Category Archives: Observations

General commentary on things observed.

In Search of Acacia, or Caught in the Thorns

I am not a morning person.  And I have been able to indulge in my slow-moving attitude through the winter months.  But with April has come spring weather and an earlier sunrise. Quails, Flickers, Desert Wrens and all sorts of … Continue reading

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Turning the Page – in Arizona…

Road trip!  This time it was an opportunity to take an overnighter to Page, which is about a five hour drive from home.  Back in the 90’s Denny and I had headed up 17 North, visiting the south rim at … Continue reading

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It’s all about the horses – Fiesta Days Parade in Cave Creek

I love horses.  You can find me at the paddocks whenever we go to the race track, checking out those beauties up close.  One of the first movies I remember vividly is National Velvet.  Shadowfax in Lord of the Rings … Continue reading

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“Our sky..with clouds in such a hurry to be somewhere else…”

Alexander McCall Smith, who is responsible for the quote which is the title of today’s blog, is quite a prolific Scottish writer.  The 44 Scotland Street series is just so wonderful.  I realize that books fall into uncountable categories – … Continue reading

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Ants are NOT my Friends

Ok.  Dry desert heat and all.  Six months and the first encounter with unwelcome multi-leg visitors, not a bad stat.  But really, why can’t ants just follow the rules of my-space-versus-your-space?  I knew it was pressing fate – it was … Continue reading

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Guinness Lace

It had been years since I attended a St. Patrick’s Day parade – the traditions were kept up with making Grandma Creegan’s Irish Soda bread and making corned beef and cabbage. But this year we skid-addled to downtown Phoenix and … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Train

Ever since I can remember, trains have been a source of fascination, comfort and excitement for me.  Growing up New Jersey, my childhood home was two miles from the trains that routed through Newark.  Open windows on summer evenings fused … Continue reading

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Surprise, Peoria, Urban Art and a New Moka Pot!

Unseasonably warm weather in Arizona today, with winds kicking up the dust and seeding brown clouds on the horizon.  Not to worry, it was still a great day to head on out to visit Surprise (I absolutely love that name … Continue reading

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Spur Cross Ranch, Cave Creek and all sorts of fun…..

Snowbirds, Spring Training (really – let’s face it, they are really exhibition games) and wonderful weather all collide as the year-round residents of central Arizona turn to nature to get away from the visiting crowds. The town I live in … Continue reading

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Farmer’s Market – A New Definition?

When we lived in California, our home was one mile away from a weekly Farmer’s Market, which made it incredibly easy to stroll through whether we needed anything or not.  The fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers weren’t always the best … Continue reading

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