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Old 01-08-2010, 03:40 PM   #1
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OMG!!! I'm alive! (or how the kitten spent her holiday)

the first half of the holiday was spent in New Mexico with my folks. nothing particularly unusual or different (well other than finding out that one of my mother's favorite movies is Dirty Dancing and watching it with her). all in all it was kind of depressing. dealing with the very real facts of my parents aging and their acceptance and denial of various aspects of such.

the next part was EXTREMELY interesting!!! my FIL bought a ranch in Sonora a few years ago and then promptly became very sick and spent the better part of a year in hopsital and then recuperating in Kansas City (Which damn near killed him all over again). he finally returned to Mexico this early fall to continue with his project. he is living in a gorgeous rental in a pretty little town called Alamo. the ranch, which dates from an original landgrant in the 1500s is just shy of 10,000 acres. the original Hacienda, parts of which have just crumbled away dates from the early 1700s. he is restoring what he can and then building from new what cannot be restored and also expanding a great deal. there is actually a great deal of year round water on the property to include a lake of approximately an acre in size that is both spring and aquifer fed and full even in the dry season. the plan is to run a cattle business on it as well as lease part of the property for hunting. I've been asked to help him out with the running of the ranch as (being the daughter of a New Mexico Cowboy turned lawyer) I am the only one in the family even remotely familiar with the ranching business. I haven't a clue as to why he decided to embark on a venture such as this at this stage in his life, but it is keeping him active and happy and that is what matters. of course, there is the small matter of throwing me yet a new unique curve in my life! I do believe I have been under the Chinese curse; "May you live in interesting times!" as I certainly have!

it took us 30 hours of travel to return as I flat out refused to drive back to TUcson with him. he is a menace to himself and others and damn near killed us a few times on the trip down there, to include almost running a federale check point, the result of which would have been shoot first, ask questions later. the driving issue must be addressed before he does kill someone, and I already stated that I would require my own vehicle when I am there.

so it looks like I will be spending my life traveling back and forth from Mexico for the forseeable future! I took a bunch of pictures and will get them posted gradually
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Is this something you want to do or is it something you feel you are being pushed into doing?
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:28 PM   #5
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I am very excited about the prospect! I grew up wanting to be a rancher and knew it was a dim prospect outside of marrying into a ranching family!
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:34 PM   #6
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Sounds like this is right up your alley.

Very exciting!!! Keep us posted on events........I'm so happy for you.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:36 PM   #7
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I've got to get through this surgery and then 6 weeks of rehab! but I am very very excited!
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Sounds like fun, fun as in an exciting new challenge!! That would be the running of the ranch, not the surgery and rehab!!

I hope it all goes well for you, that would be both the running of the ranch and the surgery and rehab. I assume you have plenty of books stocked up for your rehab? And, yes, let's see the pics when you get a chance.
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I am very excited about the prospect! I grew up wanting to be a rancher and knew it was a dim prospect outside of marrying into a ranching family!
Congratulations! I think you'll enjoy it.

My mother and step-father raise cows (I don't really call 30 or so cows ranching) and they are in their early 80's. It keeps them young and strong.

I'm a city girl and won't go near the cows but I appreciate their quiet lifestyle.
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That sounds very interesting, KK.
One of the hardest parts of growing older is knowing when to stop driving. My mother's attention went haywire and we were all worried about the fact that she was still driving. Fortunately, she gave it up after an operation, otherwise we felt that we would have had to intervene. A friend resorted to getting her father's doctor to forbid him from getting behind the wheel. Would your father keep the ranch if he wasn't able to drive? (Or could he use horse-power instead? or perhaps new spectacles might help?)
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OOoo, this sounds like such a fun opportunity for you! Have fun, and get us some piccies!

My late-in-life stepfather is scary to drive with too. I try real hard not to let him and Mom pick me up at the airport, when I visit. Other siblings agree.
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Sounds like fun, fun as in an exciting new challenge!! That would be the running of the ranch, not the surgery and rehab!!

I hope it all goes well for you, that would be both the running of the ranch and the surgery and rehab. I assume you have plenty of books stocked up for your rehab? And, yes, let's see the pics when you get a chance.
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Congratulations! I think you'll enjoy it.

My mother and step-father raise cows (I don't really call 30 or so cows ranching) and they are in their early 80's. It keeps them young and strong.

I'm a city girl and won't go near the cows but I appreciate their quiet lifestyle.
I'm guessin' mom found the cowboy after you flew the nest? do you visit?

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One of the hardest parts of growing older is knowing when to stop driving. My mother's attention went haywire and we were all worried about the fact that she was still driving. Fortunately, she gave it up after an operation, otherwise we felt that we would have had to intervene. A friend resorted to getting her father's doctor to forbid him from getting behind the wheel. Would your father keep the ranch if he wasn't able to drive? (Or could he use horse-power instead? or perhaps new spectacles might help?)
it's not sight... it is a variety of things... not paying attention (look! a butterfly! he has passed out at the wheel, driving too fast...)

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OOoo, this sounds like such a fun opportunity for you! Have fun, and get us some piccies!

My late-in-life stepfather is scary to drive with too. I try real hard not to let him and Mom pick me up at the airport, when I visit. Other siblings agree.
yeah, well Tucson Arizona USA to Alamos Sonora Mexico isn't quite a drive to the airport! he needs a driver for that.

piccies soon I promise! (maybe during surgery rehab to keep me busy)
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Books = books. No matter the form.

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Sounds like fun! And a lot of hard work on your hands
Right, that's what I meant!
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I am very excited about the prospect! I grew up wanting to be a rancher and knew it was a dim prospect outside of marrying into a ranching family!
I hope this does work out for you.

But before you go, is there good broadband? Can't have you away from MR for too long at a time.
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