My new commute to the coffee shop (with both the strongest espresso and wifi) takes all of 15 minutes to walk. Golden is a quirky college town. There are plenty of hungry students and the yuppie business sort. But the majority are this middle ground — working middle class folk, many of whom are employed at the giant Coors brewery in the center of town. The homes on either side of the creek run up to the foothills to the west and the mesas to the east. Trailers, apartments, mega-mansions and even one tiny commune all have their place in this community.
There is so much to explore, and I’m surely naive to think I’ve got this town even slightly figured out. I’m enjoying being out of my car and on my bike, out of my office and instead working at my own pace. Yesterday I went dream house hunting and found two that was willing to consider selling a spare organ for. Garden space, stained glass, compost bins, big porches, tiny front yards bursting with tulips. I might as well be drooling over sports cars or a chateau in the Alps. Nonetheless, it is fun to dream.
And in the meantime, I’m settling into a new routine that has very little on the calendar. A dinner with a friend here. A hike with my brother there. An ethereal amount of time to be outside, work in my friends’ garden and write. Working from home with the job I brought from Arizona is delightful. The stresses of office life have fallen away and I am worlds more efficient without a desk phone ringing or a coworker stopping in to chat. My need for a lunch hour has been reduce to eating leftovers quickly so I can play with the dogs in the yard. I simply make my list, complete my list and move on. It is rather refreshing.
So, friends — I hope your summer is also off to a delightful start. I hope you too are enjoying lovely weather, time to stare at the clouds and a great book. If you’ve got a dog at your feet, a local beer in your hand and a garden full of tomato seedlings — even better.