Littleton Historical Museum today, and browsing through Barnes & Noble

Littleton Historical Museum                      Littleton Historical Museum
Bruce’s description of today: “slow and steady, kept on rollin”
We began over coffee at the Starbucks inside Barnes & Noble, which we thought would be cozy and warm on this cold morning.
Our choice of coffee stops  proved better then planned, because after coffee we wandered around the bookstore quite a bit and kept that warm feeling going. Everyone was engaged – you’ll see J here more excited about the faux furs holiday gifts then the books nearby! – though I know she loves books, and brings the subject of reading up frequently, but of those blankets “we need this on our couch!”  D and S  in particular liked  leisurely browsing through the shelves, the subjects that grabbed them were sports, planes, cars, military, planets, space… At one point J walked over to read a sign over E’s head, and she ducked to get out of his way which he thought was funny since they are about a foot apart. Jennifer reminded her how short she is  compared to Jerry and the other guys. P said, “you don’t have to duck!” and bent down to make her laugh too.
D saw a book about Taos “just like my shirt says”, and we all gathered around the “Great Speeches” book and tried to identify all the famous people on the cover. We saw books about Tiger Woods and Nelso Mandella. D picked out familiar authors Balducci and Grisham.  And also the posters on the wall of classics like Gone With The Wind (Jennifer laughed while  telling me how everyone had to say, “Frankly My Dear…”) Bruce said, “we were all over that bookstore”. And we learned something about D. He does NOT like listening to books on CD in the car, ha! no hesitation about that!
Then on to the Littleton Historical Museum. One of their exhibits is leaving soon, it’s about toys and “The Way We Played”, and though this was a repeat for some we wanted to hit it up again before it’s too late. Everyone seemed to like it.  J was bothered by the Ken doll (“legs are too long, arms are too skinny”). The doll house brought back memories for D – when he looked inside it he saw a rocking chair and told us how he got one when his children were little, and how special those times were to him.
There was art on display too – the quilt depicting stilettos was a favorite of J’s, “those purple heels!” And a piece called “Floating Down Brown’s Canyon”. I’m not sure what that meant but P was sure he had been there.  And a painting of a camper van that David pointed out to Jennifer – “there you are”, as he recalled last week her mentioning she’d like to get an RV someday!
There is a lot to see outdoors at this museum and it seemed to be warming up, so they gave it a go. The group was able to walk around and at least say hello to some of the farm animals, which E and J couldn’t get enough of.
Then to lunch. The guys and gals split up, Jennifer took E and J to Village Inn. J told Jennifer how much she enjoyed listening to the children laughing at another table. Sunshine and flowers and children laughing, that’s a great day for Judy – we didn’t have much in terms of flowers today, but we got some sunshine and children for her!  Bruce took the guys to Los Dos Potrillos. And on the way home the guys had a little extra time so detoured through Chatfield State Park. Bruce has been noticing how  P is verbalizing more appreciation for nature and scenery lately. He always has, but I agree that more often nowadays he’s expressing gratitude for simply looking out the car windows at the mountains and rocks and sky.

Stern Park in Littleton and lunch at Great Beginnings

donations for the food pantry
what a full, fun, busy day
Morning snacks at a donut shop…you’ll see here G greeting everyone there by making funny faces in the window.
Then to our office where we did a project, sorting through and compiling donations to the food pantry.  This went well, it took us about a half hour and everyone understood and appreciated the importance of our work.
Then! on a walk in Stern Park, where we watched ducks sliding around on ice, P doing her awesome imitation of  duck and goose sounds, and L pulled Bruce aside to point out construction of a home  nearby – all the while everyone talking about movies and Christmas and Christmas music and enjoying being in the sunshine.
Then! to Lone Tree Arts Center which was, according to Jennifer, “very successful”. There was so much to see. Large paintings and portraits that kept us engaged. Near one of them Jennifer asked the group, “is that of a sunrise? or a sunset?” and G broke into song “Sunrise, Sunset”. He’s hilarious.  P had so much to say about the portraits in particular. “This man is thinking about the things he’s done in his life and feeling badly”. or “he must work in service to his country, his hat is camo”  F  liked the colorful drawing of a dog in a chef’s hat until Jennifer said, “but he’s frying a cat”, which F  thought was terrible! T liked the painting you’ll see here of a road in the fog. It must have  reminded him of the part of the country he grew up in. He said, “you’re not supposed to go there today”, as if the artist was indicating the weather was going to worsen. I LOVE taking groups to view art, it’s so incredible to see how each piece affects us differently.
Lunch today was at Great Beginnings, another hit. Funny subjects came up like the fact that everyone had cantalope as a side dish. What’s the difference between cantalope and honey dew and star furit and musk melon. And what the heck is musk melon anyway!? Jennifer tossed a folded up napkin at someone, who tossed one at someone else and so on…L was laughing hard at this and Jennifer said, “but you started it!” “HA! No I didn’t!”  he said. He had a fun day for sure.
Before heading home the groups drove over Dam Road at Cherry Creek State Park – so the jokes were all “dam” related, the dam park, the dam road, the dam bathrooms. So silly. P especially laughed at this and added more then a little to the conversation.
And Jennifer’s group had a bit more time so got out at the park to see the model airplane field, which she said T and P were really interested in. The sun  was strong and  in Tim’s eyes and he was uncomfortable. Jennifer said, “do you need a hat?” at which point Gary reached over and put his own hat on T’s head. Ahhh…  Then P pointed out a large dog in the distance, “NO!” said T, “that’s a huge coyote!” (which it was)
Fun adventures, all day long.

History Colorado’s Scenic Historic Byways

At History Colorado today there was absolutely something  for everyone. The entire group was thrilled to see the photo collection of “Scenic and Historic Byways” of Colorado, what beautiful images!
The quilt on display  was sewn by a slave from Missouri, after her death her husband brought the quilt with him to Colorado. J and E were in love that quilt and the story.
And John Denver’s guitar! When J saw it she broke into song – Country Roads, Take Me Home. Then she reminded us that she was born in West Virginia, and P told us about his relatives in Virginia.
We also took a walk in a park this morning and saw this silly creature plus of course the usual geese and ducks who are also silly! We went out to lunch and had such a good time today, lots of connections between everyone.