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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Dec. 7,  2007  Loveland, Colorado

The snow is falling today and I’m feeling a bit more festive. I guess since it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, I’m  going to have to face that it ’tis the season. Colorado’s northern mountains (this includes resorts such as Vail, Steamboat Springs and A-Basin) are getting approx. 2 feet of snow through the weekend – our southern mountains (places such as Telluride and Durango) are suppose to get 4 feet.  I think they’ve been sacrificing small children to the snow gods at the ski resorts.

We are headed to the  Silverthorne/Dillon area next weekend and thankfully there will be some snow on which to snowshoe – the rest of our group will be skiing and snowboarding, but I find snowshoeing to be a fun and fulfilling sport (and not nearly as dangerous or scary as throwing myself down a mountain).   Click here (Snowshoeing) to read an article I wrote last year on snowshoeing.   A similar article was published on www.skitown.com:   http://www.skitown.com/e-zine/article.cfm?id=13.

The movie, The Golden Compass, started today. So far the reviews aren’t too thrilling, so I’m not sure I’ll spend the money to see it in the theater. I do have a lot of reviews to catch up on and I’m hoping to get several of them posted this weekend. Last weekend, we saw Enchanted, and it was enchanting; sort of forgettable, but a great date movie.

For the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor  I’m writing an article about pets and the holidays. Yesterday, I visited the Larimer Humane Society  to get some information for the article. I was stunned to see dozens of kittens and puppies there. This doesn’t seem the right time of year, but the LHS informed me “there is no particular season” for  baby animals anymore – they received kittens and puppies year round. Unfortunately, they have taken in a record  number of animals over the last several months.

I discovered a  pure-bred, six year old,  female German Shepherd  at LHS; she’s been there since November 26.  She’s very sweet and loving – you can tell she doesn’t want to be there – GSD’s don’t really do well in shelters – they are high stress dogs and being in a shelter is very hard on them. I wish I could take her, but we don’t have the room for another big dog.  I have posted her on www.germanshepherds.com, hopefully the added publicity will help her find a good GSD-fanatic home. If you know anyone who may be interested in her or any other animal from LHS, please direct them to their website: www.larimerhumane.org.

I hope you all are keeping warm and safe.

Give your pets an extra hug today – they don’t know how good they have it.

The Holidays Blahs

I can’t seem to get into the spirit this year.   Early today, for a brief moment, I felt somewhat spirited when NPR played a medley of Christmas songs performed by a brass band.   It was very festive and I found myself happily humming along, but when the songs were over, my Christmas spirit swirled away like smoke in a stiff breeze.

 I’ve watched several Christmas movies, hoping that would do it.   First up was Fred Claus (which I reviewed on this site).   Quite frankly, it wasn’t quite good enough to get me in the holiday spirit and secondly, we watched it before Thanksgiving.   I refuse  think about  Christmas until after Turkey Day is over (by at least a week or two).    This past weekend, I watched  Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.   This is Ryan’s all-time favorite Christmas movie and I am forced to watch it around this time every year.   Last night, we watched Elf (a much better movie than Fred Claus).   Even though it was funny watching Will Ferrell run around in tights, it  didn’t do a whole lot for my attitude.

Still, I am feeling a little like Scrooge.   I don’t feel like putting up decorations, I certainly don’t feel like putting up a tree (what a bother) and I really, really don’t like the idea of going to the mall to compete with the mobs over made-in-China junk!!  

I guess I’m going to have to pull out my favorite Christmas movie, The Christmas Story.   Perhaps if I remind myself of the real reason  for the season –  obtaining a  Red Ryder BB gun – I will dig myself out of this shroud of gloom and begin to enjoy this season of giving.

If that doesn’t work, there’s always eggnog (and rum).  

 Happy Holidays.

 

Heidi of the Rockies

I’ve got some catching up to do!

I’ve seen several movies lately, including American Gangster and La Vie en Rose.  

But today I’m having to work on my other writing gig, so the reviews will have to wait.  

Ryan and I are headed to the Bronco game tonight – no need to review that – the Bronco’s will win.   They’ve never lost when I’ve been at a game in-person.  

Also, as a reminder, if you’ve read a good book lately you’d like to recommend to me, I’m always looking for books to put on my list.   Movies too!  

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