Gardens

May 6th

Mowed the lawn; cold beer. Put out the houseplants & strung up the hammock.

Manitou Springs

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Garden of the Gods

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Buffalo Lodge

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Pike’s Peak

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Can it be?

Yes. The final installment of the bathroom saga.

It’s taken us about three weekends to finally completely finish the thing up. The tiling project was hugely time-consuming and I figure I glued about 275 individual tiles and did two rounds of grouting. Then there were hours and hours of removing excess grout. The end product looks great — but man, it was a lot of work. Which pretty much sums up the experience of the entire project, which we officially called at 3:00 yesterday afternoon, almost three months to the day from when we started ripping out soggy drywall. So here it is: the final chapter.

Just starting on the tiles

Just starting on the tiles

I spent a lot of hours crouched in the tub.

I spent a lot of hours crouched in the tub.

Meanwhile, Carol was installing the cubbies.

Meanwhile, Carol was installing the cubbies.

And installing the new toilet.

And installing the new toilet.

And it's lovely.

And it's lovely.

Starting on the grout.

Starting on the grout.

Carol is now plumbing the sink.

Carol is now plumbing the sink.

The grout is finished!

The grout is finished!

The sink is up and running!

The sink is up and running!

Grout is sealed, tub is caulked, and the new fixtures are in place.

Grout is sealed, tub is caulked, and the new fixtures are in place.

Brand-new towels on their hooks.

Brand-new towels on their hooks.

Everything's ready to go.

Everything's ready to go.

And a nice fuzzy rug, too.

And a nice fuzzy rug, too.

Clovis cache

I found out yesterday that a guy in Boulder, doing some landscaping last year, shoveling, literally, uncovered a Clovis cache 18″ under his front yard. The cache contained over 80 items, ranging from small tools to the characteristic large platters of stone found in other Clovis caches:

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Can you imagine? Finding something like this in your yard? Thirteen thousand years old. And rare — Clovis caches are so rare. A quick Google search comes up with only seven other known Clovis caches. The only reason I know anything about this is because the Fort Collins Museum is one of the lucky holders of a Clovis cache — the Watts cache, donated in 1941 by Ira Watts, who found the pieces when plowing his farm field in nearby Timnath. The six pieces of the Watts cache sat unremarked upon for decades until a specialist in prehistoric lithics saw them and realized what they were.

But — what were they? Tools? Weapons? Raw materials? Offerings? Legacies for the future? Maybe all of those — and other things we can’t guess at, being so far removed in time. Some of the pieces in the Mahaffy cache from Boulder are fashioned from beautifully patterned and striped stone, which tempts you to think they weren’t just utilitarian. And imagine the landscape! Camels, horses, the American lion, the giant short-faced bear. Perhaps all now sleeping beneath our feet, our homes, our front yards.

I won’t reiterate the details of the story, the analysis that’s been done on the pieces and so forth; it is fascinating, so do read it if you care to. The part I really liked was the plan to re-bury some of the pieces, to put them back where they’d been left, 13,000 years ago. Someone was expecting to return.

Final word on Spring

This morning, out at the Coyote Ridge Natural Area, I heard my first meadowlark of the season!

Floored, again

Well, the new tile floor in the bathroom just turned out beautifully. We put it in this last Monday and Tuesday, and laid the grout down Wednesday. We absolutely love how it looks — well worth the time and effort.

Getting ready to lay tile

Getting ready to lay tile

 

Carol laying tile

Carol laying tile

Terry squishes the last tile into place

Terry squishes the last tile into place