Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday noon we were off to Mancos and stopped by Hovenweep National Monument for another photo safari. Much better than the time we were there before when the paths along the canyon were covered with ice. This time I could stay upright! I felt good about our photography there and it was just a neat place to see. We journeyed on to Mancos, had the barbeque special at our favorite dinner spot ,woke up to a snowstorm and visited with some old friends in Mancos at the community breakfast the next morning. Like a couple of escapees from the snowbelt we headed south and were home by an hour or so after dark. Don't like to travel after dark but it happens! Particularly when you have driven through, snow,rain, and wind to find your way home.
It was a couple of days of recuperating and laundry and getting reacquainted with Scooby Doo,Sophie and Fifi. Not to mention processing all of that fun photography! The Red Paint Pow-Wow in Silver City started on Friday and went on through Sunday. We went for a only few hours on Saturday as we both are fighting a cold. Some of the ceremonies and dancing were considered sacred and photography wasn't allowed but there was much to see and photograph in what was allowed. This event was huge! And Native Americans from all over the country. The Indian ceremonial dress was fabulous. It appeared to be a very structured and well run event. And we had. . yes. .more fry bread and Indian Tacos again! They didn't call them Navajo tacos here. I guess because there were many different tribes at the event. Quite a contrast between the casual performances that we saw at Bluff and the very serious, structured performances that we saw in Silver City. Both events interesting and fun, just different.
We are back in a week of somewhat normal. Getting the camper ready for using this year, catching up on what is going on with different happenings about town. We are signed up for classes at Western Institute of Lifetime Learning that start the first of February. Woo-Hoo-Tom and I are taking line dancing! I'm excited. . Tom isn't. .but I hope he will find it fun. There are also some educational classes that we both are taking and looking forward to.
I am tentatively scheduled to go to Mayo for a checkup on February 9th. I am not having any problems so am trusting it will be all good. I am hearing of more people dealing with cancer and not doing as well as I have so I am very grateful for my prognosis. Just wish they would figure this dreaded disease out so that so many did not suffer. Someday! In the meantime, my heart and prayers goes out to them. Love and hugs to all, hope life is treating you good. . . . Sandy
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Although I have no reason to believe that I am not doing well, balancing all that needs to be done, and yes, that I want to do, seems more difficult as time goes on. My energy leaves me too soon. I need a nap many days. I appreciate being able to be here for my 69th year but I just want more from this 69 year old body than it delivers! Right now, I am sitting on the couch next to my sleeping Scooby Doo, knowing that my bags need to be packed for our trip tomorrow to the balloon festival in Bluff Utah. And the body is tired, and wants to do no more today! Tomorrow will be a day of travel and Friday we will enjoy the beautiful redrock country of Utah, hopefully sunshine and the spectacular show of hotair balloons flying high above it all.
I guess I had better go pack that suitcase, cause when it all comes down to the nitty-gritty, I don't want to miss a thing! Love and hugs to you all. Healing is still slow, but happening. Teaches patience, I tell myself.. And I guess I had better work on gratitude for what I can do!