This Time, Last Year

On Friday, I’m leaving town. It’s not the best time for me to be gone because we run a retail shop and it’s almost Christmas. And yet, it’s the best time for me to be gone because it’s almost Christmas. Dad died one year ago today, so I’m going to Colorado. It was Dad’s favorite … Continue reading This Time, Last Year

Socked in With Good Books and Sore Legs

We've hiked ourselves silly. Today, a cool rain began about 10:30 a.m. and is continuing, slow and steady. It started just as we were talking about where to hike today. My legs are begging for mercy so the rain is welcomed, at least for a while. I'll start getting antsy in a few hours if … Continue reading Socked in With Good Books and Sore Legs

Rocky Mountain High and a Little Bit of Real World

Here we are. Majestic mountains. Pine scent in the air. Night sky filled with stars. Wildlife and nature everywhere around us. We're on vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and Kyle and I are talking about work. I've wrestled with this since the day we got here, but today I … Continue reading Rocky Mountain High and a Little Bit of Real World

Picking Raspberries for Mom: Memories in the Mountains

My family has been coming to Pagosa Springs, Colorado for almost 35 years. I was 11 years old the first time we drove into town to look for resort property. Dad bought land to build a house here, thinking that he and Mom would retire in Colorado someday. Things didn’t work out that way, however. … Continue reading Picking Raspberries for Mom: Memories in the Mountains

Back in Pagosa Springs: Bear Sighting

Well, we’re certainly not in China anymore. We're not even in Tulsa. It’s good to be back in Pagosa Springs, which is our Colorado summer spot for escaping the oppressive Oklahoma heat. However, it’s a little warmer here than usual and guess who is coming down from the mountains. I have no photo to prove … Continue reading Back in Pagosa Springs: Bear Sighting