Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Up Higher in the Mountains

It sounds corny but it's true--I live in Texas but my heart is in the mountains. I often insist I must have been a prospector or mountain pioneer in my previous life. This brings the inevitable eye rolling from my kids who know I'd rather get a root canal than camp outdoors.

But there is an unmistakable pull to the mountains, and the higher the better. Years ago, after my first foray into the San Juans, I said these mountains are what my heaven will look like. Now we've made the move and I get to see the San Juans regularly out my window. Life is good.

Here's the view from the new digs in Telluride.

Maybe this was me in a previous life. Okay, well, maybe not.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Writing view

Okay, if I can't get anything done here, I might as well throw in the towel.

It's great to be back in Colorado (even if it's in the middle of a "heat wave").

Now, I have to write . . .

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Check one off the bucket list!

It was supposed to be Jamaica, but what a fabulous week in Capri!

Middle's senior trip was originally going to be with a large group of thirteen girls and their thirteen mothers to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. Not jazzed at the prospect, I dangled the opportunity of the two of us heading to the Amalfi Coast instead. Lucky for me, Middle jumped at it.

It was a week of walking and shopping and eating and boating and sightseeing that neither of us will soon forget. From the marbled colonnade of Villa San Michele, to cruising through the iconic Faraglioni Rocks, to the electric blue of the Grotto Azura, to the fabulous lemon fettuccini, it was all superb.

Throw in a couple pair of Capri sandals made by Schettino's (the same cobbler who made them for Jackie O), limoncello on the piazetta, and a suite at the Punta Tragara Hotel and you have the makings of a dream vacation.

Thank you for foregoing Jamaica, Middle, and helping me check one off the bucket list!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Missing in action

I have completely neglected the blog for a couple months, but with good reason.


Kids, dogs, school, football games, trips to Colorado, flood, knee surgery (upcoming), book (okay, not much book, but I'm back on that, too).

As of two minutes ago, Chapter 38 is in the bag. It's been slow going but I'm happy to report that the book is over halfway finished. Now if I could just pick up some momentum on the backside and finish the darn thing.

I'm trying!

Some happy news: Middle was officially accepted at Superman's and my alma mater.

Another Aggie! WHOOP!

Friday, August 18, 2017

One summer, two more summits

This summer is speeding to an end this Sunday. All three kids start school Monday. Oldest back at Colorado School of Mines, Middle and Youngest back to high school.

As much as I'm ready to get my schedule and routine back, it's a little sad to let this summer go.

There were trips with family and friends to Colorado, to the lake, and back to Colorado again. There was a mountain to summit (twice) and rivers to play in, s'mores to roast and new restaurants to try.

There were plane rides, boat rides, rafts and cars. Dogs, elk, mountain goats and a bear.

Until next summer . . .

Monday, August 7, 2017

OMG finished the chapter from hell!

It was Chapter 34 and it took at least five days to finish. Granted, they weren't five full days, only an hour here, a couple hours there, but it seemed like forever!

It was the classic 'gather all the suspects in one room for questioning' scene, and it kicked my butt.

But it's finished! Whew! Now on to Chapter 35 (but not until tomorrow).

It's almost 5 o'clock, but I'm thinking it's not too late for a quick power nap. Penny makes it look so inviting.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Oh summer, where are you going?

It has been a whirlwind of a summer. Two trips to Colorado, one long and one short, a couple trips to the lake, a family reunion, now one more trip to Colorado.

The book has definitely taken a backseat to all the chaos that comes with three kids at home for the summer, and that's okay. I've managed to squeeze writing in here and there, and am on Chapter 34 now. Chapter 34! Yay!

There's been three murders and at least one more to come. There's been a bit of research into the minds of serial killers and a bit of research on the Colorado mob. Yes, the mafia--in Colorado! Who knew?

Yoga at Summit Lake with Youngest...