Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Kolden Report: Montana Moments, part two.


     Hello kids!

Thank you to all who came out to the bazaar and supported me!  Your presence meant the world.  Congratulations to the winners in my "give back" drawing:  Chris Will, Abby Juve and 10 year old Marti....a child who went as far as giving me two working phone numbers and writing the piece she wanted to win on her entry.  Of course I gave her THAT piece.  And it was a pleasure doing so.

 It's that time of year to give back!  If you are looking for ways to "give back" in your community, there are many.   Give money to your local food bank or homeless shelter.  Volunteer your time.  Instead of a gift, donate to a worthy charity in the name of a loved one.  Adopt a needy family and gift them warm blankets or a holiday meal.  Buy groceries for the elderly veteran or widow in line ahead of you at the grocery store.   Shovel the snow laden walks of  an elderly neighbor.  Deliver home baked items to a shut in and stay for a cup of coffee and a chat.   Babysit for a single mother for a few hours.   The ways to give to others are limitless and needn't always cost financially.  Just a bit of your time can make a vast difference to a lonely or struggling person during the holidays.

And now, I gift you with more snippets of our wonderful world!



If you've not tried building a cairn, you should.  It's meditative. 

 



Moments like this make one realize how fortunate we truly are to live in such a pristine and peaceful place. 






CLEAN water.  (Fascinated by the conglomerate center shot?)









Through the woods.





Show stopper!  (Colorful foliage creates powerful emotion!)







Velvety appearing leaves, painted in pink and orange.






Inner workings.






Stonemason's handiwork.

From Hungry Horse, we headed to Flathead lake.






Layers.






Evening swim.






Smooth and jagged.






What is it about this?  I cannot say.  I just know that I love it...


Stay tuned!  More to come...

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"The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness.  It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the busy life and become more interested in people than in things." - Thomas S. Monson

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