Monthly Archives: April 2013

How I Will Be Ok With Summer All Year Round Or Is It Spring, Yet?!


Posted by Cassie

Man, it seems that this winter has been going on a little longer than usual. Every time we think we are done with the snow and cold and have a nice 80 degree day, the forecast shows that another cold front will be working its way down bringing wind and snow. Tomorrow, the first of May, is supposed to have a high of only 39 with 4 to 7 inches of snow.

Maybe we get this extended winter to remind us of how great an endless summer will be when we move to Puerto Rico…a…long…drawn…out…goodbye…to Colorado winters.

So this weekend even though we were pretty sure it wasn’t quite the end of winter, yet, we just couldn’t help ourselves from kicking off the fun of summer, kicking off the type of lifestyle we will live in Puerto Rico nearly every day.

We started up the grill and ate tropical-style food outside a few times.

Outdoor Grill
Woosh. Starting up the coal grill for the first time this year

Grill food
Yum! Grilled chicken, grilled pineapple, black beans, salad and grapes.

We bought plants for the flowerpots out front (that will have to be taken inside tonight since it sounds like we will have a pretty hard frost).

Before flower pot
Sad old pot that had been sitting on our front porch all winter

Trunk full of flowers
Trunk full of flowers for the pots

Working on the pots
Working on the pots. I love the insta-beauty and have always enjoyed this type of easy “gardening”

We took long, sunny walks. We remembered HOW MUCH we love nice weather.

A lot of people ask us if we will appreciate nice weather less if we don’t have the contrast of winter. And honestly, I don’t know. There is a certain quality and feeling from a cozy winter house watching movies, reading, sitting by the fire drinking hot tea and looking at the sparkling snowy wonderland outside.

But I also know that I feel so much more alive in the summer. How I want to be outside. How I want to be with other people. How I want to grow plants and raise baby chicks and start new projects. I feel like all winter I have been hibernating and spring is time to wake up. Will that be different in the tropics? Probably. Because there is no winter to shake off and bolt off into summer, it will probably be a slower fizz, a constant brewing undercurrent, instead of a jolt into life. A lazy, languid, and warm “island time” sort of feeling instead of the rush to get everything done, everything planted, “hurry, hurry, hurry, take advantage of this nice weather because winter will be here before you know it” feeling.

While I can’t know the future too far down the line, I know I have lived over 30 years with some pretty harsh winters, so at least a few years without them will be fine by me. Yes, I am sure of it.

UPDATE: The snow came down hard and cold and more than likely killing all the fruit tree blossoms. Let’s cross our fingers that they rebloom soon.

Peach snowy bloom flower

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Flowers and Feathers


Posted by Britton

Today I woke up and saw what looked like a torn up plastic bag in the back yard.  I put my shoes on for a closer inspection.  Turned out to be white feathers!   A quick chicken count..1..2..3..4…..5…5….5…….Uht oh.  There should be 6.

Omeleto, Omeleto, where have you gone?
Morning is here and the new day is on!

Flowers and Feathers
Flowers and Feathers

I looked around a bit to see if perhaps little Omletto could be found.  It appears that whatever got her, took her over the fence and across the field. I didn’t find anything but a trail of feathers.  I followed the trail and didn’t find anything.
Trail
Trail of feathers

Omeleto, Omeleto you were here last night.
Nothing but feathers by the greenhouse in light.

I left you with the others but didn’t shut the lock.
Now you are gone and not left with the flock.

Omeleto

This is not the first time we have had a hen house attack, but it is the first time we actually lost a bird. :-(

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White Snow on Green Grass


Posted by Cassie

The snow has continued with a huge storm this week that dropped nearly a foot of snow. The general rule of thumb in this area of Colorado is to begin turning on the sprinklers for your grass around April 15 and shut it off on October 15. But not this April 15. This week was a strange one. I think even the chickens were confused!

Chickens and footprints
Hey, let us in! It looks much warmer in there

Green grass and snow
Well at least the grass looks nice and green with all this moisture!

 

 

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LifeTransplanet’s New Look


Posted by Britton

We have been thinking about updating the site’s look for a while.  I wanted to get everything perfect, then roll it out but I found out that if I did that, it wasn’t going to get done.   I think they call that “letting great get in the way of good” or “don’t let perfect get in the way of great”… Something like that.

Instead we decided to take a different approach.  The “just start doing it and it will get done” approach. 

I don’t know of any project I have ever done that didn’t work with this “just start doing it” method.  It is kind of fun because that’s how our Puerto Rico adventure is going to work or is working I suppose.  At some point after looking at house after house and not coming up with something, we found a place that had the “bones” and basic idea that we could work with.  We decided then and there that we were going to get started.  Since then it has been planning, but we are nearing the part where we get to really start tinkering and building.

The new look will have larger photos, different headers to rotate thru, a new dropdown menu at the top and a new look that integrates with our facebook page.  We are using a newer wordpress theme that is much easier to modify codewise. Otherwise, it should have all the same features you have come to expect.

So the redesign of the site will be an evolution.  When an idea comes up, and the energy to implement said idea coincides, it will be done.  Please let us know if something doesn’t work right by leaving a comment on our facebook page or leave a reply on the post.  Either way should work.

Old Site
Old Site

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