Joy In The Gap



  Has it really been four months since our my last newsletter?? OMG!!How has your summer been going? Has it been wild, fun, family filled, adventuring, and, sometimes, exhausting? I had a magical moment with family on our deck with a rainbow behind them.


That’s been my summer. I’ve been learning some very powerful lessons in “Acceptance and Strength through Change”. One of my yoga teachers, Linda, taught us a good tool the other day.
She started with having imagine our favorite mountain. For me, it is “TAVA”, our beautiful local mountain that most call Pike’s Peak, but the Native people have always honored it as “Tava”, meaning “Sun Mountain Sitting Big”.
So we learned in yoga, as we think of our mountain, to feel it! For thousands of years it has been attacked by storms. Think of all the animals and people climbing, biking, driving, and building places . . . and yet,
  Then, our teacher had us IMAGINE “the mountain INSIDE OF US . . . WITH IT’S PEAK EXTENDING UP INSIDE OUR HEAD”. Try it! Suddenly you find a strength inside you that you never knew you had! FEEL IT! What do you know about it? Then put it inside . . . FEEL IT AGAIN. AHHHH!


   And so, Life Goes On. My daughter, Shawna, calls it: “Joy In The Gap”.

   Then, a little later, when I tried to get my bike out of my car, after a nice ride one night, the back hatch would not open! I finally called my mechanic, Charles, down in Manitou Springs.

  “We’re totally booked!”, he said rapidly, then paused. “OK, get it in here, and we’ll see what we can do!” So I immediately drove to Manitou . . . grateful to Charles.
  When I got there, he sent one of his guys out, who crawled inside and out of Elmo (my car), and, finally got the latch to let go. I’ll need a new latch, but I know Charles will find it for me, and I was able to get the car home, and my bike out.


   So while I was down the Ute Pass, in Colorado Springs, I figured it was a good time to get my medical stuff organized . . . like: What is my Medicare Supplemental, exactly, and What does it do? Why are two different primary care docs calling me and wanting me to book appointments? Why did PT suddenly say that they don’t work with the doc I’ve been with for a year? Some health issues have surfaced, and I have to book an MRI, Blood labs, and a Neurology check. How? Plus, LOOK OUT! When you turn 80 years old, no matter how healthy you are, you’re supposed to get yearly Heart, Hearing, Vision, Blood Pressure, Mammogram (for women . . . for men, it’s Prostate), checkups, and all these providers start calling you to get you booked. It’s a bit overwhelming.
But, hey, I’ve always been a “health nut”. So I’m a very healthy 80 year old. Some back issues have come up (probably due to all the hauling and lifting I mentioned in the last letter when we had our carpets redone). And my blood pressure is a bit high, probably due to how active I always am . . . have a hard time slowing down. So, I’m being a good girl and doing all the labs and checkups. But it’s a lot and I got overwhelmed today, until I connected with a lovely woman, Robin, at the Medicare Resource Center. She answered all questions, helped me establish priorities and book appointments one at a time over several weeks.


Then . . . these last couple of months have been an incredibly active and fun time in our little town of Green Mountain Falls. Thanks to our kind entrepreneur with the Kirkpatrick Foundation, the Friends of Ute Pass Trails, and the town itself, we have had beautiful art unveilings, artists; dancers, musicians, and art builders brought in from all over the world. Up by the Wallace Reserve a giant wooden egg was created using pieces of pine bark.
   We created beautiful lanterns and floated them on the lake one evening. The pavilion was silhouetted against the mountains behind Green Mountain Falls



We had performances of ballet dancers at the Green Box Festival. It was heart-stopping beautiful.
A yoga teacher came from New York and inspired us to reach new heights in this beautiful mountain setting.


During Bronc Day there were horses, a parade and huge pancake breakfast. Of course I’ve been involved in all of it . . and glow with pride as I walk around this beautiful town.   I’d love to share it with all of you if you ever come visit!



And I don’t want to forget the great time our drum group had when we entertained folks at the Concrete Couch Festival in Colorado Springs.
And YES! I am still working on Fridays.



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