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Weekly Overview February 24, 2014

Bees in the Ironwood Tree

The ironwood tree is alive with bees!

Outside My Window… the ironwood tree is alive with bees! (You can see at least one bee in this picture.)

I am thinking… about upcoming birthdays, scorpions, and chocolate.

I am thankful for… figuring out that I needed to add some beans to morning smoothie. Since I began adding the beans, I have a lot more energy in the morning.

From the kitchen… pork chops are thawing, oatmeal cookies need replenishing, and the electric teapot is heating water for my mocha!

I am hoping… pretty much the same as last week – Bill’s new task begins soon and continued progress on the job hunt front.

I am reading… Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin.

I am busy creating… Pink leggings for Fiona’s birthday and Kat’s purple Wrapped in Lace shawl.

I am hearing… Follow Your Arrow, by Kacey Musgraves (listening to wsmonline.com) and the hum of all the computers in the office.

Around the house & garden… I was able to get the recipe print-outs that were on the dining room table put into their appropriate binders this morning. Now to get Bill to try on the new shirts that arrived over the weekend from Men’s Wearhouse and to box up the birthday books I picked up for Fiona and the dining room table will be clear! I still need to clean up the weeds in the front yard and do some cleaning in the backyard.

In other news… Bill did not pass his certification test on Saturday, but at least now he knows he needs to find some other study materials. We did have a nice day in Tucson otherwise, eating lunch at Chili’s, I got to hang out at Barnes & Noble while Bill was testing, we picked up vitamins at Vitamin Shoppe, and then took the scenic route home.

One of my favorite things… toothless grins.

FionaGrinning

Miss Munchkin’s toothless grin!

Fiona grinning at her half-brother’s first birthday party this past weekend.

Weekly Overview… Today started out with a visit from the exterminator. We chatted quite a bit about scorpions, how they might be getting in, etc. The upshot seems to be that our house is pretty tight, but they still can get in through vents in the room. And that our neighborhood seems to be having some major issues with scorpions, with some houses having twice a month visits from pest control. I guess I should be thankful that so few are actually getting inside.

There are no other appointments on the calendar for the week, so it will just be the usual. I hope to finish up the last two files of Quicken either this afternoon or tomorrow. Then it will be time to purchase the tax software (TurboTax) and see if I can’t get the taxes done this week, or at least figure out whether we will be getting a refund or see how much we will owe.

Since I was able to get a blog post schedule implemented last week, this week will hopefully see the completion of some sort of cleaning schedule. Hopefully!

Amore Arizona – Desert Sunsets

Saturday we drove to Phoenix and visited with family, which is always nice. When we left home, the sun was shining brightly, but we could see low dark clouds all around us and sure enough, the snow began to fall just north of Huachuca City and continued until the outskirts of Tucson.

Falling snow in Arizona

And then we were back to sunshine!

Arizona desert

For most of the day it was sunny and very cool, especially by Phoenix standards. We did even have a little spell of raindrops on the windshield while in Phoenix, but not enough to even run the wipers.

On the return trip we were treated to the most spectacular sunset between Picacho Peak and Marana (north of Tucson). The mountains to the east were getting rain/snow and the setting sun cast its red hues on the clouds, making it appear like the mountains were on fire.

Arizona Mountain view

Arizona Mountain sunset "fire"

And the sunset was gorgeous!

Arizona sunset

Arizona sunset

These were taken from inside the car, going down the Interstate at 75 mph! The first two I took with my cell phone and the rest with my camera. The cell phone does a really good job and I may end up using that more than my camera! And yes, Bill was driving. If I had been driving, we’d have been camped out on an overpass taking pictures until dark!

This post is part of my Amore Arizona series that I mentioned in my post on Contentment,
in which I write about and post pictures of the things I love about Arizona.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Now that racing season is over, we have to find other things to do on Sundays! So yesterday we spent some time at the Colossal Cave Mountain Park, located east of Tucson. It was a lovely day, with brilliant blue skies and moderate temperatures (only low 80s in the mid-afternoon).

Colossal Cave Mountain Park includes Colossal Cave, numerous picnicking and camping areas, and a working cattle ranch. At the ranch, you can hire horses for trail rides or you can bring your own horses.

The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) spent several years during the 1930s developing the cave area so it could be used as a tourist attraction, including building several buildings around it for headquarters and gift shops. At the ranch area, there is a museum dedicated to chronicling the work that the CCC accomplished at the cave.

We had decided before we even left that house that we would not be touring the cave, preferring to save that for a hot summer’s day. Instead, we wanted to do a little hiking, but not a lot of hiking and not very adventurous hiking. We picked a good place, as there is really only one trail designated for hikers and not horses, although we saw plenty of evidence that horses can’t read the signs!

A windmill at the ranch area.

One of the many saguaro cacti.

There were a couple of washes that ran through the park and along those are riparian areas that attract birds and other animals and also provide enough water for real trees to grow!

More saguaro cacti.

The view from the cave parking lot looking towards Tucson in the west.

Colossal Cave Entrance.

An ocotillo cactus reaching for the sky!

The cave entrance, headquarters and gift shop area.

It was a pleasant day and we enjoyed getting out and seeing something new. We will likely travel back that way again to tour the cave, but I doubt we’ll spend much time at the rest of Park, as it turned out to really not be our thing. Too much dust, too many cacti and too many horses!

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