10 inches ?

So what did you think this post was going to be about?  Snow, of course!  Ten inches of white powder.

Pueblo West

The sky over the Pueblo State Park – building into a snowstorm – photo taken several  hours before the first snowflake – you can see and FEEL the weather approaching

Since my return to Colorado, I’ve attempted to visit my daughter.  She lives two hours to the north in Denver.   I’ve already canceled on her the past two weekends and there was no way I was going to cancel again.  Nope, come hell or high water I was bound and determined to spend the weekend with my very much missed daughter.Colorado

Thursday was sunny and cool.  Friday the weather forecast called for cold and snow …. snow again?  I can certainly feel it in the air.  I bundle up, pack warm clothes, winter boots, and the snow scraper for my truck.  I leave earlier than intended for the drive north.  I’m concerned about the weather over Monument Hill.  This is a stretch of road on Interstate 25 at an elevation of 7,300 feet and known for inclement weather.  I want to be on the other side of Monument Hill before the snow starts flying.Colorado

After killing a little time wandering around some stores in Denver, I meet daughter after work for dinner.  We spend the rest of the evening at her place visiting and catching up.  Saturday morning we awake to a blanket of snow…..10 inches worth.

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Me on the deck at my daughters condo – 10 plus inches of snow and still coming down

Hmmm, the plan was to do a little shopping today.  Daughter needs a few items for work, but the roads are snow packed and icy.  We decide its best to stay in and opt for a few cooking lessons…..me the teacher and daughter the student.

One of my favorite, quick ‘go to’ recipes is Shrimp Linguine.  Our family really enjoys this dish and Ashton wants to learn how to make it.  We start by shelling the shrimp….a first for Ashton.  She’s grossed out and I’m entertained.shrimp linguine

I sit at the table giving direction while sipping a glass of white wine.  Hey, I could get used to this.  Ashton did a great job and lunch was really yummy.  Click here for the recipe to Shrimp Linguine.  Next she makes guacamole followed by a batch of breakfast burritos.  The burritos go into the freezer ready for her to pull one out each morning for a great breakfast on the go.

2:00 in the afternoon rolls around and these shopping Diva’s decide a little snow isn’t going to stop them from a visit to DSW.  Shoes anyone?

DSW Shoes

Flip flops in 10 inches of snow? Obviously this store is as ready for summer as are we!

First I get on the CDOT website (Colorado Dept. of Transportation).  I’m able to click on a camera and see a live shot of a given road and location.  I use this a lot when we travel with the RV.  Although the roads are snow-covered, they have been plowed.  We pop my little red truck into 4 wheel drive and head out on a shopping mission.

We practically have the stores to ourselves.  Notice any other shoppers in my photos?  I won’t lie, driving was a little dicey, but we had a great time….  then again, Ashton and I always do.  After a productive day of cooking and shopping, we spend the night watching old episodes of True Blood.  More yummy delight!

Sunday I arrive home minutes before the wind and more snow begin whipping up. Yippie 😦   Really?  This is getting old!

Denver

at my daughters place

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49 thoughts on “10 inches ?

  1. Well, how cool! And I really mean that. LOL. Are you visiting Pueblo? That is where my Grandma was from. We used to visit every year on Thanksgiving or Christmas. I loved Grandma’s house.
    Great photos! Looks like you made the best of it. 🙂

  2. Great post on so many levels……coming out of upstate NY, I would drive through 10 inches of snow anytime over black ice. You were lucky. I remember the “snow attitude” one year when my two girls received concert tickets for Christmas, and the long awaited event was marked with a blizzard. We packed the jeep with extra and more extra cold gear and said, “We’re going!” It, too was a little dicey getting there, but when we exited, the roads were plowed, salted and sanded and the moon was out. We made a great memory and I’ll never forget it. Thank you for bringing that to mind. Stay warm….spring must surely be here soon!

    • NY state…..you know all about snow. Sounds like you had a fun time with the girls. Glad I could trigger the memory. Warmer weather is on the way and I can’t wait to get in some RVing in Colorado this summer. Your summer plans?

    • Oh, ML you are too kind. The shoes were calling 🙂 It was fun having the stores to ourselves…..sane people stayed home. Warmer temps are coming!

  3. Monument always stresses me out too! I was thinking maybe a Colorado Springs hike for Saturday but didn’t want to get trapped there because they closed 25 at Monument… Looks like you had fun!

    • Warmer weather is on the way and then Monument Hill won’t be an issue. I returned home Sunday, and Monument and Springs didn’t have near the amount of snow as Westminister. I look forward to reading about your Springs hike (whenever that might be)….Happy trails.

  4. I am sooo with you on a great mother-daughter shopping and lunch trip…It seems that when my girls and I get together we always find trouble somehow…Your daughter is lovely..and OH THOSE GORGEOUS CURLS YOU TWO HAVE!! We had some snow here, but nothing like that..The thing is, the snow is much prettier on the pine trees and mountains than it is here on the dead corn and bean fields ;-)…stay warm!

    • Those curls weren’t all that awesome in the 60’s, but love’m now. Thank you for the sweet compliment…..daughter and I always have fun together and Al is usually concerned we’ll get into some sort of trouble as well. The snow is pretty, but I can do without. I’ve seen enough! Warmer temps ahead 🙂

  5. Ingrid – the best part of a late winter\early spring snow is that it doesn’t last long. I enjoy reading your posts and appreciate your point if view. Keep it up! I also wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. i hope you have a great day and I am sure you enjoyed your time away. it is good to be home!

    • You are so right about that, Clay. It’s already almost gone by my house. Daughter still has a fair amount on the ground. Thank you for the nomination. I appreciate the shout out. Hope you enjoyed that trip to FL. Looks like it was fun!

  6. Oh I miss my girls. Looks like a good time was had by both of you. Our daughter gets married in June and I am so missing her. Gotta go and make plane reservations now 🙂

    • Oh, a wedding how fun. I know it’ll be wonderful for you to see everyone and share in your daughters joy. Enjoy… I’m sure we can expect photos to be posted 🙂

    • I hear ya….. love WI in the summer, but not the winter. Those wind chills get brutal. We’ll probably get one more snow storm before winter is done….so ready. Next year I’ll need to stay in AZ longer.

  7. Wow, what beautiful snow images! A great photo op, cooking lessons, shopping and time spent with your beautiful daughter! What could be nicer. Although, I’m a big chicken when the white stuff starts falling – perhaps that is because I got hit head-on before in the snow. But then again I live where we get maybe one or two days (a week if we are lucky) of snow on the ground a year.
    Your daughter looks like you and you both have wonderfully curly hair (i know you probably hate it, but coming from one whose own locks are straight as a ruler, I’m envious)

    • Thank you for such a nice compliment. I used to hate my curly hair but now I’m usually happy with it….easy to care for. I can’t blame you for not wanting to drive in the snow. I usually avoid it as well. A couple of years ago I lost control on black ice. Fortunately just a little body damage to the vehicle and I was fine, but it scared the heck out of me. Thanks again for the nice comment 🙂

      • You are welcome!
        I’m really scared of black ice too. Once, I had to drive home about 60 miles on the stuff. I think I drove about 20 mph.
        Be safe and Happy Easter

    • Thank you. It was a fun day and it’s FINALLY starting to warm up around here 🙂 Florida next winter sure does sound appealing!

    • Size does matter??? Hmmm, I’ll agree with that…lol. Yes, be glad you had only 3″ of that white stuff. I’m not used to that much snow anymore, even though it was pretty to look at. It’s AZ next winter….all winter!

  8. Oh, Ingrid, I understand your need to get to see your daughter no matter what. We. also, have a daughter who is my best friend. That is probably the hardest part of this life on the road. Luckily, she is very willing to fly where ever we are for a visit as our treat!!! But, I really look forward to returning to PA to have lots of daily visits. That could have been us cooking, shopping and hanging together. Glad you were able to get there before the snow.

    Speaking of daughters…we are going to be in the Denver area around the beginning of June because…daughter is flying in to visit the Rockies! Before that we will be somewhere between Utah and Denver.

    Thanks for the yummy shrimp recipe!! First thing I checked out!

    • You and I are lucky to have such great relationships with our daughters. That doesn’t appear to be the norm in this day and age. Be sure and keep us posted on your CO plans. Rocky Mountain National Park is a must see.

      I know my daughter plans on taking her dad to a Rockies game this summer as well. Our daughter flew to Phx in mid Dec. and we were able to spend a week as a family (son lives in Phx)…..awesome. So she too doesn’t mind the travel…..especially if it’s on our nickle – lol. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

    • Definitely dumped on. Althought the snow was beautiful, I don’t mind passing on future snowstorms. We still managed to have a very fun visit.

    • It’s always wonderful to visit with the kids. I hadn’t seen my daughter in a few months because of our travels. So it most definitely was a special time. Thanks and you’re lucky you won’t be dealing with snow!

  9. I grabbed the recipe….YUM! Two beautiful ladies…such sweet bonding! I’m hearing a drip, drip outside my door…crossing fingers it is gone for Easter!

    • At my home in southern CO the snow is just about gone. Daughter still has 6″ on the ground. The recipe is one that’s easy to fix in the RV. I always keep a bag of frozen shrimp in the tiny freezer. It’s a great backup when the winds kick up and you can’t grill. Trust me, out west the winds DO kick up. Here’s to a warm and sunny Easter!

  10. Now what do you think I immediately thought of when I read the title.?? Yes…. snow of course… it certainly looks like you had a great time with your sister.. yes I did say sister.. you look as though you could be sisters not mother and daughter… that shrimp thing looks delicious, must try that one out.. it looks as though winter is not in a hurry to leave you behind.. with all that snow I think in the Southern hemisphere we are about to experience a record low winter… Ugh… will have to get out to the low veld as often as possible, where it is warmer and the camera can work…

    • I love it when folks say we look like sisters….thank you. I am soooo done with winter but I’m afraid it’s not done with us. That shrimp dish is definitely delicious AND healthy. Keep that camera warm!

  11. Thatta girl! Don’t let a measly 10 inches of snow stop you from some retail therapy! Haha! How funny. The shrimp stir fry looks yummy. Your daughter is beautiful like her mom.:)

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