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The heavens opened up, in just that one spot, and I was lucky enough to see it.

Big fluffy clouds.

Sunshine in the clouds and flowers…sighhhh.

Picacho Peak, I love you so.

Lovely sunset as seen from our backyard.

I smile every time I see that red and white tower near Nogales Highway.  I am reminded of Benny and Jeremia exclaiming “look it’s dad’s work” whenever we drove by.  Just for the record, we pass it on the way to Der’s work, but it’s not really close to it, so why they thought it’s where he worked is beyond me.  I do so appreciate the memory and the warm happy feeling it fills me with though.


Filed under Making Memories, Natural Happenings, With Gratitude

Happy Friday

Are you glad it’s Friday?  I know I am.  I love the weekends mostly because Derek is home.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I think he’s the bees knees AND elbows.

And because I have several posts in the works, but none that are ready, I give you 2 random, but cool (I think) photos.  Enjoy!

This guy was pitching a fit about something.  The noise he made drew me outside to investigate.  I don’t know who he was telling off, but he had a thing or two to say, about a thing or two.  His ginormous self was at the top of one of the trees in the front yard.  I took this shot from my backyard.  As soon as he realized he had paparazzi, he skedaddled.  Goodbye cranky crow.

Blooms from one of our Bird of Paradise bushes.  The flowers are abundant and last for quite a while, hummingbirds and butterflies adore them, and they require very little/if any attention.  They are easy to like.  My favorite is just before they fully bloom, when the shiny red stamen is peeking out of the bright yellow petals.  They look science fictiony to me.



Filed under Everything else, Natural Happenings

A Walk With My Camera

When Der came home from work today, I seized the opportunity for a break.  I went for a walk.  Just me and my camera.  Here’s some of what I saw.

Wild daisies.

An ant-cano.

Bits of glass.

A lonely feather on the asphalt.

Palo verde tree blossoms.

A sea of yellow.

And when I came back from my walk decompressed, this is who I saw waiting for me.

It’s been a  few years since we’ve had a baby in the house.  She has been a pleasure and a joy, but one tends to forget how exhausting having a wee one around is.  I will soak her up while she’s here and rest when she goes back to her mama.


Filed under Natural Happenings, So Random

Camping 2012

We took the boys camping over the weekend.  It had been about 12 years since our last tent camping trip!

For years we have been saying how we need to do it, but never got around to it.  Sometimes you just have to force yourself to commit, and that’s what we finally did.

Our plan had been to camp in the pines on Mt. Lemmon, but the sites were packed so we settled on Molino Basin lower on the mountain.  I would have thought camping in anything but pines would blow chunks, but was pleasantly surprised.   It was beautiful country and we had a blast.

Building our mansion of a tent was a family affair.  It took all six of us.

I loved having this cement picnic table.  I want one at home.

In the summer of 2003 Mt Lemmon was on fire.  The summer of 2003 is coincidentally when Der’s job moved us all down to Tucson.   I remember standing in the hotel parking lot miles and miles away watching the red move across the mountain in the dark of night.  During the day I couldn’t see the flames just smoke, lots and lots of smoke.

The basin is still scattered with charred remains 9 years later.

We went for a nice hike on the Arizona Trail.

I was smitten with all of the long dead burnt trees.

Sometimes, if enough time passes, beauty can be seen where tragedy once was.  Such is the case here.

I love, love, love the grey, swirly, veiny wood.

Jeremia said this one reminded him of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  I agree completely!  I was so proud that he not only remembered the name of the artist, but the name of the painting.

When we were hiking through this wash, just before I took the picture below, a snake darted across my path, less than an inch away from the tips of my sneakers.  It was moving so fast, trying to get away from the humans as quickly as possible.  I am not generally afraid of snakes, but it startled me deeply. My brain momentarily lost logical function.  I jumped back and squealed  “Agh!  Snake!  Squeeee!”, like a prissy little girl.  My reaction was of great humor to all of the boys.

This gorgeous moss was growing in some of the nastiest, stagnant water I have ever seen.

There were tons of butterflies and caterpillars all over the place.  Caterpillars are decidedly easier to photograph than flying butter flies.

Our camp as seen from up the hill.

Our friend the stick bug.  He hung out on the side of our tent all day saturday.

Keegan tries to look seriously engrossed in the side of his Dr. Pepper can to avoid getting his photo taken.

Normal brotherly behavior…right?!?!

By the third day we were all dirt balls and in serious need of showers.

I was over the dirt.

Those shoes are supposed to be black not brown.   They have since taken a spin in the washer and are back to their rightful color.

Camping is a great way to unplug and remind us all how spoiled we are with electricity and plumbing…glorious, wonderful, amazing electricity and plumbing!  Distance DOES make the heart grow fonder!

We are already talking about our next trip.

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Filed under Adventures, Amazeballs, Entertain Me, Everything else, Family, Making Memories, Natural Happenings

Backyard Texture Rubbings

I peeled and broke crayons, something I am always telling the boys not to do, but it was for a good cause.

We had fun and they learned, which is always a good combination.

I cut standard sized, black and white, construction paper into fourths and broke the peeled crayons into thirds.  I stocked up on crayons with the back to school sales, so super cheap!

I encouraged them to try both black and white paper and helped them decide what colors would show up the best on the black paper.  It was fun, but they definitely prefered the white paper.

I reminded them not to do this without paper.The table-cloth, aka sheet, shows hints of another project we did that I will be posting about soon….fingers crossed.

Some of the things we rubbed were:



Wrought Iron

Tree Trunks


A Rake


A mailbox



The Pool

The Ground

Anything and everything we could think of.

A blissful, argument free hour went by before we knew it.  Boredom was annihilated and brains were expanded and enriched.  Good times!

Now you try it!


Filed under Entertain Me, Feeling Fartsy, On The Cheap