Relaxing, Brother’s Campfire Style

Hello Friends!

Recently I attempted, but did not complete a hike from Pueblo, Colorado to Colorado Springs, a distance of approximately 35 miles.

Shoes are on order, and if they are the right size, I will be trying again soon. I despise quitting. My route will be the same and I will travel lighter.

My Route On AllTrails

Speaking of quitting, the thought of writing a fiction story burns within.

I put that on pause for a while. When things at my work settle down, I may consider it again.

For my weekend, I am resting up. The constant physical activity with home projects, camping, hiking and the long hours at work necessitates a little down time.

Join Me, And I’ll Spin You A Tale.


Ever an observer of the little things, a Sunday morning check of my garden revealed an interaction between a spider and a fly. He was quite self conscious of the photography shoot and I could not focus well with all the moving around.

Sit still now!

Shortly thereafter, I attended church. Attention to God’s Word is important to me.

Recently, I read poetry calling God a crutch. To clarify for my readers, God is not a crutch to me, but rather a wheelchair.

Jesus, The Great Physician

If you ever want to attend online, here is a link to the best church on the planet. Heritage Pentecostal Church.

On the way home from church, I was reminded by a passenger about a tutorial I made called The Bologna Connection. We promptly went to the dollar store and prepared a cheap and tasty lunch.

Life is what you make it. If life gives you crackers, cheese, bologna, and mustard, enjoy it!

I for one did not get a portion of bologna or mustard on one of my crackers. Observe if you will, the cheese and crackers to go with my whine.

After lunch, I pruned my grape vines. I am trying to root a few of the cuttings to plant next spring.

In the picture above, you can see me liberally applying honey to the stem. It has an antibacterial effect and is known to promote root growth. Time will tell!

My Beloved was busy as well. Here are a few of the many flowers she has grown.


Today I continued to sit back and relax a little. No long hikes or wheelbarrows of rock. We did not scrimp on a breakfast of eggs with salsa and jalapeno, corned beef hash, beans, and cornbread washed down with hot, black coffee.

Now, while I have relaxed a little, It does not mean I have been lazy. Today I learned about sprinkler heads and how to change them.

School is also starting soon so it was time to spruce up some school supplies. As you can see, this notebook holder used to be pink for one grade and was painted black for another year of use.

Prior to painting, it is important that the surface is clean and free of dust as possible.

While not perfect, It is ready for a third year of use. I hope there is no bitterness toward this frugal father down down the road.

Later in the day, I worked in the yard and let the ducks out of the normal fenced area they are in to eat some grasshoppers. I also bothered them a little by playing fetch with my dog around them. Bubbles is accustomed to working with birds, but Armando, our male Toulouse goose was not having it. I named Armando for his protective nature for his flock and his regal demeanor.

Trumpet,(left) Armondo, (right) protecting the ducks.

I made a quick recording of the birds interacting with my dog and it glitched a little when compiling. It is still a worthy watch nonetheless. Armando

Well friends, that is all for now, I lo

Author: The Storyteller

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. His favorite quote is "Don't count the lions. It will make you afraid and slow you down."

54 thoughts on “Relaxing, Brother’s Campfire Style”

  1. The notebook Holder looks great!
    The lunch also looks good I’m sure it was delicious.

        1. Of course I remember your music! You work hard and apply yourself and it shows! Work is keeping me quite busy. I work in a prison, what is your industry? 🤠🔥

          1. Wow! That must be interesting. On a completely stark opposite profession, I work in a consulting company. How is the pandemic days going so far?

      1. The numbers are growing in terms of community transmission the numbers are rising but only in one city. Its not in the whole country and praying that it stays like that. It is scary, hopefully we are able to control this soon

    1. Ah, a fellow “likes” cynic. You are well reasoned and articulate on your site. I appreciate the flavor of your work. Have a beautiful day and enjoy some cookies and tea! 🍪 🍵 🤠🔥

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.