Saturday, October 29, 2011

No Big Deal

I find it highly amusing that our weather around here made the national news...........

Yes it was 80 on Monday, and yes, it snowed on Wednesday.  Up north around Loveland and Fort Collins, they got quite a bit and there was lots of tree damage from the weight of the snow on the still leafing trees. 

But here At Altitude.............6200 feet to be exact, it looked like this on Monday when I left for work..........


And when I left on Wednesday for work...............


But it didn't even stick to the streets...............and we are all still  alive.

Really not a thing at all.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tim Tebow Comes To Town and Bronco Fans Are Dipped in Magic Waters

My 'lil bro wrote the following rewrite of the speech from Field of Dreams.  Addressed to John Elway, the man who brought us all the joy of two Super Bowl wins.............erasing all those losses.

To really appreciate it, you have to hear the original....

JOHN……… people will come.

They'll come back to Denver for reasons they can't even fathom.

They'll turn off I-25 not knowing for sure why they’re doing it.

They'll arrive at a parking lot where their stadium once stood.

As innocent as children……… LONGING for the past.

“Of course we won't mind if you look around awhile. It's only fifty dollars……there’s a new stadium right over there.”

And they'll pass over the money without even thinking about it. For its money they have, and PEACE they lack.

They'll walk into the new stadium and sit in their short sleeves on a perfect fall afternoon,
And they'll find they have reserved seats in the SOUTH STANDS. Where they sat when they were children, and cheered for YOU, JOHN their hero.

And they'll watch the NEW KID play………..

And it'll be as if they dipped themselves in MAGIC waters.

The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces.

People will come JOHN……………

The one constant over all the years in this town has been…….. The BRONCOS.

The people of this town have been ruled by it like an army of steamrollers.

The BRONCOS have been erased like a blackboard rebuilt and erased again.

But the BRONCOS have marked the TIME in this TOWN.

This field………. This game……….. its part of our PAST, JOHN.

It reminds us, of all that was once GOOD……….. and could be again.

Ohhhhh……… PEOPLE WILL COME JOHN.





Friday, October 14, 2011

Okay, So Here's the Deal


It feels like we are at the beginning of a new era.........for us die hard Bronco fans.  But we've felt this way before, only to be disappointed.

I think I take my football too seriously.  I feel an emotional connection to the team.  Were it not for that connection, what is the point?  Don't get me wrong, I love the game of football.  It's complicated, and strategic.  It's exciting and physical.  But when you're invested in who wins.........

Last Sunday, I was sitting on the couch by myself.  Watching yet another, lackluster, stunningly boring performance by Kyle Orton.  Brutal.  Soul Paralyzing.  And then just before half time.........

Tebow with his helmet on.  What?  I gasped.

Could it be?

And then the Wonder Boy, Timmy came in and energized a team, a stadium, a city, a state?  Sure, we lost.  But this Bronco Fan hasn't been that happy in years.  Years.  Sure there was the 6-0 season start with McDaniels..........but then our hopes were dashed. 

But last Sunday, I had to call my Dad.  My lil' Bro called me.  It's a new season, with a Coach who must certainly be in the Hall of Fame for stubbornness. But the magic is back.  In spite of Coach Fox, who has a long way to go before the fans believe in him.

Yes, this girl bought a Tebow jersey this week.  And of course, now, the bye week.  So we have an extra week to dream and believe...... that maybe.

Super Bowl 32 and 33.  The glory days.............

Patience...........

Sunday, October 09, 2011

AND THEN................

There was a great cry heard all across the Land of the Broncos.........


We got our Tebow...............and we were glad..........
Now that we've had this..............how could we ever go back?

The First Snowfall

Wasn't a lot, and didn't stick around (all gone today).  But we had our first snowfall At Altitude.


We really needed the moisture, it's been so dry.  And this will calm the pollen down, making it easier for me to breathe.  And we're just due.  I went to the grocery store yesterday morning.  The snow mixed with rain was still coming down, and it just felt great..............

I'm a Colorado Girl.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Chili Madness at Casa Rancho

Where At Altitude briefly becomes a food blog.

So each year in the fall, we search out a place to  get some peppers roasted.  Nothing beats the smell of a freshly roasted pepper.  This year I found a stand near my office and their produce looked good so I picked them up Friday.  For weeks to come, my car will have the distinct smell of roasted peppers.  Not a bad smell.

This year I got a bushel of mild hatch, and a bushel of poblanos.  I wanted to do some rellenos with the poblanos and they lend themselves to stuffing with more than just cheese.



The husband and I stood in the kitchen, listening to Boston and Steve Miller.  Peeling, then bagging.  I bag them in freezer bags, six to a bag...........and we have peppers for a long time to come.





I think these bushels were not as big as we've had in the past..........but we ended up with 14 bags of each kind of pepper.

We saved out some good ones, and the husband made his green chili.





And  stuffed some poblanos with two kinds of cheese.




Following a quick bath in egg.........into the frying pan and smother in the green chili.


Now the peppers can be used to make a casserole.




And go great with my Mexican rice and beans..............




Mexican Grub.  That's what some friends call it.  And I take special requests..........

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