge shade tree. I bought an iced tea which was very good. 2014 June 14 Botancial Gardens Denver 43 glass statue in pond_72

The pond was filled with glass sculptures in the Chihuly Exhibit. Dale Chihuly is known for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement that changed people’s perceptions about glass creations. People have begun to see glass works as art not a craft. He uses the team approach for blowing glass.

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We discovered another pond filled with Chihuly’s large floating bulbs. On one side there was a boat filled with more glass designs and colors. This is a beautiful unique exhibit with many displays throughout the Botancial Gardens!

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Sand castles at Ft. Walton Beach

July 28th, 2014

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After Perry taught his seminar, he joined me at the beach with sunscreen on and his water bottle in hand. We set off to find sand castles and sculptures.

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I awarded this creative castle First Place for Size and Complexity.

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The shark’s teeth were carefully placed seashells to win the Most Scary Award.

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This castle won the Most Creative Award because it had a moat with a bridge, bird feathers to represent flags, and a beautiful top wall.

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An eight year old boy built this castle. He won the Cuteness Award just because!

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White sandy beaches at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

July 21st, 2014

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I always have a water bottle and sunscreen with me when I go to the beach in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Salt water dehydrates a person quickly. My fair skin burns in 10 minutes.

This is important information worthy of mentioning on my blog so I decided to shoot photos for a blog post. I thought it should be easy; however, the ocean decided to challenge me!

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Even small waves became a problem causing me to run after the water bottle or sunscreen before the wave took them out to sea!

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Trader Joe’s ice-cream fan finds cozy container wrap

July 14th, 2014

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From a new customer who really “gets it” about our unique Thinsulate insulated wraps for ice-cream containers. That’s kool!

Hi, I searched on Google for Ice cream container cozy. Most cozies ended up being for pints and I was looking for quart size. The others I found, like on Etsy and Ebay were crocheted. The Thinsulate insulation on yours was the top selling point though I liked the choice of designs also. 

I became recently addicted to Trader Joe’s Mint Chip ice cream. For the first time in my life, I started eating ice cream right out of the carton and using a towel wrapped around it because of the coldness. Then last Friday when I bought a new supply, there was a lot of ice cream dribbled over on the sides of the cartons and I wondered if there were cozies for ice cream cartons, hence my Google search. 

Can’t wait to get them, hope they fit. Once warm weather comes, the Thinsulate insulation will come in handy also. 

Cindy, Minnesota

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Denver, Colorado is very excited about having a new Trader Joe’s in their beautiful city!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta, GA

July 9th, 2014

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Mary Mac’s Tea Room isn’t your typical tea room. The menu will list southern food dishes rather than tea flavors. In southern style you will eat fried foods, several vegetables, bread with butter, and drink several glasses of iced tea. Because I grew up in the south — that’s kool.

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While my cup wrap soaked up all the wet on my cold glass, I enjoyed some of my favorite foods — fried catfish, black-eye peas, friend okra, and carrot raisin salad!

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Georgia – large sweet peaches – peach cobbler for dessert!

 

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A portrait of Miss Scarlett reminded me of her tumultuous relationship with Rhett Butler in the movie “Gone with the Wind” which I’ve watched many times on Turner Classic Movies.

Rhett Butler: “Here’s a soldier of the South who loves you, Scarlett. Wants to feel your arms around him, wants to carry the memory of your kisses into battle with him. Never mind about loving me, you’re a woman sending a soldier to his death with a beautiful memory. Scarlett! Kiss me! Kiss me… once…” And he kisses her passionately. That’s hot!

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Exploring Atlanta, GA by foot

July 3rd, 2014

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Perry and I ate at One Caffe Coffee before he taught his seminar. His latte coffee was “solid, better than Starbucks”. I enjoyed Twoleaves & a Bud peach flavor tea. Our food was fresh and tasty. That’s kool.

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Having no destination, I began walking. I found familiar pink flowers on Edgewood near a freshman GA Tech dormitory. I call these my birthday flowers. Growing up, my family had a large bush in our backyard that was in full bloom every June. My Mom always took my birthday photo in front of this bush.

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Moving on, I came upon a statue in John Calhoun Park. Done in 1993, it’s called “Ancestral Totem” by artist Ayokunle Odeleye. It was refreshing walking among the shade of the trees on this hot Atlanta day. 

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Farther on I found Hurt Park that was part of the 2007-2008 Urban Intervention: The Beltline. The exhibit by artist Pandra Williams was called “Return of the Native Garden” planted with drought-resistant plants. I found it interesting that the street side walk was originally built around trees bordering the park.

Exploring Atlanta, GA in the summertime was very interesting. That is hot – very hot!

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One Caffe Coffee shop Atlanta, GA

July 1st, 2014

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In June with temperatures near 100 degrees, I went into One Caffe Coffee for a cold iced tea. While the staff brewed the Alpine Berry tea, I noticed a box of the tea on their retail shelf made by Two leaves & a bud. I looked at the box and much to my surprise, discovered the tea company was located in Aspen, Colorado!

My drink had a refreshing fruity flavor that quenched my thirst. The cream cheese Danish was very fresh and delicious.

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Caffe Coffee is inside the end of this unique building located on 84 Peachtree Street NW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It looks like a tiny elf shop!

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Even though the shop is small, it has a supply counter for napkins, flavorings, etc, several shelves of retail, and a window counter to sit at for a view of the street and shops. I didn’t feel cramped or crowded. The two young ladies were very friendly and agreeable to my photo shoot.

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