Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day and Some News

Today in the US it is Independence Day, celebrating the day when the American Colonies declared independence from Great Britain. We generally celebrate with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, outdoor fun, barbecues, and of course, fireworks. Our local community center is gearing up for rides, games, and bands, culminating in the fireworks at 9 pm. Luckily, we can see them from the front yard, so no need to go down to the crowds. We will be firing up the grill later for our ribs and a nice relaxing afternoon of grilling and eating. We have started watching the AMC Television series, Turn, which is about George Washington's spy network. We need to get through the first season on Netflix before watching the second season, which I recorded on our DVR.

I mentioned that we were selling our house and moving, so now I'll explain a bit more about it. Last summer my daughter, who lives in Colorado, called us to inform us that she would be expecting her baby in March of this year, so Mr CS and I looked at each other and said, well, we're retired, let's move to Colorado!

We decided to build a new house in Colorado, and have rented an apartment for the interim period. I wanted to be in Colorado to help my daughter with our granddaughter in the months immediately after the baby was born.

He showed up on March 20 and has been charming the pants off me and everyone else since then. Here he is in the swaddle cloth I made for him.

In the last post I mentioned that we were to move out of the house by June 30, but that deal fell through. So we put the house back on the market and got an even better offer! Now we need to move by July 29, and are anxiously waiting for all contingencies to be cleared so we can make some final arrangements.

A somewhat forlorn image of our lot back in March. We hope to break ground on the new house around August 1, and move in by the end of January. We'll see how that works out!

Our neighbors, a bald eagle and her chick. I'm sure that by the time we get back to Colorado the chick will have flown off. The nest is about a ten minute walk from our lot. I will have regular updates to the building progress, and may even start a separate blog for it.

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers!


  1. Your grandson is gorgeous. I am sure it meant so much to your daughter to have you close by.
    BTW, bald eagles don't mature till they are about three years old. Until then, they remain brown all over, sort of speckly, and in the nest. I think they are millennials. ;)

  2. All the very best for your new life in Colerado!

  3. I would love to read a new blog, or posts on this one, about your building experiences! Building my own house is something I am very keen to do as well, so it would be great to learn from you a bit.

    How lucky to have a bald eagle nearby! Maybe they are starting to return to the lower 48.


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