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July 2013 Highlight Reel

In July, there were memories to preserve:

  • David & his roommate Paul spent the July 4th holiday with us. We cooked special meals for them and they cooked a special meal for us. We all enjoyed Sierra Vista’s annual Fireworks Display.
  • Bill and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary, eating out at our favorite local restaurant, The Mesquite Tree.
  • We enjoyed a fun Saturday afternoon/evening Canasta playing marathon with friends.
  • We took a Sunday trip to Chiricahua National Monument, which is always a fun jaunt.

fireworks

In July, there were things that deserved editing:

  • More scorpions, one inside the house, two caught on the sticky pads at the door/house threshold.

In July, there were the moments that hold our lives together:

  • Two visits to the doctor for Karen – nothing serious, just little annoying things that needed treating with antibiotics.
  • We have had some wonderful Monsoon rains, which meant more frequent lawn mowing for me.
  • I picked two tomatoes from my three tomato plants (they are going to be giving me a lot of tomatoes in August, though) and we have been having fresh green beans about every four days for most of the month of July. Delicious!

fresh green beans

In July, there were mountains climbed:

  • I have continued to keep Quicken up to date.
  • Bill passed another Citrix certification, one more in the ever on-going quest to stay employable.
  • I overcame my negative thinking about sewing and successfully created a pattern from an existing skirt, thus sewing a new skirt for myself. I am most excited about the possibilities this has opened up, both for my own wardrobe and for gift giving.
  • I began making updates to my LeapingFromTheBox.com website, updating many church schools. It felt good to get back to working on the site daily.

In July, there were pitfalls to overcome:

  • No jobs applied to this entire month. I think we narrowed our search parameters too much! I really don’t want to be here another winter!
  • I missed another Hayes Reunion in New York. I had really planned on attending this one, before all the job issues started again. Next year. I say again.

Chiricahua Flooding

Last Monday I posted pictures of our Sunday trip to Chiricahua National Monument. Tuesday evening the Chiricahua National Forest received almost three inches of rain which resulted in floods and the closure of the upper areas of the park. The creek next to the visitor’s center knocked down trees and removed sections of Bonita Canyon Drive.

This picture was among several shared on the Chiricahua National Monument Facebook page:

flooding at Chiricahua National Monument

KVOA.com posted pictures of the Chiricahua flooding and a short video provided by the National Park Service.

Chiricahua National Monument Sunday Drive

Yesterday Bill and I spent the day visiting Chiricahua National Monument, which is one of my favorite places to go around here. I say “around here” loosely, since we drove over 225 miles yesterday, so it is not exactly close by.

We packed a lunch and ate at the visitor’s center. It had rained earlier in the day, so the creek near the visitor’s center actually had water in it!

Rushing waters at Chiricahua National Monument

These are some of the rock formations near the visitor’s center:

Rock formations at Chiricahua National Monument

Then we drove to Massai Point, elevation 6875 ft. The last time we visited, we were unable to drive up the mountain due to the 2011 wildfire. Even though they’ve completed repairs to the road, evidence of the wildfire was everywhere, as you can see from this tree:

tree atop Massai Point

One of the reasons I so enjoy going to the monument is that the drive there takes us through the Sulphur Springs valley, an area that includes irrigated farm land and grazing pastures that green up beautifully during the Monsoon season.

Grasslands in Sulphur Springs Valley

As we headed towards Bisbee from Douglas, the sun was covered by a cloud, which certainly made driving easier, since we were heading west, directly into the sunshine. It always made a spectacular picture:

Sunburst

All in all, it was a pleasant day. We haven’t taken a day trip like that in several months, so it was a nice diversion from our usual weekend routines lately.

For more pictures of Chiricahua National Monument, you can visit these posts:

Faraway Ranch at Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

More of Chiricahua National Monument

Last of the Chiricahua pictures

Organ Pipe Formation

Tree at Massai Point

Chiricahua National Monument Entrance

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