Wednesday, November 27, 2013
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.
THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED -
THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.
TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.
I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
It was wonderful to see our daughter. We picked her up from the airport last Thursday at 9:00 a/m and we went straight to our little cabin in Williams, Az. (we live in Phoenix) She had not been there for at least 7 years or longer..
We had a lot to say to each other and chatted all the way ....it made the 3 hour drive go very quickly.
There were even more wild flowers out than the last time we were there. There had been so much rain in the past few days and GOD had truly shown us HIS tapestry.
Here is a field that met us as we came into the "high country" It was taken from the truck driving down the highway . So much yellow covered the ground. Different wild flowers everywhere.
It was lunch time and we were all hungry so we headed to our favorite place to eat. We all chose the green chilli burrito plate special. It consisted of a green chilli burrito,rice & beans.
Afterwards, we went to the cabin and let Coreen see all the improvements that had been made. She had seen pictures but wanted to actually "see" and "feel" them.
We took the back roads and the ground was covered with new wild flowers. My husband and daughter wanted to get out and pick some and take pictures, of course.
I did not know he was picking me a bouquet .....it really touched my heart.
After arriving at the cabin, I put my flowers in an old tea pot and placed it on the deck.
After about an hour, we started for the Grand Canyon, an hours` drive away.
We stayed til the sun was setting.
Even though we had a short, one day trip, it was worth the drive.
The next day, before we headed back home, we went out for breakfast at ....guess where? yep...you guessed it....Pine Country. I had a green chilli omlette made from the same green chilli that I had the day before. It was D-licious!
We went home going back a different way than we took up. We went through Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona.
Oak Creek is a beautiful place for camping and picnics. I camped here a lot when I was a kid. It is only about 1 1/2 hours from Phoenix, where I live.
All the campgrounds are surrounded by these beautiful, tall pine trees. Husband and I would love to come and stay here for a few days. Maybe we will next month, October.
Sedona is very famous for its red rocks. You have to be pretty well off to live here. Many famous people come stay here or have a home here.
There are some rock formations that have been named...........
This one is" Madonna & child"....it is located in the center of this picture
This one has an eagles` head...can you find it?
There is a beautiful chapel built on the side of a hill. We have gone to visit it many times. It is called "Chapel on the Hill"
This replica of Christ hanging on the cross is made from wire and looks out over the valley from the picture window inside the chapel.
The Dairy Queen was not too far away. It is a tradition for a "must stop" one that we started many years ago. I had a small chocolate cone.
This barrel cactus was in bloom just outside the door entrance.
We had a long but wonderful day . The next day, Saturday, our other daughter and her family were coming over for dinner and to play games.
Family photos were a must.
Grandsons (Matthew & Bryce) and son-in-law(Kevin) giving us a unique pose.
Christy (oldest daughter) me & husband David and our youngest daughter Coreen
We enjoyed a dinner of KFC
The last day of my daughters` visit, Sunday, we went to church ( not my church but a beautiful fall picture that I found on the internet)
then we met her cousin at Carl Juniors` for lunch and then off to the airport for her return flight. Her flight left at 3:00 p/m
We had a wonderful and very "full" 4 days...from Thursday through Sunday.Coreen has seen changes in her Dad`s dementia and would like to come back around his birthday in Jan. .......if finances and time allows and if it is GOD`s will.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
We had such a great weekend , these past 4 days. We left last Thursday to go up to our little cabin and to spend time with our daughter and her family. This is a yearly tradition.
This is a new item that was added to our deck this past weekend. My friend gave us this table top that she had made from a 500 year old piece of wood. (She calculated the rings.)
We stopped at Wal-Mart in Flagstaff as we forgot paddles & life jackets that we would need for a 3 man raft that we bought for the grsons to enjoy over the weekend.
Here are some beautiful flowers that I saw by the road
It is a 3 hour drive from home to Williams, Az. where our cabin is and we had not eaten lunch yet. So, we stopped into our favorite place, Pine Country and shared a green chilli burrito special & sugar free chocolate banana cream pie.
It had been raining all week and the forecast called for more rain. Friday a/m...we headed for the Grand Canyon leaving behind a huge rain storm. Looking behind this is what we saw
I also saw this old coral with all these wild flowers around it.
These "Black-eyed Susans" are everywhere in this area during this time of year. Can`t you just see this picture in an Arizona Highways magazine?
We headed towards the canyon which was an hour drive away and we had good weather all day. It was a beautiful day.
Someone offered to take our picture.
Here are just a few that I took.
We had a beautiful day and headed back home. On our way out of the park.....we saw some elk beside the road. There were about 7 in all...the male was not in sight.
On our way back to the cabin......I saw these clouds and were fascinated by them. I followed them for over 30 miles.
We have a lake nearby, Kaibab Lake. We arrived there just in time to see this rainbow reflected in the water. I thought of the bible verse, Psalms 19:1...."the heavens declare the glory of GOD; the skies proclaim the work of HIS hands." My camera didn`t capture the beauty of this magnificent sight but I will forever see it in my mind.
Later that night we went into town. This is their tourist season and since Williams is noted for its rich western history....they hold gun fights in the streets each night during the summer.
The next morning .....Saturday, our daughter and her family arrived.
Bryce age 16
It started to rain so Matt (age 12) enjoyed playing in it.
Before we could have dinner that evening, my daughter, Christy and I went into town. We came home using the back roads and took time for a few photos of the wild flowers.
That evening we cooked s`mores by the campfire.
These are camping sandwich makers that my grsons are making grilled cheese sandwiches with.
Sunday we woke up to sunny skies so we had the opportunity to go to the lake and play with the raft.
The lake is muddy looking because it is so low due to drought. But still a pretty lake.
Afterwards we went to "Pine Country" and we all had pie. The restaurant is called "PIE Country" by me and my family. My favorite is p-nut butter chocolate banana cream.
Monday morning.....it was time to head home. Family had left....David (husband) and I followed shortly behind. We were headed away from the cabin....because there was so much water in the road, we got stuck and I had to call AARP for roadside service.
45 minutes to wait for him and 5 minutes to pull us out.
We finally got on our way about 12:30 but ran into some heavy holiday traffic about 2 hours from home.
We made it home about 4:30 p/m which was actually only 1 hour longer than it usually takes.
I was thankful that we did not see any accidents . There were lots of cops out and they had cars pulled over on the side of the road, probably for speeding.
If you are ever up and around Williams, Arizona....stop by and say "Hi" Just bring your own coffee as we are diet coke drinkers.
One of my favorite things to do is to sit on this glider, read, soaking in GODs` beauty and drinking my cold diet coke.
This is our street address......53 E Greenbriar
Hope to see you real soon.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
We have never been on an Amtrak Train so for our vacation this year we took a 6.1/2 hour ride from San Diego to Santa Barbara, California. My sister-in-law and her husband were also going with us as well as my sister and her husband.
This is Barbara & Jerry (sister-in-law & husband.) We drove over to San Diego together and ate lunch at a restaurant called Janet`s...located 1 hour away from San Diego in Alpine, California. A really neat little place that Barbara & Jerry discovered last year.
This is mine & Barbara`s lunch. She had a grilled chicken salad and I had a grilled chicken sandwich with fresh fruit.
Me & my husband David
We arrived at the train station about 8:30 a/m the next a/m.
Amtrack train station....leaving for Santa Barbara
Sister , Donna & her husband Steve
Inside the train....I climbed these stairs more than once to the next level where the snack bar was.
I bought some pretzels as I got nauseous riding backwards on the train. We brought SUBWAY sandwiches for lunch before we left San Diego
A spacious bathroom is behind this door
We arrived at our hotel about 3:30 p/m.....it was an easy walk only 3 blocks from the train depot.
Interesting trees by the station
We stayed at the "Harbour Inn"....The view from our balcony was so beautiful
Inside our room....even had chocolates on our bedside table at night.
We walked through this opening several times a day. This lead us to the ocean, pier, restaurants, shopping, etc.
Out and about....here is the gang
LOVED the pier
Stearn`s Warf was built in the 1800`s
star fish attached to the pier...can you see them? They are orange.
My sister, her husband, David & I ate lunch on the pier.....I had fish tacos...they were so good. I did not eat the fries.
This 57 Chevy police car was parked on the pier
Walking on Main street...I saw this sign...too funny!
We took the trolley and visited the Old Mission Santa Barbara
Some chalk art on the asphalt by the mission
Inside the mission...the paint is all made from natural berries....nothing artificial
Took the train back on Wednesday afternoon to San Diego where my sister lives. We stayed there for a few days and then headed for home on Friday.
We planned to eat breakfast at the same restaurant where we had lunch in only a few days before.
On the way home we stopped in Yuma, Arizona at the Yuma state prison.....it was closed . We will stop another time.
It was a wonderful trip and I would love to go back to Santa Barbara, some day.
There is another part of our vacation that I will save for another blog. Barbara, my sister and myself went to "The Pageant of the Masters". This is where volunteers become part of art. This year was their 80th year. The event was called, "the Big Picture". It was very impressive.
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