Muck Boots

26 May 19
Seven Oaks Farm & Orchard

Where has the time gone since my last post? Oh, I know exactly how the time was spent since we hosted the 2019 Seven Oaks Bohus Stickning Symposium the last weekend of March so most of January, February and March was dedicated to all the details that went into having 25 delightful knitting companions gather […]

26 May 19
Frantic Planet dot blog

On Good Friday of this year, the area’s local churches got together to perform a public Walk of Witness through the high street, recreating the capture, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. In what would be my first public performance for about 25 years, I volunteered to play Judas. It’s a long gap in the CV, […]

26 May 19
Lametna Aw

By Loren Seibold | 24 May 2019 | Recently I was reading an Adventist-run Facebook group about modesty in dress. The striking thing about this group is that it is organized and written mostly by men, yet is almost entirely about women. It is not unusual in this group to read a man saying, “Women […]

25 May 19
Seafire Blog - Part II

I promise. ‘Seafire Chronicles’ will not become an ongoing diatribe against the RV industry. This posting will be the end of my whining and self-recriminations about my own incredible stupidity. Then it will be on with the next adventure. After realizing the terminal cancer in my sweet little trailer I began making a video about […]

25 May 19
Top New Review

Alex Campbell Virtual machine administration can be complex to manage, but if all you want is to run a Debian instance on your Fedora box for a few minutes, VirtualBox can feel like overkill. GNOME Boxes lets you get to what you’re looking for: A simple way to fire up a VM without any muss […]

24 May 19
~Tales of Fantasy and Adventure

gather wood “Six!” The first words screamed, but not from the lungs of the startled couple. Rather a thick stump of a man, dressed in green-brown safariflage and knee-high muck boots, whose appearance and command settled the mad bull of a Mastiff hidden from sight in the shadow cast by the coolers in the back of the […]

24 May 19
The Hot Mess Homestead

I happen to be raising some pretty strong willed, nature loving farm girls. This comes with a lot of responsibility on my end, both in keeping them safe and guiding them in this very particular development. I sit and reflect with the green buds bursting about what it means to be on this journey. As […]

24 May 19
Serenity Valley Farm

Today is an exciting day here at Serenity Valley Farm. Last year, right at this very time, we were signing the closing papers to become the official owners of this sweet place. So, today we’re celebrating one year of being farmers-in-training, home improvement novices, and tiny house dwellers. We’re learning how to live on less, […]

24 May 19
Panic Fanny

If you have combination skin then you might just feel me and my situation. Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup artist nor a dermatologist. Test the products on your neck before using them on your face. I have combination skin, but it is so combination, my dry patches have oily patches, and my oily […]

24 May 19
Oakland County Blog

Just the very word swamp can conjure up images of danger lurking behind every tree, venomous snakes slithering over logs, gators hungry for human flesh, monstrously large spider webs slapping against faces and squadrons of blood-thirsty mosquitos almost making the air too thick to breathe. I prefer the words of Henry David Thoreau, “I enter […]

24 May 19

Since we qualified for the Grand Prix yesterday Duc got a day off today Went early to walk, feed and muck out as always! Or normally I have a groom too, but I also like taking care of horses! So I enjoy it! Time spend together Went back to the hotel, had breakfast and went […]

23 May 19
Swingin D Horse Rescue

Horses dancing, stomping, nipping at their bodies and swishing their tails. Itchy skin rashes, infected wounds that won’t heal, bald patches from rubbing against posts, fences, or anything else that brings relief. It’s time to take up arms in the War on Flies! While we appreciate the greening of our pastures, we’re not thrilled with […]

23 May 19
The Denver Post
It feels like Denver has a festival for every taste. You like bacon? There’s a festival for that, inside Mile High Stadium, no less. Horse racing? Derby Days is right up your alley. But these festival don’t really tell you anything about our state (besides the fact we love eating pork and watching horses go fast on television) or the people who made it great. There are other festivals, typically beyond city limits, that go beyond gathering us together to simply party. These five cultural festivals offer food for thought as much as fuel, celebrating quirky local stories and ancient ones from different countries, to boot. Grab a beer — but maybe not too many — and you just might learn something. Mike the Headless Chicken Festival When: May 31 and June 1 Where: Fruita Civic Center, Fruita How much: Free More info: If it feels morbid to hold a festival in observance of decapitated poultry, consider the backstory of Fruita’s most famous festival. The annual celebration is held in honor of it’s most famous chicken, Mike, who lived 18 months after having his head cut off. So really, this is a festival about perseverance. According to the event’s website, Mike would have been 74 this year if he hadn’t choked in a motel room while on tour (Mike was basically a rockstar) and, you know, lived much, much longer than your average chicken. To celebrate his unlikely existence, Fruita hosts a festival with a slew of Mike-themed fun, including a Peep and chicken wing eating competitions. Admittedly, the optics of eating chicken to celebrate a chicken’s life aren’t great. If you want to embody Mike rather than eat his cousins, try running around like a chicken with its head cut off in the 5K race. Also, they have disc golf, because why not? Apogaea When: June 6-9 Where: Valdez How much: $150 (prices go up to $225 on May 23); free for children younger than 12 More info: You’ve probably heard of Burning Man, the annual festival that turns the desert of Black Rock City, Nev., into a full-fledged, 80,000-person city. Apogaea is Colorado’s version of the event — a regional burn in Burning Man parlance — that espouses the same principles, celebrating life and community. That’s right: Despite what you may have heard, these events aren’t about drug-fueled partying. At their core, the events are a sacred celebration of humanity and art. (Partying just happens to be a by-product.) Aside from self-expression, the big theme at these events is self-reliance. That means festival participants are expected to bring everything they need to survive and thrive through the event. Gifting is encouraged, but traditional commerce is strictly prohibited. Apogaea is much less casual than the other events listed here, so be sure to read up about what this four-day event is all about on its website before you go blindly lugging a cooler into the woods. Oh, and wear a costume. The theme for Apogaea 2019 is “Analog,” celebrating the richness of full-spectrum living in contrast to the more finite possibilities of our binary 1s and 0s digital world, according to Milkman, an Apogaea spokesperson.  Related: 12 of the best summer food festivals in Colorado you should already be excited about Water Lantern Fest When: July 20 Where: Carpenter Park, Thornton How much: $30-$40 More info: For John Travolta, summer nights were all about pomade, kissing and driving a car around town. But if you really distill that summer feeling, it’d probably look something like a water lantern festival. Picture it: a warm night, breeze blowing dozens of rice-paper water lanterns serenely down a stream. Water lantern festivals hail from Japan — called toro nagashi, they’re meant to aid spirits in their journey to the great beyond — but the Denver area isn’t totally in the dark when it comes to these visually arresting gatherings. Thornton’s Water Lantern Festival — which takes place on July 20 in Carpenter Park — includes a floating lantern, commemorative drawstring bag and a marker for you to write a wish on your lantern in the price of the ticket. Because what goes upstream must come down, admission also pays for the lantern clean up. Yes, there are food trucks and live music, if you get sick of watching your dreams float away from you. Boom Days When: Aug. 2-4 Where: Leadville How much: Free More info: Unlike Cleveland, Denver built this city on just rock, hold the roll. Rock full of precious metals, to be exact. Leadville’s silver rush was instrumental to Denver’s formative years — the millionaires made their cash in the small city before spending some of it in Denver — and quite literally founded the scenic town as we know it. So, each summer, Leadville takes to celebrating its digging roots with a folky festival called Boom Days. The three-day celebration is chock-full of mining events, including muck shoveling — literally shoveling crushed rock into a cart and wheeling it to a finish line — drilling competitions and spike-driving challenges. The festivals other events veer range from vaguely Western-themed — burro races — to general small-town shenanigans (there’s a car show, randomly). But really, who needs an excuse to battle a bunch of strangers in a good old-fashioned sack race? Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] When: Aug. 3-4 Where: Edgewater How much: Single-day admission $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and older and youth 12-17, children younger than 12 are free Website: Colorado’s dry, hot summers feel a million miles away from the misty Scottish Highlands. But there is a way to get a taste of the country right in your own backyard. No, we aren’t talking about the bottle of liquor buried under your porch. (Although, sure, there too.) We’re talking about Edgewater’s Scottish Festival. Yes, what you’re conjuring in your head is probably there in some form. There will be bagpipes and haggis — the actually delicious Scottish delicacy that will be made of beef and lamb — is on lock, too. Wash that down with a one-hour scotch whisky (no “e”!) tasting for $25, provided you didn’t blow it all on haggis. There are dozens of way to kil-t time at the 56-year-old festival. If you want to put those whiskey-meat sweats to work, enter in one of the many Scottish athletic events. Granted, you’ll have to have rotator cuffs of steel to compete: all involve throwing heavy objects such as stones and logs into the air. If spectating is more your speed, check out sword fighting at the Renaissance village, which interpolates Scotland circa 1745, or kick back and watch a traditional highland dance demonstration. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get entertainment news sent straight to your inbox.
22 May 19
The Endless Void.

Don’t be afraid to tell someone you love them… even if you can’t say it in words.

(yes this is entirely self indulgent.)