Spring Cleaning at the Ranch

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Easter 2009Yesterday was a typical Easter for us in the High Country.  I woke early to let the dogs out, start the coffee and brush the demanding cat.  She won't shut up til I give in give her a good brushing.  It was, as usual, still dark outside.  I stoked the fire, glad to see the 20 yr old daughter that refuses to work had loaded wood into the fire before retiring, which is usually sometime right before I get up.  Then I sat down on the computer to pull up my e-mail and check my daily Duchess of Dorkhoroscope.  Typical daily routine for me.

As the darkness lifted over the earth, I noticed it was lighter than usual along the ground lines....yes, it was snowing!  April 12th.  Easter.  Now, this isn't an unusual occurance for us living at 8500' along the Central Rockies.  In fact, its normal.  Many an Easter I have spent hiding eggs inside the house for the kids to hunt.  We have even hidden the eggs more than once just to enhance the experience!  It's always been kinda fun.  On the rare occasion when we actually COULD hide eggs outside, we have to do it quickly, as the dogs were not far behind rooting out our treasure.  An egg head count was necessary, although we could never come together on the actual amount of eggs we hid, empty cartons besides the point, some got used for salad before the event and some just plain got et by the adult egg hunters.

But now that the kids are grown, the hubby has expired and I am here with the one child that seems to have planted herself permanently in the World of Warcraft, my Easters are different.  I spent some time updating my numerous online accounts and sites that I post stuff to like Facebook, Postlets etc and yearning for email.  The daughter spent plenty of time World of Warcrafting.  Then we got moving. Easter 09

As the snow swirled and the wind blew, we got out the ladders.  Not just your usual ladders.   I pulled in the big 12 footer.  Set it up under those darned upside down light fixtures that manage to catch the dead bugs.  Pulled them down and washed them up and lo!  Light! 

It's amazing how much light a pile of dead bugs block! 

Then we hit all the high spots...the mounts, the dusty antlers and the boar pig with the captains hat, the commemerative knife collection....all things nailed 'way up high that collect dust.  Dusted! The tops of the bookshelf!  Vacuumed and Dusted!  I even rearranged some furniture!  Open space! Or, as the dogs see it, more space for them to lay around.  Pulled off many of those stupid knicky knacky things that collect during the course of a lifetime!  Counterspace!

Of course, we were covered with dust and the schmutz that comes off the tops of things that haven't been dusted in years, but felt great! Its that feeling that knowing the cobwebs are gone, the dust has been cleared away in places visitors can't see.  To think of it, I may even invite someone over to see the house cause those dust bunnies have been sucked away!  It's been awhile since I had a party....

But first I have to clean out the room that I piled all that knickyknacky junk and spare furniture in. 

Thats for another snow day.  It's April, ther'll be another one soon......

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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Carrie, you  do have a way with words!  I remember back in the day when I lived in an area that "got" snow, the days when the federal government closed, the schools closed, thus we also had the day off, I too was motivated to clean.  I think its the silence the snow brings, the silence of no phones ringing, just the plain old silence that moves us to get up and do something constructive, knowing we won't be interrupted.  So, what did the horsies do while you were cleaning?

Apr 14, 2009 02:36 AM #1
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Carrie N. Miller
Your Neighborhood Realty - Woodland Park, CO
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Hey Terry!

Maybe its the "git up off yer butt and do something bug" that go to me.  I coulda sat and watched old Westerns all day.  I think even the 10 Commandments was on continuous loop on DTV or something! And eat bon bons.  But I am so glad I got those high places dusted off.  Makes me feel my house is clean and motivates me to keep going after it!

Those horses are fat as ticks.  They had their heads stuck in a knee deep pile of hay all day long!  Remember the bale I debated about pulling out?  Well, my sis brought another one and dumped it too!  So, they are hog fat and sassy.  I'll have my work cut out for me if I ever get a chance to climb on one again!

Thanks for posting!

 

Apr 14, 2009 02:49 AM #2
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Debra Passero
Weichert Realtors - Ruffino Real Estate - Milford, PA

Digging out from mud here in PA.  Seems like it has never stopped snowing and raining this winter.  Last year we were finished spring cleaning already!

Apr 14, 2009 07:24 AM #3
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Carrie N. Miller
Your Neighborhood Realty - Woodland Park, CO
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Woah!  You Easterners got hammered this year, for sure!  We had a relatively open winter, meaning light snow, deep cold for short periods and lots of sunshine! Course, that means that in Spring everyone freaks out cause we had light snow and deep cold.  We need the moisture, and have dodged a couple of fires already. This last snow on Easter gave us all hope that the world will keep spinnin, the grass will grow and the water will continue to flow!

Thanks for readin my blog.  Good luck with that mud!

 

Apr 14, 2009 07:46 AM #4
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Carrie, old westerns.  Now that is a subject very close to my own heart!  The only DVDs I own are all John Wayne, but I'll watch anything western thats on TV.  I love the western channel on cable.  Maybe thats why my house has been getting a little dusty lately :-)

Apr 15, 2009 03:52 AM #5
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I stumbled upon your blog, and wondered why I have not seen it before. You definitely need to write more, you have a real gift for storytelling!  I remember the first time I came to Cripple Creek and feeling as though I was in a twilight zone of Leadville.  I lived in Leadville for 6 years, and my visit to CC was just a few years ago.  Wish I had seen it before gambling, I'm sure I would have had even more deja vu'.  I spent 17 years in the mtns, and 2 yrs ago returned to the city, (C Springs).  I so enjoyed your story, I can relate to your comments about worrying how much or little snow we got...Headed to the Wet Mtn Valley, (Westcliffe) tomorrow, for a few days, and honestly hope we get what they are promising for Fri and Sat! I'll be back, to read some more...keep writing!

Apr 15, 2009 05:46 PM #6
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Carrie N. Miller
Your Neighborhood Realty - Woodland Park, CO
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Terry;

Old Westerns! :)  Now THATS totally another subject for a blog, don'tcha think?  Woo Hoo!

Cheryl;

Thank you for the kind comments!  Come on up to Cripple Creek some more, my office is right next to City Hall and a brand spankin new Candy Shop!  Great for that quick Chocolate Fix!

We are expecting the BIG ONE again this weekend!  It figures!  Just got shoes on my horse! Oh well I say heading out to pull out another bale! 

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