Saturday, April 12, 2014

As the sun sets in the West

I just read through my newest book on Stump-work...ugh.... going to take some learning... but I know I am ready, or will be.... maybe next week I can fit it in... maybe. I just can't help myself. I see all these wonderful needle-crafts and my eyes convince my hands to buy. It's all Ester's fault and that's my story and I am sticking to it! I am still like a kid with the runny nose... it is not a fun way to work. My hands are so dry from all the sanitizing washing. We can't use hand lotion while cutting fabric so as not to stain it, so once home I apply lotion constantly...just a big circle. Mr H is feeling much better since stopping the new medication. He will be seeing an Orthopedic surgeon in a couple of weeks... maybe he will have some answers. It is tough to get old sometimes! Did I hear you ask about the Thistle tatting? I finally figured out what was wrong, so I have started it over and I am taking my time. I have a plan for the 2 pieces that I can not use as a motif...you will see them this weekend if I can do as I am thinking. I have added more to the Doll stitching. I thought about a picture update, but I will wait on that. I am getting ready to mail a Bunny Box gift out to 3 children back in RI. and I am trying to send a few RAKs out too. I make myself tired just typing about it all!
Is this not just a beautiful sun setting picture? This is what we saw as we returned home from dinner last evening..... I am always in awe of the skies here. Oh I know, skies are beautiful everywhere. But sometimes with the mountains or the palm trees they are like picture post cards. I just never tire of looking up day or night. Then there is the wildlife.... just last week, while walking home from our HOA meeting, one of the gentleman called for me to wait so he could walk me home since it was dark. If he had not held me up for that minute, I would have walk right into 2 coyotes who were crossing my path. We were so close, a few more steps and I would be saying excuse me!
Arizona Bound
May something, 2004.
Each time we vacation in Arizona we stay at the Hilton at Tapitio Cliffs. The view from this resort is magnificent. The entire place is built into the side of a mountain. Each time I wanted to stay and not return to RI. This time we are here on business.... need to find an apartment. I had been researching places on the computer so now we just need to visit them to really see them. The first one said the combined weight of our two small pooches was over the limit. Now really, a schnauzer who was 18 lbs and a pug who was 20 lbs.... well we did not really like it there anyway. The receptionist suggested a place we never thought of. The complex which was right next to our lovely resort! They were only too happy to have Sherlock and Zoe move in with us. We picked out 2 possible apartments that were expected to be vacant within our time frame. How easy was that. This all in the first day of looking. Meant to be. The rest of the week was going to be vacation time....yippee. This time we returned to RI knowing that the next time in Arizona would be living there. I will not bore you with all the month... there were the comments that vacationing and living there would be different---how could we be doing this at our age----. My sister Lynowl had one day of hysterics about my leaving. My mother was still in disbelief. Brother Alan was quiet about it. I did not listen because in my heart I knew this was the right thing to do at the right time. Another line to cross off the lists. There were a few new things to add to the lists...when would I stop adding? 
Thanks for following along on our journey. Thank you too, for the kind words. I have learned a very valuable lesson in my life.....

Friday, April 11, 2014

Darn that Esther

It is not an easy day at work after 5 days off....but I made it through the afternoon. My drive home was not too bad either but the temperature was reading 98 and the air conditioner running on high. Mr H wsn't feeling too well when I left for work earlier and was still not feeling well when I returned. He statred a new medication that we think know is not going to agree with him. I am sure today will be a better day for him since he did stop the medication. Before leaving work my MOD---Manager On Duty--- brought a pleasant surprise to me. When a customer is happy with service, they can report it to the MOD and then write a short note and we get a copy of the note and a pin, The Cut Above Award.
Yes, 6 comments! The best one is the one where the customer, not remembering my name, describes me as "the lady with grey hair and an accent".... yup me. I am always being asked "where are you from, you have an accent". So of course the MOD knew it was me! Now I will be known as the grey haired lady with the accent. Eartlier Esther, you know who she is, my book enabler, brought me another of those must have books....
What a beautiful book. I now want to learn this special needlework...I will have to find time...that elusive time. The piece of trim is another of those must have items.... good price on both.
I just may have to set the time to learn all the new things. If truth be known, I sometimes do not use my time wisely.... I let it slip and scatter around me.

Arizona Bound
April 11, 2004
Easter dinner with family was nice. Table being cleared and desserts appearing. Now is the time. Dennis and I have to tell you all something.We are selling the house and moving to Arizona when Dennis retires in June. Whew, that is done. Comments began to fly around, some disbelief a curious looks and much surprise. Questions came next and some we had answers to, others we did not. Once we were back home...home for only a short time. Once again the notes were updated and I could cross off.....Tell the family. Next ups is to book the last "vacation" to Arizona. Time to secure an apartment and then ..... then what? Good thing I have my notes. 
The temps for today are predicted to be around 93.... will this summer be a repeat of last? Too hot too soon for too long? Goodbye to open doors----hello air conditioner and elec$$$tric bill$$. I am happy you stopped by today. See you tomorrow....have a nice day.
“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” Dr Suess

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Days gone by

Another one of those weeks where time escaped me..... I just wished it took me along. No, not really. I have been stitching and relaxing and Mr H has been gardening. I could swear he said there was no more room for any new plants... guess I heard wrong. Which brings us to the Poppy issue. Someone Some-bunny ate the poppy buds.... that is what I said. Mr H bought a lovely yellow poppy plant with almost a dozen buds. One of them did get to open, but the others disappeared! Just recently we have been seeing the most adorable tiny bunnies.... and they are living in the cactus at the end of the cul-de-sac. I know this because I have seen them coming and going from there. Our home is just at this end of the road and Our back gate is very close.... getting the picture? Last year at this time we did have flowers being bitten off at the tip of stems but could not figure out why...different story this time.

Yes my friends, I do believe that this tiny bundle of fluff is one of those responsible for the theft of our poppies. But look at that face.... he/she is only about 7 inches long...and oh such tiny tiny feet. I usually see two of them but they are adventurous enough to wander separately around the courtyard. Back to the poppy. Our back gate has about a 3 inch space beneath it. Mr H has now blocked off access to the yard with a gate. The poppy plant with it's lonely flower sits up on the table out of reach...(a bit too late I think). I should have captured the look on Mr H's face with my camera when he found the lone poppy... too funny.
We are in a heat wave already ... temps are hitting high 80's and low 90's.... I guess Spring has sprung a leak and left town.
Today I will start the story of our journey from RI to AZ ten years ago.
Arizona Bound
April 10, 2004
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and the day we tell the family about our plans. It has been 3 years in the making and a long kept secret. I think my plan is working well. Our return vacations to Arizona have been investigations into the areas we may want to live. One more trip and we will find an apartment to live in for at least one year while we continue to explore our new state. I have so many lists of what to do...  lists of things here and lists of things there. Dennis seems a little apprehensive at times. This was his idea in the first place...from his first trip to Arizona for a Patriot/Cardinal football game in 2000. Didn't he call me the first night there and said "this is where I want to live when I retire". I know this will work out. I think dessert time will be a good time to tell them...or we could wait until the for sale sign is up on the lawn.
Tomorrow is another day in our story.... thanks for stopping by... talk with you again tomorrow...have a good day.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A lovely day

The sun is shining and the temperature for today is expected to be around the 80's... nice. Yesterday we held a social event in one of the courtyards.... most of the homeowners attended and we had a great time. Hot dogs, hamburgers and many side dishes and lots of nice chatter. The weather was perfect, not too warm and the shade just enough. For those who did not attend, they missed a good afternoon. I did add Tequila to the fruit punch for a few of us! Today I am off to do some tatting and get my motif finally finished. I found some 18 count linen yesterday that is large enough for me to start another cross stitch project. I have been busy adding stitches to the Doll and tomorrow I will be going to the quilt shop for fabric to start a small quilt. My..... I sound ambitious! Actually, I am feeling quite content with all my projects and that is what is important. It really is not about how many or what as long as I am content with it all. Each of us plays at our own pace. !0 years ago this month, Mr H and I announce that we would be leaving Rhode Island and moving here to Arizona.... I plan on sharing those days with you here in a small synopsis starting Friday if you are interested in following along. In the meantime, I am so pleased we share time together and that we are friends....have a wonderful day whatever your plans may be.
A thought for today....
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."