Drowsy Water

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thank you to our 2011 staff!

Every year around Thanksgiving we are reminded of people for whom we are grateful. These people make you smile, they make you laugh, and they keep you going. They make your life more meaningful.

Every year around Thanksgiving we like to take a moment to thank our staff. Our 2011 staff made the summer a success. They kept us and our guests laughing and smiling and make our Drowsy Water Ranch Family complete.

We are grateful for each and every one of the great individuals that spend their summer helping families have one of the most memorable vacations of a lifetime here in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

In case you might be wondering where they are now, here's a quick update:
Ian and Ellen are living at the ranch. Ian is working at Drowsy Water and Ellen works for Power World in Granby.

Calvin, Beth, Tony, and Bryce are all working in Grand County for the Winter at the Winter Park Ski Resort.

Neil, Julie, and Jack are spending the winter working on a dude ranch in Arizona.

Elliott and Kelly are home in Michigan but will return to Grand Lake to work for a snowmobile guide and sales company.

Mandy is in mission training for a Youth With A Mission and will be living overseas.

Maria, Radmir, and Rita are back home in Mexico and Russia, respectively.

Lauren, Trish, Kia, and Rebecca are back in the classroom at different colleges and universities all over North America. Nell is back at school also and studying abroad in Italy for the semester.

Jeremiah made a successful ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro this fall with his sister.

Trisha and Laura are at home working on figuring out the next step in their education.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Five Fundamentals for a Fosha

I love to take Peyton and Chase to the library in Hot Sulphur Springs for story time. The kids love to listen to the books, sing songs, and then pick out their own books to take home. The moms love a little interaction with someone that can actually spell her own name.

The other day, while talking with the other moms, one friend of mine—we’ll call her Mommy-number-one—turned to a woman I did not know—Mommy-number-two—and said, “This is Gretta. She’s a Fosha.”

I hesitated. I grinned. I stuttered.

“A Fosha?” I thought. “What is that supposed to mean: ‘She is a Fosha’?”

Did it mean I am supposed to be able to sing like Ken or ride a horse like Randy Sue or know hay equipment like Justin or fly airplanes like Ryan? What, exactly, was this Mommy-number-one meaning?

You could say it got me thinking. What is a Fosha?

Here’s what I can tell you.

So far, I’ve learned numerous lessons on being a Fosha. That is a good thing. I love learning. I can tell you that some of these lessons have come easily for me and others have been very, very hard. In the end, all of the lessons boil down to different applications of the same five, multi-faceted fundamentals.

Fosha Fundamental #1: Work.

Work hard. Work early. Work late. Work until dark. Work after dark. Work cows. Work horses. Work a room.

Fosha Fundamental #2: Save.

Save money. Save time. Save plastic sacks. Save tin foil. Save hurt animals. Save your attitude. Save a life.

Fosha Fundamental #3: Give.

Give time. Give money. Give gifts. Give food. Give love. Give a hand.

Fosha Fundamental #4: Share.

Share space. Share time. Share stuff. Share knowledge. Share laughs. Share enthusiasm.

Fosha Fundamental #5: Love.

Love the land. Love the mountains. Love animals. Love work. Love friends. Love family.

Maybe I am missing a fundamental or two but I am still learning. After all, I’ve only been around here a few years.

And, by the way, Mommy-number-two responded to Mommy-number-one by saying, “A Fosha? What’s that?”

I guess I get to show her.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Snow Place Like Home

It is some sort of unwritten rule of nature that it will snow by Halloween at Drowsy Water Ranch. We've already enjoyed two storms of six to eight inches and it's barely even November. All I have to say about this transition from fall to the fluffy white stuff is this:

Check out these photos from the ranch this morning. Then go get yourself some hot cocoa.

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