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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1 Comment

  1. What a beautiful post, and I love the cowboy wisdom! It sounds like a very memorable trip.

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