September 2018


12 years ago Nick surprised me with a weekend in Breckenridge, CO.  During that weekend celebrating our 1 year anniversary we decided to make it a thing: every year we go somewhere else in Colorado and every other year we switch off who plans the surprise for the other person. This year was my year and I as I looked at options it just kind of all fell together. I’ve always wanted to experience a tiny house so I reserved one in Loveland, CO.

 

 

At the same time Nick was given a birthday and anniversary present for both of us to go on a sailing lesson. So it was set, I arranged a swap for child care and off we headed Friday.  Though it was such bad traffic we found a local Denver brewery to have dinner.

 

 

Saturday was the sailing lesson then we hung out around Loveland.

 

 

There are tons of sculptures all over town and 2 very large sculpture gardens, so we meandered around all of those.

 

 

 

 

We also found a great local CO tap room and delicious Cajun restaurant.

 

Bean, our long-time household companion, had deteriorating health over the past 6 months and was put down recently. This blog is our memoir of her.

I (Nicolas) got Bean during a period of life in which I was “lonely” and wanted a friend.  Having grown up loving cats on the farm, a cat was an easy choice. They mostly care for themselves, can be left at home for multiple days, and are not so needy. [Read: I’m not a fan of dogs]. All this was before Kara, so she inherited Bean with our marriage.  😉

As a kitten, Bean would sleep curled up in my arms under the covers and then lay on top of me in the morning, rubbing her whiskers in my face which I swear was to wake me up for food. But even once Kara came along, Bean still continued sleeping at our feet on the bed and then on top of me in the wee hours of the morning. Bean loved her “breakfast” each day – with much excitement for fresh food, she would do a little “dance” in which her tail squiggled and shook while her hind legs danced in place. This type of excitement also existed for the potential to the lick the bowl of any kind of dairy – milk, yogurt, eggnog – or get a piece of cheese. By the way, she could sniff these out from any other room in the house and then come prancing in to beg for some dairy.

Although Bean would sleep about anywhere or on anything the house (especially in boxes), she was also very much a lap cat even with visiting friends and family. And it didn’t matter if we were doing other things like working on a computer or reading or eating or napping…when she wanted lap time, it was her time. Especially when she wanted attention and her “belly rubs”. To get those, she’d lay on her side on our lap, spreading her legs like a hussy, and then use her feet to push against us while we gently stroked her underside. Up until the point that she was done with that and would give us a “playful” bite on the hand to end the belly rub session.

We also enjoyed antagonizing Bean.  Albeit from visits from the dogs (Kona, Maddy, Gretchen, etc.) or young kids or holding her tight or putting her into awkward positions against “her will” just for a funny photo.  But she would quickly recover after a nap, more lap time, and maybe even a treat like catnip.  And many times she was very playful with string, fingers under doors, dart around the house spastically for no apparent reason, and chasing her tail and/or bugs.

If you so choose, enjoy this video filled with some of our favorite photos and video clips of our life with Bean.  It’s lengthy at 17 minutes, but is mostly for our own memories down the road.

Thank you Bean for the 14 years of companionship, laughs, and times of comfort.

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of summer already. Between traveling and working on the house the summer just flew by. We enjoyed hiking and camping and being with friends and family, taking a final camping trip Labor day weekend, and a beautiful hike the last weekend. So thankful that Ivan did amazing on an almost 3 mile hike.

Here are some pictures as a video.