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Ever Vigilant!

That’s my new motto for as long as I am living in Arizona.

Arizona Bark Scorpion

Isn’t he sweet? NOT!

At least he was outside and not inside. I haven’t had any scorpions inside the house for about three months and none on the sticky pads in the garage for about two months. So that is progress. This one was outside on the back patio, though, and I’ve never seen them there before. We had a lot of wind the other day so I folded up the camp chairs that normally sit on the back patio and laid them down on the cement so they wouldn’t blow away. This morning I picked them up and set them back up so I could set my clothes basket on one of them. And there he was, all curled up on the seat of one chair, looking almost (Almost!) like a leaf. Except he’s not a leaf. Ugh.


No, not in the house again. Thankfully it has been over a month since I’ve caught the last scorpion. These scorpions can be found in the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa, Arizona.

David and I visited the museum last month with friends and family (we had a great visit!) and I snapped these pictures then. If these were the actual size of the Praearcturus gigas (scorpions) back in the Devonian Era (three feet in length!), I’m glad I only have to deal with Arizona Bark Scorpions!

Praearcturus gigas

Praearcturus gigas

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.


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.
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