That Was the Year That Was

Recap of 2019 — I bought Nordic skis in January and skied (Langlaufed) maybe 10 times before the snow melted. 

One of the happiest days I can remember is the first day I took them out and found I could still ski, even after 20 years. I got to take Lois out in February and we had a blast. We had SO MUCH SNOW it was a dream come true for me and Polar Bear Yeti T. Dog. Winter also brought Bear and me a small herd of mule deer to watch and kind of hang out with daily — from a distance.

The Tracks of my Deers

In the winter I did some watercolors (of which I’m very proud) of the world in which I now wander and an oil that is, I think, my best so far. All of these are of the Rio Grande and the San Juan Mountains which I watched changing every day I took Bear out for a long ramble. Winter 2019 was a spectacular winter for me.

Storm on Windy Peak

In late June, I lost my Dusty T. Dog after 14 years. I. had adopted a mini-Aussie pup, Teddy Bear T. Dog a few weeks before losing Dusty. 

Because of all the snow we got, the snow melt was record-setting, and I got to see “my” river in flood for the first time. Really, really amazing

Rio Grande in flood at Shriver/Wright

The year brought a few visits to Colorado Springs to see friends, to get my new hip checked, and a pilgrimage to Denver with Lois and lunch with one of my oldest friends, Ron, and his wonderful wife, Joni, in my old hood which had not completely changed. (I was happy). From that came a deep understanding of my life, the changes, the distance I’ve traveled — heart, mind, soul and feet — and the consistencies of which I was unaware, leaving me grateful for old friends, new old friends and my own courage. ❤

At the Narrow Gauge Book Co-op

I had the incredible experience of writing As a Baby Duck Listens to Thunder (and another book, Fledging, with its very tiny audience of three people including me, but a beloved project nonetheless). Reading Baby Duck at the Narrow Gauge Book Co-op was a little scary, but it turned into a very sweet event, supported by my incredible friends. The reading, the newspaper articles, and all that experience ended up entailing was great — including being on the Radio. (Video will NOT kill this radio star, believe me.) 

In November/December I had the opportunity to participate in a group art show at the Rio Grande County Museum with other San Luis Valley artists. I exhibited and sold books (I sold four) and read from Baby Duck again, this time to a different audience. It was wonderful, inspiring to me as a writer. Along with the show, I got to know the women who run that museum and I like them very much.

Some health weirdness, but who, at 67, does not have to deal with some of that? The weirdest was the horse-fly bite in June. 

Adventures with friends — some lunches in various and sundry places .In early spring we went to Creede and wandered around that lovely town. We tried the new restaurant in Del Norte, and went to studio tours in South Fork and Crestone. December brought Christmas lunches, tea parties and dinner with precious friends.

Health Food lunch in Crestone

The year brought only a few good walks with the dogs, not as many as I wish because of an injury I sustained in late September that has taken almost 3 months to heal. But now it’s healed just in time to Langlauf which I’ve done twice already this winter. Karen and I were finally able to ski together after talking about it for 3 years!

There’s much more, but this is long enough already. Thank you again fates for conspiring to bring me here, to Heaven, where I am and have been so incredibly happy. ❤

20 thoughts on “That Was the Year That Was

  1. Martha–I am so happy for, and proud of, you. The oil painting, I LOVE. I eye-rolled at ‘tracks of me deers.’ Ha!! You sound so happy. That makes me smile.

  2. Fabulous painting! Evokes similar winter scenes here, sans trees 😉 Here’s to a new year/new decade full of many more wonderful events involving dogs, snow, books, trails, painting, writing, and whatever else brings you joy!

    • Thank you! ❤

      P.S. These are the mountains immediately west of my town, just a couple miles away, but this moment I saw from about 15 miles away as I was driving back from the store in Alamosa.

    • Absolutely, and I didn’t really feel the need to write about the other stuff since it was mostly annoying physical problems like shoulder bursitis, my knee acting up and the stupid foot injury. ❤

  3. This is a lovely summary. I’ll admit, I have no firsthand, or even secondhand, knowledge of Colorado. I read your summary of 2019 and now I know it has mule deer (though, at first I thought the tracks you were referencing were for the train and that ‘mule deer’ was a nickname for tanker cars), rivers, and heavy snowfall. You describe mountains. You have a painting of mountains. But all your pictures look like flatland. So, I am a bit puzzled as to what Colorado actually looks like based on this scant photographic/artistic evidence. I will hope someday to experience the grandeur myself. Or at least fly over it with a great view!

    Wishing you the very best in 2020 and lots of walks and Schilaufen in your future.

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