My blog is a way for me to share in the wonder of each day. I know there are others like me that due to medical issues have our days numbered and would like to make the most of them in a positive and gifting way for ourselves and for those around us.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

End of Summer??

Hey, please don't tell me that summer is over. No way. I am definitely not ready for that. According to the weather this last week or so, it might already be fall. It has been down to the 60's and even 50's during the days, with some cloudy, dreariness added to it at times, with temps at night in the 40's. In some parts of the state it has even been in the mid 30's. Thank goodness today is somewhat better and will hopefully be in the 70's. It's really nice out right now and I'm running in and out as I'm changing the sprinkler location on my thirsty front lawn and flowers.

I can always be thankful though, that I don't live in the hurricane or tornado prone areas of the country. We actually have it pretty easy here so I'll stop complaining now.

This last weekend was great, as my sister that you probably know as "It's all Good", was here to visit and do some neighborhood trolling in anticipation of moving here this next year. That is great news for me and the rest of our family and her inlaws too.

We took time out to have some fun too of course, including going to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Saturday.

Ready for a zoo adventure

The weather was perfect with jackets in the early hours and tee shirts later on. Most zoos are on the flat which makes it easy to walk, but it's not as natural for the animals as this one. They have continued to update and upgrade the enclosures for all of the animals, making them much more spacious and very natural with the original trees and plants on the hillside, plus more water streams and falls with pools for them to enjoy.

Will Roger's Shrine above the zoo

Giraffe enclosure overlooking city

The kids had a great time and I even managed the mountain by riding the old time trolly car to the top after riding an elevator (believe it or not) to an upper level, and then walking down. I pulled my oxygen behind me in a business case on rollers which helped alot. Brenda was gracious enough to pull it for me on the laborous portions, giving me a break. There were stratigically placed benches for me to rest on, so it was very pleasant.

Kids feeding a peacock

The kids enjoyed a peacock that ate out of our hands (they run loose on the grounds), and the chipmunks looking for handouts.

A chipmunk begging for food

The monkeys were a hit, including several with babies they hugged close and an orangatan that gave kisses through the enclosure glass. One of my granddaughters, loved giving kisses to him and it was especially fun since she is our autistic beauty. She would put the crackers for the giraffs on the railing rather than put it on their tounges and yet she gladly leaned over and let them lick her face from chin to ear and loved it. It was great to see all of them interacting with the animals and not being afraid. We can't forget the hippo's. They were a real favorite.

Feeding the giraffes

Meerkat Manor?

Frogs are a fun ride

Almost cowgirl cousins Mariah and her Grandma (me)

Cousins relax at the zoo

It was a beautiful day to spend outdoors and with family. Memories are made this way and we will all remember the fun we had with each other. We will do more of this when they move here, I'm sure.

The big little and the little big sisters

The next day we had a family get together at my house so Brenda could touch base with everyone at once instead of trying to drive all over, especially since time was tight. A few of the family were sick and unable to attend, but the rest of us ate plenty and visited all afternoon.

David with nephew Ethan

My son David, who has cancer, was able to be there and that was really good for him and for the rest of the family to see him and talk and let him know they are praying for him and keeping him in their minds and hearts. I know he appreciated hearing good things and being around them. His foster sister came also and they got to catch up on old times and current times too.
Of course our time was too soon over and Brenda is on her way home. The guests are all gone and it's just us and our Myrtle. Myrtle, the bull dog, is already sad that there is no one to play with now and she is bringing me her toys once again for a game of keep away or tug of war.


It's All Good! said...

We enjoyed ourselves so much, Reva. You and Rick are great hosts! I'm not looking forward to leaving in the morning...only going back to get Sunny and get back here as soon as we can. It's all going to work out and we'll be there before you know it.
Thanks for the wonderful time.
Love ya,
your big little sis, Brenda

Betty said...


I'm sure you enjoyed Brenda's visit and look forward to the time when she willl move there and the two of you can spend lots of time together. I pray that your son is doing better.

Nadine said...

Thanks for stopping by. The book is coming along great. It's almost done. I'm hoping for it to be available through Amazon come November.

If I can be of any help with your process of your book, let me know. I would be interested in reading it. I love to read new work.

Putz said...

that is what it is all, wrote a post about the dooog days of summer and a positive note about my wife...tee hee, see victoria i am not down on her all the time, david is constantly on my mind, and my dan lost 20% more hearing on top of his already 80% hearing, but he has his speech is funny about his ssi though, he loses more of his money, the closer he gets to being deaf....funny thing that government is

Debbie said...

What a wonderful day you all had. Those memories will be special to them now and for many years to come. I will continue to pray for you and David – he looks very good in the picture.

Jess said...

Such a great post...and so glad that you guys had a great time. I know this was good for David!

Lots of love, Jess

Beverly said...

Reva, thanks for stopping by my blog. I need to put you in my Google reader so I'll know when you've posted!

I'm glad your son was able to be there.

That little girl isn't my granddaughter, but a little girl a friend of mine takes care of. She's a cutie, isn't she.

Lorie said...

I love the picture of you and Brenda and I'm so happy you made great memories together!Still praying for David and you Sweetie!
Be blessed!

Putz said...

where do they have camel's in colorado?

Sammy said...

Sounds like you had a really nice visit with Brenda. I'm glad. And the zoo! How fun. I love taking kids to the zoo.

I'm praying for your son, as well as the rest of the family.

Have a good weekend,