Today was another amazing day as this group continues to blend so nicely. A is a great addition with her positive outlook and infectious energy. She and J get along beautifully; A being the southern belle and J being the consummate gentleman. E and F also quickly fall into their easy, entertaining banter. They are both playful and self deprecating. They both have such a quick wit. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one liner.
Our first stop was Lamar’s donuts. Bruce and Steve were both in attendance and we were even able to stop by for a visit with Mary. It is unusual to have as many attendees as we have caregivers and it was great fun. When we had an extra donut A graciously offered it to the whole group but when their were no takers she was thrilled and said “you all are too kind.”
It was a perfect day for a scenic drive in the foothills. All admired the beautiful homes near Red Rocks Golf Course Community, which led to conversations about three-car garages and how big does a home really need to be? As we passed The Fort, F reminisced about meeting her husband in Ohio and moving to an area near the The Fort, and said they enjoyed many meals at the restaurant. Our drive then took us through Red Rocks park where we saw the trails where Steve used to ride his BMX bike as a child. We learned that E visited the park often with her husband and that J had taken in quite a few shows. On our way out of the park we stopped at the Trading Post to use the bathroom. J and A decided that we had found “the most beautiful bathroom on earth!”
Our lunch and tour of Balistreri Winery was lovely. This is a boutique winery run by family with a deep Sicilian winemaking history. A happily connected with the owners about her shared Sicilian ancestry. We loved learning about some barrels that the winery received from Stranahan’s. The winery uses them to make Port with a hint of whiskey. When someone didn’t remember how many bottles there were to a barrel A chimed in “290, but who’s counting?” J had great questions today which led us to learn that CSU agriculture school provide some of the grapes for this wine. You’ll see a photo of the barrell with CSU written on it, which was what made Jerry curious. Fascinating! I think E’s favorite part of the day was watching them seal the bottles with a very unique wax formula. It was beautiful and artistic. E was amazed “the wax is still warm”.
It’s always great fun with this group F is still – as she says – smarter than a seatbelt, J is still a gentleman. E is still thinking about growing a little taller next week and A is always agreeing with the group. “We’re perfect, we’re always perfect!”