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~Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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flowers bring a smile

lighten the heart with joy

may they grace all tomorrows

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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 РPickleball 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

Art: ~Chapungu African Sculpture Park

Chapungu Sculpture Park

Chapungu African Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado

Trails at the Chapungu Park wind through twenty-six acres of wetlands and past more than eighty stone sculptures. The sculptures are handmade by Shona sculptors from stone brought from Zimbabwe. The Shona people have lived in southern Africa for thousands of years and the sculptures are meant to represent their traditional African perspective.

Copied from this web-site:  

http://theroaddogblog.com/2013/01/chapungu-african-sculpture-park-in-loveland-colorado/ . 

For additional information, about these sculptures, go to http://www.chapungusculpturepark.com.

A friend and I spent a lovely day strolling in Chapungu African Sculpture Park, soaking up the sun and enjoying these beautiful African sculptures. We only got to see about one-third of the entire park so we must go back.

Here are a few photos from our visit on September 25, 2013.


 Chapungu Sculpture Park

 

"Lovers"
“Lovers”
Dancing to "Yes I Can"
Dancing to “Yes I Can”

Chapungu Sculpture Park

The Lagoon
The Lagoon
Blooming Grasses
Blooming Grasses
Lily Pads
Lily Pads
Grasses
Grasses

Loveland is world famous for its art and currently has two sculpture parks; the other park Benson Sculpture Garden was established in 1985. Everywhere you look, throughout the city, you will see beautiful bronze sculptures.

If you would like to read about Loveland’s Art Community you can visit these web-sites:

http://www.sculptureinthepark.org

http://lovelandart.org