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I’m posting this late today because we just got back from our vacation at Rainbow Trout Ranch.  As such, my cup runneth over with things to be thankful for.  I will write in much more detail about our week in a day or two, but suffice it to say it was a struggle to keep the list to ten this week.  It’s difficult to imagine a lovelier place to spend a week.

In honor of all the riding and immersion in Western culture, I’ve replaced the usual “Quotes on Gratitude” with a few nuggets of “Cowboy Wisdom,” all of which are posted on a “Code of the West” poster that hangs in the Men’s room at the Ranch.  (I have a 4 year-old boy, which is how I know this).  It was impossible to limit the quotes to three since so many were so funny.  So here goes:

Cowboy Wisdom

“Don’t squat with your spurs on.”

“Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”

“Making it in life is kind of like busting broncos. You’re going to get thrown a lot. The simple secret is to keep getting back on.”

“Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.”

“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

“Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.”

And last, but certainly not least…

“Always drink upstream from the herd.”

Gratitude List for the week ending August 8

  1. The most exhilarating ride I’ve ever taken — to Wrangler’s Point, with an overview of Conejos Valley.  Trotting and loping for so long that you get lost in the rhythm of the horse

    View from Wrangler's Point

  2. Rainbow – a (fast) horse with one blue eye and one brown eye who had a penchant for biting other horses’ asses (I can relate) and who liked to have her jaw scratched.

    Rainbow keeping Carmine (Phil's horse) at bay

  3. Putting together an entire 1500 piece puzzle, which I haven’t done in years. (The missing pieces in the photos were ones that were lost.)
  4. Sunrise hike to the top of Charity.

    View from Charity summit at sunrise

  5. The bowls of bread dough set to rise in front of the lodge fire in the mornings.
  6. Watching Em square dance like a pro

    Em getting ready to "Cage the Bird"

  7. The “Hey Howdy Hey” song that Doug teaches all the kids.
  8. Seeing old friends and making new ones.
  9. Mudflap, Tailpipe and Hubcap – the Three Muskedogs that kept us from missing Rocky too much. (P.S. these dogs NEVER slept. They always went out on the rides. It was some kind of miracle that I caught two of them with their eyes closed).

    Mudflap resting on Em's boot



  10. Reading one of my children’s books to everyone on the sing-along/talent night.  I got so many compliments and such an abundance of encouragement that it made up for how afraid I was to read it.  It gave me the motivation and excitement to keep going!

What are you grateful for this week?


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Here is another Gratitude Sunday.  It’s going to be quick because we’re leaving TODAY for our week at Rainbow Trout Ranch (so there will be lots to cover in next week’s post).  Have a grateful week everyone!

Quotes on Gratitude

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” — Richard Bach

“There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” — The Buddha

Gratitude List for the week ending July 31

  1. My garden, which is ready to burst forth with more produce than I’ll be able to manage.
  2. Our neighbor, Cliff, who gives us a steady supply of grass clippings to use as mulch for the garden.
  3. All of the team members who are keeping the Official SCBWI Conference blog updated for us poor souls who can’t be there.
  4. Em said, “It’s much more difficult to still your mind than to just sit and think about stuff.” Such wisdom from a 7 year-old.
  5. Dr. Rob Landry, Rocky’s veterinarian.  I always leave our visits confident that Rocky will be okay.
  6. My mom, for keeping Rocky so we don’t have to board him this week.  Rocky is grateful too even though he doesn’t know it! 🙂
  7. Jay swam and did a front float for the first time without help!
  8. Again my mom, for having the kids over for dinner one night this week.  I had three hours of complete silence, which I used to curl up on the couch and read my book.
  9. Playdates that kept the kids occupied and happy this week.
  10. Reading The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me to both kids.

What are you grateful for this week?

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