Sunday, November 27, 2022

Rainy Sunday

 In black and white.

The coming week is not going to be an easy one. I will have a cardiac MRI on Wednesday. Thursday is the 14th anniversary of my husband's passing. And Friday is an annual checkup; mainly for the purpose of prescription renewals. Getting old - it's not for the weak. lol

I have been watching The House of the Dragon on Netflix, a prequel to Game of Thrones. Definitely not a light story by any means, but the dragons are cool. 

Friday, November 25, 2022

Giving Thanks

 I had a very nice Thanksgiving day. I went to my son's home for dinner and everything was delicious.

I have no new photos to share so here is a sunset from 2003. 

Monday, November 21, 2022

A time for grieving

 I received news that one of my aunts passed away earlier this month. This morning,  I read that a high school classmate passed away on Friday. Saturday would have been my mom's 101st birthday. I miss her every day.

Although it's freaking cold in the morning here, I made it to the car wash yesterday. 

Thursday, November 17, 2022


 Winter has found us; this mornings temp... 29! 

This was a leaf next to a stain left by a wet leaf. As soon as I snapped this, the real leaf blew away.

No special Thanksgiving plans. And no turkey either, just sides and pie for me. 😄

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Leaves Leaving

 The weather has been nearly perfect. The hibiscus continues to bloom and the trees continue to put on a show. However, we're expecting a lot of rain on Friday and I fear the trees will lose most of their leaves.  I could be wrong; it's happened once or twice. 🤣

Monday, November 07, 2022


 Remember when Saturday was homemade pizza day? My new apartment has less counter space and making pizza requires a lot. Any baking, in general, is not easily accomplished in tight quarters. Anyway, I made pizza yesterday. It was tasty but I doubt it will be a weekly endeavor.  

Friday, November 04, 2022

Peak at the Park

 I visited McDowell Nature Preserve this morning. I think it was peak color.

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Three on the Third

 Chocolate chip pumpkin cake, purse detail, and Beau.

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Hello November

 Here we are, on the downhill side of 2022.

No trick-or-treaters last night.  I was prepared with treats but no little goblins showed up. Oh well.

Some color on my street.

My Halloween wine glass... spooky.

The weather is still mild here, although the mornings are chilly. Perfectly Autumn.

Friday, October 28, 2022


 Autumn is gentle. Like Spring, Autumn is a time of change. Spring brings the new leaves to the trees and Autumn sheds them, in riotous color. Winter and summer are about surviving. Take in the red, yellow, and orange and remember them when winter turns everything gray and bleak. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022


 I voted this morning. The polling place was in an old gymnasium next to a golf course. I could have taken fifty photos inside that building; lots of peeling paint and other yummy stuff. I did get a few pics outside after casting my ballot.

Sunday, October 23, 2022


 I hung outdoor lights on my patio. The job required thinking outside the box as I'm limited as to what I can do in a rented space, vis-a-vis nails, screws, etc. But they're up and staying in place, thus far.

Received my first wine delivery at my new address. A signature is required for alcohol and for the first time, the fedex guy also asked for my date of birth. I watched as he spun the dial to find the year. Lol.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Autumn Palette

 Now that all of the boxes have been unpacked, it's time to personalize my new space. 

I'm gradually getting accustomed to the routine and sounds of my new surroundings. Once in a while, I'll hear a sound that 'doesn't compute' and I'll get up (it's always in the middle of the night) and look around.

We've had cold mornings this week but temps should be back in the 70s by the weekend.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Found Some Color

 Blue skies, fall color.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Moving and standing

 Hopefully,  I have stood in my very last DMV line. I detest the DMV,  but I wouldn't want to work there.

All boxes have been unpacked. I still search for what I need especially in the kitchen.

Anyway, I had a chance (and the inclination) to take a few pics. 

Saturday, October 08, 2022


 Well, I stumbled upon some autumn.  I think I have one box left and most of its contents have found a home. I have my new driver's license  but license plate and title are scheduled for Tuesday.  

Friday, September 30, 2022

Having an Ian day

 Hopefully, Ian passes through without much damage.

I moved in on Wednesday and I have so very much to unpack. Beau watches and approves.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

End of Summer

 Summer is finally hitting the road,  hallelujah! 

Beau,  in his carrier, for a vet appointment.

A wish for Good Luck, seen along the roadside while sitting in traffic. 

And, the final sunrise of Summer.

Monday, September 19, 2022


 I'm going to miss these blossoms.  I don't think there will be enough sunlight on my new patio.

The move is progressing nicely.  The unboxing... well, I'm making a dent in the process.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Heart Stuff

 Had an appointment with a cardiologist today. No one has a clue what caused the chest pains. So, let's order more tests! A cardiac MRI for example. I'm skeptical. 

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Saturday Rain

 The temperatures are cooling off a bit. I'm still filling boxes at apartment #1 and emptying boxes at apartment #2. So tired.

Yesterday morning was perfect for coffee on the balcony, watching the hummingbirds and admiring the hibiscus,

Saturday, September 03, 2022

Saturday Pizza

 Today's pizza, recipe from Half Baked Harvest: Caramelized Shallot and Bacon Goat Cheese. Fig preserves too! OMG delicious!

And now, a nap. ;)

Friday, September 02, 2022

Trying to keep everything straight

 For the next month, I will have two residences. I'm already confused.

Meanwhile,  this hibiscus bush is going crazy with blossoms.

My current desk at residence #2.

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Goodbye August

 Life goes on. No more pain, thankfully. I signed the lease for my new apartment so the next several weeks will be a busy time, gradually moving everything out/in. I woke up at 2am making a mental list of what I need to take with me today. I'm not moving heavy stuff, that will be done by my son and grandson.

A few pictures from the end of August. (I was disappointed that my niece didn't take a photo of the ambulance as they took me away. lol)

Regal Beau

Pancake Bunny 

Shadows at La Poblanita

Tuesday, August 30, 2022


 I woke Monday morning to sharp chest pains and they didn't go away. It was an intermittent pain but sharp and strong. What to do? I finally woke my niece and she called 911. The paramedics did the usual tests,  it didn't appear to be my heart. So I had my very first (and hopefully last) ride in an ambulance. At the hospital, more tests including chest x-rays. Bottom line, it wasn't my heart or lungs. When I left the hospital 5 hours later, I was still having pains every few minutes. The doctor has referred me to a cardiologist for further testing just in case. The pain ceased around 8pm last night. 

Back to regular programming.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Wednesday, August 17, 2022


 The morning sun.

Today's packing goal: shoes, purses, paints