and Hughes Look
Back at 2007
January: We did a lot of
research and spent a long day at the Denver RV show; in the end we
decided to purchase a new RV through eBay, saving 20% over best Denver
deal; Judy won her age group in the cold and snowy Best
Cross Country Race on the Planet; we attended the Arvada Cowboy
Poetry Gathering; McGinty’s Wake played a contra dance in
February: Hughes flew to Toledo
to pick up RV from a dealer in Delta and drove it home in two days;
Judy took 4th in the USA
Cross Country Championships (her team placed 1st); we gave the RV
its trial run on a two-week road trip to Arizona and New
Mexico, camping and visiting friends and family along the way.
March: Judy joins ranks of Medicare;
good snow for snowshoeing
and X-country skiing.
April: Two weeks in Italy
made us fall in love with the country; Judy returned to training for
May: We attended a niece’s Bat
Mitzvah in Massachusetts and had
a chance to see Deb and Dan and the grandchildren, as well as many of
Judy’s family there; Jill Calcamuggio visited from Toledo; Judy placed
first in age group in Bolder-Boulder
(that’s 15 out of 15); Judy hosted women’s walking/snowshoeing/hiking
group for potluck; Debra sent unusual bouquet for Mother's Day.
June: McGinty’s Wake asked back
to play for Westminster contra dance; we left for five-week road trip
through hottest time of the year in Utah; volunteered at Best Friends Animal
Sanctuary in Kanab.
July: Returned from Utah, camping
through spectacular southern
Colorado mountains; no 4th of July parade or brass band this year in
Nederland (town decided to hold July 4th festivities on June
McGinty’s Wake played the Carter Lake Yacht Club for 4th year in a row;
Judy won age group in tough, hilly Trespass
Challenge run in Nederland.
August: Ken Andrews from Atlanta
visited; Judy was age group
winner in Boulder’s Pearl
Street Mile; we camped for a week at beautiful Steamboat Lake State
September: Judy won age group in local Neder-Nederland
5K (12 out of 12), and the next day we left for another 5-week road trip
through northern Rockies, Oregon-California coast to Ojai for Hughes’s 50th high school
reunion. We also enjoyed a brief visit with the Eisenhuts and
Williamsens who joined us in Ojai for our annual mini-reunion.
October: We returned from
reunion across Arizona and New Mexico; we began volunteering at
Community Center; completed warranty repairs on RV, got 10,000-mile oil
change, winterized the rig, and put it into storage until sometime
early spring or late winter; cousin Steve Gausbeck and his wife Robin
visit from Rockford, IL.
November: We warmed up in
Puerto Vallarta with cousins Carol and Ken McKenzie; Judy won 700 pesos
in PV 5K; added to firewood pile in preparation for winter; Judy took
second in local Turkey Trot
and then we went over to Michael and Cindy’s for Thanksgiving.
December: Looking forward to enjoying
grandchildren here with
Deb and Dan for Christmas; expecting several neighborhood social
gatherings to end the year with friends as well as family.
Volunteering at Visitors Center and Community Center;
occasional afternoons/evenings playing bridge; McGinty’s Wake rehearses
weekly; Mystery Book Club meets monthly; Judy runs with “Purple
Runners” on Saturdays in addition to formal training programs, casual
running at home, and Sunday runs with the Boulder Roadrunners; Judy
continues quarterly scans and tests.
of the year: We had about as many medical appointments as days
traveling here and outside the country. Conclusion: we may be getting
older but we’re still moving.
Repeating a New Year’s wish from 2006,
May your hearts
be at peace.
May we all be
to set aside life’s struggles
and losses and
rejoice in the blessings
that are ours.
Hughes and Judy
Bella and Sophie