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Better Signage

The snowman in the picture I posted on Match 22 only lasted a few days. It snowed again on Thursday. The snowmen were rebuilt. I saw them on my walk yesterday afternoon. Only this time they have better signage.

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I’ve been taking a walk at sundown every evening. I try to walk two miles or more around my neighborhood. I work my way around the winding streets choosing a different route each time. If I feel daring, I’ll walk into the private neighborhood adjacent to mine which has its own security force. You’re escorted out if you’re caught and warned to stay out. There are some seriously wealthy people living in this enclave who value their privacy. I’m surprised by the number of homes which appear to be unoccupied as there is never any sign of life, and the same lights are on night after night, and the car in the driveway has never moved. I’m guessing these are the financially fortunate residents who have other homes. It’s interesting to get a peek inside people’s lives as some people never close their window treatments. Many of the newer dwellings looks like show homes inside while some of the older un-renovated homes could be mistaken for movie sets of films set in the 1950’s. I guess I’m a voyeur at heart. Occasionally I walk into the other unsecured bordering neighborhoods. I’m surprised by the number of new homes under construction which have replaced older homes built in the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s. Almost all appear to be spec homes with at least 5,000 sq. ft. I wonder if the economy will support a market for these homes when they are completed as they will carry seven figure prices. It’s clear these neighborhoods are becoming havens for the new wealthy as older residents die off and their houses are sold to developers looking to make a buck with scrapes and new construction. Very few houses are renovated and flipped unlike those shows you see on HGTV. I’m also enjoying the birth of spring on my walks. The trees are starting to bud out. Spring bulbs are coming to life with some even in bloom. I enjoy the fragrance of awaking as the sky turns dark and the stars start appearing. It gives me hope that our lives will return to normal soon, or perhaps, a new normal.

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My neighbors, Sheila and Thom, who are financially blessed, have instructed their property management firm not to collect April’s rent on their residential rental properties. They are compassionate people who recognize that many of their tenants struggle to pay their rent. Waiving April rent is one way they can give back and help those who may be facing financial ruin by being unemployed. Even those who are employed are getting a break. Sheila and Thom are good people who are dear to my heart.

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Turtle On The Run

I found this flyer on one of my daily walks this week. This is the second time this turtle has gone missing. I wonder is the turtle has a pet door, or if the owners are putting it outside and forgetting about it. I hope it was found as it snowed last night.

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Work Goes On

Earlier this week, Governor Polis issued a stay-at-home order for all Coloradans. Almost all business have closed with the exception of grocery stores, medical offices, gas stations, pharmacies, liquor stores, hardware stores and marijuana dispensaries. Yet construction continues on two spec homes in my neighborhood. How is that possible? Because the city and state are run by developers who have lined the pockets of many of the politicians. It would be a crisis if these expensive homes were not completed on time, which, means the carry costs would impact the developer’s profits. And we can’t have that.

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6 Feet

I walked through the neighborhood this afternoon. I found this on my walk. The sign says 6 feet.

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Holiday Cheer

I drove by the rich guys’ mansion on my way home last night. I snapped a pic of their holiday lights. It’s a mix of holiday spirit and gay pride.

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Another Break Up

My neighbor, Mrs. P., was walking her dog by my house on Sunday while I was working in the yard. Mrs. P. stopped to chat. After the standard greetings, Mrs. P. told me things were not well. I sensed she needed to chat so I put down my pruners before asking if she was okay. Mrs. P. is a successful real estate agent in her late forties while her husband is a 51-year-old investment banker. Mrs. P. told me her husband moved out of the house last month. Mr. P. is now living with his 27-year-old girlfriend. He refused to go to counseling to work on their issues. Mr. P. has filed for divorce. Mrs. P. called it a midlife crisis. I’m not sure what I would call it, but in the last year, Mr. P. has bought and sold a series of high end SUVs. He finally settled on a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

Mr. P. is a hot man who rarely misses a day at the gym. He has a physique worthy of a fitness magazine cover. He’s very handsome with piercing blue eyes. In recent history, I noticed that Mr. P. would grab his crotch when I would have conversations with him. I thought it was odd behavior but decided he had jock itch as a result of working out too much. I suspect he would play on both sides of the fence, but, I would never go down that path with a married neighbor.

I commiserated with Mrs. P. for a while. Mrs. P. told me she is devastated. She thought she would grow old with her husband. I told her I felt the same way about K. I shared some details of my break up with Mrs. P. I told her it would get better, but, it may get worse before it gets better. Mrs. P. seemed to be in better spirits when our conversation ended. I gave her hug. Mrs. P. suggested having a drink sometime. I’m not sure if she really wanted to get together for a drink, or if she was simply using one of the standard statements that is often tendered in conversations in my neighborhood. Perhaps I’ll see if she wants to join the art tour on Friday night

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A New Neighborhood Trend

My neighbors to the north finished a gut to the studs renovation on their house in late fall 2017. The renovation left the lawn and most of the landscape destroyed. The couple re-landscaped the yard in the spring of 2018. I was pleased with the new landscape. This year, the couple hired a new landscaping company to rip out the previous firm’s work and plant a new design. Only a few medium-sized evergreens were kept. The wife of the couple told me her husband didn’t like the previous design so it had to go. Even though I liked the first design, I like the new one even better.

This summer, four other neighbors have completely scrapped off their yards (both front and back) to make way for new landscaping. Walkways were replaced, new landscape lighting was installed, water features were added along with new lawns and heavily planted gardens. All of these projects were done by professional landscape companies. Not one was a DYI project. It seems odd that re-landscaping is suddenly the new trend in the neighborhood. I can’t ever remember a time when this many new landscape project took place in such a short time. Is this happening in your neighborhood too?

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Saved From Demolition

When this house sold, I was sure it was destined to be torn down. It had not been kept up and sits on a prime lot across from a park in a highly-desired neighborhood. Instead, the new owners decided to take it down to the studs and start over. I’m thankful the owners decided to preserve this local gem.

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