This ain’t my first rodeo…

Although this blog post was supposed to have been posted this morning before 8 AM, my stupid internet provider failed to cooperate (yeah…you heard me guys are charlatan greedy bastards). Come Monday, I expect a healthy credit to my account for paying for an internet signal that I haven’t been receiving much lately…grrr…but that’s for another rant time to discuss. Jeez, what IS it about internet providers that they all seem to drink from the same “let’s screw our long-standing customers the most” well?

Any-whoo…the real purpose of this post was to share the latest goings on in the Mile High City. As is typical for this time of year, the 109 year old National Western Stock Show opened this week. Also typical for this time of year, the weather turns ungodly frigid during this event but for the first time I can ever recall during Stock Show week, it snowed all day yesterday in addition to being as cold as Antartica (I tried to upload a video of the fresh falling snow yesterday but it was too large to insert here (or yet another SNAFU from aforesaid stupid internet provider). If you  so inclined, you can check out  the video from my Facebook page- Frankly if you’ve seen one snow storm, you’ve seen ’em all but that’s for you to decide-some people can’t get enough falling snow-alas I’m not so much one of them.

Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 10.04.58 AM Sam views large hoofed critters with more than just mild curiosity generally prompting a total Scooby-Do double-take like he did here. And had we attended the parade with him in tow, I can only imagine his reaction to a scene like this one. Those guys are impressive any way you look at it. It’s not every day you see a herd of huge long horns mosey-ing down the main street of a large metro city with assorted horses, wagons, etc. When I see these guys traveling down 17th, I know I DO a double-take-it’s just not your average everyday sight even for Denver.

Here’s wishing you a terrific weekend. We plan to snuggle and keep warm while cows, bulls, muttons and all form of 4 legged critters get wrangled at the rodeo. Since I took a spill on an icy path yesterday evening, I plan to nurse my bruised bum-side ego, drink hot cocoa and watch the world unfold on this first weekend of retirement as I try ‘learning’ how to ‘unlax’ and take it easy (happily accepted tips and tricks for that behavior-just saying).

Eee-haw everyone, here’s hoping you find your Western Spirit!

Live, Love, Bark! <3

Oh the weather outside is frightful

Baby, it’s cold outside and if you’re like most of the US right now (except for those lucky dogs in Hawaii), you’re probably “feelin’ the love” from our Canadian neighbors in the form of arctic cold fronts catching a ride along the Gulf Stream. Hard to believe winter has arrived with such a vengeance and so early in the season. Even the Deep South is experiencing cold weather (it’s 28 in Atlanta today and only 40 in Houston at this writing).

Apart from the snow shoveling (which, can I just say for the record, am already sick of doing?), there’s that whole thing trying to keep both me and Sam warm while getting in our daily exercise. This has not been an easy task either.

National Western Stock Show parade
January 8 ~ National Western Stock Show parade

The National Western Stock Show opens this week in Denver and for some inexplicable reason, the temperatures always are quite cold. The joke in town is when temps plummet, we say, “oh, it must be Stock Show week.” I mean, I love a longhorn cattle parade down 17th Street every January as much as the next person (that’s somewhat sarcastic on my part but loads of people seem to like it…whatever), but I am so over the bitter temperatures that accompany it every. single. year. 🙁

Baby, it's cold outside!
It’s so cold, it’s blue out there

So naturally temps dropped to bitter at the beginning of this week. But inexplicably, each cold day has been followed by one where the temps were more like mid-October. It was 61 freaking degrees on Tuesday. I thought I was in a time warp when I left work. That night however, another cold front arrived and you know what that means. Can you say melt/freeze cycle?

After melting snow, you get a nice layer of ice. I was putting my recycling bin out for pick-up the other morning and  fell trying to maneuver the bin through deep ice ruts in the alley and suffering bruises & bumps to forehead, knee and keester for good measure [insert appropriate expletive here]. Of course Sam came bouncing over immediately to investigate what was up with all the swearing and why wasn’t I getting up immediately. There’s nothing like having your dog race over to you while you’re trying to clear the stars out of your head and him thinking “Gee, I think she wants to play!”

Once I assured him it was in fact, not play-time, I hobbled back into the house and applied some Arnica gel right away. If you bruise as easily as I do (and are, ahem…as equally graceful as I am 🙂 ), then you NEED this stuff. It works like magic reducing and even eliminating bruises and promotes healing. I got lucky the bruising was kept to a minimum and the pain only lasted overnight. Whew…dodged a bullet this time.

Apparently, Mother Nature is an equal opportunity beotch when it comes to weather, because Sam took a digger on the ice the next day. He gave me that WTH was that all about look, as if I had something to do with his crash and burn. Luckily he didn’t suffer any injuries and the good news is he’s not running at full speed like a maniac…as much.

Why it is you pull out the heavy-duty coats and hats early enough, but seem late in taking out the seriously warm gloves/mittens every winter? It took me a day or two to pull those suckers out and of course every day I felt like I had frostbitten fingers. We’re bundled up like Alaskan Eskimos, donning layers of wool under a terribly unflattering puffy coat (don’t you hate looking like the Mrs. to the Michelin man?), wearing two sets of gloves, sherpa lined boots and hitching Sam up with his fleece-lined coat and boots to prevent ice balls from forming and we’re still freezing. We look like unattractive extras from the movie Frozen and more than a few times have had to abbreviate our morning constitution because of the damn Stock Show effect.

Yup, it’s cold out there, baby. But because I’m a glass half-full kind of gal, I’m celebrating each additional minute of sunlight with every passing winter day. 🙂 Now where did I put the Yaktrax crampons for my boots? Sigh.

How do you and your pets deal with frigid weather? Stay safe and warm till warmer days arrive. Live-love-bark! <3