Steve & Georgia Carter

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Santa Fe and Los Alamos

After spending a day marveling at the galleries and enjoying the mellow ambiance of Santa Fe, I wanted something different, so we decided to visit nearby Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos.  The National Monument has a huge number of Native American sites, but it was also the site of a devastating fire last year which closed most of the visitor’s areas.  When we got there, a sign at the entrance station warned that there would be at least a 20 minute wait for parking.  We drove down to the bottom of the canyon and they were right – so we came back.  Now if I’d been riding my moto, there would have been ample parking.  Oh well.
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Santa Fe, Day 2

There is a genre of motorcycle travel reports which appear on various blogs and websites which are known as ride reports.  They’re very entertaining and some are well written, and I have very thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  Most of the really good ones are written by riders who go into a town, spend a day or two exploring and taking pictures, and spend a whole lot of time editing the pictures and creating the travelogues.  I now can see why it takes so long! I’m using WordPress, which is a wonderful piece of software, that makes editing easy and almost fun.

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Santa Fe

Food, nice weather, great company.

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Josh’s aphorisms

An aphorism is an original thought, spoken or written in a laconic and memorable form.  At 5 years old, our grandson has come up with more aphorisms than anybody I know.  Here are some examples:

September 20, 2013:

Josh informed me tonight that he wants to be an actor when he grows up. I think that fits him well!

Josh: mom, do you know what state they play a lot if tennis in?
Me: No, which state?
Josh: Tennessee!!

August 15, 2012, Christi:

Josh’s thought of the day.

Josh: When didn’t I exist? When I was a baby?
Me: Before you were born
Josh: Where did I exist before I was born?

Me: That’s a very good question…I don’t know
Josh: I think I existed in your heart, mom

July 31, 2012: Christi:  Me: “Josh, I really want to get inside your head sometimes, so I can see how you think.”
Josh: “Why? There’s scary stuff in there – like trains and stuff.”

June 20, 2012:  Christi …So, I was showing Josh a mask that is used for CPR and explaining it to him when he says, “oh it’s like the old people masks. Soon you’re going to be old mom and need one of those.”. Gee, thanks, kid!

April 16, 2012 Josh got up on the chair and said,”I’m a dead end!”

March 31, 2012: Josh showed me (Terry) all the car part sculptures. We walked to Daylight Donuts and almost home! I told Josh you can run faster than your old man. He said “you’re not my old man, Grandpa is!”

March 28, 2012: He locked his door…again. Terry opened it with the screwdriver on his Swiss Army knife, and told the shocked little boy that he had a master key.

“No, my key (his toy plastic one) is the master key because I’m the master of the house…”

March 13, 2012: Just before arriving at Jackie’s house

Josh: Did you say macaroni?
Me: yes
Josh: Apartment here I come!

March 12, 2012:While on vacation in Arizona “Daddy: “josh can I have some of your pizza?”
Josh: “sure, because if you’re family your spit tastes the same.”

March 4, 2012:  Terry and Josh saw a couple riding a tandem bicycle on their way home from church this morning.  “That is a limo bike!” he said. Continue reading

Energy Efficient Transportation

The new Rifle library accommodates every mode of energy efficient transportation:

…except it doesn’t. He’s hitched to an aspen tree; they forgot to include hitching posts.

Corned Beef Hash Experiment

While Georgia has been in Grand Junction, I’ve been playing with this weblog to see if I understand how to use its features. It’s not quite as easy to use as Picasa or Google+ or Facebook, but I think I’ve got more control over the content and who can view it.  I’ve been inspired by a blogger on the motorcycle Adventure Riders forum.  He goes  by the name Radioman (I haven’t figured out exactly where the name came from). He’s in his mid 50’s, and for the last few years was a caregiver while his wife descended into Altzheimers.  After her death, he decided to do the one thing he’d wanted to do all his life – take a round-the-world motorcycle trip.  He posts updates every day or two and has created an online blog  to chronicle his adventures. He’s a very good photographer and awesome video editor:
and his theory is that if you include lots of pictures, you make an interesting weblog. So I’m trying this this morning with pictures of me constructing home-made corned beef hash.

I started with some corned beef Georgia had made a few days ago, an onion and a potato.  Thank goodness for the food processor! A few whirls, and it’s done!

Cook until done, then add one of Jen Saborn’s colorful home grown eggs in the little green egg poaching boats and enjoy:

Add a cup of coffee, and the morning newspapers (the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in dead tree format and the Denver Post on my Kindle Fire) and I’m good to go!

So how was it? Pretty good, and a lot less salty than the stuff that comes in cans. And how long did it take me to post this? I’m not telling. But I’m retired so it doesn’t matter!!

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