The last blog I posted was in December of last year. It talked about the disaster, heartbreak, and the economic challenging COVID virus that invaded this beautiful country. Here we are over a year later and many are still struggling with this horrid virus, only it’s more contagious and dangerous for those who choose not to vaccinate. I believe this is a personal decision only you get to make, even though I may not agree with it. That being said, I do have personal feelings about it because I lost my younger sister to COVID recently and it’s painful, sad and leaves a hole in each of our families hearts because she’s no longer with us.

When I was six, the government mandated that every child must have the polio vaccine because so many children were affected by this horrid disease. The vaccine cured polio. It kept many children from pain, hospitalization, being crippled, death, and being in what was then called “the iron lung”. This device helped children breathe. Was this a good mandate? Yes, I believe it saved lives.

We can only hope that sooner or later, this wretched virus will become extinct once it’s run the course and more people get vaccinated.

With all this being said about COVID, I will not write anything else about it and write about happier events.

Enter 2021 and road trips again. The first trip was to our favorite place…..Colorado in May. We traveled to Pagosa Springs with all it’s hot water spring pools throughout the resort we stayed in. Each underwater spring pool was set at separate temperatures, some 90 degrees and some up to 120 degrees. We stuck with the 90 degree pool. There were quite a few pools to choose from. Some larger than others and must say, Danny and I met interesting people from all over the country. It was a unique place to visit, but “been there and done that” is my mindset on this destination. We had a “hot tub” before our pool and I like the pool way more. From there, we traveled to Manitou Springs, Colorado and met my sister, Marilyn and her husband, Roger there for a few days of hiking, taking the Cog to the top of Pikes Peak, and doing a rail trip through Royal Gorge (my favorite day trip) and a delicious lunch served during the train ride. And of course, horseback riding.

After a wonderful trip, we headed home and Marilyn and Roger headed on their way to another destination.

We were home barely a month, then off to our annual July 4th Breckenridge trip. We’ve rented the same house several years in a row and enjoy it every year with Julie, Ryan, Ainsley and Easton. And, of course, we love hooking up with Rob and Charlene. The climate in Colorado is just perfect in July. Danny and Julie always do their early morning walks to town to get a newspaper and come home and we get breakfast started. After breakfast, our day’s adventure begins and each day is something different.

I had taken a fall before leaving for Breck so I was dealing with a bad knee so I wasn’t able to walk as much as usual, but did my best. We enjoyed our usual group of Rob and Charlene but this year we had the pleasure of sharing time with Charlene’s two grown kids, one married, one not, and her grandson. In addition, Charlene’s son-in-law's parents joined the whole family this year too. We had met Danny and Peggy a couple of years ago when Welsley married Travis. They live in Fredericksburg. We had such a great time with her entire family. A total of 15 of us for the July 4th parade and lunch after and dinner one night with everyone at Rob and Charlene’s. Making those great memories!

There was plenty of bicycle rides, taking the Gondola to the top of the mountain and letting the kids do rides. And, as always, a great horseback ride through the majestic mountain terrain. It’s truly God’s country! If I were wealthy, I’d love a second home in Colorado because next to Texas, I love it there. The cool, crisp mornings I enjoy the most.

I get my coffee, walk out on the terrace and all you see is snow capped mountains. Was hoping another moose would show up this year, but no luck. If you’ve never travelled to Colorado, you should try one day. You’ll fall in love like I did with this beautiful state.

We’re back home relaxing now and I’m still dealing with a knee issue. It seems when I fell before our Colorado trip, I tore my meniscus in my left knee (I did this three years ago in Colorado when I tripped over a rug in the kitchen to my right knee). Had the surgery and I was great and still am with my right knee. I also have a bad bone bruise from this latest fall which will take awhile to heal. It’s been extremely painful but hopefully within the next few weeks I can get the surgery scheduled for fixing the torn meniscus and be on my way to get active again. I’m ready to work in the flower beds and begin getting ready for my huge Thanksgiving Feast.

Last year it was cancelled because of COVID, so this will be the first time in two years our family gets together. We will honor my sister, Susan, and will miss her famous deviled eggs, but as luck would have it, I asked for her recipe before she went to be with the Lord. So, we will remember her, and miss her laughter terribly, but we will enjoy the fact that her famous deviled eggs will be served in her honor.

I ask anyone who manages to find a few minutes to read my blog, to remember to be kind to everyone, be a little more patient and understanding of others, offer a compliment to a stranger and take a little time for “slowin down” and enjoying life. Make each day count.

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