April Blizzards Bring May… wait, What??

Colorado is one of the nation’s most beautiful, most breathtaking states — and more and more people are figuring this out, and moving to join us in our wonderful home state!  While it’s AWESOME that all of these people are here, helping our economy and infrastructure blossom, it can be a little jarring for a new resident from warmer climes to look outside one afternoon mid-April, and find a sudden spring blizzard raging.  So here’s a friendly word of advice, to residents old and new:

Wait.  Wait to start planting your spring flowers, wait to uncover your garden beds, wait to start your seeds.  In Colorado, you’ll have a later-than-average growing season for Fall plants, but this is balanced by the fact that we have to wait so long to plant in the spring.  Wait to put in new sod, to buy baby chicks — just wait!

Because the snow will definitely come!  It will come, and it’ll really be a heavy spring rain in disguise — the snow will be wet, and it will be heavy.  It will break branches, it will squash buds, it will freeze your lilacs that are even now just starting to think about flowering.

My grandmother has lived in Colorado for her entire life — all 71 years of it.  Her rule of thumb, and her MOTHER’S rule of thumb, has always been that in Colorado, you do not plant until after Mother’s Day.  In fact, it has long been a family tradition of ours to plant spring flowers as a Mother’s Day activity.

In the meantime, while you’re waiting impatiently for true Spring to arrive, here are a few things you can get a good start on:

  • Trimming your trees (always do this BEFORE they start to wake up for the year
  • Cutting back your rose bushes (see above)
  • Transplanting trees (always best to do before the real growing season — it’s less of a shock if they’re still hibernating)
  • Indoor spring cleaning!
  • Have your lawn aerated!
  • Lay new mulch (every other year depending on density)

What other tips do you Coloradans have for getting started on Spring activities without jumping the gun and putting your plans at risk?  Let us know!

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Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. (stands for Entertainment, in case you did not know) Cheese holds a special place in my heart. Yes, I went there as a kid but that is not why. I worked at “The Chuck” for all of my college years. I met a couple lifelong friends from there, got other friends jobs and even introduced two people who have now been married for years and have 2 wonderful children. To this day I dream about working there almost weekly. So when they closed the store close to my home, I was a bit devastated. I am sure they are going to relocate, the whole strip mall closed down, but to where?! I have tried looking on their website to no avail. But I did find out they are in 9 other countries. Does anyone know if there will be a new CEC in Arvada? And when?

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Escape Room

I could not contain my excitement when I heard about real life escape rooms. My mom and I play the computer game versions and have an amazing time. Now we can actually do it in real life! However, sadly, I have known about them for probably two years now and have yet to go. There was one close to my home that recently shut down that got me thinking about these again. And then some good friends went to one and loved it. So, where is everyone going for their escape room experiences? What is the ideal number of people to have? And what is your top tip to help us succeed? I am making it my goal to complete one by the end of May. Stay tuned…

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Olde Town Arvada

I was born in Arvada and still live here. Although I did move away for college and a few years after, I have been here the majority of my life. And boy, has it changed! The newly popular Olde Town has emerged from a ghost town that no one wanted to visit when I was younger. The now booming streets are lined with restaurants and shops full of anything you can imagine. And there is always some thing going on! I love that my city has grown and become so desirable, however those same reasons make it tougher to live and buy houses here. Its a catch 22, however I do not see myself straying too far away.

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Operation Christmas Decoration Takedown

I love Christmas music. And Christmas decorations. And getting to spend time with family and friends. I basically love everything surrounding the holiday season…except taking down those decorations. First and foremost because I love the ambiance of the lights and all the joy my candy canes and miniature Santas bring me. But also because it is so much work. Seems like it takes substantially longer to take down than it does to put it up.

This year I was on it though! Or so I thought. I was determined to get it all done before leaving for our New Year’s plans. December 30th I have everything down, except the tree. And as I sit here today, January 19th, my Christmas tree is still standing. I look at it every day and tell myself “today is the day!” yet it does not happen. I even have it on two separate tasks lists. Everything else is getting done but yet the tree remains. Is today the day? Will the tree still be up for the next holiday season?

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Arvada Housing Stats

Here are a few stats, straight from Arvada’s City Managers mouth. Very interesting stuff!
73% of all Arvada households are owner occupied (remaining 27% are renters)

46,055 total households (includes single family, condos, townhomes and apartments)

$70,950 median income

$382,000 average home sales price

40.9 average age of Arvada residents

39.36 total square miles

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Social Media: Love It or Hate It?

Yes, I am a millennial. But I am not a fan of social media. Or maybe I should say forced  social media. Call me an old soul. Call me old fashioned. It is just not my thing. Not to say that I do not get caught up in Facebook from time to time, or love looking at Snapchat, but I would much rather spend my time doing something else.

Blogging is a brand new thing for me and I am really trying to enjoy doing it. What suggestions does everyone have for me to come up with topics and find ways to let it become a creative outlet? Is it the “practice makes perfect” mantra I should be telling myself? I wonder if I will eventually become a SocMed Socialite or stay a SocMed ShakeOff?

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