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"I can bring home the bacon, Fry it up in a pan, And never let you forget you're a man, 'Cuz I'm a Plow Babe -- P-L-O-W-B-A-B-E"
(Anyone under 30 probably won't get the reference, but you can Google it. Hint: It was a TV commercial from the 70s based on a Peggy Lee song.)

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Plow Babe with perfectly manicured nails even!!! :)
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WINDY MORNING
Silverthorne received about an inch of snow overnight, but the wind is gusty, and it's cold - about +5F at 6:30 AM. Another round of snow is expected tonight into Sunday morning.
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EL NINO FORECAST ON TRACK SO FAR
For Silverthorne, the "typical" El Nino pattern is good snow for November and December, then a dryer period during January and early February, then finishing off the season with lots of spring snow through early May. So far this season, the weather patterns have matched these predictions. That means that, even though we're not getting dumped on right now, we will have enough showers to keep the snow pack fresh, and we can look forward to great spring snow starting in just a few weeks.

Southern Colorado generally wins during El Nino years, and from what we've heard from friends down south, the snow is epic.

Take a look at that cobalt blue sky and the white peaks - could we live anywhere more beautiful?
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"I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY"
Most of us have been on both sides - either going through something traumatic ourselves, or being the one wanting to give comfort to someone else. I struggle with this - not knowing what to say, saying the wrong thing, wanting to "fix" the hurt. This article is well-written, I thought.

QUOTE FROM LINKED ARTICLE: "What does it mean to hold space for someone else? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control."
Some of my best lessons in what it means to hold space for people came from a palliative care nurse.
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A BIT OF A DRY SPELL .....
Silverthorne will have a stretch of dryer weather going into January, with just a few snow showers here and there, but little new accumulation expected. It will continue to be cold, so all the fresh snow we got last week will stick around. Long-range, we are expecting less snow through about mid-February, then a heavy spring. So don't despair if the next several weeks don't produce a lot of fresh powder. We have a great base, and March and April should be exciting.

Since we don't have anything fresh for snow plowing, Steve will be taking advantage of the clear weather to be out in the loader this week, pushing piles back and scraping pack.
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QUICK TUESDAY AM UPDATE FOR SILVERTHORNE:
The forecast has shifted slightly since yesterday. We should still expect snow showers through the day, but the heaviest snowfall for Silverthorne may now be tonight into Wednesday when the winds change to a slightly more favorable direction for us.

We are out plowing today regardless, as we did pick up some snow overnight and it is continuing now.

And for the I-70 conditions, still expect snow packed and icy conditions with times of blowing snow and whiteout conditions.

If you're not working today, bundle up and enjoy the fresh powder. Or else cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a good book. :)  If you do go out, check the CAIC avalanche report, as we are under a high danger watch - be safe!
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After a week straight of snow, we have a spell of clear weather coming up early January, so I'm hoping to do some snow shoeing.
 
SNOW IN THE FORECAST FOR EACH DAY THIS WEEK

We will start with the potential for an inch or two today and Monday. Then Monday night the storm is expected to ramp up and give us up to a foot of snow by Wednesday morning. After that, we have another inch or two each day through Saturday. We could get a few surprise flurries along the way that drop a few more inches than what is in the forecast.

For our snow plowing customers: We will continue to plow each day that the new accumulation meets the service trigger of your plowing agreement. And we are generally always out the day after a big storm to clean up, push piles back, and clear where cars may have been parked during the storm.

LONGER FORECAST IS FOR DRYER WEATHER HEADING INTO JANUARY

The longer range forecast shows that the first half of January will be on the dryer side. So enjoy the fresh powder that we are getting this week. It will add to our great base of snow, so then the first part of January we can enjoy some bluebird clear days of sunshine to go out and play. It may not be fresh powder for snow plowing, but it's still going to be fun! I'm not a skier or boarder, but I'm hoping for some time to get out on my snow shoes.

WILL YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS AFFECT SNOW PLOWING?

Are you planning a party or getting a houseful of company for the holidays? Drop us a quick message to let us know, so that we can do what we can to adjust our snow plowing to accommodate your needs at this time.

SILVERTHORNE IS HAVING A GREAT WINTER SO FAR

Snow pack for the sites nearest Silverthorne are at 100%, and the snow water equivalent is a little over that. We may hit a dry spell early in the  new year, but then we are anticipating a snowy wet spring from about mid-February through April. We love plowing that fluffy spring snow! And as I am out and about in town, businesses are bustling and people are smiling - this is good!



http://www.theplowmaster.com/2015/12/20/busy-week-snow-plowing-silverthorne/
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cool, have fun!
over here:
shoes - check
sticks - check
enthusiasm - check
winter/snow - I knew something was missing
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Each new day holds a million miracles .....

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MEXICO DENTIST EXPERIENCE

I just got home from taking my dad to Mexico for extensive dental work. We were referred to the Alamo Dental Clinic by friends. All of my original skepticism about taking him to have third world dentistry done was completely swept away. It could not have been a better experience.

This photo is Dad with his prosthodontist specialist, Dr. Monica Camacho, and her assistant Berenice. After a week of dental work including multiple root canals, crowns, fillings, and extractions, he gives two thumbs up, five stars, and nothing but the highest recommendation to the clinic and doctors. I was just there as support and transportation, not as a patient, but from my observations and conversations with other patients, I concur. The cost was a fraction of what it would have cost him at home, including both of our travel expenses. He had almost no pain or discomfort, even after the extractions.

What we both felt from the doctors here was that they are very concerned about patient comfort, accurately identifying the dental work that needs to be done, and completing it in a correct and skillful manner. The doctors are all highly educated and professional specialists.

We stayed in Yuma, AZ, and drove the 10 minutes each day to the border crossing into Los Algodones, where we parked in a secure lot and walked across the border then about 2 blocks to the clinic. We felt completely safe. There were many street vendors as one would expect in Mexico, but they were friendly and good-natured, not overly pushy.

Dad says it's the best dental experience he's ever had, and he'd rather take a beating than go to the dentist!

Alamo Dental Clinic, Los Algodones, Mexico
http://www.alamodentalgroup.org/
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we've gone to the little town in mexico for dentistry near deming new mexico for many years and have always been very happy. but the place you guys went to sounds a little more extensive
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WINTER SUNSET IN THE FOREST OF FALLEN TREES
I probably read Anne of Green Gables too many times as a child. Being blessed with a similarly active imagination, I find myself naming the sections of trail as I hike. There's the Meadow of Golden Sunlight, Cathedral Pines, Bog of the Mattresses (named for the leftover coil springs from some mattresses that were inexplicably abandoned in the middle of the forest years ago), Bear Wood, Raspberry Corner ..... anyway, you get the picture. This particular section is criss-crossed with fallen trees like a game of pick-up-sticks. The thick cushion of snow blanketed the trail with peaceful silence, as the last ray of sunlight threaded its way through the trees. Not a bad way to start 2016!
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Very nice and enjoyed the narrative.
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THURSDAY: A break in the snow
Clearing today, and cold. Another round of snow is expected to hit Silverthorne tonight and through tomorrow with a few more inches of powder. We will be out plowing today, clearing the snow from last night and checking for drifting. Bundle up and have fun today!
AVALANCHE DANGER: We're still under considerable hazard, check the CAIC report and stay safe.
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Good thing you are not in the snow clearing business in Tennessee. Wow, I cannot believe this weather. The bugs do not know what to do with themselves. We are hearing CRICKETS! In almost January! And the lady bugs which have been crazy for decades are now EVERYWHERE!!!
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I-70 ROAD CONDITION FORECAST FOR TUESDAY: LOTS OF SNOW! Rapid double digit snow accumulations in the mountains and high winds will make for difficult driving conditions. Arrange your travel plans if possible to stay off the highway on Tuesday. Only vehicles with good snow tires and chains or 4WD should be on the road during a blizzard.

This is from the I-70 Daily Snow report  http://opsw.co/i70snow
(if you regularly travel the I-70 mountain corridor, sign up for these reports, they are great)

"Light showers will continue to fall through early Monday afternoon. We will catch a break through Monday evening before snow production really ramps up on Monday night and into Tuesday. All road surfaces will be completely snow-packed, with travel speeds severely reduced on Tuesday and Wednesday. Accidents and road closures are likely, especially on Tuesday. Lighter accumulations will then enter the corridor through next Saturday, December 26th. We will dry out later next weekend before more snow enters the forecast around Tuesday, December 29th."

Snow plowing is going to be dangerous in these conditions. Give right of way to the CDOT plows and respect for those hard working operators who put their lives on the line to clear the highways. 
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Arrrrr!  I guess I'm staying down in Denver.
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Karen Longacre Shackles
Fantastic nail salon, I've been going here for over 4 years. Katy is a true artist. I show her a picture of nail art that I like, and she can freehand copy it. The gel polish doesn't wear off, and also keeps my nails really strong and growing straight. I keep my mani's for 4 to 6 weeks, the only reason they need redone then is due to nail growth. I get a pedi about every 8 weeks, and they have eliminated my former problem with ingrown toe nails. The prices are really affordable, especially for a resort area. It's a busy place, so I can see why some people might think it's chaotic. It's not a "plinky music" type spa. But I've never seen any issues with unsanitary conditions or had a bad reaction.
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My husband and I stayed at Castle Marne for a weekend getaway. I stumbled across it on Google, and am so happy to have found this little gem! They truly specialize in romance, whether it be 100% planning and hosting an intimate wedding ceremony, honeymoon, anniversary, or like us, just a relaxing "date weekend" getaway. The second evening we were there, we smiled to see white rose petals strewn across the lawn from a wedding ceremony that was held in the garden that afternoon. The building is a wonderfully restored historic castle, complete with stained glass windows, old-world style craftsmanship in the woodworking, and Victorian decorations. The innkeepers are a delightful family with three generations hosting their guests. Breakfasts were not only delicious, but exquisitely presented. And as we came back in at night after our day's activities, there were warm cookies and tea set out for us in the sitting room. We stayed in the Van Cise room, which has its own private balcony with hot tub overlooking the garden. The room was quite comfortable and charming. And even though they were hosting a full house while we were there, we heard almost no noise from our fellow guests. As far as pricing, after looking at what was available for "romantic Denver hotels," this was priced on the lower end of average for comparable rooms. It was the kind of place that made us wish we could stay for two weeks instead of two days.
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reviewed a year ago
A treasure found a block off the main road. OK, so Fairplay may not be the hot spot of the region, but if you generally think of it as just that place you drive through to get somewhere else, please reconsider. Millonzi's is just a block west of the main highway through town, and well worth stopping for. If you are in Summit County and would enjoy a nice dinner away from the crowds, take the drive. We went in for date night dinner. The restaurant is warm and cozy, the staff friendly and attentive, and the food was great. We had the bacon-wrapped shrimp tapas - what's not to love - and the sauce was fantastic. The generous entree was plenty for sharing, and the creamy cheesecake a perfect finish. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect for taking our time and enjoying our meal and conversation. We happened to be there in time for happy hour pricing, and our check was pleasingly much less than we had anticipated. Date night dinner with two apps, salads, dipping bread, a bottle of wine, entree, dessert, and coffees, plus 20% tip on full-price two-meal value, all for under $80. This is definitely on our list of places to go back to.
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The concierge at our hotel recommended the Montanya Rum Bar, and it turned out to be a wonderful evening, hanging out on their roof patio lounge and chatting with other visitors. The "Dark & Snowy" was an interesting version of the classic ginger beer concoction; the "Thai Boxer" a surprisingly delicious combination of muddled basil and blueberries; and for dessert in a glass, the "White Room" with vanilla and almonds, and the "Jamaican Rum Cream" were smooth and decadent. Tasty tapas were available to accompany our rum drinks - the elk empanadas, artichoke dip, and stromboli are all good choices. The staff were friendly, and had no complaints climbing the stairs to the roof to serve us. Definitely a must-visit if you are in Silverton!
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My husband and I went to The Fort for date night. We had heard great things about it, and were not disappointed. The atmosphere was what I would call dressy western casual. Our server, Christy, was the perfect blend of friendly, attentive without hovering, and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And while we were much too full to think about dessert, we enjoyed finishing our meal with a table-side serenade by a Native American flute player who gave us a little history about Ute flute music and played us a traditional love song. Everything on the menu sounded so good, it was tough to choose. We started with the sausage sampler of bison, boar, and "jackalope" - a blend of rabbit and antelope. All were juicy and bursting with flavor. Following that, we shared the mixed game plate of quail, elk chop, and bison. The elk was super tender and had great flavor; the quail was so tasty, we almost changed our minds about what to order. But for our entrees, we shared the smoked bison ribs and beef rib-eye,and both were excellent. The accompanying salad was lots of mixed leafy greens, and we both had the house honey-mustard dressing - quite delicious. The other sides were also great - asparagus, potatoes, and a bread basket. We chose one of our favorite Colorado wines to go with our meal, a Two Rivers Merlot. The menu pricing was what we expected for a restaurant of this caliber. The panoramic view from the dining room overlooks the foothills down to Denver, and we were treated to a spectacular double rainbow as we arrived. If I were to have any complaint at all (not really even a complaint, just a personal preference) it was the drum beating and hip-hoorays for other diners celebrating a birthday. There were about half a dozen while we were there, and it became slightly annoying. That sort of thing belongs in an Outback or Chilis, not a fine dining establishment.
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In rating this hotel, I'm rating it for what it is - an 1880s historic building in a small, isolated mountain town. I'm not going to compare it to a modern city hotel. The room was large and comfortable, and in spite of being dated, it was clean and in good repair. The staff was friendly and helpful. When I was searching for a hotel, I read some negative online reviews. When I contacted the hotel and expressed my concerns, they emailed me photos of the room we were booking, with close-ups of the bathroom and room corners, so we could see the condition and cleanliness before we booked. The floors are squeaky, and the water pipes a bit noisy, but nothing beyond what one would expect from a building of this vintage. My one complaint was that all the windows were painted shut, so we could not open them to the fresh outside air. Our visit was in the fall, so the room temperature was comfortable, and there was a ceiling fan. Guests should be prepared that there is no elevator, so you will be climbing about 30 steps to get to the second-floor rooms. There was wi-fi, although the connection was weak, and a TV. Amenities one might expect, which were not provided, are in-room coffee pot, hair dryer, and iron.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This is a great little breakfast diner. The coffee is good, charmingly served in egg-shaped mugs. The food is generous and delicious, and served by a friendly staff.
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