Tag: fireworks

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.

Monsoons, Gardening and Fireworks

The hail I mentioned in my June 21st blog post did a real number on my green beans.

Between the hail damage and the high temperatures (days on end hovering around 100 degrees) in late June, they quit producing beans and all the tiny beans that were on the plant stopped growing. After waiting for them to start back up with the onset of cooler daytime temperatures after the start of Monsoon Season, I gave up and pulled the plants this morning. Sometime this week I will plant new bean seeds and we should have beans to eat again around Labor Day, with any luck!

The only other thing we have harvested from the garden so far is one tomato. I am trying to attack a case of blossom rot which has ruined more tomatoes than I want to admit. But I am adding calcium and keep hoping! A Gardener is every hopeful!

On July 3rd the rain clouds hovered over Thunder Mountain

and since then, we have had quite a bit of Monsoon rain, including a nice long soaking rain on July 4th. Luckily the rain tapered of just before the Sierra Vista Fireworks were scheduled to begin. Last year fireworks were cancelled due to wildfires, so it was very nice to be able to see them this year. Somehow it just isn’t the Fourth of July without fireworks.

David & his roommates came down from Phoenix and spent a couple of days with us. The Fourth was spent playing cards and grilling burgers and roasting corn, in addition to the fireworks display. It was a very nice day.