Bronco’s training camp starts today

Whoo hoo, football starts today! The first game is like a week or so away and even though it’s pre-season, we can’t wait.

Mojo is feeling better but Lori stayed home yesterday. She seems a little better but we are skipping the party in Aspen tonight. Hopefully she’s turned the corner. I’m taking Jack home today with the boys as we’ll go to Target for school supplies while down there.

I just noticed Robi’s comment from the other day, we’re looking forward to seeing her and Robert soon. She commented on the cabin post at the ranch and we’d love to somehow have a big family place for everyone to use. As far as retiring up there, that’s not really practical as the winters are far too rough, but it’d be great to have a big place where all of us go from time to time kind of like the cabin in Shawano on the lake when we were kids. It’s still a dream though as it’s not cheap but we should talk when you get here. The winter was so bad last year, the antelope couldn’t even make it through the snow and they had to walk right down the highway! In any case, after the bad fires 2 years ago, thing’s are starting to come back a bit and we also had an oil spill that I oversaw the cleanup of with the State that’s finally all fixed. We’ve fixed up the windmills and fencing and corrals though and we’re letting a few cows in from the neighbors to keep the grasses in check. It is still way out there in the middle of nowhere though and is hard country, but we love it. Someday hopefully the boys will spend more time there than I did as even though it’s tough, it’s a special place. There is no more land people, and we’re lucky to have it. I’m over there in the next few days and will take some pictures and post them. I’ll also be hunting there in October and November as usual.

The boys slept downstairs last night as I turned the tv off around 5am. It’s really nice up here and is in the 50’s or 60’s right now. It’s almost 7am so time to get moving, hope all’s well, take care and again, God Bless!

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Mojo doing better

Finally around 4 in the afternoon, Jag and I picked up Mojo. They still don’t know what he got in to but he seems to be doing better. $175 in medicine later, we all headed home. He is now on antibiotics for a week.

It rained most of the night which is nice. Lori came home a little early, like 4 pm, to get some rest. She’s supposed to work out at 7 this morning but I’ll have to take her slot as her body is still too worn out to go through a high intensity workout. Hopefully today she’ll finally turn the corner. Not sure if we’ll make it to Aspen tomorrow or not for the party as we need to get Lori feeling better. If it was up to me, I’d bag out but our friends are really nice and we should put in an appearance, we’ll know more tomorrow.

Jag, Ty and Jack have been having fun. Ty and Jack rode bikes into town yesterday and walked around the village. I need to get both boys school supplies soon before the time gets away from me. Jack will probably go home tomorrow. It’ll be mid August before you know it, then I’m hunting over Labor Day and then, well you know, fall and the holidays are here and soon it’ll be 2018. That’s how things go when you get older, time flies!

Have a good day, be safe and GB

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Mojo not feeling well

Mojo came home Sunday morning and by yesterday, wasn’t feeling well. He’ll go back to the vet this morning as he picked up some bug at day care and didn’t eat yesterday. We called the vet last night at 8:30 and they told us to just bring him in at 8 this morning. Lori will drop him off as I’ll be on my way to Denver.

Jack and Ty are having fun and Jag went mountain biking yesterday up Meadow Mountain. We’ve been exploring ways to get a cabin up at the ranch. We’re looking at one of those kits that frankly we’ve been looking at for probably over 30 years. I told my Mom, all my Dad wanted was a cabin with a porch at the ranch and he never got it done. After turning 60, I told her I refuse to fall into the same trap. My life long dream has been to have a small place at the ranch with a few horses and cows. I’m going to get it done, mark my words. Here’s one rendering from our buddy Dave at Rocky Mountain Log Homes who we’ve been talking to for decades, check it out.

I love the distressed look as it’s not as “loggy”. These kits are pretty reasonable price wise as it’s the interior like plumbing, electrical and things like water that increase the cost. There are ways to save though like propane, a well, (which my Mom witched 30 years ago!) and solar.  I have a buddy that can pour the foundation and crawlspace which should be 4 feet and carve out a road with a front loader. So, we’ll see. Have a great day, time to get moving so we can get Mojo to the vet and me to Denver. God Bless.

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Last week of July

Boy does time fly, not much left of summer with school starting in about 3 weeks. We wrapped up school clothes shopping but still need the boys supplies. It never stops!

Yesterday we went into town for lunch with some friends while the boys took off with their friends. We had a nice lunch and then headed home. The town was packed due to the farmers market. Today Lori starts her 9 to 5:30 work schedule, we’ll see how that goes. She still has her chest cold but not as bad as it was. Her voice is almost gone though.

This week we have a party in Aspen Thursday night, one on the backside of Aspen Mountain Saturday during the day, and one Saturday night at the Four Seasons in Vail. I know we’ll make the Thursday night party but we’ll see about the Saturday day party as Lori wants to go to the one at the Four Seasons for sure as it’s the annual goodbye party for ATC’s (interns) at the hospital. The party during the day Saturday is my favorite party of the year. It’s called the Aspen Blow Party and this is like the 40th year. You have to be invited as about 10 people who are hosts, fund the whole thing. It’s about 12,000 feet high in the mountains and there’s a cowboy band, along with a wooden dance floor they put up and great catered food. Very wealthy guys from Aspen pay for the whole thing. We’ll see if we can make it.

Ty wants Jack to come up today and spend a day or so meaning I’d need to pick him up meaning Ty would need to go down with me as I’m not driving a 13 year old up the hill alone. Not much to talk about with one of those. Both boys have to get some things together for school. It was hot yesterday but the cool mornings are great.

And here’s a picture of a good looking boy (gelding) minding his manners around all those annoying creatures called cows.

Mojo was thrilled to be home but loves his day care. I’m working out at 9 so I’d better get going. Have a great day, be safe, lots of crazies out there, and God Bless.

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Too many people down there!

After I wrote yesterday mornings post, we packed up and went downstairs and met our friends Eddie and Lisa and their two girls, Dally and Eadie. After having some breakfast, we all loaded into our cars (or truck with a long horse trailer in their case) and headed out to their ranch in Fowler. They lease some acreage and run about 1600 head of cattle for Whole Foods. This means they have a feed lot and pasture where they graze and fatten up cows. We’ve known them for almost 10 years as Dally is now 8 and we knew them before she was born. They’re really good, hard working kids that we sort of adopted and have been helping out for years. We met years ago when they were working at our friends guest ranch in Saratoga Wyoming. They’re good cowboys and the kind of people this country was made on.

We arrived at their ranch which is basically a house in the middle of nowhere with a feedlot, a few sheds and a bunch of pick up trucks and trailers. We took them a ton of our old clothes as I said before, and a case of wine. Eddie and I were talking about ranching and grazing cows for an hour while the boys played with the 6 week old puppies and Lori played with Eadie, the 2 year old. They both took a real liking to each other. Lisa said they call her Eadie Monster as she’s at the terrible two’s. The boys were lobbying for a puppy but these are cattle dogs and need room to run. Lori was lobbying for a little girl! Ha.

Ty was going to ride a horse Eddie found for him but it had cut his leg and was really too small. Eddie didn’t realize how tall Ty was these days so he’s on the lookout for another one. Soon our visit was over and we decided to take off for Denver where we needed to stop for some school shopping. Thankfully Nordstrom had their half yearly sale going on. We did our best to help keep them in business and stopped at a few other stores as well. We splurged on a new coffee machine as ours broke down about a month ago. After that, we stopped by my Mom’s for a visit before heading up the hill for home. The traffic between Colorado Springs and Denver was unbelievable, moving no faster than 10 miles and hour for no reason, except a ton of people. The highlight of the trip was passing a lime green Lamborghini which Ty snapped a picture of out of the car window. Finally at 7, we pulled in to home.

Today we need to get Mojo at 9 am. Lori had a bad chest cold and cough all day yesterday and hopefully she’s better this morning. Other than that, we’ll take it easy today. We did talk to Dix who is doing really well in Oklahoma. That was welcome news. That’s it, take care and God Bless.

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Night in Pueblo

We left Vail yesterday around 1 in the afternoon and finally arrived in Pueblo at 7. Of course this involved a stop in Denver but going from Vail to Pueblo is about as much of a 180 as possible in Colorado. I suppose Aspen to Pueblo might be a little worse but you get my point.

Now Pueblo, besides being the locale where Ali grew up, was the saddle making capital of the country in the early 1900’s. The old buildings are amazing but sadly nowadays, it’s a sad version of a once great Colorado town. It was so bad, we opted to get some food from the natural grocery store and head back to our hotel. I wouldn’t let the family walk down the street. To top it off, there was some festival going on which meant drunks and shady characters  on every street corner with police and their lights flashing everywhere. We knew it was bad when we checked into the Marriott and the girl at the front desk told me to park out front under a light so our car wouldn’t be broken in to. To top it off, Lori’s cold has moved to her chest and she wasn’t feeling well at all. Thankfully I’m pretty much better. We also had a thunderstorm that resulted in flash flood warnings and a lot of rain. Good news about that was it dispersed the drunks and potential car thieves. We haven’t been outside yet but hopefully our car is ok.

I told Tommy who warned me to make sure I was packing (carrying a gun) that Lori decided next time we head south of Denver, our last stop going south was the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs and then no stops until Santa Fe New Mexico, nothing in between. Probably a good plan!

Eddie and Lisa and the girls were two exits down the highway at the rodeo as Eddie agreed to join the roping team with his buddies. Lisa kept texting me as it went on and on. Finally around 10:30 it was over but they did win first prize! This means a little cash to them which is a big deal. I bought them a hotel room and they checked in sometime around midnight when we were asleep. We’ll see them soon downstairs for breakfast.

Then this morning we’ll drive to Fowler where they live, which is about 30 minutes east to ride some horses and visit with them. Then around noon, we’ll head home via Denver and stop for some more school shopping there before heading back to our little town that’s a world away from Pueblo. We brought them bags of clothes that they’ll share with friends in town as my old jeans are too big for either of them. More to come, hope you all are well. Our suite has only one bathroom and shower so I need to get moving before waking the boys. God Bless.

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Finally feeling better

Here’s Lori and Ty hiking yesterday after work. We had to post it as Ty usually doesn’t smile for the camera! As the title says, I’m finally better! This is good news as today we head out to Pueblo and then Fowler tomorrow for some horse riding. Eddie and Lisa have a horse for Ty to bring home for a few months but I’m sure we’ll just ride down there and come back and visit often.

Lori’s neck or trap is killing her. No headache but a sore neck with shooting pains when she moves a certain way. Just another challenge in the saga of Lori’s spine, ugh. Jag went to Zach’s house to watch a couple movies that are still in the theaters as one of their friends Mom’s works for Sony Pictures and gets the new movies on dvd’s to watch.

We booked the Presidential Suite at the Marriott in Pueblo. It has to be the least expensive Presidential Suite in the Country at $200, ha. Eddie is on a roping team at a rodeo around 5pm and then he, Lisa and the girls will join us and stay overnight at the hotel. They’re good people we kind of adopted 7 or 8 years ago when they first were married and worked at a ranch up near our family’s in Walden. We’re taking them a bunch of our old clothes which they put to good use. They run thousands of head of cattle on a leased ranch in Fowler. We’ll post some pictures tomorrow.

We’ll leave around 1 for Denver as Lori has a quick doctor appointment at 3 and then we’ll drive down to Pueblo. It’s 6 am now, time to get the good looking one moving, take care and God Bless.

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Up all night

It’s 4:34 am and I’ve been up about 30 minutes. I literally woke up every hour on the hour all night long with a head ache from being so stuffed up. I decided to get up at 4 so Lori could get a little bit of sleep. I think I’m getting better but man does my head hurt. Jag is definitely better as he and his brother were messing around last night driving us up a wall. It’s ok though as it’s life, kids doing this and that, getting a cold, waking up early, all part of being alive, which beats the alternative.

Yesterday I picked up 30 cases of wine at Fed Ex and then Ty and I unpacked them all and consolidated them into smaller boxes, (without the plastic shipping inserts) to take up less space in the garage. I was thankful for his help as I was feeling like crap. Lori and I ran an errand at 4 pm yesterday and then picked up some food before heading home.

I’d like to go to sleep but don’t think I can so here I sit. Mojo, my buddy, is lying on the floor right next to me. The boys want to go to Denver today for some school shopping but I don’t think I’m up for it. I need to get better as we’re supposed to go to Fowler tomorrow until Saturday night to see Eddie and Lisa, more on that if we go.

Guess I’ll run as I’m rambling and have run out of interesting things to say. Hope everyone is well, wash your hands a lot as you don’t want this bug! God Bless.

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Arrggh, sick

Last night, the cold I picked up from Lori or one of the boys, kicked in in full force. I didn’t sleep much and Lori was snoring on and off a bit due to her being stuffed up too. It was hard to swallow and still is only it’s a little better after a hot cup of coffee. I had a good meeting in Denver at 9 am and then after exchanging a pair of jeans, picked up a couple sandwiches and headed over to my Mom’s. We had lunch and visited for about an hour. She’s doing well but talks a little slower now and then. She’s still sharp as a tack though, if she hears what you’re talking about. She probably needs a hearing aid but then she’d have to listen to us all the time! Tommy stopped by and it was good to see him. He’s losing some weight and looking good.

I made it home by about 2 and then had to clean the garage as I need to go to Fed Ex today and pick up 24 boxes of wine. Hope I can do it in one trip but it might take two. Jag is really sick like me but Ty seems to be over it. He rode his bike to town and back yesterday afternoon. It’s been in the mid to high 80’s up here but it’s 10 degrees hotter in Denver.

Lori is going to start working 9 to 5;30 and not staying until all hours of the night. This gives her 40 hours a week which will be a welcome change. She’s also going to stop working on the weekends but I think while this sounds good in theory, it won’t happen in practice. There’s always a patient that has a last minute question or needs some comfort before their Monday morning surgery, we’ll see.

It’s 7:18 and Lori’s at the gym. I think I’ll shower and see if I feel better. Both boys are sleeping still. Have a great day, watch you’re back, tons of crazy people out there, and have a great day, God Bless.

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Ugh, sick

Ty cam home from camp with a cold and it didn’t take long for Jag to pick it up, then Lori and now me, ugh. Sore throats all around with Jag seeing to have the worst of it right now. Oh well, life goes on. This morning Lori has an IRB (Internal Review Board) meeting at 7, I have a 9:30 meeting in Denver and I think Jag wants to go with me. Yesterday Ty and I shopped for school clothes and after about $700, have him mostly set up. Jag wants to get a few things today.

Tomorrow I have a load of wine arriving so I need to clean out the garage a bit. We were going to go fly fishing but we’ll see how the day goes. Hard to believe July is almost over, it’ll be fall soon. We’d better start eating more elk in the freezer so we can fill it up again!

Cherish each day, live, love life and have a great day, GB.

 

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