Monthly Archives: February 2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.26.2015

Now THAT’s a hat, and it even matches her braid! This lady caught all sorts of attention when she walked into the bar at Grand Lodge at Peak 7. And I wasn’t the only one snapping pictures, either.

Skiing is the only sport where you spend an arm and a leg to break an arm and a leg.  ~Author Unknown via

Now THAT's a hat! Breckenridge 2.25.2015

Now THAT’s a hat! Breckenridge 2.25.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.25.2015

My winter mountain adventure with IMA continues as we’ve relocated to beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado. We spent part of yesterday afternoon at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, where several in our party arranged for their rental equipment for today’s skiing. I haven’t skied in years, but it sure is tempting, especially considering the fresh snow that awaits! It is breathtakingly beautiful here!

“If you like the outdoors, Colorado is a big adventure playground for adults: it’s great for skiing, cycling, climbing, and hiking.” ~ Tyler Hamilton via

The snow was really coming down in Breckenridge! 2.25.2015

The snow was really coming down in Breckenridge! 2.25.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.24.2015

I have never visited the Rocky Mountains during winter until now. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful in every direction. This is the view from my balcony at Devil’s Thumb Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado. Looking at this I see evidence of our Creator’s handiwork all around me. Soli Deo Gloria!

Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. ~ Psalm 90:2

Morning view from my balcony at Devil's Thumb Ranch 2.25.2015

Morning view from my balcony at Devil’s Thumb Ranch 2.24.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.23.2015

What a blessing it is to work for a company full of dynamic people who truly love what they do. Tonight I am at Devil’s Thumb Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado attending our annual Producers meeting. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate last year’s successes as we plan our future. For me, it’s an opportunity to meet coworkers from other IMA offices and build relationships that I know I will treasure for the rest of my career. Altitude here approaches 9,000 feet, so upon check-in IMA gave us these water bottles to remind us to stay hydrated, and the Ranch offers their delicious lemon-infused water which is more than up to the task.

“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” ~ Jacques Ives Cousteau via

IMA water bottle filled with Devil's Thumb Ranch lemon infused water. Yum!

IMA water bottle filled with Devil’s Thumb Ranch lemon infused water. Yum!

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.22.2015

If you’re following my 2015 Photo-A-Day challenge (which I’ve renamed 2015 Photo Most Days) you’ve met Lucy, our Golden Retriever. Our toy poodle, Shadow, visited the groomer yesterday and came home feeling pretty good about himself. Shadow turns 10 years old this year. He is an odd little dog in many ways, and we love him. It took awhile, but we finally got him to stand still long enough to snap a quick photo.

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” ~ Robert Benchley via

Shadow home from the groomer, 2.21.2015

Shadow home from the groomer, 2.21.2015

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.21.2015

Working to prepare a major business presentation, I didn’t post a single P-A-D last week. Long hours, nights full of intermittent sleep, and running on adrenaline are all stresses to the body. Thankfully, my company offers a proactive wellness program that includes this cool little device, called a “Ped”, that attaches to our shoes and keeps track of motion. Our goal is 5,000 steps per day; that’s a lot! But take a 3-mile walk on a lovely February day in Texas and the goal is achieved, causing the Ped to reward its user with this cool little light show. By midday, I had taken 6,364 steps. And it felt good.

“Walking is the best exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” ~ Thomas Jefferson via

5,000 steps by midday!

5,000 steps by midday!

2015 Photo-A-Day 2.15.2015

Lucy, our Golden Retriever, turns 3 years old today. She is a great dog, offering ample love and affection. She’s also adopted some of Shadow’s OCD traits as she almost constantly seeks attention. That’s fine; we’re happy to give it. Happy Birthday, Lucy!

“Golden retrievers are not bred to be guard dogs, and considering the size of their hearts and their irrepressible joy in life, they are less likely to bite than to bark, less likely to bark than to lick a hand in greeting. In spite of their size, they think they are lap dogs, and in spite of being dogs, they think they are also human, and nearly every human they meet is judged to have the potential to be a boon companion who might, at many moment, cry, “Let’s go!” and lead them on a great adventure.” ~ Dean Koontz via

Happy Birthday Lucy

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