Monday, August 2, 2021

Yes, I'm Still Here

 Or, more accurately, I'm back after a flurry of travel to see loved ones. I am not a globe trotter, and I found doing three trips in 6 weeks overwhelming. But, with a new wave of Covid-19 cases already upon us and the new Delta variant, I am glad I made these trips because I the travel window is closing for me.

So, here is a very short tour of where I've been....

Keith and I started with a trip to Chicago to see our cousins, Eli and Mary, and my son, Seth. Usually a bourbon kind of guy, Seth reported that his masculinity was dented by this mixed drink:

Then I flew out to a family reunion in San Diego, where my mom rented us a house that was across a street from the Pacific! We loved the outdoor living room.

One of the fun things we did was go on a tour at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Here is Rachel with a giraffe close by:

Lucky me! I was then able to spend a week in Denver with Rachel. She moved there last August, so this was my first visit. I really enjoyed Denver, and she showed me all the best bakeries and coffee shops. Do I have a great daughter or what?

I was amazed by a Native American exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. This is a costume from an opera.
Then my friend Joni flew in from Berkeley, and the two of us took a road trip to Durango, a gorgeous little city in southwestern Colorado. I haven't been to the Rockies since 1964 and, wow, are they big!

We always get matching clothes when we're together, and this year was no exception.

We got very dorky when we found a pajama store:

Yes, I am retired. Special ed teachers in my district go back to work tomorrow -- while regular ed teachers don't go back until Aug. 25. I have mixed feelings about retiring, but I don't regret getting August back!

I will be back in a few days to share knitting and other crafts! 


  1. Oh no! Seth drank the PINK drink. His life shall now be changed forever!!! (I hope it was tasty. It sure LOOKS tasty!) LOL

    I love those moose jammies! That is not dorky. That is the height of friend COOL!

  2. Whew....what a whirlwind! It looks like you had a lot of fun. That's a great way to start your retirement. I'm already back to dreaming every night about getting my room ready and planning lessons for the new school year. It happens every year about this time.

    1. I have the same dream and I’ve been retired for ten years!

  3. Your trips sound fabulous!! Both your kids are so good looking (and I love Seth's tatoo and Rachel's short hair). My little brother lives in Boulder and I love going to CO - what a beautiful state. Durango is a fun little town as well as Denver. So much going on culturally. I bet San Diego was so relaxing (that is where my son would like to end up living). Glad you could get away when you did!

  4. Wow, I got a bit worn out just from imagining all that adventure in a span of 6 weeks. But what fabulous memories you now have. Now that you are retired you will be able to travel anytime you long as Covid doesn't stop us again.

  5. How wonderful that you were able to travel again. Did you ride the narrow gauge train in Durango?

  6. Looks like a great trip! Thanks for sharing, retired sister.

  7. So nice to see your 'report on your summer vacation'! lol I'm glad you took the trips bc you're right, I think travel is a bit precarious again! You will always have a bit of something missing when school starts each year but you have earned a rest.

  8. What a great way to celebrate your retirement! Love the matching clothes! My best friend and I still do that!

  9. I'm glad you got to see your kids and you are right about doing it before fall! lovely views of the ocean!! what a treat!

  10. I'm so glad you were able to take such fun trips to re-connect with family and friends when you did! (My daughter visited in June, and we are both so grateful that she was able to fit her trip into what has turned out to be a perfect window-of-opportunity.) It's nice that you can rest and catch up with yourself now that your travels are over . . . and you don't have to return to school in a few weeks. So glad to hear from you again.

  11. No wonder you can't blog, look at all your wonderful adventures!!! I am so glad you were able to see family and just take time to enjoy them. And I am also happy you are retired and do not have to deal with Covid one more year in the school system.

  12. Sounds like some wonderful adventures! I am happy that you won’t need to figure out how to navigate another uncertain school year.

  13. It looks like you had some good trips and time with family. My advice is to take your time and ease into retirement. There is no hurry or pressure to do anything. When anyone asked me what I was going to do in retirement I replied, "Whatever I want to do when I want to do it."