Monday, January 11, 2016

Bandwagon jumper

I normally don't jump on the latest internet death and declare how much I will miss a performer.  Michael Jackson, Robin Williams, Whitney Houston - I wasn't really a fan so their deaths touched me as much as you explaining that your Great Uncle Joe just passed.

But David ... now he is another story.  He has been one of my favorites since about the age of 14.  I loved his music.  I loved the way he influenced other artist's music.  At 16,  my pal Debbie Franke and  I declared him God.  He was awesome.  So below is a little sharing of some of my favorites, not in any particular order, so I can recall all the joy his music brought to me.

Goodbye wonderful man.  I will miss you.



Saturday, January 9, 2016

An Unexpected Holiday Greeting

I was cleaning up my Christmas cards and wanted to share this wonderful surprise from Cat Winterfox over at Spooky Moon.  It is a beautiful card wishing me "happy, merry everything" and telling me to "stay spooky".  I am sure Cat crafted this herself.  Just look at the gorgeous detail.  The trees are textured, glittered and and coated with bumpy snow.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Venetucci pumpkin ale

I have been meaning to post a little something about Venetucci Pumpkin Ale for over a year now.  It is made in Colorado Springs by the Bristol Brewing Company.  Since his Lordship has offered to take me out for a beer tomorrow to Bristol (he needs to fill his 3 growlers you see),  I thought now would be a good time to share the history of the Venetucci Pumpkin legacy.   A long time ago there was a nice man named Nick Venetucci.  He could have been a professional baseball player, but gave it all up to run the family farm.  Along with his wife Bambi, Nick distributed hundreds of pumpkins every Halloween to children free of charge. When they died, they donated the farm to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to be run as a nonprofit so that it would continue to give away pumpkins every fall.  Nick and Bambi believed every child should have a pumpkin.

In memory of them, Bristol brews a seasonal pumpkin ale with all profits donated to Venetucci Farm.  It is much sought after by local beer lovers.  Two years ago, at the front range BBQ fundraiser, his Lordship and I bid on and won a bottle.  While pumpkin beer is not my favorite,  I do have to say that this is a good one.

You can visit Bristol's website or the Pike Peak Community Foundation if you want to check the legitimacy of the story I just told you.

Last fall, Bristol had some beautifully carve pumpkins.  I have to learn to do them like this.