What Ice Breakers Work?

What Ice Breakers Work?

Finally! I have internet and can talk to you again! This hiatus made me wonder what ice breakers work for a situation when you haven’t talked to someone you care about for far too long?

What ice breakers work when you have so much to share but only a little time to do it in.  As you can see, “Finally, I have internet” was my ice breaker.  But now that the ice is broken, I can’t blurt out the stuff I have to share all at once. So this post is really to prepare you for the next one.

Earning Your Trust Again

The reason I was wondering about ice breakers is because it honestly feels like I fell off the face of the earth and now I have to earn your trust all over again. So to do that I thought I would share a little bit of what has been happening in my world with you.  And trust me, the next post will take that to a whole new level!

Since this new job and move dropped in my lap I have been running as fast as I could and working harder than I ever have, but getting no where fast.  It felt like I was running in mud, dragging a 50 pound weight. Nothing was happening, and I was struggling. But I’m starting to feel the momentum changing, things are starting to settle down, and I’m feeling stronger.

Pay Back

I can finally see the light at the end of this endless transition!  Most of my stuff is now in Cortez and I’m getting comfortable in my new home and enjoying my new job. But the special payback for this transition is I have enjoyed several lunches with my daughter, and a wonderful dinner last night with my daughter and son-in-law.  What a blessing!

A Journey

This entire experience has been an amazing journey.  It is an incredible story about upheaval, change, and faith.  But that till have to wait till the next post. Trust me, I’m going to try some new, exciting things with the next one.  You don’t want to miss it!

In the mean time, I would like to share with you a few pictures of my new place.  If you would like more “insider info” & goodies, I hope you will click the subscribe button on the side or top menus and become a follower of the blog.  You get special features, more photos, contests and prizes, and more contact with yours truly!

Photo timeline:

This was my last photo taken at my barn in Hotchkiss.  Even after a month it still brings tears to my eyes.  Moving from my home was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.  I left my home, my ranch, my barn, some of my favorite horses, my friends, and most of my family.  As I look at this photo it all seems surreal.

Ice breakers, Last night, barn, sunset, saddness, tears, horses, cattle, cowboys, cowgirls, moving

Last sunset over the barn at home

I took this one as I topped over Dallas Divide above Ridgway.  It had snowed the night before and the wind was blowing like crazy.  It was beautiful.

Ice breakers, Last night, barn, sunset, saddness, tears, horses, cattle, cowboys, cowgirls, moving, snow, Colorado mountains

Snow blowing during the move

When I arrived, I was crying.  So to try to pull myself together I walked to the top of my new, rented, pasture and marveled at the vast beauty.  It didn’t fill the hole of missing home, but it was  nice band-aid.

Ice breakers, Last night, barn, sunset, saddness, tears, horses, cattle, cowboys, cowgirls, moving, snow, Colorado mountains

View from my new horse pasture

And this is the first sunset off my new back porch.  It was breathtakingly beautiful.  The photo doesn’t come close to the real thing.  Again, it helped, but the hole of missing home was still there.

Ice breakers, Last night, barn, sunset, saddness, tears, horses, cattle, cowboys, cowgirls, moving, snow, Colorado mountains

First sunset at new place

So back to my original question, “What do you say when you haven’t talked for some time?”  I hope this was a good ice breaker and you will forgive me for being too long gone.  Now it’s on to the next post!  I can’t wait!

 

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Comments

  1. Sherry Angell March 5, 2014 #

    Your pictures are beautiful, and I like the ice breaker. I too have just re-connected to one of my best friends in high school and it was hard not to rattle on and on about the past 40 yrs. I also have just recently met my half brother. Your blog inspired me and I look forward to getting to know you.

  2. Kristi March 5, 2014 #

    Thank for Sherry! I am thrilled that I inspired you! And I love it that you enjoyed the post, but also my photos! I love taking photos! Thank you! And I loo

  3. Kristi March 5, 2014 #

    Oops! Wrong button!

    I look forward to getting to know you too.
    Thank you again,
    Kristi

  4. Lou March 6, 2014 #

    Welcome back Kristi! I’ve been missing your wonderful stories. I love it that you had to have an ice-breaker! I’m glad I’m not the only one that stumbles over openings!

    But you need to know you don’t have to relearn my trust. You earned it way back when and a few weeks off won’t effect that!

    Sure glad you’re back and I can’t wait to see what you are going to do in your next post.

    Keep up the good work kiddo!

    Lou

  5. Lou March 6, 2014 #

    Oops, re-Earn, not relearn!

    Lou

    • Lou March 24, 2014 #

      Thank you Lou! Your loyal readership touches me so deeply. Thank you for your constant support and kindness! I am honored that I have earned your trust!
      God bless you!
      Kristi

  6. Willa March 22, 2014 #

    That’s funny (peculiar not ha ha) – when I looked at your last photo taken at your barn in Hotchkiss, I got teary eyed too. It so reminded me of leaving the ranch I grew up on. So many, many memories. The Thanksgiving when Rob … , the Easter egg hunt when Dad and Uncle Bill … , the camp-outs at the river with Tree, Bobby Sue, Patty … , walking the 4H steers down the road … , … , … It was decades later that I realized I may have left home but home didn’t leave me. I still had (and have) those wonderful memories. So I share in your grief of the past but also share in your excitement for the future. Is that the Sleeping Ute I see in the background?
    Love you oodles, sista!!!

    • Kristi March 24, 2014 #

      Oh Will a thank you for sharing this! Makes me teary reading it! And yes, that is the Sleeping Ute. I hope you will come watch the sunset with me soon!

      Oh and CONGRATS on the Top 100 in Synergy! I’m SO PROUD of you!!

      God bless you my friend!
      Love you and miss you!
      Kristi

    • Kristi March 24, 2014 #

      Oh Willa thank you for sharing this! Makes me teary reading it! And yes, that is the Sleeping Ute. I hope you will come watch the sunset with me soon!

      Oh and CONGRATS on the Top 100 in Synergy! I’m SO PROUD of you!!

      God bless you my friend!
      Love you and miss you!
      Kristi

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