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Before the Frost

I snapped a few garden pics before the frost caused the trees to drop most of their leaves.

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The Accidental Gardner

When I was doing garden clean up in the spring, I emptied the soil from a few flowerpots into a bucket for future use.  I placed the bucket behind my garden shed and forgot about it.  A few days ago, I discovered a desert four o’clock growing in the bucket.  The monsoons, which started a few weeks ago, must have been the catalyst for the seed to spring to life as the bucket was not in reach of the irrigation system.  Now I need to find a place in the garden for the plant.

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A Day Long Adventure

Bruce (now 29) sent a group text on Friday to invite me and two other guys to the Botanic Garden followed by lunch afterward. I hadn’t heard from Bruce for almost two months. I confirmed my attendance.

I me the guys at the Botanic Garden on Saturday morning. Sean was the younger of the two guys. He’s a psychologist in his mid-thirties who moved here from Atlanta. He is the epitome of a southern gentleman. The other was CJ, a business consultant in his late fifties. I was relieved to learn that CJ and Bruce are involved. It was going to be a great day. I could relax and enjoy socializing with Bruce without having to worry about rekindling his interest in me.

Sean and CJ are really great guys and fun to socialize with. The day turned into an adventure I could not have expected.

After the Botanic Garden tour we had lunch downtown at Rio Grande which is known for killer margaritas. Lunch lasted several hours. The food was tasty and the drinks were strong. Really strong. I was glad I was not driving.

After lunch we ended up at Bruce’s place. The remainder of the afternoon was spent lounging in the pool while enjoying drinks on the roof of Bruce’s apartment, a stone throw from Union Station. The sky was hazing from the forest fire smoke. The sun had an odd orange glow all day.

CJ and I were the oldest ones there. There were about a dozen other residents at the pool who were either late twenties or early thirties. All were friendly and accommodating. Most had moved from other cities in the last year. A few didn’t work but were looking for opportunities. Cleary, they were the young rich of Denver. How else could they afford $8,000 a month apartments so early in their careers or without a job?

After several hours at pool we decided to adjourn to Bruce’s apartment and order in dinner. More drinks and a blunt were enjoyed. I drank water as I was feeling somewhat dehydrated and had to drive home later. CJ graciously picked up the dinner tab.

After dinner we lounged on the leather sectional in the living room with most of the lights turned off, allowing us to enjoy the killer view and night lights of the cityscape. Bruce curated the music which played in the background while we talked. We had interesting and stimulating conversation.

Sean and I left a little after eleven. He had ubered to Bruce’s place so I dropped him off at his apartment in Uptown on the way home. We make tentative plans to hand out again as friends.

It was a most enjoyable day. A vacation from my usual weekend life. I spent twelve hours with the guys. We talked, we laughed, we drank, we got stoned and we ate two meals. It felt good to know Bruce found a great guy. They complement each other. While only a few years younger than me, CJ clearly feels comfortable with Bruce and Bruce with CJ. I’ll be able to have a friendship with Bruce without having to be concerned with denying romantic approaches. It feels good to have him back in my life.

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Saturday Flowers

Grape hyacinths from the garden.

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Another Setback

Spring suffered another setback. Snow started falling last night and will continue all day. I only have a few inches but a colleague, who lives in Four Mile Canyon west of Boulder, has already had a foot fall at her house. The weather has been especially brutal to the spring bulbs. Most of my tulips were frozen to death along with the last of the daffodils. It should be back in the 50s on Friday with slightly warmer weather on the weekend.

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Red tulips in a white vase in front of a Dale Mitchell monotype.
I cut these tulips on Saturday afternoon before the snow and freezing temperatures moved in. I also gave a big bouquet of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths to my neighbors, Tom and Sheila.

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A Small Dot of Color

I saved these tulips from destruction by yesterday’s sub-freezing weather and snow. It’s a typical Colorado spring. One day it’s 70 and next day it’s only 24. I hated cutting them because they were a small dot of color in otherwise bland garden which is still awakening. I also managed to save two daffodils. I hope these tulips help brighten your day is these trying times.

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Household Upkeep

I bought the dishwasher last night. I probably paid more than I should have but I didn’t want to spend all weekend driving around town shopping for the best deal. I didn’t mind spending a little more for the convenience of enjoying my weekend. The dishwasher will be installed next Saturday. A week of doing dishes by hand. Yuk!

I also bought new window shades for the kitchen windows and door last week. I bought cordless top down, bottom up honeycomb shades. I like having the top down since it provides privacy yet still allows light in. My kitchen faces the side street so I like being able to keep prying eyes out. The shades for five windows and a door was a hair under two grand. A bit pricey but I needed to replace the existing shades as they were at end of life and looked a bit sad. The shades will be installed on Monday.

Virginia is also stopping by on Monday morning with a portable welder to repair her sculpture in my front yard. Thankfully, her repair will be free and will only take a few minutes.

I’ve also scheduled a tree trimming for the two maples on the south side of the lot by the side street. The city complained about the trees hanging over the street because they interfere with the street sweepers. This will be another pricey expense but it is needed.

Finally, Berry, a local gay handyman, is stopping by this week to give me an estimate for building a new garden gate. The existing gate is falling apart. My ex built the gate. He can split an atom and argue torts (he was a nuclear physicist/lawyer) but carpentry was not one his strong suits. It’s not one of my skills either. I have to gingerly open the gate to keep it from falling apart. I’m sure the new gate will be a few hundred. I don’t mind spending the money as I like preserving the privacy of my back yard. Having a gay handyman is a good thing.

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I took a walk around my neighborhood after work this afternoon. I snapped a few pictures of the gardens. Do you have a favorite?

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Nothing new here. I came down with a cold so I spent a good portion of the weekend in bed. There was no art tour on Friday night. Entertain yourself with these garden pics.

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