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Late Fall on the River

We've had a couple of snow storms this fall, and typical of Colorado the roads were fine the next day. The river is open and fishable.

We will have fishermen until it completely ices over, maybe some time in January.

Today is sunny and nice, no wind. It's snowing up in the high mountains, and last weekend the driving was bad up there, but nice and dry on what we call the Front Range.

Mr. TroutBend's mother died Thanksgiving morning from complications following a fall that broke her femur. She knew he was coming from Las Vegas to say goodbye, but she said she didn't want him to remember her like that so she didn't wait for him to get there. That was at 8 am. He got there about 1 pm and their cousin brought in a big dinner so after they were done having a little cry they proceeded to have a big dinner and talk about the good memories.

I don't think this is going to 'ruin the holiday' for that particular family - they are more likely to celebrate her life than sit around feeling sorry for themselves because she's not there. The good side of it is she was 92 years old, mentally sharp, active and living with her husband in their home. There was time to say goodbye (to those she wanted to say it to) but once she decided to end treatment, it went quickly.

I went to a canyon neighbor's house for Thanksgiving dinner. We put together jigsaw puzzles and stayed up late.

posted on Nov 29, 2018 2:34 PM ()


So sorry!
comment by jerms on Nov 30, 2018 8:21 PM ()
I really do love being old except for losing those I love!
comment by greatmartin on Nov 29, 2018 3:22 PM ()
In a lot of ways, old age feels like the prime of our lives - we've become what we're going to be, and have a more long-range perspective. The best part is our 'old' friends to share it with, and then they have to go and die.
reply by traveltales on Nov 29, 2018 4:58 PM ()
Sending my sympathy flying to Gary and his family. May his Mom's memory always be a blessing.

Colorado weather is so complicated, and flexible, and changeable, compared to mine here in flat Northwest Ohio. Your mountains must make forecastinng weather full of surprises.
comment by marta on Nov 29, 2018 2:55 PM ()
Thank you, Marta. Today I found out there is a weather condition called The Colorado Low that affects the weather in the midwest and parts east. The reason we never hear about it here is it doesn't affect us in Colorado, it starts here and goes your direction.
reply by traveltales on Nov 29, 2018 4:47 PM ()
Give our love and condolences to Gary. It is always hard to lose people you love.
comment by elderjane on Nov 29, 2018 2:43 PM ()
He has a lot of good memories about his mother's cooking - the doughnuts back in the 1960s when deep frying was all the rage, the fresh coconut cake, the lasagna, what they called 'stew' that was actually pot roast. She hasn't done much good cooking for years, ever since she decided to go gluten free, so he'd already started missing it a long time ago. She used a lot of Betty Crocker mixes, so it's hard for me to replicate her cooking style - or maybe I should say 'too easy to replicate it,' the point is, for the most part it was nothing special. However, she did well with Christmas cookies: Russian tea cakes, green spritz trees, and really thin rolled cookies nicely decorated.
reply by traveltales on Nov 29, 2018 4:55 PM ()

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