Dallas – Love that Place

This is my fourth visit to Dallas and the more familiar with it I become, the more I love it. Two new discoveries this time, The Anvil Pub in Deep Ellum for Brunch and the Truck Yard for drinks and afternoon bands.

The breakfast drinks in The Anvil were definitely different and the Truck Yard made me feel like I’d travelled back in time to the sixties. More to love about Dallas!

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The Truck Yard Dallas

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Anvil Pub Deep Ellum Dallas

Easby Abbey – North Yorkshire

On August 13th 1977 I was married here, in Easby Abbey Church, North Yorkshire. My daughter was christened here too, in 1984. The Reverend Stegall (god rest his soul) performed both ceremonies. I was happy to take my daughter back to this lovely old church a couple of years ago. If I never see it again, I will remember it. It will always be in my heart. My home is here in Colorado, but I can’t forget my past, it made me who I am.

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A SPECTACULAR END TO A TRULY AWFUL DAY! (and I mean awful)

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ALMOST THERE – FROM GERMANY TO COLORADO

 

 

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BorzigPlatz – Germany

My journey through life has taken me to many countries. I have crossed paths with interesting and exciting people. I have laughed, cried, loved, and been hurt. All of this makes us who we are.

Because I can’t paint that picture that says a thousand words, I write. I am thrilled and excited to announce that my first full length novel is now in print and can be bought on Amazon. The eBook won’t be available until next week, but for those of you who still like to turn pages, go to the links below.

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And now I live in Colorado, a place where I can look back at everything I have done, and write about it.

Colorado - The place I call home.

Colorado – The place I call home.

Colorado – After the Deluge

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When I shared my ‘Shitty Monday’ blog with you all, I had no idea how the rest of the week would turn out. I’m sure you all saw what happened in Colorado this week. It rained, and rained, and rained some more.

If you don’t live in Colorado, you may not know that we really don’t get much moisture. Our summers are hot and dry. If we don’t get heavy snow fall in the winter, we suffer a drought.

Last week we got more rain in three days than we usually get in a year, but look how lovely it looks now.

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Its coming…….’Dead of July’ will be released soon.

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If you’re going to San Francisco

Don’t worry about wearing flowers in your hair…..you can pick them when you get there.

 

 

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On my first visit to San Francisco I was amazed at the flowers. They are everywhere. They grow from crack in the wall and cracks in the sidewalk. They tumble-down the sides of houses in beautiful abundance. Years later, it hasn’t changed. It is the city of flowers and I love it, I just wish we were back in simpler times.

 

 

Slow Down – You’re going too fast

My journey through life is speeding by,

In 1977 I was a young bride,

In 1984 I was a young mother,

Where did the time go?

My baby is grown,

Has a life of her own,

Next year she gets married.

Where did the time go?

Relish the moment, it doesn’t last long,

Life passes by a bitter-sweet song.

Filled with love, loss, drama and constant rebirth,

Live every moment for all it is worth.

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My next journey is as a writer, my first novel ‘Dead of July’ will be released in the fall.

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The Rocky Mountains in Spring

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Bring on the Summer

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Love my home in Franktown, Colorado. I love the  tranquility, the view, the people and the solitude. I also love the local bar, the Stage Coach.

Although only 45 minutes from downtown Denver, I enjoy over three acres of peace and quiet. I wake up every morning to a view of the Rocky Mountains. Pikes Peak to my left and Devil’s Head to my right.

Deer graze in my backyard. I don’t hear the noise of neighbors or any highway. I am truly secluded and I love it.

All I need now is the Summer.

So bring it on, I am ready.

 

Wedding Plans, Venues and $$$$$$$

June 2014 seems like a long way off, but not when you have a wedding to plan. My daughter’s engagement was lovely, romantic occasion, but I knew the peace and tranquility wouldn’t last and a tidal wave of venues, dates, tastings, ideas, disagreements, tears, smiles and endless check writing would soon follow. I can handle it and I hope the happy couple will take it in their stride.

Yesterday we traveled to Estes Park and looked at some wedding venues. First of all we visited the beautiful Della Terra Mountain Chateau.

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Who wouldn’t want to get married here? I have to say the photos do not do it justice. This place resembles a Tuscan Villa. It is absolutely breathtaking.

Following our visit to the Della Terra, we went to another venue, which I won’t even mention. The photos on the website were beautiful, but when we arrived, it was nothing more than a seedy hotel. The staff was pleasant and helpful, but the place was AWFUL, and just as expensive as the beautiful Tuscan Chateau.

The Stanley Hotel was next on our list. We were a little early and had time to stop in the bar and enjoy a glass of champagne before meeting with our host. The Stanley Hotel was delightful. I felt like I was stepping back in time, and I won’t even pretend it didn’t feel haunted. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that there was at least one spirit accompanying us on our tour. I managed to snap a couple of photos while we were there. (of the happy couple not the spirit).

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This really would be a dramatic and wonderful place for a wedding. We were even shown the ‘Stephen King‘ room, where the great man stayed while he wrote ‘The Shining‘. I will definitely stay at this lovely hotel at some time in the future.

After the Stanley Hotel, we made our way to the Taharaa Mountain Lodge.

 

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The mountain lodge was delightful, and the owner who showed us around was a GEM. Originally from New Orleans, she had Southern Charm and Hospitality that made us immediately warm to her. The views from the lodge were incredible, and I am sure in many cases, would clinch the deal.

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Exhausted after a long day, we drove to Boulder, and stopped in Mountain Sun Brewery for a cold beer and some sustenance. Although we were all tired, we were happy that we had booked a venue and had a wedding date at last.

Which of these beautiful locations took our fancy? The Tuscan Villa of course.

In 2014 my only daughter will have a fairytale wedding at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau.

On another note, check out my other blog…STOP TALKING TO ME to keep up to date on my other endeavor, the launch of my first full length novel ‘Dead of July’. This book will be released in July of 2013 and maybe, just maybe, it will help me pay for the wedding. One can only hope. Preview Dead of July

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