Another day, another nickle #24: Here I set High , a gettin' ideas.......................

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Blog entry by Thos. Angle posted 10-15-2010 05:05 PM 5232 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I truly wish I had some woodworking to talk about but we are still in the mode of not being home to be in the shop. Our daughter Julie had twin baby boys in August. When we were done at Snake River Ranch the first of September, Carleen didn’t even stop at the house. She came straight here, Riverside, California. I stopped and worked in the saddle shop for a month then had to come here to see my wife. The possibilities of finding a winter job were nil so I again changed horses. I began booking cowboy entertainment shows at retirement centers in the Boise area. I’m now booking shows here in southern California. It seems we are going to winter here where it is warm and there are babies to play with. There is no market for a 63 year old cowboy no matter how experienced. We will be going back to Snake River in the spring if all goes according to plan.I have to be in Jordan Valley for most of the month of November to do the shows in Boise. Since Martin was so kind as to fix it so even us dummies could put pictures in blogs, here’s some show and tell from the summer. Be seeing ya.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 05:29 PM

Great pics.

Congrats on the twins !

As to the woodworking, you’re just giving the trees a bit more time to grow … before you go at it :-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 05:59 PM

Congratulations on the grand babies, one of those things that make life worthwhile, and thank you for sharing the pictures – beautiful! You made me tear up a little talking about old cowboys, saddle shops and Jordan Valley, made the memories of my father vivid in my mind.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 07:30 PM

Gosh darn it’s good to hear from you Thos. Good to hear about the Grandbabies, got one of my own bout a year ago, a boy, two boys now, 1 and 6, and a Granddaughter 16, talk about a handful….Getting my daughter married off here shortly finally, the guy she’s been with for 7 years finally bought her a ring, now to set a firm date and get a few more babies before I bite the dust. Beautiful country. My dad lived in Riverside the last few years of his life. Said he couldn’t keep a battery in his vehicle, he said the kids kept stealing them. LOL. So he sold it and went on foot or called a friend. Looks like Carleen still cooks a mean meal. Man that looks good. You look like you belong in that saddle, probably feels that way, you’ve spent so much time there. Also looks like you got healed up from your last break. I ain’t far behind you, turned 60 this year, all of a sudden it don’t seem quite as old as it used to. Still taking cancer treatments but the blood tests keep coming back negative, so I could grow a monkeys butt and I wouldn’t care, as long as I’m kicking. Great hearing from you, got a Lumberjock gathering coming up in a little town near Lansing, MI. if you’re in the neighborhood the 6th of Nov. be thinking of you, Karson and Dick Cain, and our old pal Mark DeCou. Say hi to Carleen, give those twins a hug, and one for you old timer. Love ya, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 07:41 PM

Hi Thomas;

Congratulations on the twins!!!

They sure do have a way to take your mind off things, don’t they.

Sorry to hear the cowboy life is a bit slow, but, keep the faith. I’m think it’s safe to say everything is slow, so don’t atake it personally.

Glad to hear you’re still kicking around out there. Say hello to Carleen for me.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 10-15-2010 09:25 PM

Good to hear from you, Mike and Lee. I’m still kicking.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 10-15-2010 09:44 PM

well your looking healthy and that there horse looks happy too…what a great batch of pictures..and im still hoping to hear that dinner bell from here….then vittles sure look good…enjoy your time off before next summer..i imagine those saddle calluses will be maybe a a little softer come next summer..your shows sound interesting…what do you do for those…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 10-15-2010 11:20 PM

Griz, I play guitar and sing old and new cowboy songs. Some that I wrote myself and do poems and funny stories. Generally make a fool of myself. But folks laugh. I’ve done these at dude ranches and dinner rides for about 20 years, off and on.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 10-16-2010 12:08 AM

wonderful photos!!
congrats on the twins
I smiled at the “it seems were staying near the babies” haha as my son-in-law says, babies are to women as catnip is to cats :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 10-16-2010 12:23 AM

Congratulation about the twins!

Our latest Great Grandson lives in Guatemala, so you’re fortunate to be able to hold them.

Carleen must be a great cook. I could actually smell the food from here.

You look like this summer was good to you both.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 10-16-2010 03:46 AM

Good to see you’re still in the saddle, Thomas! Glad to hear about the grandbabies, too. Got a couple of my own, and they’ll keep you on your toes. Spoiling them’s a full time job, but you wouldn’t know anything about that would you???? I’ll bet yours aren’t spoiled a bit (NOT!).

Take care!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#11 posted 10-16-2010 05:17 AM

Great pics Tom & congratulations grandad.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 10-16-2010 05:40 PM

There he is. Howdy, Tom. Pam and I have been wondering how you have been. Glad things are on the upswing with the new Grandbabies. Thanks for the photo-update! Say hello to Carleen for both of us. God Bless.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 10-17-2010 06:49 PM

WOW- If I lived in a place like that and had an oven full of chicken like yours, and could play some bluegrass like those guys I wouldn’t get any work done in the shop either!

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#14 posted 10-17-2010 08:47 PM

Congratulations on the grand babies. Now you can sang “Tying Knots in the Devils Tail” and “Bangum Rode the Riverside”. These are only a couple of the songs I remember from my long a ago youth. ;-))
I’ve always been partial to a Buckskin. My grand father had a pair that pulled his wagon.
If those little boys allow time, look us up when you get back to So Cal. Rand

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#15 posted 10-17-2010 08:51 PM

I am trying to write like Patron here. He’s my poetic wordworking mentor friend.

I would love a 63 year old woodworking cowboy
with buckskin quarter horse and a guitar;
even if he has twin grandchildren and a wife
So long as the babies are quiet
and the wife keeps
serving up that chicken
we will get along nicely.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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