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Betty and I live in Corrales, New Mexico with our Golden Retriever Jessie.

Last Colorado POst

One of the things we were hoping for was to see a lot of stars, including the Milky Way since there is almost no light pollution. On Monday night we got our wish. The sky was clear as we looked up through the Lodgepole Pines.

One of the things I wanted to try in these conditions was some astrophotography. I was happy with my initial efforts.

Here are several shots using different angles. The first may have caught a meteor as the faint streak on the left doesn’t have any color which would show from a passenger jet.

Here is the same shot with a passenger jet passing over during the exposure. You can see the red and green navigation lights in the light streak…

My last photo has a back story. On Tuesday morning, Betty, Bob, Molly and I went for a hike and had a great time. As we returned to our Mule vehicle, Betty slipped on some loose dirt and gravel.

As she fell, she twisted her ankle and it seemed like a pretty good sprain. We did the prescribed RICE treatment – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. However, by the next morning, Wednesday, it wasn’t any better. She decided we needed to return home to have it looked at to be sure there wasn’t anything else going on in her ankle.

It was a hard decision as we were having a great time and the ranch was beautiful.

We returned home and were fortunate to get an appointment at our local Urgent Care that same afternoon. After some X-rays, the doctor said she had a broken ankle.

They put a splint on it and encouraged us to go to an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible. They would decide if she needed a cast or, worse case, need surgery.

Again, we were fortunate to get an appointment the next afternoon. The good news is no surgery is required and they put her in a boot and not a cast.

The bad news is she can’t put any pressure on her injured ankle for three weeks which means no walking for three weeks.

Today, Friday, insurance approved and we received a knee walker so Betty can get around without putting any pressure on her ankle.

Not the ending we wanted for our trip, but we’re still trusting that God is in control and there’s a purpose for what she is going through.

Jessie’s Idea of Heaven

One of the great things about this ranch is the openness which allows Jessie to roam free. Like most Golden’s she never gets out of sight where she can’t see us, and, most of the time she’ll come when we call.

There’s a path/road that goes from our cabin back into the woods. Betty and I took Jessie for a walk to see where it goes. We found out it went to the local river. Needless to say, Jessie loved finding the river as she LOVES water.

A wet Jessie running with her new, favorite stick…

And, Jessie got to ride with our friend, Bob, in the ‘Mule’…

Monday was a good day for everyone.

Colorado Celebration

Our good friends, Bob and Molly are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Molly’s sister and her family own a ranch 20 miles North of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The ranch is called The Notch because of a unique peak above the property.

As an anniversary gift, she gave Bob and Molly, free use of the ranch for a week. There are three cabins on the property. Bob and Molly are in one, their daughter’s family in another. And they invited us and Jessie to come and we’re in the third. It’s called the Skunk Cabin. Fortunately, it did not live up to it’s name while we’re here.

On our drive to Pagosa Springs we stopped at Abiqui Lake. Abiqui is where Georgia O’Keefe lived and did her Southwest paintings. The picture of Bob and Molly below has the Pedernal Mountain in the background and Ms. O’Keefe often included the Pedernal in her paintings.

We arrived on Sunday afternoon.

This is our cabin, the Skunk Cabin, with Jessie enjoying the freedom of chasing squirrels and following all the smells.

View from our cabin porch.

More pictures to come as our mountain Internet access permits. It’s a little slow.

Oh Lord, It’s Monday Again

Once again, let’s start with some virus humor… First, some advice for the future…

True, true… good times…

Trick or treat… OK, be with you in a minute…

That’s a keeper…

This trade makes sense to me…

We have a winner…

My first selfie…

Now, back to your regular channel… oh the stress… what does one do?

Me too…

The brave new world for pets…

I would definitely wait…

I’m not an engineer, but even I get this one…

A 2020 field trip…

An Axolotl is a species of salamander…

Finally, a dose of super-cute for your week…