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This is Tinkerbell and her twins:  Wine (right - doe) and Roses (left - buck).  In two weeks the kids will be 3 months old, time to be weaned, so Tinkerbell will join the other does in the front pasture.  She will not be happy to be away from her kids but will get over it in about 2 weeks.  The twins will not be happy for about 2 days!  They will stay in the back pasture with the other two pairs of twins:  Coffee and Cream; Sugar and Spice. 

This is Tinkerbell and her twins:  Wine (right - doe) and Roses (left - buck).  In two weeks the kids will be 3 months old, time to be weaned, so Tinkerbell will join the other does in the front pasture.  She will not be happy to be away from her kids but will get over it in about 2 weeks.  The twins will not be happy for about 2 days!  They will stay in the back pasture with the other two pairs of twins:  Coffee and Cream; Sugar and Spice. 

The Year of Luminous Love; The Year of Chasing Dreams

By Lurlene McDaniel, published by Delacorte Press, 2013 and 2014.

Here we go with 3 best friends who live in Tennessee and each have their personal challenges:  Ciana’s family’s massive property is now her total responsibility, with no help from her alcoholic mother.  Arie continues to battle cancer.  Eden’s mother is bipolar, AND she has attached herself to a drug lord who controls her every move.  To further complicate the situation, Ciana and Arie are in love with the same cowboy!  Of course they are!  The 3 friends get a rare opportunity to take a trip to Italy and escape their ordinary lives.  Sun-drenched Tuscan vineyards are a welcome respite to these 3 likeable young women, but eventually they have to return home and deal with their problems.  Lots of drama here, almost of the soap opera variety.  Its companion book, The Year of Chasing Dreams, continues this lightweight cowboy romance. Friends and family support one another, and the ending is satisfying.  Both books are escapist summer reading, perfect for high school girls and college-age women!

I made these crocheted fingerless mittens after finding colorful wool-free yarn.  They’re available for sale at www.etsy.com for $15 a pair.  See my ChanceCrochet Shop! 

Having lived in eastern New Mexico when I was a child, I was used to seeing “donkey pumps.”  They are pump jacks that move oil by pressure or suction.  East of Artesia - on our trip to Cloudcroft - we saw oil fields that were thick with donkey pumps (new ones and larger ones than I have ever seen). 

Having lived in eastern New Mexico when I was a child, I was used to seeing “donkey pumps.”  They are pump jacks that move oil by pressure or suction.  East of Artesia - on our trip to Cloudcroft - we saw oil fields that were thick with donkey pumps (new ones and larger ones than I have ever seen). 

In recent years I have become fond of pistachio nuts.  In Alamogordo and Tularosa we found three vineyards that grew pistachios as well as grapes.  I even bought a bottle of pistachio rose wine that tastes like vanilla cream soda with a slight aftertaste of pistachio.  It’s a different taste for wine but actually quite good!

This is a train trestle built in the early 1900s (recently restored as a historical site).  It’s 6 stories tall at the highest point.  We viewed it from the highway near Cloudcroft and then hiked a moderate trail of one mile to see it close up.  Women in their long white dresses would ride the train from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft to dine at The Lodge!  Quite a remarkable journey crossing 58 wooden trestles like this one!

This is a train trestle built in the early 1900s (recently restored as a historical site).  It’s 6 stories tall at the highest point.  We viewed it from the highway near Cloudcroft and then hiked a moderate trail of one mile to see it close up.  Women in their long white dresses would ride the train from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft to dine at The Lodge!  Quite a remarkable journey crossing 58 wooden trestles like this one!

Cloudcroft is a small town in the Lincoln National Forest at 8,860 feet situated among dense forest.  Alamogordo, NM is only 19 miles below in the Tularosa Basin, containing White Sands National Park and a section of the Chihuahuan Desert and surrounded by Sacramento Mountains.  It can be as much as 20 degrees higher temperature than in Cloudcroft.  We chose to visit Cloudcroft for the low humidity, cool temperatures, beautiful scenery and easy mountain hikes! (In the distance of the second photo you see a thin white line; that’s White Sands.

In June my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at The Lodge, atop a peak in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  Built in early 1900s and visited by celebrities such as Clark Gable and Judy Garland, The Lodge’s Victorian décor is comfortable and charming.. 

In June my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at The Lodge, atop a peak in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  Built in early 1900s and visited by celebrities such as Clark Gable and Judy Garland, The Lodge’s Victorian décor is comfortable and charming.. 

Cassis by the sea!  The chateau you see lit up at night overlooks this small town.  It’s now an upscale hotel.  The vineyard (in the center of the photo) near this beautiful water is one we toured and learned about the white and rose wines they produce.  The wines of Cassis are dry and light served cold and are delicious!  Great with every lunch and dinner!

You can see the Rhone River in this landscape also near Avignon.  The chateau was built in the 1850s and is now a hotel and restaurant.