Detours and Discoveries



“The Rocky Mountains realize – nay, exceed – the dream of my childhood. It is magnificent, and the air is life-giving.” ~Isabella Bird

Christina ran her fingers over the numerous puzzle boxes on the top shelf. “Pity no one knows what you like,” she said. “So, what’s the story?”

Ashley set the lunch tray on the large table. “If you ever find yourself stuck in the house with the kids and want something to do, you can borrow any of those astronomy or book designs, or-.”

“Was it Nonni Grant or Nonni Emery who led you to your bibliophilia?”

“Both. They had a competition of who could get to the most indie bookstores during any given trip. Definitely stand by the independents, they always said. One time, they were all in Denver, Colorado, and found themselves in the same store, different branches, just one block over. The fun they had over that.”

“Did they ever call a truce?”

“Of course. Once they tracked who knew what could be found where it became a new game. I think I have some of their bingo cards in the office. I forgot how many other players in the game there were.”

Christina glared at him. “How did you get this recipe? How did you get Biddy Bird’s Blueberry pie recipe?”

Ashley leaned back. “If Mama Gordon ever asks, I never gave it to you.”