Monthly Archives: October 2012

Belly Hallow V and Crabtree Brewery in Greeley


Posted by Cassie

Last night Britton and I dressed up for (early) Halloween and spent the evening with friends at Belly Hallow and then proceeded over to Crabtree Brewery which is the only local brewery in Greeley. It was a great night. I went as Minnie Mouse and Britton went as “rockstar”. Bob Dylan perhaps? Or maybe Jimi Hendrix. In any case, the wig won out. His simple costume won 3rd place in the contest and won us a few gift certificates to local coffee shops in town! It was pretty cool. This year they held the Belly Hallow event at the Atlas Theater, a small venue in downtown Greeley. I thought it would be all belly dancing, but it was more of a variety show, and very creative!


Of course there was Belly Dancing


But also glowing hula hooping


…And even  glowing boobs


This funny one was done to the music of the Addams Family and featured friends Marjorie and Crystal (good job ladies!)


There was some creepy cool dancing as well to fit the Halloween theme


One of the awesome songs of the night (Lullaby by The Cure)


Me as Minnie


Here’s the whole gang: Bob/Jimi, Mario and Luigi, Betty Page, Gogo/Hippie, Vampire, and the King of Siam (plus Minnie in front)


There was even a live band!


At Crabtree we had fun trading our wigs around -Julie took Britton’s wig and transformed into Foxy Brown. It was also a celebration for Kim’s birthday (Happy Birthday!)


Britton turned into Kurtney Cobain (talking with King)

We had a great night out and are grateful to have such wonderful people and fun times in our lives!

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It’s Back (Snow That Is)


Posted by Cassie

These past two mornings we’ve awoken to a generous helping of snow covering the neighborhood. At least it has been warming up a little in the afternoons and the roads have been pretty clear, but still…October? At least it is quite pretty. Check out some of the snow scenes we captured.  I can appreciate it a little more now that I know this will be our last winter here.


Pink snowy morning glow out the back door


Snowy blue backyard later that day


Out the front window towards the sunrise. The peach tree is heavy with snow


Because Schnoodle is so old, we have to sometimes carry her into the house. Her fur gets all clumped with snow


We brought her in and she beached out on the towel

Back to scraping the cars again (at least I keep mine in the garage though!)

 

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Moving to Puerto Rico Checklist


Posted by Britton

Lately Puerto Rico has really been in our mind. We are MORE THAN READY to move mentally/emotionally. So we have been thinking about getting ready to move physically. We wrote up all the things we will need to do in the next few months so that we can just up and move there. A lot of this is a general checklist for moving pretty much anywhere, but some of it is specific to moving to Rincon Puerto Rico.  After living somewhere for so long (Greeley) there are things we just don’t think about much.  We have lived here in our first home for 10 years.  Things like car titles, using up old stuff, medical and school transcripts/records , making sure we have Social Security cards, etc.  Also we don’t really have an “address” to ship stuff to, so that will be something to figure out.

For those of you who have already made the move to Puerto Rico (or elsewhere), are there any other things we should think about/take care of before we ship out?

  • Banks (change over address and ensure future bank cards are delivered to us)
  • Open new Bank Account inPuerto Rico
  • Cars (get titles together, sell)
  • Buy new car inPuerto Rico
  • Go thru all Stuff/Junk (to friends/family, charity, sell or toss). *Question: How much should we take with or replace?
  • Find new homes for the chickens
  • Get Kitty’s vet records and learn what it will take to bring him with us on the airplane
  • Get house cleaned professionally (carpet, bathrooms, kitchen, etc)
  • Put remaining properties under managment(2)
  • Host a going away party!
  • Put together all personal / professional records
  • Call insurance agents to cancel car insurance and change home policies to rental and update address
  • Sell assets we can’t manage from afar
  • Use up old stuff and don’t buy new stuff (Frozen food, cleaners, canned food, bathroom supplies, etc)
  • Look for boxes and pack up / label and have family ship to us when we get there
  • Buy airline tickets and line up rental car for appx 1 month while we look for a new car
  • Find new homes for our plants (coffee, banana, orchids)
  • Get tax documents together for 2012 filing
  • Update address with property tax assessor, 401k, IRA, etc
  • Setup things we need down there (we already have water and electric.  Mayyyybe internet?  Cell phone? )
  • Find new server / hosting for website and promote

We have been thinking about this a lot more lately as it appears we will be moving our date up.  We don’t have an exact new deadline but we figure we can take care of a lot of these things now in preparation.  Stay tuned for posts on many of the items in the above list!

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Glorious Autumn Days and Chickens


Posted by Cassie

I am not a big fan of the weather turning colder, but one thing that is absolutely stunning for about 2 weeks here in Colorado are the changing colors of the trees. Many people will head up to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park solely to see the aspens turn to a bright yellow. Here in our own yard, we’ve had a pretty spectacular display in our trees as well. I managed to capture this shot of the chickens and the changing leaves of the paper birch tree without even knowing I had. I put the camera on the ground facing up and snapped. I think it turned out rather lovely.


It’s definitely one of the better pictures of the chickens, you can really see the detail


And here’s a shot of the crabapple tree in the bright sunlight

 

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