Center for Arts Evergreen + Lunch at D.W.’s Diner

The Center for the Arts  Evergreen recently moved into a newer and larger space, and they’ve been inviting us up for a visit. Today was absolutely a perfect day for that. They had on display their “holiday show” and though there were some art pieces regarding  the holidays, it was more a  collection  of artistic items one sale for the holidays. But that was great, because it provided us with such a variety of things to look at: jewelry and paintings and small antiques and photographs and quilts and hats  and  mittens  and stationery and even a colorful interpretation of Beatles music. As J said in the car later,  “every time I turned around there was something else to see!” and we all felt that way.  E pointed out to me a pair of earrings that were unusual and asked me if I could figure out how they would fit in someone’s earlobe, which I didn’t have the answer to, but then we noticed a sign answering her exact question.  (I love this engagement and curiosity)  Every single one of the women found something to interest them, in particular we had a good discussion about the painting of the lady looking at the bluebirds.   Was she “wishing she could fly away” or was she sad, or was she wanting to steal one of their feathers? We all had our opinions, and gave the painting some thought, but when Brian  gave his opinion, C. said something with a slightly sarcastic tone about “well that’s a man’s point of view”, which cracked us up. This gallery was perfect for us as the drive to Evergreen was great, including lots of singing in the car, especially in the  car.
Before the drive to Evergreen, we went on a walk on the trails behind J’s home. He brought healthy snacks and drinks for the ladies to have on the walk, and he said they kept a steady pace for 20 minutes or so.
 Lunch was at D.W.’s Diner. I think everyone enjoyed their meals. C had requested “a small hamburger” and sure enough, the waitress brought her a kids sized one with a side of applesauce and C loved that! K and J- huge salads, L  almost ordered a turkey sandwich then caught herself, “wait a minute, I have a fridge full of turkey. I want pancakes!”
The restaurant, as it turns out, was serving both breakfast and lunch, but no French toast. Oh well.
Brian told me that in his carpool going home, C. and J were very appreciative of their outing, that’s always so good to hear at the end of the day.
I hadn’t been on a “Ladies Day” in quite some time, I enjoyed every minute with these wonderful women.

Longhopes Donkey Rescue

Good day from start to finish. Our two carpools met at Corner Bakery where we laughed and chatted for about a half hour, then hit the road to make our 11:30 tour. The drive was longer then what we usually do, our destination was about 15 minutes past DIA, but it was out in the middle of nowhere, or so it seemed to us. Flat farm land, and few buildings. E, in the way back of my van asked, “Where ARE we?” I replied, “this town is called Bennett”. pause.  Me: “Does that name mean anything to you?” E: “No, but it makes me feel better that it at least has a name!”
Our tour guide was an energetic lovely young lady who knows all about donkeys, that’s for sure! She referred many times to them being “drama queens” and told us how they bond with each other and make special friendships, then have jealousies and breakups and tantrums and then make up with each other. Who knew? These animals have so much personality and yet are calm and affectionate and live to “serve”,  it’s what they’re bred to do which makes them so dear, and yet they sure let us know when they want attention!  D reminded us, before we  arrived, about how she and an old friend of ours, J, were there with us years ago and one particular donkey kept following the two of them around. We had a few similar instances today of the donkeys coming up from behind us and nudging us for attention, and V had one of them attached to him for quite a while. I think his name was Pete. Or maybe it was his buddy, Repeat.
We were able to feed the donkeys and pet them and learn about them, and we were very fortunate to be able to spend time with a donkey who was born on Sunday!
J and V amazed me the most, they were so drawn to the animals and touched them absolutely as often as possible.  A was a bit more of a quiet observer, taking it all in. I overheard him telling a volunteer about his days growing up in Texas with farm animals. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard him talk about that. I mentioned it to him later and he said, “Mary, today is bringing up all kinds of memories for me. “
We were graciously invited  to use a large indoor space on the property for lunch after the tour. The weather had been great, we were outside on our tour for an hour and a half.
Brian brought a perfect lunch for us,  special sandwiches from Tony’s Market, and had all kinds of side dishes for us as well.
S’s birthday was this past weekend, and over lunch and cookies we sang Happy Birthday to him. Not once, not twice, but three times. He told us about a recent trip  he went on and when he noticed oversized Jenga game blocks in a corner, he told us how he used to make those blocks himself.
 Lots of laughter today, and friendship.
And my personal favorite line of the day was T telling me on the way home how much he “liked the animals”.  “they smile! They do!”

Wings over the Rockies and lunch at B.J.s Tavern

Boy everybody was sharp and animated this morning. Our two carpools met for our “coffee break” and the funny conversations kept going around and around the table. T and V constructed some concoction from the spoons and napkins and whatever was on the table, just to make us laugh, E was amused that she got to sit in the high stool since we had used all the other chairs. “I never get a chance to be tall!”. D had many one liners and I’d reach across the table and give him a high five each time, and when J took off her jacket and showed us her pretty, bright pink sweater, everyone oohed and ahhed and she giggled from  the attention.
Then on to Wings over the Rockies..
Our tour guide was excellent, he kept it moving at just the right pace. There is so much to see and I am confident that every person today had a few things in particular that grabbed their attention. On the way to the museum, however, I have to say that at least in my car (I wouldn’t doubt in Brian’s also) we all were singing and the biggest hit was the Hokey Pokey song, honestly everyone was singing along. What a crack up. Then we did some T.V. show theme songs – Adams Family (everyone in the car snapping to the beat) and D and I could do a few more like Gilligans Island.
Back to the tour, all good, we were in the museum well over an hour, exploring and, at the end when the guide asked for a volunteer I pointed to A, so he got to fly like he was one of the Wright Brothers. Brian said his new nickname should be Orville.
E said a few times, and I agreed each time – “How do these huge planes fly? I mean, I know it in my head, but it really is impossible to understand”. She often gets impressed like that on our tours and I find that so exciting. She’ll be so well focused and immersed in the experience.
D was tuned into the guide’s discussion of airplanes flying at such high speed that “windows rattle”, T chimed in when the guide mentioned that he is not aware of “recent flyovers at the start of Bronco games” – T: “because they stink, that’s why!”, V was interested in hearing how a DC 10 compared to an Air Force jet we were standing underneath​ one​, J was upclose listening to every word and reading every sign,  and we all seemed to be enjoying the guide’s stories about Amelia Earhart.
Nice lunch afterwards, at B.J.s Tavern. We have taken our groups here a few times now, and they are becoming a favorite.