I love Christmas music. And Christmas decorations. And getting to spend time with family and friends. I basically love everything surrounding the holiday season…except taking down those decorations. First and foremost because I love the ambiance of the lights and all the joy my candy canes and miniature Santas bring me. But also because it is so much work. Seems like it takes substantially longer to take down than it does to put it up.
This year I was on it though! Or so I thought. I was determined to get it all done before leaving for our New Year’s plans. December 30th I have everything down, except the tree. And as I sit here today, January 19th, my Christmas tree is still standing. I look at it every day and tell myself “today is the day!” yet it does not happen. I even have it on two separate tasks lists. Everything else is getting done but yet the tree remains. Is today the day? Will the tree still be up for the next holiday season?
Here are a few stats, straight from Arvada’s City Managers mouth. Very interesting stuff!
73% of all Arvada households are owner occupied (remaining 27% are renters)
46,055 total households (includes single family, condos, townhomes and apartments)
$70,950 median income
$382,000 average home sales price
40.9 average age of Arvada residents
39.36 total square miles
Yes, I am a millennial. But I am not a fan of social media. Or maybe I should say forced social media. Call me an old soul. Call me old fashioned. It is just not my thing. Not to say that I do not get caught up in Facebook from time to time, or love looking at Snapchat, but I would much rather spend my time doing something else.
Blogging is a brand new thing for me and I am really trying to enjoy doing it. What suggestions does everyone have for me to come up with topics and find ways to let it become a creative outlet? Is it the “practice makes perfect” mantra I should be telling myself? I wonder if I will eventually become a SocMed Socialite or stay a SocMed ShakeOff?
I like to think I am a responsible pet owner. I take them yearly for their exams and shots. I took two of my dogs in today and it cost me over $450! I cannot believe how expensive it really is. Its worse than a person going to the doctor. And now they say one of my dogs needs her teeth cleaned. The quote for that was between $700-$1300!! I want to do everything I can to keep them healthy and live the longest but I am not sure I can justify a cleaning for that cost. And I need to do it every two years, which means between the two of them, I would be doing it yearly. Does this make me a bad dogmom? If I don’t take her, will I be shaving years off of her life? To top it all off, now she is not feeling well so I am worried about that. Needless to say, I will continue to spoil them until I can make that tooth-rific decision.
Well, as of tomorrow, summer will have officially gone by the wayside, and autumn will have arrived in Arvada. The leaves haven't quite gotten the message yet, but I'd give it a week and we'll see yellow and orange lighting up our neighborhoods.
If you're looking for a wonderful way to experience Colorado in the fall, and you've got a little time to kill, why not take a drive up through the Maroon Bells this weekend and check out the aspens as they change colors? We all talk about doing it, we all tell our friends and family from out of state that it's something they can't miss if they're here in the fall. But how many of us take the opportunity to see our home state in all its glory when we have the chance?
And once you're home, it's time to start planning for October! The City of Arvada has its annual Festival of Scarecrows this year on October 7th, which is a great way to celebrate the chill in the air and the beauty of fall with all of our neighbors.
As Halloween approaches, we'll make sure to give shout outs to local pumpkin patches and costume shops, so you can plan your season appropriately. Until then, happy Fall!
I had the pleasure of eating at Steuben’s last week with a wonderful colleague for a business lunch. And I must say, it was quite delicious.
We decided to have an array of appetizers, which is one of my favorite ways to dine. Their Steubie snacks are the most delicious and adventurous things I have had in a while. Crispy pieces of pork, deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar. I love savory and sweet combos and this is one of the best. The hummus, falafel and pita was almost equally as delicious. And do not forget the Brussels sprouts! Perfectly crispy and drizzled with balsamic glaze.
We did not imbibe but I have had their alcoholic drinks previously. I love the creativity of their drinks and the bartenders ability to tweak ingredients to a customers liking. I am thinking next business lunch should be a happy hour at Steuben’s!
I have been volunteering for a hospice since earlier this year. I must say it is not what I thought it would be going in to it. I saw an add on Nextdoor looking for volunteers, was looking to get involved, so signed up for an interview. I was pleasantly surprised to learn more about Suncrest Hospice and exactly what a hospice is and does.
Spending time with someone who is in their last leg of life is so incredibly rewarding and humbling. Once a week I get to spend an hour with an elderly Arvadan who has such a beautiful soul. Due to patient confidentiality, I cannot give many details but lets just say that hour is the highlight of my week. I can feel myself growing personally, professionally and spiritually.
I felt that hospice was my calling due to personal circumstances. I have a 96 year old grandmother who I am fortunate enough to life close to and get to speak with and see on a regular basis. Many of her friends, BINGO buddies and neighbors often comment on how lucky she is to have such a loving and attentive family. This made me think about other elderly people who do not have this support and I wanted to pay it forward. Although this is not the case for all hospice patients, just having one more person, for one more hour in their day, can be a game changer. I highly suggest looking into hospice if you are looking for a way to give back. I hope there is another generous volunteer who will sit with me when I become old and feeble.