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Let Me Count The Ways

November 29th

Baby Quilt for Nonnie

Some family friends recently opened their home to a foster baby, just a few days old. They have welcomed this child into their family fully — loving her with all their hearts. I made this baby quilt for that child, whose future custody is uncertain but may she always know she was loved. By many. By those who haven’t even met her.

Baby Quilt for Nonnie

Baby Quilt for Nonnie

Nonnie, your future is bright!

xo,

Auntie Kelli

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Blessings, Colorado, Domestic Art, handmade
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Home.

October 27th

This week I traveled to Colorado, albeit briefly.

Colorado!

Unsurprisingly, most of my photos are of nature. Landing, I was in awe of the golden fields surrounding the airport, and the snow on the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Once I was in town, I couldn’t get over all the color. The autumn. The crisp air.

Colorado!

Colorado!

Colorado!

Colorado!

I was traveling for work, but had a chance to check in with a few folks who I adore. And felt guilty about all of those I didn’t have a chance to see. (Does anyone ever win that game?)

Colorado!

Colorado!

I was a bit apprehensive of this trip; coming off another Arizona summer, I was ravenous for cool weather. Also, I had a romanticized memory of my days in Colorado. This trip reminded me of what I loved and miss, and what I now value of my life in the desert. I really enjoyed my time seeing friends and family, walking around downtown Golden, driving through Denver, and working in Boulder.

I was also thrilled to come home.

With a foot in Arizona and another always in Golden, it is a great place to be.

~K

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Arizona, Colorado
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Pining

August 17th

Sacred Rim Hike

I try to be a glass half full person. And for the most part, I try to be patient with those who aren’t. I’ll tell you, friends, that patience is waning.

I’m in the middle of a major work change. The division I work for is going through a transition. Most people were able to keep their jobs, some were offered early retirement, some were given a quiet severance and nice letter of recommendation. There are unhappy people in all three categories. Grumbles can be heard in every row of cubicles, distraught with how these changes have occurred.

If there is one thing we can all agree on it is this: no one is terribly fond of change.

At first, I was also upset. I lost my beloved boss, was sure to lose my beautiful office with the lovely windows and had no idea where I’d land next. For what it’s worth — I still don’t know where I’m landing next, but I do have options. (We all have options.)

Meadow Hike

It’s at this point in the summer each year when my entire body aches for cooler weather. This year, I’m missing Colorado. The cool, late summer nights full of stars, warm afternoon hikes that leave you dizzy from the thin mountain air, and those mornings that require a light sweatshirt for a dog walk.

What I have at the moment is this: hot, too hot, and WE ARE DYING IT IS SO HOT.

Sacred Rim Hike

It is entirely impractical to consider moving back to Colorado. While the career changes leave me open professionally, now I have family here and we are very much desert dwellers. This doesn’t keep me from dreaming of the scenery I once had. I now commute about 30 miles each way, on a good day picking up a coworker to use the carpool lane. This weekend it dawned on me that if I were living in Evergreen, my very favorite place, and likely working in Denver, it would be about 30 miles. The difference is, I don’t have to drive in snow in Phoenix.

And there is little that terrifies me as much as driving when huge snowy flakes build on the windshield.

I wish there was a way to pick up my Arizona life, with this sweet family and my closest friends, and drop us all on the western slope. We’d live in log cabins with river rock fire places, have aspens planted in the front yards and glass greenhouses in the backyards to keep our vegetable gardens going past season. We’d have dinner parties with board games to close the night. We’d snow shoe and hike and river raft and always have a new peak to climb.

So, yes. I’m pining a bit. I know the grass is greener under your feet. But I do miss you Colorado — more so during excessive heat warnings and when everything else is in flux.

~K

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Arizona, Colorado
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Best pizza ever

May 15th

My friend Mark has unbelievable focus; in the last few months, he’s perfected homemade pizza by making 300 different versions and combinations of dough, heat and ingredients.

I may be exaggerating a bit, but not by much. When I was in Colorado a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited over to sample the now infamous fruits of his furious focus.

Denver visit

Denver visit

Denver visit

Denver visit

We ate four pizzas, all with the best crust imaginable. (He didn’t share the recipe, but I know it involved buying flours from Europe, I think.)Denver visit

Denver visit

I love that my super smart friends use their creativity for good. And to feed me.

Also: I now need a pizza stone.

~K

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Colorado, Domestic Art
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Dogs of Denver

May 7th

I have approximately 10,000 things demanding my attention at the moment, all of which are more important than posting dog photos to my blog.

So, of course — I’m posting dog photos to my blog. A few of the furry faces I cuddled last week in Denver:

Denver visit

Denver visit

 

Denver visit

Denver visit

Denver visit

Denver visit

 

One of the things I love most about Colorado: happy, sweet dogs everywhere. Made leaving WNM at home a bit easier.

~K

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Colorado
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5280

April 30th

April 2014

Off gallivanting in Denver for a few days, including spending a lot of time with this one. And this one.  And this one. And there are rumors of building a garden for these two.

More soon!

Hope you are well, friends!

xo,

K

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Colorado
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Bits of Christmas Joy

December 31st

Christmas 2013

Hand sewn pillow cases, brought from a friend in west Africa. The stitching was perfect; I am so envious of this gift!

Christmas 2013

Nativities — this one made of olive wood from Israel.

Christmas 2013

Christmas guacamole and carnitas, because we could.

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Home sweet home, how I miss you!

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Tree trimming by my brother’s girlfriend;  it was gorgeous, albeit dislexic in this photo.

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Christmas dinner, including the best sweet potatoes we’d ever eaten.

And I’d love to include a family photo here — but every single one I took resulted in one of the monkeys making a ridiculous face. Like this:

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Or this:

Christmas 2013

My family is tired of my incessant photography, which is really too bad. They are a good looking group — and we had a ton of fun being together.

~K

 

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Celebrate!, Colorado
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Codiak

July 8th

My brother Cody was hiking in the Colorado Rockies this weekend when he came upon this bear:

Photo by Cody Donley

He took a handful of photos before it dawned on him that, “I might be one of those idiots who filled his camera with shots of the critter that had him for dinner.”

Thankfully both got away successfully. What a great photo!

-K

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Colorado
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A really weird couple of days

April 15th

I am wrapping up life in Colorado and the last week in particular has been one odd, noteworthy social event after another.

Take, for example, the dinner party I attended late last week. Each attendee was assigned a course — all of which had to include peanut butter. That’s right. A ground-nut themed dinner party.

PB Party

Appetizer: jalapenos, stuffed with peanut butter, breaded with panko, wrapped in bacon and deep fried. I know. I know. It sounds crazy and yet — it is the most delicious combination of spicy, sweet, savory and salty that you can ever imagine. Holy yes.

PB Party

PB Party

Main course: sesame spicy peanut noodles with roasted chicken and vegetables.

PB Party

PB Party

Dessert: peanut butter pumpkin cookies and peanut butter milkshakes.

PB Party

This culprit organized the party. I will really miss living near Sagar, Mark and Kendra. Oh, the fun we have! They love board games. Each time we get together, these brainiacs have a different game to play — several of which they created. Sagar is the most read person I’ve ever met. Plus, they have a chinchilla named Kanye and a blind dog named Izzie. So, any adventure to their house means at a minimum, a moment of feeling like St. Francis. These three are forever friends.

Next up on the weird social calendar: the yard sale when I hauled most of my house outside on the lawn to have strangers haggle over the value of said items. (aka: HELL)

Instagram

Instagram

My fashion for the event. #leslieyep

Instagram

It is liberating and terrifying to sell 85% of everything you own.

Afterward, I went to a wig-themed birthday party:

Instagram

And then ended up dancing until 2 am with a gaggle of Denver friends. I am going to miss this town. Colorado has been very good to me!

~K

 

 

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Colorado, Community
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Comfort Food

April 10th

April cooking

Snow returned to Golden this week; we woke up yesterday morning to inches stacked on the patio furniture, and two prissy dogs who did not want to have to go outside. Chilly weather and heavy foods pair so well. I am trying to use what we have in the pantry so it doesn’t have to be moved. The meals have been a bit of a mishmash, but last night’s was a hit: sausage, mushroom risotto, asparagus and strawberries with cream for dessert.

April cooking

I did have to hit the market for the veggies. My shelf of canned goods from last summer’s garden is sadly down to one jar of peach jam and three of apple chutney. There is only so much chutney one girl can eat.

April cooking

I am hoping wherever I land, it isn’t too late to get another garden started. At a minimum, basil, tomatoes and cucumbers should be planted. With any luck, the next home will have fruit trees and space in the kitchen for canning.

April cooking

I’m my Grandmother Max’s protege: she who lived in a dozen homes over her years always had a garden going, and always had a good meal on the stove. Creating a home was a attitude, not a permanency of address. (My mama is the same way. She just had the luck to live in fewer places, and as a result — had bigger gardens. There is a deeper roots joke here somewhere.)

Here is to hoping warm Spring arrives soon!

~K

 

 

 

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Colorado, Kitchen Talk
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