A Happy Halloween and Weekend to everyone! This weekend we have a new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-WI). It will be interesting to see how, or if, things change under a Speaker Ryan, but he has GOT to be better than Boehner, right? Time will tell, I reckon.
Of course, with some of the other things that have been going on this past week, like the Boehner Deal, which Sen. Cruz referred to as “utter surrender,” or the CNBC debate, many might feel as if they have already been tricked. So be prepared for some Halloween/Weekend treats!
Since it is Halloween on Saturday, I have to share this hilarious cartoon by Gary McCoy (often featured at Townhall.com) with you a friend highlighted on Facebook. It really sums up the Democrats well, I thought:
AHAHAHAHA – with Socialist Bernie Sanders and Socialist-wannabe Hillary Clinton running for the nomination of the Democratic Party, I think that sums up their mindset perfectly, don’t you?
Oh, my. Well, I want to move on to horses now. Or rather, one horse in particular and what he meant to one man. HuffPo has the moving story:
Frank Keat had dedicated 65 years of his life to horses. He started working in stables as a teenager, and he later bred the animals and served as a judge at equestrian competitions across England.
On his death bed, the 80-year-old, who had cancer, would regale nurses at Bodmin Hospital in Cornwall with stories about his equine career.
“Dad had been involved with horses since he was 15, and there’s nothing he didn’t know about them,” Keat’s son, Tim, told SWNS.
As his last days approached, Keat told hospital staff that he had just one final wish: He wanted to see his favorite horse, a handsome 5-year-old named Early Morn, one more time.
“Early Morn is a horse that Frank broke himself, and he so wanted to see him again,” staff nurse Samantha Russell told wire service SWNS. “Sadly he was not well enough to visit the stable.”
But staff at Bodmin Hospital had a plan up their sleeves. Since Keat couldn’t visit his horse himself, they would bring the animal to him. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And so they did:
How wonderful is that? What a tremendous gift to give this man on his death bed by the hospital staff. Such kindness and compassion they demonstrated to their patient. Good on them!
And now, is the time to share some more photos from my most excellent Montana adventure. One of the cool things we did, and it was also COLD, was take a 4 1/2 hr small boat ride on Flathead Lake in Bigfork. We saw pictographs available only by boat, as well as some amazing wildlife. We went to Wild Horse Island State Park, a very primitive state park that is essentially wild. On this island are some wild horses, which, sadly, we did not see. But there were also bald eagles and bighorn sheep, which we did see. First up, the pictographs which represent a bison hunt:
According to our tour guide/boat captain, these pictographs were well preserved because they are not in the sun very much, and on the other side from where most of the bad weather comes. It is amazing to see them, isn’t it?
And then there is the symbol of our nation, the majestic eagle. Eagles mate for life, like this pair:
Aren’t they just beautiful? Here is an eaglet in flight:
While the bighorn sheep were not very close to us, hopefully you will be able to see them (and you can magnify them, too):
All in all, it was an amazing tour, albeit a bit chilly out on the water, but so worth it. Especially as the sun was setting upon our return:
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to see such a beautiful place, to stand in the shadows of towering peaks with glaciers, to spend time with family and friends, and to travel across more of this amazing country. What a gift, what a treasure, what an amazing adventure. Thanks for letting me share just a bit of my Idaho/Montana vacation with you!
While they may not be wild, or completely so anyway, this weekend also brings the conclusion of a fantastic horse racing season with the Breeders’ Cup in Keeneland, KY on Saturday. This season brought us the first Triple Crown winner in almost four decades, American Pharoah, who hopes to take the Breeders’ Cup, too. It should be quite an event to see with a number of amazing horses participating in this storied event including another one of my favorites, Frosted. What a great field to conclude this historic year in horse racing.
Well, that is it for me. I get to spend the weekend with our wonderful godson, Michael, as well as being able to watch him play rugby for VMI. Michael is the one on the left, with his good buddy and future Army officer, Shawn, on the right:
We will also be watching the World Cup Final in Rugby between New Zealand and Australia on Saturday, too. It is going to be a great weekend indeed. So, Happy Halloween, and this is your Weekend Open Thread.
One last note: This is the weekend we turn our clocks BACK. They say we do it at 2:00 a.m. Uh huh. The only time I am up at 2:00 a.m. is if one of my animals or my knees hurting have awakened me. Saturday night is a fine time to turn your clocks and watches back one hour.