The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Life Lessons Learned in Longmont

Little Observations and Life Lessons Learned...things I didn't know 5 months ago...things no one told me...things I am now happy to know!

10. When the temperature is below 20 degrees, the wise mother learns that she will have happier children if she removes her keys from her purse before exiting the building.

9. When dressing up for a special occasion, one must forsake fashion for practicality, and wear big ugly snow boots, or one’s fate will be wet feet for the rest of the evening. (Or, in the case of Tom’s company party on Fri. night, I will bring the pretty shoes in a bag!)

8. After leaving a Christmas gift for the mailman, mail miraculously arrives 2 hours earlier each day.

7. Snow isn’t as cold as you thought, unless you are shoveling it.

6. Snow is enjoyed more when viewing it through the eyes of children.

5. Observation...Little girls love those Peruvian hats…you know, the ones you used to laugh at with yarn braids down the sides?

4. Chihuahuas and cats are not happy walking through snow.

3. Children call soda, “pop” here, and make snow cones out of freshly fallen snow, flavored drinks, and flavored “pops.” On that note of cold drinks, other than beer, alcohol is not sold in grocery stores, and liquor stores are closed on Sundays. Not that we are out looking for cocktails every day, but if you want to buy a bottle of wine for dinner on a Sunday, you are out of luck!

2. I will never again take for granted a fluffy warm scarf, and a flip-switch instant fire. Sure, it lacks the charm and ambiance of a wood burning fireplace, but the instant heat is such a pleasure on a cold day!

And, the number one lesson I have learned over the past 5 months is…..

1. The friends and family we left behind when we moved, are missed more than I ever could have imagined!

That means YOU!


Sissie said...

Hi Denise, it's me, Sarah, Lorri's sister. Read your plea for comments and was happy to oblige! Love your blog and observations about CO. I admire you California girls taking charge of the mountain towns. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Thank you for being such a dear friend to my sister.

Wiley said...

I loved your lessons learned! Our number one is "Missing the Koffords in Colorado"!