Additional Post Today

I just couldn’t resist posting these two photos of the puppies.  We were at the pet store and I’m surprised that the store clerks let me take pictures, but I just kept at it.  The first one is a Golden Retriever (near and dear to my heart because our first dog was a Golden named Jingles).  The second one is an Akita; just adorable.  I think he was slightly afraid of my camera so I had my husband distract him.  It’s kind of hard getting good shots through the glass.  I hope all these dogs didn’t come from puppy mills and that they all go to loving homes. Namaste.

Ahhh ... sweet slumber


Cute and very smart

The Cheesecake Event – What to Choose!

Today you get two for the price of one.  My husband and I decided to “ditch school” and just go have some fun.  So it was off to one of our favorite restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory,  for some lunch and dessert.  Yeah, I know you’re probably asking “what happened to your low-carb eating plan?”  The answer is “not today.”

We had the best waiter who provided us with stellar service and a pleasant dining experience.  After lunch we strolled the mall, did a little shopping and stopped in at the pet store.  A great Saturday.  I guess we could have stayed home and done our weekend chores, but why?  They were still here when we got back.  It seems the chore fairy didn’t show up at our house today but life is still good.  Namaste.

The top one is Tuxedo cheesecake and the bottom one is pineapple upside-down cheesecake. Can you guess which one I chose?

My Revival

Today was one of those days that I said, “hmmm … a green tea frappuccino with a shot of raspberry sounds good.”  So I made a u-turn, pulled into Starbucks, pulled out the money and said, “Revive me!” 85 degrees today and supposed to be 92 tomorrow.  I am sooooooooooo not ready for the 90’s!!!!  Usually we don’t get that warm until early May.  Ugh!

Have a great weekend.  Namaste.

Wild Things

I took these photos from the side of the road on my way home.  The paw print is either from a coyote, a mountain lion, or a bobcat, unless there’s some other wild things roaming around the desert by our house.  I discovered the paw print as I was getting a couple of shots of the “whatever kind of plant” the bottom photo is.  The Sonoran desert is great at serving up surprises.  I have never seen this kind of plant before in all the years I’ve lived here.

OK, here’s the deal, my fellow bloggers … I just haven’t had the time yet to pass on the awards you’ve been kind enough to give me.  I am truly grateful and humbled by your thoughtfulness and appreciation of what I do, and I promise I will get them completed very soon.   Be patient with me.  Namaste.

Kissing A Toad in Tubac

Today I played hooky from everything and went to Tubac with my neighbor.  We shopped, had a wonderful lunch outdoors on the patio of a very good Mexican restaurant, walked a lot and took in all the sights.  Tubac is a mecca for artists, sculptors, musicians, native American jewelry, and some wonderful metal sculptures from a new gallery that I hadn’t see before. Today’s photos are all from one gallery.  I’d like to have them all.

Is it true that a girl has to kiss a lot of toads before she finds her prince?  See below to find out.  Namaste.

Life Size Black Wire Horse
Painted Steel Stallion


No, He Didn't Turn into a Prince! (But I already have one anyway)



I Don’t Know; I Just Like the Color

Today’s photo was taken outside the place where I have my photos printed.  How did I not notice this brilliant blue flower bush until today?  Guess I’m always in a hurry to get something done or be somewhere.  I have no idea what kind of flower this is but I think the color is so pretty.  Anybody know what it is?

The photo that I was picking up is this collage that I created for my grandson’s 15th birthday that’s just around the corner.  His Mom and I took these pictures over the years and each one brings back a wonderful memory.  He always has been a pretty cool kid. I know he will remember some of these, but the early ones will probably be a surprise to him.  Just wait until his 16th birthday.  Oh, wow!  Do I have something cooked up for that!!!!  Namaste.

Us Women and Our Lineage

Today is my mother’s 89th birthday, so instead of posting a photo that I took today, I thought I would pay tribute to her by posting a photo of her, then me, then my daughter, and last but certainly not least, my granddaughter, the lovely Annabelle.  I took Mom some flowers today.  I think it’s important to give and receive flowers while we’re still here to enjoy them.

Namaste, Mom, and Happy Birthday!

My Mom, Mary Catherine
Yours Truly
My Daughter, Michele
My Granddaughter, Annabelle

An Uninvited Guest

Today’s post and photo is about the unwanted guest my husband found in the garage workroom.  Poor little thing … he or she was making a home out there and apparently couldn’t find its way out again.  I didn’t want to unfold it’s wings because I wasn’t sure how long ago it died and thought it might fall apart.  I used a bounce flash to try and bring out some of the details.  I had no idea they are so furry. Fun facts about bats.  Namaste.

Front view
Side View

Santa Catalina Mountains

Today’s photo is of the Santa Catalina mountains – the view from the parking lot of the supermarket that I inhabit frequently.  Our fair city is surrounded on all four sides by mountain ranges, but these are my personal favorites.  The tallest peak is Mt. Lemmon, standing proud at a little over 9,000 feet.  I think this range is the most majestic, especially late in the day.  Had some fun with some text effects on this one.  Namaste.

No-Show Movers and Roses

Today’s picture was taken with my camera phone on one of my trips to and fro (still moving the parents).  The movers didn’t show up as planned today; won’t be there until tomorrow so we had to do a lot of improvising.  My husband is such a trooper! We can’t remember being this tired.  Yikes!  Will be serving a take ‘n bake Papa Murphy’s pizza for dinner and a glass of Merlot.  Maybe two. Don’t even have the energy to make a salad. Namaste.






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