Here I sit, my bags packed –everything ready to go home.
I’m still up too early, I can’t seem to stop that. It seems that my body will take no more than 7 hours of continuous sleep, so if I’m to bed by 10:30, I’m up at 5:30 and there is no use in just laying there wasting time so I get up.
I don’t have Arizona teaching plans again until 2017, so I’m not sure when I’ll be back here, but it comforts me to know I’m leaving a bit of myself behind.
A pair of slippers in the guest room closet.
A hair dryer under the bathroom sink.
I’ll be back!
The photo of this rose was taken in my sis-in-law’s garden yesterday morning. How wonderful is the scent of roses in January. I just love them for their beauty and their delicacy, and here in Arizona with its extreme summer heat, their perseverance and determination to flourish and bloom no matter what the circumstances.
Ah, the sweet aroma!
I think we can learn a lot from roses. Life has its thorns, but we can push past them and bloom regardless.
Not far from where my brother and sis-in-law live are “pick your own” orchards. Our mission? Fill a couple of buckets with sweet fresh and juicy navel oranges before the rain set in.
Sharolyn mans the picking stick!
Chickens watch, hiding their amusement!
All of the best fruit is way up there!
Got that one!
Of course our hands smelled like fresh picked citrus by the time this bounty was picked, paid for and bagged. As soon as we got back home we were digging in and peeling, and eating them over the sink – the sweet juice running down our chins.
Being the good sister in law that I am, and since our arboretum trip was nixed due to rain ((And oh, the rain did fall!)) Sharolyn asked if I would help her choose some upholstery fabrics for some throw pillows for her family room. A fabric related chore? YOU BET!
SAS Outlet, Mesa!
We found a couple of really nice pieces that will be great for her – at only $5.99 a yard! I can’t wait to see what she does with them. Making pillows with upholstery fabrics is not something I’ve ever really done, but the fabrics were beautiful and it is going to fit her Arizona home just beautifully.
Of course, I had to show great restraint here:
Cottons. 3.99 a yard!
I admit it, I fondled a few, dug for some neutrals, found stuff that was nice, but was it any different than the fabrics I already have waiting at home? Probably not. I have a basement full of fabric – what I can’t buy is the time to sew it up. So can you believe that I walked away with not a single piece? And I was okay with it?
I did pet the polka dots though!
No regrets! Get home and Sew The Stash!
Last night we gathered together for a family Farkle-thon, the nieces trading in and out of the game taking place in the kitchen as music lessons were going on in the living room at the front of the house. My niece Jessica gives piano lessons and she had 3 students through the afternoon. So fun to hear music in the house.
My niece Ashley has her viola teacher come by and teach her in the living room after the piano lessons have concluded, so you can imagine the sounds in the background as Farkle occurred in the kitchen. it got pretty cut throat, the winner being my brother Mark!
Jessica and my great-niece Myah rolling dice!
Myah belongs to my niece Melissa and her husband David. I know we have a confusingly large family, and let me tell you, it is never a dull moment!
Great Grandpa Bill and Myah pose for a photo!
So happy for the time I’ve been able to spend with family on this trip. I’ll miss them greatly, but in this day and age of emails, facebook, text messages, skype and phone calls, we are never that far apart.
I’ll be keeping all of this in my heart as I fly back to North Carolina today….hexies in hand!