Monday, January 7, 2013

Beautiful Arizona

 For the next few months we will be writing this blog from Arizona.  Linda, my assistant is visiting family there.  
The miracles of modern technology have made this possible
(Warning: the miracles of modern technology
do create some hair pulling but we
got it figured out)
Arizona has many wonderful attributes but one of my favorites is it's love affair with rusty metal
These are just a few of the items on my sister, Karen's, property
I'm sure that before I leave, in March,
 I will be showing you a lot more of the fabulous selection
 of rusty metal available here. 
(I always end up shipping home a box of it)
Many people ask me if Arizona is
"brown and dry"
The Bougainvillea is always in bloom when I come in the winter.  It comes in many colors, including white, purple, red, orange, yellow, pink and magenta.  Originally from South America, it is sometimes called Paper Flower 

The combinations of desert plants and brilliant flowers always leave me in awe

The Cacti are interesting and beautiful even when they are not in bloom
Most of the trees are wispy and don't offer much shade, which surprised me

  Citrus grows here beautifully and I love going out in the morning
to get an orange, grapefruit or some lemon for my tea
Arizona is anything but brown and dry
I am extremely lucky
to be able to spend most of the winter here
Sherron is gracious enough to let me go
 (without it jeopardizing my job)

and my sister has a fabulous piece of property
that can accommodate us
(we stay in her  2 bedroom guest house with my Dad....
who actually built it in 2005 - 2006 when he was 76 years old!)
I also have a son, daughter in law and 3 grandchildren here, so being able to be in their lives for more than 10 days at a time is a true blessing

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