The holidays are over! Amen!

AMEN AND HALLELUJAH! The holidays are over!

Can I be honest here?

I waited for the ‘holidays’ to be over before I put words to paper. The holidays are really hard for me. Unlike many of you surrounded by family and friends, mine were on the ‘please let’s hurry and get these over with’ side.

The most wonderful time of the year … not.

When I was a kid, Christmas was a dream come true. Presents, Christmas music, apple pie, mashed potatoes with turkey, parents, siblings, cousins, and Gramps. Laughter, banter, and good food made for the best memories.

Those days, those gatherings, those sounds are not in my world these days. I just wish I could go to sleep on November 30 and wake up on December 30. And, for a bonus, I get an extra month of my choosing!

HELLO JANUARY!

Hello to more walks and lectures and seminars and movies and get togethers. Living in a college town I have the great opportunity to listen to amazing speakers and attend inspiring events. One biggie on my calendar is MESMERICA 360 FORT COLLINS: A VISUAL MUSIC JOURNEY. My friend bragged about how amazing it was when she saw it in Boulder. Now it’s coming to my town. Just for me!

Hello to more theater. Carole King? Coming to town but it’s pretty pricey. The Book of Morman? I heard it was wonderful. What other good ones are out there?

Hello to more good books and to putting down sub-par ones. Currently I am reading and ADORING a book titled This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. Delightful in a million ways! I only want to sit and read it and yet I know that to read too fast is to finish it… see my dilemma?

Hello to more connecting with my friends. I have some friends who I see only once or twice a year and they live within an hour drive. Shame on both of us for not making the time.

Hello to more road trips. Right about now I either want to go to a cozy warm cabin and snowshoe or to a warm climate and just soak up the sun. Of course, every day I think of new road trips to take. This would be a great time to ‘know’ the right people who have mountain cabins or sunny houses they want to be occupied. I will gladly do that for you. (smile)

Hello to more blogging. And to more interaction with you. Who are you?  Are you snowbirds and gone all winter long in your warm communities? Are you taking classes? Are you knitting or learning to play the guitar? Swimming? Dancing? Painting? Returning to school? I so want to know how you occupy your days.

Here’s to an amazing month of January 2020 and to connection, interaction, harmony and love. Truly,

Marge

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Day 23 – Make A Difference Day 2015

Today started off really busy. I signed up to volunteer my services on Make A Difference Day. Members of several Fort Collins Rotary clubs gathered together with rakes and gloves and warm clothing to clean up leaves, branches and trash at Catholic Charities. This facility offers food and shelter to homeless men and women in the area.

What happened was little subsets of workers gathered to rake, hold open bags, cut branches, haul trash and as each task was completed, new subsets were created. What I loved most was meeting people in other clubs, spouses, teens and learning more about the members in my club.

Make A Difference Day is celebrating it’s 24th year. It’s the largest national day of community service. In my community it’s Make A Difference Week with volunteer opportunities of all kinds.  Projects included helping landscape a yard, swapping out incandescent lights for LED bulbs, building vertical garden beds for wheel-chair patients, winterizing community gardens, sprucing up the Ecology Center, helping Adult Day Center with window cleaning, landscaping, yard and branch cleanup. Lots and lots of opportunities to work together to help others. It’s a win-win for the agencies, the volunteers and the community.

While we worked the sun came out and we all warmed up. The amount of work was reduced by half due to the amount of workers. Finished by 10:30 am with the whole day ahead of me. What to do? Well, go home and rake leaves of course!

So, that’s all for now. Sleep tight and see you tomorrow!

Margekatherine

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Day 11 – Showers of Gold

red aspens
I had a strange bike ride this morning. I rode about 3 miles and then came to a detour on the bike path. I decided to turn around and head west. I rode for about 2 miles and came upon LOTS of people running. It wasn’t a race – just a running club. There must have been over 70 people, young and old. Some were jogging, some walking, some running very hard. They were on the path for another 2 miles. I realized the Universe had a different plan for me.

I hauled my bike off the path and onto the road. Bike riding in my area is easy to do because we have bike lanes everywhere. And riding on a Sunday made it all the easier. I rode until I happened upon a garage sale. There wasn’t anything I wanted to buy but the seller and I talked for about a half hour about family, children, grandchildren, jobs and the area. It was the reason I was detoured twice on my initial route – just so I could end up talking to her.

After I rode away, the wind started to blow and the trees just let loose with their leaves. I got ofSept aspens in Coloradof my bike and let the leaves wash over me. It was a surreal moment – it looked like it was something from a Hallmark movie. The only thing missing was the puppy dog looking on with love.

I eventually got my hour of movement but it was nothing like I had planned. It was a bike ride, detour, detour, conversation, shower and bike ride.

And, it was all so good!

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Day 8 – Mindful Walking

SAM_0421Walking on nearby trails is a fun way to get in my daily exercise. I’m able to move fast, enjoy the scenery and avoid traffic. Sometimes I have to avoid bikes and strollers and dogs but that’s ok because sometimes I am on the bike and scooting around the walkers.

Sometimes I enjoy walking alone so I can get my thoughts in order, plan my day or my entire life. Planning my entire life while walking is a bit of a task since I can barely remember what I’m making for dinner tonight. It’s an interesting goal, though.Spring Creek Trail in Fort Collins

I have noticed that sometimes I do forgetful things – like putting the trash out on the curb on a Thursday instead of a Friday and not realizing until noon when none of it is picked up. Or messing up dates on a calendar – agreeing to attend a meeting on a certain day only to realize that day doesn’t jive with the calendar. The same calendar that I looked at to schedule the meeting. Did I mention forgetting? I had to pick up 3 things at the grocery store yesterday and I WROTE THEM DOWN, then left the list at home. I remembered 2 of the things. IMG_6763When I was in the store a nice manager asked me if I found everything I needed. “Well, actually I wrote 3 things on my list but forgot the third one, will you tell me what it was?” That lead to a 5 minute conversation about forgetting, memories and what could the item possibly be…

IMG_6760So, it’s a new blog post which I remembered to write. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

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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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