Sunday, December 15, 2019

Berthoud Colorado Ice sculptures 2019

Amidst FREEZING temperatures, the annual carving of the ICE took place in Berthoud. Here are the wonderful entries and the larger than life statues in adjacent Fickel Park.

 The details are hard to see on some of these intricate works of art. Apologies to any I missed, my poor camera got so cold, at one point it quit working. 


Congratulations to all the entrants for their creativity and hard work. A fun (frozen) day, so happy I could share it with my sister.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Release day for Trapper's Moon

            Inspired by the many years my husband 
           and I enjoyed mountain man reenacting.                                 Those were shinin' times!

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As a free trapper, mountain man Kade McCauley is wary of the Hudson Bay Company. Their form of vengeance against those who are not part of the company can be deadly. When he and his partner are attacked, he fights back, only to discover one of his shots struck an innocent. A woman who touches his
soul, and he will do anything to keep her safe. 
   While searching for her Native American tribe, Blind Deer crosses paths with Kade—with near fatal results. Once she is patched up, she decides it is safer to travel with him than alone Their uneasy alliance turns to genuine caring, but Blind Deer's past gets in the way, and she must choose between love or old obligations. 
    But nothing in life is carved in stone except the mountains, and those formidable peaks have been known to change the course of a man's life--or a woman's.                    

Remaining at her back, and seeming to understand,
he rested his hands upon her shoulders.
   “I’m not giving up on us, Blind Deer. I can wait.”
When she turned her head to glance back at him, he kissed her cheek, and then reaching for one of her hands, he drew her closer to the window. “The moon is so big tonight it reminds me of a Trapper’s Moon.”
   Blind Deer squinted up at the sky, and although she would never know the patterns formed by the twinkling bits of light, her shortcoming did not stifle her curiosity for the world around her.
   “What exactly is a Trapper’s Moon?” She was glad

they pursued a subject other than the history of her love life, or lack thereof. And she enjoyed hearing about anything to do with Saka’am, the moon.
    “It comes in February, and it’s a formidable sight—big and bright, like a golden plum, ripe for the
picking. A body feels he might reach out and touch it if he could but climb a bit higher up into the heavens. So bright does it shine, if the rivers are thawed, a trapper can walk his lines all night long using the light it gives off to show him the way.”
   Blind Deer watched Kade’s face as he spoke. His strong profile and earnest expression revealed his great love for the land and the wilderness. A  handsome and noble face, one she fancied she would have been content to grow old beside.

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