Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Arizona State Captiol

This has been a very busy time for us here in the sunny southwestern part of the country.  Our friends Carol and Sonny from Florida are traveling for the summer and chose to come to our part of the country for a little visit.  We all jumped on the light rail for a ride into downtown Phoenix to visit the State Capitol, although it was closed for the weekend, we just wanted pictures of the outside anyway.  Long trek from the light rail but doable.  Afterwards, jumped back on light rail for a delicious dinner at the old spaghetti factory.  Another hour ride and we were back to end of line in Mesa.  Interesting, inexpensive and we can we finally say we have done the light rail.  Even saw some friends from our neighborhood on the rail so it was a good adventure.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A new patio cover

We finally took on this project and added a new solid roof to back patio area... Patio is not in yet - that will be for another day but at least the cover is up and we can begin leveling the ground to extend patio.  

This is only the 1st phase.  Future plans are to enlarge the area out into the yard and add another cover only a lattice extension - It will take a while.  Our 1st estimate was close to $7000 so we are doing it in sections.. to be continued...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mr Hawk

It was a bit of a surprise to see this guy swoop down on this dove at our "quail block" the other day.  He sat there looking around long enough for us to get a few pictures then flew off to eat in private.  Thank goodness he took the dove with him instead of feasting right there.  They have to eat too; and all that but it is disturbing to come out and see a pile of feathers.  I can speak from past experience they do not leave anything behind besides feathers.. no skin or bones or waste...  Pretty isn't it...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Always loved the Blue Jay

Spring is upon us with summer biting at it's heals - goodness we went from 60's to 90's in nothing flat... in between juicing all this wonderful citrus fruit we are so fortunate to have; I have been having fun at glass fusing class.  Decided I wanted a few birds other than doves and pigeons in our yard so made a few out of glass.  Allergies have really gone on the attack this year too so although no rain in forecast with the rest of the country fighting blizzards, we are having 90+ days.  Pollen and smog are all over so hoping we will get a little sprinkle before too long just to clear the air if nothing else... the joys of living in the desert!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hockey bobble heads

This past weekend was a new experience for us.  Our new step-grandson came for a visit from Washington for the long weekend and a hockey tournament.  We had not actually met before, but we had a great time.  This young man is 12 years old and says he has been playing hockey since he was 4.  He was fortunate enough to pull a "hat trick" - 3 goals in one game.  Their team did not win the series but we had a great time getting to know him and learning about hockey.  Yes, you must dress warm.  It rained most of the weekend, and with learning where all the rinks are in this area (about 7) was a challenge but we were up for it and enjoyed him and the whole experience.  We were able to introduce him to fresh squeezed o j and fresh homemade lemonade with lemons picked fresh from the tree.  He was such a nice polite boy we told him he was welcome anytime.  Appreciated his friendly manners and how friendly he was with us for being virtual strangers.