Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Survival of the fittest

Look what survived the harsh Wyoming winter! This is a Bleeding Heart bush tuber that I planted last spring.

Its sister plant didn't make it, but this one survived. I love gardening, but alas, Wyoming is rough on anything green that tries to grow.

Unless its a weed. Weeds flourish around here, but they're not very pretty in the yard.

While living in Colorado and Utah I had lush gardens full of tomatoes, peas, corn, beans--you name it! 

Many people here in Wyoming use greenhouses to grow gardens, but that's beyond my reach, unfortunately.

That's why when I manage to coax something green out of the ground, I'm a happy clam.

Here's a drawing of what Bleeding Heart looks like when they get larger and begin to bloom. I can't wait for mine to flourish! These flowers are supposedly deer and rabbit resistant, so wish me luck!


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

"In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks." --John Muir

     One of my hobbies besides writing is walking. On this sunny day as I was strolling through my neighborhood, I ran across some sidewalk chalk art. I love finding fun things along my path.

     I decided to share it so hopefully it might brighten your day, too. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Bloody Prairie, a Solstice Publishing title by author Ryan Fleming


Hello everyone!

Ryan Fleming, a Solstice Publishing author based in Belton, South Carolina, has stopped by today to talk about his novel, Bloody Prairie

Here is Ryan's synopsis:

The Canadian Prairies are a land of endless skies, wild weather extremes, and endemic human trafficking. Saskatchewan high schooler Clint Carpentier takes matters into his own hands when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) drop the ball on investigating the abduction of his native girlfriend. 

A shocking betrayal and bloodbath leaves Clint fleeing to Montreal by way of Toronto with a bloodthirsty pack of traffickers hot on his tail. His ordeal will end the same as it began; in a hail of lead.

This is a neo western thriller that fits squarely with the works of Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard. Horses are replaced with V-8 engines and motorbikes, revolvers and bandoliers with automatic weapons and magazines, but still there are the wide-open spaces, the dust, and the human greed that made—and makes—the west wild.

Ruthie L. Manier gave Bloody Prairie a five-star Amazon review, along with other reviewers. She said the book is action packed, full of gory murders, and love. 

"This is not a genre that I usually read but I was pleasantly surprised with ‘Bloody Prairie.’ Ryan Fleming is a convincing writer who uses a lot of detail describing events and making you feel like your there in the action! I think this book would make a great movie. And the love between Clint and Megan through all they went through was perfect!" 

Click on the links to go to Amazon to purchase a copy, or you can click on the book cover. Happy reading!

Solstice Publishing author, Ryan Fleming

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens annual Glass Art Show

What is there to do in Cheyenne during the cold winter months?

Currently, a rainbow of glass artwork is displayed on the second floor of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. This year marks the 39th anniversary of the event. According to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper, this is Wyoming's largest glass show.

Each year, my sister and I go on an annual pilgrimage downtown to visit the dazzling display of stained glass. Life is quieter this time of year; and viewing the beautiful items breaks up the routine until Spring arrives with warmer weather and outdoor activities.

Of course, it's stunning to see the show in person. If you can make it over to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, 710 S. Lions Park Drive, to view the display, it's well worth it. Attendance is free and the show runs until April 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What keeps you occupied during the winter months? 

Of course, we took a spin through the Shane Smith Grand Conservatory, too. The plants are amazing, and we love those colorful goldfish swimming in their pond. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

A new year, a new book!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Some of you may remember a while back when I announced I'd contracted for a three-book series with Camel Press. 

The first book in the series, "Wild Creek Whispers," will be published in April, so here is my cover! 

I love the Wyoming setting of the story, and hopefully readers will enjoy it as well.

Information about the mystery is listed on Amazon at:

Or go to my website at

Have a great new year!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Ever dream of being a mountain man?


Ever wondered what it would be like to be a mountain man? 

These daring individuals survived starvation, dehydration, harsh cold and burning heat. They had to steer clear of wild, predatory animals in the wilderness. It was a lonely life of extreme isolation.

Their lives were full of danger, considering they lived in the wilds of America's Old West. Fur trapping was their trade because fur was in great demand back east for fashionable clothing and gentlemen's top hats. 

Mountain men made very little contact with the outside world, except when they visited remote trading posts or attended rendezvous. Jim Bridger was one of the most famous mountain men, along with Jedediah Smith. 

The above photo was taken in Riverton, Wyoming, located in the historic 1838 Rendezvous site where mountain men met to trade animal pelts for supplies. The site lies at the confluence of the Big and Little Wind Rivers. The area has also been a meeting place for Native Americans since pre-history. 

Every year in July, members of Riverton's Chamber of Commerce put on a rendezvous re-enactment at this river sandbar. During the annual gathering, they offer seminars on fur trapping methods, demonstrate Dutch oven cooking, flint knapping, fire starting, and much more. 

My visit was in August, so the area was deserted, yet it held silent historic significance. Signs tell visitors the area has been left much as it was back in the past. 

If you can plan a trip to Riverton in July during the rendezvous, you will get to see and experience some amazing things!

If time allows, plan a visit to the Wind River Heritage Center Wind River Heritage Center - Travel Wyoming where you'll get to see an actual trapper's cabin, a 1908 homesteaders' cabin, along with a display of Wyoming's wildlife and a wax museum featuring historical characters who were pivotal to Wyoming's settlement. 

Would you have wanted to be a pioneer of the Old West?

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Crazy Horse Memorial visit

     During a recent trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota, we stopped by to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial. It's been decades since we've seen it, and it was a pleasant surprise to evaluate the progress made on the huge sculpture. The photo above shows what it currently looks like.

This photo shows a bust of Crazy Horse Memorial,
depicting what it will look like when it's completed. 

     It's so magnificent and awe-inspiring! People say it is the eighth wonder of the world in progress.

     We also strolled through the museum located in the area and it was full of historical artifacts and information about the Plains Indians. 

If you ever have a chance to stop and see the memorial, it's definitely worth the time. Here's the link to their website: Home of the Crazy Horse Memorial : Crazy Horse Memorial®