Snowing again (or still …..can’t remember if it ever stopped….)

April 4, 2009 by  

Saturday morning – I guess i really never have to try to figure out what to do here on Saturday morning – just get up like a robot, get dressed, and go start the snowblower. Seems like we have been getting alot of it since January. Will look back and be thankful in August for all of the snowpack I imagine. BUT – right now it could stop anytime.

The past week had some highlights: The Big B worked a 40 hour, 8 to 5, week at the Bank (well the schedule altered a little during his orientation Monday & Tuesday). That kid cleans up really nice and he seems to really like what he is doing. Good for B. He has been trying to learn how to sleep at night like the rest of us LOL. Sleeping nights and working days is a new concept for him I think.

Wendy has been battling some kind of a stomach virus or something. Word out of Fort Collins is she is feeling better now. Still waiting on a test result I think but it all sounds positive. We love you Wendy – we will keep on praying for a full return to good health.

Stephanie had a day or two off early last week also to nurse a sick kid. Stephen had a bad case of something and was out for a day or two. I’m guessing he has made a full recovery because he is off to Green River this weekend to collect some more martial arts bling! He brought by all of the trophies and medals he won last weekend at Worland – really kicked some hiney up there!

Vic & Sophie still snuggled in bed this morning. I’d sneak in and take a picture and post it here but I’ve been married a long time and I dont want to jeopardize it! LOL

We’re having a fun time at work – cut our budgets by 10% this past week at the direction of the Governor. Just a recommendation at this point but you can bet he is gonna do it. I think the next year will be a rough one in State Government and in our group. Kind of a doomsday mentality swirling around about the economy locally, nationally, and internationally. I would say if “attitude” counts, and i think it is a major factor in the economy, then we are in for some dark days nationwide. I understand reality but I also know that the power of the positive is significant. One local developer that I do some projects with laid out a quote a couple of weeks ago that I loved. He was asked if he was still interested in looking at a piece of property down by Glenrock for potential development and his answer was “Absolutely – we took a vote at our shop and voted not to participate in the Recession”. Gotta love working around folks like that. Doesnt hurt that he has been very successful and can take advantage of some opportunities as they come up – BUT – you don’t penalize him and take from him because he has succeeded IF you want to see anything else happen. Anyway – my kind of person. It’s great to be in a Red Red State! Just hope we can stay Red mentally!

Vic is up now so guess you can belay my previous paragraph. No chance to take a pic now anyway.

Time to get dressed and start the snowblower.

The Dad

Busy couple of weeks

March 22, 2009 by  

I am home, Josh and Courtney renewed their vows, had a great party reception, Braelyn is back home with her mom and dad, Ryan had a birthday and I think if there is such a thing, normal returns tomorrow.
I am uploading pictures of Braelyn’s visit to Wyoming and Josh’s reception. Stevie hung out with grandpa and Brandon last night. Poor Sophie had to be the only girl around here for a few days.
Braelyn, grandma misses you. I have been really blessed to have gotten to see so much of my family in the last few weeks, even if it was only a few minutes. (as with Rebecca). Missed seeing Ryan and Spencer but think I got to spend time with everyone else, including Sister and family in California.
Good to be home. Now I have to find some help for dad and Betty. Will start on that project tomorrow.
Life is good, I am blessed. Thank you, Jesus


March 7, 2009 by  

Dateline 4:27 AM —– really 3:27 but the clocks “sprung forward” this morning.
* The Dad can’t sleep – what a restless night.
* Wind is blowing about 40-50 mph out there.
* Can’t get comfortable – think I have that Restless Leg Syndrome thing going on.
* Most of all – can’t turn my mind off and everything that is on it is totally random. I lie there thinking about my calendar for the coming week (nothing out of the ordinary really); what kind of a pickup truck I am looking for; how come I can’t get started with a diet that I desperately need; when can I retire?; what color to paint the house; etc. etc. AND – these thoughts mix themselves up and play into each other somehow. I must be drowsing in between – but look at the clock at least every 10 minutes or so.
* Sooo – decided to get up and try to write something – looks really boring already.
* The B and I watched about the last 2/3 of “21” last night on TV. I got to thinking about “card counting” and ask myself – “why is that cheating”? It’s a skill isn’t it? I guess I don’t comprehend it …… don’t even know how it works actually.
* The car problem is solved. We were blessed. Foss treated us very well and fixed the vehicle speedily and completely under warranty. It appears total out of pocket expense will be less than $4.00 – that for some “Oil Dri” for the garage floor. lol
* Now it is kind of silent out there – wind seems to be taking a break. Probably wont last long.
I believe it is time for me to return to my bed and see if I can catch a couple of hours – that is if Sophie hasn’t taken over my spot.
It is my hope that each of you are sleeping soundly and comfortably this early Sunday morning – with pleasant dreams dancing through your heads! LOL
Sleep tight and Peace!
The Dad

Dad Bullets * * * *

February 25, 2009 by  

* Really am enjoying everyone starting to use the page. Nice to be in the loop with your lives! FaceBook is fine but these blogs are priceless.
* Flying to Chicago tomorrow morning. Then two days in a bus to parts of Wisconsin on a small town “Mainstreet Rennovation” tour – then back to Chicago for a 4-day conference. Back to Casper next Wednesday.
* Feeling like I might want to start thinking a little more seriously about retirement. Have “sometime” in the next 3 years as my goal.
* The Dad’s advice for today: “Follow your dreams —- except for the one where you are naked in church!” LOL
* I really never knew how little I knew about Sophie while Mags was here …. she is a unique and sweet creature. We bond more every day.
* I hope everyone enjoyed el presidente’s message to Congress last night – I enjoyed it with the television off playing games on the computer. Best way I could think of to endure it.
* Work is going well – (I said that with a straight face). Lest you get the wrong idea – no problems and I love & believe in what I do – just think I am starting to burn out.
* I wish you all a great day & week!
The Dad

Guess It Is My Turn

February 22, 2009 by  

I have not been here in a while..I have started several times but just never finished. My emotions have been raw for weeks. I think I am at the point I can write a few words so I will try again. My life has been very different since Maggie died. She really was a hightlite of our life. I know God protected us from having her die at home, or from being very sick, but the shock of the situations still has my head swimming at times. This is the first time that Sophie has been an only dog, and I think she is enjoying it. We have mentioned several times recently how truely funny she is even though she she has a hard time getting around most of the time. She has her beloved turtle and even lets us play with her occasionally.

I want to congratulate Nathan. He has truely had a remarkable year in sports and school. He and his dad finished the summer as coaches of the city champs in Fort Collins Baseball Keegan’s age group. That was great for all of them especially since this was his 1st outing at coaching. Sr in high school and coaching sound familiar Ryan. Nate has also had a great year in school, taking some classes at Front Range College as well as at his high school. That is pretty impressive in itself. Wrestling has always been his main sport. He had rolled around on the wrestling mat since he was a really young child (7) I think. He has really matured and this year has been terrific for him, winning many honors and representing his sport and his school with pride. We got to see a few matches, but both his mom and his sister kept us posted each week on his remarkable year. Nate knows as we all do that God has some pretty important things for him in his life. Jeremiah 29:11 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'
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Open Link in New Window comes to mind. “You know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is in control and Nathan knows that. Congratulations to him and to his family for enjoying his sport and being extremely supportive of him and all their precious kids. Steve and I feel so humbled that we have 3 remarkable adult kids and they have wonderful spouses each of them. We love you all so much. One of the best things about our kids is that they have given us absolutely incredible grand kids. We are so blessed. Thanks to all of you.
Well I made it through this and I think I will actually get it posted. I love you all.



February 15, 2009 by  

Vickie & I headed south for Fort Collins at 6:00 AM on Saturday, February 14, to watch grandson Nate’s senior year appearance in the Colorado High School Regional wrestling tournament – hosted this year by Fossil Ridge High School (Nates school) in Fort Collins.
* Nate won by pin his first match in the tournament on Friday the 13th so wasn’t scheduled to wrestle again until Saturday morning.
* We felt it would be easier on Sophie if we went down & back the same day so that she did not have to stay with a dog-sitter. The Lovato’s checked her often while we were there and even stayed with her a few hours. She played on their sympathies a little bit with her crying – Sophie knows the ropes! 🙂
* While en route we learned that Nate wasn’t scheduled until 11:30 AM so we were able to spend a little bit of time with Keegan and Courtney which was a nice bonus valentine for Grandma and Grandpa.
* Nate stuck the dude in his first match and advanced right away to the Championship round since he was the top seed. He is really a polished young wrestler and fun to watch – kind of like a technician, just get’s it done.
* Wendy & Tony were working concession and helping with the Tournament so during afternoon break Vic & I were able to spend some time with The B and Courtney, another bonus valentine for Grandma and Grandpa.
* Then came the big match – and Nate was up to it! He virtually manhandled his opponent. If I am not mistaken I believe that his was the first match on the championship mat that did not go a full three periods. The technician schooled his opponent and won the Regional Championship at 152 Lbs. WOW – another great valentine for Grandma and Grandpa. Seeing him on the championship platform during awards ceremony brought tears to this old boy’s eyes. He has sacrificed alot to get to this point. Next week is State in Denver – I know he will do fantastic – but regardless – there is no doubt Nate is a “winner” and a “champion”.
* BONUS valentine – seeing the pride and elation in both of his parents and his siblings. Great family unit – happy to have been a contributor in some small way! 😉
* Fossil Ridge is a relatively new High School in Fort Collins and I “believe” that Nate has the distinction of being their first Regional Wrestling Champion in their history.
* Trip back to Wyoming interesting. Weather “iffy” all day. Left a few minutes after 8 PM – 12 miles North at Wellington we were turned around. I-25 was closed from there to Wyoming line – “slick roads and multiple accidents”. I asked the Fireman who was directing traffic how long they anticipated – his response was “several hours”.
* Drove back to Fort Collins – shot east to Ault – and headed up US 85 to Cheyenne. Slower obviously – but open and we made it. Cut back over to I-25 at Cheyenne and saw that the gates were still down – it was still closed heading South. We – turned North and got through all of the bad weather by the time we hit Chugwater (50 miles into Wyoming). The rest of the trip home was sweet & clear and the detour only added about an hour on to the trip.
* Sophie was very very glad we decided to come home. Cried like a baby (tears of joy I am hoping!) lol
* All in all – a super day! God Bless the Lovato’s for providing the dog care we needed and the Lecher’s for a fun day.

—– On a different note, on Friday the 13th I went by the vet and picked up Maggie’s remains. She was cremated as most of you know. I cannot believe how difficult that simple act was for me to do. The ashes are in a nice little can and there is a swatch of her hair under plastic on top of it. We will keep it here until Spring and then likely find a nice spot in the sunshine in the backyard she loved so much, and bury her there. Still tough to even write about – hope it always will be because I hope I never forget what we lost with her passing.
Well – I have gone on for quite awhile here so probably time to bring it to an end.

***** BY THE WAY —- WHEN DOES MY FIRST STIMULUS PAYMENT GET HERE FROM MR. OBAMA? I could use a booster shot in the wallet – but my guess is they’ll miss my wallet!

Peace & love.

The Dad

Things Have “Changed” Around Here ……..

February 7, 2009 by  

I have been stewing around for a few days putting off writing the inevitable blog regarding the past week. I guess you can’t put off the inevitable inevitably……….???? The time has come.
* I had been in a meeting in Cheyenne for a couple of hours Monday morning when I got the call. The Mom had taken Maggie in to the vet to have her teeth cleaned ….. and she needed it. Maggie was sedated and they were in the cleaning process when she apparently went in to cardiac arrest. Dr. reported they worked in excess of 10 minutes on every revival procedure they knew — but to no avail. Mags was gone.
* You never know how much you take stuff for granted – even stuff you love – until it isn’t around any more. It is amazing the simple little things I miss about Mags – **things like reaching behind me in the morning and patting her as she lays along my lower back – all cuddled in and warm – wow! ***And I can hardly look at the bannister between the kitchen and the family room now when I come in from work – she would always hustle over to it and “daringly” stick her head and front legs through to greet me and get a pat or two. ****Eating without her woofing at us for a bite isn’t near the fun it used to be! *****Just the lack of having her nearby whenever I am in the house is devastating actually. Lord I miss that four legged black beauty!
* I have, however, figured out a few things. Nothing and nobody walks this earth forever. We all have our time here and then we are gone. Maggie was blessed with a graceful and painless exit. She had a good life (Pugs life expectancy is in the 9 – 11 year age range) – she was 9.5 years old to the day. She didn’t have illness to battle, she wasn’t miserable, she was comfortable and seemed content with what she had. The thing that plays a bit in my mind is ” I only hope we provided her with a portion of the magnificent love, loyalty, and joy she provided to us.” And in the end, she spared us alot of caregiving and decision-making. She was awesome! Awesome ….. I think that pretty well says it! Awesome Mag!
* Sophie is a concern but so far she has amazed me also. Poor crippled-up Sophie who has never lived a night that I can think of under a roof without another dog for companionship. She was plucked out of her litter – I think she stayed a night or two with Wendy but Kasey was there – and then here with Mag. She has got to be confused BUT she really seems to be dealing with it well. She has looked around for Maggie a few times a day – first couple of mornings she seemed frustrated trying to find her under the comforter – she watches the door from her perch atop the hallway stairway – but all in all she seems to accept the loss. She definitely isn’t used to all of the attention she gets since she doesn’t have to share – LOL I think it even irritates her a bit as much as we have been in her face this week …… but I think Sophie is going to recover splendidly. The Mom has been taking her for short rides daily trying to get her more comfortable in the car so she can occasionally accompany us and we don’t have to leave her here alone for awhile if we are headed someplace she “could” go. Anyway —- it’s a new world for Sophie too —- keep her in your prayers.
* Sorry that this got to be a bit of a ramble. First day I have really felt like talking about the week a little bit. What a “Hole” in our lives – what a difference in our home – what a complete lifestyle alteration around here. Maggie – you ARE a huge part of our lives – you always will be – wouldn’t have it any other way. Will never forget you and what you brought to our world Precious …. I love you.

The Dad

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December 23, 2008 by  

Happy 3rd Birthday Big Guy.. Enjoy your birthday cake and share a bite with Sophie. Yes even on your day you must share.

The Charleston Dance!

December 13, 2008 by  

Here is Bubba, Hoover, Sophie and me dancing away!

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It is so on!

December 7, 2008 by  

Ryan and I are down to less than two weeks left until we leave KC for sunny, warm, relaxing Maui.  I am very much looking forward to this trip.  We both need the break, Ryan more so than me.  We both need to unwind, relax and just chill for a week.  I started looking at another island to visit, Kauai and Kona look pretty cool.  Airfare is pretty cheap to either location, under $300 for both of us roundtrip.  So we’ll see…if anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

So, back to the "It is so on!"…now that we have less than two weeks to go, I really need to buckle down and get the last 5 lbs off.  I’m down 10, but my goal was and is 15.  I kind of screwed up this weekend, I tend to do that.  I got up at 4:30 this morning and went to the gym, I ran a couple of miles at lunch and hope to do the same tomorrow…although I have a lunch meeting.  BUT, I will get up at 4:30 and head to the gym tomorrow morning…note to self, set the alarm.

Okay, speaking of alarms our two alarms (Hoover and Sophie) are ready to come in from outside.

"It’s so on"…Rebecca

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