Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Life Begins at 6,000 Feet

Greetings from the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I received a note from Rags here asking if I would take a hiatus from my hiatus, so I put my life as Grizzly Adams aside for one day to poke my head back into civilization.

Indeed, rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated... although I did slip on a hiking trail once, teetering on the edge of a mountain about eight hundred feet above a crag that would have surely turned me into mountain roadkill. Nothing like living on the brink of breathing in crisp mountain air and becoming dinner for a bear.

As a Texan experiencing my first real winter, I have been in heaven. Not only did I see more snow than I've ever seen in all my years of broiling alive back in Dallas, but I rode out two blizzards a mere week apart, each dropping about three feet of pure white bliss. Looking out my window and seeing snow up to the windows of my car was almost euphoric.

I threw that word "almost" in there so you northerners wouldn't think I've lost all my marbles.

And get this -- the high country was still getting snow last weekend. Snow in June! Who could imagine such a thing. My star is still leading me to follow it to higher ground, some little town at about 9,000 feet, nestled snugly between a few fourteeners and with a Christmas card scene out my window six months out of the year.


Okay, enough about all that. I've managed to supply Rags with some of my drivel and buy her another day of laying around in bed. You all realize this is a ploy, right? She's getting us to fill in for her while she lounges around eating chocolate and watching soap operas.

Hmmm. And we fell for it.

Seriously, I hope she's better very soon. This is her place, and we're all just keeping it tidy for her until she gets back.

Well, most of us. Hoss did leave that beer can and his food wrappers on the desk.

Until we meet again...




Blogger Teresa said...

Good to hear from you! When I lived in Colorado, the only month we didn't get snow was July.

June 12, 2007 2:54 PM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Well, now we know what it takes to get the Star out of hiding: Raggedy ailments. Pretty high price, Star. Nice piece, though.

You have some dandy faithfuls, Raggedy. Hoping you are inching toward recovery.

June 12, 2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said...

Well, hello there, FTS ... you sure have been missed !! Great to read you again. Great that you are keeping well.
Sending lots of get well soon wishes to Raggedy.
Take care all ... Meow

June 12, 2007 4:16 PM  
Blogger cube said...

Take care of yourself. We'll see you when you get back. Hope it's sooner rather than later.

June 12, 2007 6:03 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

Hoss sent me here to pass along some get well wishes to Raggedy. A friend of Trucker Bob's is always a friend of mine.

If FTS thinks a blizzard is heaven, he should come to Michigan and stay a while. We usually get enough of them so that he might change his mind.

Or maybe try Maine. I hear anybody who spends more than one winter there is qualified to be a Maineac.

June 12, 2007 8:38 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


Whos There


Gorilla Who

Will you Gorill a grill cheese sandwich for me please


(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š TO
the Cool Raggedy one
[I copied that again, glad you're reading some!]

June 12, 2007 8:46 PM  
Blogger Leann said...

that picture of the little panda is soooo cute.
sorry to hear dear raggedy isnt feeling so good.tell her I miss her and Ill be praying for her.she is a sweetie.being sick is no fun.tell her by Jesus stripes she is healed.thats the word I had to stand on when I had cancer.and the Lord healed me.
Get well soon girlfriend.we all miss you.sorry I havent ben around I havent been feeling so hot myself last few days.under the weather some.

June 12, 2007 9:01 PM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

Wow, FTS, glad to hear from you!

Raggedy, hugs and prayers for a speedy recovery.

June 13, 2007 1:19 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Snow in June? Goodness!! It's nice that some folks love the stuff!

Raggedy, hope you are feeling better soon!!!

June 13, 2007 6:29 PM  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

Imagine my surprise when I stopped by to wish Raggedy well and find who, but the star himself, FTS! Between Peter, Hoss, FTs, and everyone else, Raggedy is in good hands!

Get well SOON, Raggedy.

June 13, 2007 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to see you're still out there and enjoying your new home, FTS! Here's hoping that Raggedy is feeling waaaaay better real soon! :)

June 14, 2007 8:37 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Good to hear you're alive and kicking FTS. I'd been getting worried.

Sorry to hear about you though Raggedy. Hope you're back on your keyboard soon.


June 14, 2007 5:59 PM  

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