LIVING in a little mountain village
Susie, “It sounds very romantic writing up in the mountains.”
Me smiling, “It is. Especially in the cold months with all the noisy visitors gone and a warm fire softly crackling as I drink hot coffee and write for long stretches uninterrupted. Seasonal visitors just don’t understand that they are on vacation when they come up. We are not.”
When visitors find out I live up here the reaction is that of finding a ‘celebrity’ and the first question is always the same: “What do you do up here?” I write – I write books – I write a blog about living life in the mountains – I write for our newspaper – I garden – serve on 2 boards – I walk the mountains all the time, all seasons getting in 10,000 – 20,000 steps daily – I get together with friends – my husband and I watch movies from the library and TV shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime (no cable, no public television, no satellite for us) before COVID we occasionally went to our little movie theater or concerts – we walk and hike and snowshoe together regularly with our dogs – we are both avid readers – I’ll be working a friend’s gift shop for the next 3 weekends so he can visit his 93-year-old dad in California – my husband is the engineer at the electric company – I’m a photographer – mostly nature pictures – I live here and am so in love with this place – so in awe…I always have a camera nearby if not in hand…
Hummingbird in my birthday garden – it’s my birthday garden because it was a birthday gift from my sweet husband
Hummingbird moth in my birthday garden
Poppies from my garden
This Friday evening’s movie borrowed from our library for my husband and me
Sometimes I want to say, “Like you, we live life.” But I know what they mean. My husband and I happily live with our dogs at 9,000 feet in a tiny Colorado mountain village. Our home is in one of the most remote and road-less counties in the entire United States and one of Colorado’s least populated counties. So very many people love to visit our picturesque mountains with lakes and waterfalls and our charming chocolate box, historic town but most people do not want to live here. In fact the population swells from about 300 hundred to 3,000 in the summer (and the mountain does not get bigger) and then of course they usually want to know ‘in the winter too’ – ‘in the winter too as that’s what living up here means’.
The question was asked again yesterday and so I responded to what I did that day:
“Well right now I’m meeting friends for drinks and hors d’ oeuvres at our favorite restaurant.
Friends gather for catching up over refreshments – one friend was remembering a party at my home a few years ago where we were out on the deck when I told everyone to look over the railing and down below in the river there was a mama moose with her baby
Right before this gathering with friends I took my little charge to her home. I’ve been a nanny / tutor to this special needs child for 6 years now. We have each other’s heart…
My little charge with our border collie Hope, playing in the river right out our garden gate – I LOVE where my husband and I live!
From 10-11:30 I taught a writing class for the 4th – 5th graders at our summer library program. Today I taught my students how to write Haiku poetry using some of my photographs as inspiration.
Students playing an educational board game at the library summer reading program – we have library cats – love how the kids can just go right on playing as the cats ‘do their own thing’
The dogs and I walked our nature trail several time before I left the house this morning at 8:50 and I was baking my spinach quiche at 6 AM – it’s dinner for my husband and me.”
Life is good….
Crystal Peak is seen from my writing nook and our living area and our front deck
“May you live all the days of your life.” J. Swift