CHARACTER TALK TUESDAY-JAKE MIDNIGHT

Welcome, how long have you lived in Peakview County?

All my life. I was born and raised in Aspen Ridge and now live with my wife and stepson on my ranch outside of Peakview. We also have three horses, two dogs, six cats, 6 chickens, and two pigmy goats. It’s quite the zoo sometimes. My stepson, Ethan, constantly wants to add more animals. I think he should grow up to be a vet.

What do you do for a living?

I’m an EMT for Peakview Fire and Rescue. Have been for over twenty years. We serve all of Peakview County.

Tell us more about your job.

It’s always interesting. We handle all kinds of calls here in the Colorado high country. From vehicles accidents caused by flatlanders driving too fast on curvy mountain roads, to bear and mountain lion sightings, to rescues of hikers and climbers. Every day is different. That’s one thing I like about the job. It never gets boring. And I help those in need–it’s rewarding.

You’re newly married, how’s that?

Married life is wonderful. Kelly, my wife, manages Sam’s Hardware in Peakview. I love having her and Ethan at my ranch. Actually, I met her as part of my job, when Ethan had an asthma attack. He wasn’t used to the high altitude.

Was it love at first sight.

Hardly, we didn’t hit it off very well at first, but it all worked out in the end. I’m glad it did. I’d lived alone for a long time. Having a family is the best.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

If you’re planning a trip to our beautiful county, rest assured that you will have the best help if anything happens. I think we have the best fire department around. Hope to see you all soon.

CHARACTER TALK TUESDAY-ANN ANDERSON

Hi. My name is Ann Anderson. I live with my husband of almost thirty years, Gary, on a small farm just out of town off the highway.

Are you from Peakview?

Almost, I grew up over in Aspen Ridge. I met Gary when I was in high school. We both went to Mountain High.  It was pretty much love at first sight, we started dating when we were Juniors and have been together ever since. It must run in the family. The same thing happened with my daughter, Penny and her now husband, Luke.

Anyway, once we decided to get married, Gary bought our farm, and we’ve lived there ever since. Gary runs a few head of cattle, some horses, and chickens. My pride and joy is my vegetable garden.  I sell produce to all the neighbors each fall.  I love growing things and seem to have a green thumb.

You mentioned Penny. Is she your only child?

Yep. God only blessed us with one, but she is our pride and joy. And now I have a grandson, Bronco. He’s just the cutest little guy. Penny and Luke live a the Walker Ranch which buts right up to our property. I can walk over there and see my grandson every day. Some days, Penny even drops him off when she works at the camp. Gary and I both love our new role as grandparents. We’re hoping that they have a couple more.

Do you have any other interests besides your garden and your grandson?

I have more interests than time these days. I love to crochet. I’ve made a few new baby blankets recently. I’m part of the women’s group at church. We do a lot to help the needy in our community. Gary says I need to slow down, but that’s not happening any time soon.

Anything special you can tell us about living in Peakview County?

It’s the best. The weather, the scenery, the friendly people–it never gets old. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. It’s the best place on earth. Drop on by and see you, you’ll see what I mean.

Author Spotlight

Hey everyone, I’m the guest on LA Sartor’s blog today talking about my latest release, Mountain Hearts. Hop on over and check it out.  https://anindieadventure.blogspot.com/2018/04/author-spotlight-featuring-jill.html

Character Talk Tuesday-Nicole Brady

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My Name is Nicole. I was born and raised right here in Peakview in that big white house across the street from the café.

So you’ve always lived here.

No, I left for college in Fort Collins and then moved to San Francisco. The big city was fun and exciting, and I met a guy who I thought was fun and exciting also. Until he wasn’t. When it all fell apart, I came back to the only place I felt safe.

Why had you stayed away so long?

My mom died from cancer. There were so many memories of her here. I hated coming back to a home without her. Oh, I loved my dad, but it just wasn’t the same.

Had this town changed when you came home?

The town itself not much, but the people. Dad was engaged to Vickie (who I’ve learned to love, by the way) And then there was Rick.

Rick?

My wonderful husband, Rick Brady. I’d known him since kindergarten. He was the skinny, nerdy kid we nicknamed., Scarecrow. I never gave him the time of day. But boy did he fill out nicely! And I discovered what a wonderful person he was. He’s a vet, and we live and work on his ranch. Life couldn’t be better.

Anything you’d care to share that we don’t know about you?

I’m an amateur artist. I love to sit outside our home overlooking the Brady Ranch and paint. Stop by sometime and I’ll show you what I’ve done.

No Sugar January

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It’s January 17th. This month has dragged by, shouldn’t January be almost over? One reason January always drags for me is the cold dreary weather. Once Christmas is over I’m ready to be back outside. But this year, there’s another reason. Back in December, while I was happily stuffing another piece of delicious Christmas fudge into my mouth, my daughter mentioned to me that she and a couple co-workers were going to give up sugar, processed foods, and fried foods for the month of January. In a moment of guilt over the mass amounts of sweet Christmas treats I had consumed the past several weeks, I said, “Can I do it with you?”

“Of Course,” my daughter replied. She proceeded to set up a group text so that we could all keep each other accountable. As January 1st loomed in front of me, I thought “I can do this.” I’d always heard the benefits of a sugar cleanse. The processed food, fried food parts would be a breeze since I rarely eat either of those. I do like sugar. A candy bowl with delicious dark chocolate sits on my desk and most nights I enjoy a bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt while watching TV.

The first couple of days were fairly easy. I missed sweet treats, but I was excited to get started. But the days dragged on . . . It was about at the one week mark, where the cravings really set in. I would kill for just one little piece of chocolate! My first trip to the grocery was also depressing. Do you know how many products have sugar in them? Ketchup (one of my basic food groups), Salad dressings, cereals, “healthy” snack foods. The list goes on and on. I wanted to give up, but I’m not a quitter. I haven’t cheated yet.

The more days that have passed, the harder it’s gotten. Just when I was about to give up, yesterday I realized I’d passed the halfway point 🙂 All down hill from here. I could make it. I have to admit that I’ve had more energy since stopping sugar, I’ve lost a few pounds around my waist, and I’m sure it’s been good for the rest of my body.

Will I continue once the month is over? Are you kidding me?!?! You can bet I’ll be at Dairy Queen come February 1st. But seriously, I do hope that maybe I will cut my sugar consumption to some degree and be more aware of what I do eat. Thank God it was only for a month!