http://www.outandaboutcolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/LOGO-for-website-300x144.jpg 0 0 Mary Archer http://www.outandaboutcolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/LOGO-for-website-300x144.jpg Mary Archer2018-11-28 16:00:062019-02-01 16:08:52Lunch at Hickory House, and an Active Minds talk on Sinatra
It was a crisp morning that lingered until after lunch. I got to pick up J first thing. I like my one on one time with him. He talked about his trip to Michigan and visiting with his daughters for Thanksgiving. He said that it was so good to see them and that he misses them. When I said that’s what we do as fathers, get them prepared for the world, he responded, “But I don’t have to like it.”
G was next and we got some time with his dog to start the day. J leaps out of the car to get some of those Bernie kisses!
After we picked up E we caught ourselves singing to the Christmas songs on the radio on our way to meet the gang for morning snack.
We met up with Mary, L, J and A at Great Harvest Bakery for pumpkin muffins and drinks. This really is a group of friends, Mary and I love our time with them.
I got to talk with A some. I shared a bit of what I’m doing with the Masons, and Al being a Fraternity Brother is always so encouraging. I’m glad we have that bond.
L reminisced about his childhood Thanksgivings and he said one of his favorite things after eating and being stuffed is laying around and watching football “with the top of his pants unbuttoned.” I can relate!
After our morning get together, we stopped at Silo Park for a quick walk. We got a good walk in around the park. In the summer the area is teeming with wildlife and color. Today we agreed that it was all too brown, but the fresh air and physical activity felt good.
We then took a drive thru Cherry Creek State Park. We glimpsed a hawk on our way to the Remote Control Model Airplane Runway. And boy did we get lucky there was a few operators flying planes. They buzzed right past us, just great. We were able to talk to one of the pilots while he prepped his model for flight. We got to see a wide variety of styles and sizes, very interesting. This was a nice treat. E wondered if anyone ever got thier hair stuck in the propeller!
We picked up our friend S, who used to be a regular with our Tuesday bunch, and he joined us for lunch. We kind of surprised him and he said he was so grateful that we thought of him. We ended up at our favorite BBQ restaurant, Hickory House. Many got the Tuesday lunch special of ribs, messy, but delicious.
We wound down the day with an Active Minds presentation on the life and achievements of Fran k Sinatra. His story is incredible. We learned that he was quite a humanitarian, which J related to. We got to enjoy some of his music, wonderful. The speaker played songs and then spoke about “Old Blue Eyes”, telling interesting stories, like about his relationship to the Kennedys!.
When the final song came on, both S and G sat up straighter, and they both sang! Gary was even dancing in his seat a little! (The song was “That’s Life”)
Everyone was paying attention, and we were in a very comfortable theatre. S was in a comfy chair and some of the fabric had fallen to the ground, he picked it up and put it on his head (picture attached). J was completely engaged and at one point turned to Mary and said, “wow”, when we were told that Sinatra once performed in front of an audience of 175,000 in Rio de Janeiro. When we were leaving the talk she said, “that was really fun”.
The sky was gray above, but it seemed the sun was shining high on the mountain peaks all day, which we noticed often as we were driving down Parker Road and in the State Park. Eeveryone commented on just how beautiful Colorado is, J pointed out Longs Peak, the sky and view of the mountains were pretty dramatic.
It was a very good day.