Dino: Rainbow Bridge Day

At times, the ten years seem like yesterday. Other days, it seems so long ago.

From his kitten days to his very last, Dino was the best of cats. He always understood. That made him special. Dino was a friendly and happy boy. Most of all, he was loyal – not only to his one but also to his littermate, Pebbles.

greenhouse scents: the container pot

outdoor scents: peach harvest

Dino loved his fresh scents, from fresh cut flowers to Kona coffee to babies. When the gardenias began to bloom, he was right there to inhale all of its scent. Similarly with babies. Dino loved sitting and sleeping with Deborah, Elizabeth and Kyle, taking in their baby freshness.

We were fortunate to have Dino for nearly 19 years, and to be blessed by his undying love and devotion. We love and miss you.

mom and dad

xoxo

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Independence Day

“Freedom and liberty extracts a high price from their sons and daughters.”

John Adams said it is the time to celebrate who we are, joined together with our differences into a nation. Nowhere else had anyone imagined, or dared, to form a nation with a diverse people.

The founding fathers understood the risks they were taking asserting America’s independence from Great Britain. They also understood many more risks would ensue once independence was gained. It would fall to the following generations to become the guarantors of freedom.

In a letter to an acquaintance in 1797, Jefferson wrote the “tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” In closing the same letter, he also wrote America was the world’s “last, best hope.” To have freedom and liberty, Jefferson believed we must have the willingness to defend both, and to give our lives if need be. And, many have.

While we have been less than perfect as a nation, we continue to strive to become a more perfect Union by keeping fidelity to our core values – the rule of law, honesty and decency. Anything less would be a betrayal to those who have given their last full measure.

To our friends across America, and those defending her in far away lands, celebrate well.

Egypt: Marking Two Years

It has been two years since we said goodbye to our beloved Miss Egypt. Though she continues to remain in our hearts, her physical absence is noticed very much. Simply, our tabby girl gave much of herself. Playful, friendly and sociable, she was always ready to visit with anyone. Yet, she only had eyes for her “one”. Egypt knew her “one” would do anything for her.

Wood and carpet squares, her favorite toys. Lounging in a sunny window, her favorite activity. Egypt left her scratch marks on wood surfaces, nose prints on every window from which she watched her world, on a daily basis. A well-lived home, after all, needs all of these markings.

in motion: Egypt leaving her mark on the door jamb leading into the greenhouse

Without a doubt, Egypt was the cat-in-charge. The other kitties of the household understood the order of things. Her position as top cat remains unfilled, the title and role she made her own.

may be: Miss Susie trying to ignore Miss Egypt

Occasionally, we’ll catch a glimpse of Egypt from the corner of our eye. On rare occasions, we’ll see Egypt jump onto her favorite chair. And, yes, she made the trip to the ranch.

We love and miss you very much.

xoxo

National Donut Day

Whether you spell it “doughnut” or “donut”, it really doesn’t matter. It’s National Donut Day across America.

donuts:  in the bakery case

Miss Egypt loved her cake donuts. We bought cake donuts special for her, national day or not. Definitely, on her day and holidays. It is safe to say, Egypt would “cat-approve” this day.

Miss Egypt having her cake donut (Oct 2006)

Have a donut, or two, to celebrate and cap off your week.

Notes

With Midnight having her yearly check-up, yesterday, we mentioned National Donut Day to our vet, Dr. Ramsel, and how Egypt loved her cake donuts. Dr. Ramsel wrote a reminder to herself, using a Sharpie pen on her hand, to have a cake donut for Egypt .

For more on National Doughnut Day, read the Wikipedia article here.

Happy Mom’s Day

Nothing compares to saying “I love you, mom” knowing she has everything she needs …

to care for the lawn and yard, knowing her power tools and lawn mower are in tip-top shape.

Happy Mom’s Day!

Guys and boys – Remember mom gets the best steak off the grill, medium-rare*, the premium beer dad has squirreled away in the back of the fridge, and all of the other extras served on celebratory days. Mom also expects her kitchen to be clean and spotless at the end of the day.

Graphic courtesy of RepairClinic®.

*It’s been determined by grillmasters a medium-rare done steak is the best – perfect flavor, tender, melt in the mouth quality.

New Trails

They have prepared themselves for this moment. They have studied much. They have studied hard. They have been inspired. They have inspired.

Our daughters have been accepted into two medical school programs, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Long School of Medicine at UT Health in San Antonio. Both programs are excellent, and have produced outstanding MDs. One of those outstanding MDs is Laurie, Tara’s mom, who studied at UT – San Antonio. Andrea graduated from the University of Colorado nursing program at the BS and MS level. The inspiration for our girls is understandable.

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Anschutz Medical Campus (Aurora, CO)

University of Texas Health Sciences Center (San Antonio, TX)

Choosing to pursue a career in medicine, or in the hard sciences, is not surprising. Deborah and Elizabeth, mom in nursing, dad in chemistry; Tara, her mom a trauma surgeon. Their essays on “what I want to be” in the 6th and 7th grades suggested a percolating interest. Becoming a professional equestrian, not so much. When their riding began to click, and making the jump from above-average novices to dominating juniors, the prospect of riding professionally became a little brighter.

We have encouraged our girls to follow their hearts in following their dreams. Moreover, we told them do not wait for a role model or a trailblazer to emerge – otherwise you’ll be waiting forever. “It is not much different from riding,” Mark and Trish have said. “If you want to be in any field, you must learn and study as much as you can, then always work to give your best.” Both Mark and Trish have always placed a premium on education for their young riders, and to encourage them to think beyond equine sports. “It’s okay to have dreams other than horses and to pursue those dreams.

entering the quad, University of Colorado School of Medicine

the quad and medical classroom buildings, seen from a lounge area in another medical classroom building
University of Colorado School of Medicine

In their individual interviews with both programs, our daughters were asked, “Why medicine? Why don’t you stay with riding?” Though the question came across as dismissive, our girls handled it with their usual grace. “Medicine and riding are much alike,” they proffered. “There are no guarantees. In riding, you always give your very best effort, every time, in the show ring. In medicine, a doctor must always give their very best with each individual patient. Anything less, you don’t belong in either field.

The pursuit of medical careers does not imply our daughters are finished with their riding, or taking a hiatus from the sport. They still plan to compete, but on a less expansive basis. It made choosing which school to attend fairly easy, the University of Colorado School of Medicine. They’ll be close to home and they’ll be close to their horses.

Deborah, Elizabeth and Tara are clearly excited about the journey they will soon embark on. They understand there will be long days ahead, yet they have not been wary of hard work. We could not be more proud and excited for them. Mark and Trish have no doubts they will succeed. “It is in their blood.

Ride now, ride forever

 

Photo credit: The photos used in this post are courtesy of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences Center – San Antonio.