Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Quietly astounding moments


So many amazing everyday moments. Last night's hazy sunset melting smoothly through yellow, orange and purple.

The lily glowing with sunset colors 
in my Trader Joe's bouquet.



The lush greenery in a wild area of "desert" where I walk near my neighborhood in the mornings.

And this poem sent to me yesterday by a friend. I've read it before, and it never ceases to gobsmack me.

I Confess

By Alison Luterman

I stalked her

in the grocery store: her crown

of snowy braids held in place by a great silver clip,

her erect bearing, radiating tenderness,

the way she placed yogurt and avocados in her basket,

beaming peace like the North Star.

I wanted to ask, "What aisle did you find

your serenity in, do you know

how to be married for fifty years, or how to live alone,

excuse me for interrupting, but you seem to possess

some knowledge that makes the earth burn and turn on its axis --"

but we don't request such things from strangers

nowadays. So I said, "I love your hair."


Have a colorful day


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Heading into fall

Tomorrow is the first day of fall, but my daughter's bunnies don't want summer to go! Look at how nicely they posed for their latest photoshoot.

It sure doesn't look or feel like fall here in the Sonoran Desert! Nancy and I went to the Tucson Botanical Gardens last weekend and it was lush and green.





My favorite exhibit was the Bugonia, a bright green VW bug exploding with tuberous begonias! A close second was the plant-filled bicycle.




The gardens are studded with mosaic benches bursting with the bright colors so common here in the Southwest near the Mexican border.

Back home, here's my front yard today. The yellow puffs in the foreground are from a mesquite tree that's filled with butterflies lately.

Also today, I pulled into Catalina State Park to take a picture of monsoon clouds above the Santa Catalinas. The monsoon season officially ends Sept. 30, and I hope Mother Nature goes along with that. We had heavy rain and loud thunder last night.


Last of all, the gorgeous colors of fall leaves are the background for this quote, which I'm going to print out to hang on my fridge.

 Have a colorful day


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Ooo la la!


Our book club/food fest last night took on a French flavor because Beth and Sandy just got back from a foodie riverboat tour of France where they learned how to make macarons at Le Cordon Bleu and a tomato appetizer at Anne Sophie.


Beth, our hostess with the mostess, made these delicious chocolate macarons and divine berry and Nutella crepes!



I had planned to bring a salade Nicoise, but I couldn't get excited about making it so I ditched the French theme and gussied up a pumpkin cheesecake from Trader Joe's. It was also delicious. I carmelized some pecans for the top.

It might not have been French, but at least it went with the pumpkin table decor.


Beth and Sandy also learned on their trip how to fold napkins and add a little bow tie!

Here's a look at what else we ate. 

Ratatouille


Quiche Lorraine


Fruit salad


French baguette with ricotta cheese


Chicken barbecue casserole


Mushrooms with Boursin cheese

and, of course, French wine

Endive spears with pears, bleu cheese and pecans



Warm brie with cranberries and pistachios

Stuffed eggs with caviar

Oh, we did discuss a book, "Lost Boy Found" by Kirsten Alexander. It covered difficult issues, such a racism and classism in the South, and it had a sad ending. I recommend it -- it's thought provoking and well written.



Have a colorful night


Monday, September 12, 2022

Life on hold

 

I haven't blogged much lately because my life has been mainly on hold. Until just a few days ago I couldn't drive because of my shoulder surgery. I also couldn't sew comfortably because of the surgery. And our summer monsoon, which is in its fourth month, has made hiking mostly out of the question. I'm not much of a TV watcher but I read books until my eyes were sore.

I did manage to do some crafting of these gnome bottle toppers, which only required a glue gun and a few stitches. I ordered the kit last year from the Stitchin' Post but didn't get around to making them in time for Christmas.

And I got together with some friends for a Labor Day cookout, thanks to Barb driving me. Of course, it was too hot to eat outside. 

But a few days ago I decided I could drive short distances and our monsoon season typically is over by the end of September, so life is beginning to open up again!


Have a colorful day



Sunday, September 4, 2022

ER visit and more pottery


I had the "pleasure" of spending a few hours in the Oro Valley emergency room in the middle of the night last week after waking up itchy and covered with huge hives that I'm guessing came from a couple of bug bites!

It was my first time having to go to the ER, and I was pleasantly surprised that I was the only one in the waiting room at midnight. Before I knew it I was propped up in a comfy bed, hooked up to monitors and waiting for the steroid and Benadryl to take effect. That was Thursday night, and today the hives have cleared considerably, although I still have a big one on my chest and a few on my back and arm. The itching drove me crazy and it was so hard not to scratch. I can't wear my sling anymore because it presses into the hives and makes them worse.

To get my mind off of the itching, I visited the Happy Saguaro where they were having a big sale on Talovera pots. I bought two to add more color to the yard.


My plants are doing their job of adding color, too.



And a few nights ago the sunset was spectacular!

"On a dark desert highway ... "




Have a colorful holiday weekend

Monday, August 29, 2022

Mt. Lemmon and clouds



The Shady Ladies are finally all back in town after Barb and Beth's summer travels! We can't hike until I'm out of the sling (I wouldn't want to trip and fall), so instead we drove up Mt. Lemmon yesterday to enjoy the coolness. The clouds threatened rain, but we only had a few splatters on the windshield.


As you ascend thousands of feet you go through different climate and plant zones. The saguaros are toward the bottom, then you go through various shrubs and trees before getting to the pines at close to 9,000 feet.


Back home at 2,620 feet elevation, I've been enjoying spectacular sunsets like these ones looking across the street from my front courtyard.





The next three show the majesty 
of our summer monsoon clouds.




This one was on a calmer evening:


During Covid I started following Chris Mann, starting with his hilarious song about the toilet paper shortage. Here he is on Instagram recently:


And here is my child who survived, 
with part of her menagerie:


Have a colorful day