Monday Musings ~ January 11, 2021

Welcome to Monday. The laptop’s back up and running now and we thought this smile was a clever way to let you know we’re back. While we read everyone’s posts from last week, we left next to no comments. My hat’s off to millennials who easily manage life typing on a tiny little phone screen. Alas I’d make a lousy millennial since it became clear quickly that leaving comments from the phone was an exercise in futility and frustration. But we’re back, I’m smiling and the small storm that blew through over the weekend allowed us some ‘dashing through the snow’ time so the dogs (well at least Elsa) were happy too. Norman remains in the “Yeah, I can hold it” camp but he still manages to leave significant amounts of yellow posts nonetheless whenever we ventured out. Talk about a weather wuss.

Smiles

We hope your privacy settings are well respected this week and it turns out to be a good one. It’s ‘crisp’ this morning, (19ºF at 8:30 local time) but should hit the mid 40’s later today with low 60’s by Wednesday. Woohoo…60’s in January folks! We’ll take it. Have a great Monday and even greater week.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ January 4, 2021

We hope you had a lovely New Year’s celebration. Ours was quiet…well until around midnight when some knuckle-dragging neighbors began shooting off fireworks. For a few minutes, it was nerve-wracking for a couple of pups. Fireworks always set my jaw and make me grumble but we finally were able to get to sleep soon thereafter. Thank goodness for the BBC which broadcasts late at night on  public radio. Apart from getting world-wide news without the same cable TV newscaster droning on about that same ‘breaking news’ story that had been highlighted for the previous six hours, it provided some pleasant white noise for the dogs. Hard to believe they have next to no interest in soccer scores or how the 4-1/2 year long divorce known as BREXIT ended up.  It only took about 15 minutes before canine snores were competing with news from Britain, the rest of the world and fireworks.

Unlike my usual MO, this post was penned before Monday. Usually they’re done the morning they get published but knowing the laptop will be going in for a tune up later this week, it was actually written in advance. I even hope to get a couple in the hopper to tie us over. Perhaps this proactivity might set the stage for that age-old resolution of ‘being better organized.’ Yeah, probably not.

So let’s start out the new year with a nice big smile, shall we?

Smiles

So how was your New Year’s celebration? Here’s hoping the ‘first week’ sets the tone for a better year. Hope springs eternal.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ December 21, 2020

On this, the shortest Monday of the year, here’s a little something to ponder at the beginning of Christmas week.

Smiles

Do you know Olive? Happy Monday.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ December 14, 2020

Wait…it’s Monday already? Blech! How’d that happen?!?! Well however this sorcery came about, it’s time to start out the week with a smile. With the Winter Solstice a mere week away and Christmas just a few days later, let’s lean on a holiday-themed smile, shall we?

Smiles

Here’s hoping your pup catches you ‘under the mistletoe’ multiple times this week. Happy Monday!

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ December 7, 2020

Smiles

We hope you have a smile-filled week. Happy Monday from the Ranch hands.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ November 23, 2020

As peeps in the U.S. prepare for the Thanksgiving ‘howliday’ this week, we hope you and yours stay safe as you give thanks. Maybe be like Duke and impress your tribe on Facetime rather than in person. But wherever you’re at, we hope you stay smiling.

Thanksgiving

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ November 16, 2020

Egad…we’ve reached the latter half of November…how in the dog did THAT happen? While in many ways 2020 has seemed to drag on and on, it’s still incomprehensible there is a mere six weeks left in a year we’d all probably like to forget.

What’s a Ranch Hand to do? How ’bout we start the week out with another Indian Hills sign. Last week’s musing seemed to tickle you guys so let’s go with “an udder.”

Signs

Here’s hoping this week is “udderly” fantastic.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ November 9, 2020

Happy Monday. Don’t know about you but I think we should start the week out with a pun after last week. My favorite bedroom community west of Denver is Indian Hills where my daughter and her family lived for over 5 years before moving out of state. I’ve written about Indian Hills before here.

What was once a summer campground for Ute Indians inthe area, Indian Hills became home to area hearty pioneers, booming as a resort community in the 1920’s and finally transitioned into the small mountain community of today.  The community center located along State Highway 74 is where residents get together for town meetings or other public events with the sign board outside announcing them, as well as posting the occasional pun and is managed by Colorado native and town resident, Vince Rozmiarek.  Begun several years ago, he delights passersby with his clever wordplay. The town also has a Facebook page showcasing the signage and where they are now selling a calendar for 2021.

Signs

Given the tenseness over past several days, I think we can all use a chuckle to start out the week. Happy Monday.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ November 2, 2020

A mere 60 days from now we will start a fresh new year. If you’re anything like me, you’ll happily kick 2020 to the curb of ancient history. Same for tomorrow. Can it come soon enough?

Enough of the doom and gloom, let’s start the week out with a bit of silliness. When I saw this cartoon I couldn’t help but chuckle and let the iconic Karen and Richard Carpenter planted an ear worm that has last a few days. Guess there are worse things (like the 87th phone call from some political group asking me if I’ve voted yet).

At any rate, here’s to a marvy week, sans any rainy days.

Monday humor

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ October 26, 2020

It’s Monday and this is where we start out the week with a smile. Even as we’re being buried in about 9″ (so far) of snow with single digits. Yup, it’s true, winter arrived at the Ranch. Both dogs took one look outside, sniffed then turned around saying, “Nah, we can hold it for a while.”

Humor

The snowstorm has somewhat stemmed the growth of the fire (despite it consuming now more than 192,000 acres) as well as much of the containment work across Northern Colorado’s massive wildfires. Some evacuation orders have been lifted in Larimer and Grand Counties as of Sunday night. This is good news. That said, because much of the region is in rough, steep country, heavy equipment used to fight fires will not be able to make additional progress in the icy conditions. Perhaps the 700+ firefighters can get some much needed rest. We continue to keep them and the residents of the fire areas in our thoughts and prayers.

Here’s to a ‘wagnificent’ week of smiles, mask wearing, social distancing and paw washing.

Live, love, bark! 🐾