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!
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.
As you probably noticed, I took a five month break from blogging. I *think* I’m back. At least I’m taking pictures again, which I hadn’t been doing for several months either. I guess I needed a creative break and a chance to regroup.
Here’s what I have been doing in those five months:
- Traveled to Alabama & back the end of March, getting some things done at my dad’s place and spending some quality time with Liana Rose, and also Bill (all those miles in the car!).
- Got Quicken caught up and finished taxes on time. Even better, I STILL have Quicken up to date. That is a record! This WILL BE the year that I have Quicken up to date at the end of the year. No 2014 two-to-three week marathon to catch up in order to do taxes! Yeah!
- Packed up about two-thirds of our books.
- Ripped all my music CDs and then packed them all up. I can now listen to them all on the good stereo speakers in the living room, accessing them through the Blu-Ray player from my computer. They sound so good that way!
- Planted three tomatoes and one container of green beans. That is the extent of my vegetables this year.
- Went back to plant-based eating mid-June and have lost 7.5 pounds so far.
- Started an afghan for Liana Rose, which I will hopefully finish for Christmas.
- Helped Bill with his job hunt.
- Scanned lots of old pictures (and I have tons more to do), thus beginning a project I’ve been planning to do for years.
- Started working on my LeapingFromTheBox.com website, making some much needed updates. Again, this is something I’ve put off for so long that I’m ashamed to say how long.
- Learned to play Canasta.
What have you been doing the last five months?
This past weekend was spent mostly resting and catching up on some chores at home. Saturday afternoon we took a spur of the moment trip out to the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area to view the sandhill cranes.
Our previous visits to see the sandhill cranes have been at mid-day when the cranes come in to feed at the wildlife area, so we thought it might be interesting to visit towards sundown. This visit, the cranes were closer to the viewing areas, so I was able to take some better pictures.
The water level was so much lower than in 2011. Here’s a picture I took in January 2011
And the same spot in January 2012
We did see a lot more ducks this year.
And this cute little guy.
Here you can see how shallow the water really was, as the previous bird walks past the ducks …
And on past some tumbleweeds floating in the water.
Last, but certainly not least, I snapped this picture of Bill and I. Can you believe it? I finally got a picture where we both had our eyes open and we were both smiling!
I love that our holding hands made the shadows look like a heart!