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One of our happy things to do on our summer visits to Steamboat Springs is to attend the PRCA Rodeo. It’s an outdoor arena, so if it’s been raining, it stadium is awesomely muddy. But still, everyone tries to get their eight!

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado,

Quote of the day: “I plan on growing old much later in life, or maybe not at all.”  — Patty Carey (Rodeo Rider, 1913)

Daily gratitudes:
Pretty evening clouds
My almost-better-than-sex soup
Having MKL home
Talks with Kender
That Lindsay Lohan got out of rehab today (which made Kelsea happy)
Philosophical conversations that skirt the edge of madness

Only a few more days….and a thousand miles.

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Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.” — Nicholas Sparks

Daily gratitudes:
A brief rain
Excellent blueberries
Being able to laugh at myself
Gothic novels
Having fallen in love with Mr. Man

She’s a she, not a he, and hence, no antlers. But I don’t care. It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to see a moose. To the extent that, as a child, my imaginary friend was a moose (named Bruce, no less). So on our return from Steamboat Springs, I was super excited when Kelsea and I entered the Moose County of Colorado, complete with Moose X-ing signs. It was dangerously pouring rain, when Kelsea swore she spied TWO of them out her window, in a copse of trees. We steered down a side road nearby hoping that I could catch a glimpse, but they, in their elusive mooseness, had vanished. I was glad she had seen them, but I was sorry for myself. She tried in vain to cheer me up by saying that really she was only 98% sure that they had actually been there, and not just a moose hallucination, as we have had previously. I was just bemoaning the fact that here I am, an animal shaman, for heaven’s sake, and I can’t even summon a moose, when there she was. I veered off the road so sharply that I almost hit a random pole and am surprised that she didn’t run away. But she didn’t. She calmly drank rainwater from a puddle, lifted her head and observed things in general, and casually trip-trapped into some aspens, thinking perhaps that they were an excellent disguise. I was so happy that I cried. Honestly, I wept with joy. I’m glad I got to share the experience with Kelsea.

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(To give credit where credit is due, Kelsea took this shot. I was busy trying not to kill us.)

Highway 14, near Gould, Colorado.

Quote of the day: ““Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. ” — Henry David Thoreau

Daily gratitudes:
Flippy skirts
Seeing MKL after a few days absence which make the heart grow fonder
When work is a workout
Lisa’s chocolate chip cookies
Foggy mornings

I’ve been quiet, haven’t I? Sorry. Just pondering life. And working a lot. And trying to make Mr. Man feel at home. But I’m back now, and ready to share some images from the last roadtrip.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “It was amazing how you could get so far from where you’d planned, and yet find it was exactly were you needed to be.” — Sarah Dessen

Daily gratitudes:
A cooler day
Walking home from the bus
Thunder and lightning
Gardens
Simplicity
Mr. Man coming to greet me when I get home (so happy to have a cat again)

I was hoping to share pictures of our weekend in Steamboat Springs, but haven’t had a chance to download them yet. Suffice it to say, Kelsea and I had a wonderful time. It was filled with balloons, and mountain hurricanes, and new people, and pretty shops, and muddy rodeo riders, and trashy TV late night marathons, and crack pizza.  AND A MOOSE.

So instead of pictures of all of those things, we will retun to a beloved spot: the sea.  Enjoy!

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White Bay, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “All stories are love stories.” — Robert McLiam Wilson

Daily gratitudes:
That there’s a bus stop close enough for me to catch another bus when mine leaves early
Mr. Man snuggling with my feet
Watching one of my favorite movies from when I was five years old
Seafoam
Healing scars

Mr. Man is still taking his pain meds for his teeth, and they make him sleepy and take away his appetite, but he had his last dose this morning – it sent him under the bed, he hates it so much. Hopefully, he will get back to his happier self, and settle in now. I miss him.

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Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.” — Annie Lamott

Daily gratitudes:
Road trip with Kelsea
Crack pizza
Beautiful sunsets
Missing MKL (which means I love him)
Mr. Man
Rain that makes lush green mountain valleys reminiscent of Ireland

Can you guess where we’re heading this weekend? Yup, up to Steamboat Springs for the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo (and the PRCA Rodeo). It’s super pre-storm windy here tonight, and Mr. Man is next to me on the bed. He’s not eating and not peeing, though he is drinking some, but that concerns me. It may just be that his gums are really sore from the dental work (and he did pee in the truck on the way home). I hate leaving him so soon. At any rate, the helpers will be keeping an eye on him, and I may ask one of them to get him some baby food. I remember doing that with my Boo when she was in her last month and couldn’t eat. He’s a darling. But with such a thick coat of fur, I’ll bet he’s looking forward to winter. Oh, and by the way, “Up we go” was how Kelsea used to ask to be picked up when she was a toddler.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “Books. Cats. Life is good.”  — Edward Gorey

Daily gratitudes:
Getting things done
Thunder at night
Febreze
Breakfast for dinner
Cool showers

Here’s the reason I’ve been a bit remiss in posting.  It’s not a very good picture….

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but this is Mr. Man. He’s 13 1/2 years old, and 17 1/2 pounds and he joined the household today from the Boulder Valley Humane Society. Even though MKL is rather allergic to cats (and claims he can’t eat a whole one), he was intrigued by the idea of having a Maine Coon. They are known as “the dog of the cat world” because of their size and their chill tendencies. Mr. Man is doing quite well for his first night in a strange house (with a strange woman). He did spend part of the evening under the bathtub, but I probably would have too.  He’s having a hard time jumping up on the bed, but I don’t know if that’s because it’s high (it is), he’s high (he is, on pain medications since he had four teeth extracted yesterday) or he just needs to figure it all out. I may have to get him a step stool if he wants to snuggle in the bed.

So, right now, he is consuming me – not literally, but mentally. He’s a love and I’m so happy.

It has been a lovely birthday…iTunes card… key fob from a grand old hotel on St. Thomas… “Green Slime” movie poster… perfect cards… a “hold” on a Maine Coon senior cat at the Humane Society… great lunch (and I am anticipating a great dinner)… and some other mysteriousness in the living room as we speak, courtesy of MKL. My Kelsea wrote me the best letter ever, and left me a rose, chocolate, and two bottles of San Pellegrino in the middle of the living room floor, where I couldnt’ miss them.  It is a happy day.

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Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the Day: “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.” — Robert Frost.

(My Kelsea is a diplomat. I am, perpetually and thankfully, the same age in her birthday greetings. And MKL has not once made a reference to my actual age – nor will he. I know him.)

Daily gratitudes:

Loving family and friends

Peace

Happiness

Tequila

The thoughtfulness of others

How thankful I am for my own parents for giving me life – I miss them.

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Southport, North Carolina.

Quote of the Day: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway

Daily gratitudes:
Having a good partner
Sore muscles
Drinks at Chatauqua on the porch
Looking for a new cat
Storm clouds

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