Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, CO

The Delight of Being Retired

I recently read a book titled The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Merullo. It was a story about the Pope and the Dali Lama hiding out for a few days in the garb of ordinary people. They wanted to be unseen by others so they could see the world again.

I love the title and when I took a kayak ride (yes, it was glorious) I kept repeating the words over and over. The Delight of Kayaking. The Delight of Hiking. But when I said “The Delight of Being Retired” in my mind, I giggled out loud.

Enjoying my green kayak on Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, CO

It is a delight to be retired. And to be able to get up and out of the house because you want to, not because you have to be at a job. It’s a delight to make plans and change them at will … just because.

The Delight of Being a Blogger.
The Delight of Being a Writer.
The Delight of Being in my Sixties.
The Delight of Having a June Birthday.
The Delight of Making Pancakes.
The Delight of Growing Tomatoes.
The Delight of Growing Older

As you can only imagine, I’m having a great time with these words.

Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, CO

This past week I went camping with friends. It was the 5th year in a row that we made the effort, reserved the sites (the previous February), decided on the menu and made it happen. We’ve had rainy afternoons, super-hot days, windy nights and cloudy mornings over the years and they have rolled into a sweet and treasured tradition.

Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, CO

I moved to this area only six years ago so I feel so lucky to have made friends and created traditions and found a sense of belonging.

The Delight of Camping.
The Delight of Star-Gazing.
The Delight of Morning Walks.
The Delight of Engagement.

Retirement is what you make it. You can overload and over schedule your world or you can enjoy the people and events that make you smile. Now is the time to pick and choose where to go and with whom. I keep asking you to join me and maybe someday you will. In the meantime, I’ll keep sharing my sunrises and moon rises with you. And you will be sharing with me in your own delightful way. Of that I have no doubt!

Your thoughts are always welcome here!

SENDING FATHER’S DAY WISHES TO YOU TODAY!


Resources:

The Delight of Being Ordinary by Roland Merullo
Breathe in the Stars 
Something Wonderful
Day 13 – Out Hiking
Sunset at Low Tide

Red & Yellow & Pink & Green …

Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue … now I can sing a rainbow too!  Ahh, I long for color in my world again!

Do you ever just want to get in a vehicle and go someplace else? Someplace with lots of night sky, amazing vistas, colorful landscape and beauty? I am in that mood right now. As spring teases, with warm days and tiny green shoots of life popping out of brown landscape, I am ready for more. So ready!Tulip painted on garage in Lafayette, CO

To get more, I have to travel to it for the time being. Shall I go south to the colorful adobe houses and find relief in the art of Santa Fe, New Mexico or do I head to the west and breathe in the red dust from the ancient rocks in Arches National Park, Utah? Or do I bide my time and wait a month and hop on a plane for a destination a bit further away?

If I wait, I can focus on the earth and work to help bring my garden and flowers back to life. Removing the leaves from last year’s trees, collecting piles of pine cones, cutting back old growth and sitting patiently to watch…

Spring is a restless sort of time for me. I think because in Colorado spring is never when we want it. The state gets most of it’s snow in March and April. And often, we get really big storms in May too. No matter how ready I may be for spring if Mother Nature wants to add that last blanket of white on my world, I have to step back and let her have her way.

When I was a kid, I longed for Christmas. The anticipation was part of the charm. I’ve lost that longing for Christmas, but boy oh boy I sure am counting down the days to spring!

I wish you could join me here and we could welcome it together!

 

Wild White Morning Snow

Colorado Spring Snow

I woke this morning to about 7 inches of heavy wet snow on the ground. The budding lilac bushes were weighed down and stressed out. The tulips disappeared and the evergreens were supremely white.

My venture out the door was at 6:30 am. I had to clear the branches, flowers and trees and set them free. And while I was at it, I might as well to shovel the driveway. The snow was so wet I struggled to get it off the sidewalk. I had to take it in slow and tiny bites or else whack my back.

While I was outside (and the rest of the world was sleeping), I picked up the Sunday paper for neighbors and laid them outside their front doors. Just a friendly gift from me to them. They never need to know who that little elf was … shhhhhh!

april snow

Coming back in the house was quite an ordeal.  The hood of my sweatshirt was loaded with snow and my coat was soaking wet. Knocking down the snow using a garden rake not only cleared the branches but woke me up the way no cup of tea could ever do!

Spring snowfall is not that unique. Most of the snow accumulation occurs in March and April in Colorado. The snowfall totals from this past storm dumped up to 40 inches in the mountain towns and even more in the high mountain peaks. Snow sometimes falls in May like it did last year on Mother’s Day and there are those rare June snowfalls. They happen… They come and the entire world changes for a day or two then the sun reappears, melts the snow and everything turns green again.

Mother Nature likes to have her way with us.

Day 13 – The Wonder of Autumn!

Today was another great day in Paradise (aka Colorado.)

Remember the other day when I tried to ride my bike and hit a detour, today was estes park1sort of similar. Today was going to be a kayak day with my friend. We headed to Horsetooth Reservoir and during the 10 minute drive from my house to the boat ramp we were amazed at how low the water level was from 2 weeks before. After we headed down the ramp we noticed how windy it was! Like… really windy and a leisurely kayak ride would have turned into a struggle against nature. Well, I am not going to fight with Ma Nature so we went to Plan B.

lake estesPlan B was a drive to Estes Park and a walk around Lake Estes. What a great walk that turned out to be – the temperature was in the mid 70’s, blue skies, mountain views and elk resting on the golf course. The wind was refreshing and the walk was energizing. What a delightful treat to be able to hop in the car and drive 40 miles and end up in Estes Park, CO. Pretty darn amazing.

 

Day 10 – Autumn Photos

Well, for some reason my fingers do not want to be on the keyboard today – so it’s a day of posting pictures (that have been used over the years on this blog.) I’ll still be biking and moving right along but maybe you need a rest too – from my amazing adventures. So, actually, it’s all about you.

Enjoy the photos!

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Fort Collins, Colorado neighborhood - house

Day 7 – Walking the Beat

Fort Collins, Colorado neighborhood - house sidewalkWalking new neighborhoods in my city is something I enjoy doing. This neighborhood is a popular one because of the beautiful trees that line the streets, the islands that separate one side from the other (a trolley car used to run down this street and the trolley rails are still in place), and the unique flavor of each and every one of them.Fort Collins, Colorado neighborhood - house

This neighborhood, like many others that have been around for a while do not really have a view. The trees have grown tall and offered shade and in return, blocked the view of the mountains. Luckily, each house can look out their window and see another lovely house. That’s not the case in some neighborhoods where your view is of broken cars, unkempt lawns or just plain neglect. These Fort Collins houses are lovely.

 

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November mixup

horsetooth res3For me, November is about mixing things up. It’s about the road less traveled, discovering new trails, meeting new people, joining, moving, painting, and connecting. I am doing all of the above.

One of the items on my November list was to hike a new trail. I did that this week and it was stunning. The air was crisp, cool and clean. The sky was the bluest of blues. The clouds added dimension and character to the photos. Lunch was consumed on a rock. It was delightful.

marge on rock
Enjoying lunch, looking at Horsetooth Reservoir in Lory State Park., Fort Collins, CO

On my list for next week is to paint the bathroom. This one is more work and one I’m not thrilled to do. And there are several steps involved so I just need to take them one at a time. I know you’re on the edge of your seat so I will keep you informed as I move along.

I am busy reading 4 books which is the kind of goal I aim for (not painting the bathroom). And I am in the process of raking my leaves and cleaning my garden. It’s work but it feels good when it’s done.

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. –Bradley Whitford

What are you doing to make grace happen?

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