Tag Archives: Loveland

~Today’s Feathered Friend-Peek-A-B00

Great Horned Owl

This beautiful Mom has four babies to feed. What a gorgeous sight, watching this Great Horned Owl with her young. Not the best quality photos, but they give you an idea of the size of the nest, the Mom and one of her babies. Two of the four babies are much larger. I was told that she is a good Mom and is feeding all four well.

A fun morning spent with a friend taking these photos in the beautiful Colorado Rockies!

Getting sleepy
Getting sleepy
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“Can you see how big I am?”

~Photo Essay-A Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

A Sunday spent in Rocky Mountain National Park

The Valley looks and feels peaceful.
The Valley looks and feels peaceful after a busy tourist season

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A late autumn scene
A late autumn scene
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A beautiful sight as you drive up toward Estes Park
The green grasses of summer have turned golden.
The green grasses of summer have turned golden
A Photographer trying to capture this serene scene.
A Photographer trying to capture this serene scene.

I have more photos to share with you tomorrow. Until then enjoy your day.

Trying to talk me into a morsel.
Trying to talk me into a morsel.
"No food, no more photos for you."
“No food, no more photos for you.”

~The Simple Things in Life

Mehaffey Park History
Mehaffey Park History

A dear friend treated me to a belated birthday lunch today. She picked up bagel sandwiches from Einstein Bagels, which included a bowl of fruit and a dill pickle. All were yummy! We met at one of the picnic shelters at Mehaffey Park; Loveland’s brand new park. (Read about the history of Mehaffey Park from the sign above and note the request from the family.)

While waiting for Gale to arrive, I met a guy and his seven month old Sheba Inu puppy. Needless to say the puppy was adorable. A happy little guy, because he gets to walk to the park from his house everyday.

A lady came along and sat down at another picnic table, soon she came over to our table and sat down with Jeff and I. Of course she had to pet the puppy.  She told me she knew me from somewhere. After a few tries to figure out from where, we came to the conclusion it was from playing Pickleball! Jackie sat and talked with us until her friend Robin arrived along with Pebbles her Chihuahua dog.

I have never met Robin before, nor Jeff, but might see them again sometime at the park. I met Jackie and her husband playing Pickleball several weeks ago. I will see Jackie in the morning on the Pickleball court beginning at 7:30am.

From our picnic table, looking west, Gale and I could see Long and Meeker Peaks in the distance. Brilliant blue skies dotted with white clouds leading the way as we gazed upon these beautiful peaks.

Mehaffey Park with Long and Meeker Peaks in the distance.
Mehaffey Park with Long and Meeker Peaks in the distance. Photo taken on a cloudy day, not today.

I could hear Canada geese down by the pond talking among themselves, perhaps deciding when to head south for the winter. Not far away, pure joy in the form of giggles, floated in the air from kids enjoying their new playground.

I appreciate these kind of days – lunch with a dear friend, meeting new people, all while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature in a beautiful place called Loveland, Colorado.

View from Mehaffey looking west. We live on that hill.
View from Mehaffey looking west. Notice the hill dotted with houses, we live on that hill!

Thanks Gale for lunch, I enjoyed it very much!

Enjoy the Simple Things in Life!

~Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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flowers bring a smile

lighten the heart with joy

may they grace all tomorrows

~

Day Lily-in yellow
Day Lily-in yellow

As you gaze,

upon a Day Lily,

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,

is what you see.

Marigold in Orange
Marigold in Orange
Day Lily in Orange
Day Lily in Orange

~

Yesterday, gone

Today, now

Tomorrow, coming  

~

Marigold in Yellow
Marigold in Yellow
Cherry Tree
Cherry Tree
Sadly, I haven’t planted many flowers in my yard this year, but the few I have blooming bring me great joy everyday.

~Pickleball Class Two

Pickleball  Mania….

Last Sunday I wrote a post about my first experience starting a four week Pickleball class at our local gym. Yesterday, I attended class two of four. Hubby and I left home early and headed for the gym so I could watch a group of experienced Pickleball players in action. They were playing during what is called – Pickleball Open Play.

Hubby went to exercise and I enjoyed observing these competitive 50+ group of people playing a game they truly love. I am on my own here, hubby has no interest in playing.

There were as many women as men and they were just as competitive. After my class is over, I can sign up to join in on the fun, played in a rotational type of system, whenever there is Pickleball Open Play. These times are scheduled for each season and everyone gets to play with all skill levels being welcomed.

After the Open Play session on Sunday our class began and the seven students and one instructor got to play for most of the sixty minutes. We learned how to keep score, which team started play first, which team member served first, etc. It was great fun!

Our local gym is very popular and heavily used, and there are demands on space from all types of people with different interests. The Pickleball court (temporary) is set up in one of the inside basketball courts and isn’t left up; it is taken down after each scheduled event.

So basketball playing younger folks are competing with Pickleball playing seniors for space. During the summer months the only time people can play Pickleball inside is from 6:00am to 9:00am two days a week. That is just not fair! Who wants to play Pickleball this early, we are still drinking coffee at this time of day.

I find myself observing how many places around town are setup for basketball and tennis, lamenting on the lack of people out there playing and fussing, “why don’t they convert some of these to Pickleball courts.” Go figure! I must be crazy after only two classes. Not to mention that it is still pretty darn chilly here so of course people won’t be out playing – but still. I can fuss if I want.

Fighting for playing space with basketball and tennis players – and oh don’t forget the 50+ Volleyball players – I would have never thought this would happen here.

There are a few outdoor courts available in Loveland and some nearby in other communities, such as Windsor, Greeley and Fort Collins. Who wants to play Pickleball, outside, during the winter months in Colorado?  We have enough to worry about, like playing  5,000 feet above sea level.

Loveland is becoming a retirement location for seniors to retire to from mostly the colder northern states. So maybe, with more of us, we will have a say on the types of facilities that are build and maintained. Power to 50+ Seniors!

I have to give credit to Loveland, which has always maintained and upgraded community facilities, for all ages, to enjoy. Colorado and Loveland are committed to promoting healthy activities for all age groups. Lots of facilities, parks, pools, tennis and basketball courts, and bike paths around town. Good job Loveland!

Hubby and I  have enjoyed our local Recreation Center since 1986 and have seen many renovations and additions. I heard the other day that during a recent spring break there were 3,500 visitors to our gym in one day.

Pickleball is relatively new here so I am sure the powers that be will try to accommodate crazy seniors hitting a plastic ball with holes in it across a 36 inch heigh net with a paddle. Do you have a mental picture of this in your head? {grins}

I will try to get some photos to add to my next Pickleball post. If you play Pickleball, I invite you to share your experiences playing this sport.

~A New Experience

Today, I started a four week class on how to play Pickleball! There were seven of us in the class, plus the instructor.

Pickleball, is a mix of tennis, ping-pong, paddleball and badminton and is considered to be the fastest growing sport in the United States, especially among seniors. The instructor stated, “Pickleball is now played in every state.” 

You play with large ping-pong paddles and a wiffle ball on a shortened tennis court. Two or four people can play. 

The sport began in 1965 in Washington State and has been a popular sport in the southern states for many years. Just look around any retirement community in Florida or Arizona and you will see Pickleball courts.

The sport has finally reached Loveland, Colorado with weekly games at several of the counties local parks, including several at our local recreation center. Loveland has its own Pickleball Club with 55 members. Who knew!

During our travels south for the winter I have seen many Pickleball Courts and many happy people playing, and seemingly having lots of fun.

This first class was fun and I look forward to learning more about how to play and then getting out there!

Here’s a link to an article about Pickleball in Colorado:    http://www.reporterherald.com/lifestyles/recreation/ci_25182651/pickleball-is-exploding-popularity-across-colorado