Now that we’re entering our second year in Colorado, it’s time to build on traditions, the things we did every year in Nashville. We went to a pumpkin patch, carved our pumpkins and decorated the house. We’ve got a Halloween show lined up, plus Natural Child was awesome last weekend. We traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park to see the Aspens like we did last year and unlike last year, we’ll have several guests in town this month! I would love for that to be a “thing”–if only visitors could hang every Halloween.

Our baking efforts rendered tasty treats including Carrot Zucchini Bread, Banana Cream Cheese Swirl Zucchini Bread and Pumpkin Zucchini Cake. When your garden produces an unusually large zucchini, you cook several loaves of bread. It’s what you do.

We’re working on our costumes soon. But in the meantime, our butterscotch caramel candles are lit, the house is airing out and the wind is rustling the leaves off the trees as I type in our office. It’s been a lazy weekend, but it’s nice to recoup. I have the next three days off my internship, so it’ll be nice to just watch t.v., read and veg on the couch.

I’m so glad Keegan talked me into seeing Natural Child last Saturday. They scheduled three shows at Lost Lake, so we booked it to Denver last Saturday evening for a very nostalgic set. It was nice to hear some Southern Rock, what I would consider to be the epitome of modern Southern Rock. I wasn’t as familiar with Natural Child as Keegan is, but I knew enough to get by. And we made some Nashville friends in the crowd, so that was cool.

To my dismay, several joints were passed discreetly around the crowded room, sort of on the down-low, but not really. Sometimes I still can’t believe we live here. The crowd was super chill. No need to be on my “A game” like at punk shows in Nashville where people thrash and collide violently into one another, and it’s not uncommon to be kicked in the face by a crowd surfer. This wasn’t that type of crowd: I had plenty of space to dance in the front, and several people said “Excuse me” if they had to squeeze past me. Needless to say, I am digging these Denver crowds.

We parked near PS Lounge, so following the show, we took a peek inside. This hole-in-the-wall establishment was just the sort of place we’ve been looking for in Denver: It’s cheap, dive-y and super retro. From the carpets to the brass railing attached to the wall, I love everything about this place. And apparently they give free shots to each customer and free roses for the ladies. How cool is that?

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Lost Lake on Colfax
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I love their screen by the bar, so you can watch the show from the other room.

Natural Child, live, back in the day

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PS lounge–a hidden gem for reals
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A random photo of my cat: Junip, the heat hog

The pumpkin patch was a funny experience. Keegan drove to Windsor against his will when he would rather purchase a pumpkin from Walmart, and I’m hell-bent on the pumpkin-choosing process. I need a pumpkin from a farm that I can proudly support. Not to mention, I normally enjoy the other free activities the farm has to offer.

Well come to find out, many of these pumpkins aren’t grown at Tigges Farm as we hoped. Keegan busted out laughing as we watched 4 guys hauling pumpkins from the back of a large truck bed, tossing them into the field. 4 out of 5 of our pumpkins did not come off a vine–they were just laying on the ground in the field, which already seemed suspicious as it was. And now that I’ve reviewed their site with no mention of the owners growing the pumpkins themselves, we assume that they don’t. We’ll try a different farm next year, but we still had fun nonetheless.  20161009_141005_hdr.jpg

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Sun beam straight to the dome
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Our garden is STILL doing well in October
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Cap and gown arrived in the mail–time to pick out a dress!

 

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Keegan LOVES taking pics with me lol
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RMNP

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Leisurely hike–most Aspen’s were bare but some still had their leaves

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Spooky pumpkins in the bay window
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She’s not a fan of baths, I wonder why

That about sums up the last few weeks. In the meantime, here’s this–an excerpt from my new favorite show: