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TV in the Bedroom?

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When I moved to my new house and began making arrangements for the utilities, I faced the inevitable question: should I have a TV in the bedroom?

In my previous homes, I always had a television in the bedroom. When I got into bed at night, the first thing I did was turn on the TV to provide background noise while I read and then fell asleep. When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I did was turn on the TV to watch the morning news while I slowly woke up.

In my last home (my first home in Evergreen), the Swedish Farmhouse, I found myself having a difficult time falling asleep at night, and often I would wake up through the night at 1a.m, 3a.m., 5a.m. I didn't know what to do with myself through these sleepless nights, so I turned on the TV and relied on it to lull me back to sleep. More often than not, it worked, but I was concerned that I wasn't getting a restful sleep with the white noise of news chatter in the background. In fact, I was miser…

Out and About in Evergreen CO - Farmer's Market

When I arrived in Evergreen last winter I was completely undecided about whether I wanted to make a home here. As many of you know, I went back and forth between the practicality of choosing Evergreen versus the dream of returning to Incline Village (Lake Tahoe), Nevada. Over the course of the winter I would find myself discovering things I really enjoyed about Evergreen. These things became a list that I carried around in my mind as 'Things I Love About Evergreen'.

In April, when it was finally time to decide whether to stay here or move back to Incline Village, I chose Evergreen. Afterwards, I felt at peace with my decision and that list I'd carried in my head began to grow until finally I decided that I wanted to share some of my favorites places with you. So, from time to time, I'll show you some of my favorite things about my new hometown.

During the summer months, June to September, Evergreen hosts a Farmers Market on Tuesdays. It's a wonderful collection of l…

Out and About - Guanella Pass and Loveland Pass, Colorado

The secret to a successful road trip is two-fold: 1) be willing to take unexpected set-backs as the chance for new adventure, 2) be ready to activate your 'impromptu' gene.

Last Sunday, as part of our Out and About in Colorado adventures, we started out on a drive over the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway which connects Interstate 70 in the north and SR 285 in the south.

View of Georgetown from the start of Guanella Pass

Exit I-70 at the Georgetown exit, follow the  Guanella Pass signs through the quaint downtown (you may want to stop at Georgetown Valley Ice Cream and Candy for a ice cream cone!). The signs will lead you to the start of the pass which is actually a dirt road that quickly twists and turns its way up the mountain.

Well, that's the way it's supposed to go...

A mountain stream roaring with snow melt

Instead, when we stopped at the Visitor's Center in Georgetown to pick up some maps for the drive, we were informed that only the first four miles of the Byway we…

Channeling My Inner Martha Stewart

I was one of the charter subscribers to Martha StewartLiving. I bought every one of her books. She taught me how to cook. Every Christmas season I watched her primetime special, longing for snow in my Florida front yard and a determination in my heart to emulate every swag and bow even though I lived in a smallish condominium rather than a rambling home like Turkey Hill.

One aspect of Martha-dom that always eluded me was gardening. First, the rather strict taboo of planting in the public areas behind my condo. Believe me, I tried. In fact one year I actually created my own 'secret garden' by digging up a 6 x 12 foot rectangle of nice green grass, which I determined to turn into a a flower garden. Things went well for the first day or two until ultimately my garden was discovered and I was warned by the condo board that my garden had to go. So I moved my gardening endeavors indoors and satisfied my longings with a hodge-podge of orchids that bloomed once and never again, palm …

Happy Fathers Day - A Rememberance

My father passed away on October 24th, 1997 in Kiev, Ukraine from a sudden and devastating heart attack. He literally died in my mother's arms. He is buried in Kiev beneath a large granite grave marker that bears a laser etched image of his smiling face.

Although it has now been many years, particular days always bring him to mind, the anniversary of his death, his birthday, and of course Father's Day.

This morning as I sat on the deck with my cup of coffee and my journal to do my usual 'Morning Pages' (as per Julia Cameron's Artists Way) I found myself writing about my father. Actually, I'd been thinking about him since yesterday when I went downtown to watch a quintessential small town parade celebrating the Evergreen Rodeo Days. My father would have loved the parade of vintage cars, ranchers on horseback, local business owners on floats festooned with American flags and of course, three of Evergreen's finest fire trucks. Dad would have loved all of it an…

The Light is Different Here

As I mentioned last week, we have moved from the Swedish Farmhouse to our new home, let's call it, 'Mountaintop' because that perfectly describes its geographic location.
Our former home rested serenly in a valley and overlooked two acres of beautiful pasture where we were graced by the appearance of deer and elk and a stunning variety of birds that came to feast on the sunflower seeds that I put out for them each morning.

Our current home is perched on the side of a mountain and overlooks the sky and the mountains that abound in every direction. To look out the window at any point during the day is to observe an ever changing painting as the clouds move across the sky and with them, the colors that tell us the time of day and an outlook on the weather.

These two houses could not be more different in appearance and yes, ambience. Our former house was built in 1949 and was dark and cozy and close to the ground. This house is just barely 15 years old, is light and airy, and…

Out and About - Georgetown, Colorado

Now that we've finally moved into our new (rental) home, we've decided that's it's time to get out and start enjoying our adopted home state of Colorado.

Yesterday we took a day trip to Georgetown, a former mining camp established in 1859 to support the silver and ore mining in the region. This lovely town is nestled in a valley between towering peaks of the Rockies and a quick 30 minute ride on I-70, from Evergreen.

Its noteworthy features include a quaint Victorian main street with lovely art galleries and handmade candy and ice cream shops. A few blocks from downtown is the historic Loop Railroad, an hour-long ride on a steam locomotive, that runs between Georgetown and Silver Plume. What better way to spend an afternoon?!

Or so we thought...When we arrived at the train station we were told that dogs were not allowed on the train. As we'd brought Coco, my little yorkie, we had a decision to make... luckily she's gotten used to riding around in my oversized C…