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Weekly Overview March 3, 2014

SpringSnow

Snow on the Huachuca Mountains

Outside My Window… the Huachuca Mountains have a dusting of snow and spring blossoms are popping open in the neighborhood!

I am thinking… scorpions, scorpions, scorpions.

I am thankful for… an inch of rain this past Saturday and a very high snow line.

From the kitchen… cranberry/chocolate chip muffins were made this morning and are as delicious as ever.

I am hoping… the scorpion traps work and I get taxes completed this week.

I am reading… The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, An American Saga by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

I am busy creating… Cross Stitching on Liana’s birthday blanket.

I am hearing… Guest Artist Monday on wsmonline.com. Today’s artist is Lera Lynn, whom I’ve never heard before but am enjoying.

Around the house & garden… After discovering another scorpion inside this morning (in the living room again!), I went to Lowe’s and bought a bunch of scorpion traps. Then I spent the rest of the morning vacuuming carpets and then laying out scorpion traps in strategic spots. I bought 25, used them all, and wish I had a few more. I still need to clean up the weeds in the front yard and do some cleaning in the backyard. I was contemplating buying some snapdragons or some other plants this Saturday to put in the backyard, which would give me added incentive to do some clean up back there.

Fionas Letter Box

Fiona’s Letter Box

In other news… I shipped off Fiona’s birthday package this morning, so it should arrive in good time for her birthday on Friday. Included in the package was the Letter Box so Fiona can write letters. I found the perfect box Saturday at Hobby Lobby and added some stickers.

One of my favorite things… giving thoughtful gifts.

Weekly Overview… I began another Monday by battling scorpions. Luckily I had planned to have the car today so I was able to make a quick run to town for battle supplies!

I have Quicken totally up to date, so sometime this week we’ll have to download the TurboTax software and then I can get working on the taxes. That won’t take long – I think last year’s took about 2 hours once I had all the Quicken information current.

I’m still thinking about the cleaning schedule and wondering if one reason that I have not really put pen to paper with it is because I’m just hoping we’ll move before I have time to implement any such schedule!

No appointments this week, although I think I will be making a stop at the chiropractor’s office this afternoon after I pick Bill up from work. We both feel the need for another adjustment.

Monday Morning Walk on Tuesday – 365 – 096

This week’s Monday Morning Walk was taken Tuesday afternoon, after I finished taxes!  They are done!  All that is left is filing and writing two checks.  <sigh>  Not happy about owing, but I am happy they are done and I am happy there is money in the bank to pay what we owe.  It was a good year.

Bill and I took our usual late afternoon walk yesterday and I brought my camera along.  So here is what the neighborhood looks like this week!

Stormy Skies

A cool front was working its way through the area and made for some great sky pictures.

ominous sky

ominous sky

Spring is here!

This week it was quite evident that spring had arrived.  Trees are leafed out and flowers are in bloom everywhere.

rose

flowers

cactus in bloom

palms

tree in bloom

sage bush in bloom

Even the view towards the mountain shows more green along the streets.

Huachuca Mountains

Still no rain, though.  We’ve had no rain since early September and only one very small snow fall, less than an inch, all winter.  The brown in the background will stay brown until July when the monsoon season begins.

Dog Walking

Late afternoon brings out all the dog walkers. Bill stopped to visit with a co-worker walking his dog.

dog walking

dog face

Monday Morning Walk, March 28 – 365 – 087

It is another beautiful sunny morning in southeastern Arizona. It was about 55 degrees when I started my walk at 8:40 this morning, but there was no wind and the sun quickly warmed me up. So, what did I see this morning? The first thing I saw was the blimp rising in the sky.

Sierra Vista blimp

Signs of Spring

There were many more signs of spring this week, although not very many flowers yet. Mostly I saw greening trees and palms.

cactus

New growth on a cactus.

palm tree

A palm greening up.

palm tree

A close-up of the top of the same palm tree.

yellow flowering bush

A bush with pretty yellow flowers. This was one of the early flowers I saw here last spring.

flowers

These were about the only flowers I saw in my half hour walk, other than a lone iris here and there.

tree

Green! This lawn is green all year round and one of the very few that are actually green.

Huachuca Mountains

Last Monday night’s storm added some snow to the top of the Huachuca Mountains, but I think it has mostly melted away.

Huachuca Mountains

Huachuca Mountains

Shining Suns

This morning I noticed how many houses have decorative suns on their outside walls. They come in all sorts and sizes.

decorative sun

decorative sun

decorative sun

decorative sun

decorative sun

Corner Tree

Last Monday I took a picture of the tree across the corner from our house. You can see that it has leafed out a good bit more during the past week.

tree

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