Small town giggle!

This is a fun giggle for all my friends and family from the small town in Northeastern Colorado! Some of you who are from small towns might get a giggle too. I saw this post on Facebook and modified it to fit my decade of Ft. Morgan, Colorado.


Hope you enjoy the laugh! 

You know you are from Ft. Morgan when:

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1. You can name everyone you graduated with.

2. You know what 4-H is.

3. You went to a party in a pasture, barn or dirt road and designated the party with blinking road construction see-saws. 

4. Draggin main was cool and surfing on the hood of the car while cruising. 

5. You went cow-tipping or snipe huntin.

6. It was cool to date someone from Wiggins,Weldona or Brush.

7. The entire school went to the same party after prom or graduation.

8. Sterling is considered “Trashy” or “Snooty” but it’s actually just like FM.

9. The people in the city dress funny and then you pick up the trends two years later.

10. You brag to your friends because you got pipes on your truck for your birthday.

11. You see friends driving their tractor to school.

12. Directions are given using “the “stop light as a reference.

13. You know who Security Sally is.


14. Weekend excitement involves a trip to K-Mart.

15. You decide to walk somewhere for exercise and 5 people stop and ask if you need a ride.

16. You know what part of town you are in by the smell.  

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17. The closest mall is 50 miles away.

18. Anyone you want can be found at McDonald’s or Main Street.

19. For entertainment you blow up mailboxes with cherry bombs and throw beer bottles out of the moving car while trying to hit signs on the side of the road.

Pulled all nighters at the drive in! 

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20. You laugh like crazy because you know they are all true!

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Amazing Race!

I am sure you have watched and/or heard of the reality show The Amazing Race. I had the privilege to participate with my “mini me” and her 8th grade class in their Amazing Race.If you are looking for a fabulous birthday game or a fun learning project for your kids the Amazing Race is for you!

The teachers dispersed the entire class into teams of 6-8. The teams were made up of different social networks, athletic abilities and IQ’s. The teams had to work together to solve the puzzles and figure out the best route to get to the next location. Before the day of the Amazing Race, the teams participated in different challenges to determine the order of the start.

Mini Me and all her friends!

Mini Me and all her friends!

The clues were very creative and fun.

Our first clue was “Mr. Brennen hasn’t had his coffee yet and you can get some toffee there too.”  All the kids on our team #3 knew the answer right away.

Off we go sprinting to Enstrom’s Candies! When we arrive we had to wait for the other team to finish the activity.

The activity consisted of a blue/silver tarp and a fitness ball. The team was required to turn the tarp over from the blue side to the silver side without touching the pavement while balancing a person on the fitness ball.

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All together we had 13 different stations 7.75 miles and a whole lotta fun! I truly enjoyed meeting a group of new kids and watching how each one of the kids excels in different activities. I can’t remember all the clues, because it got hectic and trying to run as fast as we could to find the next station don’t forget I am 30 years older than all the kids I was attempting to keep up with.

#2 – Museum observatory – There were 16 questions that had to be answered about the history of our town and they could use the observatory to find the answers.

#3 – I do remember the clue for this one.

“Catching __________”

“Girl on _____________”

Yep you got it! Fire off to the fire station we go. Here the kids had about 7 science questions that had to be answered along with a physical challenge that the firemen put them thru.

The clue for #4 was a picture of a Ruby, a picture of a canyon and a picture of a bike! The kids thought the ruby was a diamond I think because the picture was black and white. If they would have known it was a ruby they would have ran straight to the Ruby Canyon Bike Shop  rather than running to 2 different bike shops first. When arriving at station #4 it was a break due to waiting on other teams to finish the activity. They had to look at a map and find 10 local bike trails then another timed physical challenge adding clothes to a team mate and adding a blindfold then that person had to ride a bike. Key to this activity was to look at the ENTIRE map!

#5 -City Market Grocery store. When the team arrived in the store the station was found. They were given a gift card and shopping list for this activity. Our team had 6 kids and the shopping list had 6 items so they thought together to divide up the list and each team mate find an item on the list. I think we gained some speed on this because all the kids knew what they were looking for. All the groceries purchased was donated to the soup kitchen. Thank you to all who purchased the gift cards.

#6- I can’t remember the exact clue but it said something about a second hand store being on “Grand” and the name is the same as an Eminem album. The kids said lets run to Grand because we can’t use technology to find the name of the Eminem album. Yep we found the second hand store the Encore Shop. This challenge was defiantly a challenge for this team. Who was REALLY paying attention in Mr. Brennen’s social studies class? A LARGE crossword puzzle on US History! Lucky for our team they could get letters for push-ups. The last word they couldn’t figure out they did 30 push-ups to get it completed.

#7-This was a fun clue to. It said something like the teachers have a “GRAND” time during second elective at this time. This lead the team to 145 Grand they got a 15 minute break, with Gatorade and bananas.

#8 – This clue was a picture of a keyboard and letters were blacked out. It took the team a few solve the word. They decided to just head towards downtown and look for signs to give them ideas. One of the girls said the word City and it clicked “City Hall.” Here we go again sprinting to City Hall. Once we arrived they had to memorize one of the monuments and repeat it.  “We the People……”

#9-I don’t think I ever saw the clue for the next station because the kids already knew where they were going once they read one line of it. Off to the Post Office we sprint, another break here because the teams at the Post Office were still finishing the activity. They had to put a 100 piece puzzle together without talking. I found this to be very interesting. The very quiet kids analyzed the puzzle and pretty much lead the “normal” leaders on this activity.

#10- This clue said something about going here when you turn 16. Yep the DMV. By the time the team arrived to this station they were getting very hungry and tired and the activity was Sudoku. Not this team’s favorite activity. They all struggled with this puzzle and push-ups were not an option with this mom/teacher manning the activity. Finally after about 20 minutes they completed the puzzle and off we go.

#11 – To the dried fruit store for some blindfolded dried fruit. They all loved it. Hahaha

#12 – Off to the R-5 High School where they had to build a tent, write down all the instructions and put it back in the bag. This team had great team work on this activity.

#13 – Finally the last station. The clue said something about getting candy and aspirin at this store. The rain is starting to come down on the team. They are very hungry by this time and they have to run 6 blocks from R-5 to Rite Aid. When getting to Rite Aid they had hop like bunnies in a train. Once done the entire team takes off to the finish line because they are starving! Yes there was a clue for the finish line but who can remember, it said something about find us here and you can eat we will be waiting for you.

I had a fabulous time with all the kids. The Amazing Race proved great teamwork, sportsmanship, learning and physical activities.

The best part of the day was when we got home and my mini me told me “Mom, I am so glad you came to the Amazing Race today you made it a lot of fun and kept my team motivated. Thank you! “

If you love microbrews and relaxation Edgewater Tap & Grill is the place for you.

I thought of this quote from “” as I entered the brewery.

“More beer brewed daily (80 varieties) than in any other city in the US + extra thin air to get you drunker – faster” (Denver, CO)


Edgewater Tap and Grill is located at the end of 9th Street. Their motto is “With deep roots in the Grand Junction community and our hearts in Colorado beer, we’ve come to South Downtown to thrive at the edge of the river. The Grand Valley is our playground and Edgewater is your Pub.


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If you are familiar with Kannah Creek Brewing Company then you will know the micro brews here. The reason to build Edgewater is to brew,bottle and distribute the microbrews while adding a small comfortable environment for a bite to eat and cold brew.


Hand Crafted Beers on Tap

Island Mesa Blonde – Light Golden in color with a light hoppy flavor and dry finish.

Highside Hefeweizen – A traditional German style unfiltered wheat beer with unique clove and citrus flavors.

Lands End Amber – Silver Medal 2012 Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal 2010 World Beer Cup Specialty malts enhance this light-bodied German-style Altbier. Deep copper color, medium hop and crisp finish.

Standing Wave Pale Ale – Rich amber color and complex malty flavor make this award winner memorable. Brewed in traditional English style, its crisp hop balance.

Broken Oar India Pale Ale – Modeled after the traditional British IPA. Light mahogany in color with a subtle malt flavor and strong hop finish.

Pigasus Porter – Dark brown in color with a subtle chocolate flavor and a roasty finish. Add a shot of 3 olives espresso vodka or vanilla vodka for a stronger beer.

Black’s Bridge Stout – This hearty beer has coffee and chocolate flavors followed by a roasty finish.

Seasonal Beer – Ask the server

Ace Hard Cider – This is a light bodied cider, moderately sweet and crisp with a taste of apple cider.


Edgewater officially opens on Thursday May 9, 2013 11:00 AM. The patio will be a great gathering place when the weather is nice. We were fortunate to attend the pre-opening practice night for the staff.


Now on to the menu:

There are a handful of appetizers offered. The Edgewater staff votes that the fried green beans are the best pick from the app menu. I think the buffalo drummies and the fried cheese curds sound interesting. We did not try any of the appetizers.

The main menu consists of Salads, Burgers, Bratwurst, and Big City Red Hot Dogs finishing with a create your own called “Take it to the Edge”

We shared the “The Rado” burger, BBQ Bacon Burger and Philly Bratz” My personal favorite was the Rado Burger – Bacon, Avocado, tomato, green chilies, chipotle ranch and provolone cheese. Each entrée comes with a side. The side choices are hand cut French fries, tempura beer battered onion rings, BBQ baked beans, Apple curry slaw.

The hand cut fries are small and seasoned nicely, the onion rings are HUGE and the baked beans are bland. The ketchup is chipotle seasoned very delicious and the bbq sauce has a bit of stout in it very good as well.

The atmosphere is very relaxed you won’t find your favorite game on TV in this pub. It’s a place where friends can come together and enjoy a cold beer and great meal.

I loved the added touch in the rest room. Fresh flowers and hand lotion!



So head on down to  Edgewater Tap & Grill ask for my friend Suzanne and she will take excellent care of you!

Giving back…..

American Cancer Society

For those of you who follow my blog on a regular basis know that I strive to live a healthy lifestyle. Our CEO sent out this e-mail this week and I was intrigued.

My maternal grandmother, paternal grandparents all died from cancer. My first thought what a great opportunity for me!

 The American Cancer Society and St. Mary’s Hospital are hosting a kick-off event on Thursday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Advanced Medical Pavilion to inform and encourage Grand Junction residents to enroll in the Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3)

 More about CPS-3

 Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the CPS-3.

  The goal is to enroll men and women from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. to better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and will save lives.  

If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to enroll. Enrollment is easy.  Just follow these simple steps:

Go to to schedule your appointment. The appointment should take approximately 20-30 minutes.  Appointments will take place in the Advanced Medicine Pavilion’s East/West Conference Room.

  • Prior to your appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions to go online and complete your first, most comprehensive survey. This survey will ask you questions regarding medications you are taking, family history of cancer, etc.
  • At your appointment, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, and provide a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit). The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.
  • At home, you will be asked to complete mailed surveys every few years over the next 20-30 years to update lifestyle, medical, and behavioral information.

All personal information and individual results of blood analyses that are performed will be kept strictly confidential by CPS-3 research staff. There will be no cost to participate.

For more information about CPS-3, please visit, email, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

This is our chance to fight back against a disease that takes too much. I hope you will consider participating and taking part in this historic study.


Mike McBride


I registered and have my appointment set for the end of June. The first comprehensive survey was very easy but does take about 45 minutes to complete. I was surprised that the only cancer history questions were about my siblings and parents. Be prepared to know detailed information about your fitness, weight levels for your entire life, second-hand smoke, and sun exposure.

 You don’t have to live in Colorado to participate in this research project. Just visit  American Cancer Society CPS 3 and sign up today!

 “By joining CPS-3, you can help us understand how to prevent cancer, which will save lives and give people more of their most precious resource – time. More time with their families and friends, more memories, more celebrations and more birthdays.”