What a glorious day April has brought for us to enjoy in the warmth and sunshine of spring!  Living at an altitude of 8000 feet in the southwestern Colorado mountains, winters can be long.  Quite often, we see only snow on the ground for continuous months at a time.  April will likely also bring snow, but they get wet and heavy this time of year and melt away quickly. Red hummingbird feeders start to appear on almost every home and even the campers of the summer visitors, the snow disappears and we emerge again.

After the Fall

After the Fall

Yesterday my husband ran outside to chase away a huge flock of rosy finches when he slipped in the overnight snowfall of just two inches and fell, face first, into a large boulder.  As a result, today he is sporting a colorful black eye with scrapes still oozing blood.

My son notes that living here is not for everyone because life is rugged (meaning hard work) in this part of the world and often isolating.

But all you have to do is lift your eyes up and see the spectacular beauty that makes it all worthwhile.  God displays his artwork on the magnificent canvas this area presents. Then mix in the loving and caring people who live in this small, bustling tourist town and you have found your paradise.

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help" (Psalm 121)

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalm 121)

Thousands of tourists pour through our town during “the season”, which is from Memorial Day through mid-October, and things really bustle. A few still trickle in during the holidays and to climb and compete on our world famous blue ice in the Ouray Ice Park in January or February.  But then the silence settles in and a beautiful blanket of white covers the spectacular view and it becomes a writer’s absolute dream.


Author Jackie Taylor Zortman

Author Jackie Taylor Zortman


Here are my two books that I hope you’ll check out and even write a review:

CF with PSWA - Footprints in the Frost

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Both books are available as trade paperback  and Kindle  on Amazon.com and Nook and trade paperback at BarnesandNoble.com.  Trade paperback also available from ShopOTPBooks.com. Signed copies available from the author. 

FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST  can also be purchased at All Romance eBooks at: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-footprintsinthefrost-1990300-152.html OR Apple’s iBooks  at:  https://itun.es/us/_-X0ab.l


About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL". Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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  1. John M. Wills says:

    Your hubby is a tough old guy, but keep your eye on him.


  2. jtzortman says:

    You’ve got him pegged, John. I never know what he’s going to do next. 🙂


  3. Enjoying experiencing Colorado through these posts. I’ll let your husband tackle the rugged part for me!


    • jtzortman says:

      We’ve had these huge flocks (over 100) of rosy finches migrating through and they’ve stayed a week now. You can’t imagine what our front deck looks like with all that bird poop, plus none of the other birds can eat. So, he had a bright idea….! 🙂


  4. mmgornellm says:

    Hugs you and your hubby’s way! And you live in a beautiful area!


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