Tony’s Colorado Springs, crazy weather, seedlings, new chandelier for the kitchen, and home cookin’

The view from our living room.

This is the crazy weather time of year in Colorado! One minute it’s 65 degrees and then an hour later it’s this!

Tony's bar.

It’s sort of a tradition that when it’s crazy snow we walk down to Tony’s for a drink.

It only looks like I'm drinking really fast.

DM is suckin’ ’em down. He LOOOOOOOOVES Tony’s!

Tony's bar.

Pitcher's empty. Someone should maybe do something about that.

Downtown in the snow.

We left the bar and yep, it was still snowing. Our house looks neat in this shot.

Carl is so stoned right now.

Cookie Puss on the ‘nip.

Catnip on Carl's face.

Junky $10 brass chandelier that will soon become awesome.

We used to have one of those horrible 1970’s era fluorescent overhead lights in the kitchen. You know the ones- sort of a wooden box with a big piece of plastic over it and 4 long fluorescent tubes inside. Yea. Gross. So I’ve been trying to come up with an inexpensive replacement. Something that we could either leave behind when we move cuz it’s cheap, or something that wouldn’t be too hard to take with us. I decided a colorful chandelier would be the thing. So we bought this lovely brass toned one for $10 at Habitat For Humanity’s Restore. SOME of these stores around the country have really neat things- people donate stuff from neat old vintage homes when they’re renovated or get torn down. But alas, the Colorado Springs one does not.

Junky $10 brass chandelier on its way to becoming awesome.

I had some red spray paint that I was going to use on some other project that never got done and I can’t remember now. Red! How exciting! So DM spray painted it.

Junky $10 brass chandelier that's now awesome.

Then after much cursing and fanfare, got it hung. The ceiling underneath the old fixture was super gross, as we expected. So he spackled all the holes and next weekend he’s gonna paint it.

This is what he had to say about the experience.

No, don't worry about helping out, guys, I got it. Thanks, though.

The cats helped supervise the painting.

It's actually fun cleaning snow from the car sometimes.

I dunno when this was but I thought it was amusing. BIG WET SNOW!

It is apparently my job to adjust shelves when I am told to.

DM has been busy this week. When he’s not out drinking with friends or hanging lamps or shoveling snow off my car, he’s helping me revamp my plant growing center.
Some of my seedlings have really taken off so I needed to transplant them and of course then they didn’t fit on the shelves anymore. So we had to redo the whole thing.

Seedlings that live in the pool room.

Sunflowers and peas tied to straws -- because straws won't bend.

Peas are doing well. I had to transplant some more of them today and I fear I may have hurt the little guys. I hope I didn’t kill them!

It's like a sampler box of plants. "Nasturtium" sounds dirty.

Little mixed window box.

Seedlings.

This is one sweet pea, one lima bean, and a whole bunch of tomatoes. I planted about 80 maybe? And so far most of them have made it. Shocking. BUT they don’t look so good. They sure aren’t growing very fast. Not nearly as fast as everything else. I have looked around and tried to figure out why and am sort of at a loss. Anyone have any ideas? I’ve thinned them out. I just today moved them closer to the lights. They were 4 or 5 inches below before and now they’re more like 1 or 2 inches below. Also I wonder if they need more air. Usually we have a sheet hanging up around this shelf to keep the cats out and it seems airy in there but maybe it isn’t. Maybe I need a little fan. Other than that, I got nothin’.

Wildflowers. That is all.

This bucket of wildflowers is utterly tempting to the cats. I kept finding them standing in it. The sheet system has helped a little bit but today I had to shore it up even more. I have no idea what is up with the wildflowers being so fun for them.

Cans that probably held something tasty at some point. Like salsa.

Sweet peas. They’re looking a little weak and spindly. Today I moved them closer to the lights.

Eventually, we'll probably take these plants outside.

Green beans and purple beans. They look good so far, but we’ll see. I’ve never had any luck with beans.

If I have any luck with the garden this year, I’ll take notes and make a step by step post next year! It’s tough at this elevation

This was very tasty. Good hot or cold. And it has peas!

This was a curry rice salad I used to always make but haven’t in like 15 years. It was still delish!

It sounds a little strange but it’s really good. Let me know if you make it and what you think of it!