And The World Keeps GOING!

March 29, 2009 by  

I am sitting here not sure what is quite going on here. I seem to be just lounging around lately with no sense of direction or purpose. There has been a lot of “growing up” that I have been having to do lately and it seems that in life you never stop these changes. Well enough about that…lol. So tomarrow I step into the world of Banking one more time as I have just recently accepted a position with Hilltop National Bank. I will be a Revolving Credit Representative, which means I will be involved with approving and denying credit card applications and such things. I think I am really going to enjoy it, but what the hey, if I dont love it, I am in LOVE with the hours, Monday thru Friday, 8-5. You cant beat that as a 19 year old college kid! Speaking of College I guess that I should start taking a look at the those classes at night and online. This should be interesting, I have always wanted to try online classes so I think this could be fun! My trip to England is still in the works, I have found a place and the airline, now I just have to find the money! lol. I am really excited about this, I think that I am going to have blast over and also have a lot of fun. I have always wanted to do something like that. Well Mom turned 40 yesterday, wow Ma your old!!! Speaking of her, gets me thinking how truly blessed I am to have such great parents. My mother is the most caring and loving person I have ever met in my life! I as a child have had to go through some stuff that know child or family should ever have to go through. Luckily for me there was a woman by my side every step of the way! From my very first surgrey to the most recent in December. This woman was my mother and without her I know I probably wouldn’t have made it through so much. Mom has always been my rock and she has always tried to guide me in the right direction, even if it just made me mad! I LOVE this woman with everything in my heart! My father IS the greatest man alive, I say that with all that these two have given me. Lord knows that I have given these people their punishment (for their acts as children, lol) and more. We have gone through some pretty serious things over the years, but I have just recently realized that there are no two other people I would want to call Dad and Mom, besides Tony and Wendy Lecher. They are my favorite two people in the entire world. Well I am kind of hungry so I think I will go make a wrap and then maybe, just maybe I will try to organize my room! Love to all!

Brandon

March 28, 1969

March 27, 2009 by  

** Where was I 40 years ago? Somewhere under the Pacific Ocean on a submarine patrol.
** Where was my wife? Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, HI. What was she doing there? Giving birth to our second baby girl, Wendy Rae.
** When did I learn of this arrival? April 1, 1969. It took 3 days before I received radio notification of Wendy’s arrival. And when I finally did receive it I wasn’t sure if it was an April Fools gag or the real deal. We took pleasure at sea at teasing each other and trying to get each others goat. Heck, I wasn’t totally positive she was born, or whether she was male or female, until we surfaced a couple of weeks later and i could talk to Vic in person. We were really onery to one another – mind games were one of our major forms of entertainment when we were out there and out of contact for 65 – 70 days.
** Anyway, when I finally did get back to Oahu and met Wendy she wasn’t too fond of me. She had already been pretty spoiled and acclimated to her mother, grandmother, and sister. In fact, whenever I tried to hold her she would go ballistic!
** I remember one day shortly after my return we needed formula or diapers or something. We drove to the commissary, Wendy was content so Vic left her with me in the car while she ran into the store. As soon as she handed Wendy to me and went in Wendy got restless, then she got mad, then she began to scream. She turned purple! I’ll never forget the way a lady that pulled into the parking spot next to us looked at me. I know she thought i was mistreating her. If that would have happened in today’s world i would have likely been arrested for child abuse. I “think” Wendy is finally out of that phase and a little more tolerant of her old man.
** Wendy is an awesome daughter, a great mother who with her husband Tony have created one strong, vibrant family unit. I could not be more proud (tears in my eyes while I type, I am really getting emotional in my old age).
** And yes – there were moments during the years when I wondered if it would ever come together like it has but I think I always knew it could. Wendy is a strong minded individual, has always been kind of a nonconformist in a good kind of way, and has not always followed the norm. That’s what makes Wendy special – she brings a new perspective to things but blends that new slant with strong values and beliefs. Her children are a marked reflection of what Wendy brings to the world = personality, compassion, love, strength, joy, and occasionally a little bit of the unexpected. And Yah Tony – I know you had a part in it too! 🙂
** Anyway – she’s 40 now in case you didn’t know! I’m betting she has another 40 – 50 ahead of her and I can’t wait to see the second half! If it’s anywhere near as good as the first 40 you don’t want to miss it! Stay tuned….

Happy Birthday Pooh Bear! I love you very much!

The Dad

Q109 – Tough Quarter for Dogs

March 26, 2009 by  

Tonight, a fellow employee at Aplus.net is spending her last night with her dog, Dru. I just learned on Facebook about 4 or 5 weeks ago that Tracey Seib had an English Mastiff. I think I must have posted something about Hoover or somehow she ran across his pictures on my site. Anyway, she told me she had a 10 1/2 year old male English Mastiff named Dru. Just a week or two later, she learned that Dru had terminal cancer… a lump developed rapidly in his leg, and she was forced with the dreaded decision of what to do. Sadly, it came to her having to make the decision to put Dru down, and she scheduled the date just a week ago to take place tomorrow, March 27th. It has become very clear that Dru is a major part of Tracey’s life, just like Hoover is in my life. I have lost sleep and been very uneasy the past few weeks because Hoover is having a leg problem, has developed a small bump on his leg, and hasn’t been eating quite right. The bump on his leg, combined with the timing of Tracey finding out about Dru has weighed heavily on my mind. Fortunately for me, Hoover is eating better and his blood tests came back indicating no issues. Tomorrow, he begins new medication to hopefully help his leg, else we will have to have some x-rays taken with him sedated — something I don’t want to do. But for me, I am so fortunate because Hoover is in good health, yet his “brother” Dru is spending his final night (for now, at least) with Tracey. Last night I got out of bed and went and layed down with Hoover and thought hard about what Tracey is going through, and how someday that very well be me. I know Dru has been getting extra special attention from Tracey these past two weeks, and I was pleased to read on her Facebook page just moments ago that Dru has been enjoying some cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, while popcorn and ice cream await him later this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with Tracey and Dru tonight… it will be a tough night for Tracey, followed by many tough days ahead, but Dru will leave this earth tomorrow having had a very good life and knowing that he was loved.

Dru and Tracey

Dru and Tracey

This follows just two weeks after my sister Wendy and her family had to go through the exact same situation with their dog, Casey. Casey was 13 years old and had a tremendous life and brought joy to my sister, my brother-in-law Tony, my nephews Brandon, Nathan and Keegan, and my niece Courtney. Of course, she was a great dog to her extended family as well, and it will be hard next time I am in Fort Collins (in less than 2 months to celebrate Nathan’s pending graduation — you will be graduating, won’t you Nate?) Won’t get to see that cute little dog Casey-Casey. She, too, was diagonsed with cancer, but she made it on drugs and love for about a year before they had to make the ultimate decision to let Casey go before the pain was too much. Like Tracey and Dru tomorrow, they had the act performed at their home with the whole family there.

Casey Casey

Casey Casey

Aside from Dru and Casey, my parents lost one of their two pugs, Maggie, just a few months ago. Unlike Dru and Casey, Maggie died unexpectedly when she went in to get her teeth cleaned. She was, so it seems, in good health, but they had to sedate her to do the procedure and she went into cardiac arrest. This is why I am trying hard to see if we can get Hoover healed without getting sedated xrays. Unlike Tracey and my sister’s family, my mom and dad didn’t get to say goodbye to Maggie… they didn’t get an opportunity to come-to-grips with it. In some ways, I think that’s good… I know when my day comes and I depart this earth, I want it to be sudden and quick, just like Maggie’s passing … a passing with no suffering. But, on the flip side, not getting to spend time saying goodbye… eating cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets… is something that you hate to think about missing out on.

Maggie Moo

Maggie Moo

I should mention, too, that though I don’t remember all the details about what my friend Shawn Porter told me (sorry Shawn, I *think* I may have had a few pre-birthday drinks when we talked last week), I know he lost his lab this year, too. I do remember him telling me how hard it is to explain to his daughter, and I know someday, I may be in that same place, too.

Time helps heal all wounds, but quarter one, 2009 sure has been a tough one for my family and friends when it comes to their four legged family members. My thoughts are with them all, and it is great to know that I am not the only nut in this world who loves his pet as if it were his child. Here’s to the four legged family members and those that have cared so much for them. Hang in there, Tracey, and though I didn’t get to meet Dru, give him a hug for me.

-RElledge

Another one of those days…. Friday the 13th

March 13, 2009 by  

I mentioned a while back less than 39 days ago that I have a hard time dealing with changes. That was when we lost Precious Magnolia. Well here we go again. Yesterday the cutest little white dog I have ever known also ended her life. Casey Casey as I used to say to my girls when we knew she was on her way. Casey suffered for a while with cancer. She was on some pretty strong pain meds for several months, but if I walked in the door to her house she ran to meet and greet me. I loved that crazy little girl as I do all my grand dogs.
God has blessed our family with some pretty terrific companions and best dog buddies… They are our children almost as much as our biological children. Tony, Wendy and family loved that little girl so much and she brought them all such joy. She is no longer suffering, and that is the good thing. Her family will miss her desperately for a long time, but can know that they gave her a wonderful home, and she was deeply and dearly loved by each of them and by her extended family. Good bye Casey, I will miss you as I miss my Maggie.

It is me again

March 6, 2009 by  

Well, all is well here in Fort Collins. We are a little sad that our Big B has moved beck to Casper, but know it is for the best! We all wish you well Branman,but miss you very much already. Nate is much the same. He has a bad case of senioritess, but we went through that with B too! He is planning on wrestling in nationals in Denver the end of this month we are very excited that he has not givin up, cause we all know what a great wrestler he is. Courtney is busy with volleyball at the school, she does great, don’t let her fool you. But I know her first love is me, oh wait I mean softball. Keegan is working hard at his next season which is baseball. Can’t wait to see what that little munchkin will do in the future, he is such a natural athlete. Well Tony and I are the same, just trying to keep our heads above water. Who would have thunck it would be this crazy! Well I guess that is all for now, cause I have to go get ready for a fundraiser for Keegan’s baseball team. Love you all and hope all is well!!!!! Love the almost forty year old.

Another day

February 27, 2009 by  

Well all is going well in Lecherville. Tony stlill has a job, for this we are very thankkful. Brandon is still planning on coming back to Casper in the very near future, we are glad about that, but on the other hand we are not so sure. We will miss him lots!!!!!! Best of luck to you Big B, hope everything goes as planned. Nate, welll your guess is as good as mine. He always has something up his sleeve. I sure hope he realizes how inmportant it is to have a plan. But not sure he does!!! Natie had an awesome year at wrestling this year, he just has not figured that out yet! I understand that when you don’t do what you are expected to do it is very difficult, but he will see the light soon, I hope! I believe he will have many oppertunities to wrestle in college if he so choices. We hope he does, so it won’t cost so much. Well, little sis is doing just great. She has been very busy with volleyball try-outs. She is an amazing athelet, so we are sur she will make the team. (varsity if I am guessing).Keegan is getting ready for all state wrestling, he has to weigh in tonight. All seventy four pounds of him. He is such a great kid, we are very proud. Everyone sy a prayer for him to do well. We apperciate all the help we can get. Well our neice Ashley is dancing ing Billlings this weekend, we wish her the very best! Although she really does not need it, because she is awesome as it is. Good Luck Ashley!!!!!! Well it has been very nice talking to you all I better get going now. LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!

a moms love

February 24, 2009 by  

Just checking in and letting everyone know how proud of my children I am. First ther is Brandon, you all know he has been strugling with the decision as to go back to Casper, or stay in Fort Collins? Well he has made the choice to go back to school in Casper, for this we are very proud of him. He is truely an amazing young man, and we feel his choice will serve him well in the future. Great choice Big B, know we will miss you lots but support your decision. Next there is Nathan, well he is a much stronger person than his father and I are. We have both been trying to figure out why he did not place at the state wrestling tourament. But Natie has the right answers. Just that it was not in Gods plan. How mature is that? Much better than I!!!!!!! Nate we are so proud of you, you are awesome at all you do! Keep up the great work. Sissy, well she is busting her you know what at volleyball try-outs. She is great because she always gives 100 percent at all she does. We are proud of her too! Good luck Courtney Morgan, go for all your dreams! Just so you all know she is doing awesome at softball, she is an amazing young lady. And then there is Keegan, well he is going to wrestle in the all state tournament this weekend. Along with wrestling he is busy with baseball practice. He is such a natual at all he does we are sure he will be just fine. Well Tony and I are good too. Just busy trying to keep up. We sure love you all and can’t wait to be able to spend some time with everyont. Just don’t know when that will be. Love you all so much! See I am getting better at this blogging thing! Love, Wendy

Nate Steps Up!!!

February 22, 2009 by  

Well it happens to all of us —- we get older. Things change – life takes unexpected turns – basically we grow up. It happened to The Mom and I (some would argue if I ever really have grown up mentally), it happened to our children, and now our grandkids are finding they have to step up. The Big B is in the process (doesn’t happen overnight) – and now Nate is starting the journey.
Nate has worked his proverbial backside off developing his wrestling skills. He has sacrificed, he has stumbled, but Nate has never been counted out. He has always come back. Some people have it handed to them, some people earn it, and some people never get it. Nate is one of the “earners”. He works hard, keeps his eye on the brass ring, accepts setbacks, and keeps on going after it. And Nate will get it. I have absolutely no doubt.
Nate really “stepped up” this weekend. He finished out his High School wrestling career with alot of “firsts” – put his name where it can never be erased in the history of FossilRidge HighSchool. BUT – he fell a little short of the State title and had to accept that after all of his hard work. And he will. Nate stepped up —— he matured alot more in the past couple of weeks than he can possibly realize today. He learned some valuable (though not necessarily “feel good”) lessons about life and he learned them like a man. You take what God wants you to get and you deal with it —– asking why is useless because God’s plans are not easily interpreted. But you are bigger, you are wiser, and you mature with those lessons.
I was laying awake feeling for Nate the other night. Next morning I sent him a text relaying my pride in him. What I got back I will never forget – cause Nate “stepped up”. Here are some words from the text reply I received from Nate that brought big tears of pride to my eyes: ” yeah, I’m okay. It just wasn’t God’s plan for me.” He then just relayed his hope that there were good things in his future. What a man Nate is. Took the results and is ready to move forward. Nate stepped up! Oh …. and lest there be any doubt in anyone’s mind – I am totally confident there are much bigger and better things to come in Nates future.
Wendy & Tony – you have done a masterful job with numbers 1 and 2, and 3 & 4 look just as promising. God Bless you and thank you for your strong, tight-knit family and the ethic you have instilled in your children. Fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Just had a text from Wendy. Keegan is 1 – 0 in his matches today. And Courtney has softball practice today. They just don’t slow down in Colorado folks!

Ryan and Spencer still in Oklahoma watching OSU play BYU. Dusty Harvard, one of Ryans old players, is playing for OSU. Ryan texts that it is pretty cold down there – and i am guessing he will come home with a fever of sorts – baseball & coaching fever is my prediction.

Steph & Mike & Ashley & Stephen busy here. My mom said she enjoyed a trip out to Johnny J’s with them last night. She really appreciates getting out of her “home” occasionally – thanks to them for taking her along.

I sure have alot to be thankful for and my family tops the list. I could go on & on —- and I probably will in future blogs —– today i just want to pay tribute to Nate ….. I love you nate and I could never be prouder. You really stepped up Taters!

The Dad

believe it or not?

February 17, 2009 by  

Well, I guess I am going to try this blogging thing. Just touching base with everyone to let you all know what is going on in my world. (as crazy as it is.) Tony still has a job, this we are all thankful for. Me? Well I am still working three days a week doing hair, and staying pretty busy. Some days are better than others. Our Big B has given his notice at Mc Donalds here in Ft. Collins and is planning on moving back to Casper. We are going to miss him so much, even though we don’t see him as much as we would like, it is still nice to know he is near. His surgery is healing very well and if you have not seen him he is healing very nicely, he looks AWESOME!!!!!!! Nate is working hard in his senior year of high school and also getting ready for the state wrestling tournament. He is wrestling great and we can’t wait to see how he finishs the season. Boy, let me tell you it is sure hard to see this chapter in his life close. I think Tony and I are more nervous than he is. Courtney, is working hard in school, she is a great student and a beautiful young lady. And man can she play softball. She is amazing to watch. She would love to play for the Arizona Wild Cats someday. With her determination I am sure she can do it. Keegan, well he is just Keegan. Always on the go, and succeeding in all he does. He does great in school, and excels at sports.

Well I think I have rambled on enough for my first blog, ddon’t even know if I am doing this right! Guess we will see soon. Last but not least want too let all of you know that I love you all lots and thank God every day that you are apart of my life. THE MAIN PART!!!!!!!! Love always, Wendy

COLORADO QUICK-TRIP ON VALENTINES DAY!

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

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