Wish I Were There ~ September 21, 2022

Aachen, Germany

After dreaming of being back in Aachen, I’m smiling because it’s Happy Earth, Wind & Fire Day. Do you Remember the 21st day of September? Groove on, peeps.

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Monday Musings ~ September 12, 2022

Ahhh, the power of suggestion. Hopefully our suggestion’ to make it a great Monday, will be just as effective.


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Monday Musings ~ August 29, 2022

Welcome to the last Monday of August. Where in the world has did this month gone? {head shaking} I have no clue, but what I do know is that even the last Monday should start out with a smile. Here’s this week’s edition. Hope it tickles your funny bone.

Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful week with a minimum amount of thunder and lightning.

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Monday Musings ~ August 22, 2022

Good Monday morning. As you might deduce, we’re off to bring some smiles to folks at Lutheran this week. Norman thinks this cartoon pretty much explains what his job is all about (sans the face licking part which is unacceptable behavior). Here’s hoping all your encounters this week bring lots of smiles.

A pet therapist’s job description

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Mile High Monday Musings

ColoradoHappy 146th birthday to the State of Colorado. On this date in history, Colorado became the 38th state after previously being a territory from 1861. Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers, construction on the state capitol began in the 1890’s and opened to the public in November 1894 in a style reminiscent of the US capitol building using Colorado white granite and topped with a gold-coated dome. The dome is covered in copper panels and gilded with gold leaf from a Colorado mine and was added in 1908 to commemorate Colorado’s Gold Rush. A fresh application of 65 ounces of .999 pure Colorado mined gold was reapplied a few years ago. Sparkling in the Rocky Mountain sun, the dome now commemorates modern day settlers arriving for a different kind of rush…the flourishing marijuana industry and a robust state economy as thousands move to the state every year. According to the 2020 census, there are now over 5.685 million people in Colorado.

Historical Information


The interior of the capitol has what is believed to be the entire known supply of Colorado Rose Onyx, a rare rose marble mined from a quarry near Beulah, in southern Colorado. White Yule Marble from quarries near Marble, Colorado, was also used throughout the building for the floors.

Located in a downtown park designated as a national historic landmark, the capitol is situated slightly higher than the rest of downtown Denver. At 180 feet (55 m) tall, the entrance hall is open to the top of the dome, about the height of an 18-story building. Referred to as the Mile High City, the official elevation for Denver was marked on the outside West steps, where the 15th step is engraved with the words “One Mile Above Sea Level” at 5,280 feet (1,609m). A subsequent measurement taken in 1969 by Colorado State University students marked the 18th step as being the mile high marker. A more recent and accurate measurement taken in 2003, now identifies the 13th step as being at the one mile (1.6km) high mark.IMG_1142

Happy Birthday, Colorado. For an old broad, you’re looking good.

And now for today’s smile which isn’t nearly as funny when you’re in the middle of the queue.


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Monday Musings ~ July 25, 2022

Monday Musings

Norman will be visiting patients and staff this week at Lutheran and we’re hoping to be part of this kind of  ‘temporary exchange program.’  Can’t help but wonder how many laps he’ll cheer up this week. Here’s wishing you a wonderful Monday and a totally ‘pawsome’ week.

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Happy July 4th ~ 2022

July 4th

Two hundred and forty-six years ago, a scrappy bunch of folks in the New World  stomped their feet and declared independence from their British rulers and they’ve managed to remain scrappy ever since. Sadly, not all of that ‘scrapiness’ has been attractive or positive. These days we tend to delude ourselves that we managed that ‘more perfect union’ that was originally sought. Still all us Ranch hands continue to pray that we can actually achieve it for everyone.

As the U.S. celebrates its country’s independence with the culmination of a long weekend, the Ranch hands and I wish our U.S. based readers a safe and happy Fourth of July. To everyone, we hope you have a great Monday and even better week. With temps hovering in the pizza oven range all week long, we hope you manage to stay cool with a minimum of cowering in the bathroom today.

July 4th

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Monday Musings ~ June 6, 2022

It was a full and busy weekend. Norman and I participated in an all day fundraiser for the sheepdog rescue (we’ll have a post on that soon) so today’s smile seemed pretty spot on from our standpoint.


We hope your weekend was ‘wagnificent’ and today (as well as the entire week), being even better.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

Monday Musings ~ May 16, 2022

Is it really Monday again? Ugh. I’m not ready to Monday today. But I can at least chuckle with another sign from our pals from nearby Indian Hills. Whether you’re into science or silliness, we hope you have a terrific day.

Funny signs from Indian Hills

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