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Thursday, April 28, 2016

A "Fire and Rain" Morning

Humans love to make plans and lists. They give our live's a sense of direction and accomplishment... and the gods get a good laugh.

I must confess to being a tad restless since returning home to Lovely Ouray. I was outnumbered and soundly defeated in the war between Mice and Men, which proves that hunger, both literally, and figuratively, is one of the most powerful incentives on earth.  

Spring refuses to go gently into that goodnight. It continues to rage and kick my ass to the curb like the schoolyard bully. Her clouds, rain, wind, snow and cold fouls my mood and thwarts all attempts at maintaining fitness. 

The mountain bike rampage in Utah's Klondike Hills was cut short. Bobbie fell ill from a tick bite on her scalp a couple of days into her last visit, most likely picked up while hiking the trails around Ouray. So, between spring winds that threatened to make Goldie roll over and play dead, an invasion of mice, followed by a case of "Tick Fever" for Bobbie, we admitted defeat, waved the "white flag," and rolled homeward to The Crevice. How nice to recoup and spread out after spending all winter in "The Box."  What's a few days of snow? It's almost May; the weather will straighten out soon, right?

You know you've got it bad when you start humming James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" first thing every morning... 

Been walking my mind to an easy time 
my back turned towards the sun 
Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around... 

I realize summer's on the way, that it can't storm forever, that we'll soon be foraging up Red Mountain's flaming scree as old Sol melts winter's dirty topcoat. Yes, we'll trade lonely times and fire and rain for sunny days that never end... and see (our mountains) one more time again..." 

After 10 days of headaches, nausea, fever, chills and fatigue, Bobbie feels much better. In a side note, it turns out that most of her symptoms were brought on by the medication prescribed by the Doc. One of those cases where the "cure" is worse than the "disease." 

Onward... "torpedoes" of ticks and mice and foul weather and old age be damned!

Do not go gentle into that good night, 
Old age should burn and rave at close of day; 
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. 
                                                               Dylan Thomas

Peace out from Lovely Ouray,  
Mark and Bobbie, raging against the night... 


  1. Ack!! so sorry Bobbie! Nasty stuff. And yes, it has been a long cold winter and a nasty wet cold spring, interspersed with some fire days in the 80's and back to snow. This morning the sun shines here but the cold wind blows. My 10,000 steps, much less than your fitness routine for sure...is suffering as well.

  2. Lovely painting!

    You two have had more than your fair share of yuck lately...may the sun start shining with all its intensity on you for a while!

  3. Nice watercolor. Is that one of yours or Bobbie's?
    My scalp is itching now ;-)

  4. Darn, those critters were out to get you guys this winter. The snow has to go away one of these days. I have to admit that winter did not seem so bad this year here in NW Illinois, but that's probably because we never saw much of the white stuff. Always looks lovely around December, but after that it gets to be old stuff.

  5. Lovely breezy, warm day today. The snowbirds always leave about the time the really, really nice days start. Win/win as far as I'm concerned.

  6. I'm glad to hear Bobbie is all better. It snowed it Arches NP today...go figure!

  7. I would be restless, too. Hope the sun shines, melts the snow, and you're back out hiking and biking soon. Very creative and beautiful watercolor -- and photo combo?

  8. Colorado has had one loooong winter. Glad Bobbie is on the mend.

  9. Love the painting!! Gorgeous:) So sorry to hear about Bobbie's Tick Fever. Glad she is feeling better:) While snow is not needed at the end of April, it is so pretty.

  10. Did Bobby get some treament for the tick bite? This could be quite dangerous. Can't believe the snow you got. Yuk!

  11. The "painting" is a photo-based digitalized watercolor... fyi, though I do plan to humbly attempt a human version :).

  12. I was wondering if you would ever leave the Klondike and head "home". The snow won't last much longer, and then colors will be coming to the high country. Give our regards to Bobbie. Ticks are nasty. Sharon is knitting you a Afghan blanket to keep you warm while you sit in your rocker doing your watercolors. :)


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