What a Crazy Year It’s Been

If you ask my hubby and dog I’ve been away from home more than not this year. Roxy has even claimed her side of the bed and isn’t sure she wants to share it with me. Don’t tell them, but there is more coming up. I’ll be heading to Minnesota and Wisconsin in June. Will I see you there?

I’ve had a great time teaching some wonderful students. I’m including some class photos so you can see what they have been up to. Sadly, I sometimes get so caught up in what I’m doing that I forget to take photos. I need to get better at that photography!

Thread Lab class in Colorado Springs, CO.
Peaks and Pines Friday class in Granby, CO.
Peaks and Pines Saturday class in Granby, CO.

After my last trip, I took an extra day to soak in the hot springs at Hot Sulphur Springs, CO, and to visit the dude ranch where my parents met in 1948. The hot water felt great after being on my feet for two days straight. Do you think I could make it a requirement for all future teaching venues that they are near a hot spring? No? I didn’t think so.

Soaking in the 107 degree water at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort.
Passing the rocks with overflow and algae at Hot Sulfur Springs Resort.

Drowsy Water Ranch holds a special place in my heart. I can see what drew my mother here from Chicago, where she met and fell in love with the resident cowpoke from Colorado. The ranch sits in a narrow valley with a creek running through it. The current owners, the Fosha family, have put a ton of loving work into keeping the buildings and the grounds feeling like time has almost stood still while putting in new foundations and making the buildings more functional, even rebuilding a barn to fit in with the surroundings. Just watch your head in the dining room if you’re taller than average! They can’t fix that one. I felt like at any moment I could turn a corner and run into Mom keeping watch over my brothers, or see Dad with the horses.

There were new calves in the fields, so the cows kept a close eye on the stranger with the camera. All in all, it was a great way to spend Mother’s Day!

If you are interested in staying at this little slice of heaven, you can find more information on the Drowsy Water website. http://www.drowsywater.com/

Along US40 at the ranch road.
Welcome to the Ranch.
I’m always on the look out for the resident dogs.
Interior of the lodge has hardly changed from the early 1940s.
Mom and calf on Mother’s Day.
Just a couple of the many horses you’ll find here.
The girls keeping an eye on the photographer.
Sweet cabin across the creek.
Watch out for those lost boots.
It’s Colorado. You have to have aspens. Can you imagine the golden glow of fall?
Not going to say goodby, just see ya’ll later!